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Garnock Way

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Theme music composer  Arthur Blake
Original language(s)  English
Executive producer(s)  Bryan Izzard
Final episode date  12 July 1979
Number of episodes  173
Genre  Soap opera
Country of origin  Scotland
No. of episodes  173
First episode date  1 April 1976
Network  ITV
Written by  Jack Gerson
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Running time  30 minutes (including adverts)
Similar  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.

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History

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.

Transmissions

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
  • Characters

  • 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.

    References

    Garnock Way Wikipedia


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