News & Sport


1 9 7 8 - Current (USA) This hour-long current affairs show from ABC has always featured award-winning journalists covering social issues and current events. Notable interviews over recent years have included such personalities as General Colin Powell after retiring as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hillary Clinton during the height of the Whitewater(...)

60 Minutes

60 Minutes

1 9 6 8 - Current (USA) 1 9 7 9 - Current (Australia) In 1967 Don Hewitt conceived of his new programme, 60 Minutes, as a strategy for addressing issues given insufficient time for analysis in two minutes of the Evening News but not deemed significant enough to justify an hour-long documentary. 60 Minutes was born, then, in(...)

A Question Of Sport

1 9 7 0 - Current (UK) Fresh from the studio soccer game Quiz Ball, David Vine first introduced A Question Of Sport at 6:20 pm on Monday 5 January 1970 with captains Henry Cooper (the boxer) and Cliff Morgan (from the world of Rugby Union). David Coleman later took over the host's chair, and subsequent captains have included Welsh(...)

Big Breakfast, The

1 9 9 2 - 2 0 0 2 (UK) Departing from the established news and magazine-based format of other breakfast TV shows, The Big Breakfast placed the emphasis on fun from the start, every weekday between 7.00 and 9.00 AM. Its all-action combination of competitions, interviews, film reviews and music videos was designed to appeal to the(...)

Braden’s Week

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 2 (UK) The clear ancestor of That's Life, Braden's Week - which aired on Saturday evenings on BBC1 - not only humorously reviewed the week's events but was also an early consumers' champion, tackling thorny subjects with a light touch. Canadian Bernard Braden - late of On The Braden Beat -(...)

Breakfast Time

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) Selina Scott joined nice "uncle" Frank Bough on BBC1's Breakfast Time at 6.30am on 17 January 1983. Along with ITV's Good Morning Britain it was one of the first breakfast shows on British television. Helped by a £25,000 government grant for computer equipment, the BBC won the race to start first(...)


1 9 8 9 - Current (USA) Cops features cameras following real-life police officers around their headquarters, on street patrols and raids, at stakeouts, and sometimes even in their homes. The show's formula follows the cinéma vérité convention, with no narration or scripted dialogue, depending entirely on the commentary of the officers and on the actions of the people(...)

Fantasy Football League

1 9 9 4 - 1 9 9 6 (UK)

Four Corners

1 9 6 1 - Current (Australia) Four Corners debuted on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) on 19 August 1961 and went on to become Australia's longest-running and most acclaimed weekly current affairs programme. The show was originally conceived as a programme with a magazine format offering an informed commentary on the week's events, filling a space(...)

Free Speech

1 9 5 5 (UK) ITV introduced Free Speech, political cross-talk between Sir Robert Boothby, W J Brown, Michael Foot and A J P Taylor. The programme was similar to the BBC's In The News, in which the four appeared. This show had been dropped when the main political parties attempted to substitute orthodox representatives. Sir Robert Boothby(...)

Good Morning America

1 9 7 5 - Current (USA)

Good Morning Britain

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) Produced by the newly formed TV-am,  ITV debuted its first breakfast show on 1 February 1983 with the Famous Five - Angela Rippon, Michael Parkinson, David Frost, Robert Kee and Anna Ford. Meant as ITV's answer to the BBC's Breakfast Time the show was (like Breakfast Time) an(...)


1 9 5 8 - Current (UK) Wives everywhere threw up their hands in horror in 1958 as Saturday afternoons began to be dominated by sport . . . and the BBC show Grandstand. Conversations and tea were postponed until the teleprinter had churned out the all-important football results. In the very first edition, presented by Peter(...)

Henry Cooper’s Golden Belt

1 9 8 3 (UK) A series of programmes from ITV featuring a Boy's Club Boxing tournament, with Henry Cooper talking to the participants and their parents about the competition.  

Indoor League

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) Indoor League was broadcast on ITV at Sunday lunchtime in the mid 1970s. It was hosted by former England fast bowler Fred Trueman, who - being from Yorkshire - knew what he liked and liked what he bloody well knew! The show was a homage to pub(...)

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