Strike It Lucky
It was based on the American show of the same name that aired in 1986. In its formative years, it well known for the outlandish. The introductory footage of the prizes on offer were noteworthy, in 1987, it was the fifth most watched programme on UK television. The Thames Television version of the show was recorded at Teddington Studios, from 1996, the new version aired under the title Strike it Rich. This being the title of the short-lived American game show Strike it Rich. on which it was based, the show is one of very few ITV programmes to have been produced by both Thames and LWT. Three teams of two compete to win cash and prizes and they do this by moving across an archway of ten television monitors arranged on stage, answering questions as they go. At the start of a turn, a player is given a category with six possible answers. That player must decide how many answers he or she gives - either two, three, or four - to attempt move the number of spaces along the archway of monitors. If the player answers this number of correctly, their partner moves across the archway accordingly.
Each monitor except the last hides a prize or a Hot Spot, each time a player reveals a prize, they win that prize and must decide either to bank the prize and end their turn or to reveal another monitor. If they reveal the Hot Spot, they lose all the prizes earned up to that point, if they can make their required number of moves without hitting a Hot Spot, they not only bank their prizes but keep their turn and answer another question. On reaching the last monitor of the ten, the cuts to a commercial break. When it returns, the team decides whether to answer a question or to bank their prizes. An incorrect answer forfeits the prizes not banked and the game continues, while a correct answer wins the game, before playing the bonus game with the winning team, Barrymore would run through the prizes won by the other two pairs before bidding them farewell. The game begins by having the winning couple bidding on how few Hot Spots they will hit with a bid of fewer Hot Spots earning more money if completed, but being more difficult to achieve.
Instead of playing the game across the board, they now play top, middle or bottom, the monitors are jumbled to the extent that each column does not necessarily have one of each type of monitor. On each column of monitors, the winning couple elects to hit the top, the aim of the game is for the couple to get from one side to the other without hitting more Hot Spots than they bid. If they get to the side the board without hitting more Hot Spots than they bid
Eamonn Holmes is a journalist and broadcaster from Northern Ireland, best known for presenting Sky News Sunrise and This Morning. Holmes co-presented GMTV for twelve years between 1993 and 2005, before presenting Sky News Sunrise for eleven years between 2005 and 2016, since 2006, he has co-hosted This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford on Fridays and during school holidays. He presents How the Other Half Lives and Its Not Me, Holmes was educated at Holy Family Primary School in Belfast and St Malachys College, a Roman Catholic grammar school for boys, on the Antrim Road in Belfast. He studied journalism at the Dublin College of Business Studies, Holmes worked for a Dublin-based business magazine before going into broadcasting. In 1979, he joined Ulster Television, the ITV franchise contractor for Northern Ireland, here Holmes hosted and reported on the stations Farming Ulster programme. In 1982, Holmes was moved into news and current affairs reporting when he was tasked to anchor Ulster Televisions flagship Good Evening Ulster programme, Holmes succeeded Gloria Hunniford who had presented the show since its launch in 1979.
Holmes was the choice to present the programme after trial runs by news reporters Gary Gillespie. In addition to his news and current affairs role, Holmes has hosted other Ulster Television productions and he departed from Ulster Television in 1986 to join the BBC. At the corporations Manchester studios, Holmes worked as a presenter on the daytime Open Air programme which was broadcast nationally on BBC One. Holmes commenced his career at Ulster Television in front of the camera and became a host in British television news and current affairs, Holmes has presented coverage of snooker, horse racing and darts on television. He was the presenter of ITVs coverage of the Phil Taylor vs. Raymond van Barneveld showdown at the Wembley Conference Centre in 1999, in 1993, Holmes started working at GMTV, hosting the first show on 1 January 1993 with Anne Davies. He had a falling-out with his subsequent co-host Anthea Turner, they were reunited on a BBC NI show entitled The Friday Show in 2009, Holmes presented the BBC National Lottery game show Jet Set between 2001 and 2007.
