Tonight’s ABC North… in 1966 

11 September 2014

E 19660911 ABC North

Sheila Kennedy CA on ABC North 1966From the TVTimes for Sunday 11 September 1966 comes this run down of what you could be watching on ABC North. Things worth noting:

  • Closedown between 12.15pm and 1.20pm, complete with the transmitters being shut down. This allowed everyone involved, in theory, to go off and have a hearty Sunday lunch. The announcers at ABC would cross the road and pop into The Parrs Wood pub in Didsbury for their dinner – John Benson often acknowledging his intended destination on air
  • See It On Sunday is billed as an “Independent Television Production”. This is usually code for “made by one company but paid for by another”
  • The Morning Service, See It On Sunday, You and Your Library, Tempo Encore, Tingha and Tucker‘s Sunday outing and Hallelujah are all “balancing programmes” – they don’t count towards the limited overall hours allowed on air, but they do count towards the limited overall number of advertising minutes in the day. By carefully using such programmes to “balance” the more popular entertainment later in the evening, ITV companies could squeeze an extra couple of minutes advertising money out of peak time and also stay on air a bit longer
  • You and Your Library from ABC is a lovely forgotten place to find Ted Childs, later the big name producer at Thames and Central for programmes such as The Sweeney and Inspector Morse
  • Weavers Green from Anglia was shown on Thursdays and Sundays, a very unusual situation for the time, meaning it played on both Granada and ABC.
  • ABC bought Batman for the ITV network from the US ABC. They decided to count this as investing in the programme and thus used Batman imagery in their off-air advertising to advertisers, cheekily implying that the ABC that made it was our ABC
  • The Human Jungle is an Associated British Picture Corporation-made programme pre-sold to Independent Artists who claimed it as an Independent Artists Production and presented by ABC who also claimed it as an ABC production. The tangled web we weave when we try to get both tax relief on export dollars and acknowledgement from the ITA that something counts as towards home-produced network output!

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5 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 11 September 2014 at 5:00 pm

An early sighting of Barry Davies as a TV football commentator, before he moved to the BBC. ITV signed Brian Moore up, and Barry felt his chances of progressing in the commercial channel were limited.

Arthur Nibble 11 September 2014 at 10:56 pm

Sorry to monopolise, but mention should be made again of “Weavers Green”, the twice-weekly “Emmerdale Farm” prototype and Anglia’s only attempt at a ‘soap’, effectively killed off because the weekend ITV stations didn’t show the weekend episode on the same day, thus starving the show of proper media / ratings attention. I’m sure I read that Anglia retaliated for a while when Yorkshire’s properly approved “Emmerdale” became part of the early evening listings by refusing to screen it at the same time as the rest of the ITV network.

Joanne Gray 3 October 2015 at 6:52 pm

Interesting to see a listing for the Littlest Hobo, starring London the dog. I was born in 1971 and remember the version from the late 1970s/early 80s very well (also starring an Alsatian called London – not the same one, surely?). I had no idea that this show’s origins were in the 1960s.

I learn something new every day :)

Russ J Graham 3 October 2015 at 7:23 pm

The later dog was the grandson of the original London, bred by both dogs’ owner Chuck Eisenmann. But the “London” in both series was merely the “show dog” – the most beautiful and best behaved of all of Eisenmann’s dogs. There were various other dogs, all related to the original London (siblings, children, grandchildren, second cousins etc) who performed different roles in both series – one was a good jumper, one was a good runner, one was a good biter etc etc.

Sarah Morris 18 December 2015 at 8:39 pm

Is that the same KateO’Mara in Weavers Green,that went onto start in Triangle, the classy soap on a boat?

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