Scottish Televison STV (Channel 10)

In charge was Lord Thompson, for ever associated with his remark about ITV being a licence to print money.

This was the first ITV station after the Big Four to start transmission. STV's Opening night was 31st August 1957, "one of the most glittering show business gatherings ever assembled in Scotland," said Gordon Irving. The switch on at 6.12pm was by the Secretary of State for Scotland in front of STV staff, "trim in smart blazers with Scottish Television emblems on their pockets." One sad note, a 29 year old theatre electrician George Doughty at the Theatre Royal studio, collapsed and died 40 minutes before the station went on air.
Among the audience for the star studded opening show at 6.30, were 'rival' tv bosses Lew Grade, Val Parnell, and Sidney Bernstein while from the ITA were Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Robert Fraser, and from ITN Chris Chattaway. Others included Dr Tom Honeyman, Jack and Mrs Radcliffe, Miss Greta Lauder, Freddie Carpenter, Peter Donald and Stewart Cruikshank. The on screen audience was estimated at around two and a half million viewers, though Nielsen's more accurate measurement gave 150,000 homes watching.
Unlike the other founding ITV companies, it's good to report that STV is alive and well, and maintains a certain proud independence from the rest of the network.

Rai Purdy's 1957 STV plans
My review of STV's Opening Night Show This is Scotland
Some STV productions 1957-1968
Some STV TAM Ratings (1960-8)
Sample STV schedules

On Monday July 8th 1963, Dorothy Paul (wife of Gerry le Grove) returned to the One O'Clock Gang, after an absence of five weeks, during which she gave birth to a daughter. "I was quite terrified," she told reporters, "it was like starting in show business all over again... On Monday however, half way through my first song My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, I thought I was going to faint. But Larry Marshall and the rest of the Gang smiled encouragingly off camera, and I got through somehow.
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STV Local Programmes 1957-1968
STV is one of the few survivors of the ITV network. Indeed they do now have a certain independence from the current over centrallised ITV (perhaps they should be named I-ITV !) which is ironic as there's no doubt that originally STV could have thought a lot bigger, and with their resources ought certainly to have produced a much greater contribution to the network.
Complaints about its lack of ambition were frequently voiced. For example the Scottish branch of actors' union Equity held a meeting, chaired by Duncan Macrae, adopted a resolution to "request the ITA to direct its Scottish Committee to initiate discussions with representative Scottish organisations on programme balance, existing and future ITA services, with a view to ensuring the proper proportion of Scottish material employing Scottish professional performers."
The weekly news magazine was titled Here and Now and actor Esmond Knight was one of its comperes. "The programme is largely made up of film and studio interviews provocative enough to be regularly followed up in the national press," Don Cumming wrote in 1960. One MP claimed, "Here and Now is viewed by all my political, trade union and local government contacts." Locally produced programmes often did well in local TAM ratings. Scotsport at times even reached No.1 whilst John Grierson's This Wonderful World was known to have attained eighth spot.
Details of some STV programmes (* also details on spin offs):
STV drama
One O'Clock Gang (1957-64)
Jig Time
Star Feature (1961-2)
Fastand Folk (1961)
* The Adventures of Francie and Josie (1962-5)
One Night Stand/ Dig This (1964)
Man Behind the Star (1965)
Glaister (1965/6)
* Did You See Una? (1967)
Anniversary Celebrations (1962/7)
Brief details of other STV productions in chronological order
The Epilogue- In January 1960, Scottish Television announced a training course for Scottish clergymen, to make them "into better television personalities." It was a four week course, two two hour periods per week to study camera and microphone techniques, the projection of personality, with talks and demonstrations by actors and writers. The course ended with two short talks by course members, from their own material, then "ministers will be invited to make suggestions and criticisms... about their own performances"
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STV Drama
Typical of the company was their first STV Television Theatre, on Friday January 30th 1959 (9-10pm). The Open by Alex Peterson was in fact a presentation by the Perth Repertory Theatre. As the title suggests, the story was set at the year's biggest golf tournament, with an unknown player all set to win. Some outdoor scenes were shot at St Andrews, which, at the time of year was under snow- which had to be removed (presumably not the whole course!).
STV's second original play took a long time to materialise. It was a hospital drama, The Keys of Paradise on Friday 11th March 1960 (9.35-11.05pm) by Ronald Mavor, directed by James Sutherland, produced by Gerry le Grove. The play starred Richard Matthews as Dr Crow an anesthetist but also a drug addict. Others in the cast included John Grieve, Martin Heller, Elaine Wells, Helena Gloag, Walter Carr, Calum Mill, Bill Simpson, and Rosemary Anderson.
Double Image starred Roger Livesey and Geraldine McEwan (Thirty Minute Theatre). Dear Boss (Dec 31st 1962 8.30pm) starred Gordon Jackson as a newspaper editor, with Elisabeth Murray as his secretary, his colleagues dispute his authority. The First Foot, a Hogmanay thriller with John Fraser as head of a gang of safebreakers, also appearing Dave Willis as a policeman. The Tower recorded May 12th 1963 with Walter Brown as Barney Morris, Rosemary Anderson, Joan Scott and Glen Michael. Truth is a Stranger recorded on June 1st/2nd 1963 screened Nov 28th 1963, 10.10pm, a 30 minute play starring Anthony Steel, Susan Shaw, Elisabeth Murray, Denis Ramsden, Nancy Gilmour and Dave Willis. Script: HA Wrenn, director: Brian Mahoney. A novelist sees on his his plots come to life, himself the chief murder suspect. Death of a Gladiator (Oct 31st 1963) starred Finlay Currie as Cory, an aged Shakespearean tragedian, who has fallen on hard times
See also
The Queen of Scots (1967)
To my review of STV's 1968 children's serial Flight of the Heron
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Glaister
An STV drama series with Russell Waters as Professor John Slater, his case histories.

