A day to remember for FAUK at ITV Archive Leeds.

23rd November 2023 saw 16 members from right across the UK head to Leeds. Hosted by Head of ITV Content Library, Andy Gavaghan, they were treated to a bespoke and extensive tour of ITV Archive and both the restoration and scanning departments with the visit culminating in a special visit to the Emmerdale studios to see how it all happened behind the camera.





LtoR Heather Heedham (WFSA), Sonji Clarke (Cinelab), Clare Watson (MACE), Andy Gavaghan (ITV)
Toby Haggith (IWM) poses questions




Andy personally hosted our 2 groups on a grand tour of some of the extensive tape and film vaults telling us about ITV’s ongoing work of digitisation, ‘culling’ the number of copies to make the best use of space and more about the content. Members were able to ask questions and share information on their own archive storage situations.














Content Services Business Development Manager, Scott Evans lead the tour of the Content Services department where we saw the restoration technicians Sam Gilboy and Silas Dominey at work using Pheonix software on feature length films ‘That Riviera Touch’ 1966 starring Morecambe and Wise, the 1978 production of ‘The 39 Steps starring Robert Powell and Laurence Olivier in ‘Hamlet’ 1948. Sam and Silas demonstrated with examples of colour grading and repairs.








Next stop was the Scanner suite where Laurie Allport was working on one of Alfred Hitchcock’s early films ‘Downhill’ (1927) on the steenbeck and Ewan Wilkes joined him to answer queries from members..

Laurie Allport




Members met for a buffet lunch, courtesy of ITV, and a short meeting which included a special screening for members of YFA/NEFA’s new production Nature Matters’ introduced by Brent Woods (Director YFA). ‘Nature Matters’ (running time 16 mins) was officially launched on 27th October at York St John University and is another gem delivered by the YFA/NEFA team – Producer, Graham Relton and Editor, Andy Burns, illustrating the impact that the powerful archive film images can have. It was jointly funded by research grants from the University’s Cinema and Social Justice project and York Business School as part of wider work on nature conservation and environmental stewardship, and by the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have supported the Yorkshire and North East Film Archive’s Nature Matters project.





Gems in the Archive



Members where constantly scanning the shelves for  special treasures with Stacey Anderson particularly pleased to lay her hands on the first ever Corrie film whilst Clare Watson was thrilled to share a photo opportunity with 3-2-1’s Dusty Bin!






Emmerdale expert Ali Piggott spills the beans in the Home Farm kitchen set.
On set at the Dingle’s

As a ‘grand finale’ – members were taken on a special tour of the studio of ITV’s hit soap ‘Emmerdale’ by Public Liaison Co-ordinator, Ali Piggott. Ali had more than 30 years experience working on the show and was the fount of all knowledge giving us a real insight into the production process and set creation.



Needless to say we were all fascinated to explore the sets including the elegance of Home Farm (serious kitchen envy!),  the Pampa Manda beauty parlour, the shop, Caleb’s luxury flat and couldn’t resist the opportunity of a special memento on the Dingle’s sofa.





‘DINGLE ALL THE WAY!’ Back row: Brent Woods (YFA/NEFA), Simon Clark (Imetafilm), Nick Gladden (NWFA), Stephen Newe (NIS), Toby Haggith (IWM), Francis Jones (NIS) Middle Row: Clare Watson (MACE), Bea Harbour (LSA), Alistair Bell (NLSMIA), Helen Smart (TNA), Sonji Clarke (CineLab), Mary Egan (FOCAL) Front : Heather Needham (WFSA), Jane Jarvis (FAUK), Stacey Anderson (The Box), Mina Barnden (NSSAW).

A massive thank you to Andy and all his colleagues at ITV Leeds for their hospitality and great access to their archives.