► Lunch on Thames 

5 September 2016 tbs.pm/9662

It’s the afternoon of Tuesday 30 July 1968. Thames has already been on air in the morning for the cricket, then closed down for lunch. They’re now back and ready to ‘officially’ begin broadcasting, starting with scenes from the celebrity-strewn luncheon they’re throwing in London, narrated by Andrew Gardner.

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garry robin simpson 5 September 2016 at 9:20 pm

Interesting to note,the Cricket was the Third Test between England and Australia at Headingley was the first and only time that I.T.V. had Test Cricket. The Industrial Dispute at Thames/L.W.T. meant no coverage of that Test Match after Day Two also why the double ident at the bottom left of this item. Annoyed a lot of Cricket Fans here in the New Forest. Andrew Gardener presenting the programme. In the days when the Unions run the country and the U.K. were out of the E.U. Come on down Jeremy Corbyn. Great audio. Just wish you had the pictures. Thanks anyway.

garry robin simpson 8 September 2016 at 8:21 pm

Now that I remember What does an off-air recording mean?

Russ J Graham 8 September 2016 at 8:24 pm

A recording taken from a broadcast at the point of reception – “off the airwaves” – as opposed to a recording made in the studio or in the control room or the like.

Arthur Nibble 9 September 2016 at 2:19 pm

Garry, to answer your question about the ghosting effect on that Thames ident….

“The first Thames ident to be networked, at 4.40pm for Sooty, was run from the programme and separately in a display of confusion at Television House, leading to a surreal, double ident that confused non-London viewers.”

Answer taken fully from “Hello and Goodbye”, a Transdiffusion article by Russ J. Graham posted on 8th December 2014. I remember reading it about at the time and Googled for the article!

garry robin simpson 10 September 2016 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Arthur. I would have been only 3 and a half at the time but my late Mum and Dad said [Here in the South of England] Southern Television had to fill because of the new Franchise Contract Dispute that led to the two week I.T.V. Emergency Service in 1968. RIP Mum and Dad. In the days when I.T.V. was a truly Regional Service and life was good. This site brings back many Happy Memories but with the loss of my beloved parents sad memories as well. Thanks again.Disabled carer for my late Mum.

Geoff Nash 13 October 2016 at 9:53 am

Am I right in thinking that this is Philip Elsmore announcing the first programme? I do remember Sheila Kennedy announcing during children’s programmes that day.

Kif Bowden-Smith 15 October 2016 at 4:10 pm

Yes it is Philip, fresh in his head announcer post, after his previous duties on ABC Midlands. Sheila also transferred in from ABC Weekend (Midlands).

Geoff Nash 26 October 2016 at 9:27 am

Thank you Kif. Fitting then that Philip was also the last announcer.

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