Click for larger image Auf Wiedershen Pet
1983
Click for larger image Geordies Oz, Neville & Dennis joined brummie Barry, west country Bomber, cockney Wayne and scouser Moxey for adventures of a gang of workmates working in Dusseldorf , Germany after unable to find work in their hometowns. Supporyting cast included Michael Elphick and Michael Sheard
 
This comedy drama was one of the 1980s biggest hits and was written by Witzend's Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement and Produced by Tony Charles


Click for larger image Auf Wiedershen Pet
1986
Click for larger image The second series sees the lads working in Spain and Central countyry Derbyshire. Excellent supporting performances here by Bryan Pringle as the local landlord.
 
Gary Holton died whilst filming this series even though he does appear in every episode.
 
The Central logo morphs into a roulette ball in this title sequence


Click for larger image Blockbusters
1991
Click for larger image The classic two versus one game show started with a 50 episode run in 1983 and was still going strong until Carlton(London) moved it into an afternoon slot. Hosted by DJ Bob Holness, who is famous for having a 'P'.

Click for larger image Blockbusters
1984
Click for larger image A 120 episode run which saw the show scheduled for 6 days per week from September 1984. Here are the flipping titles for that time as well as a Central Promo...

Boon
1988
Boon was a comedy drama running for 7 years created by Jim Hill and Bill Stair. Michael Elphick starred as Ken Boon, The Urban Cowboy who in partnership with Harry Crawford (played by David Daker) ran courier firm The Texas Rangers....
 
By 1988, Amanda Burton had left Brookside and joined the programme for a year.


Click for larger image Boon
1987
Click for larger image Further adventures of The Texas Rangers. Neil Morrissey had now joined as long haired biker Rocky Cassidy. The catchy theme Hi Ho Silver was sung by Jim Diamond. The 1986/7 title sequence was created by Tiswas graphic artist Chris Wroe

Click for larger image Boon
1989
Click for larger image Another morphing title sequence with Michael Elphick dreaming again.

Click for larger image The Bretts
1987
Click for larger image Bolstered by NEW FACES before this series by SHINE ON HARVEY MOON's Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran was thought to be so successful that production of series two started before series one was shown.
 
Alas, it bombed, series 2 was moved to a graveyard slot on Sundays and that was it. Overseas sales were thought to be good though. One of Central's many co-productions with WGBH Boston.


Bullseye
1984 / 1987
Sunday evening favourite Jim Bowen hosts a Christmas edition of the Darts & General Knowledge quiz Bullseye. Three pairs of contestants would battle it out to find out "what you would have won" behind Bully. Fantastic titles by Chris Wroe with Central Head of Music Johnny Patrick providing the theme.
 
Right clip - credits sequence from 1987


Click for larger image Central Job Finder
1987
Click for larger image Central was one of the first to offer a text based job vacancy pages on a normal TV throughout the night accompanied by library music. When the 24 Hour operation started , the programme lasted for about an hour. Think Pages From Ceefax.
 
Did anyone apply for that Welder job in Mansfield?


Click for larger image Central Lobby
c1990
Click for larger image Central's long running political programme which replaced ATV's LEFT RIGHT AND CENTRE in 1982.

Click for larger image The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
1984
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Crossroads
1985
Click for larger image These are the Phillip Bowman titles following a car around Birmingham. Phillip was brought in to add some glamour to the ailing soap in the form of new manager Gabrielle Drake and the motel now housed a leisure complex!
 
Titles were by Schools graphic artist Stuart Kettle who dispensed with the famous cross credits in favour of a familiar roller.


Crossroads Kings Oak
1987
The Archers producer William Smethurst was now in charge. Much intended comedy was brought in as was the goings on of the village of Kings Oak where the soap was set.
 
right clip - The changesweren't enough, the same year the soap ended. Jill Chance drove offinto the sunset with her new man, John Maddingham, and Crossroads hadfinished forever... Or had it?


Click for larger image Cue Gary's Christmas Special
1986
Click for larger image After success on LWT shows SATURDAY GANG and COPYCATS, Central gave him his own series. These titles remind me of the PIPKINS sequence where Hartley Hare gets squashed.

