Those were the days!

Times have changed l know – and l could never return to the heady days of regional tv in the 1980’s – even if l wanted to.
However, it is interesting to see that there is a Facebook group that share images and videos – amongst their members – from the heady days of HTV West and Wales.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 11.34.05
Recently that included a Christmas tape from 1987 – courtesy of Mr Lee Barnard. It is the sort of thing that the public is NOT meant to see but was an annual leg-pulling tradition – of dubious quality and content – for us insiders.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 11.30.14
I have put it on Facebook to share with my friends but l have pulled a few images from it to share with you.
Amongst them the lovely Annie St John – still miss her too.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.32.57
Miss you Annie.
There’s Jeremy Payne who went off to Anglia and came back to end up as MD of the company!
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.34.21
Jeremy Payne.
There’s a younger me – of course – with REAL hair.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.35.06
Don’t remember what caused the face pull.
Dear Alison (Holloway) and the late John Abrams with a suspect carrot in the studio potting shed. Ali now lives – with her husband and family – in America where she is a successful television producer.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.40.07
What a character John was too.
Patricia Yorston reminding me of Jennifer Anniston in The Morning Show.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.38.48
Patricia – taking it easy.
The suave Mr Graham Purches.
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.39.19
Striped ties were very ‘in’ then l think
and the late Brian Izzard who directed our Friday night LIVE show – The Weekend Starts Here!
Screenshot 2020-03-30 at 10.39.50
Brian at the helm.

I suppose l had better apologise to those of my colleagues who might see this item. Once in the public eye – you are never completely out of it!


  1. I fondly remember them all, so long ago, part of our daily lives in those days! Wasn’t Graham Purches BBC & later moved to ITV he had followed after BBC Jeremy Carrad ? I can hear John Abrams voice, it was very laid back & leisurely.

Comments are closed.