Until 1955 television services in the United Kingdom were provided only by the state-owned British Broadcasting Corporation, but that year saw the launch of the first services provided by privately owned companies with services funded by advertising or 'commercials' - and hence 'commercial television'.
Royal Mail celebrates the 50th anniversary of Independent Television with a set of 6 stamps and a Smilers Sheet. The stamps feature six TV genres where ITV has made an impact.
|2nd class - Inspector Morse (Drama) Official Carlton TV site||1st class - Emmerdale (Soaps)
ITV Emmerdale page
|42p - Rising Damp (Comedy)
Rigbsy Online site
|47p - The Avengers (Cult TV) Avengers Forever website||60p - South Bank Show [Arts show] (Factual) ITV South Bank page||68p - Who wants to be a millionaire? (Games show)
Official ITV Millionaire site
There are many other websites associated with all of these programmes: rather than us providing links here, we suggest you use your favourite search engine and enter the programme title.
This Smilers Sheet will also be issued on the same date, consisting of 20 x 1st class (Emmerdale) stamps. The border is designed in the format of the original test cards seen in years gone by, before the advent of 24-hour television. The label designs are as follows: 6 show the front covers of listings magazine TV Times from 1965 to 2004; 4 labels below some of those images describe some of ITV's longest-running soaps, but with dates not related to the magazine cover images; and 2 or 3 labels in each column have programme listings, again from years other than those shown on the covers or write-up labels. Click on the image for a larger view - and then use the 'back' button to get back to this page.
The stamps were designed by Kate Stephens and are printed in litho by De La Rue Security Print.
All stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2005 by Royal Mail.
The limited edition Norvic First Day Covers will show a vintage television captioned in 50's and modern style. Two postmarks will be used - N9770 & M9768 - price £8.95 each.
Post Office FDC with a full set and any postmark in stock - £5.00
Set of stamps unused or VFU - £3.95 (blocks pro rata)
Set of unused postcards reproducing the stamps (PHQ cards) - £2.75
Set of PHQ cards with stamp on the picture side and relevant postmark - £6.75
a. Cover with a single stamp and label, postmark N9773 - price £3.50 each
b. Cover with a split strip of 5 stamps and labels, postmark N9770 - price £5.50 each
c. Set of 4 covers with 4 split strips of 5 stamps & labels, postmark N9773 - price £17.50
Mint sheet - £7.85 : Any single stamp £0.55 Note: while set (c) is for all 20 stamps on the sheet, cover (a) will be a single from any position, and cover (b) may be from any vertical column on the sheet.
All prices exclude postage & packing (UK - £1). Discounts available for larger orders. For orders and prices in foreign currencies - please email us.
Special postmarks available on the Day of Issue are shown below:
Official Bureau postmark ('test-card')
Official London SE19 postmark (transmitter)
Official London non-pictorial postmark
Stampex Official FDI postmark Classic ITV
50 Years of Classic ITV London SW1
Classic ITV, Broad Street Birmingham
Upper Ground, London SE1 (South Bank Show)
Gray's Inn Road, London WC1 (Millionaire)
|Ref L9759 Elstree, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire (The Avengers)||Ref N9773
Harewood, Leeds (Emmerdale)
Burley Road, Leeds (Rising Damp)
Gray's Inn Road, London WC1
50th Birthday TVTimes, London SE1
Police Station Lane, Bushey, Herts
Cooper Road, London NW10
The Sweeney, Charlton, Pewsey
|Ref N9770 50th Anniv Commercial Television, Manchester|
| <<<< Ref W9778
Classic ITV - Watchet
| <<<< Ref N9794
National Museum of Photography Film & Television Bradford Order this pmk by 25 Sept.
|Also available on this date are the standard Stampex postmark, one showing HMS Warspite, and two commemorating the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. See them here.|
This page updated 17 September 2005
11 Farm Animals
8 British Journey - South West England
24 Jane Eyre & Brontes prestige book
15 Magic Circle Centenary
22 Wilding Castles Miniature Sheet
5 New definitives 8 Royal Wedding
21 World Heritage Sites
26 Definitive reprints provisional date
10 Definitive reprints provisional date
7 Trooping the Colour
21 Smilers sheet - Flag stamp, White Ensign
21 Definitive reprints provisional date
5 End of World War II
19 British Motorcycles
5 London 2012 Olympics
Europa - Gastronomy
22 Independent Television 50th Anniversary
4 Small greetings definitives & Smilers
18 Battle of Trafalgar
Christmas Robins Smilers Sheet
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