A Salute to Thames – The Line-Up – March 1st

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From 1968-1992 Thames Television led the ITV network in its London-based output. It made high-profile long-running series such as This Week, The Bill and Wish You Were Here.  It attracted the top stars of their generation - Tommy Cooper, Morecambe & Wise, Mike Yarwood, Mike and Bernie Winters, David Nixon, Max Bygraves and Benny Hill. It also made many classic series such as After Henry, George & Mildred, The Sooty Show, Public Eye, Callan and Shelley. Its output included programmes from all genres. Its spin-off company Euston Films brought us The Sweeney and Special Branch.

Today is a tribute to a great company, Thames Television, which remains a strong brand in television production to this day.

'A Salute to Thames' will take place at The Talbot Hotel, High Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1DW on Saturday, March 1st at midday. 

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12:00 Thames Start-Up (TX June 1982)
TV presentation experts agree that this is quite possibly the most complete Thames start-up sequence in existence. It is held by Kaleidoscope as part of the Bob Monkhouse Collection.

12:05 Whose Baby? – an edition of the long running quiz series featuring Jon Pertwee and his young son Sean.

Host Roy Castle
Babysitter Belinda Mayne
with Jon Pertwee, Sylvia Syms and Terry Wogan
Devised by Eamonn Andrews
Programme associate Tony Hawes
Research Colin Williams
Designed by Graham Guest
Produced by David Clark
Directed by Robert Reed
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 19.01.1977

12:30 Special Guest - Brian Tesler, Director of Programmes at Thames (1968 - 1974) will be dropping by in person to tell us all about the merger, or what was termed as an ITA enforced "shotgun marriage" at the time, between ABC and Rediffusion to form Thames Television. Brian was responsible for commissioning many of the programmes we now consider to be definitively Thames, such as Sooty, Magpie, This Is Your Life, Callan and many more.

1.00 The Sooty Show - The VT slate for this programme indicates that it was one of the earliest programmes to be recorded for Thames during the summer of 1968. In fact, it's so early, that the Thames ident and end caption were added during transmission and are not present on the master tape. This has remained unseen since 1968 and was transferred to digibeta from a 405 line 2" Quad tape.

Episode 8
Host Harry Corbett
with Desmond King
Devised by Harry Corbett
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 17.09.1968

Followed by excerpts from:
George & Mildred on The David Nixon Show
Written by David Nixon
Host David Nixon
George Roper Brian Murphy
Mildred Roper Yootha Joyce
with Anita Harris, David Berglas and Al Preston
Magical adviser Ali Bongo
Designed by Mike Hall
Production associate George Martin
Produced by Royston Mayoh
Directed by Royston Mayoh
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 03.05.1976

and George & Mildred on PYE COLOUR TV AWARDS, THE1979 Awards
Host Michael Parkinson
with Jimmy Tarbuck, Hannah Gordon, Elaine Stritch, Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke, Yootha Joyce, Geraldine McEwan, Michael Grade, Anthony Andrews, Isla St. Clair, Dickie Davies, Brian Fawcett, David Byrne, Bob Langley, Andrew Burken, Lesley Judd, Phil Redmond, Nerys Hughes, Elizabeth Estensen, Eric Davidson, Neil Shand, Keith Chegwin, Monica Sims, Ted Willis, Doris Speed, Sir John Betjeman, Bill Podmore and The cast of Coronation Street
Music by Eric Spear
Executive producer John Hamp
Directed by Peter Mullings
A Granada production.
Originally transmitted 21.05.1979

1.30 Lunchtime Today
Only surviving edition of this features-based regional show.

followed by a clip of This Is Your Life where Des O’Connor who welcomes viewers to the first night of colour programmes on Thames Television.

Written by Tom Brennand
Written by Roy Bottomley
Presenter Eamonn Andrews
with Des O'Connor
Devised by Ralph Edwards
Produced by Robert Tyrell
Directed by Margery Baker
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 19.11.1969

1.45 BREAK

2.00 Guest Interview – Tony Currie talks to Sally Geeson and Robin Stewart from Bless This House.

3.00 BREAK

3.30 Thames – What Might Have Been - Tony Currie introduces the Thames start-up that never was with an alternative theme from Johnny Pearson.

