Grampian Television started on September 30th 1961
Of the seven applicants for this franchise, the group who won was fronted by Lord Boyd-Orr, with the Donald Brothers (controllers of most local theatres and cinemas) and famous author Sir Compton Mackenzie. They were joined by Lord Boothby, having failed to gain the West Country franchise now moved to the opposite end of the kingdom. Learning from his previous errors, His Lordship stated "our programmes will have a Scottish and local emphasis." With support from the Bishop of Aberdeen and Field Marshall Lord Harding, while others in the consortium included Lady Maud Baillie, sister of the Prime Minister's wife, the Lord Provost of Elgin, Lord Semphill, Maitland Mackie, George Roberts of Aberdeen Town Council, Mrs James Mackie of Insch, Dr James Buchanan, Ministry of Health Banff, John Paton, Provost Robert Forman of Peterhead, and David Allen and Sons, billposters!
North of Scotland TV (as it was originally known) had as its first chairman prominent local cinema owner Sir Alexander King, with his deputy Capt Iain Tennant (Elgin). The remainder of the board were also all Scottish, Viscount Colville (Inverbervie), Major Michael Crighton Stuart (Falkland), Lord Forbes of Alford, John N Milne (Aberdeen), Angus Ogilvy (Kirriemuir), DL Urquhart (Forfar), Provost Robert Wotherspoon (Inverness) and E O'Donnell.
The third main contender, North Caledonia Television, included playwright Eric Linklater and Tom Johnston, former Secretary of State for Scotland, with Colonel Cameron of Lochiel as Chairman.
An unsuccessful bidder for the franchise was headed by Sir James Hutchison, Earl of Wemyss.
Grampian studios in Aberdeen were constructed of local Aberdeen granite, and were regarded as of a pleasing architectural contemporary design.
The opening night had a potential viewing of about 100,000 homes, the estimated maximum being over twice that figure. In the first year Grampian produced about six hours weekly of local material, rising to seven after this first year.

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Grampian TV Programmes for Opening Weekend
Saturday Sept 30th 1961:
2.45pm Grampian Joins the Family
2.46 Racing from Catterick; Wrestling from Wembley
5.00 Soccer Results
5.05 The Terrific Adventures of the Terrible Ten
5.20 Scotsport
5.45 News
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars
6.30 Gun Law
7.00 Greetings from Grampian
7.30 The Eye Opener Man and Robert Burns
8.25 News
8.30 Ghost Squad
9.30 Arthur Haynes Show
10.00 Deadline Midnight
11.00 77 Sunset Strip
11.50 News
11.55 Weather
11.58 Close down

Sunday Oct 1st 1961:
1.35 Motor Cycle Scramble
2.15 Farming Bulletin
2.20 Route 66
3.15 Call Oxbridge 2000
4.00 Plateau of Fear
4.30 Robin Hood
5.00 Tempo
5.50 Patrick O'Hagan Sings
6.05 News
6.15 Sunday Break
7.00 Service of Dedication for Grampian Stdios
7.25 News
7.30 Maverick
8.25 London Palladium Show
9.25 News
9.35 Drama '61
10.35 Interpol Calling
11.00 Whiplash
11.25 Weather
11.26 Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Monday April 30th 1962
2.35 Schools- 3.45
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 Lassie
5.55 News
6.05 News and Views
6.30 Weather Forecast
6.31 The Buccaneers
7.00 Time to Remember
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Playdate: The Touch of Light
9.00 News
9.15 Wagon Train
10.10 Find the Singer
10.35 Serenade
11.05 News Headlines
11.07 Three of a Kind
11.35 Weather & Road Report
Evening Prayers

Grampian TV Programmes for Monday April 1st 1963
2.30 Racing from Folkestone- 4.30
4.45 Small Time
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 The New Adventures of Pinocchio
5.28 Robin Hood
5.54 Weather & News
6.06 Grampian News
6.10 Huckleberry Hound
6.15 Mister Ed
6.40 You've Had It
7.00 A' the Airts
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Aye Yours
9.00 News
9.15 Ben Casey
10.10 University Challenge
10.30 World in Action
11.02 News Headlines
11.04 Dateline
11.14 Adventures of Aggie
11.39 Weather & Road Report
11.41 Evening Prayers

