Top of the Pops

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A brand new theme tune ('Now Get Out Of That'), title sequence and logo were introduced, and the entire programme moved from BBC Television Centre in London to BBC Elstree Centre in Borehamwood. The new presenting team would take turns hosting (initially usually in pairs but sometimes solo), and would often introduce acts in an out-of-vision voiceover over the song's instrumental introduction. They would sometimes even conduct short informal interviews with the performers, and initially the Top 10 countdown was run without any voiceover.

Independent Television Authority

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The new 7-day franchise in the Midlands was awarded to Associated TeleVision (ATV). The ITA asked ABC and Associated-Rediffusion to merge, forming Thames Television which was awarded the London Weekday franchise. LWT was awarded the London Weekend franchise (from 7 pm on Fridays). Most controversially, TWW lost its franchise for Wales and the West of England to Harlech Television, which soon became known as HTV.

London Weekend Television

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Lillie was based on the real-life story of Lillie Langtry, and saw Francesca Annis reprising the role from ATV's Edward the Seventh, and The Gentle Touch starring Jill Gascoine was the UK's first drama series with a female police detective in the lead role. However, by far the station's most successful drama was Upstairs, Downstairs, a successful attempt to produce a costume drama comparable in scale to BBC1's The Forsyte Saga.


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Associated British Picture Corporation

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"It was a dreadful place", said Richard Attenborough when remembering ABPC's Elstree facility. "It created nothing in terms of a feeling of commitment." During this period though, the company produced its best remembered titles such as The Dam Busters (Michael Anderson, 1954), and Ice Cold in Alex (1958), whose director J. Lee Thompson was ABPC's most productive during the 1950s. Policies changed after Clark left in January 1958. New projects from the company were limited to those using contracted television comedy performers, and investment in independent productions. The use of Elstree for television production increased.

Shaw Taylor

He was an announcer for Associated TeleVision when the normal announcer was not available. He then had a variety of acting roles in film and television from the 1950s on, and presented various game shows including Password, Tell the Truth, Dotto, This Is Your Chance and The Law Game (BBC Radio 2). In the early '60s he and Muriel Young co-hosted a music programme on Radio Luxembourg called The Friday Spectacular. Between 1960 and 1962 he presented the quiz show Pencil and Paper. In 1970 he was the original presenter of the Clunk Click public information films. In 1972 he presented a pilot episode of Whodunnit?

EMI Films

EMI Films also owned Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England; in turn, Cannon ended up purchasing the studio as well, but later sold it to Brent Walker Group plc in 1988, who in turn ended up selling half of the EMI Elstree Studios site to Tesco for a supermarket, before Hertsmere Council eventually acquired what was left of the Elstree Studios, and, as of 2018, still operates it as a film and television studios centre. EMI financed films under a variety of corporate names and with a series of production partners. Below are the main ones: Hoffman (with Peter Sellers, directed by Alvin Rakoff). The Go-Between directed by Joseph Losey.

Madame Pompadour (1927 film)

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It was the first film to be shot at the newly christened Elstree Studios. In 18th-century France, the King's mistress Madame Pompadour (Dorothy Gish), frees her jailed lover, political prisoner Rene Laval (Antonio Moreno), to make him her bodyguard. Gish and Wilcox had just enjoyed a big hit with Nell Gwyn. British National Films and Paramount signed them to make three more movies of which this was the first. Gish was paid ₤1500 a week for six weeks. Filming was delayed an extra three weeks and this added a large amount to the budget and almost brought the film to a standstill. Wilcox was paid £3000 for a film plus 25% of the profits but there were none.

Alfred Hitchcock

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Hitchcock began work on his tenth film, Blackmail (1929), when its production company, British International Pictures (BIP), converted its Elstree studios to sound. The film was the first British "talkie"; it followed the first American sound feature film, The Jazz Singer (1927). Blackmail began the Hitchcock tradition of using famous landmarks as a backdrop for suspense sequences, with the climax taking place on the dome of the British Museum. It also features one of his longest cameo appearances, which shows him being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book on the London Underground.

Sound film

On October 31, Les Trois masques debuted; a Pathé-Natan film, it is generally regarded as the initial French feature talkie, though it was shot, like Blackmail, at the Elstree studio, just outside London. The production company had contracted with RCA Photophone and Britain then had the nearest facility with the system. The Braunberger-Richebé talkie La Route est belle, also shot at Elstree, followed a few weeks later. Before the Paris studios were fully sound-equipped—a process that stretched well into 1930—a number of other early French talkies were shot in Germany. The first all-talking German feature, Atlantik, had premiered in Berlin on October 28.

Norman Collins

The new company thus formed was to be called the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), but rival franchise holder Associated British Corporation pointed out that they already held rights to this name, so Associated TeleVision (ATV) was decided upon as a substitute. Collins took on the role of Deputy Chairman of ATV, but was effectively sidelined by the force of personality of the company's other senior directors, Prince Littler and Lew Grade. The Facts of Fiction – 1932 (Gollancz) US: 1933 (Dutton). Penang Appointment – 1934 (Gollancz) US: 1935 (Doubleday). The Three Friends – 1935 (Gollancz) US: 1936 (Doubleday). Trinity Town – 1936 (Gollancz) US: 1937 (Harper).