3.35 This Is Your Life – Richard Beckinsale
Richard Beckinsale
Presenter Eamonn Andrews
with Richard Beckinsale
Devised by Ralph Edwards
Programme associate Kay Bird
Programme consultant Roy Bottomley
Programme consultant Tom Brennand
Produced by Jack Crawshaw
Designed by Graham Guest
Directed by Royston Mayoh
Directed by Terry Yarwood
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 23.11.1977

4.00 Cooper at Large – One of Tommy’s earliest existing programmes for Thames.
Written by Eric Merriman
Written by Mark Stuart
with Tommy Cooper
Produced by Mark Stuart
Directed by Mark Stuart
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 06.11.1968

4.40 Today – Interview with Harry H. Corbett
(TODAY) (INSERT) (7.10.75)

4.50 Presenting Thames – As well as various examples of Thames continuity that will be shown across the day, Simon Winters presents a few of his favourite items of Thames continuity.

5.00 Shades of Greene – The Destructors - The most controversial play of 1975 which attracted huge complaints to the IBA.

Trevor 'T' Nicholas Drake
Blackie Phil Daniels
Mr Thomas George Hilsdon
Trevor's Mother Mary Miller
Trevor's Father Michael Byrne
Lorry Driver Chris Webb
Watchman Fred Radley
Gang Raymond Boal
Gang Mark Burdis
Gang Christopher Burke
Gang John Fowler
Gang Gabriel Kelly
Gang Tony London
Gang David Nunn
Gang Andrew Paul
Gang Paul Pender
Gang John Williams
Based on books by Graham Greene
Story consultant Hugh Greene
Story consultant George Markstein
Music by Carl Davis
Produced by Alan Cooke
Dramatised by John Mortimer
Directed by Michael Apted
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 21.10.1975

6.00 Today – Unseen anywhere since 1969, we present this full edition of London’s popular regional magazine programme from September 1969 with Eamon Andrews and a very rare glimpse of Laurie West presenting the weather from the former Rediffusion studios, then Thames Television, in Kingsway. This is an outside broadcast from the River Thames in honour of the renaming of a Royal Navy vessel to Thames.

Presenter Eamonn Andrews
Weather Forecaster Laurie West
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 02.05.1969

6.30 Today – A second edition presented live in the immediate aftermath of the Moorgate tube disaster.
with Llew Gardner
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 28.02.1975

7.00 Goodbye from Thames – A selection of moments from the final week of Thames Television and the handover to Carlton
Originally transmitted during the week preceding 31/12/1992

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Programmes for Schools
12:00 The Advent of Steam – The Runaway
Part 1
Written by Miles Tomalin
Singer And Storyteller Ian Paterson
Beighton Michael Spice
Robin Gil Sutherland
George Edward Wilson
Riddle Roger Avon
Guitarist Steve Benbow
Script editor Lester Clark
Designed by Frank Gillman
Produced by Charles Warren
Directed by Richard Gilbert
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 05.05.1971

12:20 The Advent of Steam – The Runaway
Part 2
Written by Miles Tomalin
Singer And Storyteller Ian Paterson
Beighton Michael Spice
Robin Gil Sutherland
George Edward Wilson
Riddle Roger Avon
Guitarist Steve Benbow
Script editor Lester Clark
Designed by Frank Gillman
Produced by Charles Warren
Directed by Richard Gilbert
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 12.05.1971

12:40 CBTV Channel 14 goes behind the scenes of Cosgrove Hall’s animated adventure Dangermouse.

12:45 Presenting Thames - The 1984 industrial dispute and other Thames presentation.

1.00 London Night Out featuring ‘Name That Tune.’ How many notes will you name it in?
Written by Dick Hills
Written by Frank Hughes
Written by Pat Finan
Host Tom O'Connor
with The Nigel Lythgoe Dancers, The Ladybirds, Danny La Rue, Mike Reid, The King Singers and Wayne King
Music by Alan Braden
Designed by Tony Borer
Produced by Dennis Kirkland
Directed by Dennis Kirkland
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 23.08.1978

