Click for larger image First Night on Meridian
1st January 1993
Click for larger image Michael Palin explores the Meridian region with the aid of Network South East and gives us a sneaky peak into some of the programmes coming on Meridian over the first few months.

Click for larger image 7 Days
21st November 1993
Click for larger image Phillip Hornby presents Meridian's Sunday political programme. This programme lasted over a decade, Carol Barnes had presented a series or two. The final series changed its name to Dispatch Box before ITV moved its political programmes to Thursday evenings.

Click for larger image Ambulance
1993
Click for larger image Fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the ambulance service in Portsmouth. The first of many series to follow emergency services in the region.
 
Produced by Studio Z for Meridian.


Click for larger image Eye of the Storm
1993
Click for larger image Children's drama serial. Father and daughter Tom and Nell Frewen patrol the coast on an ecology watch from their converted trawler `Eye of the Storm'.
 
Produced by Childsplay for Meridian.


Click for larger image Full Stretch
1993
Click for larger image Comedy-drama about a car hire company.

Click for larger image Harnessing Peacocks
1993
Click for larger image Serena Scott Thomas stars as Hebe who been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy. She pays for her son's school fees by cooking for old ladies and sleeping with a small syndicate of adoring men (the peacocks).

Click for larger image I Can Do That
1993
Click for larger image Andy Craig presents this programme that gives viewers the chance to try out a job they've always wanted to do.

Click for larger image Late Night Live
1993
Click for larger image This set of titles is from the pilot edition of entertainment programme Late Night Live with John Leslie and Anna Sowbrey. Nick Jackson is provides his uniquly over-excited voiceover.

Click for larger image Southern Gold
1993/1994
Click for larger image Fred Dinenage presents the first of several Meridian programmes to pillage the archives of ITV in the South. The first series in 1993 focused on Southern Television's archives while a second series in 1994 also dipped into the TVS archives.

Click for larger image TV Weekly
1993
Click for larger image One of the few programmes to be carried over from TVS. Eamonn Holmes took over presenting duties for the final series, the programme never officially ended but went on an eternal break when a new programme called Vanessa began.
 
Production of the series was taken over by independent producer, Topical Television.


Click for larger image The Pier
1993
Click for larger image A weekly arts and entertainment series presented by Pete McCarthy.

Click for larger image The Time The Place
1993
Click for larger image The set of titles used by the topical debate show when it came live from Southampton.
 
Originally the programme moved about via every ITV company but by 1993 the programme mostly came from Anglia with one or two programmes a week coming from London or Southampton. Occassionaly elsewhere.


Click for larger image Three Minutes
1993
Click for larger image Three Minutes was Meridian's long running filler programme, lasting - you guessed it - three minutes. Depending on the day of the week the programme would either tell a viewers story, a community issue, charity appeal, entertainment listings or Crimestoppers.

Click for larger image Wizadora
1993
Click for larger image One of Meridian's most popular children's series about a young female Wizard and her puppet friends.

Click for larger image Zzzap!
1993
Click for larger image Neil Buchanan came up with an idea to create a comic book for the TV and Meridian gave him the opportunity to do it in Zzzap! Which proved to be one of CITV's most popular programmes of the 1990s.

Click for larger image The Big Race Special
1993
Nicky Campbell presents this series following a 15,000 mile overland drive from London to New York.
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Click for larger image Dogs With Dunbar
1994
Click for larger image Dogs with Dunbar, Dr Ian Dunbar to be precise about it. The programme featured reports about dogs on TV and throughout the programme Dunbar would assist the assembled dog owners with various behavouir problems.
 
Produced by Veronica Charlwood who had presented It's A Dog's Life for TVS and if I'm not mistaken also voices the Spiller's sponsorship at the start of the titles.


Click for larger image Doing It Up
1994
The late Pattie Coldwell and husband Tony Kerner presented this DIY series from their own home, a 200-year old cottage which they renovated on screen.
 
Several series' later in 1999 they'd finished the job and so the final series was very different with Julie Peasgood presenting and the challenge being to make over various places in the town of Alton, Hampshire.


