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Midlands news archivist wins award

A DVD that showcases regional news from the Midlands, has won 'Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release.'

From Headlines to 'Tight-Lines' - The Story of ATV Today documentary won at the FOCAL Awards on Friday night.

The DVD, produced by MACE (Media Archive for Central England), tells the story of Central News' predecessor from 1964 to 1981.

I think winning this international award is wonderful news for the Midlands and regional news in general given this DVD is a celebration of regional programming.

We're all delighted at MACE that the DVD has won.

I’d also like to thank ITV for being so supportive in allowing MACE to use the ITV footage which is preserved at MACE in this DVD.

– Emma Morley, Mace Archive (Media Archive for Central England)

Gerry Anderson: "he fundamentally changed people's lives"

Gerry Anderson to be remembered in Leicester Credit: Haydn West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, will be posthumously remembered at a Sci Fi weekend at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

The chairman of the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society "Fanderson" spoke warmly of him after his death.

Nick Williams told ITV News that Anderson's shows had a huge influence on both the TV industry and his widespread audience, even inspiring several generations of aerospace engineers.

"We hear from people who grew up watching Thunderbirds, who say I wanted to be an aerospace engineer and I've gone to university and I've studied and I've done it because I was inspired"

Nick Williams, chairman of the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society Credit: ITV News

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Gerry Anderson posthumously remembered

A special arrival at Gerry Anderson's funeral Credit: ITV News Meridian

The creator of the children's television series Thunderbirds, which began life on ATV in the Midlands in 1965, will be remembered today in Leicester at a science fiction festival.

Gerry Anderson died on Boxing Day last year aged 83 and a replica of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce arrived at the service. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease since early 2010.

Gerry Anderson Credit: PA

Thunderbirds creator remembered at sci-fi weekend

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson Credit: Haydn West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The life and work of Gerry Anderson, the creator of the sci-fi series Thunderbirds, will be honoured at a celebration of science fiction this weekend.

The BritSciFi3 event will be held at the National Space Centre in Leicester and exhibits will include the Parker and Penelope puppets and a full size replica of the Moonbase Control Centre.

The classic children's television series began life in the Midlands, on ATV in 1965.

Anderson died on Boxing Day last year and his funeral was a celebration of his life and work.

Part three: The history of Midlands TV News

We've been having great fun this week looking back at what our predecessors got up to, much of which is contained in a double DVD complied by the Media Archive for Central England, based in Lincoln.

Tonight Andy Bevan concludes his three-part look at the contents of those discs, with some of the folks from 'ATV Today' who always made us smile.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.

Part two: The history of Midlands TV News

According to the TV Licensing people 13,000 viewers in the UK still watching on a black and white set, they say they are issuing as many non-colour licences today as they did when television first started, back in 1946.

Of course there was a time when all programmes were in black and white and a new DVD from the Lincoln-based Media Archive for Central England charts the history of local news in the Midlands. In the second of his three reports, Andy Bevan picks up the story in the late 1960s.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.

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Part one: The history of Midlands TV News

They say no news is good news, but before 1956 the Midlands had no news at all, at least, not on televsion. Then, fledgling broadcaster ATV changed everything and started us on the road to where we are today.

That story is being re-told by the Media Archive for Central England, based in Lincoln. They have complied a double DVD called 'From Headlines to Tight Lines' and in the first of three reports, Andy Bevan journeys back to the days of black and white.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.

Midlands funeral for children's TV presenter

The funeral of Jean Morton, a television presenter for children's programme Tingha and Tucker, is taking place this afternoon in Sutton Coldfield.

Tingha and Tucker ran on ATV from 1962 to 1970. Jean Morton hosted the show as Auntie Jean.

In the clip below Jean and Tingha and Tucker talk to a shy Cliff Richard in 1962 - before he performs a few bars of Summer Holiday on stage.

Jean was also known for her work as a television announcer and was there from the launch of the original ITV Midlands news programme.

She died aged 91 in Lichfield on the 26th May.