No, not Victor Lewis-Smith! - Dick Joice presented this antiques-type programme for years ...and years. On at 7pm in the East part-networked elsewhere during the afternoons. Though this clip is in black & white, the title sequence did not change until the series finished.
By 1987, the programme was in colour , Dick Joice had retired and John Huntley was now at the helm. A follow up series Bygone Days followed a few years later...
For most of the seventies Anglia's wildlife export kept this classic Americanised sequence. I don't know where The World Of Survival came from, it was simply called Survival on ITV during this time. The producer was Colin Willock during this period.
When The Corby Candle Dies...
Survival - Penguin Christmas
Sale of the Century
"And now, From Norwich . . . It's the Quiz of the Week!" One of the most famous introductions from British Television History, made by announcer John Benson. Contestants built up money by answering questions from the sometimes "aggressive" host Nicholas Parsons. Whoever had the most "money" could spend it on one of the star prizes. However, would the contestants be tempted by the "Instant Sales" between the rounds! After it's disappearence from ITV in 1983, the programme was revived first by Sky, presented by Thames Continuity Announcer Peter Marshall, and then by Challenge TV with Keith Chegwin.
Sale of the Century
Gambit was the TV version of the card game "Pontoon" for married couples. Fred Dinenage was the original host, being later replaced by comedian Tom O'Connor. For me, the show's appeal rested with Our Fred's put downs to the timid contestants, the silliness of dealer Michelle Lambourne's jokes, the insults to announcer John Benson and the music from a jewelry ladened Peter Fenn at the Anglia Electronic Organ! Adding the excitement of unpredictable playing cards it was a memorable half hour.
As many Anglia viewers have direct transport links into the City of London. It is probably of no surprise that Anglia were one of the first ITV Companies to produce a business programme. The award winning Enterprise series produced & presented by John Swinfield found itself part networked on Anglia, Southern & Thames before Channel Four took it on board. Indeed Business was a nice little niche market for Anglia who continued making such programmes for the fourth channel long after Enterprise was finished.
A great sequence this - The titles comprise a funky montage of shots relating to industrial events throughout history, combining animated artwork with live action film footage, using optical keying effects to overlay the former onto the latter. Also, see the massive letters in the Norwich studio set.
This particular edition focussed on a young tycoon called Richard Branson, who had just started Virgin Music & his Virgin Megastores. The credit sequence features another great montage of Branson shots and that rare being of the Anglia for Channel Four endcap.
Match of the Week
Everything was "...... of the Week" in Anglia-land!
All the top football action from the local clubs.
Tales of the Unexpected
Originally 'Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected', this series featured stories with a twist, often with a good dose of black humour. Roald introduced the first few stories from his comforting roaring fireside. Anglia managed to sign up some of the biggest names in acting to appear in tales. Jose Ferrer, Michael Hordern, Elaine Stritch, Michael Aldridge, Brian Blesssed, Peter Bowles, Timothy West, Derek Jacobi all appearing in the first few episodes.
The first clip, Operation Safecrack, starring Sir John Mills was transmitted on 5th September 1982. Whilst the other, The Mugger is dated as 1982, but was left on the shelf until 14th October 1984!! The only person to appear in every episode was Karen Standley, the silhouette dancer and in the USA, the stories were repackaged and introduced by John Houseman. The first clip has the credit sequence attached too. All played to the late Ron Grainer's fantastic theme tune. Note also, the appearance of Anglia's Rabbits Teeth in the top right corner, which signalled that the show was finishing. The first episode in 1979 was written by TSW Director of Programmes to be, Kevin Goldstein - Jackson
Join Us For Bridge
The Video Age
Thames' Peter Marshall introduces the first of many leisure strands Anglia would tap into during the eighties and Nineties. With the Video Cassette Recorder market picking up, critic Patrick Stoddart presented a series researching the new era.