MGM-British Studios

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At that time, MGM made a production and distribution deal with EMI, and began to use its facility (commonly known as Elstree Studios) becoming MGM-EMI, an arrangement which only lasted until 1973, with MGM having a financial interest in only a few films. The Borehamwood site was cleared. Spring in Park Lane (1948). Edward, My Son (1949). Conspirator (1949). Under Capricorn (1949). The Miniver Story (1950). Ivanhoe (1952). Knights of the Round Table (1953). Mogambo (1953). Beau Brummell (1954). The Dark Avenger (1955). Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955). The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). Bhowani Junction (1956). Anastasia (1956). The Man Who Never Was (1956).


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Notable examples include the Austrian Broadcasting System (ORF), which formerly used a red version of the eye logo; Associated Television (ATV) in the United Kingdom; Frecuencia Latina in Peru; Fuji Television in Japan; Rede Bandeirantes and Rede Globo in Brazil; and Saeta TV Channel 10 in Uruguay. The network celebrated the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the Eye logo in October 2011, featuring special IDs shown during the network's prime time lineup of logo versions from previous CBS image campaigns. The standard corporate typeface used by CBS since the 1950s is Didot, a close relative to Bodoni.

Carlton Television

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Changes in legislation concerning media ownership enabled Carlton to buy out many of the other ITV stations, including Central Independent Television, Westcountry, and part of HTV (via Granada), as well as the rights to the archives of ITC Entertainment and its former sister company ATV. Rank Film Distributors, including its library of 740 films, was purchased by Carlton in 1997 for £65 million. HTV was the only region owned by Carlton not to be subject to a full rebrand as Carlton.

Chris Tarrant

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Tarrant's career began in 1964, when he was hired by the since-dissolved television network ATV. He presented ATV Today, a current affairs programme serving the Midlands area of England, until 1982. Tarrant rose to prominence after becoming a co-host on Tiswas, the children's television show broadcast on a Saturday morning from 1974 to 1981. In January 1982, along with Bob Carolgees, John Gorman, Randolph Sutherland and Lenny Henry, Tarrant launched a late-night show, O.T.T., thought of as an "adult" version of Tiswas, but it did not prove popular. Tarrant was a Capital Radio host from 1984 to 2004, presenting the early-morning show Capital Breakfast.

List of Elstree Studios productions

Elstree: The British Hollywood. Publisher: Columbus Books, London, ISBN: 978-0-86287-446-9. *" Elstree Studios" @ The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Madame Pompadour, British silent historical drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Dorothy Gish, Antonio Moreno and Nelson Keys. Poppies of Flanders, directed by Arthur Maude and starring Jameson Thomas, Eve Gray and Malcolm Todd. Ring, The, written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Carl Brisson and Lillian Hall-Davis. Silver Lining, The, directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Marie Ault, Patrick Aherne and Moore Marriott.

The Danzigers

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In 1956, the Danzigers decided to form their own studio base and founded the New Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. They converted a former wartime aero-engine testing factory into a studio with six sound stages and exterior shooting facilities. They later acquired control of the Gordon Hotels Group and moved into the hotel business. They also owned the Shipman and King Cinema group. New Elstree Studios were sold in October 1965. Their niece is former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder.

Bullseye (UK game show)

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It was first made for the ITV network by ATV in 1981, then by Central from 1982 until 1995, and was hosted by comedian and TV presenter Jim Bowen. The show had an animated mascot named Bully - an anthropomorphic, large, brown bull - who wore a red/white striped shirt and blue trousers. Bullseye was created and owned by Andrew Wood (with comedian Norman Vaughan), who came up with the idea after research into aspects of game shows with mass appeal. Programme associates on the show were Mickey Brennan and Roger Edwards. The series was centred on darts.

Crossroads (UK TV series)

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It was created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling and produced by ATV (until the end of 1981) and then by ATV's successor, Central Independent Television until 1988. The series was revived by Carlton Television in 2001; however, due to low ratings it was cancelled again in 2003. The original premise of Crossroads is based around two feuding sisters, Kitty Jarvis (Beryl Johnstone) and Meg Richardson (Noele Gordon). Meg is a wealthy woman who, with the help of her late husband Charles' insurance money and compensation money from the council for them building a motorway through their land, turned her large Georgian house into a motel.

BBC Studioworks

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When BBC Television Centre in West London was temporarily closed for redevelopment in 2013, Studioworks consolidated its London studios business onto two sites in Borehamwood, BBC Elstree Centre and Elstree Studios. On the BBC Elstree Site, it operates the Studio D facility – a large TV studio and home to Children in Need and BBC News' election broadcasting. It is also home to the company's post-production village and the site where it provides studio and post-production services to EastEnders. Across the road at Elstree Studios, it hires a mix of stages which have been converted into TV studios and range in size from 7,500 sq ft to 15,770 sq ft.