TV Preview- The story of Saturday night TV

What is your alltime favourite Saturday night programme? For me it is Doctor Who which was a main staple of that day’s programming in the 1960s and 1970s and has continued to be (except for some Christmas specials) since its return in 2005.

Other viewers might list The Generation Game, Ant and Dec’s Takeaway, The Avengers, The A Team, Parkinson, Match of the Day or The Paul Daniels Magic Show as their alltime Saturday night favourite.

For many people Saturday night is a special night. Either they go out or else they stay in for ‘a night at the telly’. Thus more is expected of the programmes scheduled on a Saturday.

At 8pm this Saturday on ITV Stephen Mulhern will begin a two part exploration of Saturday night television. He will be looking at some of the classic shows which have featured on Saturday nights down through the years.

I suspect with some of the talking heads being Cannon and Ball, Amanda Holden, Bruce Forsyth, Ant and Dec, Vernon Kay and Jonathan Ross, the emphasis will be more on the light entertainment shows than anything else.

However drama has always play a large part too and now it looks as if Casualty is going to go on for as long on Saturday nights as Dixon of Dock Green once did.

This first show will reunite Wolf and Jet from Gladiators and Matthew and Henry Kelly from Game for a Laugh.

Although interested in TV history myself, I am somewhat surprised that this show has been given a primetime slot. It might make some viewers pine for ’The Good Old Days’.

I just wish that the main channels would make more of an effort to produce some good new original Saturday night programming.