Grampian TV Programmes for Tuesday May 19th 1964
2.20 Edinburgh
2.40-4.15 Racing
4.30 The Romper Room
5.00 Five O'Clock Club
5.25 The Barnstormers; Weather
5.55 News; Grampian News
6.10 Stamp Stories
6.15 Beverly Hillbillies
6.45 Here and Now
7.00 University Challenge
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10
8.00 Highway Patrol
8.25 Bothy Nichts
8.55 News
9.10 Love Story
10.05 World In Action
10.36 News; Dateline
10.48 Biography
11.15 Weather; Road Report;
11.17 Prayers; Close Down

Grampian TV Programmes for Monday 22nd February 1965
11.30am and 2.05pm Schools-2.53
4.35 Romper Room
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 Mr Piper; Weather
5.55 ITN News; Grampian News
6.30 The Earth and Mankind
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 All Our Yesterdays
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 No Hiding Place
8.55 ITN News; Weather
9.10 Stars and Garters
9.40 Play of the Week
11.00 From The Back of the Court
11.32 News
11.34 Dateline
11.44 Weather; Road Report
11.46 Evening Prayers
Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Friday April 15th 1966
11.54am- 12.30pm Out of School
4.20 Crossroads
4.45 Romper Room
5.00 Five O'Clock Club
5.25 Secret Squirrel; Weather
5.55 ITN News; Grampian News
6.10 Grampian Week
6.40 Sportscope
7.00 Ready Steady Go
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10
8.00 Redcap
8.55 ITN News; Weather
9.10 Cinema
9.40 Man in Room 17
10.35 News
10.38 Political Points North
11.08 Dateline
11.18 Prayers
11.23 Weather; Road Report; Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Wednesday June 14th 1967
3.10 European Ballroom Dance Championships
4.20 Crossroads
4.45 Romper Room
5.00 Sport- You Are Tomorrow
5.25 Movie Magazine; Weather
5.55 ITN News; Grampian News
6.15 Buck Rogers
6.25 Police News
6.30 Sixth Form Challenge
7.00 All Our Yesterdays
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 No Hiding Place
8.55 ITN News; Weather
9.10 Cinema
9.40 Famine
10.25 Wrestling
11,10 News
11.15 Reporting '67
11.42 Weather; Road Report; Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Saturday September 21st 1968
10.30 Liberal Party Assembly from Edinburgh (break from 11.05-11.40 Going Places)
12.00 World of Sport - On the Ball, Angling, Boxing, Racing from Redcar, Show Jumping, Wrestling, Golf ; Results
5.15 Skippy - May Day part 1
5.45 News and Highland League Results
5.50 Lost in Space - Space Destructors
6.45 Frost on Saturday
7.30 Here Come the Cowboys
9.00 Cliff Richard at the Movies; News and Weather
10.10 Saturday Special- Geraint Evans at Covent Garden
11.10 The Christian Now
11.30 Letters from The Dead - One Man Walking

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TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 23rd December 1962
1 Double Your Money 67%
2 Take Your Pick 65%
3 Maverick 63%
4 Take a Letter 61%
5 Bootsie and Snudge 60%
6 Coronation Street (Dec 17) 59%
7= A' the Airts (Grampian) 57%
7= Calum's Ceilidh (Grampian)
7= University Challenge
10= Naked City 56%
10= Coronation Street (Dec 19)
Top BBC: Dixon of Dock Green (46%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 24th Feb 1963
1= Ben Casey 64%
1= Double Your Money
3 Take Your Pick 63%
4 Aye Yours (Grampian) 62%
5 Coronation Street (Feb 18th) 60%
6= Ingle Neuk (Grampian) 59%
6= Coronation Street (Feb 20th)
8= Dial 999 56%
8= Take a Letter
10= Emergency Ward 10 (Feb 19th) 54%
10= Bootsie and Snudge
10= Emergency Ward 10 (Feb 22nd)
Top BBC programme: White Heather Club (52%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 23rd June 1963
1 Conservative Party Political (Grampian 25%) 58%
2 Coronation Street (June 17) 54%
3 Junior A' The Airts 51%
4 Lucy Show (BBC) 48%
5= Coronation Street (June 19) 47%
5= Ward 10 (June 21)
7 Sportsview (BBC) 46%
8= Bonanza 44%
8= The Victorians
10 Dad You're a Square 43%

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 7th July 1963
1 Coronation Street (July 3) 53%
2 Coronation Street (July 1) 52%
3 Wrestling 44%
4 Late Summer (ABC play) 43%
5 Junior A' The Airts 42%
6= Ward 10 (July 2) 41%
6= No Hiding Place
6= Summer Spectacular
9= Kenneth McKellar (BBC) 40%
9= Ward 10 (July 5)
9= Morecambe and Wise Show

