Scarlet Pimpernel – publicity card













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‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ was a 3 part BBC 1 drama starring Richard E Grant in the title role.  It was transmitted in January 1999.  Elizabeth McGovern played Grant’s character’s wife, with Martin Shaw as Chauvelin, the head of the revolutionary French police, and the Scarlet Pimpernel’s chief adversary.  It also featured Christopher Fairbank, Anthony Green, Ronan Vibert, Emilia Fox, Denise Black, Gerard Murphy, James Callis, Peter Jeffrey, Suzanne Bertish and Jerome Willis.

The director was Patrick Lau; with producer, Julian Murphy.

The production was a co-production between BBC Birmingham and London Film Productions, and the Arts and Entertainment Network.

Thanks to John Greening for making the publicity card available.

Graphics rostrum camera – Philip Morgan

Photo by Philip Morgan, no reproduction without permission.

Philip Morgan took a series of photos on the viewing day in November 2004, preceding the auction to sell off the fittings at Pebble Mill, before the building was demolished in 2005.

This photo is of the graphics rostrum camera.  The fixed camera was used to take shots of stills from magazines or photographs.  You can also see a couple of redheads to ensure that the lighting was right.

John Abbott on Shalom Salaam – photo by Dave Bushell

John Abbott

Photo by Dave Bushell, no reproduction without permission.

The photo is of John Abbott, Engineering Manager, during a shoot for ‘Shalom Salaam’ in Leicester in 1988. He was celebrating a significant birthday with location catering!

Dave Bushell

Daytime Live – behind the scenes

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Here is a behind the scenes clip of ‘Daytime Live’ from 1 November 1988, presented by Alan Titchmarsh. It was one of the successors to ‘Pebble Mill at One’, and had a very similar magazine format. This clip is one of a series recorded by the BFI as part of their ‘One day in the life of television’ project in 1988.

The excerpt shows Alan Titchmarsh giving a behind the scenes tour of the ‘Daytime Live’ office, with a psychologist commenting on the state of the production team’s desks and what they say about them as people. Featured are David Morgenstern and Jane McCloskey.

‘Daytime Live’ was recorded in Studio C, like ‘Pebble Mill at One’.

Jane Clement added the following information via the Facebook page: ‘Nice to see the back of my head there (at the first desk as Alan enters the office, opposite the gorgeous Steph). It was actually Jane (not Jo) McCluskey, I think – she was Queen of Books at the time, a role I held myself before her when I took over from the late great Jenny Cowan. Of all my jobs at PM, that was probably my favourite, given my lifelong love affair with books. Also interesting to see David Morgenstern; he and I had bought a house together in Harborne that year (purely as friends, I should say); I was due to emigrate to Australia the next month (December 88) and I laughingly thought the house would be a good investment. How wrong I was!’