Thames Television

Thames Television was a franchise holder of the British ITV television network, serving London on weekdays between 1968 and 1992. It was both a broadcaster and a producer of television programmes, making shows both for the local region it covered and for networking nationally across the ITV regions.


1967 Ident
The first version of the Thames Skyline ident, in black and white.

1968-1969 Ident
The first idents to be used comprised a plain screen with the words ‘FROM THAMES’ written in white in the Helvetica font.

1970-1989 Ident
The most popular version of the Thames ident. It lasted for 19 years, and was spoofed by comedians like Kenny Everett and Jim Davidson. The Ident was updated twice, once in 1976 and again in 1986 when it was digitally remade.

Late Night ident
Possibly one of the scariest idents of that era. Used to introduce night time programming.

1989 Ident
The classic ident was finally withdrawn in the summer of 1989, ahead of ITV’s first attempt at generic presentation. To celebrate Thames’ 21st anniversary, a special ident was commisioned. A sign of things to come for the station…

Generic Ident 1
The triangle design was retained for the company’s first ITV generic ident from September 4th 1989, although it was soon to be changed…

Generic Ident 2
The generic ident was updated in September 1990 to incorporate Thames’ new logo.

1990-1992 Ident
Initially, this ident introduced in September 1990, was only used before local programmes; the modified ITV generic ident featuring this new logo (above) was used for networked shows. Once Thames learned of the loss of its franchise to Carlton in October 1991, this ident was used for all programmes from the start of November 1991.


In-Vision Continuity
with thanks to DELTIC1976 for the Peter Marshall pic.


Transmitter Announcement

Slide: 1970s-1981
with thanks to Sdaonline, Deltic1976 and MarkPBerne

Slide: 1982-1988
with thanks to Sdaonline, Deltic1976 and MarkPBerne

Christmas Slides

1988-1989 Slides
With Thanks to Benriggers

1989-1991 Slides
With Thanks to Benriggers

1991-92: Promo

1991-92: Slide



1989 Promgramme promo

1989 Tuesday Line up


News Clocks
Used until 1989

Closedown Clocks
Until 1988

Standard Clock 1989-1992
Click to see an enlarged version.

Night time

In August 1987, Thames Television began 24-hour broadcasting with its own overnight schedule on weeknights while LWT filled the post-Night Network slot with a short-lived Thru to 6 strand. Thames’s Into the Night strand began during the summer of 1987 with broadcasts originally running until around 4am. Thames used In-vision continuity for all links between programmes with an nearly all female team of announcers including Victoria Crawford, Evadne Fisher, Lorna Stevens, Patricia Yorston and the longest severing Sally McLaren (1987-91). Tom Edwards did a few shifts in 1987. In April 1991 a jointly run Night-time branding was introduced.

Sally McLaren in both continuity studios.
Left: 1987-1989 background, With thanks to DELTIC1976.

Right: 1989- 1990 background, With thanks to Sdaonline.

With thanks to Benriggers and TVajb

Left: Martin Weedon doing invsion. with thanks to md69k5. Right image with thanks to Benriggers

Night-Time Promo


1990-1992: Break Bumper

Night Thoughts


Front and Endboards


Late 1980s.
With thanks to DELTIC1976


Thames… A Talent for Television

In 1992, Thames lost its (by then renamed) ‘Channel 3′ franchise to broadcast to London during weekdays as a result of losing the silent auction used to renegotiate the expiring contracts (previous contract tenders had been based on merit alone – the record of incumbents against the potential of new applicants – with no cash element). The successful company was Carlton Television, a subsidiary of Carlton Communications and headed by Michael Green. A special montage ended the station’s last broadcast on New Years Eve 1992. The montage, variants of which were also aired in the last days of the station’s broadcasts, comprised clips of notable Thames programmes, and included short segments of some of the station’s previous idents. It was played to the song “I Only Want To Be With You” by The Tourists, and ended with a modified version of the ident used at the time and announcer Bruce Hammal reading the line “Thames, a Talent for Television”. This was followed by the sounds and image of Big Ben, a common practise for marking the start of the New Year, which was also the time that Thames’s ITV franchise would end but not before ITN showed their news report.