The Zodiac Game
Tom O'Connor hosted this Sale of the Century replacement first seen in January 1984. Russell Grant was brought in as the astrologer for the second series during the summer of 1985 where the series bombed in the ratings and was not renewed. Now what the contestants had to do no-one can remember. Did they have to guess someone's star sign or something? or just answer questions.
25 Years of Survival
Anglia celebrated a quarter of a century of award winning wildlife programmes with a look at how the Survival team captured the footage. There are some fascinating close ups within this "title" sequence. Narrator John Hedges looks forward to the next 25 years. Alas, Granada thought different.
With Gambit & Sale of the Century no more and The Zodiac Game due to be axed, Anglia needed a new game show. The Man With The Mouth - Don MacLean hosted this light hearted half hour. Celebrities teamed up with contestants in this word association game. Given a chosen subject contestants had to predict which words the celebrity would associate with it. Yes! Whilst the predicting took place the celebrities would be placed blindfolded in a sound proof Mouthtrap - a giant mouth on the other side of the studio - but more exciting than the Mr & Mrs booth. Later, there was an object round, what else could you use the object for? This idea was also used as the Props round in Whose Line Is It Anyway? ... and to better effect. Banal, stupid, silly, maybe but I thoroughly enjoyed this programme. An extremely similar idea was used for Andrew O'Connor's Talkabout for Yorkshire Television in 1990.
Gambit producer Peter Townley saw his show "rested" in 1985 and by 1987 had a new game show lined up for Anglia's attack on a peak-time evening network slot. Devised by David Moore and Terry Mardell, three pairs of "sweethearts" would tell a long story of how they met. Three celebrities such as local girl Liza Goddard, Benny from Crossroads and Arthur Marshall of Call My Bluff would then have to guess which couple were telling the truth. The real sweethearts would "win" a romantic holiday to a european city such as Paris for their trouble. Unlike To Tell The Truth or programmes of a similar ilk, there was only one real couple per programme and this made half an hour seem like an extremely long time. Roy Bottomley and Brian Klein, both from This Is Your Life were drafted in as Scriptwriter and Series Editor and I suppose it was unsurprising that Thames gave the series a relatively good slot - that's the one not against EastEnders. TSW's musical director Ed Welch was also brought in to compose the delightful theme tune... and of course announcer John Benson was there too! The biggest draw to the show was Larry Grayson making what was to be his last TV series. Unlike LWT's Fat Ladies Embarrassment Game, Our Lal was allowed to talk on this show and there were great stories about postman Pop-It-In-Pete and friends, but it couldn't carry the show which was axed after one series of 13 episodes. Personally, I'd loved another series of Gambit!
1988 / 1990
Anglia regular Paul Barnes with Pam Phodes originally and Anthea Turner in later series presented this award winning series that toured Great Britain in search of leisure ideas. This episode was filmed in Gateshead, North Staffordshire and the Chilterns
Members of the audience ask questions to MPs and political figures in the East in this programme that is very similiar to the BBC's Question Time. Malcolm Allsop presents...
With the event of five days a week game shows in 1987, Anglia's Hugh Davies followed with this Mark Maxwell-Smith word game which ran until 1995. Contestants had to change one letter of one word at a time so that the word at the top of the ladder was connected to the word at the bottom. Gripping stuff. A lively Lennie Bennett presented. This early edition has all the contestants from the Anglia region and Lennie showing a liking to Battenburg and dark green. Voice over was by Double Dare's Peter Simon.
The Survival Factor
This short lived series was extremely similar to Survival, indeed it could just be a rebranding exercise. Unlike, Survival though this 7 part series was given a network slot by LWT on summer Sunday afternoons. This episode was narrated by James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.
By 1990, Anglia's long running wildlife series was fully networked ableit scheduled against EastEnders on Thursdays. LWT continued its policy of screening extended one hour Survival Specials on Fridays to bolster the weekend schedule too. This episode focussed on Grizzily Bears.
