Top of The Pops
1967
The first edition of Top of the Pops was transmitted on 1st January 1964. The original presenters were Jimmy Saville, Alan Freeman, Pete Murray and David Jacobs. The show went out live from the BBC's Manchester studio until mid-1967, when it was moved to the BBC's studios at Lime Grove in London.

Click for larger image Go With Noakes
1976
Click for larger image TV series of six 'holiday trips', to various places. In the second series, the trips take the form of a voyage around Britain. Presented by John Noakes, with 'Shep' his dog.

Click for larger image Cheggars Plays Pop
1978
Click for larger image A BBC Manchester classic. The opening titles were designed by Terry Speake and Ian Bate

Click for larger image It's a Knockout
1978
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Click for larger image A Question of Sport Promo
1981
Click for larger image Unfortunately we don't have these A Question of Sport titles, instead here is a BBC1 promotional trail from 1981.

Click for larger image A Question of Sport
1990
Click for larger image Long running sport based quiz show which saw it's first programme go out on 5th January 1970. Its hosts have included David Vine, David Coleman and Sue Barker.

Click for larger image Songs Of Praise
1985
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Click for larger image The Saturday Picture Show
1986
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Click for larger image Help!
1986
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Click for larger image Open Air
1987
Open Air formed part of the BBC daytime programming that was introduced in 1986. Presenters included Eamonn Holmes, former Nationwide host Bob Wellings, Pattie Coldwell and Janice Long. The series ran until 1990.
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Click for larger image Open Air
1987
Click for larger image Another visit to Open Air in Manchester

Click for larger image Open Air
1988
An updated more up-tempo theme tune in '88. Now with a pre-titles countdown with 'techy tv' images including Manchester's Studio B gallery and Quantel Graphics Paintbox
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Click for larger image Open Air
1989
Click for larger image The tv set titles are gone, now replaced by a telephone box and a more mellow theme tune. Jane Irving now joins the presenting team.
 
This title sequence was desiged by Peter Phillips


Click for larger image Fax
1988
Click for larger image The BBC's decision in 1984 to replace Sixty Minutes with the Six O’Clock News meant that a gap now existed between the end of children's programmes at 5:35 and the start of the news at 6pm. The vacant slot was initially filled with repeats of The Good Life, a popular decision with the viewers but one which clearly would only have a limited shelf-life - after all, with only 30 episodes of the sitcom ever made, the re-runs would have to be limited to six weeks.
 
By early 1985, a solution came in the form of the popular Angela Rippon quiz show Masterteam, screened three times a week, and the considerably less popular magazine show Fax, shown on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
 
Fax was hosted by Billy Butler (a popular Liverpudlian local radio DJ who had previously fronted the Saturday morning show "Mersey Pirate") and ex-Goodie Bill Oddie. The team was completed with the addition of Breakfast Time presenter Debbie Rix.
 
The show's premise was that viewers would send in "Notes And Queries"-type questions which would be answered by the team, in fact it could almost be described as a close cousin of Southern's "How?", but targeted at older children and adults. Fax was, however, distinctly unmemorable apart from the moment when John Noakes announced the recent death of his beloved dog Shep on the show and broke down in tears on national TV, an event which made the papers.
 
Fax lasted until 1988, when Michael Grade moved the daily Neighbours repeat from the morning to the early evening in response to reports that children were skipping school in order to watch the popular soap opera.


Click for larger image Going For Gold
1988 / 1987
Click for larger image The opening title sequence from 1988 and the right clip a closing sequence from 1987

Click for larger image Going For Gold
1989 / 1993
Click for larger image Going for Gold was a Reg Grundy Production for the BBC. It was filmed in the BBC's old Studio A Manchester.
 
right clip is later from 1993


Click for larger image No Limits
1987
Click for larger image Fast moving youth music programme from BBC Manchester presented by Jenny Powell and Tony Baker. The series ran from 1985 - 1987.
 
We don't have the opening titles, so here's the end credits instead!


Click for larger image Songs Of Praise
1987
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Click for larger image Standing Room Only
1990
Click for larger image Football programme

Click for larger image Reportage
1989 / 1992
Click for larger image Reportage was a current affairs programme made by the BBC Youth & Entertainment department based in Manchester during Janet Street-Porters days.

Click for larger image The Travel Show
1980s
Click for larger image An early piece of cutting edge computer graphics at the time.

