Children in Need – Simon Bates

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

Simon Bates, Cathy Houghton, Mick Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children in Need photos dating from the late 1980s/early 1990s, with Midlands Today’s Cathy Houghton briefing presenter Simon Bates on the evening’s proceedings, in Studio C – the Foyer. Mick Murphy tickling the ivories!

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

Siobhan Maher Kennedy: Mick Murphy I remember him! I got my CBBC job from being a presenter for the Children in Need from Pebble Mill in 1986.

Rosalind Gower: Yes it was 1990, one of the years I produced it with Simon Bates and Toyah Willcox presenting. That year all the production team, crews etc all wore fancy dress and I remember Mick getting that snazzy outfit from wardrobe.

 

Signature tunes: Look Hear, Second City Firsts, Gangsters

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These Pebble Mill signature tunes are for:
1) Look Hear – Regional studio based entertainment show, presented by Toyah Willcox.
2) Second City Firsts – 30 minute studio A drama series, featuring new writers to television.
3) Gangsters – 1976 Play for Today, and later series.

Thank to Peter Poole for sharing the signature tunes.

Look Hear

Look Hear

Gangsters 1976

Gangsters 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook group:
Stuart Gandy:’I certainly remember all these, and Look Hear was one of this first programmes I worked on as a TA in Studio Ops back in 1980.’

Children in Need Evening Show briefing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Merrick carries out the director’s briefing for the evening show for ‘Children in Need’ in the Studio C, foyer.

Left to right: Louise Willcox ? seated, James French, Dave Farline, Wilf Welch, Dave Brazier, Sue Beardsmore presenter, Merrick Simmonds dir, Roz Gower prod, Simon Bates presenter, Toyah Willcox presenter.

Look! Hear! Toyah Willcox & Duran Duran

 

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These grabs are from the Pebble Mill regional youth entertainment programme, ‘Look! Hear!’.  The programme was presented by Toyah Willcox, and regularly hosted performances by well known bands, like Duran, Duran.

Thanks to Ian Collins for making them available.

The following comments were posted on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group:

Stuart Gandy: ‘Yes I certainly remember working on this show with Duran Duran in it. It was I suppose unusual for a regional opt out programme to have such a big production as this. Each show would have 3 bands on at least and they always as far as I can remember played live, unlike TOTP where they usually didn’t. One of the first programmes I worked on in 1980 when I joined as a TA in opps, this was exciting stuff to get to see all these bands live.’

David Ackrill: ‘Don’t remember the actual show, but would have watched Toyah and Duran Duran on Look! Hear! if Mum and Dad had let me (until I left home and got married and no time to myself at the time). Strange to think a queen of punk would end up doing voice overs for the children’s program called Brum !’

Look! Hear! Titles grab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This grab is from the title sequence of the Pebble Mill Midland Region series ‘Look! Hear! – circa 1980. It was a youth orientated show, which combined music, entertainment and fashion items.  It was presented by Toyah Willcox.

Thanks to Paul Vanezis for identifying the still.