Photos from Jane Mclean, no reproduction without permission.
The photos were taken on 17 Dec 1998 at the PAs leaving party. The Production Assistants at BBC Pebble Mill took redundancy, although many came back as freelancers with the BBC.
This picture is of the original Pebble Mill farm long before BBC Pebble Mill was even a twinkle in the Corporation’s eye. It probably dates from the 19th Century.
The BBC acquired the site about ten years before the building was erected. The land was actually owned by the Calthorpe Estate.
Thanks to Juliet Dean from Film Unit for making this picture available.
Photos from Maggie Humphries & Juliet Dean.
These photos include stills of the Film Unit Office, featuring Bill Bohanna (Manager Film), Maggie Humphries & Diane Welch, Juliet Dean.
Photos of the crews include:
– Cameraman Mike Willie, and assistant Keith Froggatt and others, by the pond
– Keith Froggatt on the camera crane
– Cameramen Nigel Davey and Keith Froggatt
– John Couzens doing a tracking shot from a wheelchair
– John Parker and Roger Waldron recording 3 Minute Heroes
– Cameraman Eric Wise (below the cross)
– John Couzens, Eric Wise, Andy Payne and Tim Green, filming by a road
The Film Unit was a busy office on the 1st floor at the back of Pebble Mill. All the allocation of film camera crews was done from the Office, as well as the ordering of specialist film equipment. The Film Unit also organised the film editors, allocating editors to programmes, including news, dramas and documentaries. Most filmed programmes were shot on 16mm film. Shooting and editing on film were replaced in the late 1980s and 1990s by single camera video recording on beta and then digibeta, and the editing equipment changed from steenbecks to Avid.