ITV 1965

Granada’s entry in the 1965 Independent Television Authority yearbook

Granada TV Network

North (Mondays to Fridays)

The TV Centre

Granada TV Centre, Manchester 3.
Deansgate 7211

36 Golden Square, London W.1.
Regent 8080

The Headrow, Leeds 1.
Leeds 33231

Granada TV is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in the North of England from Monday to Friday.


Directors: Sidney L. Bernstein*; Cecil G. Bernstein*; J. Denis Forman*; Victor A. Peers*; John S. E. Todd, C.B.E.; Joseph Warton*; Peter S. P. Brook.
* Executive Directors.

Officers: Alex Anson (Sales and Advertising); Sir Gerald Barry (Education and the Arts); R. H. Hammans (Director of Engineering).

Programme Committee: The Executive Directors and Tim Hewat, Philip Mackie, Julian Amyes, Derek Granger, Kenneth Brierley.

Art and Science: Granada has endowed a Television Research Fellowship at Leeds University, a Chair of Drama at Manchester University, a Chair of Communication at Keele University, an Annual Arts Fellowship at the University of York, and a Fellowship in Fine Art at the Manchester College of Art and Design. The Company has also made grants to repertory theatres in the North, to the Manchester City and Walker Art Galleries, to the Leeds Musical Festival and to the Nuffield Foundation Centre for Educational Television Overseas.

The Granada Guildhall Lectures: Each year Granada, with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, arranges a series of three lectures on the subject of ‘Communication in the Modern World’, with international speakers lecturing in Guildhall, London. Television versions of the lectures are transmitted.

Overseas: Granada has interests in television stations in Canada and Nigeria.

Programme Journal: TV Times publishes a separate edition for the North of England giving details of the available programmes.

Studios: the tv centre, manchester 3. Deansgate 7211. Granada’s five-acre site is an important feature of Manchester’s city development, on the City Centre ring road, near the new Courts of Justice and government offices. In 1956, when Phase I of the TV Centre was completed, it was the first building in Britain originally designed for television. There are four studios, floor-space totalling 8,000 sq. ft., four rehearsal rooms, and facilities for building sets.

Outside Broadcasts: Granada’s outside broadcast vehicles include three mobile control rooms and two mobile Ampex videotape recording units.

Videotape Recordings: Granada has ten Ampex videotape machines at the TV Centre, in its mobile videotape recording vehicle and at its London studios.

Technical Developments: An interview studio has been built at North House, Golden Square, to provide a news and continuity suite for Granada in the North.

Programmes: news and news magazines: Granada in the North — a new format. A duty producer goes on the air throughout the day with an information service of international, national and regional news from ‘hot’ studios in Manchester and London. Scene at 6.30 – a daily service of news and topical features. talks, discussions, current affairs: World in Action; What the Papers Say; All our Yesterdays. Four ‘specials’ by Denis Mitchell and Norman Swallow. The Beatles in New York. October 1964 General Election: Marathon. Daily coverage of Political Party Conferences, in 1962 (at Llandudno) and in 1963 (at Scarborough and at Blackpool). The TUC Conference, 1962 (Blackpool); 1963 (Brighton); 1964 (Blackpool). Cinema. Men of Our Time — two series about famous names in history: Hitler, Gandhi, Baldwin, Roosevelt, Mussolini, MacDonald, Lenin, George V. Inside — series about life in prison and public punishment. natural history: Animal Story; A to Zoo; Breakthrough; People Like Us; Zoo Time (eight years old). schools and children: Discovery; The Art of Music; Afternoon Edition; Railway Age; Automobile Age; Context; Groundwork of History; Man to Man; Spot This – hobbies programme; Junior Criss Cross Quiz. plays and drama series: The Other Man – a 2½-hour epic play based on the idea that Churchill died during the war and Britain was occupied by the Nazis. It’s a Woman’s World – four plays on a theme. Paris 1900 – six plays adapted from the farces of France’s great dramatist, Georges Feydeau. The Villains – series of Northern drama stories. Coronation Street – 5th year. Choice of Coward – four plays: Blithe Spirit, Design for Living, The Vortex, Present Laughter. War and Peace – a three-hour play adapted from Tolstoy’s epic. Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie, Rose Tattoo, Camino Real. Friday Night – first plays by Northern writers. Maupassant – a series of thirteen programmes presenting thirty-four of his short stories. The Victorians – a series of eight plays adapted from great stage successes between 1832 and 1888. Victoria Regina — four plays by Laurence Housman. Triangle – series of plays by a ‘triangle’ of writers, Robin Chapman, Hugh Leonard and Michael Hastings. Mr. Pickwick – a Christmas play adapted from Dicken’s [sic] novel. It’s Dark Outside – a weekly drama series. Blood and Thunder – The Changeling and Women Beware Women, two Jacobean tragedies. entertainment: A Little Big Business; Foreign Affairs; It’s Little Richard; The Blues and Gospel Train; A Whole Lotta Shakin Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis; Go Tell it on the Mountain – Peter, Paul and Mary; Sarah Sings and Basie Swings – Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie; Ella Fitzgerald sings; Sentimental Over You – Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra Jnr.; I Hear The Blues – a negro blues festival including Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Matt Guitar Murphy and Big Joe Williams; Play Bach, with Jacques Loussier. quizzes: University Challenge; Criss Cross Quiz.

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