I found an intriguing reference last night in a book called “I Never Knew that About London” by Christopher Winn to the fact (apparently) that Greenwich was the subject of the first pay TV channel, Greenwich Cablevision. Apparently it began broadcasting from a studio in Plumstead on 3 July 1972 and its first programme was about everday life in Greenwich at the time. I would love to see the programme. Ever heard of it? Seen it? Any ideas on sourcing it? If not, I may go to Mr Winn’s publishers to ask.
The Phantom is flummoxed.
Blimey – I’d never even heard of it. But it sounds intriguing indeed. Wow – I’d like to see that too.
I would say your best bet for a first-stop would be the Heritage Centre or the Borough Museum at Plumstead – they may have it – though of course it could be on some long-lost tape format and unwatchable now. Your enquiry might prompt them to digitise it while it’s still available (though actually still in copyright so there might be some iffy implications.) Sadly I don’t think there’s a TV equivalent of the British Library – where you have to legally deposit a copy of broadcast material.
Perhaps the BFI could help though?
Do keep me posted on this intriguing Greenwich first…