Following today’s first instalment of a weekend of classic Children’s ITV programming, on the CITV Channel, fans of series such as Knightmare and Press Gang are calling for a golden CITV channel to air archive material.
The celebrations to mark 30 years of CITV kicked off last week with an ITV1 aired documentary, which charted how great Ant and Dec are, and also looked at a few other programmes from the vast Children’s ITV vaults.
Programmes screened today included Count Duckular, Supergran, Raggy Dolls and Knightmare. Unlike ITV3, who broadcast 1970s and 80s material with chopped off original company credits – to pretend they were made by ‘ITV Studios’, many of the programmes have been aired complete with local ITV production company fanfares including Tyne Tees, Yorkshire TV and Thames Television.
While a CITV Gold channel may be a bit much to ask, certainly an ‘Old Skool’ afternoon on a Sunday would clearly prove popular with older viewers as social networking sites have been lively with nostalgia today over the classic programming.
CITV was the replacement to Watch It! and began broadcasting in 1983 from Central Television in Birmingham where it remained until the mid-2000s. The CITV channel launched in 2006. ITV right back to its earliest days had always aired programming for under 16s however it wasn’t until Watch It! that a single brand was used to introduce the programmes, and it wasn’t until Children’s ITV that a networked presenter introduced the days schedule. The first host was Stars In Their Eyes’ Matthew Kelly.
While the 30th documentary was lacklustre, the 20th celebrations produced by Central were much more about the programmes and many personalities. It can be viewed here.
A Twitter ‘petition’ to get CITV Gold on air has been started this afternoon, here. Another collection of classic CITV programmes airs from 6am to 6pm tomorrow on CITV.