Tempo: Volume 1
ITV’s seminal arts programme, Tempo ran for eight years through a decade which saw a creative explosion within all aspects of the performing arts. Its fluid style of presentation allowed an almost open-ended remit, enabling it to cover subjects as diverse as cinema, music, dance, photography, writing – and much more besides. At a time when television was being criticised for dumbing down, Tempo – more than any other series – showed that ITV could indeed go highbrow whilst still remaining populist – a philosophy and outlook that was to continue into the 1970s and beyond with its successors Aquarius and The South Bank Show.
Unseen for decades, this two-disc set contains interviews, reportage and features on Jacques Tati, Stan Tracey, Tom Jones, Orson Welles, Harold Pinter, Yehudi Menuhin and more. It also includes a banned edition on LSD from 1967, which has never been transmitted.