General Hospital (British TV series)

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General Hospital is a British daytime soap opera produced by ATV that ran on ITV from 1972 to 1979. It was not modelled after the American drama of the same name. Rather, it was an attempt to replicate the success of its predecessor, Emergency – Ward 10. The original theme music was "Girl in the White Dress" by the Derek Scott Orchestra which was used until 1975, when it was replaced by Johnny Pearson's "Red Alert" for the 60-minute episodes. In 1972, ITV started to broadcast programmes on weekday afternoons, triggering a new wave of productions to fill in the extended schedules.

Alfred Hitchcock

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Hannah Jones: Downhill (1927), Champagne (1928), Blackmail (1929), Elstree Calling (1930), Murder! (1930), Rich and Strange (1931). John Longden: Blackmail (1929), Juno and the Paycock (1930), Elstree Calling (1930), The Skin Game (1931), Young and Innocent (1937), Jamaica Inn (1939). Cary Grant: Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), North By Northwest (1959). Edmund Gwenn: The Skin Game (1931), Waltzes from Vienna (1934), Foreign Correspondent (1940), The Trouble with Harry (1955). Gordon Harker: The Ring (1927), The Farmer's Wife (1928), Champagne (1928), Elstree Calling (1930). Phyllis Konstam: Champagne (1928), Blackmail (1929), Murder!

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.

Market in Honey Lane

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Market In Honey Lane was recorded at ATV Elstree, the same studio complex that is now home to EastEnders. Ray Lonnen would go on to star in another ATV soap, Crossroads, but in the Carlton Television produced Crossroads of 2001. * John Bennett as Billy Bush. Michael Golden as Sam English. Ray Lonnen as Dave Sampson. Peter Birrel as Jacko Bennet. Brian Rawlinson as Danny Jessel. Pat Nye as Polly Jessel. Basil Henson as Seymour Darcy.

Emergency – Ward 10

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The series was made by the ITV contractor ATV and set in a fictional hospital called Oxbridge General. Growing out of what was originally intended to be no more than a six-week serial (entitled Calling Nurse Roberts), the series became ITV's first twice-weekly evening soap opera. Emergency – Ward 10 was the first hospital-based television drama to establish a successful format combining medical matters with storylines centring on the personal lives of the doctors and nurses.

Tonight at the London Palladium

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In 1967, the head of ATV, Lew Grade, axed the show. The reasons for this remain obscure, but he was first to admit that axing this series, and the soap opera Emergency Ward 10 at the same time, were the two biggest mistakes he ever made. This revival was hosted by Jim Dale, with each episode being broadcast live. Two episodes were cancelled mid-broadcast due, apparently to a reported bomb scare. A one-off edition of Sunday Night at the London Palladium was broadcast in 1998, to celebrate Bruce Forsyth's 70th birthday. It included appearances by Diana Ross and Joe Longthorne.

New Faces

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It was produced by ATV for the ITV network. The show first aired as a pilot on the ATV network on 31 May 1973 with host Leslie Crowther and a judging panel consisting of Noele Gordon, Tony Hatch, Clive James and John Smith assessing performances from ten acts looking for a break in show business. Welsh singer Jennifer Jones won the show that also featured a man who blew up a hot water bottle until it burst followed by a few choruses of "Spanish Eyes." A further pilot aired on 7 July 1973, with new host Derek Hobson and a full series followed from 29 September 1973 to 2 April 1978. It was recorded at the ATV Centre in Birmingham. The show was noted for its theme tune, "You're a Star!"

Astronauts (TV series)

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It was made for the ITV network by Witzend for ATV, which became Central midway through the production run. The three primary characters are sent into outer space to occupy a space station for six months. They take with them a dog, a collection of white mice and some insects. The dog, Bimbo, had previously appeared in The Goodies. The astronauts' names are Malcolm Mattocks, Gentian Foster and David Ackroyd, whilst the astronauts' contact at Mission Control is Beadle, an American. The humour was primarily based on the claustrophobic conditions of the two-room "sky lab" and the consequent tensions. #Episode One (26 October 1981) – It's the dawning of a new era.

