Friday 23 September 2005
Friday night's line-up in 2005 shows ITV's reliance on its big-hitting soaps to bring in a big audience. This is what viewers can see on ITV1 in London.
First screened in 1972 as Emmerdale Farm, this was originally a peaceful, daytime drama about life on a Yorkshire farm. It moved to prime-time in the 1980s,
dropped the "Farm" in 1989, and its 1993 plane crash saw a move into more racy storylines. It now airs six
times a week.
7.30 Coronation Street
The Street remains one of the UK's most popular shows, but its ratings show how TV audiences are turning to
digital channels and other forms of entertainment. Audiences now hover between nine to 11 million - yet a
decade ago, the series pulled in up to 16 million viewers.
8.00 Tonight With Trevor McDonald
The current affairs series replaced World In Action in 1998.
8.30 Coronation Street
The Coronation Street team now has to pump out five episodes over four nights each week - a decade ago three
episodes were shown weekly, 10 years before that, it was twice-weekly.
British TV's longest-running detective drama, still on air after 22 years, and 11 years after the death of
actor Mark McManus, who played the eponymous detective Jim Taggart.
10.30 ITV News
11.00 Paparazzi Secrets
Regional show following the work of London's press photographers.
11.30 Revolver - Movie Premiere Special
12.00 Film: Scent Of A Woman