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Points West through the ages
Hugh Shiriff, resplendent in button hole and best BBC voice.
From humble beginnings in the fifties, we take a look at how Points West has become one of the most popular regional TV shows.
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It all began in 1957 with a young actress called Armine Sandford, probably TV's first woman news reader.

Armine Sandford
The big cylindrical object in the bottom right is a microphone!

Gradually it became less formal reflecting every aspect of regional life. A growing team of talented reporters was getting out into the field covering the latest news.

Sheila Young and Andrew Harvey
Sheila Young and Andrew Harvey

Many nationally-known faces began their careers here in the West. In the early eighties the real challenge was not to look too uncomfortable with the comfortable sofa look.

Graham Purches and Sue Carpenter
Graham Purches and Sue Carpenter on the famous red sofa

But whatever the style, playful Points West seemed larger than life.

Chris Vacher and Susan Osman
Chris and Susan on Points West in the early 1990s

And this look made Points West seem more like the inside of Dr Who's Tardis.

Clockwise - David Passmore, Tony Target, Chris Vacher and Annie McKie
The "Tardis" set

Today, new developments are introduced almost weekly. Pictures and sound can be sent back to the studio live and we edit reports digitally on computers.

Imogen Sellers and Chris Vacher

In the West newsroom we pioneered a new computer system for the entire BBC, we were the first to provide regional subtitling, the BBC Bristol website, and a local Ceefax text service.

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