BBC1 North West Transmission:
Sunday 19th June 2011, 5.30-6.00pm


As BBC North bids farewell to its Manchester studios to move into its new home in Salford, Tess Daly takes a nostalgic look back at some of the classic television programmes that have come out of Oxford Road over the last 35 years. She is joined by a host of stars as they recall their favourite TV moments and celebrate the distinctly Northern flavour of shows ranging from very first Top Of The Pops and It's A Knockout to Dragons' Den and A Question Of Sport.

In 1973 the BBC decided to build new studios on Oxford Road in Manchester. The Prime Minister James Callaghan opened New Broadcasting House on 18 June 1976. Some of the most innovative TV shows of the last three decades have been produced at this facility.

It's A Knockout was also broadcast from Manchester before the BBC moved into Oxford Road. Presenter Stuart Hall, who describes It's A Knockout as "the Olympic Games with custard pies", reminisces about the early days. He recalls the quick work of the set and costume designers. Other stars, including Stuart Maconie, Debbie McGee and Juliet Morris give their take on the show's huge impact as they remember the giant costumes, the famous Penguin Game and Stuart Hall's infectious laugh.

As Auntie's Northern Soul celebrates the classic television shows made in the North West, it is clear that the BBC has come a long way since its days of studios in converted churches. This year BBC North is moving to a new home at MediaCityUK in Salford for an exciting new chapter in broadcasting.

(Adapted from BBC Press Office PR)

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BBC2 Transmission:
Saturday 26th November 2011, 8.15-9.15pm


An expanded version of the regional programme Auntie's Northern Soul, which featured an extended item concerning It's A Knockout and Jeux Sans Frontières augmented with additional comments from comedian Johnny Vegas, actor Philip Glenister and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe and a wider variety of clips from IAK and JSF programmes.

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BBC1 Transmission (BBC Yorks & Lincs and BBC Yorkshire only):
Monday 12th December 2011, 7.30-8.00pm


Jamie Coulson investigates claims that a miscarriage of justice led to an innocent man being executed, Asha Tanna finds out how retailers are doing in the run-up to Christmas, and Stuart Hall remembers the British institution which was It's A Knockout. The IAK feature saw a reunion of members of the Kirklees team that had competed in the 1976 series and featured amateur 8mm behind-the-scenes footage shot by the local Huddersfield Film Makers Club. The feature built up to an It's A Knockout competition between the former Kirklees team members, won by Jonathan Crossland who sadly died between the making of this programme and its transmission.

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