1.50 The Bob Monkhouse Comedy Hour – Recently rediscovered film inserts from this comedy special, held by Kaleidoscope and kept by Bob Monkhouse himself.
Written by Bob Monkhouse
Written by Wally Malston
Written by Eric Davidson
Bob Monkhouse, with Moira Anderson, Clive Dunn, David Nixon, Jenny Lee-Wright, Bill Treacher, Lesley Goldie, The Johnny Greenland Dancers and The Mike Sammes Singers,
Music directed by Ronnie Aldrich
Designed by Tony Borer
Associate producer David Clark
Produced by Stuart Allen
Directed by Stuart Allen
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 19.04.1972

2.00 ITV Playhouse - 'I'm A Dreamer Montreal' - A seventeen piece big band recorded a special soundtrack for this play.

Written by Stewart Parker
Nelson Bryan Murray
Sandra Carse Jeananne Crowley
Gaye Gordon Vass Anderson
Dickie Doyle James Duggan
Eric Jeremy Nicholas
Uncle Michael Duffy
Librarian John Joyce
Secretary Caryn Hurwitz
Organiser Daragh O'Malley
Sergeant Stephen Petcher
Detective Eamonn Boyce
Military Policeman Christopher Jenkinson
Scots Soldier Jack Galloway
Morgue Attendant Arthur O'Sullivan
Jimmy Harry Walker
Silver Munroe Liam O'Callaghan
Bus Driver Derek Young
Tartan Youth Raymond Campbell
Produced by Robert Buckler
Directed by Brian Farnham
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 06.03.1979

3.00 Grundy - First Encounters Of A Close Kind
Written by Ken Hoare
Leonard Grundy Harry H. Corbett
Beryl Lynda Baron
Murray David Janson
Sharon Julie Dawn Cole
with Robert Raglan and Tony Hughes
Created by Ken Hoare
Theme music by Harry Rabinowitz
Designed by Jim Nicolson
Produced by Robert Reed
Directed by Robert Reed
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 14.07.1980

3.25 Opportunity Knocks – A previously missing edition recovered from the Bob Monkhouse Collection.
Host Hughie Green
with Bob Sharples and his Orchestra, Lips, Katie Budd, Grace Kennedy, Stuart Gillies, The Brothers, Yvonne Lancoman, John Bartlett, Don Wickens, Cedric Jemmet, Brian Miller and Audrey, Alison Sneddon, Niall Murray, Jingle's, Stan Boardman, The Reading Barbershop Harmony Club and Berni Flint
Programme associate Len Marten
Programme associate Doris Barry
Produced by Keith Beckett
Directed by Keith Beckett
Designed by John Plant
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 04.04.1977

4.10 ITV Playhouse - No Mama No –This programme contains strong language and is thought to feature the first scripted use of ‘The C Word’ on British Television.
Written by Verity Bargate
Father Tim Pigott-Smith
Sullen Youth Gwyneth Strong
Nathan Simon Oates
with Victoria Fairbrother
Produced by Robert Buckler
Directed by Roland Joffe
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 27.03.1979

5.00 Miss Thames 1975
Compere Tony Bastable
Judge Judy Cornwell
Judge Gloria Baptist-Smith
Judge Patrick Mower
Judge Captain Glyn Rees
Judge Brough Scott
Music by Colours Green
Produced by Steve Minchin
Directed by Bob Service
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 06.08.1975
From the David Hamilton Archive held by Kaleidoscope.

5.30 Quick on the Draw
Host Michael Bentine
with Spike Milligan, Bill Tidy
Devised by Denis Gifford
Designed by Harry Clark
Produced by David Clark
Directed by Daphne Shadwell
A Thames Television production.

6.00 The Mike And Bernie Story
Written by Vince Powell
Written by Harry Driver
Hosts Mike and Bernie Winters
Major Mills Peter Jones
Colonel Muller Garfield Morgan
Gloria Lynda Baron
Mrs Bolton Patsy Smart
Joe Collier Bill Pertwee
Sergeant Crawford Lane Meddick
Bert Sydney Arnold
Waitress In Coffee Bar Gaynor Stuart
Officer Anthony Sagar
Girl Magda Miller
Announcer Don Davis
Chorus Girl Lesley Goldie
Chorus Girl Valli Kemp
Music by Ronnie Aldrich
Designed by Tony Borer
Produced by Alan Tarrant
Directed by Alan Tarrant
A Thames Television production.
Originally transmitted 09.06.1971
Recovered by Kaleidoscope and returned to Thames TV in 1996.

7.00 Thames Television Closedown with music from Lionel Richie.

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