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Pebble Mill Studios

Pebble Mill Studios
Arts and Humanities
Media Studies; Radio Studies; Technology
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This excellent resource documents the history of Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, from the building’s opening in 1971 to its demolition in 2005. The site features video interviews, stills and text about the history of the studios, with contributions from production staff, including directors, editors, producers, writers and camera operators. Amongst those interviewed are David Rudkin, who wrote the acclaimed Play for Today ‘Penda’s Fen’, who talks here about working with director Alan Clarke.

Searchable Transmission lists give a chronology of drama broadcast from BBC Pebble Mill between 1972-200. The listings include drama series Thirty Minute Theatre, Playhouse and Play for Today, listing transmission date, writer, producer and director. A slight caveat for users is that the material is presented in the form of a blog, so that entries are arranged chronologically, which can make searching difficult. The material is, however, broadly arranged in three categories: ‘Building’, ‘Television’ and ‘Radio’. The site was created by Vanessa Jackson, who worked at Pebble Mill from 1987 to 2004. She is currently (2014) Degree Leader in Television at Birmingham City University: the site is part of a research project to document programme making in the regions, and was been funded by Screen West Midlands. For copyright reasons no footage from the original BBC programmes is available on the site.

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