British Comedy Guide

Associated British Corporation

ITV franchise holder for the Midlands and the North, from 18th February (Midlands) and 5th May (North) 1956, until 28th July 1968.

Owned by the Associated British Picture Corporation, ABC was ordered to merge with Rediffusion in 1968, becoming Thames Television.

Full production history


Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV Big Night Out ITV Variety Popular variety series that made TV stars of Mike and Bernie Winters.
Film The Breaking Of Bumbo. Image shows from L to R: Susie (Joanna Lumley), C.S.M. Peters (Derek Newark), Jock (John Bird). Copyright: Timon Films / Associated British Corporation. The Breaking Of Bumbo Film Comedy contrasting the demands of a military life with the temptations of the early 1960s and the sexual revolution.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
1970 Film Film The Breaking Of Bumbo
1966 TV Comedy Drama Man Without A Mortgage