How ITV's regional station for the midlands created the first purpose-built colour television studios in Europe in 1969, covering the ATV heydays over to the transition to Central Independent Television.
Under Lew Grade, Associated Television - an ITV franchise for the midlands - relocates from its crumbling studios at Aston in Birmingham, over to the city centre having invested millions of pounds in a purpose-built studio complex for colour television - the first of its kind in Europe. Legendary soap opera Crossroads moves over to these studios, and as ATV establishes itself there in the 1970s, new programmes include cult children's show Tiswas and darts game show Bullseye. In the early eighties, the IBA force ATV to restructure as Central, ordering the new company to cover more of the east midlands. Money is spent on new studios in Nottingham, which seems to spell the demise of ATV Centre. Written by
Narrator and producer Lee Bannister is a local radio DJ for a station based at City of Wolverhampton University. He was reluctant to lend his voice to the documentary, but executive producers convinced him his clear-cut tones with a hint of West Midlands accent, would be perfect for the task. See more »