Southern Television: Saturday 30th August 1958

[box]Source – TV Times. The very first schedule from Southern Television[/box]

5.30 – Southern Television welcomes its first viewers with the station identification music “Southern Rhapsody” specially composed by Richard Addinsell.

5.35 – Welcome Again
From the boat deck of RMS Caronia, Roy Rich, controller of programmes for Southern Television talks with Alan Melville, who has written the first night programme “Southern Rhapsody” which will be seen at 8.00 tonight by viewers throughout the country on the Independent Television Network.

5.40 – News
The latest from the newsroom of Independent Television News

6.00 – Filmed Playhouse presents “The Last Reunion”
Starring Eric Portman

7.00 – Coming Shortly
Southern Television presents highlights of films that will shortly be shown on your screen including excerpts from Dragnet, Robin Hood, Seahunt, I Love Lucy, OSS, and Gunlaw. Introduced by the station hosts Meryl O’Keefe and Julian Pettifer.

7.30 – Highway Patrol
Starring Broderick Crawford as Patrol Chief Dan Matthews
The Highway Patrol has a specialised job, although it may be called in to deal with any kind of crime. In this episode, Dan Matthews tracks down a confidence man operating a dubious kind of insurance.

8.00 – Southern Rhapsody
Alan Melville introduces Gracie Fields, Line Renaud, Clive Lythgoe, Bournemouth Girls Choir, Lionel and Joyce Blair and their Dancers. Guest star: Gary Miller.
Outside broadcast sequence from RMS Caronia.

9.00 – Cheyenne
A series of Western stories starring Clint Walker in Hired Gun.

10.00 – News
By Independent Television News from the new Southern Television studios at Southampton.

10.05 – Great Movies Of Our Time
Presents Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in “Lady Hamilton”.

12.00 – The Epilogue

12.05 – Closedown.