Clive Kendall and Roy Thompson at Silverstone

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This photograph is of the late Clive Kendall and Roy Thompson manning RL60 or 61 at Becketts Corner, a remote camera position inside the Silverstone Circuit. Roy is not sure of date but remembers Niki Lauda spinning off during practice into the plowed field behind. He remembers Clive and himself rescuing one of the paparazzi who got bogged in the mud chasing photographs. Thanks to Roy Thompson for sharing it.

Working in Television – Mike Bloore

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This is an excerpt from a book called Working in Television written in 1980 by Jan Leeming, who worked at Pebble Mill for a time. The aim was to encourage young people to think about careers in television.

Thanks to Jonathan Dick for sharing the photo.

The following comment was posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Mike Bloore: ‘The amusing incident bit of this is not quite accurate. Having loaded the wrong tape I went home as I had been in all day and left Tony Rayner to do the TX. It was Tony who had to find the filler item.
I only found out after the weekend and was absolutely mortified!!’

Colin Pierpoint: ‘I believe I was the assistant course manager for Mike’s A course part 1, at Wood Norton in 1970′

Pot Black team

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This photo is of key members of the Pot Black team. Left to right: John Smith, director; Jane Mclean, PA; Steve Davis, snooker player; Jim Dumighan, series producer. Pot Black was the BBC’s snooker tournament which was broadcast from 1969. It was produced at Pebble Mill. Steve Davis won the tournament in 1982. The photo dates from 1991 and was published in Midlands News.

Thanks to Jim Dumighan for sharing the photo.

Midlands News Sept 1991

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page by Jane McLean:

“This is the piece – Midlands News September 1991. Can’t remember when Smithy started up White Rabbit but 1991 will be about right. Two things I remember well – Ronnie O’Sullivan won the first Junior Pot Black I did aged about 15 (him not me) and was incredibly embarrassed when I congratulated him. He was only a sprog and so shy. When I started Pot Black, I hadn’t a clue how snooker worked. Just before we went into the Gallery, Smithy told me it was up to me to keep score – like only Smithy could. The TM – can’t remember which – gave me a lesson and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

The Flying Swan

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The Flying Swan was transmitted on 15th May 1965. It was produced at the Gosta Green Studios in Birmingham. Thanks to costume designer, Joyce Hawkins, for sharing the photos.

Here is the cast and list:
Theme music: Ron Grainer
Story editor: John Barber
Designer: Neil Parkinson
Producer: Harold Clayton
Director: Michael Ferguson
Robert Sterling: Robin Hawdon
Carol: Julia Lockwood
Prue: Wendy Hall
Mollie: Margaret Lockwood
Waring: Richard Coe
Alexander Curtis: William Mervyn
George: John Boyd-Brent
Jean Denning: Kay Patrick
Waitress: Paula Edwards
Head waiter: John Dawson
Maisie: Nerys Hughes
Dwight Cooper: Hugh McDermott
Mr. Bower: John Bailey
Roy Curtis: John Brooking
Mary Curtis: Sally Lahee
David Curtis: Simon Ward
Fred Potter: Tom Watson
Surveyor: Richard Jacques
Mr. Addison: John Flint

Great Expectations – Soldiers in the Blacksmiths

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Soldiers in the blacksmiths, Great Expectations, 1981. The set was created in Studio A of Pebble Mill.

The following comment was added to the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Camilla Fisher: ‘Tony Fisher worked on this production and also took photos. A few years later our daughter told her teacher that her daddy had been at the battle of Waterloo. She was disbelieved. So to prove her point she took the photos into to school.’