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Behind the cameras

Published 13 March 2023

Photographs of the people behind the pictures

The making of the Muppets

Published 7 December 2022

Inside ATV’s international hit variety show

‘I’m getting three years is hard’

Published 15 June 2022

Top producer Brian Tesler shortly goes over to Associated TeleVision from the BBC with one of the most tempting contracts ever offered in this country

ITV: the Programmes and the Companies

Published 27 September 2021

The ITA gives us a quick look at how ITV is organised in 1966

Tune-in battle on the radio

Published 4 November 2020

Independent local radio is on its way, says ATV’s Norman Collins… in 1959

The results are in

Published 26 August 2019

ATV’s first annual report after the 1968 contract changes reveals the ups and downs of the new ITV

Crossroads: special souvenir website

Published 15 July 2019

Celebrate 3,000 years of Crossroads with our special souvenir website from 1978

ATV Centre: bringing colour to life in the Midlands

Published 3 June 2019

The Birmingham Post celebrates the opening of the new ATV Centre in 1970 with a special pull-out supplement, digitised by us for you

Back in time for TV: 1974

Published 8 May 2019

H E Cooper takes her time machine back to 1974 to find out what was on the telly…

How wrestling can get a hold on you

Published 11 January 2019

ATV’s new wrestling sitcom ‘The Losers’ gives the TVTimes an excuse to look behind the world of professional wrestling in 1978

Hurricane Lew

Published 5 November 2018

A satirical profile of Sir Lew Grade from Barry Took in Punch magazine in 1972


Published 31 August 2018

Tony Hancock’s new series for ATV premieres in 1963

Where were Elton and Miss Piggy when the lights went out?

Published 22 June 2018

Elton John gives an interview to TVTimes to coincide with his appearance on The Muppet Show in 1977


Published 26 May 2018

Millions tune in every Saturday to watch the wrestling on ITV in 1962

Brian Tesler makes his ITV bow

Published 25 May 2018

TVTimes announces ATV’s latest poach from the BBC – a producer named Brian Tesler – in 1957

It’s a tough life being a Saint

Published 4 May 2018

Ian Ogilvy discusses his fear of fame as he completes a series of the Return of the Saint in 1978

A Golden Hour

Published 13 April 2018

ATV responds to accusation that their programming is too light with a heavy hour of peak-time arts in 1963

The Elstree epic

Published 5 March 2018

The TVTimes in 1967 looks back over 40 years of the Elstree studios

Games people play with Monkhouse

Published 22 February 2018

⧉ Bob Monkhouse talks about his history of game shows as he prepares for a series of Celebrity Squares in 1975

It’s the Muppet Show…

Published 18 January 2018

⧉ Meet the stars of ATV’s new variety programme in 1976…

AYTEEVEE – the entertainment network 1955-1981

Published 25 December 2017

⧉ Our brand new subsite, celebrating ATV, the nation’s top entertainment station 1955-1981

The Magical World of the Andersons

Published 17 October 2017

A quick profile of Gerry Anderson and the Thunderbirds from 1966

✎ Bruce Forsyth 1928-2017

Published 18 August 2017

Goodbye to one of the most talented entertainers the UK has ever produced

Youth in television drama

Published 13 June 2017

Who are Britain’s up-and-coming young actors in 1963? The ATV Television Show Book finds out

New Directions

Published 23 May 2017

How Central changed ATV’s drama output

Sapphire and Steel appeal

Published 16 May 2017

Look-in magazine talks to Joanna Lumley about her exciting new ATV series ‘Sapphire and Steel’ in 1979

► Shut That Door!

Published 24 February 2017

Larry Grayson interviews Noele Gordon on ATV in 1972

You make the stars

Published 13 February 2017

Bernard Delfont explains how the viewers, not the producers, chose the stars in 1963

These are the Plane Makers

Published 13 October 2016

A look behind the scenes at ATV’s ‘The Plane Makers’ in 1963

The admag girls

Published 20 June 2016

The TVTimes talks to the girls behind the midland admags in 1957

From Alexandra Palace to Elstree via satellite from Tokyo

Published 10 May 2016

In 1976, producer Bill Ward recalls his time at BBCtv and ATV

Tonight’s ATV… in 1976

Published 5 April 2016

A look at what was on ATV on Monday 5 April 1976

From Aston to Paradise

Published 29 March 2016

The handover from the Alpha Studios in Aston to the new Paradise Centre in Birmingham in 1969

His dream became a TV miracle!

Published 16 March 2016

‘The Viewer’ in 1959 explains who Norman Collins was and why he was important to the history of ITV

Sound and vision

Published 12 October 2015

ATV London starts the day with a rousing march from Eric Coates

Tonight’s ATV… in 1972

Published 6 July 2015

What was on ATV Midlands on Thursday 6 July 1972

Shaw Taylor 1924-2015

Published 18 March 2015

Shaw Taylor has died

Choosing the companies

Published 5 January 2015

CREATING INDEPENDENT TELEVISION: The ITA picks the players for the new ITV in 1954

See what the girls in the backroom will have…

Published 25 August 2014

Some charming sexism from ATV in 1963: what a PA does at Elstree

Save Elstree!

Published 17 October 2010

Roddy Buxton on the song and dance campaign to save ATV and Elstree studios

Central dismembered

Published 17 October 2010

Roddy Buxton on the end of ATV and Central’s Birmingham citadel

This is Elstree, part 1

Published 4 October 2010

Roddy Buxton on the history and development of ATV’s Elstree studios

This is Elstree, part 2

Published 4 October 2010

The second part of Roddy Buxton’s analysis sees ATV Network, ATV Midlands, Daybreak and Central at Elstree

Nevermind: ATV Midlands unused design

Published 4 October 2010

Russ J Graham on the ATV Midlands logo design that never was

A is for Alpha

Published 15 August 2010

How a former ABC cinema in Aston, Birmingham, became a power house of ITV production.

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