Click for larger image Freescreen
1994
Click for larger image Public access TV at its finest. Meridian (or was it Meridian's security guard??) gave over 30 minutes of airtime at about 5am to viewers who could send videos in for transmission. In later years the programme was heavily made up of films from Three Minutes.

Click for larger image Keep It In The Family
1994
Click for larger image Fred Dinenage gives us a rare glimpse at the rest of his family in this special series to celebrate the international year of the family.

Click for larger image The Village
1994
Click for larger image A fly-on-the-wall documentary series about the village of Bentley in Hampshire. Originally broadcast on Radio 4, the TV series ran on Meridian between 1993 and 2001 and was one of the longest running regional documentary series in the country. Later also repeated on BBC 2.

Click for larger image What's My Line?
1994
Click for larger image Emma Forbes moved from Live and Kicking to presenting this remake of the classic guessing game. Previous presenters included Eamon Andrews and Angela Rippon.

Click for larger image White Goods
1994
Comedy Drama about two gameshow contestants whose greed increases as they win more and more prizes.

Click for larger image Without Prejudice?
1994
Click for larger image Kevin Devine presents this regional investigation series exploring cases of discrimination in the region.

Click for larger image Screen Challenge
1995
Click for larger image The regions young film directors comepete to gain the title of most promising director in this series presented by former That's Life! presenter Bill Buckley.

Click for larger image Shine on Harvey Moon
1995
Click for larger image Meridian briefly revived this Marks and Gran comedy from the 1980s produced by SelecTV, the cable company which had a stake in Meridian.

Click for larger image Ski Time
1995
Click for larger image Gareth Evans and Julie Peasgood present this skiing follow-up to TVS' Ski Tips.

Click for larger image The Loop
1995
A pop-music series that was partially networked in 1995.

Click for larger image Entertainment Today
1996
Carol Vorderman presents this showbiz and entertainment guide.

Click for larger image Summer Getaways
1996
Click for larger image Summer Getaways was Meridian's own travel series mixing reports about holiday's abroad with places to visit within the region. This series is presented by the BBC's former Holiday presenter Anne Gregg. Later series were presented by Jenny Hull.

Click for larger image The Geeks
1996
Click for larger image Children's programme presented by the famous Geek twins.

Click for larger image Who Am I?
1996
Click for larger image Tony Slattery presents this guessing game where a panel have to determain a famous person by asking questions - originally shown as part of the regional 'Take 7' series of gameshows.

Click for larger image WOW
1996
Click for larger image WoW or Watch Out Weekend was produced by the Media Merchants for Meridian and continued the tradition of saturday morning shows being broadcast live from the Maidstone Studios - except for the second show when a power cut struck and the audience and presenters had to haistly move to the carpark for the rest of the show.

Click for larger image World of Sailing
1996
Click for larger image Nick Knowles worked on several of Meridian's sailing programmes including this one, World of Sailing.

Click for larger image 40 Years of ITV in the South
30th August 1998
Click for larger image The 40th Aniversary of Southern Television going on air was marked with a special programme looking back on four decades of television in the South, who else could present this but Fred Dinenage.

Click for larger image International Festival of the Sea
1998
Click for larger image The International Festival of the Sea arrived in Portsmouth in 1998 and Meridian produced this special programme live from the event.

Click for larger image Meridian Match
1998
Click for larger image Andy Steggall presents the local football highlights from a cunningly disguised Meridian Tonight set.

Click for larger image The Estate
2000
Click for larger image A look at the Beauli estate in the New Forest.

Click for larger image A Year To Remember
2002
Click for larger image Another Meridian series delving into the archives, so who could they get to present? Of course! Fred Dinenage.

Click for larger image Ridge Riders
2002
Click for larger image Nick Knowles gets on his bike with other guests as they ride along the Ridgeway - Britain's oldest road. The programme's folk-song soundtrack was later released seperatly and a special programme celebrating the music of the series was also produced.

Click for larger image 10 Years
2003
Click for larger image Meridian reached a milestone decade in 2003 which gave them a reason to make a programme dipping into the archives. They got Fred Dinenage to host it.

As of 2009 there are no longer any regional, non-news programmes in England.


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