For a generation of children Hartley Hare was a lunchtime treat as the star of kids series Pipkins.
“Hello loyal fans… er, friends. Hartley Hare here, the star of the show. Always nice to meet my adoring… er, ordinary people. Someone of my fame, handsome good looks and charm always has minor celebrities following in his wake and I expect I’ll bring some with me again, to bask in my reflected glory of course. My manager, Nigel Plaskitt seems to follow me everywhere.” – international superstar, Hartley Hare.
Next month Hartley and a host of ATV programming celebrates the London and Midland ITV broadcaster at an event arranged by television archive specialists the Kaleidoscope.
The event, entitled Midlands Memories, will feature guest interviews, rare screenings and ATV memorabilia on display. Hartley Hare, Nigel Plaskitt and Gail Renard will be at the celebration of all things Midlands ITV to remember their time on classic children’s show, Pipkins. Celebrated musician and composer, and former head of music at ATV and Central Television, Johnny Patrick will be appearing live on stage to discuss his five decades of television music making.
There will also be a special pre-recorded video interview with ATV News and Central News at Six presenter Bob Warman who has been the face of regional news on ITV in the area since the 1970s.
Classic ATV programming to be screened at the event include previously lost episodes of Tiswas, the manic Saturday morning children’s series hosted by Chris Tarrant and Sally James, a tribute to live game show The Golden Shot, remembering new, now old, talent with New Faces which includes Lenny Henry’s audition and a early edition of children’s puppet series Tingha and Tucker with the late Jean Morton as host.
There is also a chance to find out about the Media Archive for Central England’s latest DVD which looks at the original ATV Today local news show transmitted from Birmingham for the Midlands region and a look back at previous success From ATVLand in Colour which charted the rise and fall of the ATV studios in Birmingham, a complex that were once home to shows such as drama The Power Game (series 2), daily soap opera Crossroads (1964-88) and Police 5 with Shaw Taylor (1962-92).
Emma Morley from the archive trusted to care for ATV and Central Televisions’ local news and programming will be showcasing a special presentation of rare gems from the Midland ITV vaults.
“That Gail Renard’s a talented lady. She writes you know, although I was responsible for all her best work. It will be lovely to remember the glory days of Pipkins and ATV. Lew Grade always said I was his biggest star. Noele Gordon handbagged me over that more than once. You never know, you might just get to see some of my other old friends as well, although if the Pig turns up, I’m not leaving the presidential suite…” – international superstar, Hartley Hare.
Midlands Memories takes place on Saturday 1st September 2012 more details can be found at the Kaleidoscope website.