Monday, December 31, 2018

RECENT UPDATES

November 7th 2018
Added: Demons of the Punjab to the blog
October 31st 2018
RIP Derrick Sherwin (Apr 16 1936 to Oct 17 2018) - series producer, script editor and writer
RIP Rio Fanning (Nov 7 1931 to Aug 12 2018) - Harker in Horror of Fang Rock
October 24th 2018
RIP Rick James (Oct 10 1939 to Sep 24 2018) - Cotton in The Mutants
Added: Arachnids in the UK to the blog

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Demons of the Punjab

Horseback in the Punjab!
One episode (Demons of the Punjab)
First broadcast: Nov 11 2018
Audience for story: ???

REGULAR CAST

Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor) Born Jun 17 1982 Click here for Jodie Whittaker's entry on Twice Upon a Time

Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan) Born Jan 5 1988 Click here for Mandip Gill's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) Born Jul 23 1992 Click here for Tosin Cole's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Bradley Walsh (Graham O'Brien) Born Jun 4 1960 Click here for Bradley Walsh's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

GUEST CAST

Nathalie Cuzner (Kisar)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Cat nun in New Earth and TARDISode (2006, uncredited)
Played: Extra in Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006, uncredited), Smith and Jones (2007, uncredited), The End of Time (2009/10, uncredited)
Played: Futurekind in Utopia (2007, uncredited)
Played: Silurian in The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood (2010, uncredited), The Pandorica Opens (2010, uncredited)
Played: Mrs Rossiter Peg Doll in Night Terrors (2011, uncredited)
Played: Handbot in The Girl Who Waited (2011, uncredited)
Played: Chamber droid in Deep Breath (2014, uncredited)
Played: Kisar in Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Nathalie's other work includes The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2005) and Summer Scars (2007), as well as playing the protocol droid PZ-4CO (the blue one seen with Lieutenant Connix in the Rebel base) in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2014). Nathalie also played various monsters at the 2010 and 2013 Doctor Who Proms.
Facts
Nathalie's "day job" is as a dance fitness instructor, yoga teacher and hypopressive practitioner. Here she is on Twitter.

Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Miss Chandrakala in The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008)
Played: Nani Umbreen in Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Leena's CV includes Moving Story (1994), London Bridge (1995), East is East (1995), The Chippendales Murder (2000), Silent Witness (2003), Prime Suspect 6 (2003), Grease Monkeys (2004), Coronation Street (2001/04), EastEnders (2007), Place of Execution (2008), Holby City (2009), Citizen Khan (2014), Stella (2016), Casualty (1996/2017) and Man Like Mobeen (2017).

Barbara Fadden (Almak)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Guest in The Lazarus Experiment (2007, uncredited)
Played: Neighbour in The Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords (2007, uncredited)
Played: Journalist in Partners in Crime (2008, uncredited)
Played: Soldier in The Doctor's Daughter (2008, uncredited), Turn Left (2008, uncredited), Planet of the Dead (2009, uncredited)
Played: Madame Vastra's double in A Good Man Goes to War (2011, uncredited)
Played: Soldier Peg Doll in Night Terrors (2011, uncredited)
Played: Handbot in The Girl Who Waited (2011, uncredited)
Played: Spectator in The Wedding of River Song (2011, uncredited)
Played: Cleric in The Time of the Doctor (2013, uncredited)
Played: Chamber droid in Deep Breath (2014, uncredited)
Played: Dream Crab in Last Christmas (2014, uncredited)
Played: Almak in Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Barbara's only other screen work includes being a creature and droid puppeteer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2014), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2017), and a monster at the 2010 and 2013 Doctor Who Proms.

