625 - Andrew Wiseman's Television Room

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Updated: Su 1-Dec-19


Time for two more clocks!

Forty years ago, ITV's staff went on strike, leaving viewers with nothing to watch but the BBC for two months.

When programmes returned in October 1979 a national service was provided from London whilst the regions got up and running again. The clock they used, the Thames clock with an ITV caption on it, has been re-created so you can re-live the time ITV welcomed us home!

Also in this update, there's Granada's black-and-white clouds clock, converted from Flash format so it will work on mobiles and tablets.

Analogue clock with white hands and face, an ITV legend above and the date, October 24th, below (4K) Granada's cloudy clock (19K)

Check out the rest of the phone-friendly TV clocks, logos and test cards in the Flash-free Files. And for more TV presentation from the past, brought back to life by Dave Jeffery, who created the original Flash animations on this site, why not visit his YouTube channel, modestly titled: Stupid Rubbish.

The Carltonisation of ITV

The story of the disappearance of Central and Westcountry, swept away by the Carlton branding machine.

The Consolidation of ITV

The story of the disappearance of LWT, HTV and the regional announcers, despite assurances from the Government that ITV's regional identities were safe in their hands.

The Unification of ITV

The story of how Carlton and Grampian disappeared along with hours of regional programming.

Digital TV - Beyond the Hype

Digital TV - Beyond the Hype

A FAQ on digital TV from 1999 when it was a new thing! A time when you could plug a set-top box into your TV and get Sky One on subscription with no dish, no cable or internet required.

DOG Watch

DOG Watch!

From 2003, the annoyance of colourful, sometimes animated, permanent on-screen logos or "DOGs" that most channels have nowadays.

TV Logos

TV Logos Index
Revised  Su 1-Dec-19

TV Station logos from yesteryear, featuring Dave Jeffery's Flash Files and Flash-free symbols, clocks and break bumpers. With special focus on the visual brand history of the BBC, Thames Television and ITV's unified look from 1999 to 2005.

Public Information Films

Public Information Films Index Revised  Sa 1-Jun-19

Transcripts of public information films with some available to watch (if you have RealPlayer, VLC or something similar and can put up with the tiny video size!). Now with more mobile-friendly updates.

Channel 5

Channel 5

Channel 5, Britain's newest and last terrestrial analogue TV network, was launched on Easter Sunday 1997 by The Spice Girls. This is an FAQ on the station from 1999.

Programme Delivery Control Explained

Programme Delivery Control

Everything you always ever wanted to know about PDC, the amazing invention which enabled you to set a timer to record a programme and it would still work, even if the programme was delayed. An FAQ from 2003 when analogue TV was still a thing.

Celebrity Swears

Celebrity Swears

TV favourite Zippy from Rainbow lets rip with a four-letter word in the name of entertainment. Yes it's really Zippy. Don't believe it? See for yourself!

TV Themes

TV Themes

Trying to get hold of an old TV theme? Here are the track listings from the TV Sets collection and This is the Return of Cult Fiction, which includes White Horses, judged to be the best tv theme ever!

Invasion of the Web Snatchers (4K)

Web Snatcher!

In 1996, Dave Van Staveren created a web site that turned out to consist almost entirely of other people's web pages. The other people weren't happy - especially when Dave accused them of copying from him! That December he visited the BBC and apologised for his actions. But that wasn't the end of the story...

Fifteen To One

Fifteen to One

Find out how you go about inventing a popular quiz show and what it's like to appear on one.


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