1 Girl in the Dark (Fri Dec 10th 1965, 9.40-10.35)

2 Murder Car (Fri Dec 17th 1965, 9.40pm)

3 The Close Shave (Mon Jan 10th 1966 9.10pm)

4 Gorbals Boy (Jan 17th 1966 9.10-10.05pm)
Script: Allan Prior. The story of a knife carrying product of the slums, Jimmy Galloway played by Phil McCall, with his girl played by Anne Kristen. His fighting poses an agonising problem for his friends. When he kills a man and runs back to the Gorbals for protection, should they follow their unwritten law of never helping the police. But when someone else is arrested, should they ignore their 'law'?

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One Night Stand
a series starting on Thursday 27th February 1964, 9.40-10.10pm. Compere was Pete Murray, director Jack Sampson.
"Scottish beat groups in friendly rivalry with English professionals." It offered Scottish groups a tv appearance, recorded in Studio A at the Theatre Royal before an audience of 600. The Original Checkmates also joined each show.
The opening show included Tommy Dene and the Tremors, The A Bears, and Lulu and the Luvvers. I think I know the winners. Critic BP having watched it, declared, "after hearing some of the unbelievably ugly things done to the human voice and to perfectly innocent musical instruments, this show will be for at least one home just what it is called, One Night Stand- I couldn't stand it a second night."
Second show on March 5th included The Seven Sinners Showband; Beat Unlimited, The Golden Crusaders, and (from England) The Zephyrs.
Number 3 on March 12th featured The Copycatz, The Vampires, Tommy Trousdale and His Sundowners, and (from the South) Dave Berry and The Cruisers.
The show moved to Wednesdays at 6.30pm: the fourth on March 18th 1964 included The Rockin' Berries.
Show 5 (March 25th) also featured The Rockin' Berries.
6 April 1st with The Ramblers, The Strangers, Helene and The Kinsmen, The Contrasts.
7 April 8th included from England The Big Three
8 April 15th included Rob Storme and The Whispers
9 April 22nd included The Swingin' Blue Jeans
Further programmes on April 29th, May 6th, 13th, 20th with the final 14th show on May 27th.

Dig This
Consisting of 23 shows, Dig This was also hosted by Pete Murray.
1 July 10th 1964 6.30pm with The McKinleys, The Leroys
2 July 17th 1964 6.30pm
3 July 24th 1964 6.30pm with The Vernons, Andy Gray, The Golden Crusaders
4 July 31st 1964 6.30pm
5 Aug 7th 1964 6.30pm with The Mojos, The Copycats
6 Aug 14th 1964 6.30pm with The Four Pennies
7 Aug 21st 1964 7.00pm with The Federals, The Meteors
8 Aug 28th 1964 7.00pm with Peter's Faces, Dean Ford, The Gaylords, Dick James
9 Sept 4th 1964 7.00pm with The Trendsetters
10 Sept 11th 1964 7.00pm with Big Dee Irwin, The Golden Crusaders
11 Sept 18th 1964 6.30pm with Lorne Gibson, The Zombies
12 Sept 25th 1964 6.30pm with Alex Harvey's Soul Band, The Trends
13 Oct 2nd 1964 6.30pm with Lulu, Barry St John
14 Oct 9th 1964 6.30pm with The Merseybeats, The Poets
15 Oct 16th 1964 6.30pm with The Pretty Things, Vince Martin, The Kimbos
16 Oct 23rd 1964 6.30pm with The Kinks, Jay Anders, The Chevelons
17 Oct 30th 1964 6.30pm with The Long and The Short, The Monarchs
18 Nov 6th 1964 6.30pm with Kenny and The Wranglers
19 Nov 13th 1964 6.30pm with The Downliners
20 Nov 20th 1964 6.30pm with The Cherokees, The Athenians
21 Nov 27th 1964 6.30pm with Lulu, The Dakotas
22 Dec 4th 1964 6.30pm with Sounds Incorporated, The Mark Five
23 Dec 11th 1964 6.30pm with Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers (last of series)

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Man Behind the Star included
Roy Castle (Nov 26th 1965)
Bruce Forsyth (Dec 3rd 1965)
Andy Stewart (Dec 10th 1965)
Tony Hancock (Dec 17th 1965)
Frankie Vaughan (Dec 24th 1965)

A comment on the Dec 3rd show by AN, "it revealed a lot of Bruce's likeable personality. The method was simple enough: snatches from a show he did for Channel 10 in Glasgow, with brief interviews in between."

Details of Tony Hancock (STV, Friday Dec 17th 1965 8.00-8.55pm)
Interviewed by Ian Wallace, "Tony will give a frank personal assessment of what makes him tick." Director: Bryan Izzard. Producer: Francis Essex.
Bob Addison reviewed the programme at the time: "... it's been five long years since Hancock held court as king of tv comedy, but in the true traditions of show biz, he re-emerged from the wilderness with a riotous appearance in a recent Eamon Andrews Show (Oct 17th 1965). Last night showed just how good Tony can be as Tony Hancock. Asked by Ian Wallace if he regretted 'the last five years,' he replied, 'no, I don't think so. It was a disappointment yes, but I wanted to experiment... once you've reached your peak you feel there are others to conquer. I'm sure the experience I have gained during the past five years will add to anything I'll do in the future.'"

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Jig Time
was a popular local show. In 1958 this was transmitted on Friday nights "genially compered" by kilted David Kinnaird. Critic H Bronson wrote: "the best thing is its essential matey-ness. If it can preserve this friendly spirit, it would be worthy of seeing on other regional networks. Eight pretty girls known as the Scottish Television Dancers trip out reels and figure dances in lively fashion, bringing welcome movement to the small screen. The Reivers choose offbeat ballads and prove an interesting foursome while Betty Robson is a young singer in the best Scottish tradition."
One guest on Friday January 23rd 1959 for a Robbie Burns special was the baritone John Heddle Nash. Also appearing: Betty Robson, Clydebank Lyric Choir, Geraldo, and reader Harold Wightman, with Davie Kinnaird as host. Directed by James Sutherland.
The series had a short break in the summer of 1959, but returned on September 18th 1959, transmitted from the Scottish Industries Exhibiton at Kelvin Hall, with David Kinnaird, The Reivers, Jimmy Blair's Band and The Andrew Macpherson Chorale.
Wrote critic Gordon Irving "Jig Time must take credit for helping to inspire the new trend in entertainment." Indeed Imitation being.... etc etc, the BBC's White Heather Club which got shown all over the nation, was started as a result of the success of Jig Time. The BBC disputed STV's innovative claim saying their show was the original. Perhaps life is too short to penetrate now to the depths of this dispute, but according to the BBC Publicity Officer for Scotland the facts were: White Heather Club first appeared as part of A New Year Party (December 31st 1957). Note however it was not a show in its own right as yet. Jig Time was first shown on STV on February 18th 1958. So now you know!
It ran until about 1961, at which time Robert Wilson was host.
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Fastand Folk ('hungry folk')

