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Wish You Were Here...?
Format Travel
Presented by Judith Chalmers
Jim Lloyd
Ruth England
Mark Durden Smith
(Now & Then)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Running time 30 minutes
(including adverts)
Original channel ITV
Original run 1974 – 2003, 2008 –

Wish You Were Here...? is a British television show that was first broadcast in 1974 on ITV. It was a series of 30 minute shows about travel and holidays. The show was broadcast during peak viewing hours and had gained a significant viewing audience in the UK. It is currently owned by Fremantle Media (then known as "Pearson Television"), who purchased its producers Thames Television in 1996.

The show was canceled in 2003 after a reshuffling of the primetime Monday 19:00 slot on ITV.


Wish You Were Here...? Now & Then

ITV commissioned a new version of the show for 2008, giving Judith Chalmers' son Mark Durden-Smith the role of main host, along with Sarah Heaney, which sees them visit some of Britain's best loved holiday destinations, this is filmed within production studios and not directly on location.

Wish You Were Here...? Now & Then is a 25-part series where Durden-Smith and Heaney revisits destinations, originally visited by Judith and other WYWH? presenters in the original 1974 series, to see how much they have changed.

The programme is produced by Talkback Thames, and began on Monday 14 January 2008 at 16:30. The full series was not screened on STV and UTV. The series was re-commissioned to return later in the year.

Theme Tune and Opening titles

The opening titles in the late 1970s was a number of scenes, one of which was kids jumping on a bouncy castle. By January 1986, and the opening sequence had changed a bit since the late 1970s. The theme tune had also changed to the second one. By now the opening sequence included an animation of a suitcase being closed, put on a plane and jetting off. The opening titles and theme tune were changed again in about 1990. The theme tune used then was called The Carnival and was performed by Gordon Giltrap. [1]


Wish You Were Here...? was sponsored by Barclaycard in 1993, SEAT Cars in the late 1990s and then the Post Office from 2001-2003.


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