This one’s for people who live in the Granada region only… I think (in London, you’ll have Suggs doing something similar called Disappearing London). Anyway, I’m getting slightly ahead of myself. Basically, on Monday at 8pm, ITV1 goes regional, which is a good thing. Up ‘ere, we’ll get The Way We Were (ITV1, Monday, 25 August, 8pm) which looks at ‘Lessons in Life’. For some reason, shows that take a look at things closer to home have become increasingly unfashionable, which is a crying shame. With the news becoming increasingly London-centric, we should be applauding these shows that could literally be tootling around in your own backyard.
Monday’s show looks at life in the North of England during the ’50s and ’60s, showcasing rare film from the archives and interviews with those that recall ‘the way we where’. Our lot in the North West will be treated to the fun of the annual Miner’s Galas and Picnics, and just how different school was back then.
Of course, people may sneer that this does nothing for the notion that we’re all flat-cap wearing, clog sparking on the cobbles, pigeon fanciers… but you know something, there’s a rare romanticism that comes with such identity. In a Britain that’s becoming increasingly homogenised and dreary, it’ll be great to hear some people prattlin’ on in broad accents and getting dewy eyed about the old days. We should applaud programmes like this and then be inspired to celebrate our region’s heritage. A man who knows all about celebrating The North, Andy Kluz, narrates.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip