Children in Need – photos from Ruth Kiosses

Andria Fletcher, Ruth Kiosses, Alex Pargeter

Ruth Kiosses

Ruth Kiosses & Andria Fletcher

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The photos were taken at Pebble Mill on a ‘Children in Need’ day, with the Wardrobe department volunteering and manning the phones.

‘The photos date from 1991/2. It was the busiest week of the Wardrobe year with van loads of costumes arriving daily from TVC and our own Selly Oak stores. You couldn’t move in the basement for costume rails ready for the CIN broadcast in the evening. It was always stressful but fun on the night. We raised a lot of cash dressed as a racehorse from Pebble Mill’s drama ‘Trainer’ one year, and yes, I was the back end! ‘

Ruth Kiosses

Mr Blobby – Ruth Kiosses

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The photo shows Ruth Kiosses in the Wardrobe Department with ‘Mr Blobby’.  ‘Mr Blobby’ was a character who appeared regularly in Noel Edmond’s Saturday night show: ‘Noel’s House Party’ in the early 1990s.  ‘Mr Blobby’ went on to release a hit single, and was a merchandising phenomenon.

I believe that ‘Mr Blobby’ was the idea of a sound man, who received very little recompense for it.

‘Mr Blobby’ was probably up in Birmingham as a guest on the Christmas special of ‘The Movie Game’, a BBC Children’s programme, which was a London series, hosted out of Pebble Mill in the early 1990s.  (Thanks to Linda Hearn for this information.)

Ruth remembers that Mr Blobby visited the Wardrobe Department several times, arriving in a large box from TVC. This photo was taken in old Wardrobe in the basement below Studio A. Inside was head of Wardrobe Anne-Marie Palmer(now Morrell) what a great Boss!

Costume Department – photos from Ruth Kiosses

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Here are a couple of photos some of the Costume Department staff at BBC Pebble Mill, from the early 1990s.

The first photo features Anne Marie Morrell, and Ruth Kiosses.

The second one features Ruth Kiosses, Russell Barnett and Andria Fletcher.