Val Parnell

Val Parnell of ATV welcomes you to Alpha

Howard Thomas

Howard Thomas, head of ABC Weekend TV, welcomes you to Alpha

What is Alpha?

How Alpha Television Studios came to be

Presentation

Take a trip around Transmission Control

Engineering and Development

Networking from Alpha to the whole of the UK

“Let’s Go”

Behind the scenes at Alpha’s Saturday sports and entertainment strand

Sir Robert Fraser OBE

The Director General of the ITA welcomes you to Alpha

Val Parnell

Val Parnell of ATV welcomes you to Alpha

Howard Thomas

Howard Thomas, head of ABC Weekend TV, welcomes you to Alpha

The Television Centre at Aston

Photographs of Alpha in the past, now, and how it will look after 1960

What is Alpha?

How Alpha Television Studios came to be

Looking around Alpha – 1

Take a peek inside Alpha

Production Services

Alpha Television, a full service studio

Engineering and Development

Networking from Alpha to the whole of the UK

Curtain up to-night on Midland ITV

It’s opening day for Aston. What will you be watching?

Let’s Go… again!

Alpha’s Saturday sports and features programme ‘Let’s Go’ returns for a second series in 1960

Shows the viewers don’t see

ABC are using Alpha Studios in Birmingham for a novel idea: testing 18 pilot shows they may never make

The Audience is part of the Show

What happens when an audience doesn’t laugh? Invite them back!

“Let’s Go”

Behind the scenes at Alpha’s Saturday sports and entertainment strand

Presentation

Take a trip around Transmission Control

The last announcement from Alpha, 1969

Joan Palmer provides ATV’s last ever announcement from the Alpha studios, mentioning her predecessors, and hands over to Mike Prince in ATV’s new Paradise Centre HQ

ATV Midlands starts the day in the 1960s

Ray Moore opens ATV Midlands for the day from Alpha in Birmingham in the mid-1960s

Pat Astley welcomes us to ATV Midlands in 1965

Welcome to another great week of programmes on ATV, starting with Tingha and Tucker

John Edmunds opens ABC Midlands for the day in 1964

DX reception from Lichfield channel 8 of John Edmunds opening ABC Midlands for the day in 1964

ABC Midlands opening with Bill Steele

Bill Steele opens ABC in the Midlands for the day in the late 1960s with Perpetuum Mobile and the ABC March

Meet Horace Low…

Introducing Horace Low, technical store keeper at Alpha

Is it so easy?

Would you like to work at Alpha?

The Producer

What it takes to be a producer at Alpha

The work of a Designer

Inside the life of a television designer at Alpha

Floor Manager

What does a floor manager at Alpha do? Everything!

Newcomer…

Meet Sandra Sylvester, Alpha’s new make-up artist

Better results from your receiver

How to receive Alpha programmes for the best view of the Midlands

Lichfield transmitter

A look at the Lichfield transmitter

The ITV system

The Independent Television Authority (ITA) was created in August 1954 to provide “for the period…

ITV’s regional pattern

London: The ITA’s transmitter at Croydon was opened on 22nd September 1955. It serves a…

ABC programmes and personalities – 1

The people and programmes that make up ABC at Alpha

ABC programmes and personalities – 2

More people and programmes that make up ABC at Alpha

ABC programmes and personalities – 3

Even more people and programmes that make up ABC at Alpha

Recollections of past programmes

Looking back at three recent ABC programmes

ABC Television

About ABC Weekend TV

More ABC…

⧉ Visit ‘ABC at Large’, our website devoted to ABC, your weekend TV in the North and Midlands 1956-1968

ATV programmes and personalities – 1

The people and programmes that make up ATV at Alpha

ATV programmes and personalities – 2

More people and programmes that make up ATV at Alpha

ATV programmes and personalities – 3

Even more people and programmes that make up ATV at Alpha