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Message started by Maggie on Aug 17th, 2016, 12:25pm

Title: Re: Invitation to Tell your own Tales
Post by Maggie on Aug 17th, 2016, 12:25pm

Following the demise of TVC I'm re-posting a request from 2013:

"A recent BBC transmission of a programme called "Goodbye TVC" which featured Michael Grade and several celebrities, and a certain amount of verbal feedback reveals that many viewers feel very let down by the relatively superficial view which was portrayed.
Undoubtedly, celebrities are the very “face” of broadcasting which has helped to spread the splendid reputation of the BBC worldwide.       However, like an iceberg, they represent only the tip that can be seen above the surface. As a result the truth of the golden age of TV broadcasting remains incomplete.

It has been suggested that those one-time Established TV Staff, may appreciate an opportunity to redress the balance by telling some of their own unique stories of what it was like to work for the BBC particularly within the well-equipped studios of the iconic TVC building, when it was at the peak of its fame for making supremely well-crafted programmes.

In the light of recent media muckraking, this is ABSOLUTELY NOT an invitation for expose or scandal. On the contrary it is hoped to restore perhaps a little dignity, pride, good character and humour to the reputation of Auntie Beeb, to whom so many of us owe a lifetime debt of exceptional training leading to remarkable qand colourful careers.

ALL crew members are welcome to contribute their memories of working at/from TVC during the peak production years between 1960 and 1995. This can also include those who serviced the Building itself keeping it ticking over efficiently (catering, cleaning, reception etc.) Simple, mundane stories often provide the most fascinating historical insights.

These may be short single stories, a simple string of impressions or a description of any of the vital daily maintenance processes however small or humble, These offerings will then be collected, sorted and edited into an anthology for possible publication.

Hand written accounts however brief are also acceptable. Please send to:
Les McCallum 144 Woodland Gardens, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 6LR
      or contact him direct at les at les mccallum dot com

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