Click for larger image The Adventures of Robin Hood
ATV
Click for larger image Richard Greene starred as Robin in ITV's and Lew Grade's first major hit leading his band of merry men around Sherwood Forest.

The Adventures of Rupert Bear
1970
Boy does this bring back some memories. ITC's Gerry Anderson style puppets were brought in for the pre-school children.  Don't you think the titles are a little scary though?
 
Theme song sung by Jackie Lee.


Click for larger image Astronauts
1981
Two series and 13 episodes of Bill Oddie and Graeme Garden's scifi sitcom about Britain's first three astronauts having to live in a cramped Sky lab for 6 months orbiting the earth.
 
It has been said that the characters of this show resemble The Goodies.... Posh Christopher Godwin/ Tim Brooke-Taylor, educated Carmen Du Sautoy/Gareme Garden and messy northerner Barrie Rutter/Bill Oddie. Coincidence? or are we really reading too much into this kind of thing.
 
Produced by Tony Charles for Witzend.

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Click for larger image Beasts
1976
Click for larger image ATV's fantasy and supernatural series of plays. One of tv's scariest moments from the 1970's. Like Doctor Who, some of the effects may seem dated now, as actors would play a monster in a rubber suit.

Click for larger image Bullseye
1981
Click for larger image Its Bullseye, ATV style, on Monday nights. Jim Bowen, with a bit more hair , explains that darts is the UK's most popular sport and is introduced by ATV Sport's Nick Owen.
 
A couple of extra scenes seen here from Chris Wroe's classic title sequence


Carry On Laughing
1975
An attempt by ATV to transfer the Carry On films to television. All the regular Carry On cast were there as were Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers, but not writer Talbot Rothwell. Despite scripts by Dave Freeman and Lew Schwarz it struggled somewhat and was cancelled after 13 episodes.

Celebrity Squares
1976
Based on the US gameshow Hollywood Squares, basically a big game of Noughts & Crosses with celebrities in each. Pat Coombs liked being at the top left, Willie Rushton in the middle and Arthur Mullard down at the bottom.
 
Bob Monkhouse hosted and it ran from 1975 to 1979. Voiceover was originally by Kenny Everett. The £1000 prize was held in a large briefcase full of fivers by a man in black. If it wasn't won, the box would shut and he'd walk off!


Cliff and The Shadows
1964
A very amusing comedy opening...
 
Cliff's guest star for this programme was Liza Minnelli, the music was provided by Jack Parnell and his Orchestra, and the producer was Jon Scoffield.


Crossroads
1969
One of the earliest surviving episodes of the long running soap. Noele Gordon played Meg Richardson/Mortimer who ran a Motel in the Birmingham surburb of Kings Oak. Created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling who stayed with the show for a good 20 years.
 
right clip - the classic end title sequence from 1969.


Crossroads
1970
Time has moved on and Crossroads is in colour! The classic font and closing criss cross credits, right. Produced by Reg Watson and directed by Jack Barton.
 
The weekly episodes dwindled from five to three following an IBA recommendation. Still the shows were mass produced with most recorded on the first take and many noticed the wobbling scenery.


Click for larger image Crossroads End Credits
1978
Click for larger image A special ending here... so a chance to here the Paul MCCartney & Wings Crossroads end theme. Plus an ATV endcap in CROSSROADS colours

Click for larger image Disraeli Portrait of a Romantic
1978
ATV's four part drama serialfollowing the life and times of former Prime Minister of the UnitedKingdom, Benjamin Disraeli, played by Ian McShane. Made primarily for the American market as with Thriller, the running time was an awkard 75 minutes. Produced , himself by Cecil Clarke, ATV's Head of Drama
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Click for larger image Family Fortunes
1980
Click for larger image Bob's next game was the UK version of US game Family Feud where contestants had to guess answers to questions given in a survey. 26 episodes were made each year at Elstree and it was a struggle to fit them all in the yearly schedule. Produced by William G Stewart who introduced The Price Is Right to UK screens in 1984.
 
Bob joined the BBC in 1983 and Max Bygraves became host in 1984. Les Dennis, Andy Collins and now Vernon Kay have since fronted the programme.


Click for larger image Hancock
1963
Click for larger image Tony Hancock before his classic half hours on the BBC. Produced by Alan Tarrant

Click for larger image Jesus of Nazareth
1977
Click for larger image Now how could this fail, this title sequence surpasses DYNASTY as a who's who of TV & Film. A co-production between ITC and RAI, directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Click for larger image Let's Rock
1981
Click for larger image After two series of Jack Good's early evening OH BOY! revival, the series was modified to LETS ROCK on late Summer saturdays in 1981. With Lulu, Joe Brown and Shakin' Stevens et al as before...

Click for larger image Lunch Box
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New Faces
1975
ATV News anchor Derek Hobson presented the talent show where acts were marked by judges composer Tony Hatch, comedian Arthur Askey, dancer Lionel Blair and record producer Mickey Most.