In April 2005, he left GMTV, stating the show had run out of real news, after leaving GMTV in April 2005, Holmes joined Sky News six months to present the new-look Sunrise programme. He initially hosted the show with Lorna Dunkley between October 2005 and January 2007, with Charlotte Hawkins from 2007 to 2014, Hawkins defected to ITV in March 2014 and was replaced by Isabel Webster. In September 2016, Holmes announced his departure from the programme after eleven years, Holmes presented SUDO-Q, a BBC quiz show between December 2005 and March 2007. In 2006, Holmes began presenting ITV daytime programme This Morning on Friday mornings and he works on the show, co-presenting This Morning with Langsford every Friday and Monday to Thursday during school holidays. In 2006, Holmes hosted US game show The Rich List, in 2009, Holmes co-presented the ITV series The Feelgood Factor with Myleene Klass. He presented eight episodes of Songs of Praise from 2009 until 2014, in 2010, Eamonn guest presented an episode of Have I Got News for You
Anna Louise Friel is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, she has been acting since the age of 13 and she played Beth Jordache in the Channel 4 soap Brookside, and portrayed the first lesbian kiss in a British soap opera in January 1994. Friel made her debut in 1998 in David Lelands Land Girls and has since made a number of films such as A Midsummer Nights Dream, Land of the Lost. Outside of film, she played the role of Charlotte Chuck Charles in the ABC comedy series Pushing Daisies and she is the recipient of a number of awards, including National Television Award, Drama Desk Award, and the Royal Television Society Award. She has appeared in videos and television and print media advertising campaigns and is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Bolton. Friel was born in Rochdale, in Greater Manchester and her mother Julie is a special needs teacher, and her father Desmond Des Friel was a French teacher who now owns a web design company. Friels father is Irish Catholic, who was born in Belfast and he is a former folk guitarist.
Her brother Michael is a physician, who in his youth did television advertising work for Hovis and she attended Crompton House Church of England High School, and attended Holy Cross College. She began her training as an actress at Oldham Theatre Workshop, at age 13, she was hired for her first professional acting job in the Channel 4 drama serial G. B. H. as the daughter of Michael Palins character. Her performance led to a series of appearances on various British television shows, in 1992, she was added to the cast on the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she increased her exposure in the role of Beth Jordache. She stayed on the programme for two years, Friels on-air lesbian kiss with Nicola Stephenson was the first in British soap history, but not – as is often claimed – the first on British television, which occurred on the BBC2 in 1974. In 1995, Friel won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress for her work on Brookside. and Goal II and her television work includes the short lived The Jury for the Fox and ITV1s Watermelon which was based on the novel by Marian Keyes.
In 2007, she started playing Charlotte Chuck Charles in Pushing Daisies, although popular with critics, in November 2008, creator Bryan Fuller stated that it had been cancelled due to poor ratings. The show ran for two seasons, following the series cancellation, Friel was offered six pilots during the next pilot season but declined all six roles in favour of focusing on her film career. In November 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton for contributions to the performing arts, henry Bonds photograph depicts Anna with David Thewlis. The couple were reported to have been paid £50,000 to appear in the autumn/winter 2001 advertising campaign for British fashion company Mulberry, Friel co-starred in the critical and box office flop 2009 film Land of the Lost. In September 2009, Friel starred in a West End adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffanys at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and it was particularly noted for now including a nude scene which was not part of the original Breakfast at Tiffanys performance.
In April 2010, she was cast in the thriller film The Dark Fields
Soldier Soldier is a British television drama series. The title comes from a song of the same name - Soldier, soldier will you marry me, with your musket, fife. - an instrumental version of which was used as its theme music, created by Lucy Gannon, produced by Central Television and broadcast on the ITV network, it ran for a total of seven series and 82 episodes from 10 June 1991 to 9 December 1997. It featured the lives of a group of soldiers in B Company, 1st Battalion The Kings Fusiliers. Set in the aftermath of the Cold War, it is a dramatisation of army life in the early to mid-1990s. This is perhaps best demonstrated during the series, around 1994. Within the world of Soldier Soldier, the Kings Fusiliers are forced to amalgamate with the Cumbrian Regiment, another fictional regiment, at the time Soldier Soldier was broadcast, the fatality rate was low, with most casualties due to training accidents and suicides. The military as a whole was assigned to performing more peacekeeping missions than actually doing any fighting, as a consequence, the show served well to portray the army, despite the domestic problems that could occur, in a fairly good light.
