Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission. Gillian Lynne directing Barbara Kellerman, with Bob Jacobs floor managing behind.
Gillian with cameraman David Short
The choreographer and director, Gillian Lynne has died aged 92.
“Quite a lot of us will remember working with her at Pebble Mill. I was her Production Assistant on MORTE D’ARTHUR, an extraordinary piece produced by Robin Midgley and performed by John Barton, RSC, with Jeremy Brett and Barbara Kellerman in the leads. A strong mix of narration with the tableaux painted by a mixed bag of actors and dancers including Sir Anton Dolin.”
Here is the entry for Morte D’Arthur from the Radio Times (transmitted 5th May 1984), from the BBC Genome project:
by SIR THOMAS MALORY edited by JOHN BARTON
Malory’s prose masterpiece was written in 1470 while he was imprisoned in Newgate Jail. He wove together the many legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and created the great romantic story of Arthur, the sword Excalibur, the treachery of his son Mordred, and the love of Lancelot for Arthur’s Queen Guenevere, which has inspired painters, poets and writers throughout the centuries. and Music composed by STEPHEN OLIVER Costume ANN ARNOLD
Make-up SUSIE BANCROFT Lighting PETER BOOTH Designer GAVIN DAVIES
Produced by ROBIN MIDGLEY
Devised and directed by GILLIAN LYNNE
Specially shot video of Roger Casstles talking about why BBC Pebble Mill was a special place. The video is recorded on Pebble Mill Road, overlooking the site where Pebble Mill stood, and is now a dental hospital. Roger mentions some of the productions that came from Pebble Mill, like Pebble Mill at One, Midlands Today, The Archers, as well as the Midland Radio Orchestra, and being a centre for drama, but tells us that the really important thing was how people worked together, for instance post production working across all productions and the way that Graphics and Set Design departments collaborated with production. Roger Casstles was the creator and producer of The Clothes Show, the fashion magazine series which ran from the 1986-2000.
(The video was shot by BCU Media graduate, Ash Connaughton, with me, (Vanessa Jackson) asking the questions).
Roger Casstles at the site of Pebble Mill
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Andy Frizzell: ‘Had some great shoots with Roger in many countries around the world. As always talking a lot of sense. We were all saddened by the closing of ‘The Mill’.‘
Claire Chambers: ‘As Roger would say “ why answer a question with one word when thousands will do” ! Very well said’
Linda Hearn-Clapham: ‘Very happy memories of recording Hartbeat and The Movie Game at Pebble Mill in the 90’s!’
Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission
This TX card is from the 1986, BBC1 drama, The Daily Woman.
Below is the entry from the Radio Times, courtesy of the BBC Genome project.
Thanks to Ann Chancellor-Davies, widow of designer, Gavin Davies, for sharing the card.
“Liz O’Prey, daily woman and mother of two, gets some cash – and uses it to fulfill a dream.
by BERNARD MAC LAVERTY
Music NIGEL HESS
Film editor OLIVER WHITE
Photography MIKE WILLIAMS, Designer GAVIN DAVIES, Producer CHRIS PARR
Director MARTYN FRIEND
Writer: Bernard Mac Laverty
Music: Nigel Hess
Editor: Oliver White
Unknown: Mike Williams
Designer: Gavin Davies
Producer: Chris Parr
Director: Martyn Friend
Liz O’Prey: Brid Brennan
Mr Henderson: Denys Hawthorne
Max Callisher: Christopher Malcolm
Eamonn O’Prey: Colum Convey
Mrs Henderson: Doreen Hepburn
Liz’s mother: Trudy Kelly
Dinner guests: Oliver Maguire
Dinner guests: John Keyes
Dinner guests: Linda Wray
Dinner guests: Olivia Nash
First security woman: Carole Scanlan
Second security woman: Sarah Jones
Taxi driver: Dick Holland
Receptionist: Eleanor Methven
Housemaid: Brigid Erin Bates
Barman: David Coyle
Babysitter: Tracey Lynch
Ciaran O’Prey: Claran Fenton
Susan O’Prey: Susan Dorothy”