a 1961 series directed by Brian Mahoney, who ambitiously described it as "an illuminated moment of history...this series of programmes has been an exciting experiment in producing intimate television without in any way depriving guests of spontaneity. Paradoxically this can only be achieved by a very careful rehearsal of facilities and timing." Hostess was Jacqueline McKenzie, regular contributor was Robin Richardson.
Programmes were not shown every week, but included the first on
1 Wed May 10th 1961 (10.55-11.23pm).
2 Wed May 24th (10.35-11.05)- the National Theatre.
3 Wed June 7th (11.07-11.37) with Cedric Thorpe Davis and Alexander Gibson.
4 Wed June 28th (10.35-11.05) had Scottish painters talking about Scottish painting.
5 Wed July 12th (10.50-11.20pm) guests Eric Linklater and Compton Mackenzie, with Oswald Wynd and Magnus Magnusson. Mahoney said, "one of the most exciting programmes has been that on Scottish Writing."
6 Wed July 26th- final programme

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The Adventures of Francie and Josie was a huge hit with STV viewers. It was also screened by Grampian and Border, early series were also screened by Tyne Tees, and more surprisingly Anglia. Ulster TV showed it from autumn 1963. Stars were Jack Milroy as Francie, and Rikki Fulton as Josie. After Liam Hood announced planning for the series in Sept 1961, six episodes were shown on Oct 26th 1962, and such was the success that a second series began taping in spring 1963, though not screened until that autumn. One episode, The Odd Job, on Dec 31st 1963 at 11pm had Josie partnered by his cockney cousin, since Jack Milroy had lost his voice at rehearsals and the script had to be hastily revised. The 'Job' was investigating Dr Yes, who on a remote Scottish isle, had got robots doing the work of humans. The series was also repeated on Sunday afternoons at 5.05pm starting on Dec 29th 1963 with the episode The TV Fans.
A contemporary account of the episode The So'jers (Oct 2nd 1963): "The bad patch episode... although the talented pair finished up in a troop carrying plane faced with the order to jump. the show itself never really got off the ground. It taxied around with a few old chesnuts, rose a few feet in the TAM air with pub and barrack room scenes that were clever but never humorous, but, like the final scene, the show came crashing down to earth... what went wrong? Jimmy Sutherland's direction was faultless. The fault, I'm afraid, lay in the script and with the producer who obviously tried to get too much into half an hour... Funny moments: Francie and Josie, in full para kit, tried to get through the MO's door together. Then they woke up and found themselves in the Army being greeted by the para sergeant (Clem Ashby). But missing was the sharp wit, the reparteee, the slapstick routine we've come toe xpect of Scotland's greatest comedians. Sanny and Bert (Stewart Henry and Arthur Boland) alone stood out and gave real performances. Philip Ellesmere as the Commanding Officer was terribly miscast. His voice did not have the authority or fire necessary to carry off his role. Perhaps the part played by the paratroopers was the most rewarding. At least, in a cut to telecine, they jumped out before the episode came to an end and left us to sit and wait for Francie and Josie's inevitable crash landing in the CO's office.
There followed two short series in early 1965 and summer 1965.
Scripts were by Stan Mars, and the director was Jimmy Sutherland. The stars played two Glaswegian simpletons. Fulton said after the first series, "usually when a series finishes on the telly, it's quickly forgotten. But Jack and I get daily reminders of the remarkable popularity of Francie and Josie.... I picked up a taxi and the taximan recognised me and refused to take the fare saying, You brought so much happiness to me and countless others that this is my way of saying Thank You... I've had bigger fan mail through the tv series than at any period of my theatrical career. Our youngest fan, believe it or not, is aged two! His mother pleaded with me for a picture, he howled the house down after each of your last programmes, and keeps asking when you're coming back."

The Rikki Fulton Hour (STV), "a programme of laughter, music and dancing," was director Jimmy Sutherland's description of the show. Also appearing in the first edition of this monthly series on April 24th 1965 were Ethel Scott, Glen Michael, Clem Ashby, Maud Risdon, Walter Jackson and Clemence Bettany.
The following year Rikki went on to make the situation comedy Rikki. But the series was not as successful as his previous efforts with Francie and Josie, so was taken off after six episodes, the final one on May 12th 1966 being titled MacRomeo and Juliet. His Francie and Josie partner Jack Milroy replaced Rikki's series on May 19th with his own show, with sketches and a guest star, his first being Donald Peers.
On the first day of 1967 Rikki starred in A Show for Hogmanay, then on Jan 3rd the 55 minute play Grand Tour. Another series of Rikki followed, produced by Bryan Izzard. It started on April 11th 1967 ("school concert level of originality"), with the story of how Bonnie Prince Charlies was delivered from the Redcoats by one Angus Macgillicuddy. The second show on April 18th was titled The Removal Man . However this series was taken off after only three of the programmes had been transmitted. In fact seven programmes has already been taped, so where did they all go to? The final episode The Smuggler shown on Tuesday April 25th 1967 was centred on the skipper of a battered old steamboat, used to smuggle illicit whisky from an island to the mainland
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To celebrate five years on air in 1962, Gerry le Grove produced Telethon, "unique in British television." Three STV studios were linked up to turn out a continuous stream of local programmes including Studio Downbeat, a jive show, a special evening edition of The One O'Clock Gang, plus a 70 minute edition of Here and Now. The evening ended with Noel Stevenson, then managing director of STV, taking part in the final Epilogue. This Telethon thankfully survives.

As a somewhat belated 10th birthday celebration, STV presented The Queen of Scots on Wednesday November 29th 1967 at 8pm.
Gordon Irving wrote, "Ellen McIntosh achieved quite a feat in the part of Mary Stuart, and conveyed all her moods and thoughts. She was rarely off the screen during the entire two hours.... There was much solid acting from many others in the large cast of 34, and among these the work of Peter Wyngarde as Maitland of Lethington, John Laurie as a highly emotional John Knox, Victor Carin, Richard O'Sullivan, Tom Conti and Mary Kerridge must be singled out. Crowd scenes were well handled, and the final execution moment had much drama. In costumes, sets and direction by Geoffrey Nethercott, the play deserved high praise. Apart from some confusing moments near the beginning, it held interest throughout. A pruned version of say 90 minutes would be worthy of network consideration. The play, commissioned for STV's tenth anniversary, was written by Jack Gerson and Ian Stuart Black. To attempt even a two hour stretch was a bold move."
Paul Foster however noted, "I often felt it favoured Mary and showed Elizabeth in a more unfavourable light... for example there was no reference to the Battle of Langside when Mary was defeated and fled to England for Elizabeth's protection... I admire Ellen McIntosh very much, but she lacked conviction. Victor Carin as the power grasping Bothwell and Peter Wyngarde's immaculate Burleigh provided an object lesson in timing and style."
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Did You See Una? (early 1967)
was one series produced by Francis Essex. It starred Una McLean as a woman of the Walter Mitty type, who dreams of different lives she'd like to lead, though in fact she runs a small hotel. Devised by Stan Mars, who wrote some of the scripts, other contributors were Kelso Roberts and Dick Bradley. Director: Charles Tait. The series was taped, starting in November 1966. Essex praised "the irresistible personality" of McLean, stating in September 1966, "if there is one talent-loaded potentially international star just waiting for the opportunity to hit the headlines, it is Una."
The series began on January 10th 1967 at 10.05pm with Read Any Good Books Lately? (a critic said it was "reasonably promising"). Further shows in this same slot came on the following twelve Tuesdays with the final programme on April 4th at 10.05pm. The eleventh show on March 21st was on the theme of Sport and Outdoor Life.

Over to Una (STV)- this was Una McLean's next series, which unlike the previous revue style show, was pure situation comedy. The regular supporting cast included Glen Michael, returning from the previous series as Andy Una's wide-boy salesman cousin, Phil McCall as Una's father, and Effie Morrison as her home help. Director: Charles Tait. Guest stars were Alfie Bass, Dick Bentley, Bill Kerr, Clive Dunn, and Hattie Jacques. After the first show on Thurs Nov 16th 1967 6.30-7pm, the Scottish Evening News enthused, "STV are on a winner with Una McLean the lass from Larkhall." The series ended on December 14th 1967 after 5 episodes

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STV's first talent spotting programme was Fanfare, I think jazz singer Fiona Duncan was the winner. A second talent series had the imitative title Stars In Your Eyes, the winner being opera singer Joan Summers. She was given her own STV programme on May 4th 1960.

Christmas Eve 1958 saw a live telecast from Dunfermline Abbey. A report noted "the camera angles did credit to all, and there was a grand sense of movement. It was a programme worthy of the network."

The final show of 1958 A Guid New Year from Glasgow was produced by Rai Purdy. Directed by James Sutherland, Liam Hood and Geoff Rimmer, it featured Jack Radcliffe, Larry Marshall, Jimmy Nairn (of the 'One O'Clock Gang') with Jimmy Blair and His Band. And the last show of 1959 was an hour long Jig Time special, again directed by James Sutherland.

Mr Fixit was a 1959 puppet series starring Roy Kinnear in his tv debut. Some programmes were recorded, Jim Tattershall manipulated the puppets, director was Liam Hood.

A serious series on Tuesdays at 10.30pm starting on July 7th 1959 took cameras to various Scottish centres of business. The first programme dealt with steel, later programmes covered shipbuilding, coal, whiskey, farming, and textiles/chemicals. Programmes were devised by John Wilson, and directed by Liam Hood.

At The Lucky Diamond was STV's local talent show, produced by Liam Hood. With musical director George Keenan, he auditioned the potential acts. The show began on Monday June 18th 1962 and ran for 19 weeks

Sense and Nonsense was a discussion series that was first screened on August 6th 1962. In February next year the format was altered to include a studio audience who put questions to the panel

Roundup was an STV attempt to make a children's magazine programme to rival A-R's Tuesday Rendezvous. It lasted 55 minutes, and began on Tuesday October 30th 1962. Hosts were Paul Young and Morag Hood, producer Liam Hood

Post Graduate Medicine was one of STV's most unique contributions to the network was a series of twelve specialised forty five minute monthly programmes aimed at doctors.
It began on STV on March 11th 1963. Sir Charles Illingworth introduced each episode

Late Night Larry (June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th 1965) This was Larry Marshall,'s 'compensation' for the ending of the One O'Clock Gang. Half hour "frolics" with Dorothy Paul, Moira Briody and the Tommy Maxwell Quartet. Director: Liam Hood.
A contemporary report of the first show: "After watching hundreds of One O'Clock Gang shows, and now the first of Larry Marshall's four late night shows, I'm still not sure whether the wee Glasgow comic is a better script-gag-song writer than he is a performer. That's the puzzling thing about Marshall. Like McGonagle, you're never quite sure whether he's a genius or just downright terrible. He has never quite hit the heights although he has been in and around the tv scene in Scotland for well night eight years. Seen only occasionally in evening spots, this was by far Larry's best effort yet. It started off with a bang! Lavish sets full of promising material and star names- and then, half way through- flop!... The mock opera at the end, Larry's own creation... was a sensation. How much better if the entire half hour had been given over to it. Bill McCoe, clearly Scotland's outstanding bass singer, was in glorious voice as was the lovely soprano Dorothy Paul... Let's see what Larry & Co can do with their three remaining programmes. No doubt Francis Essex is watching events closely

Present Grandeur Nov 29th 1965, 10.05-10.50pm- on Cumbernauld. A second programme on Monday Dec 6th 1965 10.35-11.20pm was titled High Living. A third and fourth programme followed at the same time the following two Mondays. The fifth and final programme on Dec 27th at 10.35pm was titled Not Proven.

