To celebrate 50 years since the launch of Thames Television, FremantleMedia Archive is delving into their collection and making thousands of classic and limited clips available digitally for the first time since broadcast. Over the coming months, Fremantle Archive will add thousands of hours or Thames footage to the ThamesTV YouTube channel.
Thames Television first broadcast on 30th July 1968 and has played a prominent role in the history of British Television. The channel was renowned for its memorable documentaries, iconic entertainment shows and legendary in-depth interviews and gained unprecedented access to some of history’s most unforgettable moments. With thousands of hours’ worth of content available, including the earliest documentaries such as This Week with the iconic episodes Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud and Prague - No Surrender and an array of candid interviews from some of the biggest icons of the century, including Bing Crosby, Sylvester Stallone, and David Bowie to name a few, the catalogue includes footage that hasn’t been seen on screen since its originally broadcast.
With so many hidden gems within the archive, FremantleMedia are on a mission to digitize the entire catalogue. With over 6,000 hours across all genres already digitized, from historical documentaries such as Korea: The Unknown War, to the iconic 90’s British travel series, Wish You Were Here, the iconic footage is instantly becoming available to 21st century audiences.
As well as the entire Thames catalogue, FremantleMedia Archive is home to an extensive collection of iconic and cutting-edge international television shows. The archive is packed full of classic entertainment footage from some of the best-loved gameshows of all time, The Price is Right and Family Feud and event television titles such as The X Factor, American Idol and Got Talent.