Pebble Mill site 2020

Pebble Mill site 2020

Posted by Bhasker Solanki on Thursday, 9 January 2020

Thanks to Bhasker Solanki for sharing this video of the Pebble Mill site in Jan 2020. It looks very different from when it was a broadcast centre, with only the road past Security at the end of the video looking the same.

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Pebble Mill Cameramen’s Reunion

Pebble Mill Cameramen’s reunion Aug 2019. No reproduction without permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo includes: Dave Wilkins, Phil Wilson, Dave Ballantyne with Alan Duxbury in front, Bhasker Solanki, Doug Smith?, Bob Meikle, Robin Sunderland and John Couzens.

Keith Salmon held the reunion for Pebble Mill cameramen at The Kings Arms in Knowle in Aug 2019.

New Year’s Special – Bhasker Solanki

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These photos are from a New Year’s Special, recorded at Pebble Mill in 1981 or 1982, in Studio A. For some reason the whole crew decided to dress up on this occasion. The show was recorded around Christmas,to go out on New Year’s Eve, around midnight.

Included are, Phil Thickett in the red striped bathing suit, Tony Wigley in the leopard print, Jim Gray as a clown, Keith Brook (Scouse) in the purple leopard print dress, and Nick Patten floor managing in the short blue jacket!

Filming by the Brook

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Left to right in this photo are cameramen: Alan Duxbury, Keith Schofield, Dave Wilkins (hiding by Keith’s arm), Bhasker Solanki, and Robin Sunderland. The photo is from the early 1980s, and is probably for Pebble Mill at One.

Thanks to Robin Sunderland for sharing the photo.

GTC Award to Pebble Mill Camera Department

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This was the presentation of the GTC’s (Guild of Television Camermen) TiCA (Television Cameraman’s Award) to the Pebble Mill camera department for Pebble Mill at One circa 1979.

The names are as follows:

Back (L to R): Doug Smith, Robin Sunderland, Bob Meikle, Don Cooper, Paul Woolston, Tony Wigley, Phil Wilson, Mike Solomons (GTC Chairman from Thames TV), Brian Cave, Jim Gray, Bob Hubbard, Chris Allen, not sure (perhaps Phil Sidey?), Jack Rooke, Keith Salmon, Dave Lawson, Dave Doogood, Dave Wilkins, Pete Edwards, Tim Konewko, Bhasker Solanki.

Kneeling down (L to R): Barrie Foster, Keith ‘Scouse’ Brook, Roger Mulliner, Dave Ballantyne, John Couzens, Eric Wise

(Thanks to James French for providing the names, Annie Gumbley Williams for sending me the photo and to Roger Mulliner for sharing it in the first place).

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

Richard Stevenson: ‘That is an amazing picture! I have never seen so many cameramen in ties! Brilliant.’

Lynn Cullimore: ‘They all look so young and thats because they were – then. hah.’

Bob Bishop: ‘There are no women in the photograph, would that be the same today.’

Keith Brook (Scouse): ‘We were told to dress up by management. Bhaskar Solanki, far right (physically, not politically) went on to be a very, very successful news cameraman and is now a senior producer. Good for him!! I should also mention that I’m the only one wearing a waistcoat. Even then, standards were sloppy!!’