Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1971 

16 August 2017

The TVTimes tells us what was on Anglia on Monday 16 August 1971. Things worth noting include:

  • It’s a late start to Anglia starting up with the latest headlines from the Anglia Newsroom at the heady time of 4.20pm, swiftly followed by a handful of children’s programmes. starting with The Romper Room presented by the lovely Miss Rosalyn. We’re Australia bound at 4.55pm then up to the Yorkshire Dales in Follyfoot at 5.15pm.
  • Michael Hunt

    News time now and it’s up to London for the ITN News, followed at 6pm by About Anglia. Your Weathercaster is Mike Hunt.

  • Your early evening programmes are pretty much a networked affair from 6.40pm until 10.30pm, kicking off with Hughie Green and Opportunity Knocks! and I mean that most sincerely folks. After that it’s a trip up to Weatherfield for another episode of Coronation Street, followed at 8pm by The World of Wicker in which Alan Wicker travels to the delights of British Virgin Islands. At 8.25pm we have a former Op Knickers, Knackers, Knockers winner, yes, it’s Sez Lez with the much missed Les Dawson.
  • Irish drama now and Kat and Alfie arrive looking for Kat’s long-lost son… What’s that? Oh right, it’s The Sinners, a Granada mini-series about shenanigans amongst the Batchelors of Cork. Followed by the ITN News at Ten, it’s time for The Brian Connell Interviews, this with the Right Hon. John Siddley. Probably best to get up and turn over now until 11pm when an ITC classic is aired in the shape of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and with a quick Reflection at 11.58pm, it’s lights out for Anglia around midnight!

Networked ITV was a good few years away meaning each ITV regions day and evening schedule could be completely different to another region, or follow a pattern in programme. The TV Times offers us four regional variations for us gander at:

  • LONDON: Thames is the first to get up in this regional block at 1.50pm, with an hour of educational programming starting with Communicators and followed by Fencing at 2.15pm and People to People at 2.40pm. This is followed by an hour of nostalgia with Matinee at 3.10pm then Edgar Wallace at 3.35pm. A touch of Yak! at 4.40pm is followed by American sci-fi series Lost in Space at 4.55pm. Thames then follows the Anglia schedule except for Today at 6.20pm followed by a trip to the Crossroads Motel at 6.20pm. Thames turns to drama at 10.30pm with American action series Name of the Game followed at 11.55pm by another ITC classic, The Persuaders.
  • MIDLAND: ATV starts off with a touch of the occult with Horoscopes at 3.35pm then, into Women Today at 3.40pm. American drama with Peyton Place at 4.10pm is followed by a touch of paper folding… random… Origami at 4.40pm, then Bush Baby at 4.55pm. Then it follows Anglia until 10.30pm when it airs Survival and its final programme is the vaguely titled Speaking.
  • SOUTHERN: Southern begins at with a big of energic Yoga at 3.10pm then, at 3.35pm, As MIDLAND until 4.10pm when it’s Ding Dong… Houseparty! Mr Piper is at 4.20pm followed at 4.25pm by comedy with Lucy. Then, as THAMES at 4.55pm until 6pm. Local magazine programme Day by Day at 6pm nudges Op Knocks to 6.45pm on this station. Then, as ANGLIA until 10.30pm, when it’s Family Dog… the mind boggles, then after South News at 10.55pm we have half an hour of Farming at 11.05pm, the weather at 11.35pm and a shutdown of the transmitters a good twenty minutes before midnight.
  • YORKSHIRE: YTV starts its broadcast at 2pm with a Folk Festival, groovy baby! Then has a news update at 4.10pm and Matinee at 4.15pm before some very basic children’s programming in the shape of Story at 4.40pm and Woobinda at 4.55pm then, their own offering at 5.20pm with Follyfoot. Once again, we follow the Anglia pattern until 10.30pm when they air Edgar Wallace followed by a touch of late night Cooking.

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7 responses to this article

Les 16 August 2017 at 12:09 pm

Flipper was american – i think – rather than australian. Set in florida?

Geoff Nash 16 August 2017 at 12:44 pm

I’d be surprised if ‘Persuaders’at 11.55 on Thames is the Roger Moore/Tony Curtis so ITC series as a) I believe it was still a year away (although I could be wrong), b) in London LWT had bought the show and c) this would have taken Thames right up to a 12.50 am closedown, unlikely on a Monday night in 1971. I think this is actually their epilogue.

Arthur Nibble 16 August 2017 at 1:07 pm

I recognised the picture and caption for Manitas de Plata on “Sez Les” from another listing on this bespoke website, did a bit of digging and hey presto! Here they are again with more regional variations for the day in question.

I really do need to get out more!

Dave Rhodes 16 August 2017 at 2:26 pm

Compare Anglia’s offerings with Border on the same day –

By the way, the full title of YTV’s late-night offering was Cooking Price-Wise, with Vincent Price your host. A bit more about it here:

Rob Horspole 16 August 2017 at 9:29 pm

Michael Hunt was an excellent weather forecaster, he produced information sheets which viewers could write in for, and like to use weather lore in his forecasts. On an editorial point it was widely known that he was never to be called “Mike” – for obvious reasons.

Victor Field 18 August 2017 at 4:07 am

Les is right about “Flipper” being American rather than Australian, although the sequel series in the ’90s (NOT a remake, an actual followup with the grownup version of Bud as the main non-dolphin character initially*) was mostly shot in Australia.

*It got retooled in season 2 and all the human cast except for Jessica Alba got replaced. (Gee, I wonder why they kept her.)

“American action series ‘Name of the Game'”? That was more of a drama with revolving leads (Gene Barry as a magazine publisher, Robert Stack as an editor, Tony Franciosa as a reporter) than an action series…

Bill Buchan 19 March 2020 at 6:58 pm

i rmbr watching on a sunday a WW1 history of 30mins eps,running at about 50eps. this man sat behind a desk narrating with hordes of shot footage from Imperial War Museum. cant track it down. wasnt bbc.i know the host but his name may start with Brian. originally shown in the 60s i think then me…

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