Talks, Discussions, Documentaries

THE BEATING HEART. An outside broadcast unit was allowed into the operatibng theatre for part of this one-hour documentary. Southern
THE BEATING HEART. An outside broadcast unit was allowed into the operatibng theatre for part of this one-hour documentary. Southern

These headings cover a wide range of subjects and a variety of methods of presentation. Whatever the subject or approach, the broad result is likely to be television which is informative or, in the best sense, educative. The importance with which this range of programming is regarded is reflected in the fact that each week Independent Television presents about 25 hours of talks, discussion and documentary programmes, representing about 14 per cent of the total output of separate programmes. On average, viewers in any one ITV area see about 5 hours a week of programmes in these categories. This output is additional to the presentation of news and news magazines, religion, school and adult education programmes.

Current Affairs

A regular flow of information and comment on a wide range of subjects is provided by Independent Television’s many current affairs series. The firmly-established weekly half-hour programme This Week (A-R) seeks to interpret and bring into focus some of the major events of the previous seven days, with specially shot film reports and studio interviews presented by Brian Connell. Roving Report (ITN) is another regular weekly programme, presenting reports on the current situation in overseas countries.

Other current affairs series transmitted over a number of Independent Television areas include What The Papers Say (Granada), a review of the treatment given by the Press to the week’s news; World in Action (Granada), giving the background to the news of the week; and Decision (A-R), a fortnightly survey of current political topics which is a sequel to Questions in the House (A-R). A weekly series which ran until October 1962 was Dinner Party (ATV), in which Lord Boothby was host to groups of distinguished people. Another weekly series which ran until the middle of the year was The Warning Voice (ATV), each programme dealing with a current social problem.

Most of the programme companies produce regular current affairs series for transmission in their own areas. There is a very wide range of subject matter and treatment, but there is a general emphasis on. local participation or topics of particular interest to local viewers.

Features

On alternate Wednesdays, in peak viewing time. Independent Television presents a full-length documentary feature programme. These are generally major studies on a topic of world or national importance, and a great deal of time and effort goes into their production.

Personal Interviews

Series of interview programmes are produced in a number of ITV areas. Many bring into the studios local personalities or distinguished visitors; such programmes are primarily of local interest. A few series are of wider appeal. These include such series as I Believe (Granada), in which eminent upholders of various faiths expressed the reasons for their beliefs; Appointment With … (Granada), when Malcolm Muggeridge interviewed, in the main, leading political figures; and Dan Farson Meets … (A-R), – interviews with popular singers and musicians, a programme which had its sequel in Kingsley Amis Goes Pop. Also of wide interest was the series Meeting of Minds (ATV), in which two well-known people discussed an important, but not necessarily topical, subject; for example, J. B. Priestley and Colin Wilson discussed “The Critic and the Artist”.

Practical and Outdoor

Nearly all the programme companies produce one or more regular weekly series of practical and outdoor magazine programmes. Two series are partly networked: The Other Man’s Farm (ABC) and I am going to be (ATV), a series on careers. The rest, more than thirty series in all, are mostly shown in the areas of the producing companies. A major group is that of the farming magazines, which, while catering specifically for the interests and needs of the local farming community, often gain a wider viewing public. There are a few general country series and some gardening programmes. Several series deal with the care of animals and pets. Other series deal with various aspects of the home, child welfare and cookery.

The most popular times for the presentation of such programmes are during the evening or the early afternoon.

History

Recent history often figures in individual feature programmes or short series. A regular weekly series dealing with the events of twenty-five years ago is All Our Yesterdays (Granada), which makes fascinating use of newsreel film of the period. The history of local regiments is the subject of Soldiers of the Queen (Southern) and The Fighting Midlands (ATV). The history of Southern England was dealt with in Southern Heritage (Southern); while Once a Kingdom (Anglia) dealt with the history of East Anglia, with an emphasis on the archaeological aspects.

Science and Natural History

Series on science or natural history have become established as familiar features of Independent Television. They are usually presented as regular weekly programmes over a period of several months at a time. During the past six months there have been Breakthrough (Granada), a detailed study of the latest discoveries in natural history; The Origins of Man (ATV); the newest scientific developments examined in Threshold (ATV); and scientific research in Insight (A-R).

