Click for larger image Concrete & Clay / Credo
1980s
Click for larger image "Concrete and Clay" was a six-part series looking at environmental issues in south-east England, which ran on Sunday evenings from 04/09/1987 - 09/10/1987. The mellow, animated title sequence suggests a rural idyll at risk of vanishing beneath a spaghetti-like mess of motorways. Meanwhile, "Credo" was a half-hour religious strand for Sunday lunchtimes in the 1970s, initially seen only in the LWT region. "Credo" transferred to Channel 4 in an hour-long slot not long after the new network launched in late 1982; ultimately it was axed in favour of new religious shows.

Click for larger image Crimestoppers
1989
Click for larger image From 1988 onwards, "Crimestoppers" appeals were broadcast in four ITV regions: HTV, Yorkshire, Tyne Tees and London. They were usually narrated by an employee of the local ITV station - in this case, Shaw Taylor, famous from his "Police Five" appeal series. Appeals were usually two minutes long and featured urgent synthesized music, but by the 1990s this was changed in order to avoid scaring young viewers during daytime screenings. Crimestoppers was founded in Norfolk in 1983 and launched as a national charitable organisation in 1988.

Click for larger image The London Programme
1982
Click for larger image LWT was very proud of this hard-hitting current affairs and documentary strand, which usually tackled a single issue in each edition. "The London Programme" became one of the longest-running current affairs series on ITV. The first edition was screened on 13/04/1975 and looked at Docklands Airport security, and the series ran until 2008 hosted by Godfrey Hodgson, Andrew Phillips, John Taylor, Trevor Phillips, Jackie Ashley and Phil Gayle. Our earliest clip is the closing sequence from the 04/06/1982 edition covering London's South Bank, featuring Andrew Phillips.

Click for larger image The London Programme
1983
Click for larger image Regular reporter John Taylor also produced and directed many of the films during the 1980s, each covering a different subject. This example from 11/11/1983 is entitled Football Hooligans, and asks whether violent supporters can be outwitted. This followed the November 1983 riots between Tottenham Hotspur fans and those of the Dutch team Feyenoord. The title sequence on this clip was used for many years: grimy-looking colour-treated film footage of Londoners intercut with maps from the city A-Z, accompanied by a stonkingly good theme tune.

Click for larger image The London Programme
1999
Click for larger image An edition from the 25th anniversary series in 1999 covering internet pornography. "The London Programme" was blessed with an opening theme tune composed by John Kongos, who also created the music for C.A.T.S. Eyes, Fraggle Rock and Sunday Sunday. It is much-loved by connoisseurs of TV themes, especially the punky version that graced 1980s editions of the series.

Click for larger image The London Weekend Show
1975
Click for larger image This current affairs show for teenagers represents columnist Janet Street Porter's TV break. Wearing sunglasses to look "with it", she wrote The London Weekend and co-hosted with John Gorman (executive produced by John Birt), bringing lucky viewers a mix of live music, studio chat and filmed reports. Among the contributors to this edition are Judge Dredd, and Peter Laurie who contributes a film report about hidden government bases.

Click for larger image The London Weekend Show
1978
Click for larger image The opening titles to a famous July 1978 edition featuring David Bowie in Concert. By this time the series had moved away from a studio-based magazine format towards single films covering current affairs topics of interest to cool kids: young writers, arson, boy prostitutes, the young National Front, animal liberation, lesbians, motorbikes, truancy, boxing and many more - until July 1979. This title sequence is hugely memorable, featuring a confident young bloke strolling down a street of houses whose TV aerials all resemble the London Weekend logo.

Click for larger image Metro
1991
Click for larger image Rather like a televised edition of Time Out Magazine, Metro was an arts-based listings and review show introduced by Ian Dury. This edition from January 1991 included a report on Frances Barber's performance as Eliza Doolittle in the National Theatre's production of "Pygmalion."

Click for larger image Missing
1992
Click for larger image The subject of missing people always makes for poignant television: distressed relatives, hard-working detectives, hand-wringing charity officers appealing for information. There have been many such series, often with the exact same title. This is one of the earliest examples, running on LWT in 1992 hosted by Alastair Stewart in front of a studio audience.

Click for larger image Police Five / Police Five Plus
1988
Click for larger image Shaw Taylor devised this series, appealing to the public for help in solving crimes. Starting on ATV, it ran for thirty years from 1962 to 1992. Taylor also produced editions for other ITV regions, including TVS, as well as a spin-off show for younger viewers, "Junior Police 5" during the 1970s. His constant request that viewers should be vigilant became his catchphrase: "Keep 'em peeled!" He first used it on "Junior Police 5" and then, with the encouragement of the studio crew, he adopted it for the adult version.

Click for larger image The Weekend Show
1998
Click for larger image For some reason, Andi Peters didn't disappear into obscurity once he had grown out of introducing Children's BBC programmes in "The Broom Cupboard". He went on to have a career hosting pop and showbiz programmes during the late nineties and early noughties, in addition to becoming an executive at LWT. This regional entertainment show on Friday nights - a latter-day "Six O'Clock Show" - is typical of his output at the time.


Click for larger image Twentieth Century Box
1980
Click for larger image Both the London Community Unit and the London Minorities Unit gave airtime to local community groups and also provided an 'action desk' information service for Londoners. This half-hour show on heavy metal music was made by the Minorities Unit and introduced by Danny Baker. There were three series of Twentieth Century Box, originally titled 20th Century Box; the first two series were filmed in monochrome, and the 1982 series was in colour.

Click for larger image London Community Unit
1984 & 1987
Click for larger image Two examples of LCU broadcasts, usually no more than 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration and transmitted during ad breaks. The 1984 clip offers a helpline for women who are the subject of domestic violence while the 1987 clip offers information about the Age Concern charity and its "Agewell" initiative.