YTV at 50: Half a century of glamour from Yorkshire’s Hollywood

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At lunchtime on Sunday, old-timers will gather in a pub in Guiseley, north of Leeds, to regale each other with tales of what they had been doing exactly half a century earlier.

He travelled the world making films, but among his best-known was one shot closer to home, with the Halifax-born Percy Shaw, inventor of the “cat’s eye” road stud.

Percy Shaw, inventor of the cat's eye, with Alan Whicker.

Percy Shaw, inventor of the cat's eye, with Alan Whicker.

Studio 4, the biggest in Yorkshire, was home to a succession of series whose stars were household faces.

Gerald Harper, as the playboy aristocrat Hadleigh, is perhaps the best remembered, but YTV’s roster also included John Stride as the lawyer David Main in The Main Chance, and Margaret Lockwood as the Northern barrister Harriet Peterson, in Justice.

An early drama in production at Yorkshire Television

An early drama in production at Yorkshire Television

1968: ''Sir Geoffrey Cox (centre),deputy chairman of Yorkshire Television, with Ald. Rupert Alec-Smith (left) and Basil Reckitt in the Hull studio of YTV, when it was officially opened.

1968: ''Sir Geoffrey Cox (centre),deputy chairman of Yorkshire Television, with Ald. Rupert Alec-Smith (left) and Basil Reckitt in the Hull studio of YTV, when it was officially opened.

Sir Harold Wilson talking to David Frost at a recording session in Yorkshire Television's Leeds studios for "The Wilson Interviews".

Sir Harold Wilson talking to David Frost at a recording session in Yorkshire Television's Leeds studios for "The Wilson Interviews".