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SEEKING TV MATERIAL, THE LONDON NEWS, NOVEMBER 11th 1955 On   Monday   a   small   convoy   of   two   cars   left   London   with   three   people   -   Stephen   Wade,   Noele   Gordon   and   Pauline   Tyler   of Associated   Television   -   an   advance   party   for   commercial   television   in   the   Midlands.   They   have   a   wide   brief   -   to   explore Birmingham   and   the   surrounding   large   towns   for   every   sort   of   television   material   to   find   out   what   facilities   are   available for    sports    and    light    entertainment    of    every    sort,    to    see    how    many    of    the    great    Midland    industries    might    offer programmes   and   of   course,   above   all,   to   talk   to   the   people   and   find   out   what   they   like   best   and   hope   to   see   on Independent Television screens. Their   firm,   Associated   Television,   who   at   present   supply   week-end   programmes   in   London   will   be   supplying   Monday   to Friday schedules for the Midlands. TIME TO MOVE OUT AT NO.TWO, BIRMINGHAM GAZETTE, DECEMBER 14th 1955 by KEITH EVEANS There   were   drudgery   noises   coming   from   a   washbasin   in   the   corner   of   No.2   dressing   room.   The   tall,   slim   figure   of Stephen   Wade   straightened   up   to   shake   wet   drops   off   a   newly   washed   saucer.   “I’m   the   only   producer   in   television   who has to wash his own crockery,” he said. But there was a mock resentment in his voice. This   is   the   last   week   that   the   advanced   guard   of   commercial   television   in   the   Midlands   will   spend   in   their   make-shift headquarters   in   the   pink   dressing   room   at   Birmingham’s   Theatre   Royal.   So   I   called   in   yesterday   to   see   how   things   have gone during the past month. The Associated Television   contingent   -   which   consists   of   Mr.   Wade   Senior   Outside   Broadcast   Producer, Associate   Producer Miss   Noele   Gordon   and   secretary   Miss   Pauline Tyler   -   are   returning   to   London   on   Friday   with   all   the   facts,   figures,   names, places and ideas they have been collecting for the start of Midland Commercial Television in February. They   have   been   working   from   the   pink   dressing   room,   which,   despite   its   office   typewriter,   telephone,   files   and   papers, still   looks   and   feels   like   a   dressing   room.   “Sometimes   we   have   been   here   till   midnight”   said   Mr   Wade,   “Then   we’ve   gone back   to   the   hotel   and   continued   discussions   until   the   early   hours.   Sometimes   it   has   been   rather   tiring.”   Much   of   the shape   and   style   that   commercial   television   will   take   has   been   thrashed   out   in   that   eight-by-ten   dressing   room   in   the   past month. Among the visitors to it have been ATV chiefs Val Parnell, Harry Alan Towers and Lew Grade. Perhaps   a   plaque   will   be   put   on   the   door   some   day.   “I’m   sorry   I   can’t   tell   you   much   about   the   material   we’ve   gathered” said   Mr   Wade,   “policy,   you   know.”   Maybe   we’ll   hear   more   about   that   when   the   Lord   Mayor Alderman, A.   Lummis   Gibson, and   TV   chiefs   meet   in   Birmingham   tomorrow   to   talk   about   plans   for   the   great   switch   on   in   February.   Said   Miss   Gordon   - no   stranger   to   Birmingham   having   played   in   rep,   at   the   Alexandra   Theatre,   as   well   as   panto   at   the   Royal.   “We   found   a fierce   pride   among   Midland   people   in   their   industrial   achievements,   but   we   were   surprised   to   find   they   are   far   from being   Midland-centred.   They   want   television   to   show   them   how   other   people   live   and   what   goes   on   in   other   cities   -   as for   instance,   all   the   women   I   spoke   to   wanted   to   see   fashion   shows   from   London   stores   rather   than   those   in   Birmingham. It has been an interesting experience.” Well   the   experience   is   all   but   over   for   now.   But   after   all   the   facts   and   figures   have   been   sorted   out   in   their   London offices   the   three   will   be   back   in   Birmingham   in   January   -   but   not   in   dressing   room   no.2,   they   will   have   proper   offices   at their new Gosta Green Studios, where TV producers won’t have to wash their own crockery.
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