Advanced Driving with Graham Hill (lost ITV motoring series; 1974)

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Cover for the book based on the television show.

Status: Lost

Advanced Driving with Graham Hill (also known simply as Advanced Driving) is an ATV motoring show. Presented by two-time Formula One World Champion Graham Hill, it involved Hill providing practical advice on how to become a better, safer driver on the roads of Britain.

Background[edit | edit source]

Advanced Driving with Graham Hill was conceptualised for ATV, most likely in response to a statistic that stated 90% of road accidents were the result of poor or erroneous driving.[1][2] As the show's title states, two-time Formula One champion Graham Hill was its presenter.[3] Hill himself notably had experienced the consequences of serious crashes first-hand; at the 1969 United States Grand Prix, Hill's Lotus-Ford was suffering from bald rear tyres, and crucially a popped-out seatbelt that Hill was unable to belt properly back-in, even with help from mechanics.[4] As he drove out again, a rear tyre collapsed, causing the car to flip and Hill to be thrown out of the cockpit.[4] He suffered leg injuries so severe that it was initially deemed unlikely he would ever race again.[4] Ultimately, he recovered fast enough to race for opening race of the following season[4]

Six 30-minute episodes were produced, and were broadcast between from June 1974.[3][5] The first episode saw Hill emphasise the importance of driving concentration, and ensuring adequate tyre safety.[3] Other episodes meanwhile focused on issues such as reverse parking, overtaking, speed, and windscreens.[6] Little else is known surrounding the majority of the show's episodes, but the book of the same name, published in 1975 and co-written by Hill and Neil Ewart, was notably based on the ATV series.[2]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Whereas the book is widely available, the television series has yet to publicly resurface, with no footage and images being viewable.[1][2] Considering ATV notably wiped some of its 1970s programmes, for instance Comedy Premiere, it is possible that Advanced Driving with Graham Hill suffered the same fate.

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