Report of General Monthly Meeting - June 2018

Fifty Years in Television – Roy Norton

Roy Norton joined the BBC before he was 20, and spent all his working life in television. His career included working as a cameraman, floor manager, director and finally producer/director for the BBC and ITV.

His varied experience involved being the senior cameraman on the first televised royal Variety Show, the state funeral for Winston Churchill and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. He shared with us anecdotes from the 1950s onwards, showing us fascinating archived extracts of footage from the early days of television.

He reminded us how things have changed since the beginning of his life in television, especially with regard to the technology of cameras, and also the size of the audience now watching events globally.

His amusing stories of working with household names such as Harry Seccomb, Roy Castle, Bruce Forsyth, Arthur Askey and many other ‘golden oldies’ kept us entertained throughout the afternoon.

Julia Whitburn