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Joan Marsden, stage and television studio manager, born May 20 1919 ; died March 3 2004.

Joan Marsden, the BBC floor manager known to all as 'mother', has died aged 84. Joan, started her career at the Lime Grove studios in the 1950's and worked on news, documentary programmes and current affairs.   She was brought up in Devon after the family moved there from Liverpool . Later, during the war, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

Following a spell working as stage manager at a West End theatre she joined the BBC where she worked on numerous programmes including Panorama & Blue Peter.   Joan was awarded an MBE for her services to the broadcast industry; particularly for her work at the BBC she so dearly loved.

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