Mike JonesBorn: 1943
Died: 2013 (age: 70)
Mike Jones provided studio sound on the 1978 Doctor Who story The Pirate Planet.
He was a sound technician on many of the 1970s' hottest British properties, including:Dombey & Son, An Inspector Calls, Love Is Old, Love Is New, Baal, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, BBC2 Playhouse, Fawlty Towers, Wuthering Heights, Secret Army, Supernatural, Scene, The Onedin Line, Poldark, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Double Dealers, Till Death Us Do Part
He died of cancer in 2013
In the early 1980s, Mike became a duty studio operations manager, joining the Studio Production Resources Management team in trying to keep TVC running smoothly on a daily basis. Mike, typically, did this with great vigour and was heavily involved in the handling of the asbestos crisis, various industrial disputes and other crises.He was appointed H Ops Services in 1987, a job he loved until retiring in 1995.
Having departed from BBC life, Mike established himself as an IT consultant,
attracting a number of very appreciative clients. Now in an entirely new world, he nevertheless continued to stay in touch with many of his former colleagues.
Mike had a very dry humour and a pragmatic outlook on life, making irregular but always entertaining phone calls to friends about obscure technical matters and the many subjects that interested him. He was a very clever man brimming with information, a master of wit and irony and very good company.
It must be said that Mike had outstanding abilities as a researcher in any field. Once involved in any interesting project, there was no holding him back. Mike researched a detailed history of the BBC TV rehearsal rooms; a fascinating read.
Mikes many friends are still greatly shocked at his sudden death at almost 70 years of age. He chose not to concern anyone about his increasing internal discomfort until, too late for help, the pancreatic cancer overwhelmed him. A lonely and truly undeserved closure to a life that had enlivened and lifted many others.
We are really missing him.