Many of these programmes have not been seen since their original broadcast.
Networkonair, available from July 29 in the UK and Ireland, enables nostalgia lovers, old and new, the opportunity to rent specially curated Nights In. The programmes consist of 4-6 hours of exclusively curated programming, including specially recorded new linking material from David Hamilton (original ABC continuity announcer and host), clips and contemporary ads. Nights In are entirely remastered in the best possible quality.
These Nights In will be made available alongside accompanying series to launch the service. Titles include Dial 999, Big Night Out, Armchair Theatre and The Bruce Forsyth Show.
Original ABC Announcer David Hamilton says “In October 1960, I made my television debut as an announcer for ABC TV at the Didsbury studios in Manchester. In those days there were only two TV channels – BBC and ITV. ABC, the weekend contractor in the North and Midlands, had a blockbuster schedule and people went to work on Monday mornings talking about the programmes they had all seen the night before, something that couldn`t happen today – truly a golden era of television”.
Nights In, which includes 4-6hrs of programming presented as an evening of television are priced at £3.99 for the first three, with future Nights In at £4.99. People can also rent handpicked collections of episodes from their favourite series for £6.99 including over nine hours of viewing.