Click for larger image 4 What It's Worth
1986
Click for larger image This consumer programme was the natural successor to Thames' Money-Go-Round when many ITV shows transferred to Channel 4. This edition, presented by Penny Junor was recorded when the Thames electricians went on strike! The show was the first on TV to adopt the aggressive reporting style later used on TV by Roger Cook. Its long serving editor was Mary McAnally who later became chief executive at Meridian.

Click for larger image 11 O'Clock Show
1999
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Click for larger image A Plus 4
1984
Click for larger image Afternoon chat hosted by Mavis Nicholson.

Click for larger image A Very British Coup
1988
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Absolutely
1989
"A comedy of observation" said Michael Grade playing himself in this very funny character led series. Pete Baikie provided much of the music, Morwenna Banks was the little girl, John Docherty & Moray Hunter were Don & George and Gordon Kennedy was the head of Stoneybridge Town Council. With the brilliant John Sparkes as Frank Hovis on the toilet and DIY with Denzil.

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1990
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Click for larger image Arthur and Phil Go Off..
1987
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Click for larger image The Big Breakfast Last Edition
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Click for larger image The Big Breakfast
1992
The first episode of the Big Breakfast presented by Chris Evans and Gaby Roslin
 
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Click for larger image The Big Breakfast End of The Year Show
1992
Click for larger image Three months after its launch the Big Breakfast crew welcomed in 1993.

Click for larger image The Bigger Breakfast
1998
Click for larger image Expanded version of The Big Breakfast, during school holidays The Bigger Breakfast would take over from 9am

Click for larger image The Big Breakfast
2000
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Click for larger image The Big Breakfast
2001
Click for larger image Chris and Gaby had long since moved to pastures new and nine years after the show had launched, the appropriately named Richard Bacon was at the helm.

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2001
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Brass Eye
1997
A few years after The Day Today, Chris Morris returned to our screens with this satirical look at TV current affairs, the continuity annnoucer says. Most controversy concerned celebrities/MPs being duped into believing what they were saying was true. Here Eve Pollard seriously tells us about a 2 foot testicle which does not have long to live. Sorry Eve. By the way, contains a great spoof title sequence!

Brookside
1991
Although on Channel 4 since the start these titles of the Scouse soap were shown in 1991. Not that there's any difference in them! Nowadays its difficult to find Brookie in the Channel Four schedule!

Click for larger image Channel 4 Racing
1989
Click for larger image Channel 4 took over ITV's midweek coverage of horse racing shortly after the channel went on air and following the demise of World Of Sport, it took over all of ITV's racing coverage. Racing on Saturday afternoons has been part of Channel 4 ever since. This example comes from 1989.

Click for larger image Chelmsford 123
1988
Click for larger image The first sitcom from Hat Trick Productions, easily one of the brightest and successful comedy production companies in the UK. Jimmy Mulville, Rory McGrath and Phil Pope from Who Dares Wins starred with Denise O'Donoghue producing. Mulville played the Roman Governor of Britain with McGrath, Pope & a pre Dead Donkey Neil Pearson as the invaded locals of Chelmsford.

Click for larger image Club X-tra
1989
Click for larger image One of Channel 4's attempts at being right-on was an arts programme set in a nightclub, complete with music. This was obviously some sort of follow-up as the main programme was called Club X.

Click for larger image The Comic Strip Presents ... More Bad News
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Click for larger image The Comic Strip Presents ... War
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Click for larger image Countdown
1982
Click for larger image Channel Four's first programme, the popular words and numbers gameshow presented by Richard Whiteley. Originally there were two hostesses Beverley Isherwood and Cathy Hytner to deliver the letters. Whilst our Carol had to take turns with Doctor Linda Barrett to be the maths expert!
 
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Click for larger image Countdown
1988
The YTV graphics department had now been given a computer to play with. This is what they came up with. Our Carol was still only judging the numbers game. The hostess was now Karen Loughlin from Sale of the Century. By now, Cathy Hyther had left the show to run a B & B in France, apparently.

Countdown
1997
By 1997, Countdown had notched up its 1999th & 2000th editions, the latter hosted by William G Stewart. Producing the show at this time was Mark Nyman who was one of the youngest contestants in the show's early years. Out of all the assistants Richard had throughout the years, only Carol Vorderman remained, now picking the numbers, the letters and still being the best Vital Statisician!! These titles are based on a ticking metronome, whose last regular TV appearance must have been in Pipkins!! The 1999th edition clip, clearly shows Richard's enthusiasm and enjoyment for Carol & the show. Richard's death is a sad loss to the county of Yorkshire, Channel 4 & the TV industry as a whole. He will be sadly missed. Many thanks to Steve G for providing the clips.

