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Category Archives: Television

David Hare can’t bear too much reality – UnHerd

A Western democracy clashes with a Middle Eastern despotism in a war whose outcome will shape a new world order. Just a few years later, a writer presumes to turn … Continue reading

10/22/2020

Frank Windsor, star of Z-Cars and Softly, Softly, dies aged 92 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor Frank Windsor has died at the age of 92, it has been announced by his agent. Windsor, perhaps best known for his role as DS John Watt in … Continue reading

10/03/2020

Diana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82 | Television & radio | The Guardian

Rigg, who rose to prominence in the 1960s through her starring role as Emma Peel in The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee, enjoyed a long and varied career, playing Lady Olenna … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Memories of British television director & producer June Wyndham Davies

Fascinating memories from retired British actress-turned television director and producer June Wyndham Davis. When I achieved my goal of directing a number of well-received television productions, I began to realise … Continue reading

07/29/2020

Charles Wood obituary | Stage | The Guardian

I’m sad that I missed this news in February, especially as I’m ‘Facebook friends’ with Charles Wood’s writer daughter Kate but then again I’ve spent great chunks of time not … Continue reading

07/25/2020

‘This is the best moment of my life,’ he said, lying in the bath: Ian Holm remembered | Film | The Guardian

  That sense of emotional ruthlessness was what made him such a brilliant Lear Richard Eyre Ian Holm was, as it was so often said, the actor’s actor. Not because … Continue reading

06/22/2020

Obituary: Ian Holm – BBC News

Sir Ian Holm was the consummate supporting actor, happy to let others bask in the limelight of stardom. He built his career in the theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company, … Continue reading

06/19/2020

Das Boot: this tense submarine thriller is ‘TV for dads’ that the rest of us can enjoy | Television & radio | The Guardian

Growing up I always assumed the movie Das Boot was an elaborate joke played on me by my father. There cannot be a five-hour film, sorry. Subtitled entirely in German. … Continue reading

06/12/2020

Actor Michael Angelis dies aged 76 – BBC News

Actor Michael Angelis, known for his role in TV dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff, and for narrating Thomas The Tank Engine, has died at the age of 76. … Continue reading

05/31/2020

My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable | Rory Kinnear | Opinion | The Guardian

‘No one could describe Karina as weak: she did not have it coming, she was no more disposable than anyone else. Her death was not inevitable, does not ease our … Continue reading

05/12/2020

Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen actor, dies aged 81

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid19-related,” his daughter Elizabeth tweeted. Source: Brian Dennehy, veteran stage and screen … Continue reading

04/20/2020

Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote The Four Yorkshiremen – BBC News

The comic actor, who was best known as one of anarchic TV trio The Goodies, has died aged 79 with coronavirus Source: Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote … Continue reading

04/12/2020

Emmerdale and Aliens actor Jay Benedict dies of coronavirus

Former Emmerdale and Foyle’s War star Jay Benedict has died at the age of 68. The American born actor’s agency announced that Benedict died on 4 April as a result … Continue reading

04/07/2020

Obituary: Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman was born into a lower middle-class family in Plaistow, east London, on 22 August 1925. Her father offered her a choice of presents for her 16th birthday; a … Continue reading

04/07/2020

John Shrapnel obituary

Richly variegated and utterly plausible, with a distinctively weak “r”, the voice of the actor John Shrapnel, who has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, was instantly recognisable on … Continue reading

04/02/2020

Sharon Horgan: ‘I want adventures. I want to do stuff that’s challenging’

Sharon Horgan – Photograph: David Yeo/The Observer Sharon Horgan doesn’t especially enjoy watching herself on screen any more. She feels an awkwardness that, she thinks, comes from years of sitting … Continue reading

02/23/2020

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading

02/22/2020

Carry on Screaming’s Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy | Stage | The Guardian

I knew Fenella Fielding’s death was in the offing as I’d read about her stroke a few days ago. I am very sad as she was always part of my … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

Fenella Fielding obituary | Film | The Guardian

Inimitable, luxuriantly breathy and slyly mellifluous, Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90, was a household name in the 1960s when she graced and sidled across the West End stage … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

RIP Roy Heather [1935-2014] aka Sid the cafe owner in #OFAH

Originally posted on Rogues & Vagabonds:
Please forgive me for any errors, grammatical or otherwise.  I am writing this tribute through tears for I have lost my ex-husband and a good friend. Roy…

09/03/2018 · 4 Comments

Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting | Stage | The Guardian

Working class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are increasingly being kept out of the profession because of the cost and failures in the education system, the new … Continue reading

08/16/2018 · 4 Comments

Dad’s Army at 50: the secret history of ‘comedy’s finest half-hour’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

The inimitable Dad’s Army is one of my favourite comedy series of all time. I find it extraordinary that it is 50 years old this year, which means I was eleven … Continue reading

07/27/2018 · 11 Comments

LGBT+ Equalities Committee | Rose Collis

Since her election to Equity’s LGBT+ Equalities Committee in June 2017, Rose Collis has been working tirelessly to help progress its two-year plan of aims and objectives (see event details … Continue reading

07/17/2018 · 2 Comments

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars | News | The Guardian

Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from … Continue reading

05/24/2018 · 2 Comments

Judi, Maggie, Joan and Eileen: all hail British theatre’s great dames | Michael Billington | Stage | The Guardian

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. The wheeze of bringing together four of Britain’s distinguished theatrical dames – Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith – and … Continue reading

04/28/2018 · 6 Comments

How Anna Scher’s maverick acting school created so many working-class stars | Stage | The Guardian

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies at 89 – BBC News

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard has died at the age of 89 after a career spanning eight decades. Daughter-in-law Jacqueline Reddin said he died in hospital in Leicestershire, shortly after breaking … Continue reading

03/30/2018 · 5 Comments

Idris Elba: Why I decided to write the new ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – The i – Friday Arts #14

Spring 2018, and Idris Elba is back – finally – on the small screen. For a while, the Londoner who rose to fame as Stringer Bell on The Wire, David … Continue reading

03/23/2018 · 2 Comments

In Memory: “Even though you may have listened to the same performance, what you heard could be vastly different from what anyone else heard.” – Art of Quotation

“The thing I love about the arts — music, theater, museums, galleries — is that everybody wins.  You are touched and hopefully moved, and it is unique to each person. … Continue reading

03/05/2018 · 10 Comments

Young Brixton activists recreate film posters with black leads | UK news | The Guardian

Shiden Tekle and his friends became so frustrated about the lack of black actors in films and TV shows that they decided to recreate famous movie posters, including Titanic, Harry … Continue reading

03/03/2018 · 5 Comments