Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1970 

10 January 2018

The TV Times tells us what was on Anglia Television on Saturday 10 January 1970. Things worth noting include:

  • Anglia are one of the ITV companies contributing to this afternoon’s World of Sport, as their coverage area at the time – and until 1974 – incorporated Market Rasen. It would take a few more years before we’re familiar enough with the presenter to call him Dickie.
  • Wheel of Fortune at 6.15pm isn’t related to the other game show of that name, adapted from the series still running in the United States to this day. An early production from Southern’s then-contemporary studio complex in Northam, it offered a vehicle for Michael Miles after the original Take Your Pick concluded with the end of Rediffusion’s franchise period.
  • First seen as a pilot episode during LWT’s second weekend on air, the cast of Never a Cross Word, as shown at 7.35pm, features an actor and continuity announcer who would, in preceding years, become closely associated with Anglia Television. From Norwich, meanwhile, at 10.15 is the two-hander Saturday Night Theatre presentation ‘Anniversary’.
  • Among the regional variations, only viewers in London are catered for before midday. A different film goes out around the regions at 8.10pm, and it would appear LWT’s late news is listed earlier (9.35pm) than elsewhere (10.00pm).

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Arthur Nibble 10 January 2018 at 12:43 pm

You don’t get much scrambling on telly these days, do you?

“Parkin’s Patch” on the Midland station was a gentle 26-episode village police drama made by Yorkshire, who mined the same seam for “Heartbeat” years later.

Geoff Nash 10 January 2018 at 12:58 pm

I seem to remember ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ having an almost identical format to ‘Take Your Pick’ including the yes-no interlude, cries from the audience “Spin the wheel!” “Take the money!” and even the same signature tune.

Alan Keeling 10 January 2018 at 4:05 pm

The Tarzan episode at 5.15 on Saturday is from the series’ second season (1967/68) and is the first of a two parter called Four O Clock Army with a guest list of Julie Harris, Bruce Gordon and British actor Maurice Evans.

Alan Keeling 10 January 2018 at 4:17 pm

In a late-night slot (11.10) is the mid Atlantic wartime series Court Martial, a monochrome ITC/MCA production, which every week has a good cast of British and US actors. All Is a Dream To Me is episode 17 and guest stars an up and coming young Canadian actor named Donald Sutherland.

Alan Keeling 10 January 2018 at 8:53 pm

In Saturday’s 6.45 slot is The John Davidson Show, another ATV production for ITC featuring US singer/dancer John Davidson, his guests are Ruth Buzzi from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In, plus Barbara Feldon, better known as Agent 99 from Get Smart.

Paul Mason 11 January 2018 at 7:12 am

I had to look up John Davidson on Wikipedia as I knew nothing about him, he being an American who didn’t crack the UK market.
One of his guests was Mireille Mathieu, a French singer who was an ITV regular in the late 1960s but like her now dead contemporary Johnny Hallyday also failed to crack the UK market.
Happily Davidson (born 1941) and Mathieu (born 1946) are still alive and working on their native lands.

Geoff Nash 12 January 2018 at 8:24 pm

Mireille Mathieu turned up on several light entertainment shows for ATV, especially those like the one listed here, aimed at a US sale rather than the UK.

Andrew Swift 17 June 2018 at 11:45 am

Racing coverage from Catterick must have been covered by Yorkshire TV from the new Bilsdale transmitter.

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