The History of the Home of UTV uncovered


The history of UTV gets uncovered for viewers, as the broadcaster delves into the archives for two special programmes in October.

The two one-hour episodes take the viewer on a trip down memory lane, unlocking the history of UTV and the iconic building on the Ormeau Road Belfast that was its home since the first broadcast in 1959, right up to July 2018.

Well-known faces share their memories of the building; ring the changes seen over the years; tell their stories about the characters within it; and the programmes made and broadcast from there.

The first programme is narrated by Eamonn Holmes whose television career started in UTV. Interspersed with some fabulous archive footage, some of which has never been seen before, we hear from Adrienne Catherwood and Jimmy Greene, two of UTV’s original presenters, and their memories of the earliest days of UTV.  Viewers will get a glimpse of early auditions of Frank Mitchell and Pamela Ballantine, and also early footage of Julian Simmons at the start of his career.

Previously unseen behinds the scenes footage of the Kelly Show are sure to delight the viewers, and Jackie Fullerton and Adrian ‘Logie’ Logan pay tribute to the many sporting heroes whom they interviewed over the years.

In programme two Gerry Kelly takes the viewer on a tour of Havelock House. Viewers will see the news room, the production gallery and the make-up room, as well as the iconic studios from where all the well-known programmes like the Kelly Show, School around the Corner and, of course the nightly news were broadcast.   Ivan Little recalls reporting during the height of the Troubles, and we hear too from Gloria Hunniford, and how she persuaded some of the biggest names of the ‘80s into Havelock House, including Elton John.  Gerry also looks at the depth and breadth of the programmes that were produced in UTV.  From ground breaking news and current affairs before, during and after the Troubles, to the first UTV Life programme, and Farming Ulster.

Unlocking Havelock can be seen on UTV on Tuesday 9th and 16th October at 8pm.  

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