Alfresco was a sketch show starring Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Siobhan Redmond and Emma Thompson and was broadcast by ITV between 1983 and 1984. Running for two series, it totalled 13 episodes and was named Alfresco (from the Italian al fresco, meaning "in the fresh air") because, unusually for a comedy sketch show of the time, it was shot on location rather than in a studio. Here we have some comic book inspired titles. More clips and titles can be found on the Comedy page.
Aap Kaa Hak
Regional weekly magazine programme for the Asian community of the North West.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Drama from Granada featuring the famous detective starring Jeremy Brett
1985 - 1986
A twice weekly soap set in an indoor market in Manchester. It didn't attract the expected audience and was dropped after only 100 episodes.
Bootsie and Snudge
This was Don Henderson's third drama series playing Bulman. The previous series were "The XYY Man" and "Strangers". Bulman, now retired, ran a clock mending shop in between freelance detective work.
Three teams of contestants from different professions try to win a working holiday. This quiz was orginally presented by Julian Pettifer, replaced by Sarah Kennedy and then Elton Welsby
Created and produced by Action Time's Stephen Leahy
Celebration was initally a Granada local programme showcasing entertainment from the North West. It later became a general arts programme for the ITV network. This clip includes some HTV West continuity at the start
Anthony H Wilson presents this arts festival from Granada's studio backlot in Manchester
An early set of titles for this childrens cinema focussed show
Childrens series presented by Chris Kelly looking at aspects of film making. Featuring movies with a special interest for children.
Clapperboard was also made as a regional programme looking at North West film-making.
Cluedo, with Richard Madeley from 1992. The programme was set in Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire.
The Comedians gave cabaret comics a half hour stage in which to reach a wider audience with gags and jokes. Amongst the best known names were Bernard Manning, Charlie Williams, Frank Carson, Mike Reid, Duggie Brown, Colin Crompton, Ken Goodwin and George Roper. The series originally ran from 1971 to 1985 but returned briefly in 1992.
Starring Gwen Taylor, Michael Williams and Cordella Bugeja. This sitcom gained higher than average audiences of iver 10 million view to the fact it depicted a mid life marital crisis which appealed to middle class audiences.
Connections was originally hosted by Sue Robbie, followed by Richard Madeley then Simon Potter.
Created by Stephen Leahy, Simon Potter produced by Action Time for Granada
Hosted by Simon Potter in 1990
Children's programme produced by Granada for BSB's Galaxy Channel. The programme used the backlot of the Granada Studios Tour as their set
Coronation Street from the midst of time in 1960.
Another Black & White edition of that famous soap from 1961.
Another set of titles from the age when slow panning was all the rage at Granada!
Colour arrives at Coronation Street, this clip from 1975.
Coronation Street from 1982
Rollers and a cup of tea, what could be more Northern? well a pie.. a whippet and a flat cap wouldnt go a miss.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of that cat? Mind you it was 1984.. it's probably in a kebab at Wongs Chippy by now...
Another trip down Coronation Street from 1986.
Another trip down Coronation Street from 1999... (with some HTV continuity)
Widescreen arrives to Corrie in 2002. Special effects were used in every shot of this sequence to give the illusion of the street appearing in a real community. High angle shots were taken of the Granada set whilst the same angles were shot in Salford and the two were matched, to create a seamless, totally believable environment. Brilliantly executed sequence produced by inhouse designers Paul Kearton and Sue Frost. 15 shots featuring a variety of weather conditions for the beginning and end of parts were also created, to complement different storylines
The Corridor People
Four-part off-beat thriller series created and written by Eddie Boyd.
Very brief continuity from Peter Marshall at Thames TV leads into this drama series about police work
in Victorian London, featuring Detective Sergeant Cribb, a member of Scotland Yard's newly formed CID
unit. Starring Alan Dobie as Sergeant Cribb, this ran for 14 episodes from 1980 to 1981. Also
starring William Simons, best known as Alf Ventriss in "Heartbeat"
Apologies for the shakey quality of this clip
Criss Cross Quiz
1957 - 1967
Criss Cross Quiz was televisions first game show based on Noughts and Crosses. The original quiz master was Jeremy Hawk
(Junior) Criss Cross Quiz
Manchester's Bill Grundy hosts a junior version of Criss Cross Quiz from 1960.
Crown Court was a popular lunchtime serial. The jury was made up of Granada's local viewers. The series ran from 1972 to 1984
Right clip - programme credits from 1982
Sitcom based around "Thunderbird 3" and those who worked on her. Featuring C.E "Cheese and Egg"
Petty, a fervent communist, "Heavy Breathing" (described as "the one with the looks") the housewives
favourite and Winston Platt, a devout Manchester City supporter. Starred Bryan Pringle, Trevor
Bannister, Graham Haberfield and Tim Wylton
This clip is from Series 3
Four Feather Falls
Tex Tucker is the cowboy who becomes sheriff of Four Feather Falls, owner of a talking dog and horse. The programme was made by AP Films for Granada Television and was created and directed by Gerry Anderson