Photos by cameraman Bhasker Solanki of the camera team relaxing in the BBC Club after a recording. The photos were taken on 17th August 1984. The event was Bhas Solanki’s leaving do. He was going to work in London.
Photo from Karen Lamb, no reproduction without permission.
The photo shows the Pebble Mill camera crews and dates from the early 1990s, probably from the leaving do of Robin Sunderland, and perhaps Dave Wilkins.
Back row, Phil Wilson, Doug Smith, Noel Paley, James French, Adrian Kelly, Don Cooper, Dave Lawson (far left)
Middle row, Karen Lamb, Eric Wise, Dave Farline, Dave Wilkins, Dave Ballantyne,
Front row, Keith Salmon, Robin Sunderland, Andy Payne, John Moorcroft.
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This article from the Pebble Mill News from 1984, lists some ‘comings and goings’ at BBC Pebble Mill.
Included in the ‘goings’ is radio and television producer, Philip Donnellan. Philip joined BBC Birmingham in 1948, and his retirement was beginning with a filming trip in the USA, and the promise of being able ‘to make all the films I wasn’t allowed to in the BBC!’
Other notable ‘goings’ include Stan Smith from Comms, Technical Manager Barry Hill, cleaners Maud Joyce and Gwen Carr.
Amongst the new faces were trainee cameramen, Simon Bennett and John Moorcroft, engineer Steve May, Top Gear researcher Jon Bentley (now of the Gadget Show), and dresser Terry Powell.
Liz Darby, Bob Jacobs are also congratulated on their attachments.
Thanks to Robin Sunderland for sharing the Pebble Mill News.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Laura McNeill: ‘That is brilliant! I trained with David Page at Wood Norton, the audio trainee.’
Stuart Gandy: ‘Many names I remember here and some I have worked with over the years.
Dave Bushell seeing your name there reminded me that it’s 35 years last month since I joined the BBC and you were my course lecturer!’
Dave Bushell: ‘Yes, Stuart, you were one of my early victims! Luckily you survived!’
Steve Dellow: ‘Lurking at the extreme bottom right (Anniversaries)…Clive Kendall (Comms) reaching 40 years service!’
Richard Stevenson: ‘Jon Bentley, Researcher Top Gear. Didn’t he do well?!’
The photo shows Laura McNeill (sound), with John Moorcroft (camera). It was taken at an outside broadcast at the Chelsea Flower Show, probably around 1990. Given the champagne, and dinner jacket, it was probably taken on the Monday evening during the Royal Gala.
Working on the ‘Chelsea Flower Show’ was always a great occasion, and great fun. At this time we tended to make a ‘Chelsea Special’ programme, and a ‘Gardeners’ World’ from Chelsea that would go out on the Friday night, in the normal slot.