Early Bird Offer on MACE’s new DVD “From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today

MACE release a brand new 2 disc DVD documentary on Friday 23rd November for £19.99 (+ p&p) and we are offering an Early Bird rate. Pre-order the DVD before the 23rd and pay just £17.99 (+p&p).

From Headlines to ‘Tight-Lines’ – The Story of ATV Today tells the story of the regional news magazine show that ran from 5th October 1964 to 31st December 1981 and started the career of many household names, including Chris Tarrant and Gary Newbon.

Regional and National news magazine programmes are familiar to us in the 21st century but back in 1964 the concept was still a new one.  At 6.15pm on 5th October that year ATV Midlands launched ATV Today, a regional news & current affairs programme that broadcast to the region each weekday, and viewers were introduced to a fresh new style that balanced the serious events of the day with light-hearted reports and special features.

ATV Today was for the viewer and about the viewer and everyday life was celebrated, especially many of the wonderful characters of the region. ATV Reporters frequently asked the public for their opinion (vox-pops) on far ranging issues from politics and race relations to football and fashion.

The reporters became household names through the 1960s, 1970s and beyond: Reg Harcourt, who took an ATV camera team to film Enoch Powell’s Rivers of Blood Speech – the only crew to film that day;  Wolverhampton locals John Swallow and Sue Jay who reported with warmth and humour on the people and places of the communities they were passionate about; Anne Diamond and Nick Owen, who becamse household names as ‘Anne and Nick’ on morning television; Derek Hobson, who went onto be the host of New Faces; Chris Tarrant, who started his  highly successful TV career on ATV Today; Gary Newbon, who has interviewed a whole host of sporting legends; Terry Thomas, who coined the phrase, “TIGHT-LINES” which we have honoured in the DVD title; and Bob Warman , who is still the face of the Midlands on ITV today.

This 2 disc DVD in four parts chronicles the story of ATV Today from its beginning in 1964 to the last programme on 31st December 1981 and looks back at some of the big news stories in the region that made the headlines through the 60s and 70s through new exclusive interviews and a wealth of archive films, many of which haven’t been seen since broadcast.

With contributions from former ATV Reporters Bob Hall, Reg Harcourt, Sue Jay, Wendy Nelson, Gary Newbon, Nick Owen, Chris Tarrant and Bob Warman and a peek behind the scenes with memories from ATV Cameraman Gary Hughes and Production Assistant, Barbara Bradbury, the DVD is packed with both poignant and humourous memories of a regional programme that often peaked to over 3 million viewers.

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Among many events remembered here are John Swallow interviewing Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise in 1966, Gary Newbon recalling his first meetings with a young Nigel Mansell, Chris Tarrant nervously climbing to the top of Peterchurch Steeple to kiss the golden cockerel while the film crew went off for lunch, and Nick Owen’s 1979 report on Trevor Francis’ million pound signing to Nottingham Forest.



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*Early Bird Offer ends midnight Friday 23rd November 2012. Then DVD is £19.99 + p&p. Pre-order payments will be debited at time of order & DVDs will be dispatched on 23rd November.

**If you would like to purchase more than one copy please add 50p postage per DVD.

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.

MACE Full Circle Curator - Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Production on new documentary on the History of ATV Today starts today

The guys behind the highly successful and very well received documentary From ATVLand in Colour begin filming a new documentary today which will be released on DVD by MACE in October this year.

At present the release date is scheduled for Monday 23rd October, so put the date in your diaries.

The DVD will be in 4 parts and will include an array of exclusive interviews from those who worked in front and behind the camera for Associated Television on the Midlands news/magazine programme ATV Today which began in 1964 and ended in 1981, when it was replaced by Central News.

As the screen archive for the Midlands it’s unsurprising that we will be including a lot of archive footage from the ITV Central Collection that is preserved at MACE.

I’ll be blogging frequently with development news on the documentary and pictures of those contributing as well as a peek at the archive we will be using. Exciting times!

Development Manager

Getting ready to launch!! A few photo updates on the @MACEarchive team @unilincoln launch day activities…

MACE Archivist Kayla Thompson prepares film for transfer in the Technician Suite and answers questions for the BBC Look North News Team.

Development Manager Emma Morley and MACE Director James Patterson celebrate the launch of Nottingham on Film at the MACE Archive Uni of Lincoln launch event.

