These photos were taken on location in 1987 on the glamorous drama series Howards’ Way by Albert Sheard. They include iconic locations like Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight, Somerset House and the QE2. It is cameraman John Williams about to get into the helicopter, presumably to record aerial shots. Howards’ Way was produced by a BBC drama series team from London, but was hosted at Pebble Mill, using a Pebble Mill crew.
Here is an interview with writer Philip Martin, who died in 2020, about how the 1975, Play for Today, Gangsters, came about:
Jim Gray, being assisted by Simon Bennett, on the jib camera in the first and third photo.
The following comments were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Gareth Williams: It’s Inside Out from 1985 – Floor Assistant yours truly. Directed by Pedr James and Tony Smith. Costume by Janice Rider and Sally Nieper, produced by Sally Head, Script Ed a very young Caroline Oulton , theme tune Phil Collins. It all goes a bit hazy from there…!
Janice Rider: Lou Wakefield ( bottom R ) seated with back to us , played the lead
Gareth Williams:And Gwyneth Strong, standing, later ‘Cassandra’ in OFAH.
Here’s the false gable end from “The Franchise Affair” (1988). Christopher Glover was working on VT on this outside broadcast. The flames from gas burners when shot from the right angle made it look like the building being on fire.
Les Podraza is the chap up the ladder (note the lack of health and safety). He spent two days building this the flaming structure. The night shoot was apparently fantastic.