Pebble Mill at One – Eric Morecambe

PM@1 Eric Morecambe MM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The photo is from Pebble Mill at One in the 1980s, and shows comedian Eric Morecambe in the background, complete with vampire teeth, with Mick Murphy, floor manager, in the foreground. The photo was taken in the Foyer studio.

Thanks to Mick Murphy for sharing the photo.

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:

Diane Reid: ‘That was the day Eric did a Marcel Marceau on the outside of the studio window.’

Wally Aspey’s retirement do

Wally Aspey retirement 2

Wally Aspey retirement do 1

Wally Aspey retirement 3

Wally Aspey Retirement 4

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These photos are of Wally Aspey’s retirement do. It was held at the BBC Club, with Mick Murphy playing the piano. Also in the piano photo are Kevin Hudson (blonde curly hair), next to Dave Ackrill (blonde hair).

Wally is seen tucking into his ‘BBC’ cake, behind him is designer Miles Laing.

Thanks to Dawn and Kevin Hudson for sharing the photos.

Children in Need – Simon Bates

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children in Need photos dating from the late 1980s/early 1990s, with Midlands Today’s Cathy Houghton briefing presenter Simon Bates on the evening’s proceedings, in Studio C – the Foyer. Mick Murphy tickling the ivories!

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

Siobhan Maher Kennedy: Mick Murphy I remember him! I got my CBBC job from being a presenter for the Children in Need from Pebble Mill in 1986.

Rosalind Gower: Yes it was 1990, one of the years I produced it with Simon Bates and Toyah Willcox presenting. That year all the production team, crews etc all wore fancy dress and I remember Mick getting that snazzy outfit from wardrobe.

 

Pebble Mill at One – Oslo 1982

Mick Murphy and Bob Horsfield Oslo 1982JMc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Jane Mclean, no reproduction without permission.

The photo was taken during a Pebble Mill at One outside broadcast in Oslo, Norway.  Mick Murphy (Floor Manager) is seated on the left, and is talking to Bob Horsfield (Rigger). John Smith was the OB director.

Thanks to Jane Mclean for sharing the photo.

Countryfile with Rupert Segar

Rupert Segar with rabid fox caught in Nancy. Countryfile 1990. Mick Murphy dir. CW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Charles White, no reproduction without permission.

(The photo is of Countryfile presenter, Rupert Segar, from 1990. The story was about a rabid fox caught in Nancy, France.)

I was on attachment to CountryFile as a director from my editing job, and went upstairs to start day 1. Mike Fitzgerald, the then Series Producer asked me if i had a passport and i was duly dispatched to France. With Michael Murphy as my mentor, we turned up in Nancy looking for rabies. At this time the Chunnel was about to complete and the big fear (unfounded) was that rabid foxes would walk through to Britain. (The fact that bats fly here with it wasn’t overlooked, but not explored). Nancy at this period was the epicentre of Rabies on the continent, and we filmed without luck in the surrounding forests. By pure chance as we were at the Laboratoires de La Rage, a rabid fox got trapped in a tennis court and was duly brought to us. The picture shows Rupert doing a PTC (Piece to Camera) in front of the wretched creature. (They were tested and then subsequently killed with cyanide)- the fox, not Rupert!

Of further interest is the crew size; Director, Presenter, PA, Lighting man, Sound, and Cameraman – what luxury! CountryFile had in its office 4 teams of Director, Producer, researcher and PA, who operated a 4 week rota of making items for the programme; this model worked very well. Researchers could take days out to recce the countryside for stories, and then a suitable crew would be designated for the job.

On another Fox story with Michael Collie, in the far north of Scotland, I directed for 3 days an item about a moratorium on shooting foxes which had been running for three years. Great theory and lots of interviews about predation of sheep etc; as the sun went down on us and Michael did his final PTC, a farmer came up to us in his land rover and confessed he’d been shooting foxes during the whole experimental time. Back to the drawing board….!!!

Charles White

Mick Murphy added the following comment on the Pebble Mill Facebook group: ‘Charles is spot on. He was also selected for his impeccable French. The story went on to Northallerton, North Yorkshire, for a demonstration, by local Trading Standards of their rabies containment strategy, using a very reluctant labrador, acting as an infected dog. Those were the days when CountryFile featured single items. It was also Rupert’s debut.’