Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1966 

30 May 2018

Ooh I’ve overslept… it was a warm evening and I conked out on the patio on my new Sunlounger from Andrews…

Anyway, thankfully Granada doesn’t start up until 11.30am this morning, with its bumper packed programme of Bank Holiday sport! Cricket first then, after the News at 1pm, we’re off to the Racing from Sandown Park. I love that this afternoon sporting package is brought to you by Granada, Rediffusion, TWW and ATV, now that’s what I call Independent TeleVision.

A brief interlude moment at 5pm, as we run through the evening’s programming. This brings us neatly to The Adventures of Long John Silver at 5.5pm. We enjoy a bit of Action with Pete Murray at 5.30pm, then it’s off to the studios of ITN in London for the latest news and sports Results.

We zip up our cocktail slacks and go frigging at 6pm, as Cathy McGown offers us a wonderful line up of musical talent in Ready, Steady, Go!

We go regional with Scene at 6.30pm, which is followed by the long-running All Our Yesterdays at 7pm. Off to Weatherfield at 7.30pm for Coronation Street, where Minnie Caldwell is arrested for drug smuggling and Len’s affair with Albert Tatlock comes to a head.

Comedy drama at 8pm with Mrs Thursday. Veteran British actress Kathleen Harrison plays Alice Thursday, a cleaner who inherits £10 million and the controlling interest in her boss’s company when he dies. The popular series ran for three years.

After the evening news this Whit Monday, it’s time for Corrie spin off Pardon My Expression starring Arthur Lowe, who reprises his role as Leonard Swindley. Also, in the cast are Robert Dorning and Miss Betty Driver who, of course went on to play the beloved Rovers barmaid, Betty Turpin.

Granada offers us two hours of drama from 9.40pm. A Quartet of plays by the British playwright W. Somerset Maugham. This bring us up to the last look at the news and then it’s time to say Goodbye until tomorrow.

Adorning the front cover of TVTimes this week is the lovely Billie Whitelaw, who is the star of this week’s ATV production of Knock on Any Door – The Ballad of Queenie Swann. Knock on Any Door was a series of one off plays that ran from 1965 and 1966.

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8 responses to this article

Pete Singleton 30 May 2018 at 1:10 pm

I lived for RSG – not so much for the music but more for the in-vision cameras (complete with ‘RSG’ on the side) and the general mayhem that ensued! [Cue me with my home made camera on Mum’s tea trolley and Hoover cable trailing behind…!]

I don’t think I had any cocktail slacks though…

Neil 30 May 2018 at 5:49 pm

Err…Corrie’s a bit spicy!

Mark C Jeffries 30 May 2018 at 10:17 pm

“RSG”–The weekend ends here! (at least in Manchester–were there other ITV licensees that didn’t air the show live on Friday night?)

“Quartet” is the first of three theatrical films of W. Somerset Maugham short stories, from 1948. The other were “Trio” and “Encore.”

Joanne Gray 31 May 2018 at 11:38 am

Regarding the paragraph on Ready Steady go; I think you actually meant the word “frUgging” as the word you’ve got there at the moment would suggest a different type of programme, suitable only for an adult audience :)

Russ J Graham 31 May 2018 at 12:00 pm

This (deliberate) error is a Victoria Wood joke!

Neil 31 May 2018 at 1:58 pm

Of course if there was a copy of the Woman’s Weekly involved… :-D

Paul Mason 2 June 2018 at 8:00 am

One of the cricket commentators is dear old thing Henry Blofeld who was to become a mainstay of BBC Radio Test Match Special who retired in 2017.

Coronation Street in the good old days when it was relevant not the hysterical nonsense of today. ITV please kill it off.

Paul Mason 4 June 2018 at 5:41 am

I think Jason is taking the Michael out of the Corrie plot line.

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