Click for larger image Cuffy
1983
Click for larger image Bernard Cribbins as Cuffy and Jack Douglas as Jake mixed with some of the lesser characters from ATV's SHILLINGBURY TALES for 6 half hours. Again written by Francis Essex. Produced at Elstree in 1982, for TX in 1983. Again set in the fictional village of Shillingbury and filmed in the real village of Albury,Herts. Very close to Tring station and the very southern end of the Central region.

Click for larger image The Dreamstone
1990
Click for larger image Animation by Michael Jupp, shown within CITV

Click for larger image Emu's Pink Windmill Show
1986
Click for larger image After the cancellation of Central's THE SATURDAY SHOW, a similiar format was given to Rod Hull, Grotbags and Croc for their Pink Winmill Show which went out live on Wednesday afternoons. Credits only

Click for larger image England Their England
1987
Click for larger image A regular regional documentary series that was started by ATV focussing on individuals in the midlands. This edition featured comic artist Alan Moore.

Click for larger image Family Fortunes
1984
Click for larger image In 1983, Bob departed to the BBC's BOBS FULL HOUSE and Central found new host Max"Big Money" Bygraves who stumbled through 26 episodes before a brief cancellation.

Click for larger image Gas Street
1988
Click for larger image Join Vince Hill and Suzi Quatro for Pebble Mill style lunchtime chat & song from Central's Gas Street studios in Birmingham. Gas Street is now where all of Central's news output comes from since the closure of Broad Street.

Click for larger image Girls on Top
1986
Click for larger image Dawn French,Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax wrote and with Tracey Ullman starred in supposed girl version of the BBC's THE YOUNG ONES. Paul Jackson produced both series, with Ben Elton as script editor. The credits include a little known at the time Harry Enfield. Unlike the BBC show this went out in peak-time ITV!

Click for larger image Inspector Morse
1993
Click for larger image One of Ted Child's biggest winners as head of Central Drama was to commission a series of two hour block dramas from the pen of Colin Dexter. Excellent lead for John Thaw beer swilling detective, with Auf Wiedershen's Kevin Whately providing excellent support. Based in the southern end of the Central franchise using all the joys of the historic City of Oxford.

Click for larger image Link
1985
Click for larger image LINK and sister programme GETTING ON ran for most of 1978 to 1987 on Sunday mornings. Link was aimed at a handicapped audience, whereas GETTING ON was for the elderly. Here's a great Chris Wroe title sequence which shows handicapped people enjoying themselves. Theme by Chris Tookey.

Click for larger image Link
1992
Click for larger image By 1988, LINK was reduced to a 15 minute weekly frequency instead of fortnightly half hours. Regular presenter Stephen Mulhern produced Coffers Bear Productions and the show was out-sourced from Central.

Married for Life
1996
After the success of The Upper Hand, which was based on US Sitcom Who's The Boss, Central tried another Americian adaptation. This time Russ Abbot played the Al Bundy character in the British version of Married With Children. Sadly this only lasted one series of six episodes.

Click for larger image Mr Bean
1993
Click for larger image This is a Thames show, when Thames lost their franchise other ITV companies had to "present" independent's programmes for the network. So it became a Tiger Aspect production for Thames presented by Central. Hmmmm
 
Rowan Atkinson played the bumbling Mr Bean.


New Faces of 86
1986
New Faces returned with a change. All were recorded from the Birminghjam Hippodrome and presented by ex-winner Marti Caine who had returned to work for the midlands contractor after a spell with the BBC. Previous host Derek Hobson was now preoccupied by Thats My Dog.
 
Produced by Peter Harris abd Richard Holloway who had both worked on The Muppet Show.


New Faces of 87
1987
Six acts were marked by the audience who had to "Press your buttons please!". The results were displayed on a weaving scoreboard called Spaghetti Junction. Celebrities on the judging panel included Chris Tarrant, Bernie Winters and  Nina Myskow who was the ITV critic at the News of the World. 

New Faces of 88
1988
The 1987 series had problems with ratings disaster The Bretts following the show in the Friday schedules. Thus the 1988 series appeared back on Saturday nights where the series had begun. Unfortunately, 17.45 was a tad too early for big numbers and the show was cancelled.

