Big Strong Boys, circa 2003, lunchtime on a shoot in Hatton, Warwickshire. In the photo are Dan Davis, Warren Green, and Alan Herd.
Photograph by Suzie Curtlin, no reproduction without permission.
Thanks to Suzie Curtlin for sharing these photos of the BBC1 makeover show, House Trap. The team were ‘locked’ in a house for a week and had to makeover a different room each day.
The presenters included Gordon Whistance and Craig Phillips, shown in the top photo.
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:
Sue Robinson: ‘I directed this and Rosemary Edwards was the Producer. I can’t remember the year but about 2000 ish sounds about right. It was a house somewhere in Hall Green.‘
Caroline Feldon Parsons: ‘It was freezing I remember. And I was actually able to walk to work as I lived in Hall Green at the time! Can’t really remember much about it now other than stressing about a kitchen reveal involving a stainless steel splashback, and Kate Hillman getting trapped in the bedroom during a live segment and having to dive down beside the bed to get out of shot!’
Kate Hillman: ‘It was probably 2001, as I’d had my first baby. This is also the only explanation as to why I’d cut my hair off and dyed it dark brown. Not really any recollection of that! It was definitely winter as we were using power tools outside in the dark and frost. Andy Payne’s fleece definitely caught fire in the bathroom, as I wasn’t sure whether to flap my clipboard or beat the flames with it! It was over the closing of the live show and he stayed steady to the end! The presenter was Charlotte someone from Watchdog. It was hard work because after we’d finished the show, before the paint was dry, we moved everything into that room to prep the next room. All presenters in sleeping bags locked in the house. Seemed like a good idea at the time!!’
Nigel Mercer: ‘Pretty certain it was after 2002, as I gave Craig the fleece he’s wearing on a Carlton TV show called Renovation Street in 2001 and I was working with the lovely Gordon Whistance on Changing Rooms in 2002.’
Thanks to Suzie Curtlin for sharing this photo of the BBC Birmingham pen which was given to all staff moving from Pebble Mill to the Mailbox, when the Pebble Mill building was closed, prior to being demolished in 2005.
When the Pebble Mill building was closed before being demolished in 2005, the mosaic mural in the courtyard was dismantled and a piece of it given to each member of staff, as a memento, which was a nice gesture. The mosaic was in the courtyard shown in the photograph, although unfortunately not visible in it.
Thanks to Suzie Curtlin for sharing this photo of her piece of mosaic tile.