Emma Fielding (Voice of Kisar) Born Jul 10 1966
Career highlights
Emma debuted in the 1992 Screenplay Dead Poets' Society, followed by roles in Tell Tale Hearts (1992), Poirot (1993), Kavanagh QC (1996), The Scarlet Tunic (1998), Pandaemonium (2000), Big Bad World (1999-2001), The Discovery of Heaven (2001), Green-Eyed Monster (2002), Waking the Dead (2004), The Ghost Squad (2005), The Other Man (2008), Cranford (2007-09), Midsomer Murders (2010), The Great Ghost Rescue (2011), Father Brown (2014), DCI Banks (2014), Foyle's War (2015), This is England '90 (2015), Dark Angel (2016), Close to the Enemy (2016), EastEnders (2018) and Unforgotten (2018).
Facts
Emma has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award twice. She abandoned a place studying law at Cambridge University in favour of picking watermelons in a West Bank kibbutz and working as an usherette at the Oxford Apollo! She is also a prolific video game and audiobook voice artiste. Here she is on Twitter.

Ravin J Ganatra (Hakim Khan)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Neil in Torchwood: Greeks Bearing Gifts (2006)
Played: Mahajan in Torchwood: Golden Age (2009, radio play)
Played: Hakim Khan in Arachnids in the UK (2018), Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Ravin made his debut in Circles of Deceit: Dark Secret (1995), then Casualty (1996), Prime Suspect 5 (1996), The Brittas Empire (1997), Holding On (1997), Dalziel and Pascoe (2001), Nighty Night (2004), The Fugitives (2005), EastEnders (2006), Britz (2007), Dappers (2010), Rev (2010), Hollyoaks (2012), Count Arthur Strong (2013), In the Club (2014/16), The Boy with the Topknot (2017), Sept nains et moi (2018-19) and Cheat (2018).
Facts
Ravin also runs his own theatre company, Guruji Productions. Here's Ravin on Twitter.

Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan) Born Aug 7 1966
Doctor Who credits
Played: Najia Khan in Arachnids in the UK (2018), Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Shobna rose to prominence in her debut screen role as Anita in the Victoria Wood sitcom Dinnerladies (1998-2000), then secured roles in EastEnders (2000), New Street Law (2006), Where the Heart Is (2006), Magnolia (2006), Coming Up (2008), Junkhearts (2011), The Slammer (2013), In the Club (2014), Paranoid (2016), Finding Fatimah (2017), River City (2017-18) and Hold the Sunset (2018). She will be best remembered for playing Sunita Alahan in 671 episodes of the soap Coronation Street between 2001-13.
Facts
Shobna performed as a dancer in the music video for Boy George's 1991 single Bow Down Mister. She also mimicked Diana Ross on an edition of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2003). Here she in on Twitter.

Hamza Jeetooa (Manish)
Career highlights
Hamza debuted in the short film Void (2007), after which he secured roles in Luther (2011), Combat Hospital (2011), The Thick Of It (2012), Being Human (2013), Babylon (2014), Capital (2015), Silent Witness (2017), Ransom (2018) and Our Girl (2018). He has also directed and produced a number of short films himself, including Bin Men (2014), National Anthem (2017) and Behind the Likes (2018).
Facts
Hamza is married to actor and writer Natalie Perera. Here's his Twitter.

Shaheen Khan (Hasna)
Career highlights
Shaheen made her debut in 1986's Love Match, followed by roles in Boon (1987), Partition (1987), Tandoori Nights (1987), Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Grange Hill (1994), Hollow Reed (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Youth (2002), The Mistress of Spices (2005), Spooks (2006), My Life as a Popat (2004-07), Britz (2007), Everywhere and Nowhere (2011), The Five (2016), In the Club (2014-16), The Boy with the Topknot (2017) and 60 episodes of Appletree House as Grandma Zainab (2017-18).
Facts
Here's Shaheen on Twitter.

Isobel Middleton (Voice of Almak)
Career highlights
Isobel debuted as Frankie in Monster Cafe (1994), and has since found roles in Cracker (1994-95), Murder Most Horrid (1999), Dr Willoughby (1999), Barbara (2000), EastEnders (2002), The Story of Tracy Beaker (2002), My Family (2004), Family Affairs (2005), Mistresses (2008), Lewis (2009), The Fold (2013), Emmerdale (2014), Marcella (2016), Eric, Ernie and Me (2017) and Doctors (2000/03/08/09/18).
Facts
In 2016 Isobel played the first gay woman to appear on radio soap The Archers (Anna Tregorran). Isobel is married to fellow actor Jane Hazlegrove.

Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Sonya Khan in Arachnids in the UK (2018), Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Other work includes Penguin (2011), Darren Has a Breakdown (2014) and Guilty Pleasures (2016).

Amita Suman (Umbreen)
Career highlights
Other work includes Casualty (2018) and Ackley Bridge (2018).

Shane Zaza (Prem) Born Jan 8 1984
Doctor Who credits
Played: Atif in Army of Ghosts TARDISode (2006)
Played: Prem in Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Career highlights
Shane debuted in Messiah: The Harrowing (2005), followed by Waterloo Road (2006), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Murphy's Law (2006), 10 Days to War (2008), Mouth to Mouth (2009), Cleanskin (2012), Jadoo (2013), Plastic (2014), The Rezort (2015), Black Mirror (2016), The Mummy (2017), Will (2017) and Press (2018). He also played Shafiq Shah in 12 episodes of Happy Valley (2014-16).
Facts
Shane is married to actor Robyn Addison. Here he is on Twitter.

CREW

Vinay Patel (writer) Born 1986
Career highlights
Vinay's earliest screen work was as writer, director, producer and editor of the 2008 short film No, You'd Better Watch Out, after which he wrote material for Murdered by My Father (2016) and The Good Karma Hospital (2017). He also writes for the theatre, including True Brits (2014), Free Fall (2014) and An Adventure (2018).
Awards
2017: Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama (Murdered by My Father) - shared with Bruce Goodison, Toby Welch and Aysha Rafaele
Facts
Here's Vinay on Twitter.

Jamie Childs (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Woman Who Fell to Earth (2018), Demons of the Punjab (2018), 11.9 and 11.10 (2018), as well as the Thirteenth Doctor's reveal trailer (2017)
Career highlights
Jamie started out (credited as Jamie Catchpole Childs) as a production coordinator on First Cut: How to Snare a Millionaire (2009), moving on to second unit director on The Seasoning House (2012) and Poldark (2015). Dropping the Catchpole, he worked as director on Vera (2016-17), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2017), Next of Kin (2018) and His Dark Materials (2019). He also wrote, directed and produced the short films The Bond (2012) and Crows House (2016).
Facts
Jamie's career began when he won a competition to direct a trailer for Patricia Cornwell's novel Book of the Dead (2007), after which he directed several ad campaigns, including for the BBC (The White Queen, Strictly Come Dancing), ITV (Encore) and Dove soap's sponsorship of the Four Nations rugby tournament in 2016. Here's Jamie on Twitter.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Tsuranga Conundrum

Durkas and Eve Cicero (Ben Bailey
Smith and Suzanne Packer)
One episode (The Tsuranga Conundrum)
First broadcast: Nov 4 2018
Audience for story: ???

REGULAR CAST

Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor) Born Jun 17 1982 Click here for Jodie Whittaker's entry on Twice Upon a Time

Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan) Born Jan 5 1988 Click here for Mandip Gill's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) Born Jul 23 1992 Click here for Tosin Cole's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Bradley Walsh (Graham O'Brien) Born Jun 4 1960 Click here for Bradley Walsh's entry on The Woman Who Fell to Earth

GUEST CAST

Lois Chimimba (Mabli)
Career highlights
Lois made her debut in Holby City (2014), followed by Fried (2015), Trust Me (2017) and There She Goes (2018).
Facts
Lois lived in Malawi until she was two years old. Here's her Twitter account.

Brett Goldstein (Astos) Born 1980
Career highlights
Brett debuted in the 2003 short film Section Eight, after which he found roles in Wish You Were Here (2005), Slave (2009), The Bill (2009), The Comedian (2012), Common Ground (2013), Love Matters (2013), The Hooligan Factory (2014), Cuckoo (2014), Legacy (2015), Undercover (2015), Howl (2015), SuperBob (2015), Catherine Tate's Nan (2015), The Pact (2017) and Wild Honey Pie (2018). Brett has also had recurring roles as Tom in 11 episodes of Derek (2012-14), Danny Jones in Hoff the Record (2015-16), Scott in Drifters (2014-16) and Casper in Uncle (2014-17). He is also a comedy writer, having provided material for White Van Man (2011), Stand Up for the Week (2011-12), Ronna & Beverly (2012), Catherine Tate's Nan, SuperBob, Hoff the Record and Drifters.
Awards
2016: British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Adult Life Skills)
Facts
Brett also works as a stand-up comedian: his debut show was 2016's Brett Goldstein Was Born in a Strip Club. Here he is on Twitter.

Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero) Born Sep 20 1958
Career highlights
Suzanne debuted in Crime Story (1992), then The Lifeboat (1994), Grange Hill (1995), Porkpie (1996), Tiger Bay (1997), Dirty Work (2000), Third Watch (2002), Under Mild Wood (2014), Doctors (2015), The Level (2016), Stella (2016), Vera (2017), Bang (2017), Keeping Faith (2017), Death in Paradise (2018), Hold the Sunset (2018), A Mother's Love (2018) and The ABC Murders (2018). She regularly played Josie Johnson in soap Brookside (1990-93 and 2000), but will be best known for playing Tess Bateman in over 480 episodes of Casualty (2003-16), as well as Holby City (2004-05). In 2010 she also directed an episode of Casualty.
Facts
Suzanne's brother is TV presenter and former champion sprint hurdler Colin Jackson. Here she is on Twitter.

Jack Shalloo (Yoss Inkl) Born Dec 10 1986
Career highlights
Jack's earliest screen credit was The Bill (2005), followed by Holby City (2008), Fit (2010), KickOff (2011), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: Beyond the Pale (2014), Doctors (2014), The Interceptor (2015), Dickensian (2016), People Just Do Nothing (2017), Humans (2018) and London Kills (2019).
Facts
In 2011 Jack released an album called London Soul. Here he is on Twitter.

David Shields (Ronan)
Career highlights
David's other work includes The Bad Education Movie (2015), Una (2016), The Crown (2016) and Doctors (2018).
Facts
Here he is on Twitter.

Ben Bailey Smith (Durkas Cicero) Born Sep 21 1977
Career highlights
Ben acts under both his birth name and his acquired stage name of Doc Brown. He debuted in Wishbaby (2007), followed by Miranda (2009), Doc Brown - Jimmy Wigz (2010), Rev (2010), The Inbetweeners (2010), Little Howard's Big Question (2011), Hunted (2012), Derek (2013), Midsomer Murders (2014), Law and Order UK (2014), Give Out Girls (2014), Nurse (2015), Midwinter of the Spirit (2015), Murder in Successville (2016), Brief Encounters (2016), Fleabag (2016), Bounty Hunters (2017) and Ratburger (2017). He also provided the voice of Budge in Big Babies (2010) and Mitchell Tanner in Strange Hill High (2013-14 - he also performed the theme tune), and has a long-standing working relationship with Ricky Gervais, playing Dom Johnson in Brent and Johnson: Equality Street (2013), The Return of Brent (2013), Learn Guitar with David Brent (2013) and David Brent: Life on the Road (2016). He also regularly played Nathan in 22 episodes of 4 O'Clock Club (2012-15, which he also created). Ben has also appeared on numerous TV shows as himself, or Doc Brown.
Facts
Ben's sister is the author Zadie Smith. He has released musical works as rapper Doc Smith, including The Document (2005) and Stemma (2017). He has also released a children's book called I Am Bear.

CREW

Chris Chibnall (writer)

Jennifer Perrott (director)
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Tsuranga Conundrum (2018), Series 11.8 (2018)
Career highlights
Jennifer's other directing work includes Hollyoaks and Hollyoaks: Let Loose (2005), The Chase (2006), Doctors (2005-07), Echo Beach (2008), Offspring (2013), Home and Away (2013), Newton's Law (2017) and Gentleman Jack (2019). She also wrote and directed the short films Breathe (2000) and The Ravens (2016).
Awards
2003: Broadcast Young Talent Award for Best Young Director
Facts
Her short film The Ravens has been nominated for and won many film festival awards, and was even longlisted for an Oscar in 2018.