ITV 1968

Granada’s entry in the 1968 Independent Television Authority yearbook

Granada Television

The TV Centre
The TV Centre

North (Mondays to Fridays)

Granada Television is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in the North of England from Monday to Friday. From 30th July 1968 the Northern area will be divided along the line of the Pennines and served by two seven-day companies: Granada Television will provide the programmes in Lancashire (including Cheshire and parts of other counties), and Yorkshire Television will provide the programmes in Yorkshire.

Granada TV Centre, Manchester 3
Deansgate 7211
The Headrow, Leeds 1
Leeds 33231
St Martin’s House, Bull Ring, Birmingham 5
Midland 4129
36 Golden Square, London W1
Regent 8080


Directors: Sidney L. Bernstein, LL.D. (Chairman); Cecil G. Bernstein (Jt. Managing Director); J. Denis Forman (Jt. Managing Director); Julian Amyes; W. R. Carr; J. Warton.
executive directors: Fred Bond (General Manager); Barrie Heads (Executive Producer); Peter Rennie (Sales Director).

Officers: Sir Gerald Barry (Education and the Arts); Alan Gilbert (Chief Accountant); M. J. Harwood (Secretary); R. H. Hammans (Director of Engineering).

Programme Committee: Sidney L. Bernstein, Cecil G. Bernstein, J. Denis Forman, Julian Amyes, Kenneth Brierley, Derek Granger, Barrie Heads, Philip Mackie, David Plowright.

Studios: the tv centre, manchester 3. DEAnsgate 7211. A £3,000,000 redevelopment scheme, due to be completed in 1968, will make the Granada TV Centre in Manchester a highly modern and efficient television production unit. On a five-acre site, a landmark in the heart of Manchester’s new city-centre development, the TV Centre was the first building in Britain specifically designed for television when it first went on the air in May 1956. The new re-equipment project will give Granada three large drama studios and three current-affairs studios, new control suites, new telecine and videotape areas, new central apparatus room and central control room, and a custom-built switching system. The first colour studio will be in operation soon.

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

Programmes: news and news magazines: Scene, daily service of news and features for viewers in Granadaland. Link-up with remote control studio in London. current affairs: World in Action, weekly on-the-spot reports from across the world on news and current trends. This England, reports on life in Britain. What the Papers Say, Granada’s longest running weekly programme, first transmitted 5th November 1956, reviews how the newspapers have covered the week’s news. Cinema, films, the stars in them, and the producers and directors who have made them. Conferences, Granada first pioneered live all day coverage of the political conferences and TUC six years ago. The service continues. historical: Ten Days that Shook the World, first definitive television account of the Russian Revolution of 1917. News film of the time, on-the-spot reconstructions. A co-production by Granada in Manchester and Novosti in Moscow, shown simultaneously across the world on the 50th anniversary of the Revolution. Lusitania, dramatic reconstruction of the torpedoing by a U-boat of the liner Lusitania off the coast of Southern Ireland in 1915. The R101, the pride of Britain’s fleet of airships, crashed in flames near Paris on her maiden flight to India in 1930. The Thetis, the Royal Navy’s biggest, newest submarine, sailed out of the Mersey on her sea trials in June 1939. She dived … and never resurfaced. Ninety-nine lives were lost. All Our Yesterdays, each week looks back at how the newsreels of twenty-five years ago told the stories of their time. education: Discovery, science for sixth-formers, in its twenty-sixth term in January 1968. The Messengers, series on communication, encouraging 14-16-year-olds to look critically at films and television. Your Money, Your Life. Money – from the pay packet to the Bank of England – for school leavers. Picture Box, a film programme to stimulate primary schoolchildren to do constructive and creative things. The Land and the People, examining the effects of environment, topography, climate and discovery upon the growth of society. children: Zoo Time, now in its twelfth year, from Chester Zoo. Flower of Gloster. Four youngsters crew a narrow-boat along the inland waterways of Britain from North Wales to London; their adventures on the way. Film of the Book. How a classic book is turned into a famous film. ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’, for example. plays and drama series: Inheritance. Dramatization in ten parts of the trilogy of novels by the Yorkshire writer Dr Phyllis Bentley. A story of life in a wool mill town from 1812 to 1965. Stories of D. H. Lawrence. Adaptations of D. H. Lawrence’s short stories: ‘Strike Pay’, ‘Mother and Daughter’, ‘Blue Moccasins’, ‘The Prussian Officer’, ‘Thorn in the Flesh’, and ‘None of That’. Escape. Six plays, all with the theme of physical escape, written by Marc Brandel. Coronation Street. Now in its eighth year, with Episode 740 transmitted in January 1968. The Fellows. Two Cambridge-based cerebral detectives comment on crime and punishment. Mr Rose. A retired policeman finds his past has a habit of catching up with him as he writes his memoirs. games: University Challenge and Sixth Form Challenge. Teams from Britain’s universities and schools race against the clock, and each other, to answer questions, both esoteric and general. light entertainment: Firstimers. Granada gives a first TV chance to up-and-coming Northern performers, in a five-nights-a-week contest to seek the stars of the future.

Art and Science: Granada endowments to universities in the North of England include a Chair of Drama at Manchester, a Television Research Fellowship at Leeds, and an Annual Arts Fellowship at York. Granada has established a peripatetic Lectureship in Popular Communication, and lectures are given annually at a number of Northern universities. In 1966 the lecturer was Mr Cecil King, Chairman of the International Publishing Corporation. In 1967, Mr William Rees-Mogg, Editor of The Times. Granada also makes grants to repertory theatres, art galleries and music and drama festivals in the North. The Granada Lectures on Communication in the Modern World, with international authorities lecturing in London’s Guildhall, are now in their tenth year. The 1967 lectures were: Professor Asa Briggs, ‘University Challenge: The University in a Changing Society’; Professor Fred Friendly, ‘Circumstances Within Britain’s Control. The Coming Discovery of Television’; and Mr Hugh Cudlipp, ‘Survival of the Fittest – The Mass Communications Jungle’.

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