Bob Hoskins died of pneumonia last night, aged 71.
He was best known for roles in films like Mona Lisa, The Long Good Friday and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but he also appeared in many television dramas including three Plays for Today and series like Pennies from Heaven.
I don’t know if he was involved in any transmitted Pebble Mill dramas, but he was certainly involved in a pilot show, for testing out Studio A, when Pebble Mill was just opening, probably in 1971. The pilot was a studio magazine show, with an audience and a number of different items, including sketches. Bob Hoskins took part in one of the sketches. The show was produced by David Rose. I managed to watch a VHS copy of the pilot show, which is still archived in the BBC Library.