PICK OF THE DAY

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ITV1The World In Action Years
Monday, 22.35, ITV1

“This week, the investigate team report on the serious unrest caused every Monday night at half past eight when there’s only this and Panorama on the other side.” Some good stuff on ITV this weekend, all of it celebrating stuff they can’t really be arsed with anymore, so after its kids’ TV retrospective here’s a look back at its dedication to popular but authoritative current affairs. It started fifty years ago this week and was massively important not just for what it reported on but for all the top talent it cultivated behind the scenes, and when they were on at the same time it used to thrash Panorama week in week out because it actually talked about things people wanted to know about in an engaging fashion. At ninety minutes long this is a suitably weighty tribute.

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