I don't think the ITV 80's repeats were aimed at original fans - that would be called a revival.Simon Coward wrote:But if you think the ITV runs were aimed at the original fans, why denigrate them because they didn't boost sales of Thunderbirds toys? if they were aimed at the original fans, why on earth would they?thebeekeeper wrote:Any revival could be said to be aimed at the original fans , most of whom would not be around during the mornings or afternoons when the repeats aired.
I watched all of Thunderbirds during its original run in the 1960s and I watched it all again during its 1981/82 repeat - it wasn't difficult. It was on Saturday mornings - in two separate runs, I'll grant you, but then it was originally two separate seasons. The slot was pretty consistent - 11am initially, moving to 10.35am. The second run started earlier still, but it wasn't bobbing about in the schedules all the while. In each run it was shown consistently - only two weeks were skipped, once because of the early start of ITV sport programming on F. A. Cup final day, and one because of a special near-networked Boxing Day schedule. I know that some regions put Thunderbirds and other Anderson shows out in less original-fan-friendly slots, often keeping them for weekdays during school holidays, which suggests that perhaps they aiming at the original fans after all.
I agree completely that the repeats were shown in a regionalised fashion but I don't think they were anything like as haphazard within that structure as you make out.
The 80's repeats were standard ITV practice with ITC shows - put them on as filler and just hope people watch them.
I would say the ITV repeats were poor scheduling if they hoped for original fans to watch them - this was early days for the VCR.
You were lucky in your region.
In the Anglia region I don't recall Thunderbirds in a saturday morning slot ever ( not for any kind of run anyway) I recall the 80's repeats as being aired in a mix of school holiday mornings and other filler slots.
Obviously regions differed . Fireball had some consistency even though times were slightly different between the regions .
But while strictly speaking you could call the 80's repeats a revival I don't because while they may have increased sales of toys where it was on it was nothing compared to the BBC repeats.
I wasn't disagreeing about the reasons why the BBC repeats were able to have that slot or why ITV could never do that . I merely state that 1991 was the true revival as it matched the excitement of the original 60's broadcasts from what I can see.
The ITV repeats were a revival in the same way that ITV's 80's repeats of UFO were. It was back on but with little or no consideration about scheduling it for maximum effect.