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is a wide-ranging documentary strand broadcast on ITV
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in the U.K. from January 1994 to December 1997, and was a part replacement for First Tuesday (documentary strand)
First Tuesday or This World was a monthly television documentary strand, shown in the United Kingdom on the ITV network. The subject matter was mainly social issues and current affairs stories from around the world. It ran from 5 April 1983 to 2 November 1993, with programme being shown on the...
Unlike other documentary series on ITV such as World in Action
World in Action was a British investigative current affairs programme made by Granada Television from 1963 until 1998. Its campaigning journalism frequently had a major impact on events of the day. Its production teams often took audacious risks and gained a solid reputation for its often...
, Network First
was not centred on current affairs or politics, but broadcast a range of one-off programmes covering various subjects such as biography, history, and science. Programmes were usually transmitted in the 10.40 p.m. slot after News at Ten
, each usually running for an hour. The strand was not "owned" by any one ITV franchise, and individual programmes were contributed by the various ITV companies.
As a strand, Network First
never became a household "name" - unlike the likes of World in Action
or This Week
- possibly because of its diverse subject matter. The series appears to have been dropped quietly by ITV in the lead up to the high-profile axing of both World in Action
in late 1998 and News at Ten
in March 1999.
- Network First at the British Film Institute
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