ABC Weekend TV

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ABC Weekend TV (otherwise known as ABC Television and named as Associated British Corporation on the endcaps of later series of The Avengers) was one of a number of commercial television companies established in the United Kingdom during the 1950s by cinema chain companies, in an attempt to safeguard their business by becoming involved with television, which was taking away their cinema audiences.wikipedia
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The Avengers (TV series)

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ABC Weekend TV (otherwise known as ABC Television and named as Associated British Corporation on the endcaps of later series of The Avengers) was one of a number of commercial television companies established in the United Kingdom during the 1950s by cinema chain companies, in an attempt to safeguard their business by becoming involved with television, which was taking away their cinema audiences. Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
The Avengers was produced by ABC Television, a contractor within the ITV network.

Associated Television

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Existing weekday contractors (Granada and ATV respectively) were correctly considered the favourites.
The new company was originally named the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), but Associated British Corporation's parent company, which wished to call their station ABC and ran a large chain of cinemas under those initials, successfully sued for prior ownership of the name.

ITV Granada

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Existing weekday contractors (Granada and ATV respectively) were correctly considered the favourites.
In 1954, the Independent Television Authority (ITA) awarded Granada the North of England contract for Monday to Friday, with ABC serving the same area on weekends.

Thames Television

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Despite protests from Rediffusion, the two companies eventually became Thames Television. Upon the merger with Rediffusion, this site became the main production base for the new company Thames Television.
Geographical and structural changes in the network, created by the ITA's 1967 invitation for applicants for new franchise contracts for the right to broadcast on ITV (initially intended to run from 1968 to 1974), meant that ABC Weekend Television (ABC) lost both its area franchises, serving the Midlands and the North at weekends, because these areas were to become seven-day operations.

London Weekend Television

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It was expected that ABC would be awarded the weekend London licence, but the strength of another application (from the London Weekend Television consortium) ruled this out.
The LTC had planned on buying the superior Teddington Studios of former contractor ABC, but following ABC's merger with Associated Rediffusion to form Thames Television, the LTC were forced by the ITA to purchase Rediffusion's site at Wembley (see The Fountain Studios) and legally obliged to employ all members of staff, although the workforce was slightly larger than LWT had wanted.

Independent Television Authority

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In this case, the parent company was the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), which initially did not wish to become involved with the new broadcasting system, but was persuaded to do so by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) and the manager of its Pathé News subsidiary Howard Thomas, who became the new company's managing director. When Kemsley-Winnick, one of the consortia that had been awarded a franchise in the new Independent Television network in 1954, collapsed, the ITA approached ABPC to step into the breach.

Teddington Studios

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The main production facilities were the former Warner Studios in Teddington, Middlesex.
By the 1950s the studio's fortunes had declined, but in 1958 it was bought by Associated British Corporation (ABC) for use as a television studio.

The Human Jungle (TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
The Human Jungle is a British TV series about a psychiatrist, made for ABC Television by the small production company Independent Artists, for transmission on ITV.

Howard Thomas

In this case, the parent company was the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), which initially did not wish to become involved with the new broadcasting system, but was persuaded to do so by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) and the manager of its Pathé News subsidiary Howard Thomas, who became the new company's managing director.
The board of the company was finally convinced to try, and signed a contract with the ITA on 21 September 1955 to form Associated British Cinemas (Television) Limited to take over the contract.

Alpha Television

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Alpha Television purchased a former cinema in Aston, near Birmingham, and extended it by the construction of additional studios and office space; the site was known as the Alpha Studios.
The company was formed in 1956 as a co-venture between two newly created Independent Television (ITV) companies, ATV and ABC Television.

Police Surgeon (British TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
Police Surgeon is a television series made by the Associated British Corporation and starring Ian Hendry as Dr Geoffrey Brent.

Redcap (TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
Redcap is a British television series produced by ABC Weekend Television and broadcast on the ITV network.

Armchair Theatre

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation.

Capitol Theatre, Manchester

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The production facility was converted from a former Capitol cinema in Didsbury.
The Capitol Theatre was a cinema in Didsbury, Manchester later used as television studios by ITV contractor ABC from 1956 to 1968.

Kemsley-Winnick Television

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When Kemsley-Winnick, one of the consortia that had been awarded a franchise in the new Independent Television network in 1954, collapsed, the ITA approached ABPC to step into the breach.
The contract was eventually awarded to ABC, who had previously been offered the 7-day Midlands contract, but ABC's board refused.

Associated British Picture Corporation

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In this case, the parent company was the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC), which initially did not wish to become involved with the new broadcasting system, but was persuaded to do so by the Independent Television Authority (ITA) and the manager of its Pathé News subsidiary Howard Thomas, who became the new company's managing director. When Kemsley-Winnick, one of the consortia that had been awarded a franchise in the new Independent Television network in 1954, collapsed, the ITA approached ABPC to step into the breach.

Thank Your Lucky Stars (TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
Thank Your Lucky Stars was a British television pop music show made by ABC Television, and broadcast on ITV from 1961 to 1966.

Target Luna

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
Target Luna was a British television serial broadcast by ABC Weekend TV in April 1960.

Rediffusion

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Upon the merger with Rediffusion, this site became the main production base for the new company Thames Television.
Rediffusion London was ordered to merge with Associated British Corporation, the holder of the weekend Midlands and North of England franchises, to form Thames Television, with ABC given the controlling interest (despite its generally weaker financial position) and Rediffusion holding 49%.

ABC Cinemas

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When ABC first went on the air, it used the branding of its sister company ABC Cinemas.
Television led to a sharp decline in cinema audiences after 1952 though with the coming of commercial television from 1955 ABPC had expanded into the new medium with the creation of ABC Television Limited, which gained the Independent Television contracts for the North of England and Midlands at the weekend.

Public Eye (TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
It was produced by ABC Television for three series, and Thames Television for a further four.

Opportunity Knocks (British TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
A second run commenced on 11 July 1964 and lasted until 20 March 1978, produced first by ABC and then by Thames.

Emerald Soup

Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
The series, consisting of seven 25-minute episodes produced by Associated British Corporation for the ITV network, was aired weekly from Saturday 9 November to Saturday 21 December 1963.

Didsbury

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The production facility was converted from a former Capitol cinema in Didsbury.
Between 1956 and 1969, the old Capitol Theatre at the junction of Parrs Wood Road and School Lane served as the northern studios of ITV station ABC Weekend Television.

Callan (TV series)

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Networked programmes from ABC included the drama series Police Surgeon, The Human Jungle, Undermined, Redcap, The Avengers, the Armchair Theatre series of single plays, the Habatales cartoons, the popular shows Thank Your Lucky Stars, Opportunity Knocks, Big Night Out and Oh Boy!, the children's science fiction serials Emerald Soup, Target Luna and its sequels Pathfinders in Space, Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus, and the gritty drama series Callan and Public Eye (both of which continued as Thames productions after 1968).
Produced by ABC Weekend Television and Thames Television, the programme proved extremely popular; as well as four series between 1967 and 1972, there was a film in 1974 and a tv movie in 1981.