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Old 01-05-2007, 12:59
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Are there any sites out there that have old TV listings from the 70s and 80s? I was just curious to see how much of the "golden era" thing is the result of selective recall (i.e., we all remember Porridge or Morecambe and Wise, but we forget things like Little and Large or Seaside Special).
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Old 01-05-2007, 13:04
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You might find this site useful

http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/
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Old 01-05-2007, 14:02
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Originally Posted by Chris1964
You might find this site useful

http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/
Very interesting. I now have an urge to buy back numbers of the Radio Times or Blue Peter annuals, but I know what would happen: they would sit in a heap in the corner unread for a few months before going back on Ebay.
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Old 01-05-2007, 14:56
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Originally Posted by flobadob
Are there any sites out there that have old TV listings from the 70s and 80s? I was just curious to see how much of the "golden era" thing is the result of selective recall (i.e., we all remember Porridge or Morecambe and Wise, but we forget things like Little and Large or Seaside Special).

Too true

There were some great shows in the 70's/80's, but boy was there a lot of crap as well.

A lot of that crap did very well in primetime because with only 2 entertainment channels the tv got left on by people waiting for next show they were interested in. Explains why shows like "Never The Twain" & "Keep it in the family" kept getting new series.

Some of these type of shows crop up on satelitte channels every so often, boy were they bad.
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Old 01-05-2007, 15:23
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Full BBC listings from 1976 onwards at http://open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax

(No direct links to listings, but you can search for a programme and then click on the airdate. Listings for other dates can then be found changing the URL.)
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Old 01-05-2007, 15:40
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Here's a great source of Australian TV listings from this period:

http://televisionau.siv.net.au/tvguide.htm

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Old 01-05-2007, 18:29
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Originally Posted by flobadob
Are there any sites out there that have old TV listings from the 70s and 80s? I was just curious to see how much of the "golden era" thing is the result of selective recall (i.e., we all remember Porridge or Morecambe and Wise, but we forget things like Little and Large or Seaside Special).

The 'golden era' thing is laregly a myth. Even though there were lots of great programmes on in the 60's and 70's they weren't necessarily on in the same night, week or even year. The average schedule in those days looks awful

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I love the fact thatthe first TV programme shown on Christmas day was:
'Christmas Turkey A demonstration of carving by BJ Hulbert'

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Old 01-05-2007, 20:04
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http://tvlistings.thetvroomplus.com/
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Old 01-05-2007, 20:53
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I think part of the reason some people look back on the seventies fondly is that when there was something good on tv it felt alot more special than today. Today you can see a massive range of programmes pretty much whenever you want.Then, for instance, there was usually just the one live football game per year-thats partly why the FA Cup was so much more significant then.Premieres of big films drew colossal audiences and would be talked about for weeks afterwards-the same with big stars such as Morecambe and Wise.If you hadnt seen the Morecambe and Wise Christmas show you may as well not go back to school till February.It just seemed to mean more then.
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Old 01-05-2007, 20:53
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Some from even earlier..............

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/s...ht=tv+listings
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Old 26-02-2009, 18:01
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Hallo,
My name is Leonardo Lunetta, I'm from Rome, Italy.

I'm a collectionist of pop music of the '60s and '70s and as a consequence I'm interested to TV music shows of those years.

Could you please indicate a website where it's possible to see in pdf format the TV guides of the '60s and '70s with the details of the shows broadcasted?
In particular I'm interested to Deutsch and English TV

Thanks in advance for your help

Greetings
Leonardo Lunetta
E-MAIL : elledue@alice.it
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Old 26-02-2009, 20:51
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The 'golden era' thing is laregly a myth. Even though there were lots of great programmes on in the 60's and 70's they weren't necessarily on in the same night, week or even year. The average schedule in those days looks awful

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I love the fact thatthe first TV programme shown on Christmas day was:
'Christmas Turkey A demonstration of carving by BJ Hulbert'
In general though the programes were better. There was also a greater variety of programes and significantly fewer repeats.
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Old 26-02-2009, 20:57
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got a funny feeling that sites closed
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Old 26-02-2009, 22:17
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This one still works - it's fascinatingly bad. (The 1970s schedules, not the site - which is good).

http://tvlistings.thetvroomplus.com/
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Old 26-02-2009, 22:26
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This one still works - it's fascinatingly bad. (The 1970s schedules, not the site - which is good).

http://tvlistings.thetvroomplus.com/
I do have the original programme pages from TV Times on my photobucket site. Have some BBC stuff, but a lot more ITV.... (1967-70)
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:07
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In general though the programes were better. There was also a greater variety of programes and significantly fewer repeats.
There were less repeats because there were less hours to fill!

Programmes my have been 'better' but that doesn't necessarily mean that people wanted to watch them . If you look at the schedules of BBC2 or Channel 4 for example in the 80's there was a lot of boring toss... but people watched them because there was limited choice
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:11
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There were less repeats because there were less hours to fill!