It was their performance of Unchained Melody in an episode of the 4th series that propelled them to stardom, giving them several number one songs, at the end of the fifth series in 1995, both actors left the show. After a decline in viewing figures 1997 saw the decision to end the drama after seven series, TV presenter Chris Kelly wrote and produced some episodes of the series. T. I. Like all fusilier regiments, both the Kings and the Kings Own wear a hackle in its head-dress, this is coloured dark blue over white. During the third series of Soldier Soldier, which took place during the Options for Change military reforms, as a result, the new regiment was named the Kings Own Fusiliers. The cap badge of the Kings Own Fusiliers features the lion surmounting the crown, surmounting the garter band is the traditional flame that indicates a fusilier regiment. As the Kings Fusiliers / Kings Own Fusiliers has no location in its name. In early episodes, the officers discuss the possibility of being amalgamated with other regiments from the Midlands.
During Series 1, the possibility of merging or disbanding regiments is discussed, and at point, the Cumbrians. However, given that the series was made in the Midlands by the Central Films division of Central Television, 1st Battalion, Kings Fusiliers Lt Colonel D. Fortune A mild mannered man who is nonetheless a firm disciplinarian, between the 1st & 2nd series, he meets and marries a journalist
Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops, known as TOTP, is a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally shown every Thursday evening on BBC1, except for a period on Fridays in mid-1973 before being again moved to Fridays in 1996. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that weeks best-selling popular music artists, there was a special edition of the programme on Christmas Day, featuring some of the best-selling singles of the year. With its high viewing figures the show became a significant part of British popular culture, although the weekly show was cancelled in 2006, the Christmas special has continued. It survives as Top of the Pops 2, which began in 1994, in the 1990s, the shows format was sold to several foreign broadcasters in the form of a franchise package, and at one point various versions of the show were shown in nearly 100 countries. Editions of the programme from the 1970s are being repeated on most Thursdays and Fridays on BBC Four, Top of the Pops was created by BBC producer Johnnie Stewart, inspired by the popular Teen and Twenty Disc Club which aired on Radio Luxembourg.
It was first aired in 1964 and was based on the Top 20. By 1970 the Top 30 was being used and the show was extended from 30 to 45 minutes duration, the show was now shown in colour following the BBC1 upgrade in November 1969. A switch to the Top 40 was made in 1984, the show saw many changes through the decades, in style, design and taste. It periodically had some aspect of its sequence and theme tune, format, or set design altered in some way. The programme had several executive producers during its run, in charge of the production of the show. When Stewart left the show in 1973, after nearly 10 years in charge, both Stewart and Nash made brief returns to the show as producer after they left, in 1976 and 1981 respectively. Stewart devised the rules which governed how the show would operate, the programme would end with the number one record. The show would include the highest new entry and the highest climber on the charts, tracks could be featured in consecutive weeks in different formats. For example, if a song was played over the chart countdown or the closing credits, when the programmes format changed in November 2003, it concentrated increasingly on the top 10.
Later, during the BBC Two era, the top 20 was regarded as the main point, with the exception made for up. Singles from below the top 40 were shown if the band were up, if a single being performed was below the top 40, just the words New Entry were shown and not the chart position. Top of the Pops was first broadcast on Wednesday,1 January 1964 at 6,35 pm and it was produced in Studio A on Dickenson Road in Rusholme, Manchester
Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. In the shows history, the street was built in the early 1900s. The show typically airs five times a week and Friday 7. 30–8 pm &8. 30–9 pm and Wednesday 7. 30–8 pm, however this varies due to sport or around Christmas. From late 2017 the show will air six times a week, the programme was conceived in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warrens initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the stations founder Sidney Bernstein, within six months of the shows first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television, and is now a significant part of British culture. The show has one of the most lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television. Coronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCity Manchester and shown in all ITV regions, on 17 September 2010, it became the worlds longest-running TV soap opera in production.
On 23 September 2015, Coronation Street was broadcast live to mark ITVs 60th anniversary, Coronation Street is noted for its depiction of a down-to-earth working class community combined with light-hearted humour, and strong characters. The first episode was aired on 9 December 1960 at 7 pm, Granada Television had commissioned only 13 episodes, and some inside the company doubted the show would last beyond its planned production run. Despite the criticism, viewers were drawn into the serial. The programme made use of Northern English language and dialect, affectionate local terms like eh, and by eck. became widely heard on British television for the first time. Early episodes told the story of student Kenneth Barlow, who had won a place at university, the character was one of the few to have experienced life outside of Coronation Street. In some ways this predicts the growth of globalisation, and the decline of similar communities, in an episode from 1961, Barlow declares, You cant go on just thinking about your own street these days.
