The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine

Co-produced by ATV in the UK and ABC TV in the United States, it was recorded at ATV's Elstree Studios. It features opening and closing credits animated by Terry Gilliam, as well as featuring guest appearances by Spike Milligan, John Junkin and Frances de la Tour. It also featured sketches written by Barry Levinson and Larry Gelbart. Long unavailable, the complete series was to be released on DVD in the UK through Network on 6 June 2016. However, the release has been postponed indefinitely for unspecified reasons.

Sir Francis Drake (TV series)

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The series was a joint ABC/ATV production, made at Elstree Studios and on historical sites in England. A replica of the Golden Hind was constructed at a cost of £25,000 and was used for filming in and around the bays of Torbay and Dartmouth. In 1963 the ship was permanently moored in Brixham harbour in Devon where it became a tourist attraction. The ship was destroyed in a storm in 1987, after which it was towed to Dartmouth and replaced with the current replica with a gallery included. Historical research was provided by E. Hayter Preston. Beatrice Dawson designed the many period costumes worn in the show. Ian Stuart Black was story editor.

The Golden Shot

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The studio facilities in Birmingham, situated in a converted cinema, were rather run-down and unreliable (they dated from the start of ATV's franchise in 1956) and simply not well-suited to a fast-moving live show like The Golden Shot; as such, technical failures were common, but Monkhouse was well able to cover for them through his quick-witted humour. From 1970, the show moved to the new ATV Centre in Birmingham. In 1972, Monkhouse was spotted accepting a gift from Wilkinson Sword representative Bob Brooksby. The following week, a Wilkinson Sword "his and hers" grooming kit was the bronze prize on the show.

Kate O'Mara

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In her autobiography Vamp Until Ready: A Life Laid Bare, O'Mara described this incident and "many other close encounters with... this very unpleasant and humiliating procedure", including with a well-known television casting director, the boss of Associated Television at Elstree Studios, and the director of Great Catherine. O'Mara continued to make television appearances throughout the 1990s, including Cluedo (1990), and playing Jackie Stone (Patsy's older sister) in two episodes of Absolutely Fabulous (1995–2003). In 2001, she had a recurring role in the ITV prison drama series Bad Girls before appearing in the short-lived revival of the soap opera Crossroads.

History of ITV

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ATV was re-awarded its contract for the dual Midlands region, but was considered by the IBA to have not focused on the region enough. As a result, changes were ordered including the diluting of existing shareholdings, greater production facilities in the contract area and the sale of Elstree Studios; to emphasise these actions the company was told to rename itself. It settled on the name Central Independent Television. Southern Television lost its licence for the South and South East of England, in favour of South and South-East Communications, but later renamed Television South (TVS).

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

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Exterior scenes were usually either simulated using bluescreen, shot using body doubles or made use of the Associated British Elstree Studios lot. Unusually for an ITC series, however, one episode had a significant amount of location shooting with principal cast members—at Woburn Abbey. Cars used by the main characters were a white Vauxhall Victor 2000 FD, registration RXD 996F (incorrectly referred to as RXD 966F by Inspector Large, and confirmed as such by Jeff, in "Money To Burn") and a red Austin Seven/Mini, registration BAP 245B.


Inigo Pipkin
The new set was built up from ground level to enable puppeteers to work standing up and to move around more freely, modelled on the methods used by The Muppet Show which was also filmed at ATV's Elstree Studios. Pipkins ended when ATV lost its franchise for the Midlands ITV region, was restructured and became Central Independent Television. The programme was replaced by Let's Pretend. The series was made at ATV's Elstree studios, with occasional filming on location. For the Inigo Pipkin episodes, the opening and closing titles were sung by Jackie Lee, who had earlier sung the themes to children's programmes The Adventures of Rupert Bear and White Horses.

Laugh track

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As the show was produced overseas at the ATV studios in Elstree, England, Jim Henson and his Muppet production team bypassed Douglass's familiar laughs. New laughs, chuckles and applause were recorded for the first few episodes so they sounded fresh and new. Some of these laughs were provided by the actual cast and crew members reacting to dailies of episodes; eventually, The Muppet Show began recycling these same chuckles for later shows, establishing its own one-of-a-kind laugh track.

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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Filming was at Elstree Studios, London. The series' sets were designed by the art director Duncan Sutherland. Marius Goring previously played the role of Sir Percy in a radio show which lasted from 1952 to 1953 in a total of 50 episodes. The series is now available to listen to for free on the Internet Archive. Ivor Dean. Roger Delgado. William Franklyn. Conrad Phillips. Robert Shaw.

Shine on Harvey Moon

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The first series was commissioned and recorded by ATV (the forerunner to Central Television) at their Elstree studios, with the second series recorded in the same studios under the ownership of Central Television and with the remaining series filmed at Central's newly constructed facilities in Nottingham. The series was revived by Meridian Television in 1995, this time set during the 1950s, with Nicky Henson taking over the role of Harvey. It also brought in a new regular character, Noah Hawksley, played by Colin Salmon, an old friend of Harvey's who was facing racial prejudice. Three 3-disc DVD box sets have been released by Acorn Media UK.

