Pebble Mill Blue Plaque

 

On Wednesday 8 September 2021 a BBC Heritage Trail blue plaque was unveiled on the site of BBC Pebble Mill, now a rehabilitation hospital, to commemorate the building and all the fantastic programmes that were created there. A small number of former BBC staff attended the ceremony. The plaque was unveiled by Midlands Today presenter, Nick Owen, who presented the last ever news programme from the broadcast centre.

Included in the photographs are:

  1. Annie Gumbley Williams, Jim Dumighan
  2. ?, Nick Owen
  3. Ken Pollack, Nick Owen
  4. Ken Pollack, Ivor Williams, John Duckmanton
  5. Norman McLeod, John Williams, Nick Owen
  6. Annie Gumbley Williams, Nick Owen, Jenny Brewer

Terry Dobson

Terry Dobson, who launched the Pebble Mill at One programme in 1972 and remained its editor until 1978, died on Saturday, 19th September in Devon. He was 87.
Terry joined Pebble Mill from BBC North East, and left Birmingham in 1978 to become Regional Television Manager at BBC South, Southampton.
In the mid 80’s he returned to Pebble Mill as Managing Editor, English regions.
(text from Jim Dumighan)
The photos feature Terry Dobson and the Pebble Mill at One production office, and date from the mid 1970s. They were taken by Ken Williams.

Alec Robson

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.

L-R: Jim Dumighan, Glyn Elledge, Ruby Robson, Alec, Fred Hale (house services), Don Cooper in glasses on the right.

L-R Chris Howard (studio sparks), Alec Robson, Keith Moreton

Alec Robson with Derek Price

Pot Black

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This photo is of Jim Dumighan and producer Reg Perrin on the popular snooker series, Pot Black, which was made at Pebble Mill. It looks like the programme planning blackboard in the background.

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

Julian Hitchcock: ‘We recorded it just after Christmas. Wonderful convivial days.’

Gordon Astley: ‘Pot Black was my first job when I joined the Beeb. On the first episode it was my responsibility to press ‘play’ on the tape machine for the iconic theme tune !’

Dawn and Kevin Hudson, with their Pot Black T-shirts

Pot Black team

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This photo is of key members of the Pot Black team. Left to right: John Smith, director; Jane Mclean, PA; Steve Davis, snooker player; Jim Dumighan, series producer. Pot Black was the BBC’s snooker tournament which was broadcast from 1969. It was produced at Pebble Mill. Steve Davis won the tournament in 1982. The photo dates from 1991 and was published in Midlands News.

Thanks to Jim Dumighan for sharing the photo.

Midlands News Sept 1991

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page by Jane McLean:

“This is the piece – Midlands News September 1991. Can’t remember when Smithy started up White Rabbit but 1991 will be about right. Two things I remember well – Ronnie O’Sullivan won the first Junior Pot Black I did aged about 15 (him not me) and was incredibly embarrassed when I congratulated him. He was only a sprog and so shy. When I started Pot Black, I hadn’t a clue how snooker worked. Just before we went into the Gallery, Smithy told me it was up to me to keep score – like only Smithy could. The TM – can’t remember which – gave me a lesson and I’ve been hooked ever since.”