Famous programmes

Firm Friends starring Madhur Jaffrey, Billie Whitelaw and Michelle Holmes which followed the fortunes of three women running an East-meets-West fast-food business.

Firm Friends starring Madhur Jaffrey, Billie Whitelaw and Michelle Holmes which followed the fortunes of three women running an East-meets-West fast-food business.

* Finney, the story of a man drawn into the battle over his family's criminal empire, starring David Morrissey and Melanie Hill.

* Catherine Cookson's adaptations, including The Black Velvet Gown starring Janet McTeer and Bob Peck, Colour Blind, Tilly Trotter and Dinner of Herbs.

* Chain Letters. game show.

* Cross Wits, ITV's longest- running quiz programme.

* Supergran and Supergran II, both children's show.

* The Ink Thief.

* Madabout, presented by Matthew Kelly.

* Razzmatazz, children's Saturday morning pop show.

* Ghost Train.

* Gimme 5 , children's Saturday morning pop show.

* Highway, with the late Sir Harry Secombe.

* Gazza: The Fight Back.

* The Tube, ran for five series and was hosted by Jools Holland and Paula Yates. A special edition was aired on Sky One and C4 as part of the Millennium celebrations.

* Listening Eye and Sign On, both series for the deaf which employed the first deaf researcher in the ITV Network.

Arthur Wilkinson created the station's start-up tune of 1959 to 1985, Three Rivers Fantasy, from a medley of folk songs: Bobby Shaftoe, Keel Row, Waters Of Tyne, then Blue Peter and ending it with the Blaydon Races.

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