Song for Scotland (1966)- to find a song that expressed "feeling about Scotland." Any type of song could be submitted, ballad, comedy, folk, pop. Andy Stewart- who else?- was judge, and two songs proved popular, Loch Marie, and These Are My Mountains by Jimmy Copeland. A second competition was announced in July 1967, to be held in early 1968, with six shows, the top prize was a splendid 100.

Nightclub Nights- This series began on Monday January 9th 1967 and was transmitted live from Glasgow's Chevalier Casino. Resident musicians were Peggy O'Keefe and Her Trio, with Peggy as host. Director was Bryan Izzard. In the first show Kenny Lynch and magician Johnny Hart appeared. Janie Marden was on January 16th, while Kenenth McKellar starred on February 13th.
A second 12 week series started on Jan 8th 1968 at 10.30pm. This new series came additionally from (during February) the Piccadilly in Glasgow and (during January) the Pentland Club in Edinburgh. Director: Russell Galbraith.
Appearing in the first show was George Chisholm.

Music People- this 1967 series featured well known singers.
On May 22nd it was Edmund Hockridge, singing numbers including Nothing Like a Dame, Figaro, and Make It Easy on Yourself

A Matter of Expression- Summer Saturdays in 1967 at 11.05pm. A half hour series of humorous sketches, all mimed. Though only shown in the STV region, the humour was apparently not especially Scottish. No words were used, only mime, plus dance and jazz. Star was Alex McAvoy, director Bryan Izzard

The Soldier's Tale (Tues Sept 4th 1967 8.30-9.30pm)
A bold screening of Stravinsky's opera with the Edinburgh Festival cast which included Patrick Wymark, Una Stubbs, Gordon Jackson and Nicky Henson. Director: Wendy Toye.
Playing the soldier was Henson, with Una Stubbs as the princess, and Patrick Wymark as The Devil.
Peter Hemmings, Director of Scottish National Opera, stated, "we are delighted to be continuing the association with STV which was so fruitful in the production of Singing For Your Supper." Francis Essex added, "after last year's production of The Winter's Tale, Peter Hemmings and I were enormously impressed with the atmosphere in the Assembly Hall"
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The One O'Clock Gang from Theatre Royal Glasgow
was STV's Lunchtime show, originally the title had been mooted as The Goofy Gang.
On Monday February 16th 1959 it "celebrated" its 365th edition! Mainstay of the show was compere Larry Marshall (real name Harry Tomasso) who said, "the Gang has not once indulged in any unsavoury jokes;" nowadays of course that would be a matter for ridicule, so all credit to Marshall. The Gang also included Sheila Matthews and Brian Douglas who provided the songs. Producer Rai Purdy described the show as "an informal get together between half a dozen folk who are out to entertain you in a relaxed sort of way."
Clearly things had improved since that first show on 2nd September 1957, which one critic (Gordon Irving) slated thus,
"This lunch time half hour proved deficient in slick comedy material, and will require much greater polish if it is to hold its viewing public. Larry Marshall, as comedian, has too spivish an approach, and needs to be more sympathetic... the programme is safer in its song department, put over quite attractively by singers Brian Douglas and Sheila Matthews. The Tommy Maxwell Four give musical backing. A spot for audience interviews has possibilities, but the interviewees should be more carefully selected. One member of the audience frankly admitted to being idle!... This lunchtime spot has so many rough edges that.. immediate attention is required. Robin Gardiner and Gordon Fleming are responsible for the script, such as it is. Bill Skinner directed."
January 11th 1960 saw the start of the feature Yours for a Song, which reached its final in May, in which contestants submitted a piano copy with words and music of an original song. The winner received a gramophone record of the song, a first class return fare to London, a week at a London hotel, with 20 for incidental expenses, plus a letter of introduction to two music publishers.
Other features at this period included Leave It To Larry!- every Tuesday Larry Marshall arranged for concert parties to entertain hospital patients. Then every other Thursday old time variety artists strutted their acts. Programme 3 on Feb 18th 1960 included Cissie Glen, Tommy Dale and Bert Bendon. Programme 4 on March 3rd 1960 featured Bessie Hogarth, Alf Fleming (aged 80+), violinist Hamilton Scott, and Dave Willis.
Another of the numerous guests on the show was Carmita aka Ivi Rodan (Fri Jan 30th 1959).
The 1,000th edition was celebrated on September 13th 1961. In this month Walter Butler, the show's director and Larry Marshall attended auditions at the newly opened Border TV studios, to find some local artistes to appear on the show: first to make her tv debut was 16 year old Morag Tosh from Dumfries
This 1962 photo depicts the Gang of that era. Front left: Dorothy Paul, the singer, Larry Marshall centre, and right front Moira Briody, Irish singer. Rear left is Jimmy Nairn, an old friend of the show and the straight man, with rear right Charlie Sim singer and comedian. The Tommy Maxwell Quartet (led by drummer TM) continued to provide the music. At this time STV claimed it had clocked up "more performances on British television" than any other programme, though that's open to question.
Lord Hill watched the show (from a private box in Studio A) on June 17th 1964. Was it because of this, that the series was taken off at the end of that year? The very last show was on Dec 31st.
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TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 26th June 1960
1 Flag Fall (Armchair Mystery Theatre) ABC 61%
2 Silent Service STV * 55 #
3 Delfont's Sunday Show ATV 54
4 No Hiding Place A-R 52
5 The Variety Show Granada 51
6 Boxing BBC 50
6= Bonanza ATV presentation * 50
6= Interpol Calling STV presentation * 50 #
9 Silver River (film) STV presentation * 48 #
9= Criss Cross Quiz Granada 48
*=NOT in National Top Ten. # Not in any other regional top ten in this week.

