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james-20015,210 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Thanks to 623058 who provided me with these schedules for the Thursday and Friday following the strike, and gave me permission to share them here.

Thursday 25th October 1979:

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Friday 26th October 1979:

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Evidently these schedules are for the London area, but in answer to my queries earlier, it seems the only regional variations on the Thursday were the local news magazine and late night programming from 11.15pm (which may have just been a closedown in the smaller regions). I was wrong about the News at One not appearing on the Thursday, but it seems to have been a somewhat curtailed bulletin.

Friday was pretty much BAU - local news, Bible readings etc probably appeared prior to the 9.30am programme in some regions. The local news at 1.20 is back along with any other local content that often filled that spot (Lookaround, What’s On Where etc). Less variations than you would normally get in the afternoon and evening, I expect, but local again from 11.15pm.

There have been comments on TV-Ark’s Facebook page stating Westward Diary replaced The Muppets on the Wednesday - and that it may have even been shown earlier in the week. Not sure if that’s accurate info - in particular it seems unlikely Westward interrupted the blue screen of death earlier in the week for their local news. If they did show this on the Wednesday, they likely opted out of the trailers and pre-startup menu that advertised The Muppets.

Another rumour bouncing around over there is that Border didn’t come back on air until the following Monday “because they liked being on strike”. This I take with a very large pinch of salt, but I’m prepared to eat my words if necessary!


Was the Emmerdale Farm on there a repeat? As there weren't any new episodes between the 5th July 1979 and the 8th January 1980. Possibly Thames showing episodes out of sync with the network like they did with Crossroads for a while earlier in the 70s.
Steve Williams2,812 posts since 1 Aug 2008
There have been comments on TV-Ark’s Facebook page stating Westward Diary replaced The Muppets on the Wednesday - and that it may have even been shown earlier in the week. Not sure if that’s accurate info - in particular it seems unlikely Westward interrupted the blue screen of death earlier in the week for their local news. If they did show this on the Wednesday, they likely opted out of the trailers and pre-startup menu that advertised The Muppets.


I've heard this, but never seen any proof of it, and I find it highly unlikely - as you say, the story is they came back on Monday just to do Westward Diary, which seems a bit odd. The programme at 11.15 in a number of regions on Thursday night was, rather oddly, ATV coverage of Nottingham Forest's European Cup match from the previous evening. And Mixed Blessings on Friday was a repeat, they were clearly really short of material. I would assume the Emmerdale was as well, they would sometimes show repeats between "new" series in those days.

The reference in the Cannon and Ball billing to Morecambe and Wise is because it was not long after Eric had another heart attack and there were suggestions that might be the end of the act. Eric and Ernie's move to ITV got off to a bit of a false start, they did two shows and then Eric had a heart attack, ITV went on strike and Eddie Braben was still at the Beeb.
Steve in Pudsey10,282 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The reason Border keeps on popping up is because the local union never accepted the pay deal compared to everyone else. It's highly possible on the Wed all Border did was take the main feed from Thames etc, and same could have happened on Thursday etc


I wonder what Thames transmitted in the ad breaks to the network ? I suspect there was something 'viewer friendly' to cover any instances of local difficulties (a lá C4 of course) or maybe it was just their own (Thames's ) local ads ?


I had thought that the ads were national (per the earlier national strike service), but a comment from Tony Currie on this video indicates that Scottish not only had local ads, but that he did local continuity all evening - reading between the lines maybe the welcome home sequence didn't go out there?



(And it's a pleasure to see a recent comment from Tony)
Write that down in your copybook now.
JKDerry1,905 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
There have been comments on TV-Ark’s Facebook page stating Westward Diary replaced The Muppets on the Wednesday - and that it may have even been shown earlier in the week. Not sure if that’s accurate info - in particular it seems unlikely Westward interrupted the blue screen of death earlier in the week for their local news. If they did show this on the Wednesday, they likely opted out of the trailers and pre-startup menu that advertised The Muppets.


I've heard this, but never seen any proof of it, and I find it highly unlikely - as you say, the story is they came back on Monday just to do Westward Diary, which seems a bit odd. The programme at 11.15 in a number of regions on Thursday night was, rather oddly, ATV coverage of Nottingham Forest's European Cup match from the previous evening. And Mixed Blessings on Friday was a repeat, they were clearly really short of material. I would assume the Emmerdale was as well, they would sometimes show repeats between "new" series in those days.

The reference in the Cannon and Ball billing to Morecambe and Wise is because it was not long after Eric had another heart attack and there were suggestions that might be the end of the act. Eric and Ernie's move to ITV got off to a bit of a false start, they did two shows and then Eric had a heart attack, ITV went on strike and Eddie Braben was still at the Beeb.

