Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Twelve): The Pye Tube Cube

Wake up to what Anna Ford is doing…

The start of 1983 would see a new era in television history. For many, the thought of watching television at 7am in 1983 was somewhat alien. Mornings either meant the Today Programme on BBC Radio Four, Mike Read on Radio One, or Pete Baker on Piccadilly Radio.

BBC drew first blood with BBC Breakfast Time, anchored by Frank Bough and Selina Scott. On the 01 February came TV-am, comprising mainly of Daybreak and Good Morning Britain. On the sofa was David Frost, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford and Michael Parkinson. Robert Kee held court on the early morning Daybreak programme. During commercial breaks, in its formative years, very little. Its first advertisement was for Walls sausages and bacon. Among the early adverts on its first morning of transmission was this device…

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