Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

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Transmission 31/10/1984


51min 13sec




1 inch



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A look back at Ulster Television's first 25 years on air, with live and prerecorded performances from some of Ulster's finest musical talents and comedic personalities. 

Eamonn Holmes introduces this special programme with Jackie Fullerton, Gerry Kelly, Rose Neill, Gary Gillespie and Johanne Woods assisting in presenting throughout.

Among the performers are James Galway on the tin whistle, Phil Coulter on the piano at Mount Stewart, Band Clannad at Dundrum Caste, Anna McGoldrick singing her original song Old Refrain, Barney McCool, Dana with her new song Lucky in Love and Jimmy Cricket. Throughout, medley's of 60's, 70's and 80's music is sang by Crawford Bell, Frances Campbell, Trevor Kelly, David Hamilton and Candy Devine to reminisce about the time which has passed. 

Nearing the end of the night, Gloria Hunniford makes a guest appearance and teases the presenters!


UTV Formed in November 1958 and was appointed as programme contractor for the Independent Television Authority soon after. Making UTV the first indigenous broadcaster in Northern Ireland as it went on air at 4.45 pm on Saturday 31 October 1959 with Lawrence Olivier, giving the closing monologue on the first broadcast. 

Shot List

[00:00:20] Part one. Introduction to programme. Group of people singing “Happy Birthday” to Ulster Television (UTV). [00:01:09] Eamonn Holmes [EH] welcoming viewers to UTV’s 25th birthday party at the Culloden Hotel. Still image of Lawrence Olivier, giving closing monologue on first broadcast. Still images of various presenters over the years. [00:02:43] James Galway playing a Belfast hornpipe song. [00:04:22] Medley of 1060’s music sung by Crawford Bell, Frances Campbell, Trevor Kelly, David Hamilton, and Candy Devine. [00:08:41] Band Clannad at Dundrum Castle, singing the theme song from Harry’s Game. [00:12:05] Phil Coulter playing song Tranquillity on piano, from Mount Stewart. [00:16:54] Part two. Continued medley of 1970’s music. [00:20:15] Gerry Kelly [GK] introducing next act: Anna McGoldrick singing the Old Refrain. [00:25:01] Barney McCool reminiscing about the good old days. [00:28:16] Performance of McNamara’s Band by the Ballyclare Male Choir. [00:32:24] Part three. Continued medley of 1980’s music. [00:35:40] Skit by comedian Leila Webster with Jackie Fullerton [JF]. [00:37:45] Dana Rosemary Scallon singing Lucky in Love. [00:41:00] Gloria Hunniford description of some of the presenters over the years, including JF, GK, EH. [00:42:22] Song by six men. Comedy performance by Jimmy Cricket. [00:50:08] EH closing the programme. Still of Tommy James. People dancing. 


A UTV Production 

Produced and Directed by Will Armstrong 

Ulster Television wishes to thank: The National Trust, The Department of the Environment, Belfast City Council Parks Department and London Weekend Television 

Notable faces: Mary Peters and Rowel Friers 




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