The photo was taken on a location shoot for a Pebble Mill pilot programme called ‘Bugbusters’ circa 1991. The photo includes Paul Hutchins (Magpie sparks), and Keith Conlon on sound, in the foreground (left to right) Pauline Pearson (PA), Vanessa Jackson (Researcher), Dr Moray Anderson (Entomologist and presenter). The photo was probably taken by Robert Davies, who I think was the director on the shoot.
The idea was a spin off from the DIY series ‘On The House’, and was about the pests that live in our homes, and how to get rid of them – we’re talking rats, deadwatch beetle, woodworm, moths, wasps, ants etc. Dr Moray Anderson was an Entomologist (insect expert) at Birmingham University, and was the presenter of the pilot. I remember putting out calls for contributors on various local radio stations. After selecting the contributors and recceing the locations we’d take Moray out with us, dispensing advice on how to get rid of the pests.
Stephanie Silk was the programme’s editor.
Unfortunately the series was never commissioned.