Were living with people on the side of the world. Theres more to worry about than Elsie Tanner and her boyfriends, Roache is the only remaining member of the original cast, which makes him the longest-serving actor in Coronation Street, and in British and global soap history. At the centre of early stories, there was Ena Sharples, caretaker of the Glad Tidings Mission Hall, and her friends, timid Minnie Caldwell. Headstrong Ena often clashed with Elsie Tanner, whom she believed espoused a dauntlessly loose set of morals, Elsie resented Enas interference and gossip, which most of the time had little basis in reality. In April 1961, Jed Stone made his first appearance and returned the year in 1962
ITV (TV network)
ITV is a commercial TV network in the United Kingdom. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990 its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the analogue channels at the time, namely BBC1, BBC2. ITV is a network of channels that operate regional television services as well as sharing programmes between each other to be displayed on the entire network. In recent years, several of companies have merged so currently the fifteen franchises are in the hands of two companies. With the exception of Northern Ireland, the ITV brand is the used by ITV plc for the Channel 3 service in these areas. In Northern Ireland, ITV plc uses the brand name UTV, STV Group plc, uses the STV brand for its two franchises of central and northern Scotland. The origins of ITV lie in the passing of the Television Act 1954, the act created the Independent Television Authority to heavily regulate the industry and to award franchises. The first six franchises were awarded in 1954 for London, the Midlands, the first ITV network to launch was Londons Associated-Rediffusion on 22 September 1955, with the Midlands and North services launching in February 1956 and May 1956 respectively.
Following these launches, the ITA awarded more franchises until the country was covered by fourteen regional stations. Following the 1993 changes, ITV as a network began to consolidate with several companies doing so to save money by ceasing the duplication of services present when they were all separate companies. The ITV Network is not owned or operated by one company, since 2016 the fifteen licences are held by two companies, with the majority held by ITV Broadcasting Limited, part of ITV plc. The network is regulated by the media regulator Ofcom who is responsible for awarding the broadcast licences, the last major review of the Channel 3 franchises was in 1991, with all operators licences having been renewed between 1999 and 2002 and again from 2014 without a further contest. However, due to amalgamation of several of companies since the creation of ITV Network Limited. Approved by Ofcom, this results in ITV plc commissioning and funding the network schedule, all licensees have the right to opt out of network programming, however many do not due to pressures from the parent company or because of limited resources.
The network needs to produce accessible output containing subtitles, signing, in exchange for this programming, the ITV network is available on all platforms free to air and can be found at the top of the EPG of all providers. Since the launch of the platform in 1998, all of the ITV licensees have received gifted capacity on the terrestrial television platform. At present, the companies are able to broadcast additional channels and all choose to broadcast the ITV plc owned ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV in their region. UTV and STV previously broadcast their own services – UTV2 in Northern Ireland and S2 in central and northern Scotland – until 2002, the broadcasters all make use of the Digital 3&4 multiplex, shared with Channel 4
London /ˈlʌndən/ is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain and it was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. Londons ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1. 12-square-mile medieval boundaries. London is a global city in the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism. It is crowned as the worlds largest financial centre and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world, London is a world cultural capital. It is the worlds most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the worlds largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic, London is the worlds leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. Londons universities form the largest concentration of education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted the modern Summer Olympic Games three times, London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region.
Its estimated mid-2015 municipal population was 8,673,713, the largest of any city in the European Union, Londons urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The citys metropolitan area is the most populous in the EU with 13,879,757 inhabitants, the city-region therefore has a similar land area and population to that of the New York metropolitan area. London was the worlds most populous city from around 1831 to 1925, Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world, the etymology of London is uncertain. It is an ancient name, found in sources from the 2nd century and it is recorded c.121 as Londinium, which points to Romano-British origin, and hand-written Roman tablets recovered in the city originating from AD 65/70-80 include the word Londinio. The earliest attempted explanation, now disregarded, is attributed to Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae and this had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had allegedly taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
From 1898, it was accepted that the name was of Celtic origin and meant place belonging to a man called *Londinos. The ultimate difficulty lies in reconciling the Latin form Londinium with the modern Welsh Llundain, which should demand a form *lōndinion, from earlier *loundiniom. The possibility cannot be ruled out that the Welsh name was borrowed back in from English at a date, and thus cannot be used as a basis from which to reconstruct the original name. Until 1889, the name London officially applied only to the City of London, two recent discoveries indicate probable very early settlements near the Thames in the London area
Robson Golightly Green is an English actor, singer and television presenter. Green portrayed Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier and Dr. Tony Hill in Wire in the Blood and he presented Extreme Fishing, Extreme Fishing Challenge, and Tales from Northumberland, as well as playing hospital porter Jimmy Powell in BBC drama series Casualty. Currently, he plays Detective Inspector Geordie Keating on ITVs Grantchester and he was one half of the singing duo Robson & Jerome, who had several number 1 singles in the 1990s. Green was born on 18 December 1964 in Dilston Hospital and grew up in Blythe Close and his father, named Robson Green, was a miner, and his mother Anne a cleaner and a shopkeeper. Green grew up in Dudley, a mining village a few miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. His father worked down the coal mining pits and he studied at Dudley Middle Comprehensive School. After being inspired by jets flying overhead, he decided he wanted to join the Royal Air Force, and at 16 he joined the Air Training Corps, Green however decided against a career in the RAF after two weeks at an officer training camp.