Programmes my have been 'better' but that doesn't necessarily mean that people wanted to watch them . If you look at the schedules of BBC2 or Channel 4 for example in the 80's there was a lot of boring toss... but people watched them because there was limited choice
Good point but I think CH4 was much better in the 80's , not that I can remember all of their output. BBC2 was fantastic when I was a kid/teen. Would they show "Heimat" on a saturday night now? Ho , they'd shunt it off to BBC4
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:14
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Good point but I think CH4 was much better in the 80's , not that I can remember all of their output.
In that case I think you only remember the good stuff!
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:20
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If you look at the schedules of BBC2 or Channel 4 for example in the 80's there was a lot of boring toss
Boring by whose criteria? Rupert Murdoch's?

I'd far rather watch what those channels showed then than 'Cash in the Attic', 'Deal or No Deal' etc.

Anyway, a propos the original subject of this thread, I can only mention the Times and Guardian/Observer digital archives.
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:24
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In that case I think you only remember the good stuff!
The good stuff is now outweighed by the bad. I saw 10 mins of a stupid doc about snow on CH4 tonight! Thought it was MrBrooker taking the piss. Bring back Film on 4 and after dark! I'd be able to follow it now I is an adult innit?
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Old 27-02-2009, 00:32
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Boring by whose criteria? Rupert Murdoch's?
By the criteria of today's audience looking back at the schedules of yesterday.

Expectations have changed of course, but that doesn't mean that there was necessarily stuff that people wanted to watch on BBC2 or Channel 4 in the 'golden days'.

Have a look back at the average BBC2 schedule from the early 80's and see what you'd actually be interested in.
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Old 27-02-2009, 01:03
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Full BBC listings from 1976 onwards at http://open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax

(No direct links to listings, but you can search for a programme and then click on the airdate. Listings for other dates can then be found changing the URL.)
I'm sorry this site was closed.
Michael Grade was pretty keen on this project, but now he's busy ruining ITV, those left behind are quite content to return to 'closed BBC'.

The BBC Archive page is pathetic - releasing little gobbits of stuff as part of 'collections'. The Jimmy Young interview with Thatcher they've just released is fascinating - it shows what a hypocrite she became and gives a terrifying early glimpse of the Poll Tax. There's also authentic 1970s sexism in action from JY himself!

But whereas I'd like them to encode and release a vintage Jimmy Young interview every week, I bet they never get round to releasing anything else like this.

Compare it to the French, who've put every A2 news bulletin for 30 years, plus loads of other stuff, online for anyone to see, the BBC's attitude to their archive post-Grade is infuriating.
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Old 27-02-2009, 01:06
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In my 'yoof' in the 60's 70's, I always remember there just being 2 channels. I seem to remember loving BBC for Blue Peter, Top Cat, Wacky Races, Doctor Who, Basil Brush, and Dick Emery/Morecambe & Wise shows/Generation Game etc.
ITV had Magpie, Timeslip, Crossroads, Corrie, The Tomorrow People, The Bionic Woman, Space 1999, The Persuaders, Hawaii 5 O, Opportunity Knocks, New Faces, Ace of Wands.

That's a wide variety there from what I remember watching as a child/teenager. I seem to remember both channels having excellent programmes.
BBC2 then arrived - but it was very 'high-brow'. The only time I watched it was for 'Call My Bluff'. I believe they also did 'The Waltons' when they dumbed down a bit to appeal to the rest of us!
Channel Four in the early eighties was supposedly the new ITV 2 (they used to advertise each others programmes). Didn't like it to start with - but I now think it's one of the best channels on TV!

But back to the 'Golden Days'.....I still maintain that they were definitely in the 70's.
Todays many channels have nothing to offer but repeats (including +1's!).
But they never seem to repeat anything from those good old days, only from last year/last week! Know what I mean anyone?
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Old 27-02-2009, 01:17
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But back to the 'Golden Days'.....I still maintain that they were definitely in the 70's.
Todays many channels have nothing to offer but repeats (including +1's!).
But they never seem to repeat anything from those good old days, only from last year/last week! Know what I mean anyone?
They do repeat stuff from this period... but it's always the same stuff, always Dads Army, Porridge, Good Life blah blah blah.

Old-style UKGold and Granada Plus couldn't be beat. Some of the stuff they exhumed didn't work, and was really dated by the 90s when they showed them, but they also uncovered some real gems for a new audience who could be bothered to try them.
I really enjoyed the 1970s detective series 'Public Eye' on UKG in the 90s. I tuned in to laugh at flared trousers and long hair, but stayed to appreciate a very clever, well-written and perfectly acted piece of British drama, the fact that it was from 1973 became totally irrelevant.

Will we ever see this shown on TV again? Not while there's an episode of Open All Hours we've all seen a dozen times before to hand on the archive shelves, we won't.
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Old 27-02-2009, 13:43
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I do have the original programme pages from TV Times on my photobucket site. Have some BBC stuff, but a lot more ITV.... (1967-70)
is there anywhere on that site where i can acess listings of programmes that were aired as part of schools television broadcast. all i have seen to date is sections where it would say 09.15 DAYTIME ON TWO but it won't give you the list of individal programmes that were aired. thats what i am looking for ,so that i can search for them on youtube. i am also going to be writing to BBC 4 about the possibilitys of doing a schools television theme night. they did somthing like this years ago when schools television went out to celebrate 30 years of schools broadcast. from that point the hours of transmission was reduced to 9.30 to 2.15 slots. itv had always remained constant
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