The Larkins

The Larkins is a British television sitcom which was produced by Associated Television and aired on ITV. It aired for four series between 1958 and 1960. An additional two series (with format changes) aired from 1963 to 1964. In the first four series, the series focused on Ada Larkin (Peggy Mount), her hen-pecked husband Alf (David Kossoff), their son Eddie (Shaun O'Riordan), daughter Joyce (Ruth Trouncer), and her ex-GI husband Jeff (Ronan O'Casey). They all live together at 66 Sycamore Street, next door to inquisitive neighbour Hetty Prout (Barbara Mitchell), her husband Sam (George Roderick), and their daughter Myrtle (Hillary Bamberger), who has an occasional fling with Eddie.

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).

Sapphire & Steel

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The high profile and limited availability of the principal actors, Lumley and McCallum, meant that shooting was somewhat sporadic, and the programme's producers ATV were in the process of being reorganised into the new Central Independent Television; all factors which led to the series' demise. Central felt that viewers might mistake the new programmes for repeats of old ones, and broadcast the final, four-part story in late August 1982 to very little fanfare. Despite this, the first episode gained a high rating and finished in the top 20 most-watched programmes of the week.

Star Soccer

Star Soccer was a weekly football highlights programme in the United Kingdom, which ran on Associated Television (ATV) from 1965 until 1983 when it was replaced by a networked The Big Match and spin-off The Big Match Live. The program's early years were from London but from 1968 the show centred on Midlands teams. This coincided with the re-jigging of the ITV network. ATV was now a Midlands only broadcaster. The program was hosted initially by Billy Wright and then Gary Newbon, occasionally joined by a guest in the studio. The main commentator was Hugh Johns, ITV's man at the microphone for the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV series)

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In the UK, the series premiered on ATV London, on Sunday 25 September 1955 the US premiere was on Monday 26 September 1955 by CBS, ATV Midlands began the series on Friday 17 February 1956, the series had a staggered start across the other regions from 1956–1961 as the ITV regional stations came on-air for the first time in the UK. The series was shot on 35mm film to provide the best possible picture quality, and had fade-outs where US commercials were intended to slot in (the series was sponsored in the US by Johnson & Johnson (baby products, Band-Aid) and Wildroot (hair products). To mark the end of production on the series Mr. and Mrs.

Jack Parnell

He was a regular judge on the ATV talent show New Faces. He was also the musical director for The Benny Hill Show. He was appointed musical director for ATV in 1956, a post he held until 1981, and was the "real" conductor for The Muppet Show orchestra for the entire series and composed the score theme to ITC Entertainment. Throughout the 1960s, Parnell directed the pit orchestra for Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He was jailed for three months for a drink-driving accident in 1979 after hitting a motorcyclist who lost a leg. He moved from Surrey and, shortly after that, his wife divorced him.


Timeslip was devised by ATV script editor Ruth Boswell, who developed the format and the outline of the first story with her husband James. Its development was instigated by ATV producer Renee Goddard, who wanted to produce a programme that could challenge the popularity among children of the BBC's science fiction series Doctor Who (1963–89; 1996; 2005–present). Boswell was determined to come up with a show that was rooted more firmly in everyday life than Doctor Who, which at the time she felt had become progressively more outlandish. Much of the show's time travel concepts were based on the book An Experiment with Time by J. W. Dunne.

List of Elstree Studios productions

This is a list of films and TV productions made in whole or in part, at the Elstree Film Studios in Borehamwood, including Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), British and Dominions Imperial Studios, British International Pictures Ltd (BIP), British National Pictures Ltd, Elstree Way Studios, EMI Studios, Gate Studio, The Neptune Film Company, and Station Road Studios. Some dates represent production dates, rather than release dates. *Dead Man's Shoes - made in 1939, but not released until the following year *Man from Morocco, The.

The Strange World of Gurney Slade

The Strange World of Gurney Slade is a surreal six-part British television comedy series devised by Anthony Newley and made by ATV, first transmitted by the ITV network between 22 October and 26 November 1960. The series follows the character of Gurney Slade, played by Newley, through a series of mundane environments with fantastical elements. Slade is the only continuing character, and is often heard in voice-over expressing his thoughts. Though we learn much about the character's inner life, we learn very little of Gurney Slade's history or background.

