Category: 1970s

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 Shang-a-Lang?

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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 gritty northern police drama that ran from January 1962 to September 1978.

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November 1973 - A long queue of youngsters auditioning to be Ken Dodd’s Diddy Men winding round Manchester’s Opera House.

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SEPTEMBER 8, 1963: Freddie Garrity, lead singer of Manchester band Freddie and the Dreamers, relaxes backstage after an energetic performance at the Britannia Theatre, Great Yarmouth.

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