Category Archives: ANGLIA TELEVISION


MARCH 2020

For the first in this series of posts on my years at Anglia Television look here

In September 1967 the large RAF fighter base at RAF Coltishall was one of the many RAF stations that opened their doors at the anniversary of The Battle-of-Britain and held an airshow. Anglia TV decided to televise it and I either ‘tagged along’ or was working on it…I can’t remember which, but being still being an aviation enthusiast, I took along my camera. It looks like I was still using the camera I had since my teenage days in Singapore, a cheapish Japanese rangefinder with a fixed 45mm lens, a Samoca MR.

Anglia must have had to put in lots of preparation to undertake this ‘OB’, as in the photo below you can see the Anglia OB Scanner, plus the support tender parked on the grass in front of the Coltishall Control Tower.

The Anglia Television OB Unit with it’s ‘tender’. It’s 1966 registration CVG533D, shows that this must have been Anglia’s second ‘scanner’ and with ITV converting to colour a few years later, I guess it would have a fairly short life before it too was to be replaced again.

Positioned between the control tower and the runway, Anglia’s OB Scanner has been parked to make the most of the cable runs to the unit’s 4 Pye MkV cameras and the commentary position on the control tower balcony.
A Whirlwind HAR10 Air-Sea Rescue helicopter is landing near the unit, beside a Tiger Moth glider tug. Coltishall’s resident Lightnings are scattered around in the distance.

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March 2020

For the first in this series of posts on my years at Anglia Television look here

In the summer of 1967, Anglia took the OB Unit around East Anglia’s seaside towns and as the Anglia region was reaching well into Lincolnshire, off we went there as well.
The sound crew usually travelled in the Sound Supervisor’s car, so on Friday August the 4th we were off in Sid Denneys Vauxhall Victor. He got the ‘travel expenses’ and we got an ‘out of pocket’ expense I believe. That was obviously an ACTT, the TV technician’s union, local agreement.

This set of photos comes from one of the series of 13 ‘Glamour ’67’ programmes done through the summer of that year and we’re in Cleethorpes, on the northern limit of Anglia’s coverage at that time. In fact all these images come from the Central Hall in Grimsby which was a few miles up from Cleethorpes, as I guess Cleethorpes didn’t have a hall Anglia thought was suitable.

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February 2020.

For the first in this series of posts on my years at Anglia Television look here

Like all the Regional ITV Stations, Anglia TV served their ‘local area’ with a regular output of local programming, now sadly missing from television. For this reason we went off frequently to do Outside Broadcasts around East Anglia and also well into Lincolnshire beyond ‘The Wash’, as far as The Humber.
Mostly these were weekends away covering a Saturday football match and a Sunday church service, as both could be done by the same OB crew.

However Anglia took a very big gamble and decided to make a regular drama, a ‘soap’ called ‘Weavers Green’….and to do as much of it as possible with an expensive Outside Broadcast Unit, shooting in video.

Weavers Green was about a vets practice and their dealings with local community. Shooting was mainly undertaken around the real Norfolk village of ‘Heydon’ with occasional visits to other locations, as we shall see.

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I thought it was about time that I talked a bit about my early working years and when I can, put in photos from my time in television sound. Those of us that were around in the 1960’s still remember what a primitive technological world we worked in but there are not many reminders of that around now.

I started in the summer of 1966 when Sid Denney, the Head-of-Sound at the ITV broadcaster Anglia TV, took a big gamble and let me join the Sound Department in Norwich. He didn’t have much to go on as there were no college courses at that time…I’d just showed an interest in sound and had been tinkering with tape-recorders, but Sid set me off on a really great career.

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