January 15th,1959, was the opening night of Tyne Tees Television.
Eileen Brennan, now Eileen Grinsell, performed on the first ever show 55 years ago.
Derek Proud has been to meet her.
More top news
England begin their Ashes campaign this morning, with Durham cricketers Mark Wood and Ben Stokes, among the starting line up.
Newcastle midfielder Sammy Ameobi has joined Cardiff on a season-long loan deal after signing a new two-year contract at St James' Park.
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.