Category Archives: People
A shameless plug for Chris Wadsworth’s new book, available on Amazon.
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.
Overnight I received the following sad news from Andre Ingram (BBC SCPD 1977 to 1996):
It is with great sadness that I bring the news of the passing of Ian Andy Andrews last night after a very short period of illness following a fall.
David , Ian’s son has asked me to say a few words at the funeral.
I have known Ian and David for 34 years and of that time whilst I was in SCPD telecine and later VT section he guided me and many others in his kind gentle manner.
I would like some possible reminiscences of other past BBC staff members.
Could you possibly send out an email asking people to contact me.
I will email you when I know the details of the funeral.
I’ll post further details as I receive them.
Many of you will remember Janet Bone – for years the PA to Yvonne Littlewood and later her FM. I am sorry to tell you that Janet died recently. Details of her funeral are below :-
I’ve just had confirmation that Janet’s funeral will be held on Thursday 7th January.
There will be a private cremation at 10.40 followed by a service for Janet at 12.00 at the St Mary with St Alban Church, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN and afterwards at The Park Hotel, Park Road, Teddington, TW11 OAB.
Everyone is welcome to the church service and to the Park Hotel.
The church have asked for an idea of numbers so could you please let me know if you are able to come.
At last Thursday’s Television Recording Christmas Lunch I was given a document that may well be of interest to many of you – especially those of a ‘certain age. It’s the December 1961 Staff List.
1961 Staff List
This should have been posted yesterday, but the latest Windows 10 upgrade has created havoc here, and I’m only just able to handle graphics etc!!!
PS This will also go in the 1961 section on the main menu.
PPS. Pictures from the Christmas Lunch online by Monday.
I’ve just received this from Anthony Pugh:-
Thought I would let you know that Roger Smeathers passed away in hospital on Sunday 8th November 2015 following a short illness. He worked in VT at Alexandra Palace after training at Wood Norton in the mid 60’s, Roger went on to joined ATV/Central TV in Birmingham where he worked in the VTR Dept until 2003 when he retired. I expect that some of your VT old boys will remember him.
As yet no date set for Roger’s funeral.
From Neil Eccles,
Sadly, I have to tell you that Peter (Massey) died on Wednesday. I had the news from Bob Corps-Reader and phoned Shirley Massey in Scotland.
Peter was a lovely man and incredibly generous to all his colleagues. He was a superb instinctive director and very popular with the crews and his lads and lasses (I was one). He will be sadly missed.
The following is from Shirley and Peter’s daughter Caroline
Thank you so much for your phone call and your very kind words about Daddy.
The funeral is taking place on Friday 25th September at 11am. Location is Gatehouse Parish Church, Castramon Road, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway.
I know it is short notice and quite a distance but if there are any of Daddy’s colleagues who would like to attend then do let me know at this email firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 01557 815088.
Any letters or cards can be sent to Mrs Shirley Massey and family, Lakeview, Cally Drive, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2DJ.
We will be sending donations to the RNLI and the Parkinsons UK charities.
From Verena Clark of the Chiltern Open Air Museum Museum where Lawford has been working recently.
Lawford died peacefully at 12.15am on 15th May 2015 at Buckingham House Nursing Home. I am pleased to say that he did not suffer in his last days
and the staff at the home looked after him very well. He was pleased to be there and not at home alone.
His passing will be a big loss to us all as we all knew and respected Lawford for his immense talents and practical capabilities.
The funeral will be on Monday June 1st at 2.30pm at Chilterns Crematorium, (Postcode HP7 OND), in the Milton Chapel.
Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Chiltern Open Air Museum (post code HP8 4AB in Chalfont St Giles) for tea and the opportunity to see the place which Lawford loved and where he gave so much of his time.
Please pass this invitation on to as many people as you wish to who knew Lawford from his BBC days. .
I would be grateful if you could reply to email@example.com to let me know if you are coming to either the service and/or the tea as I am catering for the event.
Before joining P&ID where he worked until his retirement 20 years ago, he had been in Telecine. His “Brief History of Telecine in the BBC”, written in 1993 in association with Geoff Rowlands, is reproduced in full under Telecine & FR on the main website.
Dennis Collett passed on details of Ian’s funeral today.
It will be on Thursday, May 28th, at 11.30.
St Dunstan’s Church, Church Road, Cheam SM3 8QH
(0300 330 1456)
Ian Williams has just pointed me to Ken Riddington’s obituary (see post of January 8th 2015).
You can find it in Obituaries.
I have just seen a post on Facebook by Peter Cleaver reporting the death of Ian Smith.
“He was a true gentleman producer who was very caring of his craft, his programmes and specially the people with whom he worked. BBC Events were richer because of him. It was a real pleasure to have known and worked with him.”
More information when I get it.