Today (Thames Television series)

Today was Thames Television's first regional news magazine programme, shown in the London area from 1968 to 1977. It was hosted by Eamonn Andrews, Bill Grundy and others.[1]

Thames Television Today show logo.jpg
GenreNews, London (regional)
Presented by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original networkThames Television
Picture format4:3
Original release1968 (1968) –
1977 (1977)
Followed byThames at Six

For nine months, the programme featured Barbara Blake Hannah, the first Black reporter on British television, who was eventually driven off-air by racist complaints.[2][3]

John Lennon and Yoko Ono made an appearance on the show in 1969, sharing a bed with Eamonn Holmes.[4]

The show is now most commonly remembered for Bill Grundy's 1976 interview with the Sex Pistols, which caused publc outrage at the time.[5] Today was replaced in September 1977 by Thames at Six, a more conventional news magazine programme.


  1. ^ "Thames News Bulletins & Magazines". TVARK. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ Jolaoso, Simi (2020-10-22). "Barbara Blake Hannah: The first black reporter on British TV". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (2020-08-18). "UK's first black TV reporter Barbara Blake-Hannah: 'Journalists are the most important people in the world' (video)". Press Gazette. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  4. ^ "John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Thames Television's 'Today'..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  5. ^ Bennett, Jon (2 December 2016). "What happened when the Sex Pistols appeared on the Bill Grundy show". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 2020-10-23.