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 1st October 1961
1 Rawhide 66%
2= Double Your Money 62%
2= The Americans (STV)
4 Bonanza 61%
5 Coronation Street (Sept 27th) 59%
6 Television Playhouse 58%
7 Probation Officer 56%
8= Hippodrome 55%
8= Hawaiian Eye
10= Scotsport Special 53%
10= London Palladium
Top BBC: Perry Mason 46%

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 11th February 1962
1 Film: Port of Escape (STV) 66%
2 Bonanza 63%
3= Rats of Tobruk (A-R) 61%
3= Take Your Pick
5= Stryker of the Yard 58%
5= Rawhide
7= Coronation Street (Feb 7th) 56%
7= London Palladium Show
7= Bronco (BBC)
10 Coronation Street (Feb 5th) 55%

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 8th April 1962
1 Coronation Street (Apr 4th) 68%
2 Bonanza 65%
3= Father Knows Best 63%
3= Take A Letter
3= You Can't get Away With Murder
6 London Palladium 61%
7= Coronation Street (Apr 2nd) 60%
7= Laramie (BBC)
9 Playdate: The Vigilante 58%
10= Stryker of the Yard 57%
10= Arthur Haynes Show
10= Here and Now (Apr 4th STV)
10= European Cup (A-R)

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 28th July 1963
1 Password 45%
2= Bus Stop 67%
2= Ward 10 (July 23)
4= Coronation Street (July 24) 43%
4= Don't Say a Word
6= Casebook 42%
6= Maupassant
8= Coronation Street (July 22) 41%
8= No Hiding Place
10 Stars and Garters 40%
Note- top BBC show (31%): Professional Boxing

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 11th October 1963
1 Francie and Josie (STV) 76%
2 Armchair Theatre 67%
3 77 Sunset Strip 66%
4 Dickie Henderson Show 64%
5= Scotsport (STV Oct 9th 9.45) 63%
5= The Saint (Oct 10th) 63%
7 Coronation Street (Oct 9th) 62%
8 Coronation Street (Oct 7th) 61%
9 Double Your Money 60%
10= Thank Your Lucky Stars 58%
10= London Palladium Show 58%
Note- top BBC shows (50%): Dick Powell Theatre / Dick Van Dyke Show

TAM ratings for STV w/e 15 Dec 1963
1 Francie and Josie 71%
2= The Travelling Man (A-R) 67%
2= Alfred Hitchcock Hour
2= The Swindler (ABC)
5 Hawaiian Eye 66%
6 That's My Boy 65%
7 Here and Now (STV Dec 13) 64%
8= Coronation St (Dec 9) 63%
8= Take Your Pick
10= Discs A Gogo 56%
10= World In Action
Top BBC: Dixon of Dock Green (56%)

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 9th February 1964
1= Coronation Street (Feb 5th) 67%
1= Francie and Josie (STV)
3= Coronation Street (Feb 3rd) 65%
3= Liberal Party Political
5= The Dakotas 64%
5= Candid Camera
7 Discs A Go-Go 63%
8= The Avengers 62%
8= Silents Please
10= Here and Now (Feb 7th STV) 61%
10= Take Your Pick
Note- top BBC show with 60% was Steptoe and Son

Scottish TV area TAM ratings w/e 11th Oct 1964
1 Coronation Street (Oct 5) 55%
2 Burke's Law 54%
3= They Sold a Million 52%
3= Criss Cross Quiz
5= Scotsport (STV) 51%
5= Paris 1900
7= Canadian Miscellany (STV) 50%
7= Circus Comes to Town
9 Coronation Street (Oct 5) 49%
10= Here and Now (Oct 5 STV) 48%
10= Three's a Crowd (Border)
10= Ward 10 (Oct 6 and 9)
10= Take Your Pick
Top BBC was Hollywood and the Stars (46%)

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 21st February 1965
1= Coronation Street (Feb 15th) 68%
1= Take Your Pick
3 Burke's Law 61%
4 Francie and Josie (STV) 60%
5 Coronation Street (Feb 17th) 59%
6 Emergency- Ward 10 (Feb 19th) 58%
7 No Hiding Place 57%
8= The Human Jungle 56%
8= Dr Finlay's Casebook (BBC)
10 Hong Kong (screened by STV) 54%

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 7th March 1965
1= Francie and Josie (STV) 64%
1= Coronation Street (March 3rd)
3= Coronation Street (Mar 1st) 59%
3= Take Your Pick
5= Emergency- Ward 10 (Mar 5th) 55%
5= Burke's Law
7= The Saint 54%
7= Dr Finlay's Casebook (BBC)
9= No Hiding Place 53%
9= The Fugitive

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 6th February 1966
1 The World of Stanley Baxter (STV) 66%
2= Double Your Money 58%
2= A Song for Everyone (BBC)
2= London Palladium Show
5 Coronation Street (Feb 2nd) 57%
6 This Man Craig (BBC) 56%
7 The Rat Catchers 55%
8= Coronation Street (Jan 31st) 52%
8= The Man From Uncle (BBC)
10= Desilu Mystery Theatre 51%
10= Take Your Pick

TAM ratings for STV area w/e Oct 2nd 1966
1 London Palladium Show 63%
2 Dare I Weep (Rediffusion play) 61%
3 Alexander Brothers Show (STV) 57%
4= Cinema 56%
4= Marco Polo (STV film)
6 The Baron 55%
7 This Week 54%
8= Double Your Money 53%
8= Hippodrome
8= Till Death Us Do Part (BBC)

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 26th November 1967
1 Dr Finlay's Casebook (BBC) 57%
2= Stanley Baxter Show (BBC) 56%
3= Z Cars (BBC) 51%
3= Coronation Street (Nov 22)
5= Scotland Late (Nov 24) 50%
5= Film: Random Harvest (BBC)
7 Film: Rocking Horse Winner (STV) 49%
8 The Frost Programme 48%
9= The Man From Uncle (BBC) 47%
9= Saturday Thriller (BBC)
9= Sykes versus ITV

