Granada Television - 1956-2002
Granada Television has served the North of England since the earliest days of ITV in 1956, making it one of the oldest companies on the network and ultimately the controlling company of the modern ITV plc. Whereas it originally used to broadcast to most of the North, it's broadcast region was fixed to the North West in 1968, where it officially has remained ever since. Throughout the 90s and into 2000s, Granada went on a rapid expansion program buying up first LWT, then the Yorkshire/Tyne Tees operation and finally the ex United-Media franchises, as they built themselves up into a massive international media company. They effectively became the largest constituent part of ITV plc after the merger between themselves and Carlton in 2004. Despite their power, even the Granada name was dropped from ITV from October 2002 in favour of the national brand. Initially 'Granada' was refocused as ITV plc's production brand, although over time this was phased out too.
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With occasional exceptions for special occasions, Granada preferred to stick with quite plain, static and silent idents throughout most of the 70s and right through to the end of the 80s - an era where other regions, many of them much smaller than Granada, were pushing the boundaries of what could be done with their shiny new computer equipment. Here a static silver on grey effort from Granada from 1988.
Granada Clock 1988
Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1988
Charles Foster is in the booth to provide Christmas Day 1988 continuity on Granada, leading here into the movie premiere of The Empire Strikes Back.
Granada (Next) - Christmas 1988
A festively adorned next slide for Christmas 1988 on Granada.
Granada - 1989
Granada (Next) - 1989
From June, a themed next slide from Granada in 1989. This pre-dated the full time 'Summer on Granada' branding which follows a month later, so its unclear exactly what the theme for this one might be. Could you imagine anyone ever getting away with that font choice on the mocks section of TV Forum too? With apologies for some reception issues on this.
Granada (Summer Promo) - 1989
Granada (Summer) - 1989
A Summer-themed ident. Throughout 1989, Granada refreshed their presentation elements on a regular basis, in particular basing them on seasons. Following on from the 'Summer on Granada' branding that had first appeared in the trailers, the whole package was refreshed to match with this ident used to link into programmes based upon sunbeams and water. Featured here is continuity from Charles Foster to link in to one of LWT's 21st Birthday shows.
Granada (Summer Next) - 1989
The Summer 1989 next slide from Granada, also now following the same 'Summer on Granada' branding. Yes, some consistency on 80s Granada!
Granada (Summer Promo) - 1989
A summer themed promo for Granada, albeit with the word 'Summer' now replaced by 'Sunday'. This follows the same style as the Summer Dramas promo that had been aired earlier in the summer.
Granada (Endcap) - 1989
Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1989
Granada (Clock) - Christmas 1989
Granada - 1990
Granada largely shunned the ITV corporate look of 1989, although an ident was produced for them. Instead very quickly deciding to go their own way with a series of animated blue stripes in the 1990s. They weren't the most exciting idents ever, but at least they actually brought in some animation in an unusual break from the drab static idents the North West station generally seemed to prefer. Here featuring an announcement where they're apparently not even quite sure what the name of the show is.
Granada (Next) - 1990
Granada (Promo) - 1990
A programme trailer from Granada in 1990. Unlike many of the regions who were happy just to take ITV branded trailers during this era, Granada generally preferred their trailers to at least namecheck them as Granada rather than ITV. Something which was probably much easier to do for the station who, as a big network contributor, were already making a lot of those trailers.
Granada (Autumn) - 1990
Granada (Promo) - Christmas 1990
Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1990
Granada (Next) - Christmas 1990
Ever the sticklers for branding consistency at Granada Pres, the festive 1990 next slide features a completely different style to the rest of the package. Instead of the 'blue present tag with holly' logo that had been brought in for the IVC backdrop and on that year's ident, the next slide features a still from their trailer style, complete with a Granada G which someone had decided rendering in a gothic font was a good idea.
Granada - Christmas 1990
A static version of the blue 'present tag' ident for Granada from their 1990 festive package.
Granada (Promo) - Christmas 1990
Another festive programme trailer for Granada, featuring the same 'Gothic-Style' G as used on the next slide, but once again not inkeeping with the 'present tag' logo the channel were using elsewhere that year. Here trailing Mr Bean and El Cid on New Year's Day 1991.
Granada (In Vision Continuity) - 1991
Charles Foster provides an invision link into You've Been Framed here during the first Granada 'stripe' era. Despite their seemingly more formal approach to presentation at Granada (and the initial hatred of the idea by Sidney Bernstein), the region kept their friendly invision continuity team longer than many others, only finally losing it in the latter half of the 90s.
Granada (Promo) - 1991
Granada trail their long-running show for the network The Krypton Factor in 1991, using a surreal art exhibition, some spare monitors and a bunch of dancers.
Granada (Next - Dinosaur) - 1991
A special dinosaur themed next slide from Granada in 1991. Although only promoting a regular programme here, schedule listings from Oracle for the day highlight that the American A&E miniseries 'Dinosaur' hosted by Walter Cronkite was starting an airing on ITV around this time possibly explaining the additional theming added to the slide.
Granada (Next) - 1991
Late 1991, and as the quality of the computer rendering for the stripe improves, so too does the next slide design for Granada.