MACE Full Circle Curator Kay Ogilvie helps hang photos for the launch exhibition.

Full Circle Curator Lucie Kerley helps with finishing touches on MACE exhibition.

MACE’s Richard Shenton and Philip Leach measure the exhibition space to hang the final prints.

Photography Copyright: Lucie Kerley

Emma Morley talks ATVLand, MACE and Peak Practice with Andy Potter on BBC Radio Derby

After initially getting lost trying to find the car park, I visited BBC Radio Derby today to chat to Andy Potter about out DVD release From ATVLand in Colour, why it is important that we preserve the moving images of the Midlands now and in the future, and remembered with Andy my early career as Producer’s Assistant on the Carlton Television medical drama Peak Practice – a series that was filmed in Derbyshire and latterly, Longnor in Staffordshire.


Andy asked me to choose three songs: the first record I was ever bought, the last song I downloaded and a song I could play again and again and never tire of. Tune into Andy’s show on BBC Radio Derby (local: 104.5FM / 95.3FM / 96FM) on Monday 7th November from 1-4pm to find out the songs I chose (there’s a clue in the picture above) and hear more about MACE and the DVD.

CLICK HERE to listen again after Tuesday 8th November. Choose Monday 7th November 1-4pm to listen to the show.

BBC Hereford & Worcester

I’ll also be interviewed by Elliott Webb tomorrow morning at 8:10am (bright and early!) on BBC Hereford & Worcester.  If you’re local to the area, tune into 104FM or 94.7FM to hear me chat about the From ATVLand in Colour and TV history in general.

BBC Radio Leicester

Next Saturday 12 November I’ll also be having a chat to Tony Wadsworth. No doubt Worm Sprogging will enter the conversation. CLICK HERE if you’re intrigued…

All in all, I’m quite busy chatting on the Radio about MACE and From ATVLand in Colour, which has far exceeded our expections, with eight 5 Star reviews on Amazon and 350 copies being sold in the first 3 weeks!

CLICK HERE to purchase From ATVLand in Colour from our ONLINE SHOP

CLICK HERE to purchase From ATVLand in Colour from Amazon (Chose Seller: MACEArchive for £14.99 plus p&p option)

Best wishes

Emma – MACE

Central Tonight reports on MACE co-production, From ATVLand in Colour

Those of you who live in the Midlands may have seen Bob Warman and Sameena Ali-Khan preview a feature on our new DVD release this evening…

…Central Tonight will be reporting on our co-production with ATVLand.productions, From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour tomorrow evening (Wednesday 26th October) at 6pm. Those of you reading this from outside of the region will be able to view Central Tonight online after the programme, tomorrow HERE

From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour has been a labour of love for the guys at ATVLand.Productions, and their infectious enthusiasm for the ATV Centre and regional production as a whole has meant MACE’s partnership with them in bringing this 4 hour documentary to DVD has been a great experience – their passion for the region complementing MACE’s core aims of preserving and providing access to the screen heritage of the Midlands.

Chris Tarrant, a keen fisherman, presenting Angling Today with the legendary Terry Thomas.

...and more than 30 years on, remembering good times at the ATV Centre

Even better now, that viewers of the programme are reacting so positively to the documentary, with 5 star reviews on Amazon, a wonderful write up on Cathode Ray Tube, and orders from, not only the Midlands, but Scotland, Wales, Switzerland and the USA.

MACE have sold over 250 copies in the DVD’s second week of release, and enthusiasm for the DVD is spreading across the internet.

Shaw Taylor remembers the origins of 'Keep 'em Peeled'

When ATVland.Productions and MACE first discussed collaborating in bringing their documentary to DVD, we talked of From ‘ATVLand’ in Colour having a specific appeal to those interested in TV history. What has been, perhaps not surprising, is that the DVD is actually having a much broader appeal, especially for those who fondly remember ATV (Associated Television) and the regional and national programmes that were made in Birmingham.

I hope, like me, you’ll be tuning into Central Tonight tomorrow to remember with Bob Warman and colleagues, a vibrant and exciting time in the history of television… all from studios in Birmingham.

Pics Above: Bob Warman remembers his debut report on 16th July 1973: 'Yardley Wood Mini Houses'

To purchase the DVD:

From the MACE website Shop – CLICK HERE

From Amazon – CLICK HERE