Miscellaneous

Each week a selection of outstanding documentary films is presented by John Grierson in This Wonderful World (Scottish). Another general documentary series is Here and Now (A-R) which four nights a week presents an on-the-spot report about some aspect of the world in which we live. Other series seen in several ITV areas have included Sing a Song for Sixpence (ATV), in which John Betjeman considers the English music hall; Salute to the Shorts (ATV), a series on British film documentaries; Command (ATV), a notable documentary study of the R.A.F.; Farson in Australia (A-R), a study of life in Australia; and The ABC of Democracy (A-R), dealing with various forms of democracy. In addition, there have been a number of local documentary series and individual programmes.

CALLER HERRING. A dramatic documentary. Tyne Tees
CALLER HERRING. A dramatic documentary. Tyne Tees
DINNER PARTY. Lord Boothby Yehudi Menuhin Sir John Wolfenden and Sir Basil Spence sitting around the dinner table in informal discussion. ATV
DINNER PARTY. Lord Boothby Yehudi Menuhin Sir John Wolfenden and Sir Basil Spence sitting around the dinner table in informal discussion. ATV
SCOTLAND FOR ME. Eric Linklater was one of the famous Scots interviewed in this weekly series. Grampian
SCOTLAND FOR ME. Eric Linklater was one of the famous Scots interviewed in this weekly series. Grampian
BREAKTHROUGH. This programme in the series examined the facial expression of animals and explained that they do not always mean what we think they mean. Granada
BREAKTHROUGH. This programme in the series examined the facial expression of animals and explained that they do not always mean what we think they mean. Granada
FARMING DIARY. A local weekly magazine programme covering every aspect of work on the land. Anglia
FARMING DIARY. A local weekly magazine programme covering every aspect of work on the land. Anglia

Current Affairs

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
World in Action International problems Granada 30 10.30 Monday Part Network
Sense and Nonsense Topical discussion Scottish 30 10.30 Monday Local
Midland Montage Documentary magazine ATV 30 6.30 Tuesday Local
Decision Current political topics A-R 30 10.45 Tuesday (alternate) Part Network
Points North Topical discussion Grampian 30 10.45 Tuesday Local
Background Report and discussion Southern 30 10.45 Tuesday Part Network
Conflict of Opinion Topical discussion Westward 30 10.45 Tuesday Local
What the Papers Say Review of the Press Granada 15 10.30 Wed. Part Network
Roving Report Reports from abroad ITN 30 6.15 Thursday Part Network
This Week Study of current issues A-R 30 9.15 Thursday Network
Look Around Current Midland topics ATV 25 6.30 Friday (alternate) Local
Arena Topical discussion Anglia 15 6.45 Friday Local
Editorial Review of local press Border 5 8.55 Friday Local
Tavern Talk Popular opinion Anglia 30 10.35 Monday Jan-April 1962 Local
Enquiry Into Topical discussion Border 20 6.15 Monday Jan.-May 1962 Local
Look Here Topical discussion Ulster 30 10.35 Monday Jan-June 1962 Local
The Warning Voice Social and everyday problems ATV 25 6.20 Friday Jan.-June 1962 Part Network
Report Documentary series Scottish 30 6.30 Friday Jan.-Aug. 1962 Local
Questions in the House Current political issues A-R 30 10.40 Friday (alt.) Feb.-August 1962 Part Network
Challenge An expert is questioned TWW 30 10.40 Monday Mar.-May 1962 Local
What Say They Topical discussion Border 30 10.40 Friday March-Sept. 1962 Local
For Richer, For Poorer Study of the affluent society Granada 30 10.35 Monday April-May 1962 Part Network
Meeting of Minds Discussion ATV 20 2.25 Sunday May-Sept. 1962 Local
Dinner Party After-dinner conversation ATV 30 10.40 Monday June-Oct. 1962 Part Network
Looking Abroad Current events abroad A-R 7 6.08 Monday July-Nov. 1962 Local
Bridgehead Foreign communities in Britain A-R 30 10.45 Friday Aug.-Sept. 1962 Part Network
Look to Tomorrow Study of current problems Anglia 30 10.40 Monday (monthly) Aug.-Dec. 1962 Local
Your Point of View Viewers’ questions TWW 30 10.40 Monday Oct.-Dec. 1962 Local
We Submit Review of Royal Commissions ATV 25 5.40 Sunday Nov.-Dec. 1962 Part Network

