Photos by Pebble Mill VT engineer and supervisor John Burkill, no reproduction without permission.
These photos of a Pebble Mill at One outside broadcast from October 1981.
Photo by VT engineer John Burkill, no reproduction without permission.
The photo dates from January 1985, and features cameraman Jim Gray filming on location, possibly in the Alps. This is probably from an outside broadcast, rather than a single camera shoot, for a Pebble Mill programme.
Please add a comment if you can identify the programme, and location.
Photos by John Burkill, no reproduction without permission.
These ‘Top Gear’ photos date from 1977 (with the Lotus Esprit and Porsche 928 photos) and 1982 (with the photo of the Ford Granada). They show early in-car recordings onto 1″ videotape. The recording machine was the VPR5. The camera mounted on the Lotus and Porsche is the Bosch Fernseh, which was one of the first ‘lightweight’ cameras, although it was extremely heavy in reality. The camera mounted on the roof of the Ford Granada is an Ikegami, probably an HL79. It is being operated by Keith Salmon, director David Weir is holding the gun mic and Tony Wass is on the right-hand side. Inside the white Granada, Steve Searly is operating the racks control for the VPR5. John Burkill, VT editor/engineer would have set up the VPR5.
The photos show how cumbersome in-car recording was in the 1970s and 80s in comparison to today, when cameras can be really tiny.