Michael Ingrams, who has died aged 83, was an actor, director and reporter who in the early years of ITV – specifically for Associated-Rediffusion (A-r) – combined all these functions to create what was virtually a new kind of television. It was first apparent in Look in On London (1956), a series in which he devoted the whole of each show to one aspect of life and work in the capital.
Street cleaners, sewermen and bargees all took their turn. The comings and goings at an almshouse in Camberwell were charted, while an episode set in Hyde Park focused on Speakers' Corner. Later that same year, Look Out of London: Northern Journey ventured along the Grand Union Canal for Ingrams to chat to dockers in Stepney, youth in Birmingham and actors in Salford.
The British Film Institute rated these editions so highly that they took them all for the National Film Archive.