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cityprod1,979 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
ITV News Central looked back at the ITV strike 40 years ago. Catch up on +1 within the next 25 minutes.

How many viewers even remember / care about that?


I would say that any viewers in their late 40s and older remember it in some way, as to whether they care or not, well I don't care whether they care or not. It's a mildly interesting historical curiosity, and worth looking back at.
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Mike W4,920 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
I was reading something earlier (an interview with Nick Owen from 2016) and the photo caught my eye

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At first glance it's Nick Owen, in the old Midlands Today set. However, the screens in the studio behind him are displaying a backdrop that doesn't look like the Midlands Today one (given it's got a coastline on it) and another studio's output.

I think it might be Spotlight's backdrop but why would landlocked Birmingham be using it?
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Mike W4,920 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
Could it just be BBC One and Two output? The former with network news and the latter showing Coast?

Potentially, but the two end monitors in that array appear to be showing different scenes and the first one does look suspiciously like a news background (red pillars/overlays)
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RDJ2,733 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
ITV Central stalwart reporter Keith Wilkinson has announced he will be leaving ITV in November after working for Central News for 35 years.

He’s apparently one of ITV’s longest serving news reporters out of the regions and the National news.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ2,733 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
Did Midlands Today always decamp to the Pebble Mill foyer during Summer months? I've found this clip which starts with Midlands Today from the very beginning, and it looks like a purpose built set within the foyer. It looks pretty good... but I don't remember it!

N.B. Don't be too scared by the thumbnail. It's not Kay Alexander having an almighty fright.

Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Mike W4,920 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London
When the move to the Shoebox happened studio 'C', the Foyer, was used as a 4 waller for Doctors so wasn't an option. I imagine this was for the 1992 set change at Midlands Today - the titles remained the same, as they were introduced early 1991 however the original set in studio B was less intricate and more cramped. The lighting and set dressing was very different.
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In 1993 the set was different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTvAVxq4Tmg

Edit: first clip replaced with a photo, source:pebblemill.org )
Last edited by Mike W on 22 September 2019 1:52am
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Lou Scannon1,192 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
Looks much better than when they did the last few weeks from the conservatory before the move to the Shoebox.


I'm sure that they were in the conservatory for a damn sight longer than a "few" weeks. I could swear blind that it was more like many weeks / a few months.

They'd temporarily decamped there for a week or two previously, whilst (what would prove to be) the very final ever set refresh in their proper studio at Pebble Mill occurred.

As network productions such as "Pebble Mill" (at One), Good Morning with Ann & Nick, Telly Addicts etc has gradually fizzled out over the years, parts of the building must have naturally become disused.

They must have ultimately been making little more that Midlands Today, radio WM, The Archers, Doctors, and non-studio based stuff (e.g. Countryfile / Points of View / Antiques Roadshow). Which would ultimately be reflected by their moving to a much smaller premises at The Mailbox.

Pre-demolition work (e.g. asbestos removal) must have necessitated the remaining in-use parts of PM being vacated in stages. Once such need to vacate reached the proper MT studio, they permanently moved to the conservatory.
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Mike W4,920 posts since 30 Apr 2006
London London

They must have ultimately been making little more that Midlands Today, radio WM, The Archers, Doctors, and non-studio based stuff (e.g. Countryfile / Points of View / Antiques Roadshow). Which would ultimately be reflected by their moving to a much smaller premises at The Mailbox.

As I said above, until late 2004/early 2005 Doctors was using Studio A and C as a four waller, albeit unofficially as studio A had been 'decomissioned' complete with red writing sticker and 'lock' on the door. Now some of their internal sets are on an industrial estate in Stirchley, the surgery is a standalone fixture on the 'Drama Village' (aka a small part of the UoB campus) and the campus surgery is at the back of Archibald House. The conservatory was a leftover from Good Morning I think, so using that as space until the go live date at the Mailbox was the best out of a poor situation. By the time studio B was decommissioned it had been stripped back to bare brick and had no technical facilties left in it, Gallery B was the only part left functioning until the move weekend.

So without retreading old ground, having 'everything and everyone under one roof' with the move from the Mill, never happened. Network Drama went to the 'Drama Village' - a collection of buildings split apart by about 2 miles in some cases in South Birmingham, Network and Regional TV and Radio went to the Mailbox and some of BBC Three is in Digbeth now (a very small part!). Progress.
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