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BBC Pebble Mill reception
BBC Pebble Mill Reception

From the future of Pebble Mill, to dates for the big move. Below are a few questions and answers all about the move to the Mailbox and BBC services.

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- The best-known show to come from Pebble Mill was the daytime series, Pebble Mill at One, which ran from 1973 to 1986.

- BBC WM started on 7th November 1970 as BBC Birmingham and later became BBC WM to reflect the whole area we cover.

- September 1964 Barry Lankester presented the very first edition of Midlands Today, from a tiny studio in Broad Street in Birmingham.

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1) When are staff moving from Pebble Mill?

Staff begin moving early 2004 with the entire operation moved in by the end of 2004.

2) How many members of staff are moving from Pebble Mill?

Around 700 members of staff will relocate from Pebble Mill to The Mailbox

3) What will happen to the Pebble Mill building?

Advantage West Midlands (Regional Business Trust) will take over the site and are looking in to converting it into a Science Park.

4) How can I get a work experience with the BBC?

Please log on to: for details on how to apply for work experience with the BBC and all current placements available.

5. Where can I find out about jobs with the BBC?

Please log on to for details of the BBC's current vacancies. There are several booklets about working in different areas of the BBC available to take away from the public space at the Mailbox.

6. Can I get Freeview in my area?

Please visit for details of all the BBC's digital services. You can also find out if your area can receive Freeview coverage by entering your postcode.

7. I have a question or comment for BBC WM

Please log on to and click on 'contact' to email a short message to the station or any of its presenters. Alternatively you can call the BBC WM action line on 08453 030 030.

8. What television and radio programmes have been produced at BBC Birmingham?

TV Programmes

Animal Sanctuary
All Creatures Great and Small
Big Dreams Season
Big Strong Boys
Call My Bluff
Can't cook wont cook
Clothes Show
Dalziel and Pascoe
Football Magic
For Valour: The Story of the Victoria Cross
Gardeners World
Grease Monkeys
Going for a Song
Ground Force
Home Front in the Garden
Howards Way
How I Made My Property Fortune
Hound of the Baskervilles
India's Ladyboys
Juilet Bravo
Malai Monologues
Need To Know…
Rachel de Thame's Oxfordshire Garden
SAS Survival Techniques
Small Town Gardens
Sunday Home and Garden
Telly Addicts
The Afternoon Play
The Flying Gardener
The Million Pound Property Experiment
The Royal Horticultural Shows
To Buy or Not To Buy
Top Gear
Trading Up/Trading Up in the Sun
When Will I Be Famous
Wrong Car, Right Car

plus many more...

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Radio Programmes

Radio 2
Alex Lester
Big Band Special
Bob Harris
Ed Stewart
Humphrey Lyttleton - The Best of Jazz
Janice Long
Listen to the Band - Frank Renton
Lynne Parsons
Mo Dutta
The Organist Entertains - Nigel Ogden
Paul Jones - The Blues Show
Shake, Rattle and Roll with Mark Lamarr
Stuart Maconie's Critical List

Radio 4
The Archers
Between Ourselves - Olivia O'Leary
Costing the Earth
Farming Today
On The Ropes - John Humphries
On Your Farm
Open Country
Ramblings with Claire Balding
Soul Music

6 Music
Janice long
Stuart Maconie
Bob Harris

Regional and Local Programmes

Midlands Today
East Midlands Today
Inside Out
The Politics Show
Asian Network

9. How can I submit programme ideas?

Please visit for advice on how to submit programme ideas to the BBC.

10. How can I get more information on a programme or comment on a programme/ service?

Please visit for details on how to contact the BBC or call BBC Information on 08700 100 212. Alternatively you can record your comments/views using the Mailbox public space video booth or fill in a suggestion/comments card. You can also email us a question from this site.

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