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Message started by MB on Mar 19th, 2023, 11:13pm

Post by MB on Mar 19th, 2023, 11:13pm

From Facebook:
Many will be sad to hear of the death of Peter Day, host of In Business, Global Business, former beeb ( and TV am!) biz news correspondent. Peter was a one-off, an insightful broadcaster, writer, commentator and interviewer.  Funeral will be on Thursday, March 30 at 4pm
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Title: Re: PETER DAY
Post by Ian Pollock on Mar 23rd, 2023, 10:44pm

Very sad news. I worked in the business news department with him, at BH and TVC, for many years. In my view he was one of the very best radio reporters because he had the rare knack of making anything he broadcast about sound interesting. His research and breadth of knowledge was phenomenal. So was his ability to broadcast. I remember once watching him speak a report down the phone, from his desk, to a local radio station which had phoned up on the off chance he could help. What was remarkable was that he delivered his 40 second voice piece off the top of his head, without a script. And it was faultless too. I was amazed.

Title: Re: PETER DAY - obituary (from Toby Hadoke's website)
Post by JohnW on Apr 6th, 2023, 10:45pm

This can be found at

Title: PETER DAY obit by Justin Day (Guardian 10/5/2023)
Post by JohnW on May 12th, 2023, 12:10am

My father, Peter Day, who has died aged 95, worked as a senior designer in the visual effects department of the BBC for nearly 30 years, creating an enormous range of material for many familiar TV programmes.

Born in Richmond, Surrey, the youngest of three children to Mabel (nee King) and Thomas Day, registrar of Richmond, Peter attended Kingston grammar school before volunteering as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. After demobilisation in 1948 he attended art schools in Kingston (to study interior and furniture design) and Wimbledon (theatre design and millinery).

His career at the BBC involved the design and construction of models, machines, trick scenery, props and pyrotechnics for programmes such as Doctor Who, Blue Peter, It’s a Square World, Horizon, Arena, Shackleton, Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em, The Goodies and Dad’s Army. He was also responsible for conceiving the original design and construction of Davros, creator of the Daleks. Family and friends still delight in cheering his name when it appears on the closing credits of rerun series from time to time.

Prior to joining the BBC in 1958 as a founding member of the newly created visual aids department (subsequently renamed visual effects), Peter enjoyed a variety of occupations, including tree surgeon, sales assistant at the Kingston department store Bentalls, window dresser, animator, milliner with the D’Oyly Carte opera company and scenery painter and changer at the Arts theatre, Soho, where he helped director Peter Hall and Samuel Beckett with the London premiere of Waiting for Godot.

Peter had a reputation for being extremely practical with his hands, as well as having a good eye for form and design, attributes that served him well, not only at work but also in home life. He introduced his children and grandchildren to the delights of camping, made costumes for many fancy-dress parties, rebuilt the still roadworthy family Austin 7 and made river trips on the Thames in the Pilchard, a reconditioned slipper launch. He was also musical, playing double bass, bongos and washboard in a jazz band made up of art school friends.

In 1952 Peter met Elizabeth Wallis at a Saturday coffee morning at Hogarth House, Richmond, and they married two years later.
She survives him, as do my brother, Rupert, and me (Justin) with five grandchildren, Phoebe, Rufus, Henry, Lola and Daisy.

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