Post Production Event
























Photos by Steve May, no reproduction without permission.

These photos are from a post production event – if you recognise the occasion, please add a comment.

The top photo includes, left to right: Ben Peissel (dubbing), Andy Freeth (dubbing), Roger Seward, Dave Mason (dubbing), Dave Baumber (dubbing), Richard Reynolds (sound), Roger Slater (sound).

The bottom photo includes, left to right: Ivor Williams (editor), Dawn Mears (now Trotman)(editor), Mike Bloore (editor).

Pebble Mill Rifle Range

Photo by Ben Peissel

Photo by Ben Peissel

In the basement of BBC Pebble Mill there was, apparently, a fully functional rifle range. Journalist, Maurice Blisson used to shoot there most nights after Midlands Today went off air around 7pm. Peter Gower remembers using the range in the mid 1980s, along with fellow film editor, Roger Mulliner. Nigel Mercer remembers competing, as part of a Central TV team, against some Pebble Mill Staff,  at pistol shooting, at the Police Range, in about 1983. It was a fairly informal occasion. Steve Dellow remembers going down in the basement to see the room with the ‘echo plates’. And Stuart Gandy also remembers seeing the door to the rifle range, but never went in. He thinks it was near the photographic dark room.

Thanks to everyone who posted their memories of the rifle range on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group.

Ann Gumbley-Williams added the following comment on the Pebble Mill Facebook group: I was a member and used to shoot at the rifle range on the basement. When I was there it was run by Pip Allkins who was the son of Maisie Allkins who worked on the old telephone system where you had to plug the phones in to connect! Maisie, her husband John and Pip also helped on the BBC pantomimes that used top take place every year. They were put on in the theatre at Cadburys.

Dub 4 – Photos by Ben Peissel

Photos by dubbing mixer Ben Peissel, no reproduction without permission.

These photos show the building of Dub 4, between Dec 2002, and May 2003 at BBC Pebble Mill.  Dub 4 was built in what had been Studio A’s Sound Gallery after Studio A was mothballed.  The initiative to transform the disused Gallery was a ‘Making it Happen’ project, inspired by Greg Dyke’s vision of staff empowerment.  Ben Peissel was instrumental in the plans to create a fourth dubbing suite, as the other three were fully utilised and it seemed foolish to have the space available and not use it.  It was a drama dubbing suite which catered for ‘Doctors’ amongst others.

Planning Office – photo by Ben Peissel

Photo by Ben Peissel, no reproduction without permission.

This photo is of the girls who worked in the Planning Office at BBC Pebble Mill, booking VT and other facilities.

The photo shows left to right: Kath Woolston, Margaret Barton, Mandy Holdcroft, ?, Janet Woodhouse, Helena Lyons, ?, Christine Grainger, Barnara Hynes.

If you can fill in the gaps, or add more information, please add a comment.

Dub 2 – photos by Ben Peissel

Photos by Ben Peissel no reproduction without permission.

These photos are of Dubbing Theatre 2 at Pebble Mill.  Dub 2 was mainly used for dubbing factual programmes like Gardeners’ World and Countryfile. It was smaller than Dub 1, but still had the comfy sofas at the back for members of the production team to sit on, whilst Ben Peissel and his colleagues made the programmes sound as good as they could.  There was a voice over booth at the back, where presenters or voice over artists could record voice over to pictures.  You can also see the turntable and tape deck for playing in music and sound effects from different sources.