New Faces
1976
Another classic animated sequence introduced the series in the 1976 series. Famous winners included Marti Caine, Lenny Henry and Victoria Wood who also co-starred with Leslie Crowther in another ATV series, The Summer Show in 1975

Click for larger image New Faces
1986
Click for larger image This went out on Channel Four. A compilation show of the highlights of NEW FACES!!

New Faces All Winners Show
1976
Winners from previous shows were brought back to be rejudged to find the winner of all the winners!

The Golden Shot
1970
Jackie Rae was the original host  of the long running game show. Contestants in the studio and on the phone would tell Bernie The Bolt to move up, down a little and fire to win prizes and cash!

The Golden Shot
1972
Bob Monkhouse was now in charge aided by hostess Anne Aston.

The Golden Shot
1975
Charlie Williams briefly hosted the programme again "helped" by Anne Aston.

Inigopipkin
1973
Following the IBA's requirement for the Big Four weekday companies to provide pre-school children with lunchtime programmes. ATV's answer was Indigo Pipkin played by George Woodbridge and was helped run his puppet shop by Johnny (played by Wayne Laryea). Classic theme sung by Jackie Lee.

Click for larger image I Remember Nelson
1981
Click for larger image The last Cecil Clarke classic serial by ATV at Elstree actually went out under the Central banner in 1982. Starring Kenneth Colley as Nelson.

Click for larger image I Was In Broadmoor
1981
Click for larger image Documentary series about life in Broadmoor, just south of the ATV midland region to celebrate the International Year of THe Disabled.

Click for larger image Pictures
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Click for larger image Roy (Last of The Summer Wine) Clarke's follow up to FLICKERS about the early movie industry. LWT's Michael Grade was not too impressed with this show and shunted it to 22.30 on Fridays.

Pipkins
1974
Sadly George Woodbridge died between series and the programme was reinvented as just Pipkins. Johnny now taking sole responsiblity of the puppet shop.

Pipkins
1975
Another year, another title sequence. The puppets were lead by Hartley Hare played by puppeteer Nigel Plaskitt. Supported by Pig - a pig from Birmingham, Topov the monkey and occasionally an ostrich called Octavia

Pipkins
1976
It's "Time" for another title sequence, my favourite! Regular cast members included Sue Nicholls, (Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts)  as next door neightbour Mrs Muddle.

Pipkins
1980
Wayne Laryea had left the prigramme now and was replaced Jonathan Kydd. The series ended in 1981 when Central decided not to continue the show. Long time producer Michael Jeans continued to produce replacement Lets Pretend in 1982

Click for larger image The Masterspy
1980
Click for larger image William (You Know Who) Frankin with Jenny Lee-Wright as Miss Moneypacker in a Drama/ Game Show.  David Jason guest starred in this edition which had the top prize of a double cassette deck tape recorder/radio.
 
A very Mission Impossible-esque title sequence produced at Elstree.


Click for larger image The Muppet Show
1977
Click for larger image Jim Henson took his idea of Kermit & friends organising a variety show to Lew Grade in 1974 and it was an outstanding success in family entertainment. Five series of 120 episodes. Pitched at both the  US market as the UK. All the programmes were recorded by ATV at Elstree who had to constantly bring over American guest stars who were virtually unheard of in the UK.

The Muppet Show
1979
More from the Muppets with guest star Lesley Ann Warren

Click for larger image Til Death....
1981
Click for larger image A follow up to the BBC's Till Death Us Do Part, written again by Johny Speight and produced this time by William G Stewart. Alf Garnett and Else had now moved to Eastbourne and lived in a camper home with friend Min , played by Patricia Hayes. Una Stubbs again played daughter Rita. The series played without a laughter track and had long silences. Michael Grade was not too impressed and LWT played it at 2230 on Fridays.
 
That said, it holds up very well today and its a shame more weren't made. Speight & MItchell went back to the BBC in 1985.....


Tiswas
1979
The original anarchic Saturday morning show, featuring buckets of water and custard pies galore! Chris Tarrant and Sally James hosted the programme, with help from Lenny Henry and Bob Carolgees.

Click for larger image Tiswas
1980
The Tiswas opening and closing sequences from 21st January 1980
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Revolver
1978
If Top of The Pops was disco, Revolver was punk. Comedian Peter Cook played an underground nightclub owner and introduced The Jam, Ian Dury, Tom Robinson et al to baying rock fans in the audience. Intended to go out in a 1845 slot on Saturdays, ITV got cold feet and played it later at 2300, just when its audience would be at a gig! The humour was there alright, this clip has the theme as Crossroads!  Eight episodes produced by record producer Mickey Most.

Click for larger image Rockstage
1981
Click for larger image A series of late night concerts from Nottingham with the likes of OMD and Madness. Produced by Richard Leyland and directed by Starburst's David McMahon who ,naturally , messes around with the ATV logo

Click for larger image Years Of Lightning
1981
Click for larger image War time documentary series,with a sneaky extra ATV logo...