Gate Studios

Gate Studios formed a part of Elstree Studios in the town of Borehamwood, UK, Opened in 1928, the studios were in use until the early 1950s. The studios had previously been known as Whitehall Studios, Consolidated Studios, J.H. Studios and M.P. Studios. The last film produced was John Wesley in 1954, after which and the building was used for the production of cinema screens by Harkness Screens Ltd, until 2004. The building was demolished in early 2006 to make way for 133 new homes. Elstree Screen Heritage, "Creating a record of The Gate Studios". " Remembering the Gate Studios" DVD, at Elstree Screen Heritage. " The Gate Studios" at the Elstree and Boreham Wood Museum website.

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.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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In 2016, Sony bought the Jackson estate's 50% stake in Sony/ATV. In August 2019, management of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment were merged under the newly formed Sony Music Group. Associated Television (ATV) was a British television broadcasting company founded in 1955 by Lew Grade. Over the next two decades, ATV expanded through acquisitions to become an entertainment conglomerate with business lines in the record industry, music publishing and film production. ATV entered the music industry in 1958 when it acquired 50% of Pye Records, a British record company.

BBC Studioworks

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The company's studios and post production facilities in Elstree remain in operation, with BBC Studioworks continuing to provide Studio D on the BBC Elstree site for hire. At Elstree Film Studios, co-investments were made to Stage 8 and Stage 9, both, by Studioworks and Elstree Studios in 2013 to open them as TV studios. New laser-levelled floors and permanent HD galleries were installed and green rooms and dressing rooms for talent were also improved. In July 2013, BBC Studioworks completed the build of a brand new gallery suite at the George Lucas Stages at Elstree Film Studios to support large-scale TV productions.

Pye Records

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Pye Records was a sister company to the better known ATV Music Publishing. This company, which owned Beatles publisher Northern Songs, was bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 and later merged with Sony to form Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Starting with the "British Invasion" of 1964, Pye placed their artists in the US mostly on labels that they distributed in the UK: the Kinks to Cameo Records and then to Reprise Records, David Bowie, the Sorrows and Petula Clark to Warner Bros.

Fire Crackers

The series was produced by Associated Television (ATV), and aired on ITV. Unlike many British series of the 1960s, the series survives intact in the archives. Series 1: Series 2 * Fire Crackers on IMDb Semi Detached (aired 29 August 1964). Wanted: One Fire (aired 5 September 1964). Objective Case (aired 12 September 1964). Fire Belle for Five (aired 19 September 1964). Blue Blooded Buddy (aired 26 September 1964). Power Crazy (aired 3 October 1964). The Business as Usual (aired 9 January 1965). Strictly for the Birds (aired 16 January 1965). Pie in the Sky (aired 23 January 1965). Slap on the Map (aired 30 January 1965). The Willie Waghorn Story (aired 6 February 1965).

Brent Walker

Elstree Studios, Borehamwood were acquired in 1988. Brent Walker obtained planning permission for the construction of a Tesco supermarket on the backlot and the studios fell out of use. Faced with a potential compulsory purchase, Brent Walker sold the remaining property to Hertsmere Council in 1996. The Cameron and Tolly Cobbold Breweries were acquired from Ellerman Investments, a company owned by the Barclay brothers, in 1988 for £240m. The company closed Tolly Cobbold’s Cliff Brewery in Ipswich in 1989 and transferred production to Cameron’s Hartlepool brewery. The Hartlepool brewery was sold to Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries in 1992.

Northern Songs

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After Epstein died in 1967, Lennon and McCartney sought to renegotiate their publishing deal with James, but early in 1969 James and his partner sold their shares in Northern Songs to Britain's Associated Television (ATV), giving no warning to Lennon or McCartney. Lennon and McCartney attempted to gain a controlling interest in Northern Songs but their bid failed, as the financial power of Lew Grade ensured that Northern Songs passed into the control of ATV. Allen Klein (then de facto Beatles manager) attempted to set up a deal for Apple Corps to buy out ATV, but this also failed.