Postbag was the first programme that I actually presented on Big Centre, on a single occasion in April 2015. The programme initially had a number of presenters and did exactly what it said on the tin – it was a way for viewers to get in touch with the station, find out more, air their views, have a moan, have a laugh… etc… For the most part it was presented and produced by the lovely Chanelle Shea-Calvin.
It originally aired every weeknight, at around 11.30pm, after Crossroads. As time went on it became a way to re-show the news items that Big Centre had run in their bulletins during the day. For a show called Postbag, this was a little unusual, so during the summer of 2015 it was decided to move it to the weekend and let it breathe a little. This allowed time for viewers comments to come-in, also new features were planned and introduced, and best of all (for me anyway) I was asked if I’d become the regular co-presenter and co-producer, alongside Chanelle!
Below you can see some of the original Postbag programmes, and on this page you’ll find some bloopers and behind the scenes moments from the programme.
I’ve managed to pull together a selection of the shows that we did (as usual the numbers in each title are the date forwards or backwards), as well as some of the earlier shows from the original format. Over the time that we did this half-hour weekend show, Chanelle and I came to the conclusion that we could expand the show to an hour and include even more interesting stuff. The resulting show, from the second week of September 2015, was to be called “The Big Centre Magazine”… but that’s another story for another page…
Watch Postbag now!
A quick note about how the listings below work. Videos all play in the main big screen, and you choose from the thumbnail listing underneath! Oldest first, newest last. Each title is the original transmission date backwards, followed by the programme name and whether the programme is in standard (SD) or high definition (HD). So “150519 Postbag – HD Master” is the programme for 19th May 2015, in high definition (for various technical reasons we produced most things in HD, even though they were ultimately broadcast in SD).
This article, along with various others in my website are part of the wider story of Big Centre Television as seen from the perspective of the programmes I was making at the time. Most of the articles contain a video gallery of the original shows that I made.
I was with Big Centre Television from the very first day of production in January 2015 until the last of the original team were made redundant in November 2017 when the bulk of production and operations were being moved up to Leeds, the HQ of Made TV with whom Big Centre had merged in October 2016. Big Centre had a wonderful team all the way through, I miss them all and I remain really proud of what we ultimately achieved.
Contents (click an entry to go to that page)
- The Beginning
- Spring 2015 - An (Early) Day In The Life
- July/August 2015: Postbag
- Summer 2015 - Reading The Television News (new 18th June 2021)
- Summer 2015: Crossroads Check-In
- August 2015: The Story of Children's Television
- Bloopers and Behind the Scenes
- Autumn 2015: The Big Centre Magazine
- Winter 2015: The Midland – Weekend Edition
- Continuity - The Bits Between TV Programmes
- Spring/Summer 2016: The Big Magazine (updated 27th May 2021)
- Autumn 2016 - Spring 2017: Weekend Magazine (Walsall) (updated & revised 27th May 2021)
- Promotional Trailers
- Summer 2017: Weekend Magazine (Birmingham)
- Autumn 2017: Community Noticeboard... and The End...
As time goes on, I'll be filling in some of the gaps as well as adding more to these existing parts of the story too. If there's anything missing, or you'd like me to talk about something in particular, send me a message on social media (see the very top or very bottom of this page) or contact me through the website.