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.
The top photo features camera operators Philip Thickett and Alan Duxbury. The lower photo features camera operator, Keith Froggatt.
If the photographs are from The Various Ends of Mrs F’s Friends, then they date from 1981.
The following comment was added on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:
James French: ‘That is a Nike crane from London. It only came up a couple of times. I’m guessing this is from ‘The Various Ends of Mrs F’s Friends’ directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne?’
Harrier jet lands at Pebble Mill, as part of Pebble Mill at One. Keith Brook (aka Scouse) is on camera, and I think Philip Thickett is cable bashing.
Cargo Kings was one of a handful of live plays from Pebble Mill transmitted in March 1983. By this time it was very unusual to stage television drama live, because of its limitations, so these plays were quite a brave enterprise.
These script front pages show the cast and crew of the drama, as well as the rehearsal schedule and scene order.
Thanks to Philip Thickett, who was one of the cameramen, presumably on camera 5, from the notes on the script, for sharing it.
BORRIS, (scribbled on the script) for those who don’t know was the drama rehearsal room which was part of the garage and outside broadcast block at the back of BBC Pebble Mill.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Terry Powell: ‘Yet, another show I worked on. We really did do some fabulous programmes.’
Janice Rider: ‘Yes indeed we did Terry – that was quite a nerve-wracking experience as I remember but we were all relieved we managed to pull it off including quick changes . See they spelled my name wrong on the running order as usual!’
Terry Powell: ‘Yes, indeed. But we still had fun. We literally went from one show to another in those days. We must have been like race horses.’
Photos by Chris Harris, no reproduction without permission.
The photos show the landing of a harrier jump jet on a ‘Pebble Mill at One’ programme, produced by John Smith.
The first photo shows the harrier coming in over the Pershore Road.
The second shows presenter Marian Foster, and cameraman Keith Brook waiting for the pilot to climb out of the cockpit.
The third photo is of the interview itself, and includes Philip Thickett as cable basher.