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Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:37 am
by paul.austin
My favourite ITV regional franchise story is this:
Thames/LWT were showing something like Super Cup football from Africa in the late-night/overnight slot, so one chap got some beers in and invited his mates round to watch the game.
However, he lived in Royston in Hertfordshire, which is served by Anglia, and he hadn't checked this. Come 11.40 that evening, and instead of the match starting he and his pals saw... the epilogue on Anglia, followed by the station closing down for the night.
They were not too pleased...

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:21 am
by Tim D
One of my favourites that I vaguely remember hearing somewhere was a story about ATV transmission.

I think it was when ATV was at Aston Cross in Birmingham. The story goes that they were screening a late-night film when one of the transmission team noticed that they could see through the window into a flat on the opposite side of the road in which a young couple was canoodling on the sofa. The room was dark and they couldn't quite see enough of what was going on, so when it became apparent that the couple's TV set was tuned to ATV, they started to gradually push up the luminance levels on the telecine to brighten up the glow coming from the television set and get a better view of the action.

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:32 pm
by Nigel Stapley
Tim D wrote:One of my favourites that I vaguely remember hearing somewhere was a story about ATV transmission.

I think it was when ATV was at Aston Cross in Birmingham. The story goes that they were screening a late-night film when one of the transmission team noticed that they could see through the window into a flat on the opposite side of the road in which a young couple was canoodling on the sofa. The room was dark and they couldn't quite see enough of what was going on, so when it became apparent that the couple's TV set was tuned to ATV, they started to gradually push up the luminance levels on the telecine to brighten up the glow coming from the television set and get a better view of the action.
Story at https://www.bvws.org.uk/405alive/info/s ... tales.html405 Alive

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:55 pm
by Scary
I'd heard that story but about ATV in Foley Street London, which seems plausable because of the narrowness of the street and the height of the buildings around it

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:29 pm
by Brock
I remember reading this once in a column by the journalist Hunter Davies, who comes from Carlisle. I presume it must have occurred during the Euro 96 football championships, when England and Scotland were drawn in the same group and played their final group matches simultaneously. The matches were scheduled to be shown on ITV.

This caused tremendous problems for Border Television, whose transmission area of course covered both England and Scotland. Their solution was to record the Scotland match and play it in full immediately after the England match, without revealing the result. This meant that they had to attempt to censor the commentary of the England match, and viewers heard things like "and it's good news from Villa Park where Scotland are one bleep bleep bleep..."

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:23 pm
by Tim D
That's the one. Thanks Nigel.