Mike Dick, Chairman of the BEHP, had a long career with the BBC including working in the Community Programme Unit. After leaving the BBC he started his own production company and made many programmes in Manchester. The wealth of talent produced by the North West was spotted by Jon Ammonds and he showcased them in early entertainment TV programmes. Mike’s talk was also illustrated with wonderful archive stills but also included exclusive audio clips of Jon talking about his life at the BBC. When Jon moved to London, he eventually became Morecambe and Wise’s Producer and Mike’s talk ended with the famous sketch ‘Mr. Preview’ featuring Andre Previn. As you can imagine, there was a lot of laughter and it was such a pleasure to watch the genius of this legendary double act. There were some in the audience who recalled working with Jon in Manchester in the early days.
Sue Malden of the BEHP and a BBCPA Committee Member brought the evening to a close. She remarked about the many wonderful programmes produced in Manchester by the BBC, including their OB Unit, which sadly we did not have time to cover at this event. The event produced much chatter and talk afterwards with some of the audience not realising some of the programmes mentioned were made in Manchester. There was reminiscing, sparked by the presentations and the opportunity to see many faces from the past as well as some noting that they saw ‘ex colleagues in the clips, sadly no longer with us, who did so much to keep the reputation of the BBC’s technical excellence alive’.
The evening was a huge success and the BBCPA, BBC Alumni Network and BEHP hope there will be more to follow.
Hope to see you at the next one.