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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Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1987

In the Granada Continuity booth for Christmas Day 1987 with a backdrop featuring the same festive graphical elements that were in use across trailers and next slides that year. This style, produced by Granada, was also used on the 'ITV' branded trailers which were picked up by several other regions that year, and variations of the backdrop even made it to the IVC booths for some other regions.

Granada 1988

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

The accompanying clock from 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

The more familiar looking yellow-logo-on-blue static ident from Granada, as transmitted here in June 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

A long promotion for upcoming dramas in Summer 1989 on Granada. With footage from Evergreen, Murder on the Moon (known as Murder By Moonlight elsewhere), and the first of Tyne Tees' Catherine Cookson drama productions for the network, based on the novel The Fifteen Streets.

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

Long before most TV companies had started using credit squeezing and End Credit Promotions as standard, Granada experimented with using the technique to show their endcap in the late 80s and into the early 90s.

Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1989

Charles Foster is in the festively adorned booth for Boxing Day 1989, here linking in to the ITV premiere of Return of the Jedi.

Granada (Clock) - Christmas 1989

A quick view of the 1989 festive clock from Granada, leading in to the news. Clocks were to be dropped completely from Granada not long after this.

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

A much smarter, if somewhat plain, next slide from Granada in 1990. Here promoting a show from the late Jeremy Beadle.

Granada (In Vision Continuity) - 1990

Charles Foster is in the booth again, this time to lead into Granada's late movie Rent-A-Cop.

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

An autumn variation on the 1990 Granada ident, with a leaf falling into place before forming into the Granada stripe. Aired quite late in the season here, as it was by now into December.

Granada (Promo) - Christmas 1990

A small child is left to forlornly look on through someone's window at the entertainment they're missing out on. What better way to open the 1990 festive schedule trailer on Granada than that?

Granada (In Vision Continuity) - Christmas 1990

From mid-December, the backdrop to the Granada IVC booth sees some festive themed graphic changes as we lead into the first ever British Comedy Awards.

Granada (In Vision Continuity) - 1990

Christmas Day in the booth at Granada, and what better time to thank all the emergency services looking out for people over the festive season. Followed by a mention of the Granada Christmas Careline, run to provide support for people needing it during the season.

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.

Granada 1992

1992, and another stripe ident. This time things have improved, with much better Computer Generated animation. A very similar jingle though.

Granada - Christmas 1993

The Christmas 1993 ident for Granada sees their usual stripe look decorated in Gold and Red.

Granada (Promo) - Christmas 1993

The 1993 festive trailer style from Granada, featuring Santa flying over a town scene. Trailering the sitcom Watching here, which by the time of this particular broadcast would have finished its run

Granada (Next) - Christmas 1993

An example of the Christmas 1993 next slide style for Granada too, this time with a Christmas tree being used to decorate things.

Granada (Brown Glass) - 1999

The last set of fully regional idents for Granada were introduced in 1996, and featured their signature G appearing in a series of abstract settings. This set would also span the changeover from presentation in Manchester to presentation coming from Leeds. A short version from early 1999 here, featuring the G rendered in a more graphical brown glass effect, with continuity now being provided by Maggie Mash as part of the centralised GMG North team.

Granada (ITV - Traffic) - 2000

By the end of the 90s, Granada owned most of the large Northern regions, and had moved their own playout operations to Yorkshire in Leeds. With the other large party Carlton having dropped out of the project, Granada were more than happy to implement the second generic ITV look across all their regions in 1999. Initially all the different filmed variations for the hearts idents were introduced, with this one featuring people driving in a car.

Granada (ITV - Orange) - 2001

Whether it was to make for easier playout, or just as they weren't considered exciting enough, the multiple filmed sequences for the hearts were throttled down to just a short number of solely graphical versions instead. This is the full orange variant of the lines.

Granada (ITV - Lines) - 2001

The purple graphical version of the ITV Granada ident.

Granada (ITV1 - Short Lines) - 2002

Similar to the other GMG North regions, Granada received the short re-edit of the lines idents with the ITV1 name change in August 2001. Here a regular playout of the ident into the news...

Granada (Lines - Cross Promo) - 2002

Another version of the short lines formup, brought in from August 2001. This time fading in more onscreen clutter during the announcement to promote shows on other ITV channels, as part of a shortlived practice from GMG North in late 2001/early 2002.

Granada (ITV1 - Full) - 2002

The full version of the ITV hearts ident was still used after the ITV1 rebrand, but very rarely. Still, here it is in all it's *cough* glory! This was used right up until the end of regional presentation from the North.



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