Network On Air recreates ’60s TV experience with Nights In collections – watch exclusive clip

New streaming service is offering "time-travel" TV for nostalgics.

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A new streaming service, Network On Air, is curating special Night In collections in which viewers can watch a night of tailored TV programmes from 1956-1968.


Network On Air describes the Nights In as “time-travel” TV during which nostalgia buffs will be able to sit back and enjoy a night of TV in 4-6 hour packages aimed at recreating the TV experience of that era.

The Nights In packages consist of programming from ABC Television, which broadcast in the Midlands and the North between 1956 and 1968. Many of the programmes haven’t been seen since their original broadcast.

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At launch, Nights In will be available along with entire series of the likes of Dial 999, Big Night Out, Armchair Theatre and The Bruce Forsyth Show. There will also be a range of documentaries, including one about Michael Caine available exclusively via the second Night In collection.

The first Night In package, Welcome Once Again to Manchester, includes:

  • Here’s David Nixon – Episode 1
  • Dial 999: The Great Gold Robbery
  • Opportunity Knocks (originally broadcast 31st July 1965)
  • Big Night Out (originally broadcast 6th July 1963)
  • The ABC of ABC: The channel’s 10-year anniversary special, (unseen since 1966)
  • Armchair Theatre: A Very Fine Line

An original ABC host, David Hamilton, will provide linking material for the Nights In, and said: “In October 1960, I made my television debut as an announcer for ABC TV at the Didsbury studios in Manchester. In those days there were only two TV channels – BBC and ITV. ABC, the weekend contractor in the North and Midlands, had a blockbuster schedule.”

Hamilton said people went to work on Monday mornings talking about the programmes they had all seen the night before. “It was truly a golden era of television,” he said.

Nights In, available via Networkonair, which includes 4-6hrs of programming presented as an evening of television are priced at £3.99 for the first three, with future Nights In at £4.99. People can also rent handpicked collections of episodes from their favourite series for £6.99 including over 9 hours of golden TV nostalgic viewing.


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