Category Archives: People

John Wilson RIP

The funeral and committal for John Wilson has been arranged for 11:30 on
Thursday 9 February at:-
St Mary’s Church,
Haddenham,
Bucks.
HP17 8AH.

This will be followed by a reception at:-
Thame Barns Centre,
Church Road,
Thame.
OX9 3AJ.

This is about ten minute’s drive from Haddenham, and there is plenty of parking at both places.
John’s wife Rosemarie says, ”I will be very pleased to welcome John’s BBC friends, I might even meet a few people who have just been names in the past”.

No flowers please, but if anybody would like to donate to a charity it can be done through the Funeral Directors (FJ Wilson, Greenway, Haddenham, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP17 8BJ) to one of the following:-
Florence Nightingale Hospice
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Medecins Sans Frontieres
RNLI
Or send it directly, or leave a donation at the church.

Happy New Year – Updates

I trust that 2017 will be a good year for you all.

I’ve just made some additions to Obituaries – names many of you will remember working with in the past.

Jeremy Summers (thanks to Ian Williams for pointing me to the Guardian page), Rodney Bennett (whose obit I found on a Dr Who Fan page) and Claude Whatham (I was prompted to look him up having just watched the new “Swallows & Amazons” – he directed the 1974 version – and in the process I discovered he had died in 2008).

These are all people we “older” Oldboys worked with – it’s nice to discover what else they did in the past.

CB

Philip Saville RIP

Many of you will know or have worked with Philip Saville who died on December 22nd.  While I wait for a full obituary, here is an excerpt from his Wikipedia entry.

Saville began his working life as an actor. During the 1960s he directed television plays, such as Harold Pinter’s A Night Out (1960) for ABC’s Armchair Theatre anthology series. He directed over 40 plays for Armchair Theatre and helped pioneer the innovative visual style it became known for, including rapid and intricate camera movements during the often live productions.[1] He also directed Madhouse on Castle Street (1963) for the BBC. The (now lost) production was the first acting appearance of the folk singer Bob Dylan, whom Saville had flown over specifically to take part in the play. Saville’s production of Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) for the BBC pioneered the use of videotape for location recording.[1]

Other significant programmes on which Saville worked include Out of the Unknown (1965) and the Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) for which Saville received a BAFTA to add to his earlier BAFTA for Hamlet at Elsinore, and The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986).

John Jarvie RIP

I’ve just heard of the passing of John Jarvie – many of you will remember him.

A long career in the BBC started with a spell at Norwich and took him on to become Head of Studio Capital Projects – involving him in the creation of a number of new local radio station buildings – and later engineering general manager at TV Centre.

Thanks  to Robin Hall for pointing me to this at the Forum for former BBC Staff

Vacancy at the BFI

charles.fairall@bfi.org.uk thought that you may be interested in this job.

Job title: Archive Support Engineer
Job reference: REQ0172
Application closing date: 24/05/2016
Location: Hertfordshire – Berkhamsted
Salary: £28,482 – £33,321
Package:
Job category/type: Fixed-term

We are looking to recruit an Archive Support Engineer on a fixed-term basis to join the Conservation team as soon as possible.

This exciting role will provide expert engineering and technical support, maintaining and sustaining the diverse range of audio visual equipment, both analogue and digital, to meet a wide range of exciting archive objectives and projects.

If you are fascinated with machinery and technologies, backed up by relevant qualifications and professional experience gained at a practical level, this role will involve working with electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and associated systems vital to the preservation of one of the world’s greatest collections of film and television. You will require strong technical aptitude and possess the necessary skills and knowledge to diagnose faults and repair equipment, working at component level. The ideal candidate will already have excellent knowledge of current and legacy video, audio, digital, television and film systems, spanning all historic technologies, although expert skills and knowledge exist within the team to support this role.

The role is based at the BFI National Archive in Berkhamsted (nearest station is Berkhamsted) and is to start as soon as possible.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

Further details about the role, including an information pack, can be obtained by clicking here.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

First interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Change of date for mid Summer Lunch at Guildford

Following today’s announcement of the date for the EU Referendum, I have brought forward the Oldboys (and Girls) Summer Lunch from June 23rd to June 16th. Please adjust your diaries accordingly.

There will, obviously, be the standard advance notice email before the event.

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The Editors Toolkit

A shameless plug for Chris Wadsworth’s new book, available on Amazon.

Chris W cover

THE EDITOR’S TOOLKIT has just been published by Focal Press. Not about software and designed for most abilities and complete with 52 specially shot downloadable exercises, it is now available on Amazon and shortly on i-books. Most members of the BBC Television Recording Dept will recognise the front cover illustration is by Dave Rixon and there are more of his cartoons inside.There is a also companion website: editors-toolkit.co.uk where you can sample the book and download four free exercises. Share and enjoy – I hope.