ITV in 1988: Thames 

16 March 2023

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London: Thames Television House
306-316 Euston Road, London
Tel: 01-387 9494
149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 9LL
Tel: 01-388 5199
Teddington: Teddington Lock,
Middlesex TW11 9NT
Tel: 01-977 3252
Regional Sales: Norfolk House,
Smallbrook Queensway,
Birmingham B5 4LJ
Tel: 021-643 9151
Mobile Division:
Twickenham Road,
Hanworth, Middlesex
Tel: 01-898 0011

Directors Sir Ian Trethowan (Chairman); Sir John Read (Deputy Chairman); Richard Dunn (Managing Director); Mrs Mary Baker; Timothy Gold Blyth; The Lord Brabourne; John T. Davey; Ronald Denny; Peter Hayman; Harold Mourgue; Colin S. Wills; Derek Hunt (Director of Finance); Ben E. Marr (Company Secretary and Director of Personnel); Jonathan Shier (Director of Sales and Marketing); David Elstein (Director of Programmes).

Executives Roy Addison (Press and Publicity Director); Ronald Allison (Director of Corporate Affairs); Fred Atkinson (Director of Production); Derek Baker (Assistant Company Secretary); Bob Burrows (Controller, Sport and OBs); Paul Cheffins, MBE (Controller, Sales Administration); James Corsan (Controller, Programme Administration); Dave Cottrell (Technical Controller Euston); Mike Coxill (Technical Controller); John Howard Davies (Controller of Light Entertainment from March 1988); Patrick Downing (Controller, Visual Services); Catherine Freeman (Controller, Features); James Gilbert (Head of Comedy Programmes); William Goddard (Head of Presentation); Mike Harvey (Controller, Press and Publicity); Alan Horrox (Controller, Children’s and Education Dept.); Ian Howard (Controller of Contracts); Philip Jones, OBE (Controller of Light Entertainment until March 1988); Peter Kew (Head of Central Planning); Bob Louis (Assistant Controller, Light Entertainment); Geoffrey Lugg (Head of Programme Liaison); David Mansfield (Controller, Marketing); Jim MacDonald (Controller, Technical Operations); Ian Martin (Head of Documentaries); Ewart Needham (Head of Film); Anthony Parkinson (Controller, Administration); Tim Riordan (Controller, Programme Planning and Presentation); Barrie Sales (Controller, News, Current Affairs and Documentaries); Brian Scott (Chief Engineer); Lloyd Shirley (Controller of Drama); Mark Stephens (Director of Staff Relations); Douglas Thornes (Controller, Research and Marketing Services); Brian Walcroft (Assistant Controller, Drama); John White Jones (Production Director, Teddington);

Thames Television International Richard Dunn (Chairman); Mike Phillips (Managing Director); Derek Hunt; Philip Jones, OBE; Ben E. Marr; Roger Miron (Sales Controller).

Cosgrove Hall Productions Albany House, 5 Albany Road, Chorlton-cum- Hardy, Manchester M21 IBL. Richard Dunn (Chairman); Brian Cosgrove (Executive Director); John Hambley (Chief Executive); Mark Hall (Executive Director); Ben E. Marr; Mike Robinson (General Manager).

Euston Films Ltd 365 Euston Road, London NW1 3AR. Richard Dunn (Chairman); John Hambley (Chief Executive); Lord Brabourne; Derek Hunt; Mike Phillips; Lloyd Shirley; Colin Wills.

Programmes From Monday to Friday each week, Thames Television transmits to more than 10 million people in and around the London area.
Since 1968 Thames has produced thousands upon thousands of hours of programming for its viewers in London, as well as for millions of others around the ITV network, and its substantial audiences throughout the world.

Thames contributes to every programme category offered by ITV. From its studios on the Euston Road in Central London, and on the River Thames at Teddington, Middlesex, ITV’s largest company produces major drama, entertainment documentary, news and current affairs programmes. It also contributes a substantial amount of religious, children’s and educational programmes. With its large outside broadcast units, Thames also masterminds much of ITV’s coverage of sport as well as special events, such as Royal Weddings and Fanfare for Elizabeth which celebrated the Queen’s 60th birthday.

A montage of people and programmes. Jonathan Dimbleby, Michael Barrymore, Benny Hill, a cartoon and Leo McKern

Thames Television is responsible for a wide variety of programmes on the ITV network.

Two subsidiary companies – Euston Films making filmed drama and Manchester-based Cosgrove Hall making model and drawn animation – complete Thames’ programme team. A third subsidiary, Thames Television International, sells Thames’ programmes around the world.

Earlier this year, Thames was saluted in New York by the American television industry, to mark the quality and range of its programmes. But the company’s main commitment remains – as it has done for 18 years – to its programmes and its viewers at home.

DRAMA: Minder; The Bill; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾; The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole; Rumpole of the Bailey; Paradise Postponed; King and Castle; The London Embassy; Gems.

CHILDRENS: Sooty; Button Moon; Wind in the Willows; Cockleshell Bay; The Gemini Factor; The Finding; Rainbow; Splash.

EDUCATION: A Woman’s World; Catherine; Brief Lives.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: Thames News; Reporting London; This Week; The City Programme.

SPORTS AND OUTSIDE BROADCASTS: London Sports Personality of the Year; ice skating; gymnastics; Midweek Sport Special; football; snooker; darts; boxing; athletics; Cockney Classics; Sports World Extra.

SPECIALS: Miss UK; Miss England; Miss World; Royal Film Premières; Wish You Were Here…?; Standard Drama Awards.

LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: Eric Sykes; Benny Hill; Mike Yarwood; Des O’Connor; Jim Davidson; Michael Barrymore; TVTimes Top 10 Awards; This Is Your Life. Give Us A Clue; Strike It Lucky; Looks Familiar, Name That Tune; Whose Baby?; What’s My Line?

SITUATION COMEDIES: Andy Capp; Never The Twain; All In Good Faith; Slinger’s Day; Executive Stress; All at No: 20; Ffizz; Home James; After Henry; Fresh Fields; Full House.

DOCUMENTARIES: Attack On The Liberty; Earth; Murder At The Farm; Witness: On The Margin; The Grand Tour, Another Side of London; Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow; Smith’s Dock; Luddites; Korea; The Theatre of Rex Harrison.

MUSIC: A Source of Innocent Merriment; The Mikado; Jessye Norman’s Christmas Symphony.

FEATURES: Daytime; Help!; Centrebreak; In the Same Boat; Understanding Families; Compulsion; Kids Work Out; Beginners Please!; Single In London.

CHANNEL 4: Mavis on 4; 4 What It’s Worth; Take Six Cooks; Citizen 2000; Alternatives to Prison.

RELIGION: The Jews In London; Friday Morning; Two Cathedrals.


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