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2001
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Click for larger image Crawshaw's Sketching & Drawing Course
1995
Click for larger image I think you'll agree that this series is an example of public service broadcasting as it should be. It's a shame that such programming seems not to be worthy of airtime there days.

Click for larger image The Crystal Maze
1991
Click for larger image 1991 saw the second series of The Crystal Maze, with Richard O'Brien continuing as your guide.

Click for larger image The Crystal Maze
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Click for larger image Richard O'Brien hosts the puzzle-based gameshow set in four zones - Aztec, Futuristic, Medieval and Industrial - with the Crystal Dome located in the middle.

Click for larger image Conversation Pieces
1983
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Click for larger image Coping
1983
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Click for larger image Cutting Edge
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Click for larger image Cutting Edge
1990
Click for larger image One of the channel's most successful documentary series and still running today. The series came into its own when it used the docusoap model in the early series. Now, one hour about a subject is ample, but the siblings it has spawned has changed TV forever.

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2000
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Click for larger image Channel 4 At Twenty Five
2007
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Click for larger image Da Ali G Show
2000
Click for larger image Satirical comedy series presented by Sacha Baron Cohen

Click for larger image Desmonds
1992
Click for larger image Comedy series set in a barbers shop in Peckham, London

Click for larger image Design Matters
1983
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Dick Spanner
1986 Anderson Burr
Dick Spanner was a Sam Spade style claymation Private Investigator who got himself involved in various scrapes. Created by Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr the series premiered within the first series of Network 7 as five minute segments with cliffhanger endings. The comedy came from visual gags and a tight script, a style made famous by the Zucker brothers. Anderson Burr must also have been influenced by Warner Bros. as the Zippo company has taken over Acme's reign here. A similar character, Lou Tennent, appeared in a campaign for Tennent's Pilsner shortly after. A great little series if you are able to see it.

Click for larger image Dispatches
1993
Click for larger image First there was The Friday Alternative, then Diverse Reports for a short time. However, Dispatches beats them all. The heavyweight current affairs programme is still running today.

Click for larger image Drop The Dead Donkey
1991
Click for larger image Topical comedy series set in a television newsroom. The episodes were edited just hours before transmission; the content updated to include late-breaking news stories. Produced by Hat Trick Productions for Channel Four.

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Click for larger image The Eleventh Hour
1986
Click for larger image Many independent producers pitched their single or short-run documentaries for this serious strand, often dealing with the Third World. Since it always came on Mondays 23.00 after Hill Street or St Elsewhere, for me it meant turn over or go to bed.

Click for larger image Eurotrash
1996
Click for larger image Off-beat look at trashy European culture presented by Antoine de Caunes

Click for larger image Fanny Waterman
1983
Click for larger image Dame Fanny Waterman is a piano teacher who felt that young British pianists needed a goal to give them a competitive edge with foreign pianists.  This show was intended to help achieve that goal, with the help of Dame Waterman herself.  Produced by Yorkshire Television for Channel 4   Left Clip - Opening titles with very strange music, complete with zooming static shots, as was popular for Yorkshire Television programmes at the time.   Right Clip - Credit sequence with Benjamin Frith playing a classical sequence.  (If you read the credits, you'll see the floor manager is called Tim Dowd, who is now a producer/director on Emmerdale and Coronation Street amongst others.)

Click for larger image Fairly Secret Army
1986
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Click for larger image Father Christmas
1991
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Click for larger image Father's Day
1983
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Click for larger image Fifteen To One
1988
Click for larger image An early edition of the rapid-fire quiz hosted by William G Stewart, who used to produce such shows as The Price Is Right.

Click for larger image Football Italia
1996
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Click for larger image Fourmations
1991
Click for larger image Fourmations was a strand to showcase animation on Channel 4, usually to producers new to television. These titles are based on a multi-coloured, energetic tribal person whilst performing a Mad Lizzie workout!

Click for larger image Friday Night Live
1988
Click for larger image Live music and comedy show presented by Ben Elton and produced by LWT for Channel Four. Previously called Saturday Live

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