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THE WAY WE WERE; STV put thousands of hours of archive shows on YouTube.

Byline: Brian McIver

FROM ARTHUR Montford's jacket to Mrs Mack's knitted hat, some of Scotland's greatest broadcasting icons are about to be dragged into the 21st century.

Fifty years of the STV archive and back catalogue are going online for the first time after the station signed a new deal with YouTube.

It means thousands of hours of classic programmes will hit the web soon.

The online library, which will be up and running later this year, is an expansion of the STV Player service, which offers watchagain facilities for viewers who missed their favourite show.

The YouTube deal was welcomed by STV chief executive Rob Woodward, who said: "We're confident we will extend even further the popular STV brand and our strong range of programming delivered by the STV Player."

But is the rest of the world ready for vintage Scotsport, Thingummyjig or Stookie?

Here, we look back at the best of the bunch.

Weir's Way

HILLWALKING show fronted by Tom Weir was launched in 1976 and became one of the most popular shows of its generation, lasting till 1988.

The cameras followed the former artillery serviceman as he trekked across the great wildernesses of Scotland.

It was a perennial late-night repeat and was one of the first shows to be shown on the STV Player.

High Times

AN acclaimed but short-lived comedy drama, which began in 2004, followed the adventures of a diverse group of people, including a teenage temptress, dopesmoking slackers and cheating wives in a Glasgow high-rise block.

Famed for its mix of hard-hitting dialogue and daft comedy, the programme only got two short series.

Take The High Road

BEFORE River City, the Glendarroch Tea Room was the home of Scots soap action.

With iconic characters Mrs Mack and Davie Sneddon, the rural drama ran for 23 years from 1980, for a while under the revised title High Road.

At its peak, it drew big audiences across the ITV network.

Thingummyjig

COUTHY seventies music show was famed for cheesy outfits and sets and jokes at the expense of singing duo Fran and Anna.

Hosted by the acerbic Jack McLaughlin, an audience of fans and Jack McLaughlin, an audience of fans and dancers Stripped the Willow until 1981 when it was retired to the kailyard.

This is Scotland

THIS was STV's first-ever broadcast programme on August 31, 1957. The magazine-style show was presented by James Robertson Justice and featured singer Kenneth McKellar.

Top Scots stars Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Moira Shearer and Alastair Sim all appeared.

The Steamie

PACKED with acting talent, including Peter Mullan, Caroline Paterson, Dorothy Paul, Katy Murphy and Eileen McCallum, the beloved adaptation of the stage play remains a favourite.

It was a glimpse into the life of 1950s working class women cleaning their clothes in a washhouse. Written by Tony Roper, the TV version was first shown on Hogmanay 1988.

Garnock Way

IT never had the impact of High Road but was the first STV attempt at making a soap. It ran from 1976 to 1978.

It was set in a fictional town between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Stookie

THIS short-lived youth drama series from 1985 marked the debut of David McKay, who went on to act in Rab C Nesbitt and films My Name Is Joe and Ae Fond Kiss.

The show was about a young Scots tearaway.

Dramarama -The Secret Of Croftmore

THIS 1988 episode of the series of mostly youth-based youth-based plays is notable for the first-ever acting appearance by David Tennant.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

A 1984 chat show-type programme, Scots stars were invited to discuss who their dream dinner party guests would be.

A boxing special featured Jim Watt and Alan Minter.

Gleneagles Celebrity Shoot

A SCOTTISH equivalent of the TV charity event, this 1988 tartan and celebrity affair saw motor racing saw motor racing great Jackie Stewart bring his famous pals Sean Connery, Kenny Dalglish and Billy Connolly to Gleneagles for a clay-pigeon shooting event.

Designed to raise money for charity, Princess Anne also appeared to present the trophy.

Andy Stewart's Andy's Party

STEWART was the king of kilted music in the seventies. In this show, which began in 1978, he would sing some of his famous toe-tappers, as well as introduce the best folk stars from across the country to get the heather flying.

He shot to fame on the BBC's rival The White Heather Club but Andy's Party was one of the most popular shows of its type when it arrived on STV.

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