Personal

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
Personal Scrapbook Eminent people TWW 30 10.25 Monday Local
Looking Back Ulster personalities Ulster 30 10.40 Monday (monthly) Local
Visitors’ Book Distinguished visitors to the Channel Isles Channel 15 6.45 Wednesday (monthly) Local
Borderline Personalities from the Borders Border 30 8.00 Thursday (monthly Part Network
Midland Profile Midland personalities ATV 25 6.30 Friday (alternate) Local
Viewfinder Various Grampian 30 10.15 Friday Local

Practical and Outdoor

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
Animal Care Welfare of pets A-R 7 6.08 Monday Local
Come into the Garden Gardening magazine ATV 20 6.10 Monday Local
Around the House Home magazine Westward 30 6.15 Monday (alternate) Local
Island Farmer Farming magazine Channel 15 6.45 Monday Local
Country Focus Country magazine Grampian 25 6.20 Tuesday Local
I am going to be Careers feature ATV 30 6.15 Wednesday Part Network
Midland Farming Farming magazine ATV 15 6.45 Wednesday Local
Babytime Child welfare WWN 15 11.00 Thursday (alternate) Local
Focus about the Home Home magazine Border 25 6.35 Friday Local
Out of Town Outdoor magazine Southern 20 6.40 Friday Local
Farming Bulletin Farming news Westward 5 8.55 Friday Local
North East Farming Diary Farming magazine Tyne Tees 5 2.15 Sunday Local
Farming Diary Farming magazine Anglia 40 2.15 Sunday Local
Farm in the South Farming magazine Southern 30 2.20 Sunday Local
For Border Farmers Farming magazine Border 15 2.35 Sunday (alternate) Local
ABC Farming Comment Farming news ABC 5 2.45 Sunday Local
Come Gardening Gardening magazine Southern 20 5.20 Sunday Local

History

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
Soldiers of the Queen Regimental history Southern 20 6.40 Monday Local
All Our Yesterdays Events of 25 years ago Granada 30 7.00 Monday Part Network
The Fighting Midlands Regimental history ATV 25 6.15 Tuesday January 1962 Local
Southern Heritage History of Southern England Southern 15 6.45 Monday Jan.-June 1962 Local
Once a Kingdom East Anglian history Anglia 30 7.00 Wednesday Oct.-Nov. 1962 Local

Science and Natural History

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
Animal Story Natural history Granada 30 10.35 Monday Feb-March 1962 Part Network
You’d Never Believe It Science behind show business ABC 30 4.50 Sunday April-Sept. 1962 Part Network
Breakthrough Natural history Granada 30 10.40 Friday (alt.) June-Aug. 1962 10.45 Tuesday (alt.) Sept.-Dec. 1962 Part Network
The Origins of Man History of man ATV 20 5.45 Sunday June-Aug. 1952 Part Network
Threshold Scientific developments ATV 25 5.40 Sunday Sept.-Nov. 1962 Network
Insight Scientific research A-R 7 6.08 Tuesday Dec. 1962-Jan. 1963 Local

Miscellaneous

Programme Description Company Mins. Time & day Distribution
Here and Now Magazine programme A-R 15 6.45 Tue.-Thur. Part Network
Anglia 6.45 Monday
This Wonderful World Film anthology Scottish 30 6.30 Tuesday Part Network
Sing a Song for Sixpence John Betjeman series on the English Music Hall ATV 30 10.45 Tuesday (alt.) Jan.-Feb. 1963 Part Network
Salute to the “Shorts” Series on British film documentaries ATV 20 5.20 Sunday January 1963 Part Network

Features

Programme Description Company Date
Postscript to Empire Britain in transition A-R 10th January
South America A study of the continent ATV 7th February
Living with a Giant Canada and the United States A-R 21st February
Head On—The Red Dean Dr. Hewlett Johnson Granada 7th March
40 Million Shoes A report on Brazil A-R 21st March
Algeria The story of the Algerian war A-R 4th April
The Young Offenders Juvenile delinquency ATV 2nd May
America Abroad Americans working abroad A-R 30th May
The State of the Union Development of the United States of America ATV 4th July
Birth A study of childbirth A-R 25th July
Watch on the Mekong Report on Thailand and Laos A-R 8th August
Challenge in the Skies British civil aviation ATV 5th September
Unfinished Revolution The emergence of Mexico A-R 19th September
A Roof over our Heads The housing problem Granada 3rd October
Oxford A study of the city ATV 24th October
Article 237 The Common Market A-R 31st October
Dangerous Medicine Pharmaceutical research Granada 14th November
The Fanatics The suffragette movement Granada 12th December

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