David Waine, who has died at the age of 76, had a career with the BBC spanning 30 years ending as Head of Broadcasting at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham.
This photo is of Jim Dumighan and producer Reg Perrin on the popular snooker series, Pot Black, which was made at Pebble Mill. It looks like the programme planning blackboard in the background.
The following comments were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Julian Hitchcock: ‘We recorded it just after Christmas. Wonderful convivial days.’
Gordon Astley: ‘Pot Black was my first job when I joined the Beeb. On the first episode it was my responsibility to press ‘play’ on the tape machine for the iconic theme tune !’
This photo is of key members of the Pot Black team. Left to right: John Smith, director; Jane Mclean, PA; Steve Davis, snooker player; Jim Dumighan, series producer. Pot Black was the BBC’s snooker tournament which was broadcast from 1969. It was produced at Pebble Mill. Steve Davis won the tournament in 1982. The photo dates from 1991 and was published in Midlands News.
Thanks to Jim Dumighan for sharing the photo.
The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page by Jane McLean:
“This is the piece – Midlands News September 1991. Can’t remember when Smithy started up White Rabbit but 1991 will be about right. Two things I remember well – Ronnie O’Sullivan won the first Junior Pot Black I did aged about 15 (him not me) and was incredibly embarrassed when I congratulated him. He was only a sprog and so shy. When I started Pot Black, I hadn’t a clue how snooker worked. Just before we went into the Gallery, Smithy told me it was up to me to keep score – like only Smithy could. The TM – can’t remember which – gave me a lesson and I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Cameraman Robin Sunderland has amassed quite a collection of BBC programme branded clothing over his years at Pebble Mill, including: Telly Addicts, Bollywood or Bust, Pot Black, Saturday Night at the Mill, Good Morning Summer.
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Director and producer, Reg Perrin died last Saturday 11th June 2016, aged 90.
The information about him below is from Jim Dumighan:
“He lived in Eastbourne for some years, having moved there from Nottinghamshire, where he settled after retiring from Pebble Mill. He celebrated his 90th birthday on 24th May with a family gathering.
Having started in radio in his native London, Reg moved into television and joined BBC Midlands in the 1950s. He worked closely with Barrie Edgar and Phil Lewis, and for many years acted as studio director of Come Dancing. One of the first series he directed from Gosta Green was Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler.
In 1970 Reg replaced Phil Lewis as producer of Pot Black. He later produced Jazz at the Mill, the first music special to come out of Pebble Mill in 1973.”