Wish You Were Here...?

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Wish You Were Here...? is a British television show that was first broadcast on 7 January 1974 on ITV. It was a series of 30 minute shows about travel and holidays. The show was broadcast during peak viewing hours.

Wish You Were Here...?
Presented byJudith Chalmers
Anthea Turner
Mark Durden Smith
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Running time30 minutes
(including adverts)
Production companyThames Television
DistributorPearson Television (1996–2001)
Fremantle (2001–2003)
Original networkITV
Original release7 January 1974 (1974-01-07) –
29 June 2003 (2003-06-29)

The show was cancelled in 2003 after a reshuffling of the primetime Monday 7pm slot on ITV.

Wish You Were Here...? Now & ThenEdit

ITV commissioned a new version of the show for 2008, giving Judith Chalmers' son Mark Durden-Smith the role of main host, along with Sarah Heaney, in which they visit some of Britain's best loved holiday destinations, this is filmed within production studios and not directly on location.

Wish You Were Here...? Now & Then is a 25-part series where Durden-Smith and Heaney revisits destinations, originally visited by Judith and other WYWH? presenters in the original 1974 series, to see how much they have changed.

The programme is produced by Talkback Thames, and began on 14 January 2008 at 4.30pm. The full series was not screened on STV and UTV.

Opening titlesEdit

The opening titles in the late 1970s was a number of scenes, one of which was children jumping on a bouncy castle. By January 1986 the opening sequence and theme tune also changed. By now, the opening sequence included an animation of a suitcase being closed, put on a plane and jetting off. The opening titles and theme tune were changed again in about 1988. The theme tune used then was called The Carnival and was performed by Gordon Giltrap.[1] The choice of Giltrap's music is an interesting coincidence, since the BBC's similar-veined offering "Holiday" utilised a section of Giltrap's distinctive "Heartsong" as its theme tune from 1978 until the end of the 1985 series. 



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  1. ^ "Gordon Giltrap : CDs : Music For The Small Screen (re-issue)". Giltrap.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Dorling Kindersley to sponsor ITV holiday show | PR & public relations news". PRWeek. 9 November 1999. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Dorling Kindersley to sponsor series of Wish You Were Here | PR & public relations news". PRWeek. 15 November 1999. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Post Office to back ITV travel show | PR & public relations news". PRWeek. 10 August 2000. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Entertainment | New faces for holiday shows". BBC News. 1 April 1999. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ Julia Day (15 August 2001). "England lands TV holiday job | Media | MediaGuardian". Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2013.

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