Filming by the Brook

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Left to right in this photo are cameramen: Alan Duxbury, Keith Schofield, Dave Wilkins (hiding by Keith’s arm), Bhasker Solanki, and Robin Sunderland. The photo is from the early 1980s, and is probably for Pebble Mill at One.

Thanks to Robin Sunderland for sharing the photo.

Cameramen Barrie Foster and Dave Doogood

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Barrie Foster, and Dave Doogood on camera.

Thanks to Robin Sunderland for sharing the photo.

Robert Hardy dies aged 91

All Creatures Great and Small 1989. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor, Robert Hardy, who played Siegfried (centre in the photo above) in All Creatures Great and Small’ died 3rd August 2017, he was 91. Hardy was born in Cheltenham in October 1925. He gained a BA from Oxford in English Literature, after being conscripted into the RAF during the war. He became an actor who could play a wide range of parts. Below is an excerpt from his obituary on the BBC website:

‘In 1978, Hardy took the part of the irascible but good-natured Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, the long-running BBC series based on James Herriot’s best-selling books.

As the senior vet of the small Yorkshire Dales practice, Robert Hardy became one of the best-known faces on British television.

Full of animals, nostalgia and rural scenery, the show became a massive hit, attracting audiences of up to 20 million.

The original run ended in 1978 but the series was revived 10 years later after the BBC obtained permission to write new storylines, having exhausted the original James Herriot books.

But the new scripts failed to meet with Hardy’s approval and he rewrote large parts of his dialogue. “All they did was make Siegfried explode and be bad-tempered. I kept changing things.”‘

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13783739

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

Keith Brook (Scouse): ‘What a bloody brilliant actor. Never forgot a line, could always find his light or see when he was shadowing someone, and could hit a mark in the middle of nowhere, every time. Occasionally, he’d even hold a line until the camera was ready! His rhythm and pacing were wonderful and repeatable. A true delight to work with.’

John Evans: ‘You suspect he was playing himself in All Creatures Great and Small.What a great part he played with such presence and humour.I always liked to watch him.’

Steve Weddle: ‘One of the greats of British acting, and a great advocate for Pebble Mill. He always approved of All Creatures being made at PM. He was one of us.’

Robin Sunderland: ‘You always knew when Robert was in a scene…. consummate professional!’

Andy Tylee: ‘ I recall him in Age of Kings playing prince hall opposite Sean Connery as hotspur. Also he was a leading authority on the English longbow.

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Pebble Mill at One book

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Thanks to cameraman Robin Sunderland for sharing his copy of this 1980’s Pebble Mill at One book. The front cover features presenters, Marian Foster, Bob Langley and Paul Coia, stood outside BBC Pebble Mill, whilst the back cover shows Marian in front of the Pebble Mill Heritage Tapestry, ‘Count Your Blessings’. The tapestry was very large, and was hung at one time in Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, although I remember it adorning one wall of the courtyard corridor outside Studio A at Pebble Mill in the 1990s.

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Pebble Mill Camera Crews

Camera team Karen Lamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Karen Lamb, no reproduction without permission.

The photo shows the Pebble Mill camera crews and dates from the early 1990s, probably from the leaving do of Robin Sunderland, and perhaps Dave Wilkins.

Included are:

Back row, Phil Wilson, Doug Smith, Noel Paley, James French, Adrian Kelly, Don Cooper, Dave Lawson (far left)

Middle row, Karen Lamb, Eric Wise,  Dave Farline, Dave Wilkins, Dave Ballantyne,

Front row, Keith Salmon, Robin Sunderland, Andy Payne, John Moorcroft.

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