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Albion Market

IT HAD a fantastic theme tune, if you watched closely sometimes you could see the back of Granada’s studios, and DAVID “SCIENCE WORKSHOP” HARGREAVES was in it. Apart from that, ALBION MARKET was your archetypal one-dimensional, craply acted and totally confusing affair created solely for the sake of it. Centrepiece “covered market” location looked like a shitty warehouse, which was no surprise given it was Granada’s old prop store. Too many characters and too much hype pissed off viewers and ITV schedulers, especially LWT who hated having to show it on Friday nights, erstwhile home of Brucie and patented big fuck-off LE bollocks. Sunday night episode died on its arse thanks to being up against OPEN ALL HOURS. Two months after launch saw a desperate TV Times devoting pages to plugging the characters, profiling them as if no-one had heard of them before, which was to a degree completely true. Despite mobilisation of terribly self-conscious “icons” (TONY BOOTH and HELEN SHAPIRO for fuck’s sake), the whole thing was put out of its misery precisely 100 episodes after it began with a wedding and someone being born.



  1. Glenn Aylett

    June 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    This was supposed to run for 25 years but died after 12 months almost unnoticed. Ironically the set became Coronation St and, for all LWT hated having to show a soap on a Friday night, Corrie started a Friday night episode in 1989 with little complaint from LWT who were desperate to win back viewers from BBC1. Nowadays Friday nights are dominated by soaps betwween 7 and 9pm and light entertainment is mostly a Saturday thing.

  2. flotsky

    June 16, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Simon Hickson confirmed on his blog a while ago that Trev and Simon were extras on Albion Market.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    June 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    President Reagan and Margaret Thatcher could have been extras, or even main characters, on Albion Market but so few people watched it they wouldn’t have been noticed. Trev and Simon could have murdered the entire cast and set fire to Granada and still they wouldn;t have been recognised or even charged. Albion What was the common reaction, it was the biggest flop of the eighties.

  4. televisualcabbage

    January 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Maybe as cheap as the clothes they sold on the market, me thinks?

    Compared to this, it makes Doctors look like an oscar winner!

    Then again Glenn, those stalwarts of Granada…. Richard and Judy could have appeared and everyone would have though that This Morning had gone on for a long time that day!

  5. Simon Hickson

    July 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I like to think I was partly responsible for its demise.

  6. sb2009

    July 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    The actual ‘Albion Market’ gates you see were there until at least the late 90’s. I can see the bind weed now.

    I always remember people thinking it was a p*ss poor Corrie.

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