David Waine, who has died at the age of 76, had a career with the BBC spanning 30 years ending as Head of Broadcasting at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham.
This dome appeared on the roof of the Pebble Mill office block circa 1980.
The following comments about were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Annie Gumbley Williams: The dome was built to be used for recordings, interviews etc. Remember doing one there with Robin Cousins in Roy Ronnie & Roy Norton days. Roy Ronnie used it for meetings sometimes to get out of the office. It made a lot of noise when it rained so not good for recording!
Malcolm Hickman: It also acted like a greenhouse and anything left in there suffered with the condensation.
Andy Shepherd:The dome was bought second-hand from Granada who had used it in the summer of 1979 for their Saturday morning children’s show The Mersey Pirate. The show was based aboard the ferry MV Royal Iris moored at Liverpool Docks. The dome structure was built on the promenade deck of the vessel. The run of the series was cut short by the ITV strike which started in August.
Here are a couple more photos of the dome being installed in 1981. They are from Stuart Gandy.
These photos probably date from the early 1980s. The planes are from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Lancaster Bomber joined the Flight in 1973, so the photos certainly post-date that. The event was probably an item for the lunchtime magazine show, Pebble Mill at One.
1980’s photo of the Pebble Mill at One studio, in the converted foyer of Pebble Mill. Note the Links cameras
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Wendy Lewis Edwards: Four years on Pebble Mill at One then back years later for Good Morning with Anne and Nick. Remember Beryl Reid crawling on all fours across the floor between cameras to pull faces at Val Doonican singing away with his guitar. The viewing audience were completely unaware…
Julian Hitchcock: I hardly know where to begin. I first worked in the foyer in late 1978, worked on countless Saturday Night at the Mill programmes and hundreds of PM@1s.
Eurwyn Jones: I remember working on Saturday Night at the Mill and Ginger Rogers arriving in a big car and walking in through the double doors.