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From Headlines to 'Tight-Lines' - The Story of ATV Today
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New: An item that is still in its original shrink wrap from the manufacturer and the original ... Read moreabout the condition
Format: DVD
Director: Peter Raven Genre: Documentary
Release Year: 2012 Sub-Genre: Television History
Rating: E (Exempt) Region Code: DVD: 2
EAN: 5060246540116


The Story of ATV Today, the regional news magazine show that ran from October 1964 to 31st December 1981 and started the career of many household names, including Chris Tarrant and Gary Newbon.

Regional and National news-magazine programmes are a staple diet for us in the 21st century but back in 1964 the concept was a new one.  In October that year, when Associated Television launched ATV Today, we were introduced to a fresh new style that balanced the serious news of the day with a focus on the people, places, culture and history of the East and West Midlands.

ATV Today was for the viewer and about the viewer and everyday life was celebrated, especially many of the wonderful characters of the Midlands.

But the ATV Today offices were full of colourful characters too: Wolverhampton locals John Swallow and Sue Jay who reported with warmth and humour on the people and places of the communities they were passionate about; Chris Tarrant, who, legend says introduced the UK to welly wanging; Gary Newbon who has possibly interviewed every sportsman in the UK of from Sebastian Coe to Muhammad Ali; Terry Thomas, who coined the phrase, “TIGHT-LINES” which we have honoured in the DVD title, and Bob Warman – who is still the face of the Midlands on ITV.

This two disc DVD chronicles the story of ATV Today from its beginning in 1964 to the last programme on 31st December 1981 and looks back at some of the big news stories that made the headlines throughout the three decades through new, exclusive interviews and over 150 pieces of archive film that hasn’t been seen since broadcast.

With contributors Chris Tarrant, Gary Newbon, Nick Owen, Bob Warman, Sue Jay, Reg Harcourt, Bob Hall, Wendy Nelson, Barbara Bradbury, Gary Hughes and Tony Wadsworth the DVD is packed with poignant and humourous memories of a regional programme that often peaked to over 3 million viewers.

Format: 2 Discs presented in a digipak with protective cover and shrink wrapped. DVD PAL.

Running Time: 371 mins

Ratio: 16:9 (Archive 4:3 pillarboxed)

Colour/Black and White

Optional Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing

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Media Archive for Central England
VAT number: UK 986 0542 91

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