News & Views

We are pleased to welcome Will Wyatt, former Managing Director of BBC Television, to be an honorary member the British Entertainment History Project.He is in illustrious company with Sir Sydney Samuelson.

We marked the occasion with an interview with Will - conducted by Nick Gilbey and BEHP board member Sue Malden. Rod Thomas was on camera.

We are pleased to welcome Will Wyatt, former Managing Director of BBC Television, to be an honorary member the British Entertainment History Project.He is in illustrious company with Sir Sydney Samuelson.

We marked the occasion with an interview with Will - conducted by Nick Gilbey and BEHP board member Sue Malden. Rod Thomas was on camera.

Author: 
David Sharp

A brief Memoir from a member of the sound department at MGM Borehamwood which sheds a little light on the earlier part of the studio's history.

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RED LIGHT AND BELL, by Leslie J Wheeler Hon FRPS., FBKSTS.

[A memoir, focusing on MGM Studios at Borehamwood, re-keyed with minor corrections from a faded typescript. DS]

In the recent grip of winter and with the snow many inches deep on the ground, it has been pleasant for us oldies to reminisce – particularly with the aid of the flames and coals of a (practical) fire provided by the modern equivalent of the Gas, Light and Coke Company! And to gaze intently into those red coals and conjure up so many memories of those pictures in the fire.

Author: 
suemalden

Roy Fowler

Producer Director and Historian

 

Many in our industries, particularly in film and television, will be sad to learn of the recent death of Producer/ Director Roy Fowler. He died at home in London at 92.  Roy was a remarkable man.

 

Author: 
Mike Dick

Today is the 50th anniversary of the UK cinema release of the great British director John Schlesinger's movie "Midnight Cowboy". It starred Dustin Hoffman as "Ratso" Rizzo and Jon Voight as Joe Buck. The film won three Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director.

 The British Entertainment History Project has an 147 minute interview with John Schlesinger  recorded on the 30 th March 1994. It covers his early career at the BBC in the 1950s. He talks eloquently about directing such classics as "A Kind of Loving" "Billy Liar" "Far From The Madding Crowd" and "Marathon Man". You can find the interview at

 https://historyproject.org.uk/interview/john-schlesinger

 In this excerpt he talks to interviewer  Norman Swallow about the making of "Midnight Cowboy"