This lunchtime Mrs CJ & I visited “The Cricketers” to book up for June 18th.
Just as well we did as the pub is now “The Black Bison”, having been totally refitted since we last met there before Christmas.
The food was very good but full menu details will be available nearer the time.
Full details in <Future Events>.
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.
Keith Palmer (FR) recently gave John Warner a very old file marked A HE Tel Rec (takes you back – was that Tony Cheal?). Inside was a ‘fragile’ copy of the December 1936 Television Magazine. John scanned this, and, by the miracles of email and Adobe Acrobat Pro, we’ve produced a copy which you can find in Downloads.
However, the introductory page, reproduced here, passes a comment about the state of TV in 1936 that could be appropriate today!
Many thanks to Andy Best (now living in the Orkneys) who sent this picture of these elusive machines when they were installed in Plymouth.
It was taken in 1981/2 – the machines were, Andy thinks, controlled by Editrace.
Ron Clark sends the following:-
I have just heard of the death, on Boxing Day of Ken Riddington, the former drama producer at the BBC. He had been ill for a number of years.
Funeral is at West Norwood Crematorium at 1145 on Monday 12th January.
His many Credits include: To Serve Them All My Days, Tenko and A Year In Provence.
Firstly, some manuals free to a good home!
Bob Pratt is having a clear out of his cupboards and has the following looking for a good home (or else they will go in the skip).
The two volume maintenance sets for an AVR2 and a BVW75.
Bob can be contacted via me – I will pass on his email address to you.
Here are some more details of progress on the Television Centre re-development.