TAM ratings in Scotland (STV area) w/e 31st December 1967
1 Stanley Baxter Show (BBC) 55%
2 Film: Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance (BBC) 54
3 Film: Brigadoon (BBC) 52
4= Film: The Square Peg (BBC) 51
4= Top of the Form (BBC)
4= The Man from UNCLE (BBC)
7 Top of the Pops (Dec 28th BBC) 49
8= Top of the Pops (Dec 26th BBC) 48
8= The Newcomers (Dec 28th BBC) 49
10= The Frost Programme 46
10= Saturday Thriller: The Prowler (BBC)

TAM ratings in STV area w/e 21st April 1968
1= Case of the Seven Saints (STV) 51%
1= Alfred Hitchcock Hour
3= Film: Psycho (BBC) 50
3= Sportsview (BBC)
5= Moira Anderson Sings (BBC) 47
5= Scotsport (Apr 17)
7= Spindoe 46
7= The Big Show
9 The Golden Shot 45
10= Film: Pide & Passion (STV) 44
10= Man in a Suitcase
10= News at Ten (Apr 19)
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Rai Purdy, executive producer of STV,
outlined plans for the station in January 1957.
(Given in an interview when he flew in from Vancouver. He had formerly worked for CBS in New York as a producer for seven years.)

His three main objectives were:
1 To give viewers first class entertainment.
2 To give Scottish talent every opportunity to develop and be seen on STV. "There is plenty of talent in this country."
3 To do as much cultural programming as possible, consistent with the policy of providing the best entertainment possible. "The Edinburgh Festival will be covered, and there will be discussion programmes on matters of outstanding moment."

He also added that "we hope to train an almost completely Scottish staff for the new station. I want to get Scots and train them, rather than import outside help."

Rai left STV in 1960 to return to work in Canadian TV

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STV programme details were published in TV Guide, Roy Thomson's own imprint. TV Times found it difficult to swallow that they were not permitted to issue their Scottish edition, as they were so doing in London, the Midlands and the North. However they did get their own back when ITV forced the standardisation of the network in 1968. Before then other ITV regions had also cheerfully opted out of Associated Rediffusion's TV Times noose, ie TWW, Tyne Tees, and Westward.

Scottish Television Schedule for Friday Sept 6th 1957
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.30 Local News-1.35
5.00 Jolly Good Time
5.30 Long John Silver
6.00 Answers Please with Neville Barker
6.30 Cool for Cats host Kent Walton
6.45 ITN News; Local News
7.00 Lilli Palmer Presents
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10
8.00 Criss Cross Quiz host Jeremy Hawk
8.30 Assignment Foreign Legion
9.00 Jack Hylton Presents Beside the Seaside with Richard Murdoch
9.30 This Week
10.00 Private Secretary
10.30 Friday Fayre (STV)
10.45 Cherry Wainer
11.00 News
11.15 Close-down

Scottish Television Schedule for Tues Mar 11th 1958
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.40 Scottish News-1.45
2.43 Schools-3.50
5.00 Jolly Good Time
5.25 Lassie
5.55 ITN News; Scottish News
6.15 The Buccaneers
6.45 Admag
7.00 Charlie Chan
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10
8.00 Criss Cross Quiz
8.30 Larry Marshall Show
9.00 Chelsea at Nine
10.00 Yours in Sport
10.15 Kelvingrove By Election
10.45 News
11.00 Close

STV Schedule for Monday Dec 29th 1958
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.40 Local News-1.50
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 Popeye
5.55 ITN News; Scottish News
6.10 Overseas Press Club
6.40 Right to Reply
7.00 Mark Saber
7.30 Shadow Squad
8.00 Keep It In The Family
8.30 Wagon Train
9.27 Stars In Your Eyes
10.00 News
10.15 The Heritage- play
11.45 Close-down

STV Schedule for Tuesday July 8th 1959
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.40 Local News-1.45
5.05 Small Time
5.15 Junior Criss Cross Quiz
5.45 Sir Lancelot
6.15 ITN News; Scottish News
6.35 Junior Scotsport
7.05 Close Up
7.30 Concentration
8.00 Crime Sheet
8.30 This Week
9.00 George Gobel Show
10.00 News
10.15 The Verdict is Yours
10.45 Success Story: Hank Jensen
11.00 Close

STV Schedule for Thursday Aug 18th 1960
1pm News Flash
1.02 One O'Clock Show
1.40 Local News
2.15 Racing from York
5.00 Four Feather Falls
5.15 It's Wizard
5.25 Robin Hood
5.55 ITN News; Scottish News
6.15 This Wonderful World
6.45 Between Ourselves
7.00 Cool for Cats
7.30 It's Only Money
7.55 A Date with Shirley Jones
8.30 No Hiding Place
9.25 News
9.35 Television Playhouse
10.35 What the Papers Say
10.50 International Detective
11.20 News Headlines
11.22 Close

STV Schedule for Fri July 14th 1961
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.40 Local News-1.40
5.00 Friday Island - four young castaways on a desert island
5.25 Tales of the Texas Rangers - Hardrock's Dilemma
5.55 ITN News; Scottish News
6.10 The Warning Voice - The June bride
6.30 African Patrol - Inspector Derek seeks the brains behind a smuggling operation
7.00 Sea War - Commandos and Combined Operations
7.30 EW10
8.00 This Week - Anthony Nutting on the Common Market
8.30 Take Your Pick
8.55 Bootsie and Snudge
9.25 News
9.35 No Hiding Place - Signals at Danger
10.30 Friday Fare
10.45 Man from Interpol - Death via Parcel Post
11.15 News Headlines
11.17 Late Call
11.22 Close

