Highway - 1986
Started in 1983, Highway remained ITV's flagship religious programme until the mid 90s, presented by the late Sir Harry Secombe. Officially it was produced as a co-production between several smaller regions, however as Tyne Tees were the main force behind it, it's regarded by most as being their programme. Indeed, the very first edition came from the centre of TTTV-land, Newcastle. This opening, from 1986, sees the programme return to Tyneside once again for the Tall-Ships race. Thanks to Iam Burn for the clip.
The Bill - 1984
Produced by Thames Television and aired from 1984 until 2010, The Bill followed the happenings of a police station in an area of London called Sun Hill, and was one of the mainstay programmes which helped Thames stay afloat as a company when it was cast out of the network and onto the independent producer pile after the highly controversial 1991 Franchise Renewal round. Featured here are the opening titles from the very first episode of series 1. A slightly different version of the familiar Overkill music features, mixed with scenes of police officers walking on the beat and the most 80s sets of photographs you could ever imagine.
The Bill - 1992
The Bill - 1998
The Bill - 2001
The Bill - 2003
Skip on another 2 years, and things with The Bill have changed even more. By 2003 it had started being defined by ITV themselves as a soap rather than drama, with the usual 'love' plots included, and storylines which run for weeks. Unlike most of their soaps, however, The Bill had no permanent home, jumping about the schedules from week to week. In February 2003, this brand new set of titles was introduced to the programme. They're nice, and dont suffer the same problem as the last set; namely having to be updated frequently whenever the characters change. Although it does sound like someone accidentally forgot to play some notes in the new mix mind...
The Bill (Last Ever Ending) - 2010
For the final series of The Bill, the Overkill theme was completely dropped with more moody music scored by Simba Studios and changes to filming style brought in as a last ditch attempt to reinvent the show as a grittier police drama and save it from the axe. Unfortunately as with most overhauls, it wasn't enough to save the series, and it was cancelled in 2010. As a tribute over the end credits to the last ever episode, a message dedicating the show to the real life officers of the Met was made, with a special remix of the music including a throwback to what had been their famous theme for so many years.
Points Of View - 1990
Gamesmaster - 1992
Gamesmaster was a Channel 4 programme which ran throughout the mid 90's as one of the first shows dedicated to computer games. Hosted for most of its run by Dominik Diamond, it involved contestants pitting their gaming skills against each other under the watchful eye of the Gamesmaster (a large digitally altered head, played by the late Patrick Moore). This is the opening to the first ever episode of the programme in 1992.
Heartbeat - Xmas 1994
Heartbeat was a programme set in Rural Yorkshire in the 60's. Produced by Yorkshire Television, it ran right through until 2010, lasting considerably more than the 10 years of the 60s, before being axed as part of cutbacks by ITV at the Leeds studio complex. This shows the opening to the Christmas Special for 1994, during what some people argue was the show's glory days with Nick Berry and Niamh Cusack.
Brass Eye Apology - 2001
In Summer 2001 Channel 4 broadcast a special of a program called Brass Eye. It was intended to be a satire about Media and Public attitudes towards paedophilia (according to the blurb), but ended up sparking a national outcry. This file is an apology, which was shown several weeks later, after an investigation by the ITC.
Thames Skyline Ident - 1970s
Thames Television's skyline ident became a famous institution in its time, and is still well known to this day. The scene, with a montage of London being reflected in the Thames was used throughout the 70s and 80s, albeit with slight adaptions. This version is a frontcap, which used to be broadcast before ITV programmes up until the late 80s, which was left on by Channel 5 when they repeated some old comedy programming on Boxing day 2002.
Paul Daniels - 1986
Sky One Ident - 1993
Sky Multichannels Promo - 1993
Sky Multichannels Promo B - 1993
Sky One Mix Promo - 2003
Challenge Anneka - Christmas 2006
In Bed With Medinner - 1997
In Bed With Medinner was a late night show produced by LWT throughout the 90s. Hosted by Bob Mills, it featured the comedian taking an irreverent look at television and other things in life. The opening title sequence, and the studio set, were designed as a parody of The Prisoner series from the 60s.
S4C Election - 2010
The Hitman & Her - 1991
Produced by Granada Television and shown by most of the ITV overnight services from 1988 through to 1992, The Hitman & Her featured Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan touring nightclubs of the UK to stick a camera in front of people there. In this edition from 1991 they return to Mr Smiths in Warrington, which had also been the location for the very first edition in 1988.
Jobfinder - 1997
BBC - Perfect Day - Christmas 1998
Originally produced in 1997, the Perfect Day film was put together to celebrate the diverse range of music produced by the BBC under their licence fee charter. A whole host of musical personalities appeared for only a minimal fee to take turns covering Lou Reed's song. The film was so popular that is resulted in a charity release for Children In Need, and continued to be shown for a considerable time afterwards - this slightly wintery version airing coming in during Christmas 1998. Several of those featured have passed away in the years since, including Lou Reed himself, however to this day the film remains one of the corporation's better remembered short pieces.