About Us

TVARK is non-commercial and a non-profit-making website. Our server costs are funded by our team members. TVARK launched on the 8th November 1998 – back in the dial-up era as one man’s hobby, called “Television Ark”. Over the years as the site has grown, our team remain passionate about TV as well as those who’ve brought clips from their own collections of off-air television recordings. With donations from other videotape collectors the site now has over 51,000 vintage recordings.

TVARK is an online TV museum. The site is intended as a tribute to the work of television presentation and graphics, and to preserve a slice of our social history. Through images and video clips, we present those modest little chunks of television that are never repeated: idents, programme promotions, opening title sequences, public information films, commercials, daily start-ups and closedowns, break bumpers and station clocks. Each item is accompanied by a short written analysis and review.

TVARK is above all an educational resource. It is popular at home and abroad, used by teachers and students in schools and colleges. It is also recognised by people within the TV industry. Our archives are frequently used by industry professionals, who find their own master copies of programmes have been wiped over the years. We have supplied information and clips for broadcast documentaries, presentation & news programmes, as well as broadcasting websites. Our archives are deemed so valuable that we have worked with several TV companies to assist them with archiving material. Recent examples include:

We receive positive feedback from TV researchers, producers, presenters, designers, art colleges, teachers, media students as well as those who relish the obvious nostalgic values of the site. Visitors to the site often comment that browsing the pages brings alive happy memories from their childhood TV viewing. They enjoy reviewing old adverts and TV shows, with their once well-known catchphrases and theme tunes, which would otherwise be consigned to oblivion. We work very hard to create accurate descriptions of our content. TV personalities and presenters, production teams, film crews and even retired broadcasting employees have all made contact, to pass on their memories, insights, gossip and otherwise unknown information about the clips we feature. Many pages have been authorized by TV companies and permission has been given to use their material, these include:

We hope TVARK gives as much pleasure to you, as it has to us.

Special Thanks

TVARK wouldn’t be possible without your recording donations, thank you to everyone who has contributed, especially those who have contributed their entire collections. An extra special thanks to the following people:

Hardi Bales-Stutes • Steve Barnes • Andrea Harper • Mike Jones • Stuart Allen • Kenny Ellaway • Andrew Emmerson • Ashley Sowerby • Colm O’Rourke • Robert Barrett • Jean-Claude Tackaert • Chris Howles • Andrew Wood • Francois Frappe • Maureen Carney • Mike McGonagle • Dave Baldwin • Oliver Ashmole • Alison Proudfoot • Remember VHS • Damien Tyson • Thomas Pitt • Steve Salter • Hans Olav Nyborg • Jason Robertson • Damien Tyson • Eva, Stuart and Fiona Grainger • Susan Collins • Lesley Blackett • Anne Thirkell • David Steven • Gwendoline Chopping • Lawrence Dormer • Mia Webb-Contreras • Ian Jacklin • Jayne Russell • Wesley Downs • Derek Howells • Jamie Murray • Sarah Burge

Meet the TVARK Team

Steve Hackett • Mark McMillan • Stuart Kenny • Hayden Walker • Martin Duhig • Pete Fagan • Dan Alborough


We have been recognised by the UK national press and many national and local radio stations. You’ll also find links to TVARK from many major websites including:

We’ve also been featured on several radio stations, as you can listen to below…

Press Logos

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TVARK Web History

Here’s how we used to look online…

TVARK is dedicated to Simon Luxton & Valerie Lovell Hackett