All Memories Great and Small – part 4 Joyce Hawkins

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Excerpt from “All Memories Great & Small” by Oliver Crocker

Memories from Joyce Hawkins (Senior Costume Supervisor)

‘I remember Head of Planning, Eric Holmes, asking me if my department would be able to cope with a long-running series based on the James Herriot books. Thirteen years before Pebble Mill, I was the Midland region’s only costume designer. I was based at the Gosta Green Studio, from where I designed 64 plays, 4 serials, 8 series and 5 twice-weekly “Soaps” all in and around Birmingham. All rehearsal rooms and costume suppliers are based in London, so I was well aware of the complexities posed by rehearsing in London, recording in Birmingham and filming in Yorkshire, but now I had a Staff of very talented people, so of course I told Eric “Yes”.

60 cast and crew have shared their memories for this new book, which is available to preorder now from Miwk – http://bit.ly/2d7p5ts

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Joyce Hawkins speaking at mac screening 2016

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The Playmates 1962

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Thanks to costume designer, Joyce Hawkins, for sharing this photograph of the 1962 drama: The Playmates, which was produced at Gosta Green. The play was transmitted on 16th July, at 21.25. It was written by Johnny Speight and produced by Gilchrist Calder, with Charles Carroll as production designer.

The Radio Times entry only lists two characters: ‘The Man’ played by Michael Caine and ‘The Woman’ played by Sheila Burrell.

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Gosta Green Revisited photos

Lez Cooke introducing the screenings. Photos from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Lez Cooke introducing the screenings. Photos from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Lez Cooke, Peter Booth and Joyce Hawkins. Photo from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Lez Cooke, Peter Booth and Joyce Hawkins. Photo from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Photo from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Photo from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Audience for Gosta Green screenings. Photos from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

Audience for Gosta Green screenings. Photos from Izzie Archer of Flatpack, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These photos are from the Gosta Green Revisited screenings, held at the Midlands Arts Centre on the 15th October 2016.

The photos are from the Flatpack Film Festival organisers, who arranged the screenings.

The screenings included: Rainbow City, The Newcomers, and Sinking Fish Move Sideways and were followed by a question and answer session with cameraman Peter Booth, and costume designer Joyce Hawkins, interviewed by academic researcher, Lez Cooke.

In the audience photo you can see Ann Chancellor-Davies in the front row, and in the second row, towards the right, Jenny Brewer, Peter Ansorge, and me (Vanessa Jackson).

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Gosta Green Revisited event photos

Lez Cooke introducing the Gosta Green revisited screening

Lez Cooke introducing the Gosta Green revisited screening

Lez Cooke, Peter ?, Joyce Hawkins

Lez Cooke, Peter Booth, Joyce Hawkins

Screen shot from The Newcomers

Screen shot from The Newcomers

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These photos are from the recent Gosta Green Revisited screening held at the Midlands Arts Centre on 15th October 2016. The screening was introduced by academic Lez Cooke, who has been researching the seemingly forgotten dramas from the BBC Birmingham studios which preceded Pebble Mill. Three dramas were shown, and episode of Rainbow City, an episode of The Newcomers (shown here in the bottom photo), and a 30 min drama called Sinking Fish Move Sideways. These 1960s dramas were still surprisingly watchable.

The screening was followed by a discussion with costume designer Joyce Hawkins, and cameraman Peter (whose surname I’ve forgotten).

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Rainbow City screening

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Five out of six episodes of the 1960’s drama series: Rainbow City, still exist. Episode one is being screened tomorrow (Saturday 15th October 2016) at 11am in the Hexagon Theatre at the Midlands Arts Centre. The screening will be followed by a discussion, chaired by Lez Cooke, from Royal Holloway, University of London, who has been researching these early dramas. The series was made a Gosta Green, which was the BBC production centre which preceded Pebble Mill. It was considered a progressive drama, featuring an inter-racial couple, and a predominantly black cast.

 

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