|Pebble Mill Studios, Birmingham|
incarnation back in the '70s, either
on my dinner-break during school or
work, and there was usually at least
one feature or interview which was
interesting enough to delay me from
stirring from my chair when I should
have. The original presenters (I think -
no research spared) were MARION FOSTER, BOB LANGLEY, DAVID
SEYMOUR and DONNY MacLEOD. In fact, big Donny once presented a
programme about the MOD (a huge festival about Scottish and Gaelic music)
from my home town, and - if memory serves - I think I actually saw him
wandering about my local shopping centre at the time.
nearly deserted studios. (Although there still seemed to be a trickle of
traffic in and out the main gates, suggesting that it was not yet completely
abandoned.) Parked in the very street that I (and a significant portion of
the population) had hitherto only ever seen through the studio windows
as Marion, Bob, Dave or Donny interviewed some second-rate celebrity
eager to plug his or her latest book or record.
|The famous lunchtime logo|
Leaving my friend in the car (he was
too scared to accompany me), I got out
and wandered over to the unmanned
security booth outside the main gates
of the entrance to the car park. I smiled
into the camera, gave a thumbs-up, and -
open sesame - the gates swung inward
to allow me access. I was in.
I spent the next 20 minutes wandering around the back of the studio,
exploring the famous gardens from which PETER SEABROOK had
presented his segment of the show. (I now wish I'd lifted that
abandoned plastic watering jug as a memento.)
I came, I saw, I conquered - and I left with a trophy. A trophy, I might add,
which now resides in the very house in which I originally viewed the show
back in the '70s. Anyone who regularly watched the programme was as
familiar with that Birmingham street (a cul-de-sac) as the one outside
their own window - unlike most viewers, however, I was actually there.
Sadly, the building was demolished in 2006 - and thus vanished
yet another iconic landmark from the '70s.
|The Pebble Mill site as it is today|