Click for larger image Rough Guide
1988
Click for larger image In the late 1980s, the Rough Guides brand was spun-off into a series of successful travel shows on United Kingdom television channel BBC 2. Initially part of Janet Street Porter's DEF II strand, alongside Rapido and Jovanotti's Gimme 5, the show outlasted the 'yoof-tv' strand and became established in BBC 2's early 1990s evening schedule.  Later editions of the show, usually hosted by Sigue Sigue Sputnik associate Magenta Devine (with various male co-presenters through the show's run), were repeated on the Sky Travel channel until 2005. A new Rough Guide series of fifteen thirty-minute programmes started production in November 2007 and began airing on Five (the UK's fifth terrestrial channel), on 7 January 2008

Click for larger image Rough Guide
c1989
Click for larger image New titles and credits from a later series.

Click for larger image People Today
1990
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Click for larger image That's Show Business
1990
Click for larger image Gameshow presented by Mike Smith

Click for larger image The Travel Show
1990
Click for larger image Penny Junor hosts this travel show, the BBC's attempt at Thames TV's "Wish You Were Here".  It wasn't quite as successful as "Wish You..." but was a solid attempt.  It was succeeded by the more popular "Holiday" programme.

Click for larger image Chucklevision
1990
Click for larger image To me, to you! Oh dear oh dear! Popular kids show starring Paul and Barry Chuckle (real names Paul and Barry Elliot).  They won New Faces in 1974 but it took 15 years for them to find fame.  This show made them kids favourites and continues to this day.  (ARK FACT:Barry, despite being the shortest of the two,is actually 2 1/2 years older than his taller brother Paul! Wrap that up and take it home, it's yours) The titles were designed by Ian Bate and filmed by Keith Jacobsen in Studio A with white-out conditions.

Click for larger image Christmas Crackers
1990
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Click for larger image No Kidding
1991
Click for larger image A game show for families. Mum and Dad would be asked questions about their family by Mike Smith, only their answers had to correspond with what their kids had said, who were off in another room with co-host, Kate Copstick. A bit like Wait Til I Get You Home on Noel's House Party, we guess. At the time, it was a stupid concept to put on daytime telly cos kids could never watch it.

Click for larger image Everyman
1991
Click for larger image Religous programme discussing various topics covering all faiths

Click for larger image People Today
1991
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Click for larger image On The Line
1991
Click for larger image Sport current affairs programme from BBC North.
 
The titles are very 80's in design! Designed by Ian Bate


Click for larger image On The Line
1992
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Click for larger image Rough Guide
1992
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Click for larger image The Travel Show
1993
Click for larger image Penny Junor presented the show live from Manchester Airport.

Click for larger image That's Show Business
1993
Click for larger image Gameshow presented by Mike Smith
 
Titles design by Ian Bate


Click for larger image Faith to Faith
1993
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Click for larger image The Living Soap
1993
Click for larger image Living Soap might well have been the first reality programme on British TV. It was based on MTV's The Real World, where they filmed daily the lives of 6 students living in Manchester. The students changed throughout the series, as some dropped out, as they didn't like the way they were being portrayed.
 
Titles design by Gareth Price and Rachel Clarke


Click for larger image On The Line
1993
Click for larger image Sports Current Affairs programme. This is where Donald McIntyre started his undercover investigations...
 
Titles design by Sue Frost and Ian Bate


Click for larger image Songs of Praise
1993 / 1994
Click for larger image The titles changed a couple more times after this, but the logo remained the same for a while...
 
Right clip - These titles replaced the dire ones from 93, now the musicians play the theme tune...


Click for larger image The Travel Quiz
1993
Click for larger image The Travel Quiz was a daytime spin off quiz-show and may well have been Andi Peters first job away from the broom cupboard.

Click for larger image A Question of Sport
1994
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Click for larger image Lifeswaps
1994
Click for larger image Lily Savage hosts the original 'swapping' jobs programme

Click for larger image Heart & Soul
1994
Click for larger image Sunday morning religious series with Lynn Parsons and David Grant

Click for larger image Reportage
1994
Click for larger image Another updated look for Reportage in 1994...

Click for larger image Rough Guide
1994
Click for larger image Magenta and Simon explore the world...

Click for larger image Moral Maze
1994
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Click for larger image The Travel Show
1995
Click for larger image By 1995, Penny was in an elaborate set, and it was no longer a live show.

Click for larger image Heart of the Matter
1995
Click for larger image Long running religious debate series presented by Joan Bakewell. The series was axed in 2000

Click for larger image A Word in Season
1995
Click for larger image BBC Reglion's series presented by Jeremny Vine who looks at how preachers are bringing the traditional sermon into the 199Os.

