Tonight’s ATV Midlands… in 1968 

9 May 2018

TVWorld tells us what’s on ATV Midlands on Thursday 9 May 1968. Things worth noting include:

The For Schools timetable offers lessons in meteorology and history; alongside two separate programmes to aid learners of French. Helpfully, this edition of TVWorld provides guidance for the intended audience age, as well as interval times for a select kind of viewer.

Following some afternoon horseplay, programmes for younger viewers commence with ATV’s koala mascots, accompanied by the 99th episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood previously televised ten years before, and a venture from the first series of the more contemporary Freewheelers.

Apart from the ITN bulletins and This Week at 8.30pm, ATV take on the bulk of the evening schedule, providing the day’s affairs in Kings Oak and a whimsical historical fantasy drama at 9.00pm, along with presenting the 1961 adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s novel as the Thursday Film-Special at 7.00pm and the second-ever episode of Desilu’s drama series set in 1930s Chicago, first screened in the US in 1959, post-News at Ten.

ATV’s political editor Reg Harcourt puts in a long shift on this particular day: as well as contributing to ATV Today at 6.15pm, he returns at 11.30pm with coverage of the region’s county borough elections. Reflecting results in other parts of England, there were significant losses for Labour, losing overall control of councils in Buxton, Shrewsbury and Dudley. Meanwhile, Rugby, Gloucester, Hereford and Nottingham were among the gains for the Conservatives.

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Arthur Nibble 9 May 2018 at 1:36 pm

The Royal Windsor Horse Show was in its 26th year at the time.

Episode 7 out of 13 in the only series made of “Virgin of the Secret Service”.

Westy 9 May 2018 at 6:31 pm

Real clash of eras with the kiddie programmes.

Robin Hood from 10 years previously & the then new Freewheelers!

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