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Bill
Grundy

Bill Grundy

(1924-1993)

Bill Grundy
was for many years a well known television presenter and broadcaster
around Manchester networks in the 1960s and 1970s. But he is
probably best remembered as the presenter of the Thames Television’s
“Today” programme and a notorious interview with the recently
emerged Sex Pistols in December 1976. His
confrontational interviewing technique, like a red rag to a
bull, egged the punk musicians on to utter their now famous
four-letter ‘ f ‘ word, live, before an estimated audience of
several million viewers, at a time when such language was not
heard in braodcasting – it was to become the TV interview from
hell. Grundy’s intended probing investigation of Punk Music
quickly degenerated into a vicious and outrageous slanging match
of expletives. Switchboards became jammed with protesting calls
and the following day saw the tabloid newspapers describing
the show as “The Filth and The Fury”. There were also accusations
of drunkenness. In
the event, Grundy was suspended for two weeks. Though he was
later reinstated, his contract was not renewed in 1977, and
Grundy is commonly thought to have been “sacrificed”
by Thames Television as a sop to placate an outraged public
opinion. Bill Grundy’s career virtually ended as a result of
the infamous interview, the former Granada Television star saw
fewer and fewer jobs being offered, and his hosting of “What
the Papers Say” in the early 1980s marked the end of his
television career. Despite
numerous erroneous reports that Bill Grundy died as a result
of injuries sustained in a car accident, we are reliably informed
by Tim Grundy, his son (see below), that Bill Grundy passed
away from a heart attack, his wife and eldest daughter at his
bedside, in a nursing home in Rose Hill, Marple on 9th February
1993 at the age of 69.

The
texts and Image used in this entry were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Tim Grundy

Tim Grundy

(Born
1958)

Timothy Grundy was born in Manchester on the 4th July 1958.
His mother is Scottish and his father, Bill Grundy, (see immediately
above) was the famous broadcaster who came to national notoriety
during an ill-fated interview with the Sex Pistols during a
live television programme in 1977.
In
1975, at the age of 17, Tim began work as a coffee boy at Piccadilly
Radio in Manchester and over the next 14 years he rose to be
the presenter of the “Breakfast Show” and became
the station’s Programme Controller.
Tim is a fully qualified journalist, whose folksy relaxed style
has made him a popular television presenter, where he works
predominantly for Discovery Channel and other satellite broadcasting
companies.
His appearances are numerous, including from 1990: “Showbiz
People”, “People Today”, “See You Sunday”,
“The Forum” and “Pebble Mill”.
From 1995 onwards he appeared in several of the by now highly
successful “Two’s Country” series, including
“Two’s Country Cooking”, “Two’s Country Spain”,
“Two’s Country Caribbean”, “Two’s Country Eastern
Europe”, “Two’s Country Get Stuck In” and
“Travelling Light”.
1999:
“Great Estates” , “Two’s Country” which
was renewed into 5 television series, “Ship to Shore”,
“Show People” and “Car Country”
among others.
2000:
“The Villagers”, “Cabin Fever”, “Last
in the League” and “A Room with a Clue” .
Tim
has two children and is chairman of The Children’s Adventure
Farm Trust. He also does work for other charities including
the Boys and Girls Welfare Society.

Much
of this text and the image used here were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Charles
Foster

Charles Foster

Local television
announcer and actor Charles Foster worked at Granada Television,
where he was one of their main announcers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Foster had great warmth and charm and, besides announcing for
Granada Television in Manchester he also narrated several schools
programmes and acted as the voice-over on several game shows
including James Burke’s “Connections” .
His wife, actress Meg Johnson has featured in “Coronation
Street” and in “Brookside”,
Charles Foster retired in the early 1990s, but has periodically
appeared in small acting roles in television programmes, and
he has continued to do voice-overs.

The
texts and Image used in this entry were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Colin Weston

Colin Weston

Colin Weston
was a familiar face as an announcer for several television companies,
including Granada Television, Tyne Tees Television and Border
Television from the 1970s until the mid-1990s. He started his
career in 1968 with ABC Television, and later was an announcer
for the London Weekend Television Company and at Southern Television.

During three decades as an announcer on many ITV stations, Colin
stood out for his warmth and sense of humour.
He parted company with Granada when all northern continuity
for the Granada Media Group was centralised in Leeds. Since
then he has continued with voice-over work, and in the 1990s
has occasionally been an announcer at Carlton Television in
London.

The
texts and Image used in this entry were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Jim Pope

Jim Pope

Jim Pope
was a former radio presenter who moved into television announcing
as a result of a suggestion by Pat Phoenix who at that time
played Elsie Tanner in Granada’s “Coronation Street”.
Jim Pope had been a continuity announcer at HTV West in the
late 1960s and early 1970s before moving to Granada where he
remained until his retirement. After leaving his announcing
job, Jim continued with voice-over work, and was well known
as the voice of “University Challenge” which
is produced by Granada Television for the BBC. Jim Pope died
in November 2001.

The
texts and Image used in this entry were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Bob Smithies

Bob Smithies

Bob Smithies
was a well-known Granada presenter from 1974 to 1997. A former
Guardian newspaper photographer, he joined the company to present
“Granada Reports”, “Granada Tonight”
and the long-running countryside programme “Down To
Earth” . He retired to live in the Lake District and
still enjoys photography.

The
texts and Image used in this entry were sourced from the Continuity
Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Mike Scott
joined Granada Television in 1956 as a floor manager and quickly
moved into a role as Director, having directed several early
episodes of “Coronation Street”( from 1960 to
1961); he also presented “Cinema” from 1965-68.
He later moved into management before returning in front of
the camera as presenter of ITV’s daytime discussion programme
“The Time…The Place…” from 1987 until the
early 1990s.

The texts and Image used in this
entry were sourced from the Continuity Booth website at www.continuity-both.co.uk

 

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