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Started by TinyMcOtter on Jan 2, 2019 12:37:57 PM
Pebble Mill. The finest television programme in the history of television?

I remember being very excited as a kid, because the opening music seemed to offer so much. I’m not sure what I thought the show would be about, but it just became boring as soon as it actually started. I was probably far too young to appreciate it.

Did i miss anything?

Shadrack22 - 02 Jan 2019 12:52:04 (#1 of 85)

The title suggested something exotic, but the reality was appalling.

There was an evening spin off called Saturday Night at the Mill, with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen playing the tunes.

machiavelli - 02 Jan 2019 12:53:15 (#2 of 85)

I was never sure what it was about, exactly.

TRaney - 02 Jan 2019 12:57:48 (#3 of 85)

A magazine show wasn’t it? Like the One Show.

BenSawbridg - 02 Jan 2019 13:00:20 (#4 of 85)

I used to pedal past the Pebble Mill studios, in Edgbaston, Birmingham, now and then. Gloomy and bedraggled, they looked, without a hint of the reflected glamour of Paul Shane's legendary Loving Feeling, or Owen Paul's miming gaffe.

machiavelli - 02 Jan 2019 13:00:49 (#5 of 85)

The fact that it contained middle-aged adults just talking, with nary a cartoon in sight, probably coloured by young view of it.

Shadrack22 - 02 Jan 2019 13:02:23 (#6 of 85)

I’m hoping CarterBrandon has some memories of Pebble Mill.

BenSawbridg - 02 Jan 2019 13:08:41 (#7 of 85)

Did his missus work on it?

frantastic - 02 Jan 2019 13:16:28 (#8 of 85)

#4 - "Baby, BABEH!"

carterbrandon - 02 Jan 2019 13:17:10 (#9 of 85)

Oh very good. I go past it quite often. There's a Dental Hospital now.

By the end they stopped caring about the place and it got really shabby. They stuck the set of Doctors onto the outside frontage so that you walked alongside 'Leatherfield Medical Practice' to get to the main door.

AlanII - 02 Jan 2019 13:19:41 (#10 of 85)

In general it was mind numbing stuff but every now and again something great happened. Oliver Reed puffing on a spliff during an interview was a stand out.

OldLefty - 02 Jan 2019 15:06:30 (#11 of 85)

Reggie Bosanquet once turned up pissed on the evening show, apparently unannounced, shortly after he was "resigned" from ITN.

thisonehasalittlehat - 02 Jan 2019 15:11:15 (#12 of 85)

There would be two musical interludes: one in the middle and one near the very end. This was exciting because the one at the end was shortly followed by watch with mother. But of course it was impossible to know just from the fact of a musical interlude whether it was the middle one or the end one. So very often one would be disappointed. That is what I recall of pebble mill from when I was very young. Maybe twenty.

CaptainBlack - 02 Jan 2019 15:51:19 (#13 of 85)

Pebble Mill At One, to give it the original title.

Might as well have been called Nothing Exciting Happens in Birmingham.

DesEsseintes - 02 Jan 2019 16:29:24 (#14 of 85)

That would at least have been the expression of an eternal truth.

TinyMcOtter - 02 Jan 2019 16:30:41 (#15 of 85)

Hmmm. I remember it as an evening show, so perhaps I’m thinking of the Saturday night version?

thisonehasalittlehat - 02 Jan 2019 16:30:43 (#16 of 85)

Milling pebbles was an interesting thing to do in the seventies. Polished rocks very popular.

CaptainBlack - 02 Jan 2019 17:03:13 (#17 of 85)

shorty followed by watch with mother

There’s your 1970s patriarchal society right there.

ChankNolen - 02 Jan 2019 17:06:31 (#18 of 85)

Bob Langley.

And poor, pizza-faced Owen Paul.

JerkinMcGherkin - 02 Jan 2019 22:38:11 (#19 of 85)

Pebble Mill at One was what was on when the school holidays were over, so you usually saw it when you were off sick or bunking.

TinyMcOtter - 02 Jan 2019 22:39:22 (#20 of 85)

Ah, that probably makes more sense.

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