Variety Club Showbusiness Awards













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BBC Birmingham used to cover the Variety Club Awards each year for a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The awards were often held in the Hilton in London, and televised. They celebrated the best performers in film, television, radio and theatre.

Katie Wright was the executive producer of the show in 2001 and 2002, along with Nick Vaughan-Barrett. Dale Winton was the presenter in 2001, and Ulrike Jonsson in 2002.

Thanks to Ian Collins for making the title grab available.

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

Nicola Silk: ‘I directed the inserts in 2002. interviewed a very charming Ant & Dec, a doddery but still funny Eric Sykes, who won the lifetime achievement award, a very young Daniel Radcliffe, there with his mum and an extremely rude and possibly drunk Alan Rickman.’

Pity in History – photos by Willoughby Gullachsen
























Photos by Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission.

Pity in History was part of the 1985 ‘Summer Season’ of dramas, it went out on 4th July.  It was produced at Pebble Mill by Chris Parr, the executive producer was Robin Midgley and  Sarah Pia Anderson the director.  The play was performed in Studio A.

The play by Howard Barker starred Norman Rodway, Anna Massey, Alan Rickman, Patrick Malahide and Ian McDiarmid.

Set in the Civil War, the story is about a sculptor working to finish a memorial to the Royalist years, as Cromwell’s men break down the surrounding cathedral walls.

The first photo has Alec Robson (TM1) on the left, setting lights and a back view of Keith Schofield with camera; the photo of the rehearsal featuring the crew includes: camera supervisor Dave Doogood, P.A. Bobbie Chapman, Dawn Robertson, cameraman Keith Schofield (crouched), Kevin Heffernan (design), Chris Parr (prod on left), George Allen (TM2) is in the centre with the dark sweater, on his right is cameraman Doug Smith.

John Greening comments: “Gareth Williams is b/g in white trousers. I was AFM and the rehearsals were at Five Ways in an empty office block. Actor in f/g is Roger Frost, husband of Pam Ferris. Howard Barker wrote the play as a vehicle for Ian McDiarmid – he was at the RSC at the time and I had to play his part during rehearsals when there was a matinee..”

Thanks to Dave Bushell, David Short and John Greening for adding to the information.


Pity in History rehearsalSave