Camera crew in the Club

Photos by cameraman Bhasker Solanki of the camera team relaxing in the BBC Club after a recording. The photos were taken on 17th August 1984. The event was Bhas Solanki’s leaving do. He was going to work in London.

Photos by Bhasker Solanki, no reproduction without permission

Jim and Julia Gray, John Moorcroft, Simon Bennett

Keith Schofield, Jane Weir, Philip Thickett, Bhasker Solanki

The Flying Gardener

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The first series of The Flying Gardener was produced in London, by Owen Gay in 2001, with the subsequent series being produced in Birmingham in 2003. Sarah Davis (now Moors) was the producer, and Gill Tierney the series producer, when the series transferred to Birmingham. It was transmitted on Friday evenings on BBC2. Presenter and garden designer, Chris Beardshaw travelled around the country in a helicopter, in search of inspirational gardens, to influence the design of a garden project.

Thanks to VT Editor, Ian Collins, for making the screen grab available.

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Steve Saunderson: ‘Barry Foster shot a lot, all or some of it on tape and I shot the title sequence on film, all at 75fps on my Arri SR3 Advanced camera, which then was speed-ramped in the edit to whiz the helicopter in and out of frame. My focus puller was Terry Bartlett and the assistant was my son Paul. We were on top of a steep “cliff” at a golf club somewhere above Cheltenham so that Chris could stand on the edge and have the helicopter rise and fall behind him with lots of airspace to manoeuvre. We shot most of it on my 50mm, 85mm and 135mm prime Zeiss Superspeed lenses, to visually pull the helicopter closer to Chris.’

Adam Trotman: ‘Yep I edited all the stings… speed ramping them…..very in those days….. bloody Matrix had a lot to answer for’

Barrie Foster: ‘ It was great fun. Tim Green did the sound and Castle Air did the flying. Memorable very ‘lumpy ‘ rid over Scottish hills after kippers for breakfast!

Tracey Bagley: ‘How could I forget this one .. hard sums and schedules but all worth the effort’

Sarah Moors: ‘Now there’s a blast from the past! The hours spent on that programme and the stories I could tell…The start of years of Gardening programmes for me. Happy times.’







Ray Mears World of Survival














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Thanks to Ian Collins for making this titles grab available. This was the first of Ray Mears’ survival programmes, after he had built his reputation on the countryside magazine series, Tracks. Many of the same production team worked on this series, including series producer, Kath Moore.

Here is the link to the Radio Times entry for the first episode of this six part series from Pebble Mill, which was transmitted in spring 1997:

Tracks presenter Ray Mears makes himself at home in six of the most inhospitable places on earth and discovers how the indigenous people have survived.

Episode 1: The Arctic. Mears takes on the Arctic, which is twice as cold as the average freezer, and learns survival techniques from the Inuit.
Producer Kathryn Moore

Location lighting course – photo from Bhasker Solanki

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The photo shows the delegates on a PSC location lighting course in 1990.

Dave Wilkins and Barry Foster were Pebble Mill PSC cameramen.

The two trainers are Dick Burden on the left and Howard Brooksbank on the right. It’s likely that if you were on a lighting course at Wood Norton in the late 80s/early 90s, you would have run into this double act.

Golden Oldie Picture Show – ‘Question’ – photo Gail Herbert

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The photo was taken on a shoot for the ‘Golden Oldie Picture Show’ by PA, Gail Herbert.  It shows cameraman Barry Foster on the left, and Dirk Maggs, who worked in Presentation in London, on the right.

The video being shot was for the hit single, ‘Question’.  The shoot took place in Andy Tylee’s office.

The ‘Golden Oldie Picture Show’ was presented by Radio 1 DJ, Dave Lee Travis. It was an entertainment magazine show, made up of specially shot music videos, for hits which pre-dated the era of music videos.  The executive producer was John King.