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From ATVLand in Colour (2011)

Video  -  Documentary  -  3 October 2011 (UK)
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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.

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Lee Bannister ...
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Jim Bowen ...
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Barbara Bradbury ...
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Reg Harcourt ...
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Peter Harris ...
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Diana Mather ...
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Wendy Nelson ...
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Jane Rossington ...
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Debbie Shore ...
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Chris Tarrant ...
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Bob Warman ...
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Jo Wheeler ...
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Bob Carolgees ...
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Peter Tomlinson ...
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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 Peter Thomas

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The history of ATV Centre, Birmingham

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Most of the interviews were filmed at The Solomon Cutler, a pub on Broad Street situated between ATV Centre and Central's studios in Gas Street. See more »

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