Click for larger image The Nuclear Age
1989
Click for larger image Documentary series co-produced with WGBH Boston dealing with the history of Nuclear War.

Click for larger image Peak Practice
1993
Click for larger image Picturesque medical drama set in the attractive Peak District National Park created by Lucy Gannon. Kevin Whately from Morse and Amanda Burton from Boon played married doctors.
 
Theme music by nasty Nick Cotton AKA John Altman.


The Price is Right
1985
Click for larger image Leslie Crowther was the first British host of the classic Goodson Todman Americian game show where contestants were told to Come On Down and guess the prices of objects to win bigger prizes. The initial run was made by comedy producer and Fifteen To One presenter William G Stewart who also acted as the warm up man. In the final series the contestants got consulation prize of a teddy bear..... called William!!
 
right clip - credits from 1985


Click for larger image PS It's Paul Squire
1983
Click for larger image After two series of the show within a show that wouldn't be a show without THE PAUL SQUIRE SHOW came this - The Show.
 
A bizarre mixture of fast moving stand up, sketches and song designed to bring out the best in this versatile entertainer. Paul would slap and clap himself before before walking through a door into the next part of the programme. In the credits sequence he would leave through a door positioned in a massive Central endcap. Created, produced & directed by the legendary Royston Mayoh who had just finished work on Kenny Everett's Thames series. Made in 1982, but TX'd in 1983.


Click for larger image The Ratties
1988
Click for larger image An offbeat surreal cartoon series written by Mike Wallis and Laura Milligan. Voiced by dad Spike! Adventures of a family of rats that live down a hole! If only! Very silly and some how ended up on CITV whereas it deserved much more.

Click for larger image Spitting Image
1986
Click for larger image The original style titles of the satirical puppet show. There were plenty of different versions though. The Margaret Thatcher thumping the desk allegedly does not have any sound effects attached! : )  Right - Credit sequence using the Central font!

Click for larger image Spitting Image
1991
Click for larger image Script editor and all round nice guy, the late Geoffrey Perkins now produced the classic puppet show. An updated titles sequence to show the disappearance of Ronald Reagan and the introduction of George Bush as US president.

Click for larger image Starting Science
1982
Click for larger image Max Mason went out on location in the Central version of this schools science series. Ron Geesin again supplied the music, and Stuart Kettle the graphics, but not a patch on the quirky ATV series. Plenty more in our Schools section.

Click for larger image Saturday Stayback
1983
Click for larger image After the furore of OTT , Tarrant and co were given the safety of a recorded sketch show. Each programme was recorded in a different midlands pub with the regulars partaking in the precedings. From the OTT lineup, Lenry Henry had joned the BBC, John Gorman stayed backstage, however, Tarrant, Carolgees, Helen Atkinson Wood remained on screen. Joined by new faces Suzanne Sinclair, Tony Slattery and Phil Cool. However my favourite was Kevin Seisay singing songs about Adolf Hitler and cannibals. Unfortunately this was pasted by Jasper Carrott's series in the ratings and it didn't return. Theme by Roy Wood, Graphics by Chris Wroe, of course.

Click for larger image The Struggle For Democracy
1990
Click for larger image Late night historical documentary series, a co-production with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Click for larger image Unnatural Causes
1986
Click for larger image Ten years after ATV's BEASTS scifi writer Nigel Kneale and producer Nicholas Palmer teamed up again to produce the thriller Ladies Night. Just one of the series of seven.

Click for larger image Valentine Park
1988
Click for larger image Unchallenging light comedy series, one of a number written and produced by Glen Cardno. Set in a park! starring Ken Jones, Liz Smith, Daniel Peacock and  David Thewlis. Series 2 was shunted back from peak time to a 1715 slot.

Click for larger image Voyager
1989
Click for larger image Central started making a few co-productions with National Geographic Society in the USA. When the original 60 minute programmes weren't given a network slot, this 30 minute series appeared scheduled against EASTENDERS. Narrated by Juilan Pettifer for John Gau Productions.

Click for larger image Wayne Dobson - A Kind of Magic
1990
Click for larger image After supporting Central entertainer Joe Longthorne, magician Wayne gets his own show. He makes himself disappear and change places with Linda Lusardi. Aided by puppet Ringo Rabbit played by Bobby Davro.