27 Aug 2007
Tony Wilson: A Tribute - tonight on ITV1 Granada 
From tvguide.co.uk:

Monday, 27 Aug 2007
8:00pm - 8:30pm (30 minutes)

"Special programme celebrating the life of the outspoken broadcaster and musical impresario. Wilson began his career as a news reporter for Granada Studios before setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester and releasing music through the influential Factory Records label. Featuring contributions from friends and former colleagues."

It is unclear whether this is a wholly new programme to the one originally screened on Granada in the days immediately after Tony Wilson's death. However, it is definitely only being shown in the ITV Granada region.

Thanks to Korova on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board for spotting.

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