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tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
What revision number is this? I've lost count Very Happy Congratulations on the revamp!

I love that you still have a guestbook (only just noticed as it's more prominent now), nice connection to the older days of the web.


I think someone else asked me this on Twitter too. Technically it would be Revision 15, if I were still using the numbers. But I dropped those from R14, or the 2016 CMS rebuild onwards. With updates nearly every day to the site now, the old revision numbers would have gotten a bit impractical! Razz

I do like still having a guestbook. It may be a bit old (and the design could still do with some updating as it's not quite in line with the rest of the site), but it just reminds me of those much simpler days when you didn't have to have social media accounts on a million platforms just to interact with people.
TV Whirl - Still covering UK idents, presentation, teletext and programmes after 17 years
tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Latest Update - March-May 2018

Despite a lot of time being taken up working on the new look, I haven't been resting on my laurels when it comes to continuing daily content updates. Indeed since the last update posted in this thread back in March I've only missed updating the site on a grand total of 4 days with 175 new clips and 1305 new high resolution images added in that time. Just some of the new things added:-

New Presentation
There's been coverage of new things popping up on E4 and STV, the new countdown for the BBC News Channel for the Royal Wedding, and coverage of some of the Sky free channels has been boosted with new pages for Pick, Challenge and updates to the existing Sky News coverage.

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Archive Presentation
A lot of new clips from the early 90s have been added, with a particular focus moving across the Pennines from Yorkshire to the site's Granada Television content with new idents, next slides, promotions and invision continuity from the North West station. Away from Granada, there have also been several BBC1 clips from Christmas 1989 added, and a lot of older Channel 4 clips.

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Adverts
A lot of new adverts have been added from across various eras. Some from Jan 1st 2000, showing how big businesses saw in the New Millenium, as well as adverts from several early 90s businesses who are no longer with us (properly) - Toys R Us, Rumbelows, Comet, Woolworths... the list goes on.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/adverts/

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As ever, a full list of the most recent additions can always be found here:-
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/site/latest-updates/
TV Whirl - Still covering UK idents, presentation, teletext and programmes after 17 years
tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Latest Update - End of May

I don't usually post another update in here so shortly after the last one, but there's a slightly topical reason for this one. First of all, in the less-topical updates, last week saw ongoing coverage of ITV's 4-Day NHS 'Week' and Central Television has finally made it to TV Whirl with a start of a page for everyone's favourite cake-based station. Only a small selection for now, but it'll be added to over as time goes on.

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https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/presentation/itv/regional/central/central-independent-television/

Onto the slightly more topical update though given current events. As LWT's original South Bank home The London Studios finally ends production this week, TV Whirl takes a look back at some stuff from the happier days for London Weekend, as aired over their 21st birthday weekend in July 1989.

Firstly there is the introduction to 21 Years of Laughter, a showcase of LWT's comedy contributions to the network fronted by Denis Norden.

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https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/misc/other/#vid_19383

As well as that, there's coverage of the special Granada presentation around the LWT 21st show that was in use by the North West station for Summer 1989, with specially themed Summer idents, next slides and trailers.

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https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/presentation/itv/regional/granada/granada-tv/#vid_19415

And finally there's some of the ITV Granada Oracle stream from Granada from that Saturday too. As well as giving an oversight of the schedules and news events from that evening such as Southampton Dock Workers voting to return to work and a glider crash in Manchester, there are review pages covering several of the other shows LWT have lined up for that night to mark their 21st birthday.

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https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/teletext/itv-teletext/#vid_19459
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tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Latest Update June-July

Another month of unbroken daily updates gone, so here's a little overview of some of the main things added this month.

Teletext
I usually save this until last, but I want to get the newest feature out of the way first. On desktop browsers now (mobile and tablet may follow if I can work out a practical way of doing it), as well as being able to navigate through the teletext galleries by pressing the now and next buttons, for a closer-to-true teletext experience you can now type any page number in directly if you already know it. If that page is available in the gallery, it'll jump you straight to it.

You can try this out on the latest gallery to be added from LWT in March 1993. The first of our Teletext galleries to be added for the London region, its still early days for both Teletext Ltd and Carlton in the area. With a mix of news and schedules as you've come to expect by now. News headlines including an IRA blast in Warrington, The Russian parliament looking to impeach President Yeltsin and worries over where the route for the Channel Tunnel into London will go.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/teletext/itv-teletext/#vid_20338

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New Pres
Over the past month, we've had coverage around the difficult closure of STV2, World Cup presentation for BBC One and STV and coverage of the Love Island pres for ITV2.

