| Arthur Blake|
12 July 1979
1 April 1976
| 30 minutes
Take the High Road, Market in Honey Lane, London Bridge, Compact, United!
Garnock Way was a short-lived Scottish soap opera, produced by Scottish Television for the ITV network, running from 1976 to 1979.
Garnock Way Wikipedia
Garnock Way was set in a mining community in a town halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. It was deemed to be too gritty for network consumption, which resulted in only certain stations broadcasting the series.
In the summer of 1979 Garnock Way was axed and replaced by Take the High Road, which was a bigger budget affair and more in keeping with the 'tartan' perception of Scotland as it was deliberately set in a more beautiful part of Scotland.
In 2010 it was announced that Garnock Way would be one of the STV archive programmes soon to be available on YouTube. The STV Player channel on the video-sharing website launched on 20 August 2010. However, just four episodes of the series are known to exist, and these are available on the STV Player.
Only a few ITV stations broadcast the series:Southern Television from May 1976 until September 1977
Border Television From early 1977 until the end.
UTV From March 1977 until 5 August 1979
HTV throughout 1977
Jean Ross - Eileen McCallum
Alex Ross - Gerard Slevin
Tod Baxter - Bill Henderson
Mary Baxter - Terry Cavers
Louise Baxter - Harriet Buchan
Willie Mclean - William Armour
Hughie Ross - Alan Watters
Sandra Cully - Dorothy Paul
Cully - Jackie Farrell
Cliff Hewitt - George Howell
Effie Murdoch - Ginni Barlow
Harry Murdoch - Bill McCabe
Det Sgt Golspie - Michael Elder
PC Scoular - John Stahl
Georgina Munro - Jan Wilson
The outside scenes when you see the houses the characters lived in were filmed in Torbothie, Shotts. The houses are in Charles Street, and are still there today. However the still picture at the start of the programme, where you see the street with the monument isn't from Shotts. That picture is of the Mercat Cross in Airth.