Pam Royle: ‘It’s a great priv­i­lege talk­ing to view­ers ev­ery night’

The Chronicle - - Nostalgia -

PAM Royle is Tyne Tees’ most well­known face these days.

She says: “I first joined the com­pany as a weather pre­sen­ter back in 1983 when Paul Frost was fronting North­ern Life.

“At the time there were more than 800 tal­ented, en­thu­si­as­tic staff mak­ing a wide va­ri­ety of na­tional and re­gional pro­grammes - news, sport, cur­rent af­fairs, arts, mu­sic, busi­ness, farm­ing, re­li­gious, chil­dren’s TV and drama.

“Af­ter so many years on TV, it is still a great priv­i­lege to be talk­ing to our view­ers ev­ery night. It’s like talk­ing to friends.

“Look­ing back, I have fond mem­o­ries of the wacky days of The Tube when the sta­tion on City Road was full of big-name stars who were all vy­ing for a slot on the most pop­u­lar mu­sic pro­gramme of its time, made by Tyne Tees for Chan­nel 4.

“You never knew who you were go­ing to meet in the cor­ri­dors, or in make-up, or in wardrobe - and you could never pre­dict what stage of dress or un­dress they would be in! The en­trance to The Tube was al­ways lined with fans from early in the day, and they streamed back along City Road.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing an ex­tra in two episodes of Su­per­gran with Gu­drun Ure and her arch ri­val Scun­ner Camp­bell played by Iain Cuth­bert­son.

“Those episodes were filmed in Tynemouth on beau­ti­ful fine sum­mer days. There were masses of cast and crew and a big tuck wagon with a nev­erend­ing sup­ply of food from break­fast to the end of the day or night’s shoot.

“I feel very lucky to have worked, and still work, with so many gifted, skil­ful, in­spir­ing peo­ple on screen and be­hind the scenes.

“And I get a big thrill from see­ing young tal­ented peo­ple join­ing the busi­ness, bring­ing with them a fresh­ness, en­thu­si­asm and new skills to the job.

“We’ve been go­ing 60 years. They are the fu­ture it’s go­ing to be up to them keep it go­ing in our ever-chang­ing TV world. “

Tyne Tees will be cel­e­brat­ing its birth­day with view­ers to­mor­row.

Pam says: “It’s go­ing to be great to give view­ers a look back at some of our cov­er­age over the years, cel­e­brat­ing some of the finest peo­ple and pro­grammes for TV made at Tyne Tees.

“We’ll fol­low the story of the sta­tion and the stars, from its open­ing in 1959, through a wide va­ri­ety of pro­grammes, to its stream­lin­ing and the move to its present premises in Gateshead.

“We’ll be talk­ing to stars who were piv­otal in the his­tory of the sta­tion and find­ing out what Tyne Tees means to them - stars such as Tim Healy, Ray Laid­law and Lindisfarne, John Miles, Eric Bur­don from the An­i­mals, Dave Johns, and Gu­drun Ure who’s now 92. And we’ll meet opera singer Eileen Grin­sell from the very first night.

“It will be a trip down mem­ory lane. I hope our view­ers will en­joy it.”

Tyne Tees’ Pam Royle to­day

Pam Royle, the weather pre­sen­ter, 1984

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