Sesame Street in the United Kingdom

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In 1974, Associated Television aired the peak time Sesame Street special Julie on Sesame Street, with Julie Andrews. The special was filmed in the UK at the Elstree Studios. Reactions to Sesame Street in Britain 1971 was a report commissioned by the ITA in association with the National Council for Educational Technology and three ITV companies. The report was not distributed or published in the national press at first because the ITA believed that the increase in British children's programmes had decreased the demand for Sesame Street's broadcast in the U.K., although both ITV and the BBC used the report to improve children's programming.

List of Fremantle programs

The Morecambe & Wise Show (1978–1983). Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992). The Ken Dodd Laughter Show (1979). Give Us a Clue (1979–1992). Shelley (1979–1992). Keep It in the Family (1980–1983). Cockleshell Bay (1980–1986) (produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions). Button Moon (1980–1988). Never the Twain (1981–1991). Danger Mouse (1981–1992) (produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions). A.J. Wentworth, B.A. (1982). Hollywood or Bust (1983). The Wind in the Willows (1983–1988) (produced by Cosgrove Hall Productions). Des O'Connor Tonight (1983–1999, 2001–2002). The Steam Video Company (1984). Chocky (1984–1986). The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ (1985).

Space: 1999

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Studio rehearsals commenced at Elstree Studios near Borehamwood, Hertfordshire on 12 November 1973. During filming of the first episode, it became apparent that the troubled Elstree was under the threat of imminent closure. One weekend, the company secretly relocated sets, props, costumes, etc., to the nearby Pinewood Studios at Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, resulting in a union blacklisting of the production. Scheduled for ten days' filming, "Breakaway" overran an additional fifteen days. Lee Katzin was a perfectionist and demanded take after take of scenes; even coverage of reaction shots of the background extras required running a whole scene from beginning to end.

The Baron

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Episodes were filmed between July 1965 and October 1966, on location and at Elstree Studios. Airdate is for ATV Midlands. ITV regions varied date and order. The series was released by Network Video on Region 2 and by Umbrella Video (Australia) on Region 0 DVD. Commentaries were recorded by Sue Lloyd, Johnny Goodman and Cyril Frankel amongst others. In Region 1, Entertainment One released the complete series on DVD on 10 March 2009. Steve Forrest.... John Mannering (alias "The Baron"). Sue Lloyd.... Cordelia Winfield. Colin Gordon.... John Alexander Templeton-Green. Paul Ferris.... David Marlowe. Producer - Monty Berman. Script Supervision - Terry Nation.

Gideon's Way

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Filmed June 1964 - May 1965 on location and at Elstree Studios. Fifteen episodes (#101 - #115 below) were filmed by December 1964, after which the cast and crew were allowed a week's break before filming on the second batch of eleven episodes (#116 - #126 below) began on 11 January 1965. Airdate is for ATV Midlands. ITV regions varied date and order. The Australian rights are held by the Nine Network who, over many decades, have shown numerous repeats in non-peak viewing times. Recently, that is from 2012 to 2019, there were numerous showings in the early hours of the morning on Gem, a Nine Network digital outlet, sometimes twice per morning.

Ray Austin (director)

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Stunt arranger for Associated Television's action series at Elstree Studios, 1963-1971. The Saint, 1963–64, 1966. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Mr Clay; 1962. Tom Jones, 1963 (Thug). Clash by Night (a.k.a. Escape by Night), 1963 ( the Intruder). The V.I.P's, 1963 (Chauffeur). Ghost Squad, 1964. The Avengers, 1965. Shirley's World, 1971–72. JAG, 1995–96, 1997. The Perfume Garden. North by Northwest, 1959 (performer). Operation Petticoat, 1959 (performer). Spartacus, 1960 (performer). Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 1961 (stunt arranger). The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, 1962 (stunt arranger). Cleopatra, 1963 (stunt arranger).

Keith Godwin

Other works by Godwin include Polar Theme at Philips former Laboratories in Salfords, Redhill, Surrey and Fountain at the ATV building at Elstree Studios. Godwin's smaller works include a series of plaster figures made for the Imperial War Museum depicting a WRNS rating, a WVS tea-lady and a Landgirl. Godwin died at Sudbury, Suffolk in early 1991, aged 75. The Manchester Academy of Fine Arts commemorates him with the Keith Godwin Sculpture Award, presented to a young sculptor every year.

Broadcast syndication

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One of the best-known internationally syndicated television series has been The Muppet Show, which was produced by Grade's English ITV franchise company ATV at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, and was shown around the world, including the United States, where it aired in syndication (including the owned-and-operated stations of CBS), and Canada, where CBC Television aired the show. The 1970s was a time when many British comedies, including The Benny Hill Show and Monty Python's Flying Circus were syndicated to the United States and worldwide. Many soaps and long-running series are also successfully syndicated around the globe.

Elstree Studios (Shenley Road)

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While the BBC Elstree Centre is nearby, a number of the studios on this site are leased to BBC Studioworks and are used for recording television productions such as Strictly Come Dancing. British National Pictures Ltd. purchased 40 acre of land on the south side of Shenley Road and began construction of two large film stages in 1925. After discord among the partners, which by this time included Herbert Wilcox, their solicitor John Maxwell invested and was able to gain control of the company. The first film produced there was Madame Pompadour (1927).