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Archive Pres
Tonnes of old pres material has been added. Granada Television has seen promos and invision material from various Christmasses added, including such classics as a plucky Granada designer thinking the G in a more gothic font was a great idea.

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Continuing with the regional coverage expansion, ITV London has made it to the site for the first time, with material from Thames, LWT and Carlton from across the years. Including Thames' remixed-audio Christmas ident from 1991.

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ITV Network Promos from across the years have also now been split off onto their own page, with more from the 1993 package added - who can forget that famous 'Man Having a Shave'? More has been added to the growing Central Television section that was started late last month. And Finally there's also a short Channel 4 News Summary I've not seen surface online before which reports on events in Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989.

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Adverts
A few well remembered ones added, alongside some not as well remembered ones. Toys R Us, from before the days where 'Magical Place' and the army of child labour was used every year, Scotch reminding you how your tapes would never fade away (ironically from a very badly worn Scotch tape) and remember the Wide-Mouthed Frog?

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/adverts/

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tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Site's getting better and better Smile Are there any plans to restore the BBCi tests from the World Cup 2002 to the site? I remember watching them years ago and finding them interesting.


Technically all the original clips from that are still there as they came over with the importer I put together in 2016. They're just not linked to from any page at the moment.

Q & A
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/play?id=1249

Footage Test 1
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/play?id=1252

Footage Test 2
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/play?id=1253

Audio Stream Test 1
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/play?id=1254

Audio Stream Test 2
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/play?id=1255

The plan was to re-do these in better quality like with most of the newer site clips as I still have the recordings. However those ones in particular have some extra 'challenges' associated with them, hence them being put on the back burner for a long time as I've not figured out a nice way around it. As a pres site from the heady pre-Youtube-days, I still stick to our unwritten rule of not uploading full programmes in order to try and maintain good relationships with broadcasters - this makes Q&A tricky. Although only ever used as a test loop, the whole 15 minutes of it is also technically a standalone programme. The whole of YT may have uploaded the full thing these days, but I've still got my original principles to follow limiting length. On top of that, two of the test bits that were put out in 2002 by the BBC consisted of them just putting out random footage from France '98 matches. Given how protective the sports bodies are over World Cup footage, putting any of that online in better quality is likely to have them on my back pretty quickly. That pretty much leaves just the two static slides with audio tests.
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tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Latest Updates - July-September 2018

Another 2 months of updates every day have seemingly flown by, so time for a little catchup of what's been happnening on TV Whirl over the Summer.

New Presentation
Coverage of all of the CBS suite of channels has been added to the site to bring this section uptodate. As well as that there's been coverage of the Freesports rebrand, and ongoing updates throughout August from Drama's Summer Weekends presentation, with idents and openers and break bumpers from across the season. Most recently just this week, pres from the new ITV Be's Little Be section has been added to the site as well.

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Old Presentation
Lots more archive coverage from around the regions has been added, with Christmas 1993 added to the Granada Television page, including the lesser seen festive ident from that year, new additions to Central, and finally a large amount of content from LWT, Carlton and Thames. With the latter including both new in vision links, and a special horror ident from 1987.

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Teletext
Another one from the London region has been added, and this time it's Thames/Oracle from 1991. Dating from Boxing Day, a lot of the pages on the service are still in Christmas mode, whilst headlines include the Bishop of Oxford calling for a boycott on shops that open on a Sunday.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/teletext/itv-teletext/#vid_20963

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TV Whirl - Still covering UK idents, presentation, teletext and programmes after 17 years
tesandco935 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
22/9/2018 - Sky Text, exactly 17 years ago

Just a small mention of an update today as I usually don't highlight every single one, but this one is quite date-specific. The text service from Sky Text has been added today, dating from exactly 17 years ago (coincidentally also Saturday 22nd September). Coming only 11 days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the news is still heavily focussed around the aftermath from that day, with talk on the effects on the economy, games industry and more.

Also if you're still without the internet in 2001 to get on TV Forum or Digitalspy for all your telly information, make sure to check out page 152. Ozsat has a premium rate number to give out information on how to get all the ITV regions, test transmissions, or Ceefax on Digital Satellite!

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/teletext/other-teletext/#vid_22572

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