Category Archives: People
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.
Please could you let everyone know that very sadly the wonderful Tom Corcoran who directed Late Night Line-Up, The Old Grey Whistle Test, The Live Aid concert in 1985, Wogan and Eight Days A Week amongst many other BBC studio and OB programmes, died last Thursday 23rd October after a short illness.
His sister Cathy is arranging for the funeral to be held at Mortlake Crematorium so that as many Beeb people as possible can attend, on 12th November.
More details see here:-
Apologies for the absence of updates, but Mrs C J and I have just finished writing a book about the Great War which went to the printers yesterday afternoon. A 2½ year project it has taken up a lot of my time – I’m publishing it – but now I can return to the Oldboys website once more.
Nick Martin has just sent me the details of the Surbiton Christmas Lunch; Thursday December 4th is the date for your diaries, and you will find full details, and, in due course, a Menu at http://www.40sand50sreunion.co.uk.
Additionally, Richard Cox’s photographs of the last Oldboys Lunch at “The Black Horse” will be on the web in a couple of days.
Just received my copy of “Prospero” and discovered that Victor had passed away. Many of our ‘older’ Oldboys will remember him – see Obituaries for the full article.
I’ve just received the following email from Michael Watkins, Alan’s son:-
I’m very sorry to report the death of my father, Alan Watkins on Sunday 27th July 2014 after a short illness. My sister and I were at his bedside as he passed away peacefully.
I wonder if you would be happy to post a notice on your site and invite comments/memories from anyone who remembers working with him in the late 50’s/early 60s? I will try to include as many recollections as possible at the service.
Dad was a TV fan through and through, working for the BBC for 25 years until 1980, when he moved to help set up and run the National Film Archive’s brand new television recording unit, which I’m delighted to say has now recorded around 900,000 programmes for the nation.
He and I spoke numerous times about his work editing programmes for the BBC and he would often remark that this period, – especially after the move into the newly opened TV Centre – was the most fun of his career. He told me he edited Kiss Me Kate, the very first programme to be broadcast on BBC2 in 1964, along with numerous episodes of classics such as Dr Who, Play School and others.
Dad was a lover of television through and through. He had a lifelong passion for the craft, the production process and had within him a natural gift for what looked right – and wrong – on screen, along with a flair for precision, timing and the creation of the seamless edits nobody is supposed to consciously notice.
He was much loved and will be sorely missed
Charles Fairall at the BFI (Berkhamsted) has a job at the BFI (Berkhamsted). He says:-
Chris Davies is retiring in a month and I’m hoping to attract someone with a broad operational and technical knowledge of Video, Audio and Digits who will report to me.
Follow this link to the advert on the BFI”s web site. (Ignore closing date)
Peter Neill has just sent the following:-
Dear VT Old Boys,
A few of you will remember me – most won’t know me from Adam, but I worked in the VT Library as Mike Scott’s assistant for 6 months in 1964/65.
I then moved to tech ops and then the South East region where, 49 years later I still do the odd shift!
But VT was my first job and I always remember those few months with fondness.
A while ago a friend suggested the idea of a VT Tea
mug and, after a couple of false starts I’ve found a supplier who can do a reasonable representation of the paper cup. It was intended as a one-off for myself, but a few people have expressed interest, so I thought I’d see how many were interested before placing a proper order.
They’re a bit bigger than the old paper cups, and I’m going to tweak the artwork so it fits better – and round the ornery of the BBC logo. Made of china and double-walled (so they can be held quite comfortably even with very hot contents) they come with a black (or possibly white) rubber lid and will work out at about £6 each (I don’t plan to make a profit on them).
Peter Neill (120454N)
Ian Williams sent in a photograph of his DE Course from September 1973, but couldn’t remember the number of the course. That mystery has now been solved by Bob James – it was DE36 – and Bob should know, he was sitting in the front row!
David Coleman died today after a short illness, aged 87.
I’ve just added the Guardian’s obituary to Obituaries.
Ian Norman sent me a video of a live transmission from VT on Saturday, March 14th 1981. He was the cameraman for Swap Shop (Ikegami HL79) – you can find the full version in The 1980s under Swap Shop and in Programmes under VT on TV.
Two instantly recognisable faces in the still above, Murray Needham & Mick Goodenough, but take a look at the still below.
The first still is of the hexaplexer desk, with Al Goddard driving VT10, but who is the editor on VT9 (updating Grandstand titles) and who is the Sports PA?