Pebble Mill at One, HMS Dreadnought – David Weir

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Pebble Mill at One: HMS Dreadnought – 14/2/80 ………..
And…..cue the submarine”.

With those words [surely one of the best ever cues over talkback!]  John Smith, the Director, began yet another “first” for the Pebble Mill @ One team with a live broadcast from a nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, near Faslane off the west coast of Scotland on the 14th February, 1980. The submarine took it’s cue, broke through the surface of the  choppy Firth of the Clyde and appeared in all it’s glory to the music of the opening title sequence. What happened next – I will never forget.

John Smith was an inspirational Producer/Director and not exactly known for taking “No” or “It can’t be done” for an answer. He was the driving force behind many of Pebble Mill’s ambitious live programmes – particularly those involving the military.

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Nicola Katrak shoot

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On location on the 1986, Nicola Katrak documentary with the Asian Programme Unit. In the photograph are Barrie Foster (then camera assistant), Steve Saunderson (film cameraman), Waseem Mahmood (director).

Here is the entry for the documentary from the Radio Times:

“A Dancer’s Story – Nicola Katrak
Narrated by Marian Foster An Asian Magazine special that takes a look at the hard, dedicated profession of dancing through the eyes of Nicola Katrak , a young
Principal with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet.
Nicola is descended from a distinguished Parsee family in Karachi, Pakistan. The film shows Nicola rehearsing at Sadler’s Wells, relaxing at home in London with her husband Charles, and also working with young children teaching them to appreciate ballet.
Research ELISABETH SEABOURNE Film editor JOHN BLAND
Director WASEEM MAHMOOD
Executive producer ASHOK RAMPAL BBC Pebble Mill”

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f2419193cf7142e9ab22b9469926b9fb

Donny MacLeod tribute

Pebble Mill at One tribute to presenter, Donny MacLeod, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 1984. This excerpt was shared by Ben Seymour, son of presenter, David Seymour.

Pebble Mill at One Tapestry

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This article is from the Pebble Mill at One book from the 1985-6 season, and gives details about the large tapestry which was sewn by viewers, and far exceeded what had been originally envisaged. The heritage tapestry was the brainchild of designer Kaffe Fassett, and was acquired by the Duchess of Devonshire for display at Chatsworth House. The tapestry was made up of six inch squares, completed by viewers of the programme. Marian sewed her own square, depicting the North East of her childhood. A second tapestry was displayed at Harewood House in Yorkshire, and an additional panel was displayed in one of the corridors at Pebble Mill, but I don’t know what happened when the building closed in 2004.

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Pebble Mill at Ten

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This is the ten year anniversary show of Pebble Mill at One, from 1982. It features the landing of the Harrier, amongst other memorable items. Some, like the ‘Black and White Minstrels’ are very much of their time, and seem quite shocking when viewed today. It is presented by Marian Foster, Donny Mcleod and Bob Langley.

Screen grab of the opening titles. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission.

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