Grampian Area Top Ten W/e July 14th 1963
1 Coronation Street (July 8) 47%
2= Coronation Street (July 10) 46%
2= Ward Ten (July 12)
4 Bonanza 45%
5 Double Talk 44%
6 Dad You're a Square 42%
7 No Hiding Place 41%
8= Junior A' the Airts (Grampian) 39%
8= Take a Letter
10= Ward Ten (July 9) 38%
10= It's Young Again
Top BBC: Ask Me Another/ Laramie/ Lorna Doone/ Perry Mason (30%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e Sept 29th 1963
1= European Cup 65%
1= Double Your Money
3 Take Your Pick 64%
4 Coronation Street (Sept 23) 59%
5 Emergency Ward 10 (Sept 27) 57%
6 Dickie Henderson Show 56%
7= Ben Casey 55%
7= Zero One (BBC)
9= Markham 53%
9= No Hiding Place

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e Jan 12th 1964
1 Take Your Pick 70%
2 Double Your Money 67%
3= Coronation Street (Jan 8) 63%
3= Emergency Ward 10 (Jan 10)
5= Coronation Street (Jan 6) 60%
5= Naked City
7 Foreign Affairs 59%
8 Francie and Josie 58%
9= No Hiding Place 57%
9= Emergency Ward 10 (Jan 7)
Top BBC: Steptoe and Son 50%

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 25th Apr 1965
1 Peyton Place 70%
2= Francie and Josie 68%
2= This Week
4 Take Your Pick 67%
5= No Hiding Place 64%
5= Bothy Nights (Grampian)
7= Coronation Street (Apr 19th) 62%
7= The Saint
9 Coronation Street (Apr 21st) 59%
10= Criss Cross Quiz 58%
10= Emergency Ward 10 (Apr 20th)
Top BBC programme: Perry Mason (47%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 10th Apr 1966
1 Bothy Nights (Grampian) 62%
2 This Week 59%
3= Coronation Street (Apr 6th) 58%
3= Peyton Place (Apr 7th)
5= Double Your Money 55%
5= Wednesday People (Grampian)
7 F Troop 54%
8= Des O'Connor Show 53%
8= Weavers Green (Apr 7th)
10 Emergency Ward 10 (Apr 5th) 52
Top BBC programmes: Love Affair (film) AND Dr Finlay's Casebook (37%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 8th May 1966
1 Bothy Nights (Grampian) 55%
2 Coronation Street (May 4th) 51%
3 No Hiding Place 50%
4= Pardon the Expression 48%
4= Mickey
4= Wednesday People (Grampian)
7 The Fugitive 47%
7= Martin Kane
9= Peyton Place (May 5th & 7th)
9= Tarbuck at the Prince of Wales
Top BBC programme: Football (42%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e Oct 2nd 1966
1 Miss Grampian 1966 67%
2 Peyton Place (Sept 29) 62%
3 Candid Camera 59%
4 This Week 57%
5 Take Your Pick 56%
6 Coronation St (Sept 28) 53%
7= Blue Light (Grampian) 51%
7= Alexander Brothers Show
7= Palladium Show
10= Opportunity Knocks 50%
10= Hippodrome
10= The Baron
10= Thursday Film (Grampian)
Top BBC: Ten Tall Men (film) 37%

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 21st May 1967
1 Coronation Street (May 15th) 58%
2 Coronation Street (May 17th) 56%
3= No Hiding Place 53%
3= Secombe and Friends
5= Market In Honey Lane 52%
5= Bothy Nights
7 Peyton Place (May 18th) 50%
8= Criss Cross Quiz 49%
8= At Last The 1948 Show
8= A Hole in the Head (film, Grampian)
Top BBC programme: Z Cars (May 15th 36%)

Grampian Area Top Ten W/e Aug 20th 1967
1 Opportunity Knocks 48%
2 Bruce Forsyth Show 46%
3 The Fugitive 44%
4= Coronation Street (Aug 14) 43%
4= Did You See Una?
4= Miss United Kingdom (BBC)
7 Sorry I'm Single (BBC) 42%
8= Summer Playhouse 41%
8= News at Ten (Aug 14)
8= News at Ten (Aug 15)
8= Coronation Street (Aug 16)
8= News at Ten (Aug 18)

