PR: From Headlines to "Tight-lines" - The Story of ATV Today

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PR: From Headlines to "Tight-lines" - The Story of ATV Today

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My colleague and friend Thwaity previously posted about this in the 'old' forum so I hope you don't mind me resurrecting the topic in case there are those interested in looking some of the rare archive news and feature reports from ATV that are featured in this DVD. We have produced this DVD for MACE with the intention of bringing out some of the wonderful film archive of ATV Today that would otherwise largely remain unseen. Let me give you a brief synopsis of the set:

This is the much anticipated sequel (sort of) to 'From ATVLAND In Colour' which looks at the popular Midlands magazine programme ATV Today. Featuring exclusive interviews with presenters: Chris Tarrant, Bob Warman, Reg Harcourt, Wendy Nelson, Sue Jay, Gary Newbon, Bob Hall, Nick Owen and production staff Barbara Bradbury and Gary Hughes, this double DVD tells the story of the Midlands News from its inception through amalgamation into ATV Today and the end of the programme in 1981 with the loss of the ATV franchise.

This is not just a TV nostalgia DVD, it also looks at some of the stories from the news and the features from the past that shaped the Midlands through the 1960's and 1970's using over 150 pieces of archive footage, much of which was specially transferred for this production and hasn't been seen since original transmission.
There are several of John Swallow's comic pieces including John interviewing a man who believes in fairies, vox pops on whether the size of a woman's breasts affect her intelligence, riding a tandem with Chris Tarrant, water divining with Terry Thomas and many more. There are also many of Chris Tarrant's films including some of his fishing antics with Terry Thomas, spending the day as a fireman on the Severn Valley Railway and interviewing a man doing a charity walk with ferrets down his trousers - accompanied by Chris's unique commentary on the craziness of some of his reports. There's lots more including some archive sports personality interviews which include Muhammad Ali, James Hunt, Jackie Stewart, Barry Sheene, Brian Clough, Tessa Sanderson and many more. Additionally some recently recovered rare studio VT material has been incorporated into the programmes making this release truly unique.

The anecdotes from all contributors help to give the story it's essence and give a unique insight into the programme and the personalities, all are very interesting and often humorous, making this a very entertaining set.

There are 2 DVD's in this set, each containing 2 x 90 min programmes looking at different periods:
Part 1 -The 1960's
Part 2 - The Early 1970's
Part 3 - The 'Golden Era' (the Mid 1970's)
Part 4 - The Final Era

In addition there are some PDF files of scripts from ATV Today including the very first edition, provided by Reg Harcourt.


The DVD set is released and sold by the Media Archive for Central England who's help has been invaluable to the production. http://www.macearchive.org

MACE are running a special offer for Christmas 2012 :
if you put the discount code: kaleidoscope into the Discount Code box on the MACE Webshop Shopping basket, you can get 25% off your order until 21st December.
This appears to apply to all MACE DVD's not just "Tight-lines"


Thank you to all those who have already bought this and those who do so in the future. We have had some great feedback from Gary Newbon, Reg Harcourt and Bob Warman so far. I hope that those of you that do have it enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

Peter

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Ordered this DVD on release and I must say it is fabulous - well done to all concerned.

Just finished watching the four parts and it brought back many happy memories and I hope MACE can produce a follow-up if they feel the interest is there. Perhaps a compilation DVD (much the same as Network have done with their SoapBox releases) would be a good idea, showcasing one from each of the spin-offs, would be great - eg. Jaywalking, Gardening Today (with Bob Price and Cyril Fletcher), etc.

Looking forward to viewing the PDF's now!

Thank you again MACE and ATVland

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We'd love for that to happen - not sure what MACE can manage this year, with budget restrictions, but we're hopeful they may do something like that in the near future.

In the mean time anyone is considering buying this and haven't yet taken the plunge, ITV Central are featuring clips from the DVD this week. the first instalment is here:
http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/ ... -midlands/

They picked some great archive from the DVD to highlight here...


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Luckily we were watching 'The Chase' in HD and there was a trailer for the Central News feature during an ad break.

By 6.30pm we normally switch to SD for the local news as here in Oxford we are no longer in ATVLand for our news as that comes from Meridian.

Have ordered the DVD.

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That's fantastic news Ozsat!

I think Central have done such an amazing job so far with the feature on our DVD.

For those who purchase the DVD, a large chunk goes back to Mace who use the funds to help them maintain the fantastic ITV Midlands regional library, digitise it, and store it for years to come in digital form. They are a charity, so every penny counts.

This money also allows us to create more documentaries, so every sale really does count. There's so much ATVLAND and MACE want to achieve, so thanks to everyone so far who has bought our new documentary, AND also our FROM ATVLAND IN COLOUR set.

Tell all your friends, family, next door neighbours ;-)

Steve
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