Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada’s Forgotten Shows

Granada TV shows like Coronation Street, University Challenge and the Comedians will forever hold a special place in the nation’s viewing memories. But how many will remember less familiar productions like The Man in Room 17, Nice Time or the 1970s pop sensation...
Trains & Boats & Planes

Trains & Boats & Planes

For a few brief months in 1962, the Wirral made history as the location of the world’s first ever passenger hovercraft service. The Vickers VA3 was a wonder of modern engineering. It weighed 10 tons and could carry 24 passengers at speeds of up to 60 knots. It was...
Halewood Women

Halewood Women

Thanks to the movie Made in Dagenham, everyone remembers the 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike for the 187 women who walked out in Essex. But 195 women at the Halewood car plant went on strike too! Much less is written or heard about them. But their fight for fair...
Z Cars

Z Cars

Believe it or not, popular Merseyside TV series Z Cars started life on a scriptwriter’s sickbed. Creator Troy Kennedy Martin was so bored when he was laid up with mumps that he tuned into police messages on his radio to pass the time. It gave him the idea for the...
When City and United topped the League

When City and United topped the League

Nostalgia looks back 50 years when City and United finished first and second in the league – and Real Madrid were tamed in the European Cup. Football’s First Division had a familiar ring to it half a century ago in May 1968. Top of the league – and already celebrating...
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