Grampian TV area TAM ratings w/e 26 Nov 1967
1 Take Your Pick 63%
2 Coronation Street (Nov 22) 62%
3= Coronation Street (Nov 20) 57%
3= The Avengers
3= Peyton Place (Nov 23)
6 Cairngorm Ski Night (Grampian) 55%
7 Try for Ten (Grampian) 54%
8= Englebert 52%
8= Sykes versus ITV
10= Wendy and Me
10= News at Ten (Nov 23)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 16th June 1968
1= Bothy Nichts (Grampian) 57%
1= Peyton Place (June 13th)
3 News at Ten (June 13th) 52%
4= News at Ten (June 12th) 50%
4= Man In A Suitcase
6 Film The Naked Edge (Grampian) 49%
7 Film The Burning Hills (Grampian) 48%
8= News at Ten (June 10th) 47%
8= Take Your Pick
8= News at Ten (June 14th)
8= Des O'Connor Show
Top BBC programme: Quizburgh (32%)

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Titbits:
Greetings from Grampian- The station's opening day special programme on September 30th 1961 7pm. Sir Alexander King, chairman, gave viewers a tour of Grampian's studios, with film shot in the early days of the studios being built. He introduced some of the films and programmes that were to be shown. These included their own News and Views, as well as Lunch Box from ATV (perhaps shown because Noelle Gordon was Scottish), and Scotsport from STV. With Sir Alexander in the studio was the Aberdeen Orpheus Choir with conductor Alexander Elrick. Producer of this opening programme was James Buchan, Head of Programmes.
Bothy Nichts was the first Grampian-made programme that featured in their local TAM Top Ten, and it regularly appeared thereafter.
Pick O' The North (1961) a local talent show with the winner receiving 50 guineas and a contract to appear on Grampian TV.
Calum's Ceildh, a song and country dance show with Calum Kennedy ran to several series. The series in October 1962 included guests Anne MacDearmid and the Aberdeen Arian Singers. This was Grampian's first show to be partially networked. For Hogmanay, on December 31st 1962/ January 1st 1963, a special 55 minute version was screened on five regional stations. This included Channel TV, the furthest south linking with the furthest north ITV station. Calum Kennedy was voted by viewers Grampian Television Personality of the Year in 1961. He was presented with his award by Ward Thomas, a specially designed silver trophy, at a party attended by over 150 guests from the region. (Runner up for the 1961 Grampian Personality was Dave McIntosh, an Aberdeen singer).
Teen Beat Wednesdays from February 1963, comperes: Andy Lothian and Eleanor Leith, director Andy Malone. The resident band was Toni Vincent and The Mystery Men, with singers Sheila Mitchell and Johnny Hudson. On the first show, the following guests appeared: Vince Eager and Duke D'Mond, as well as The Barron Knights. Guests announced by Grampian for future programmes included Craig Douglas, Jimmy Justice, Rolf Harris, and Lorne Gibson
On Music in the Gloaming on Monday June 3rd 1963 were singers Sally Logan and Peter Mallan. Regular musicians were the Johnny Scott Quartet.
The Romper Room: Grampian was one regional company who produced their own version of this young children's series. First host in 1963 was Grampian's "Girl in a Million" Lesley Blair. On June 1st 1965, for a fortnight, she exchanged places with Ulster TV's Romper Room host Adrienne McGuill. She left the series at the end of 1965, joining STV as an announcer.
To bring in 1966, Grampian produced A Guid New Year hosted by John Mearns. His guests in the hour long show included Geraldine Farnan, Dave McIntosh, Peter Mallan, The Hendry Sisters, The Queen's Cross Dancers, and the Jack Sinclair Band. Sets designed by Eric Mollart, the show directed by Edward Joffe
Richard Hearne was the guest on Grampian's Viewfinder programme on June 24th 1966. He was interviewed by James Buchan
The George Kidd Show (Grampian TV) - Linda Kaye from Tyneside recorded an appearance on the show on April 8th 1967. The guest on May 12th 1967 was Lynda Baron who sang That's Life, and Always True to You. Also appearing: Mal Hollander.
Cairngorm Ski Party (Grampian) - First programme: Monday Nov 7th 1966 introduced by Jimmy Spankie and (from France) Alix Nielson. Regular was Joe Gordon. Resident Band: Jim McLeod. Producer: Jim Buchan. This was a variation on Grampian's ceilidh formula. Guests during the series included Eleanor Keith, Marian Davies, Lorne Fraser, Bill McCue, Ronnie Christie, and Jimmy Wilson. Also: The Magichords, Iona Jones, Davy Graham, Lynn Rogers, Joe McKay, Moira Cowie, and Leoni Page.
Announcing Grampian Television Personality for 1966... Jimmy Spankie. At a party in the Aberdeen Studios, attended by over 200 guests, he was presented his award by Grampian's Managing Director Mr GE Ward Thomas.

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