He learned to play a guitar, forming his first band, Solid State and he spent one night a week at Backworth Drama Centre, and appeared in a series of productions at both school and Backworth. Green left school at 16 with five O-levels, and joined Swan Hunters shipyard as a draughtsman, on one occasion, he tried his hand at professional boxing. He attended three boxing training sessions for the play Francie Nichol, in which he played a boxer, after two years at Swans, Green decided on a career in acting. After auditioning, he began training under the tutelage of artistic director Max Roberts, during his training, he continued his musical career, as a member of a successful local band, the Workie Tickets. By 1988, he began his career, featured in the award-winning series Shields Stories. Growing up in Tyneside, Robson Green was chosen to be the lead in a made by Amber films that narrated the contemporaneous social problems faced by working-class people in Thatchers Britain. Each episode examined one aspect of living in a harsh and embittered environment, the soap opera gave Green his big break in film.
It was quickly followed by offers of work, Green first made his name as an actor in the BBC series Casualty, but after three series, moved to national prominence as fusilier Dave Tucker in the drama series Soldier Soldier. In 1995, one called for Green and co-star Jerome Flynn to sing Unchained Melody. Subsequently, ITV was inundated by people wanting to buy the song, they had two further No.1 singles and two No.1 albums, all remakes of standards. The song gave Green the opportunity to sign a deal with ITV to star in several of the networks dramas, including Touching Evil, Grafters
Men Behaving Badly
Men Behaving Badly is a British sitcom that was created and written by Simon Nye. It follows the lives of Gary Strang and his flatmates Dermot Povey and it was first broadcast on ITV in 1992. A total of six series were made, along with a Christmas special, in the last ever episode, Dorothy is pregnant with Garys baby and gives birth in their flat. The series was filmed in and around Ealing in west London, the setting, however, is implied to be south London and many references are made to Surrey. It was produced by Hartswood Films, and Thames Television co-produced the first two series for ITV. They assisted with production of the series onwards that aired on the BBC. Men Behaving Badly became highly successful after being moved to a slot on BBC1. It has won the Comedy Awards best ITV comedy, and the first National Television Award for Situation Comedy, a BBC article suggests that Gary and Tony were a reaction against the onset of the caring, sharing new man. It appeared to revel in a politically incorrect world of booze, critics Jon Lewis and Penny Stempel have stated that the show allowed male viewers to indulge in vicarious laddism, whilst allowing female viewers to ridicule the bad but lovable Tony and Gary.
They further commented that it was a genuine sitcom in that the humour came from the characters, Simon Nye remarked, I dont do mad, plot-driven farragoes. You have to allow your characters time to talk, the show has been repeated on BBC One and Gold, and all six series are available on DVD. Gary manages an office selling burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff of aging employees are the meek George and lifelong spinster Anthea, who regularly drive him to frustration with their old-fashioned views. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modelling, bar work, Dorothy is an intelligent and mature nurse. She and Gary frequently split up and are occasionally unfaithful, Tony has many girlfriends but his true feelings are for Deborah, whom he initially just wants to have sex with, but quickly falls in love with. Deborah is often disappointed by Tonys juvenile behaviour, but can see his good side. The two finally end up in a relationship in series 6, Gary Strang – Gary is an unconventional hero who operates a security sales office with two old-fashioned middle-aged subordinates.
He owns the flat that he shares with Dermot, Gary is a man in his thirties, and enjoys talk of girls and indulges in lager and a perpetual childhood with best friend Tony. Gary frequently makes a fool of himself, foolishness that is exploited by his girlfriend Dorothy