STV Schedule for Wednesday May 16th 1962
1pm The One O'Clock Gang
1.30 Highland Air - fortnightly ceilidhs with John Bannerman, Alasdair Gillies, and Evelyn Campbell
1.40 Scottish News -1.45
2.35 For Schools: Summing It Up, Patterns of Powers, Science in Industry
3.45 Racing from York -4.45
5.00 Zoo Time - Chi-Chi on parade
5.25 Lassie - The Hungry Deer
5.55 News; Scottish News
6.15 Father Knows Best - Safety First
6.45 Farson In Australia - Percy Cerutty
7.00 Take A Letter
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Top Secret - The Man from Carataz
9.00 News
9.15 Survival - The Only Pretty Ringtime
9.45 Startime
10.45 Scotsport
11.15 News Headlines
11.17 Late Call - Rev D Anderson Black (Mearns Parish Church)
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Scottish Television Schedule for Saturday May 26th 1962
1.10 Station Tuning Signal
1.15 News
1.20 Sport (as ITV)
5.05 Tomahawk - The Betrayal
5.30 Cartoon Time - Huckleberry Hound/ The Flintstones
6.25 News
6.30 Saturday Bandbox- starring Mr Pastry
7.25 Greyhound Racing - from the White City
8.10 Tread Softly Stranger film starring Diana Dors
9.45 News
9.50 Star Feature - introduced by Jimmy Nairn
10.30 The Invisible Man - The Rocket (STV)
10.55 Route 66 - The Opponent
11.50 News
11.55 Late Call - Rev Dr William Smellie (St John's Kirk Perth)
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STV Schedule for Boxing Day 1962
12.45pm One O'Clock Gang
1.40 Ice Skating from Paisley
2.45 Wrestling
3.30 Just William's Luck film
5.00 Zoo Time
5.25 Hawkeye
5.55 ITN News
6.05 Here and Now
6.30 Animal Parade
6.45 Highland Air
7.00 Take a Letter
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Outlaws - The Bitter Swede
9.00 ITN News
9.15 Norman and Bruce
10.10 Tiger by the Tail starring Larry Parks
11.30 Late Call Rev DF Macdonald Lyesland Church Paisley
Close

STV Schedule for Thursday Sept 5th 1963
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.30 Local News-1.35
5.00 Criss Cross Quiz
5.25 Space Patrol
5.55 ITN News
6.05 Here and Now
6.35 Roving Report
7.00 Don't Say a Word
7.30 Best of Bootsie and Snudge The Importance of Being Jumbo
8.00 Casebook The Square Mile Murder
8.30 The Honeymooners Something Fishy
9.00 ITN News
9.15 This Week
9.45 Television Playhouse The Night of Reckoning
10.45 Naked City Today the Man who Kills Ants is Coming
11.40 News Headlines
11.42 Late Call Rev James Carrie, St James Pollok
11.47 Close

STV Schedule for Thursday Apr 9th 1964
1pm One O'Clock Gang
1.30 Local News-1.35
3.00 Afternoon Sport: Hockey-4.15
5.00 Criss Cross Quiz
5.25 Fireball XL5
5.55 ITN News
6.05 Here and Now
6.30 In Your Garden
7.00 Double Your Money
7.30 Candid Camera
8.00 Sam Bendict
8.55 ITN News
9.10 This Week
9.40 Silents Please
10.10 Naked City
11.05 Roving Report
11.30 What the Papers Say
11.46 News Headlines
11.47 Late Call
11.52 Close

STV Schedule for Tuesday Apr 6th 1965
1pm Newsreel
1.05 Today It's Tuesday
1.30 For the Youngest Scot-1.40
3.15 What Is A Budget?
3.30 The Budget
5.55 ITN News
6.05 Here and Now
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 Dateline
7.30 Ward 10
8.00 Combat
8.55 ITN News
9.10 Call In On Valentine
9.30 The Budget
9.48 The Ladykillers
10.18 World In Action
10.48 News Headlines
10.51 Dateline
11.01 Newsreel
11.06 Auto Mechanics
11.26 Late Call
11.31 Close

Scottish Television Schedule for Sunday Nov 6th 1966
11.40am Action This Day-12.10
12.15pm Sunday Session
2.10 News; Kaleidoscope
2.45 Farm '66
3.15 Opportunity Knocks
4.00 Batman
4.30 Michael Shayne
5.25 Harvey cartoon
5.30 Stingray
6.00 News
6.15 The Forgotten Door; Date With Music; Appeal; This Is the Day
7.30 Sunset Boulevard film
9.25 I Dream of Jeannie
9.55 News
10.05 London Palladium Show- starring Fess Parker
11.05 Eamonn Andrews Show
11.50 Late Call
11.55 Close-down

Scottish Television Schedule for Thursday March 9th 1967
10.45 For Schools -2.55
4.50 Lesley - for the youngest Scots, with Lesley Blair
5.00 Junior Criss Cross Quiz
5.25 Movie Magazine with Peter Lewis (TWW)
5.55 News
6.05 Here and Now with Bill Tennent
6.35 Crossroads - Kitty: "Dick... will you pick up that telephone"
7.00 Criss Cross Quiz
7.30 Command Performance: Beloved Enemy film with Merle Oberon
8.55 News
9.10 This Week
9.40 The Investigation - Another play illustrating Granada's obsession with the lawcourts
11.20 Reflection - with Ludovic Kennedy (STV)
11.50 News Headlines, followed by
Pollok By-election
12.00 Late Call - Rev A Cameron Gibson, Fenwick Church, Kilmarnock
12.05 Late Night Look - In search of a Holiday Isle of Wight with Brian Redhead (Southern TV)
12.30 Close-down

Scottish Television Schedule for Friday March 17th 1967
4.50 Lesley - with Lesley Blair
5.00 Disney Wonderland
5.25 How
5.55 News
6.05 Here and Now
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 Take Your Pick
8.00 No Hiding Place - It's All Happening
8.55 News
9.10 Mr Rose
10.05 This England
10.36 News Headlines
10.38 The Common Touch
11.08 Late Call
11.13 Late Night Look: Homicide - Aunt Sally starring Terry McDermott
12.08 Close-down

Scottish Television Schedule for Wed July 17th 1968
4.49 Lesley - with Lesley Blair
4.59 Survival
5.25 Sexton Blake
5.55 News
6.05 Scottish News
6.10 Today is Wednesday
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 Double Your Money
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Man in a Suitcase - Three Blinks of the Eyes
9.00 University Challenge
9.30 Cinema
10.00 News at Ten
10.30 With Bird Will Travel
11.02 Professional Wrestling
11.48 Late Night Look - To Be a Pilgrim
12.15 Late Call
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