WORLD TELEVISION DAY: new additions to our north east regional TV collections
In recognition of the increasing impact television has had on the world, in 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st November as World Television Day. To mark the day we’ve added some new films to our online collections as part of our North East On Film project.
See a tiny selection of some of the fascinating TV content from the region which is protected in the Archive – and some of the famous faces who have visited over the years!
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SON OF THE PLAIN ADVERTISING MAN'S GUIDE TO TYNE TEES TELEVISION (1964)
A comic advertising film that uses a mixture of live action and Monty Python style animation to describe the importance of television advertising in the Tyne Tees Television region. Featuring Clive Dunn as the ‘plain advertising man’ and Johnny Vyvyan as a waiter in a restaurant, the film also features the voice of Richard Wattis who helps put across the message of the film.
LATE LOOK: INTERVIEW WITH JAYNE MANSFIELD IN NEWCASTLE (1967)
A Tyne Tees Television interview with Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield in Newcastle, originally broadcast on 31 March 1967. Ms Mansfield is in the region performing cabaret in both Newcastle and South Shields. She responds to a negative news report in the Daily Mirror about her show and talks about what she thinks of the people of the north east. Report by Bob Langley
SUMMERTIME AND NEWS: INTERVIEW WITH TONY HANCOCK ON HIS RETURN FROM ADEN (1967)
Tyne Tees Television reporter Phil McDonnell interviews comedian Tony Hancock on his return home from entertaining the troops in Aden. He talks about the visit and why he went as well as about performing to a live audience rather than on television for his show Hancock’s Half Hour. This report was transmitted on the 26th July 1967.
LATE LOOK: INTERVIEW WITH DAVY JONES OF THE MONKEES (1967)
Phil McDonnell interviews Davy Jones, British lead singer with American pop band The Monkees for the Tyne Tees Television news magazine Late Look. This segment was originally broadcast on 15 February 1967.
TODAY AT SIX: IAN MCKELLEN AT NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL (1968)
This Tyne Tees Television news magazine report transmitted on 19th November 1968 is about a new production of William Shakespeare’s Richard II which is taking place at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. The piece features an interview with the Prospect Theatre Company’s young lead actor, Ian McKellen.
SIX FIVE: INTERVIEW WITH CHARLTON HESTON (1968)
Tyne Tees television presenter Bob Langley interviews the Hollywood actor Charlton Heston for the Six Five news programme, originally broadcast on 16 January 1968. Heston is in Newcastle to promote his new film, Will Penny, a cowboy movie.
TODAY AT SIX: EARTHA KITT INTERVIEW (1971)
Tyne Tees Television reporter Martin Young interviews American singer, actress and dancer Eartha Kitt at The Five Bridges Hotel (later known as the Swallow Hotel), Gateshead, following her successful performance in South Shields the previous night. This report was transmitted on the 6thApril 1971.
NORTHERN LIFE: TOMMY STEELE RETURNS TO THE SUNDERLAND EMPIRE (1976)
Tyne Tees Television reporter Peter Holland interviews rock and roll star Tommy Steele from the stage of the Sunderland Empire, where twenty years earlier he made his stage debut as frontman for ‘The Steelmen’. This report was transmitted on the 14th September 1976.
THE BIG COUNTRY (1976)
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.
INSIDE LOOK NORTH (1977)
South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber takes a humorous look at the frantic daily work schedule of the regional BBC Look North news team in Newcastle upon Tyne, from the copy desk to the producer, filming and editing to airing. The film delightfully builds from a slow pace in the early morning to manic speed before the live studio transmission. The animation features beloved presenter Mike Neville in animated form, and was commissioned by BBC Look North, screened in 1977 and subsequently sold around the world.
NORTHERN LIFE: MARATHON DANCER, NON-STOP RECORD BY CLEVELAND MAN (1977)
A Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a disco dance marathon in Middlesbrough in the 70s. Peter Holland interviews two men attempting to set a new Guinness world record, including Albert Harding, a local British dancer and restaurant manager, and John Vipont, a plater with a Stockton-on-Tees engineering company. This item was broadcast on 25 April 1977.