Tuesday, 10 March 2015
111 Pebble Mill At One
First watched : Uncertain
Pebble Mill At One started in October 1972 so my best guess at when I first watched it is the Christmas fortnight 1972-73 but it could have been later. It was a live show broadcast from the foyer of the Beeb's Pebble Mill studio building because hilariously the two studios were too busy to accommodate it so decorators. postmen etc had a good chance of appearing on the telly over Bob Langley's shoulder if they timed their arrival right.
It was basically a chat show with a lip-synching musical interlude ( famously going wrong on Owen Paul on almost the last broadcast ). It was used as something of a testing ground for new presenting talent some of whom established careers ( Fern Britton ) while others ( David Seymour, Josephine Buchan ) are long-forgotten. They had to make do with whoever was available at that time and willing to come in so the results were varied.
Despite that I can't remember a single feature except through resurrection on list shows. I never saw the Morrissey - Paul Coia summit meeting illustrated above. The name just conjures up vague, grey memories of sickness or the boredom of being penned in by heavy rain during the school holidays , the only circumstances under which I'd ever watch it.
Pebble Mill At One was scrapped in May 1986 when the Beeb adopted a full daytime schedule and Michael Grade wanted a news programme at one instead. It was back in all but name the following year as Daytime Live and then Pebble Mill in the nineties though not at one o clock. The building was demolished in 2005.