Points of View

Points of View Theme ( 1992 )

Points of View is a long-running British television series broadcast on BBC One. It started in 1961 and features the letters of viewers offering praise, criticism and observations on the television programming of recent weeks.Points of View began in 1961 with Robert Robinson presenting viewers’ letters to the BBC. It was originally designed as an occasional five-minute ‘filler’ to plug gaps between shows

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The series was regarded cynically by the public as some believed most of the letters were written by the BBC themselves. Kenneth Robinson took over in 1965, though Robert Robinson returned in 1969 before the show was dropped in 1971. During the 1960s there was also a spin-off, Junior Points of View.

The show returned in 1979 after an hiatus of eight years, with the dry humour of Barry Took at the helm. Originally only being broadcast in the London area as a 5-minute filler part of the regional programming, by 1980 it was broadcast across the whole of the UK. Took left in 1986 and was replaced by guest presenters including Tony Robinson, Alan Titchmarsh and Chris Serle, until Anne Robinson took over as presenter in 1987. For many years during this period, the programme held a slot of 20:50 on Wednesday evenings. In 1997 Anne Robinson left the series to concentrate on Watchdog.