Brian Johnson in the Comms Centre

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Brian Johnson in the Comms Centre at Pebble Mill, on an evening shift – not comedian Dave Allen on the television.

This photo was originally posted on the Pebble Mill Engineers’ Facebook page.

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Production designer, Lynda Kettle, gave an interview to Hampshire Life for the January 2017 edition, about her work on the 1980’s drama series, Howards’ Way. Here is an excerpt from the article:

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Storyboard of the Xandu

Photos from Lynda Kettle of the Xandau scenes

Photo from Lynda Kettle of the Xanadu tank sequence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the whole article click on this link:

http://www.hampshire-life.co.uk/people/meeting-set-designer-lynda-kettle-1-4852122?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

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Thanks to costume designer, Joyce Hawkins, for making this photograph of Judi Dench, playing Hilda Lessways, in the eponymous role, in the 1959 studio drama, from Gosta Green, available. Hilda Lessways was a six part adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s novel, ‘Clayhanger’. It was produced by Peter Dews, dramatised by Michael Voysey, and designed by Margaret Peacock. Note that Violet Carson, who went on to become Ena Sharples in Coronation Street, played the character, Auntie Hamps.

Below is the entry from the Radio Times, courtesy of the BBC Genome project:

 

Synopsis

A serial in six parts.
Based on ‘Clayhanger’ and ‘Hilda Lessways’ by Arnold Bennett.
Dramatised by Michael Voysey.

[Starring] Judi Dench, William Squire
With Brian Smith, Violet Carson
From the BBC’s Midland television studio

Contributors

Author: Arnold Bennett
Dramatised by: Michael Voysey
Producer: Peter Dews
Designer: Margaret Peacock

Hilda Lessways: Judi Dench
Mrs Lessways: Beatrice Varley
Mrs Grant: Alison Bayley
Clerk: Philip Garston-Jones
George Cannon: William Squire
Florrie Bagster: Jacqueline Wilson
Janet Orgreave: Miranda Connell
Sarah Galley: Nancie Jackson
Mr Karkeek: David Lytton
Edwin Clayhanger: Brian Smith
Auntie Hamps: Violet Carson
Maggie Clayhanger: Eileen Atkins
Darius Clayhanger: Chris Gittins
Post Boy: Paul Taylor

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/023f8773118e4d5e985029334e7d5f1a

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CMCR9, in the 1970s, with rigger driver, Ron Lane. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have received the message below from Jerry Clegg, which gives details about the events that CMCR9, Pebble Mill’s original CM1 scanner, and another OB truck, LO23, CMCR54, will be exhibited at:

“The new show season is almost upon us. Steve Harris will be exhibiting the heritage scanner North 3/CMCR9 together with the former Lo23/CMCR54 (type-7) at the Kelsall Steam Rally near Tarvin in Cheshire on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th June 2017. Steve is planning to have both vehicles powered up. You can find details about the Kelsall show on their website using this link :-

 http://www.kelsallsteamrally.co.uk/costs-2/

After Kelsall, the next event for North 3 will be the Wilmslow Show on Sunday 9th July, which this year is at a new venue which is :-

The Carnival Field, Altrincham Road, Wilmslow SK9 5NG

The website for the Wilmslow Show is :-
 
 
We look forward to meeting up with some of you at these shows.”
 

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Gardeners’ World is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. Tonight on Midlands Today, there was an item presented by Kay Alexander  from Gardeners’ World Live show at the NEC, showing some of the programme’s history.

The link below is to the Midlands Today 6pm show, and will work until the evening of 17th June 2017.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08tkz1f/midlands-today-evening-news-16062017

Below are some grabs from the Midlands Today item.

Mary Rhodes introduces Gardeners’ World’s 50th anniversary

Percy Thrower presenting on Gardeners’ World

Peter Seabrook presenting on Gardeners World

Geoff Hamilton presenting Gardeners’ World at Barnsdale, cameraman Steve Saunderson, director Denis Gartside (red jacket), PA Gail Herbert

Alan Titchmarsh presenting on Gardeners World

Monty Don presenting on Gardeners World

Outside broadcast truck setting up for Gardeners World

Outside broadcast truck interior