An Actor’s Life for Me

Photos by Lynda Kettle, no reproduction without permission.

Lynda Kettle was a Production Designer at BBC Pebble Mill, working on factual, entertainment and drama shows in studio and on location.  The photos were taken as records of the Sets, and in some you can just see the studio lights over the top of the flats.

Previously a Radio 4 comedy, ‘An Actor’s Life for Me’ was a  6 part television drama series recorded in Pebble Mill Studio A and outside broadcast, and transmitted in 1991.  The drama starred John Gordon Sinclair, who played Robert Neilson, a struggling actor with an incompetent agent, Desmond, played by Victor Spinetti.  Gina McKee played his teacher girlfriend, Sue.  Lynn Scott-Farrell played the fourth character, Brenda.  The comedy was directed and produced by Bryan Izzard.  ‘An Actor’s Life for Me’ was a series hosted at Pebble Mill, but produced out of London.

Production Designer, Lynda Kettle also worked as a theatre designer and an artist, and now runs courses from her art studio  She is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham Water Colour Society. Midland Pastel Society and Birmingham Art Circle . She exhibits her paintings several times a year at selected galleries.

Radio Birmingham – DJ Malcolm Jay

Malcolm Jay

Photo copyright of Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission.

This photograph features Radio Birmingham presenter Malcolm Jay, and dates from the mid 1970s.  It was taken in Radio Studio 2 Control Room, which could operate ‘self drive’ or control the actual Studio 2 which is on the left of the picture.  Malcolm used to present a Tuesday night rock music show called ‘Heavy Pressure’

The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence adaptation




















Photographs copyright of Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission.  The Rainbow was a 3 part adaptation, by Anne Devlin, of the D.H. Lawrence novel.  It was produced at Pebble Mill by Chris Parr and directed by Stuart Burge.  Transmitted in 1988 it featured Imogen Stubbs as Ursula; other members of the cast included Tom Bell, Kate Buffery, Jon Finch, Martin Wenner, Jane Gurnet, Clare Holman and Eileen Way.  It was filmed on location in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.



Last Pebble Mill booking!

Photos from Shirley O’Mara, no reproduction without permission.  These photos feature most of the Post Production team as Pebble Mill was stripped out for the move to the Mailbox in 2004.

Pebble Mill over the years

Copyright resides with the original photographers. These photos were taken by different members of Post Production at Pebble Mill, including: Paul Scholes, Ian Collins, Ben Peissel and Jim Gregory.  Many date from the early 1970’s, as you can see from the cars in the car park, with a few later ones!