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January 17, 2017Norman Painting’s Piano

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Norman Painting's Piano

                      This photo by Martin Fenton, shows the piano in Pebble Mill’s Radio Studio 3. It was this piano which was played by Norman Painting, who played the role of Phil Archer, in The Archers. Norman Painting died in 2009, aged 85. He played Phil […]

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October 20, 2016Jill Archer’s Aga

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Jill Archer's Aga

                      This is Jill Archer’s Aga, and presumably quite a bit of her kitchen equipment piled on top! It would have been regularly used during recordings of The Archers. Martin Fenton took this photo in Radio Studio 3 in Pebble Mill in 2003, where The Archers […]

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September 20, 2016Colin Pierpoint blog – part 15, Comms on Location

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Colin Pierpoint blog - part 15, Comms on Location

                        Part of the comms work was out on the road. I did many Sound Lines Tests. These were on the day before a broadcast, which was usually live, but lines were also used for VTR (Videotape recording in London or other regions). From […]

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September 12, 2016Tenth Anniversary Envelope

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Tenth Anniversary Envelope

                                              Thanks to Roy Thompson for posting these photos of the envelope designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of BBC Pebble Mill. In the closer photo you can see the myriad of programmes […]

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August 17, 2016Colin Pierpoint blog, Part 12 – Radio Links

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Colin Pierpoint blog, Part 12 - Radio Links

Radio Links                           Here is a photograph in one of the Birmingham Radio Links vehicles, with Graham Hewitt (right) and Dave Thumpston. To me, the routing of television signal was no different from sound switching in the control room; you check the quality, […]

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