Chris Phipps

Chris Phipps trails Look! Hear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Phipps died suddenly on Friday 23rd August, 2019. Chris was a reporter on BBC Birmingham/ Radio WM and co-presented on Look!Hear! with Toyah Willcox in the 1980s, before becoming a presenter on The Tube.

The following comments were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Conal O’Donnell: ‘Chris was a wonderful erudite popular culture man who could literally turn his hand to anything.I have very fond memories of him at Pebble Mill in the late 70s.The kind of colleague who made one proud to work for the Beeb.’

Kate Boston Williams: ‘Chris was my first colleague when I made the move to Newcastle in 1998. He remained a loyal friend. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge on all things musical and his anecdotes were legendary. I’ll miss our meetings at the Tyneside cinema, his wit and kindness.’

Michael Fisher: ‘Chris was a great colleague at Pebble Mill who gave me an interest in the Black Country and encouraged my occasional forays into the world of music.’

Photo from Janice Rider, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janice Rider: ‘It was only a short while ago in Sept 2017 , that I met up with Chris again after many years , when he gave a talk at Birmingham City Uni about his career & books he had written.’

Mick Murphy: ‘Thank you for tickets to see The Heavy Metal Kids at the Odeon New Street, in the 70s. My ears are still ringing, but it was a musical turning point for me. So sorry you’ve left the stage.’

Janice Rider: ‘A wonderful memory Mick . I have one too when Chris took me for a surprise lunch and it turned out to be with David Essex ! I was so overwhelmed I just sat transfixed & hardly ate a thing !!’

Pete Simpkin: ‘Worked a lot with Chris at BBC Birmingham and Radio WM and eventually took over his post at Wolverhampton in the late 80s.’

Kathryn Ayerst

Kathryn Steventon ( nee AYERST ), former Costume Designer, died peacefully at home, August 22 2018, after a long illness. She was a wonderful friend and much loved ex- colleague to many at Pebble Mill. She started her career at Television Centre and moved to BBC Pebble Mill in the late 1970s. Kathryn was the costume designer on dramas including Dead Head and Rachel and the Roarettes.

Thanks to Janice Rider for sharing this sad news.

Keith Godman

Boogie Outlaws, photo by Willoughby Gullachsen, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Godman director of Boogie Outlaws died in July 2017. Janice Rider designed the Costumes and Myles Lang was Production Designer. Leslie Stewart wrote the script and Carol Parks produced. Janice remembers that, ‘Keith was tremendous fun but we shot in some gruelling freezing circumstances.’ Janice found Keith’s obituary on page 5 of this Parish newsletter, which captures his spirit so well.

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Chris Phipps & Janice Rider at Kaleidoscope Event

Photo from Janice Rider, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to costume designer, Janice Rider, for sharing this photo, of her with Chris Phipps, taken at the archive organisation, Kaleidoscope’s event on Sept 2nd 2017.

“I attended an interesting talk last week at a Kaleidoscope Event held at Birmingham City University – an interview with my old friend and colleague Chris Phipps, former Radio WM broadcaster and presenter of Look! Hear! and later the booker for bands on The Tube and producer for Zenith North. Lovely to discover his passion for music is undimmed – he has just worked on a documentary about Black Sabbath’s last performance and is publishing a book next year.”

Janice Rider

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Ian Brindle

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Ian Brindle, who was a 1st Assistant Director, and then Production Associate on several drama productions at Pebble Mill, sadly died earlier in March, after a long illness. Ian worked on dramas like the 1989 serial,Vote for Them, and was on location in Egypt with the rest of the cast and crew.

Maggie Harwood a former costume designer at TVC, and Ian’s partner, wanted news of Ian’s death sharing here.

Thanks to Janice Rider for passing on this sad news.

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Lesley Weaver: ‘Very sorry to hear this, worked with Ian on many occasions… My condolences to his family’

Allan Hughes: ‘Such a great person to work with many happy memories’

 

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