1979 was going to be a year off for Eric and Ernie anyway, as Eric had his massive heart attack on 15th March 1979, and had to have heart bypass surgery and six months recovery. They had planned a sort of Christmas special for 1979, more of a talk show, and a look back at their career with the awful David Frost as host, who should never have been chosen by Thames to host the special, he drained all sense of fun and laughter from the already lacklustre and subdued festive programme. I guess the 1979 Christmas show was recorded in November 1979 after the strike.
62305823,575 posts since 19 Aug 2005
Tony did state this 10 years ago, on a thread about the ITV strike in 2009. Wink He also added, once he did the start up STV switched over to that jingle,

There is also a clip on MHP of a full YTV start up, plus a someone informing viewers 321 was back, before linking up to that jingle. It been said Anglia and HTV did full startups. It's possible Westward did its own thing, but no one come back until Wed 24th.

I dare say Westward coming back on monday 22nd are from the same people show said Border never come back until the following monday.
Si-Co2,185 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Thanks to 623058 who provided me with these schedules for the Thursday and Friday following the strike, and gave me permission to share them here.

Thursday 25th October 1979:

*

Friday 26th October 1979:

*

Evidently these schedules are for the London area, but in answer to my queries earlier, it seems the only regional variations on the Thursday were the local news magazine and late night programming from 11.15pm (which may have just been a closedown in the smaller regions). I was wrong about the News at One not appearing on the Thursday, but it seems to have been a somewhat curtailed bulletin.

Friday was pretty much BAU - local news, Bible readings etc probably appeared prior to the 9.30am programme in some regions. The local news at 1.20 is back along with any other local content that often filled that spot (Lookaround, What’s On Where etc). Less variations than you would normally get in the afternoon and evening, I expect, but local again from 11.15pm.

There have been comments on TV-Ark’s Facebook page stating Westward Diary replaced The Muppets on the Wednesday - and that it may have even been shown earlier in the week. Not sure if that’s accurate info - in particular it seems unlikely Westward interrupted the blue screen of death earlier in the week for their local news. If they did show this on the Wednesday, they likely opted out of the trailers and pre-startup menu that advertised The Muppets.

Another rumour bouncing around over there is that Border didn’t come back on air until the following Monday “because they liked being on strike”. This I take with a very large pinch of salt, but I’m prepared to eat my words if necessary!


Was the Emmerdale Farm on there a repeat? As there weren't any new episodes between the 5th July 1979 and the 8th January 1980. Possibly Thames showing episodes out of sync with the network like they did with Crossroads for a while earlier in the 70s.


These were networked repeats of Emmerdale Farm, stripped Monday to Friday and they began a few weeks prior to the strike and resumed, as we can see, after it. The 12.30 slot was generally a network slot (with one or two regions opting out) - The Cedar Tree, The Riordans, The Sullivans and Emmerdale occupied it during 1979. After Emmerdale finished, Thames resumed The Sullivans in that slot, but only two or three times a week by 1980, and for some reason most regions broke away from the Thames episodes, falling behind, but still generally scheduling it at 12.30.
Cut out the coupon in your TV Times!
JAS844,084 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Possibly already asked, but does anyone have the schedules for the second and third days back on air? There was no TV Times that week (perhaps a rushed copy was issued for the following week with quite a few TBAs in the schedule), but the national and local newspapers would have advertised the Thursday and Friday schedules.

Quote:
The magazine was affected by three union disputes this year: in January a "slimmed-down" version was produced due to “paper transport” problems; in April a slimmed-down version again appeared for several weeks which had no production credits in the billings and no features due to the journalists being on strike for a 30% pay claim; and finally, due to the 1979 ITV strike, the issue of 25th to 31st August was the last to appear for almost two months until the week of 27th October to 2nd November in a special national edition, again with no production credits and with generic synopsis for the episodes. Multi-region editions covering broad expanses of the country appeared in the week of 10th to 16th November and the following week the magazine settled down its normal regional pattern. Production credits resumed in the week of 17th to 23rd November and non-generic synopsis the week after that.
So yeah, they did rush out a non-regional TV Times for the first full week after the strike ended.

https://coronationstreet.fandom.com/wiki/TV_Times_coverage_in_the_1970s
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Markymark7,108 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
The reason Border keeps on popping up is because the local union never accepted the pay deal compared to everyone else. It's highly possible on the Wed all Border did was take the main feed from Thames etc, and same could have happened on Thursday etc


I wonder what Thames transmitted in the ad breaks to the network ? I suspect there was something 'viewer friendly' to cover any instances of local difficulties (a lá C4 of course) or maybe it was just their own (Thames's ) local ads ?


I had thought that the ads were national (per the earlier national strike service), )


They were certainly local on Southern, we had the familiar Southern Cross break bumper, but there might have been the option to take national ads from Thames?