Here are links to two episode of the Midlands version of ‘See For Yourself’. They date from 1991 and 1992. They include clips from many BBC Pebble Mill programmes as well as behind the scenes footage and interviews.
This article is from Midlands News, the internal BBC newsletter from June 1992. It gives an insight into the work of the Graphics department at Pebble Mill, and mentions a number of the staff and programmes being worked on.
Thanks to Stuart Gandy for sharing the article.
The lunchtime magazine show, Pebble Mill at One used to bring out all sorts of merchandise and information for viewers, such as sewing patterns, fact-sheets and recipes. Here are a couple of sewing patterns from the early 1980s which were bought by a viewer, but seem to be unused!
I remember buying a similar pattern Pebble Mill pattern as a teenager, and making quite a successful vest top for myself!
Thanks to Sue Sweet for sharing the photo of the patterns.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Jane Clement: ‘That brings back memories. Hilary James made a fortune out of these. It was one of the most successful regular segments ever on PM – we sold thousands of her patterns. I was the researcher who introduced her to the show and looked after her whenever she was there – we became quite good friends. Ironically, I can’t sew a thing myself!’
Mike Hayes: ‘…and so The Clothes Show was born…’
BBC Birmingham at the Mailbox is remembering its heritage by naming some of its meeting rooms after famous Pebble Mill programmes.
The programmes being honoured include:
Pebble Mill at One
Good Morning with Anne and Nick
The following additional suggestions were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Helena Morrisey: ‘What about all the fine radio output too…? R3’s The Music Machine was a groundbreaking programme and produced at Pebble Mill.’
Stuart Gandy: ‘Not forgetting the popular local music show ‘Look Hear’. It was a big production for a local programme.’
Julie Hill: ‘Yes and what about Angels, Saturday Night at the Mill, The Clothes Show, Gardeners World, Ebony.’
Jane Clement: ‘If they name any more rooms, I would suggest The Archers. And Donny MacLeod.’
Jane Ward: ‘Midlands Radio Orchestra?’
Sue Welch: ‘Only TV? How about all the Radio 2 output and Radios 3 &4, not to mention 5?’
Bill Bohanna: ‘”Gangsters”, “Boys from the Black Stuff”, “All Creatures Great and Small” more to follow’
Mike Hayes: ‘Do not forget David Steel & Michael Hancock…’
The Terrace was transmitted on BBC1 in the autumn of 1996 at 3pm in the afternoon.
Here is the Radio Times entry for the first episode of the DIY series, courtesy of the BBC Genome project http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/4825eb4df786444886a38f8c60168826:
“First of a new twice-weekly DIY and interior design series presented by ex-EastEnders star Mike Reid. Leaving the fictional dramas of Albert Square behind him, Reid experiences the real-life troubles of families living in a row of terraced houses in urgent need of repair in the heart of Birmingham. With Simon Biagi and Brenda Emmanus.”
The presenting team included Simon Biagi, who later presented Real Rooms, and Brenda Emmanus, who had presented on The Clothes Show.
Jane Lomas was probably the producer of this series.
Thanks to Ian Collins for sharing this titles grab, and to Nicola Silk for adding information.
Mark Westcott left the following message on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
‘Jane Lomas did produce this, I worked on this show. Out of Roger Casstles’ department, exec’d by Mark Kershaw. My first network Director credit. Sharon Fisher, Paul Venezis, Sarah Marshall too I think were all involved.’