Tonight’s Yorkshire Television… in 1975 

14 March 2018

The TVTimes tells us what’s on Yorkshire Television on Friday 14 March 1975. Things worth noting include:

  • During this era of ownership by Trident Television, the Yorkshire and Tyne Tees regions each follow essentially the same schedule all day, as can be observed in the regional variations panel – only the 2.00-2.30pm and 6.00-7.30pm slots see a difference in programmes. This arrangement was ended at the IBA’s insistence when new ITV licences were awarded in December 1980; only for the separate stations to recouple in the aftermath of the next franchise bidding process.
  • In the early part of the transmission day, Granada provides both the lunchtime children’s programmes, while the afternoon schedule is certainly skewed towards the female viewer, with serial drama, magazine programmes which vary by the region, and a 1956 movie with Bette Davis leading into further shows for the younger audience.
  • YTV mark the beginning of LWT’s broadcast period with a repeat of an episode of On the Buses from its final series two years previously, and also choose to air Des O’Connor’s variety programme earlier than the neighbouring regions. Only Within These Walls is shown at the same time in the Yorkshire, Anglia, ATV and Tyne Tees regions.
  • While many of us associate Fred Dinenage with the various South of England ITV stations, he also contributed to YTV’s sport department in the 1970s and here forms part of the Sport on Friday team, while former BBC broadcaster Keith Macklin most likely concentrated on regional coverage of rugby league.
  • Completing the day’s transmissions is a film of 35 years vintage; adapted from John Galsworthy’s 1920 short story and play The First and The Last, and known to cinema buffs across the Atlantic as 21 Days Together.

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Rob Horspole 14 March 2018 at 12:51 pm

And at 7.00pm Tyne Tees showed “Jokers Wild” which was a YTV production. Keith Macklin was commentator for YTV’s local football coverage, and according to Wikipedia also commentated for ITV at the 1974 World Cup.

Whilst Tyne Tees cut their 6.00pm regional news to a bare 5 minutes, YTV had a full Calendar programme, which at that time would probably have been presented by Richard Whitely, Geoff Druett or Austin Mitchell. The weather forecast which followed would have had a separate opt-out forecast for the Belmont area, which was in-vision with full charts produced by Anglia. There was an example of this presented by Michael Hunt (he insisted on being called Michael!) on TV Ark. Michael ended the forecast with “And so to Belmont, Goodnight”.

Arthur Nibble 14 March 2018 at 1:25 pm

A nice bit of alliteration within Anglia’s variations, where four consecutive programmes listed have the same letter starting both words of the title.

Another Southern TV (and indeed “How”) stalwart heard if not seen during “Survival”.

Dave Rhodes 14 March 2018 at 2:17 pm

9.30 – Figure It Out – first of two appearances today for Tony Bastable. ATV would draft in Fred Harris and Jane Alford for hosting duties in the 75-6 academic year.
9.45 – The Captured Years – a series using newsreel footage to illustrate historical points, similar perhaps to the BBC’s Twentieth Century History?
11.0 – My World – Real Life was the title given to the documentary elements of this primary series. The stories lived on in My World – Stories, naturally enough.
12.30 – Following in the footsteps of Scotch Corner in the first week of lunchtime programming on ITV, comes another Andy Stewart vehicle. Is Jimmy Blue the chap who was invited to ‘Move Away’ by Deacon Blue some fourteen years later?
13.00 – First Report – now at one, but not yet called News at One. ITN lose the bragging rights for first tv news of the day, as BBC1 offers a five minute summary at 12.55. A lunchtime bulletin from the regions is added at 13.20.
14.00 – More Tony Bastable! Good Afternoon – Money Go Round would later lose the imprimatur of its parent programme.
14.30 – General Hospital. At the time of writing, the BBC runs three medical soaps. Commercial TV in 1975 felt that one was enough. This is the original half-hour format of a series that went to an hour in early peak towards the end of its life.
16.25 – Jack Hargreaves, on the board at Southern, moonlights for its Norwich-based neighbour, although he’s still in the former’s patch.
17.20 – An outing for the ‘silly daddy’ trope. No doubt a strong, sassy female will show him the error of his ways. Hmmm…
21.00 – David Butler – the screenwriter, not the psephologist, gets the credit on London Weekend’s long running prison saga. Also wrote for LWT’s Lillie and We’ll Meet Again, as well as ATV’s Edward the Seventh.
22.30 – Sport on Friday – Fred Dinenage carried on as host when the programme was reborn as Calendar Sport later in the seventies. Keith Macklin may well have been talking soccer – this is before Martin Tyler’s arrival at Kirkstall Road – although I understand RL to have been Keith’s real love.

Joanne Gray 14 March 2018 at 3:28 pm

I note with a wry smile the Andy Stewart Show at 1230pm. At the time, I was in nursery school and spent my afternoons with my grandparents, as both my parents worked. My grandmother loved Andy Stewart and always watched it on the coin operated black and white set in the back kitchen as she made lunch for me and my grandfather. I would often dance along to the music and sometimes my grandfather would get his accordion out and join in too. Happy days :)

Alan Keeling 14 March 2018 at 8:16 pm

In the 5.20 family slot is Hanna Barbera’s Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972/74), a 3 season cartoon adult sitcom that had a prime time slot on US TV stations. “Papa the Housewife” is episode 6 from season 2 of the series.

Alan Keeling 14 March 2018 at 8:34 pm

The 8pm prime time slot is just right for The F.B.I., a Warner Brothers TV & Quinn Martin co-production, a popular series based on actual F.BI. cases that ran for nine seasons from 1965 to 1974. “Life in the Balance” is episode 17 from season four.

Alan Keeling 14 March 2018 at 8:49 pm

The 4.25 slot is filled with early 70s repeats of the nature/documentary series, Survival, produced by Survval Anglia Ltd, this wonderful series ran from 1961 until 2001 in 30 minute and 60 minute versions with both British & US actors providing the narrative for these programmes.

Arthur Nibble 15 March 2018 at 10:24 am

I didn’t know there was such a thing as a coin-operated telly!

Alan Keeling 16 March 2018 at 10:16 am

Oh yes there was Arthur! In the London and Sheffield areas, in the mid to late 1960s, viewers had coin meters installed on their TV sets and could watch Boxing and various up to date movies on a special channel called Pay TV.

Glenn Aylett 19 April 2018 at 10:06 pm

Hello, Arthur Nibble, as well as the experiment with Pay TV in parts of London, coin operated televisions were best known as being television for the really poor, those who couldn’t even afford the monthly rental opted for these televisions. They didn’t work out any cheaper as the sets needed topping up with coins every day, and obviously people who were really broke went without.
Incidentally, two minutes walk from where I live now, was a warehouse run by a company called Telebank, who adapted television sets for coin operation and rented out these sets, which were often reconditioned. I can remember them leaving in 1985, but I can remember as late as 2004, a company in Workington advertising coin operated televisions via a mobile phone number in a free paper.

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