A Question of Sport
1996


Click for larger image A Question of Sport
1997
Click for larger image BBC's long running quiz show returns in 1997 with a brand new host - Sue Barker. This is her first apperance on the show sporting a rather dull grey fleece!

Click for larger image The A Force
1996
Click for larger image Entertainment strand featuring programmes for Britain's black community

Click for larger image The Big Trip
1996
Click for larger image The youth travel adventure programme of a lifetime. The blond haired presenter is Maura Currie who went onto become a senior announcer for BBC Scotland.

Click for larger image That's Showbusiness
c1996
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Click for larger image Docs on the Box
1996
Click for larger image BBC 2 theme night featuring medical documentaries and classic re-runs of programmes like Dr. Kildare

Everyman
1996
Religious affairs programme from BBC North.
 
This sequence was designed by inhouse BBC designer Gregory Millar


Click for larger image Good Living
1997
Click for larger image The BBC's daytime version of America's Martha Stewart

The Fall Guy
1997
Hidden camera show hosted by Johnny Vaughan.
 
The titles were filmed in the library at Arley Hall, designed and produced by Gareth Price


I Love 1979
2000
First series of the successful genre of nostaligia programmes
 
Designed and directed by Andy Frith


I Love 1987
2001
second in the series of the successful genre of nostaligia programmes
 
Designed and directed by Andy Frith


Click for larger image Bare Necessities
2001
Click for larger image Hosted by Ed Hall, Bare Necessities was the reality tv adventure gameshow, where contestants had to survive in the wilderness on basic rations and 6 'bare necessities'
 
The titles designers Sue Frost and Gareth Price took their inspiration from the work of Andy Goldsworthy


Click for larger image Question of TV
2001
Click for larger image Spin off series from A Question of Sport ... Gaby Roslin hosts Question of TV

Click for larger image A Question of Pop
2000
Click for larger image Spin off Music Quiz Show hosted by Jamie Theakston, Team captains were Suggs from Madness and Noddy Holder

Click for larger image Soul of Britain
2000
Click for larger image Michale Buerk presents a religious programme examaining the UK's faith.

Click for larger image A Question of Sport
2000
Click for larger image Live action theme for this set of Question of Sport titles

Click for larger image I Love Kung Fu
2001
Click for larger image Other spin off "i Love" programmes included Jamaica, Kung Fu......
 
Character design by Gavin Taylor, graphic design by Gareth Price


Click for larger image Who Shot Phil Mitchell?
2001
Click for larger image Gaby Roslin plays detective...

Click for larger image Songs Of Praise at 40
2001
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A Question of Sport
2004
A nice high-tech look to these titles.

Click for larger image Heaven and Earth
2007
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Click for larger image A Question of Sport
2007
Click for larger image Sue barker hosts another series of A Question of Sport, the titles have a stadium theme this time..

Click for larger image Real Story
2007
Click for larger image Weekly news and current affairs series presented by Fiona Bruce. The programme was axed in 2007 after cut backs in Manchester.

Click for larger image Songs Of Praise
2010
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Click for larger image Street Doctor
2008
Click for larger image These are the opening and closing titles of series three of BBC Manchester's Street Doctor. Four Doctors - Dr Ayan Panja, Dr Barbara Murray, Dr George Rae and Dr Jonty Heaversedge all perform GP's duties on the streets of Great Britain. The show has also spawned a spin-off series Beach Doctor.

Click for larger image Dragons' Den
2008
Click for larger image One of the big prime-time hits to come from BBC Manchester. These are the opening and closing credits from series 6. The dragons are Peter Jones, Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and James Caan. Budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to the dragons in return for a stake in their company. The rules of the den state they must secure the full amount of money, or they leave with nothing.

Click for larger image Dragons' Den
2009
Click for larger image Another refresh of the titles for the 7th series in 2009. The Den now features a new building (filmed at Spillers Millennium Mills, London)

Click for larger image Dragons' Den: On Tour
2009
Click for larger image The Dragons' revisit past investments

Dragons' Den
2010


Click for larger image Outtake TV
2010
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Click for larger image School Choir Of The Year
2010
Click for larger image Annual Songs Of Praise choir competiition.

Click for larger image A Question Of Sport
2010
Click for larger image A Question Of Sport returns in HD and with a new look

Click for larger image Dragons' Den
2011
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