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.
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
One Night Stand
was a series of ten shows starting in February 1964. Compere was Pete Murray, director Jack Sampson. The series offered thirty Scottish groups a tv appearance, recorded in Studio A at the Theatre Royal before an audience of 600. The opening show included Tommy Dene and the Tremors, The A Bears, and Lulu and the Luvvers. I think I know the winners. The Original Checkmates also joined in, as well as one group from Down South in each show
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
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.
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