Police TV Dramas

Police TV Dramas

It’s no exaggeration to say that some of the nation’s most riveting crime dramas have come alive on the streets of Manchester. Cracker, Strangers, Prime Suspect and Blue Murder are just some of the powerful TV programmes shot in the city. More recently, we’ve seen...
Corrie Couples

Corrie Couples

It doesn’t seem 40 years since Hilda Ogden hilariously took up art to motivate her habitually lazy husband Stan. Of course it had no effect. Stan, exquisitely portrayed by actor Bernard Youens, was completely unmoved by Hilda’s efforts to improve the couple’s lot. But...
Doddy’s Music Box

Doddy’s Music Box

If you were watching TV early on a Saturday evening in the late 1960s, the chances are you’d see the unmistakable toothy grin of Ken Dodd smiling back at you. The Knotty Ash comedian was the host of Doddy’s Music Box produced at the ABC studios in Manchester from 1967...
The Dustbinmen

The Dustbinmen

They were called Cheese and Egg, Heavy Breathing, Winston Platt and Eric – and they rode around Manchester in Thunderbird 3. Millions knew them better as The Dustbinmen – the unlikely heroes of the Granada TV sitcom which ran for three series from 1969 to 1970....
Corrie Murals

Corrie Murals

Artist John Bratby was probably the ideal choice to create a portrait of the Coronation Street cast in the 1960s. His ‘kitchen-sink’ realism and no-nonsense style perfectly matched the gritty Northern tone of the popular Granada soap. All the Street’s stars were...
Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Liverpool 70s and 80s TV

Writer Carla Lane’s smash-hit TV comedy The Liver Birds had an unusual recipe for success – Pernod milkshakes! The programme’s stars, Polly James and Nerys Hughes, used to sip them together to help learn their lines. The magic ingredient did the trick. The Liver...