Doctors filming at Pebble Mill






























Photos from John Waldron, no reproduction without permission.

The photos show shoots for the continuing drama, ‘Doctors’, taking place at the rear, and front entrances to Pebble Mill.

The Pebble Mill building proved ideal in providing multiple locations for ‘Doctors’.  With a little dressing the corridors and exterior could be made to look like a hospital or police station.

The photos include: Kenny Ralston (swinging the boom in the second photo), Tabitha Wady, Natalie J. Robb, Tom Butcher, and Corrine Wickes.

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group:

Andy Walters: ‘The first picture is of the back of Pebble Mill below the WM production office. The other two are of the front.’

Marie Phillips: ‘My Successor at CIN left after a year or so and I was asked to spend time with the next Co-ordinator to show her the ropes so to speak so I was not up to date with current programmes. On my way to the Photocopy Room one morning a very nice, smart gentleman asked me the way to Doctors. I thought “Oh Dear, he must be feeling poorly” and promptly escorted him to the Surgery to Gina the Nurse. “Oh No” he said, “I’m directing it!” I did feel silly and took him up to the set and I could hear raucous laughter as I sped away !!’

Pebble Mill Trinket Box



Pebble Mill trinket box from Marie Phillips.

These trinket boxes were amongst a number of souvenir objects commemorating the  building which were commissioned by HR, to give to important visitors.  Marie Phillips was a personal assistant in HR.

Gordon Astley and Children in Need

Photo from Marie Phillips, no reproduction without permission.

The photo dates from May 1993, and shows Radio WM presenter, Gordon Astley, presenting a ‘Children in Need’ cheque for the ‘Allen’s Croft Project’, right outside the front of the Pebble Mill building.

Alan Titchmarsh opens a Children in Need project – Marie Phillips

Photos by Marie Phillips, no reproduction without permission.

The photos show gardening and talk show presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, opening a Children in Need project, before sharing tea with the children involved.

It was Ulverley Green Special School in Olton, about 1996. CIN had paid for the equipment for a play area and raised plant beds. We took some cowslips for them. Alan was, as ever, brilliant and spent so much time with the children and mothers, although he did get told off for eating the pansies on the tea tables. He was just demonstrating that they were edible, but some of the mums thought it might encourage their kiddies to eat some plants which were not!!  He was mortified and very apologetic but made a lovely speech to officially open the Project. I drove him there and must have scared the daylights out of him because he made the return journey with Gyn Freeman and the film crew – hee! hee!