British Comedy Guide

Southern Television

Southern Television was established in 1958 as one of the original ITV franchise holders. Broadcasting, as the name suggests, within the south and south-east of England, it was owned by Associated Newspapers (owners of The Daily Mail), DC Thompson (best known as publishers of The Beano and The Dandy) and film company The Rank Organisation.
Southern was not known for its comedy output, but did produce the hugely popular children's sitcom Worzel Gummidge. The station's archive was sold to Australian independent production company Southern Star Group, and is since believed to have been purchased by Endemol.
The Southern Television name is now used by a separate production company.


Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
TV Worzel Gummidge. Worzel Gummidge (Jon Pertwee). Copyright: Southern Television. Worzel Gummidge ITV Sitcom Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs star in a childrens' sitcom about a scarecrow who comes to life.
TV Tell Me Another. Copyright: Southern Television. Tell Me Another ITV Chat Show Amusing and interesting personal anecdotes as told to Dick Hills.
TV Bright's Boffins ITV Sitcom

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
1981 TV Comedy Now For Nookie
1981 TV Sitcom Take A Letter Mr. Jones...
1981 TV Sitcom That Beryl Marston...!
1979 TV Sitcom Worzel Gummidge
1977 TV Sitcom Lord Tramp
1975 TV Sitcom Hogg's Back