From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour – The History of the ATV Centre – the Most Advanced Studios of Its Time
The Media Archive for Central England (MACE), the screen archive for the Midlands, has released the first of ten DVDs which, in different ways will capture the history of the region.
From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour, produced by ATVLand.Productions and distributed by MACE in Association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is an affectionate look back the history of the ATV Centre – aka ‘ATVLand’- which produced a diverse range of both network and regional programmes from Broad Street, Birmingham.
Opening in 1970, The ATV Centre was the most advanced colour studio of its time and this five part documentary on a two disc set celebrates the great network and regional output that came from the studios throughout its working life, including TV favourites Golden Shot, Bullseye, Tiswas, Crossroads and Spitting Image, as well titles familiar to Midlands’ audiences, ATV Today, Central News, England Their England, Angling Today and Here & Now.
From ‘ATVLand’ In Colour includes a wealth of newly restored film from the ITV Central regional collection preserved at MACE’s new facilities at the University of Lincoln, much of which was still held on 16mm before being digitised for the documentary, and has not been seen since broadcast. This includes archive interviews of Muhammad Ali by Gary Newbon & Reg Gutteridge and Noele Gordon on the set of Crossroads in 1972.
The documentary also features new interviews exclusive to the production with those who worked at the centre, including Jim Bowen, Bob Carolgees, Reg Harcourt, Jane Rossington, Chris Tarrant, Shaw Taylor and Bob Warman.
Emma Morley, Development Manager at the Media Archive for Central England said: MACE are delighted to be working with ATVLand.Productions to release this DVD which celebrates the history of a television studio which produced such a diverse range of programming from its base in Birmingham, including a collection of regional material, preserved at MACE since 2004 ,that has a huge historical and cultural significance to the Midlands.
From ATVLand in Colour’s RRP is £17.99 but until October 31st it can be purchased from Monday 19th September at www.macearchive.org for a special offer price of £14.99 + p&p.
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