Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out

Franc Roddam’s drama set largely in the Tameside and Stockport areas In the 1980s, Franc Roddam gained a reputation for his honest portrayal of working class life. For many, his most celebrated work is Quadrophenia (1979), loosely based on The Who’s rock opera. Others may consider Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 – 88 and 2002) his finest…

ITV Startup Music Through The Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten great pieces of television startup music used by ITV franchises Once upon, quite so long ago, there was a time before 24 hour television. Television channels used to start at around 9am or a little later, and finish at about the same time when most adults went to bed.

Things I Miss About Watching Television: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60‘s first post of 2014 – and of course, first Not So Perfect Ten of the new year Today, we live in a digital age where the old conventions of watching television have died out. We used to sit in front of the box and watch similar programmes. Whether you liked Sale…

Eyes in the Sky: Tameside’s Mighty Towers of Power

A (as much as possible) rough guide for non-geek types to the radio and television transmitters covering our area If you tune in to your local radio station or switch your Freeview box, there’s a great chance you’ll be getting your TV programmes from Winter Hill, or your radio station from Harrop Edge. Given how…

Local Television: A Way Forward For Greater Manchester?

Could Local TV Bridge The Gaps Left From A Single ITV? Prior to 2002, we had an independent yet regional alternative to the BBC. In our area, it was known as Granada Television, or in Carlisle and Gretna, Border Television. On the other side of the Pennines, Yorkshire Television or Tyne Tees Television. All of…

Tameside on Television

How our borough became a popular location for film and television Though closer to Hollinwood rather than Hollywood (in Birmingham as well as in America), Tameside has over the last 50 years been a popular filming location. From Billy Liar to Scott and Bailey, it could claim to be the Northern equivalent to Elstree or…