Thanks to Alec’s son, Michael for sharing these photos. They are of cameraman Alec Robson’s retirement party at BBC Pebble Mill. Alec sadly died in 2020.
This is an excerpt from an interview with technical manager, Derek Price, from a book called Working in Television written in 1980 by Jan Leeming, who worked at Pebble Mill for a time. The aim was to encourage young people to think about careers in television.
Thanks to Jonathan Dick for sharing the photo, who has sadly died since sharing the excerpts.
The live concert of Billy Joel at Wembley was transmitted on 8th June 1984.
Below is the entry from the Radio Times, courtesy of the BBC Genome project:
“Billy Joel in Concert
BILLY JOEL , American singer/songwriter, in a rare live broadcast from Wembley Arena, presents a catalogue of hits from ‘Piano man’ to ‘An innocent man’.
In this, the only European engagement of his 1984 World Tour, Billy Joel includes previous favourites Just the way you are’, ‘Goodnight baigon and ‘Allentown’ along with his contemporary successes ‘Tell her about it’, ‘Uptown girl’ and ‘An innocent man’.
Sound JIM BOYER , MICK ROBINSON
Lighting STEVE COHEN , DEREK PRICE Executive producer JIM DUMIGHAN Production JOHN G. SMITH
BBC Pebble Mill”
Jane Mclean was the PA.
Thanks to Stuart Allen for sharing this screen grabs from the concert.
The following comments were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Andrew Henry Lewellyn Davies: ‘It was also broadcast live at the same time on Radio 1. I still have the recording. Superb broadcast of Joel in his pomp.’
Peter Hercombe: ‘Remember this well. Love Billy Joel. Well done John G and Jane !’
Keith Moreton sadly died last Thursday 3rd November 2016, after a short illness. Keith was a Charge-hand Electrician at Pebble Mill, along with Phil Vaughan, Keith Bullock, Roger Hynes and Derek McCulloch.
(Thanks to Annie Gumbley-Williams for passing on this news).
The following memories of working with Keith were added to the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Lesley Weaver: ‘Many happy memories of working with Keith. What a lad! I especially remembering him sitting in the Make up room at Pebblemill showing me how to fill in my T&D’s the ‘Sparks Way’ for a block of filming we both did on the same programme .. It may have been Nannys. Needless to say it was instantly rejected in our office… unlike his no doubt!’
Bridget Jenkins: ‘Coming into my office on Friday lunchtimes to encourage me down to the club. And me a fine upstanding Personnel Officer! He lightened up many a dull day.’
Copyright resides with the original holders, no reproduction without permission.
This is the rehearsal script front page for The Basil Brush Show from 1975.
The rehearsals took place in a church hall in west London, whilst the recording would have taken place in Studio A at Pebble Mill. Basil Brush was a London production, hosted at Pebble Mill.
Thanks to sound supervisor, Roger Guest, for sharing the front page, and keeping it safe since 1975.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
David Crozier: ‘I was that designer. Was it really forty years ago? Good grief.’
Peter Trevena: ‘I worked on this,great fun’
Susan Astle: ‘Really enjoyed working on this. Used to have breakfast on the train with design on the way to rehearsals in London. Charlie Bond on Bloody Mary’s and lovely Ian Fisher and Nigel Jones. ‘
Philip Morgan: ‘Through the kindness of Roger Nash I got a radio interview with “Basil”. I also sat in at one of the Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals in Studio A. As part of the banter the sidekick (Mr Derek?) asked Basil if he had any friends. “Of course I’ve got friends” replied Basil “I’ve got friends I haven’t even used yet!” That certainly drew a hearty laugh from the crew…’