In 1988 the BBC ran a series called The Animals Roadshow on Sunday afternoons presented by The Naked Ape writer Desmond Morris and the Game For A Laugh Sarah Kennedy. By 1990, the series had switched to ITV via producer Mike Mansfield and Anglia. Desmond & Sarah's Range Rover would roam the countryside each week finding people who devoted their lives to animals, the winners of which received a glass hedgehog. The delightful music to this series was composed by Newsroom South East's Guy Michelmore.
Survival - The First 30 Years
By 1991 it was time for another celebration of Survival's best. Unlike 1986's one off documentary The First 30 Years was peak time network series of early editions of Survival previously shown at all hours of the day. This edition from 1972 follows the life of the British blue tit and is narrated by Peter Scott.
For nearly a decade, and well before Bargain Hunt et al, Heirloom graced peak time evenings in the East and afternoons elsewhere. Presented by Antiques Roadshow regular John Bly and produced by Colin Eldred. Health Warning: this morphing antiques title sequences should NOT be worn with 3D glasses!
Well before the days of celebrity chefs and the wall to wall food programmes that were to follow, Anglia produced this Food & Drink clone. Shown locally against EastEnders, but worthy of a network slot, Food Guide gave Anglian viewers recipe ideas that were to be so popular a few years later.... The show was enthusiastically presented by Patrick Pantry's Patrick Anthony, ex Afternoon Plus regular Kay Avila and Denis Curtis, who would pop up a few years later in the short Carlton food series Curtis Calls. The repartee between the presenters is noticeable and they show their passion for the subject matter brilliantly. This episode has the team reporting far away from the warm studio at a very cold North Sea platform and included items such as Southend shellfish.
By 1993 Survival had gone for a very brown look, slow music and images of birds, snakes, antelopes, kangaroos and tigers.The series was still networked opposite EastEnders and Guy Michelmore composed the theme. Note the cheeky appearance of the Anglia logo too!
Jilly Cooper's Riders
20th Century Sins
Anglia At Forty
Far And Wide
Pioneered by Phil Donahue in the US, this style of talk show where people tell their personal problems to a studio audience has had many clones. The Time The Place was ITV's first network attempt at a daytime talk show. Anglia took over the helm for most of The Time The Place and Vanessa followed which dealt with more bizarre subjects. When Ms Feltz left for the BBC in 1999, Malcolm Allsop, Anglia's director of Programmes found Trisha Goddard and thought that she would fit the mantle. By 2005, Anglia Television was a very different animal, Trisha being one of the few networked programmes coming from Norwich. Trisha and Malcolm now make Trisha Goddard for five. Whilst, Jeremy Kyle is now ITV's king of daytime talk.
Anglia Soccer Night
Every English ITV region has a half hour most Thursdays during the Championship season to talk football. Anglia's resembles a Soccer AM studio with kit wearing fans giving their opinions , a studio discussion with local players & managers and recent footage of the local clubs. Meanwhile, ex-Norwich forward Darren Eadie acts as roving reporter with VT inserts. Straightman Kevin Piper keeps it all together. Right - Darren persuades Milton Keynes Dons chairman Peter Winkleman that the production team have the talent to form their own boy band, called The Anglia Boys, of course!
Anglia's TV Times
To celebrate ITV's 50th birthday celebrations, a selection of clips from the Anglia archives which in turn formed a Top 10 show. Programmes featured included Miss Anglia, Sale of the Century, Match of the Week, Tales of the Unexpected, Farming Diary, the PD James series, BC's Birthday Club, Romper Room, Patrick's Pantry, Survival and Bygones. Amongst the talking heads were Helen McDermott, Gerry Harrison, Paul Barnes, David Hamilton, various producers and Mr Midnight , Paul Lavers. Lavers, it was revealed talked over the boring programmes live from the continuity booth in an effort to jazz them up. The best quote though was from Diddy David who introduced weatherman Michael Hunt by shortening his christian name. This was an action he would dare not repeat!