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"