World in Action (ITV 1963-1998)

This long-running weekly current affairs programme won respect and popularity for its willingness to delve into everyday concerns. Devoting a full half-hour to a single issue, World in Action took the cameras and presenters out of the studio and up close to its subjects. The programme developed a hard-edged investigative style covering domestic and worldwide news, and also fought a successful campaign to set free six men falsely accused of IRA pub bombings in Birmingham.

Triva: The ‘Seven Up!’ series, which has continued to follow a group of seven-year-old children, started life on World in Action. That brand’s global appeal was such that it inspired a 2007 episode of The Simpsons – ‘Springfield Up’.

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production details
UK | ITV – Granada | x30 minutes | Broadcast From 7 January 1963 – 7 December 1998

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.