John Furness

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John
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Furness
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Interview Number: 
341
Interview Date(s): 
17 Jan 1995
28 Feb 1995
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Brought up by mother from baby. Normal schooling. Mother PA to an MP. Lived in Fulham. Stepfather in RFC. Moved to Wickford until 21 years. With uncle built first wireless receiver in village of Wickford for early BBC broadcasts. Heard Dame Nellie Melba singing.Joined a bank. Called up in army ended in Queens regiment.Promoted to Staff officer. BBC Dramas after army .Early programmes. Panorama with 35mm film. With Percy Thrower on Gardening Club all live. Ballet. Worked in France live programmes from Paris.Pioneered first programmes from USA on film before Videotape. Brains Trust. Union difficulties working in USA. Blue Peter. Songs for the Times. Produced with Malcolm Muggeridge on George Orwell programme.Returned ot BBC as Freelancer for last years.Guild of TV producers member.