Friday, January 16, 2015

Ghost Light

Mrs Pritchard (Sylvia Syms) and her
6pm cohorts
Three episodes (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)
First broadcast Oct 4 to 18 1989
Average audience for serial: 4.07m

CAST

Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) Born Aug 20 1943
Doctor Who credits
Played: The Doctor in Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89). Return appearances in Dimensions in Time (1993) and Doctor Who (1996)
Career highlights
Sylvester - birth name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith - started out as a variety performer and comedian, appearing on shows such as Vision On (as Pepe, who lived in a mirror) in the late 1970s and early 80s, as well as Robert's Robots, Tiswas, Eureka, No 73, What's Your Story? and Jigsaw (as one of the two O-Men). Acting roles include Lucky Feller (1975), For the Love of Albert (1977), Dracula (1979), All the Fun of the Fair (1979), Big Jim and the Figaro Club (1979-81), Electric in the City (1980), Starstrider (1984), The Last Place on Earth (1985), Three Kinds of Heat (1987), Jackanory (1979/93), Frank Stubbs Promotes (1994), Leapin' Leprachauns! (1995), Rab C Nesbitt (1996), Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprachauns (1997), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1997), Beyond Fear (1997), The Mumbo Jumbo (2000), See It Saw It (1999/2001), Hollyoaks (2002), Still Game (2004), Mayo (2006), The Bill (2002/06), Doctors (2008), The Academy (2009/12), The Christmas Candle (2013) and The Candy House (2015). Aside from the Doctor, his other memorable role is Radagast the Brown in the three Hobbit films - An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies (2012-14). He also appeared in The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1981, on Comic Relief in 1988, Space Cadets in 1997, Hell's Kitchen in 2004 and Tiswas Reunited in 2007. He has regularly played his Doctor in a number of fan audio adventures since 1999, as well as BBCi's webcast story Death Comes to Time (2001).
Facts
Before becoming an actor, he trained as a priest (1955-59), sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. Sylvester was second choice for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the early 1990s Sylvester was to play Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl when the film was to be made by Steven Spielberg, but Disney refused permission and made it a decade later with Jonathan Pryce in the role. His stage name originates from when he was a part of Ken Campbell's variety roadshow, playing a stuntman by the same name (the name was dreamt up by roadshow colleague, actor Brian Murphy).

Sophie Aldred (Ace) Born Aug 20 1962
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ace in Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89). Return appearance in Dimensions in Time (1993).
Career highlights
Doctor Who was Sophie's acting break; her subsequent acting roles have been in Rainbow (1990), Melvin and Maureen's Musicagrams (1992-96), Zzzap! (1999-2001), EastEnders (1993), Shadow Play (2004), The Search for Simon (2013) and Shadow Season (2013). She has also been a TV presenter, often for children, including Corners (1988-90), Words and Pictures (1993), Tiny and Crew (1995-99) and It's a Mystery (1996), and has also done voice work for Sergeant Stripes (2003), Noddy in Toyland (2008), Dennis and Gnasher (2008), Bob the Builder (2009-10), Bananas in Pyjamas (2010-13) and Tree Fu Tom (2012-14). Sophie has also appeared in a number of Doctor Who spin-off video productions, such as More Than a Messiah (1992), The Zero Imperative (1994), Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans (1994) and Mindgame (1998), and Big Finish's audio plays since 2000. In 1996, she wrote a book, Ace!, based on her time in Doctor Who. She has also presented several BBC Schools radio series, including Singing Together, Music Workshop, Time and Tune and Music Box.
Facts
In 1990 Sophie had an affair with TV actor/ comedian Les Dennis while he was married to his first wife (Dennis documents this in his 2008 autobiography). Les left his wife to be with Sophie, and met Amanda Holden - due to become his second wife - while they were together. In 1997 Sophie married TV quiz show and sports programme presenter Vince Henderson. She shares her birthdate with both Sylvester McCoy and Anthony Ainley. Here's Sophie's website and Twitter.

Ian Hogg (Josiah Smith) Born Aug 1 1937
Career highlights
Ian debuted in Marat/ Sade (1967), then took roles in Tell Me Lies (1968), King Lear (1971), Total Eclipse (1973), The Hireling (1973), Dead Cert (1974), David Copperfield (1974-75), Lorna Doone (1976), The Devil's Crown (1978), Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979), Minder (1982), Red Monarch (1983), A Family Man (1984), Bleak House (1985), The December Rose (1986), Boogie Outlaws (1987), The Pleasure Principle (1992), Covington Cross (1992), Riders (1993), Rasputin (1996), Forgotten (1999), EastEnders (1999), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), Waking the Dead (2003), The Miserables (2010) and New Tricks (2014). He made his name playing Alan Rockliffe in Rockliffe's Babies (1987-88) and Rockliffe's Folly (1988).

John Hallam (Light) Oct 28 1941 to Nov 14 2006
Career highlights
Northern Ireland born John's first credit came in Much Ado About Nothing (1967), after which he found roles in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1970), Villain (1971), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Regiment (1972), Moonbase 3 (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973), The Pallisers (1974), Dominic (1976), Raffles (1977), The Four Feathers (1977), The Devil's Crown (1978), Dick Turpin (1979), The Mallens (1979), Flash Gordon (1980), Dragonslayer (1981), The Black Adder (1983), Under Capricorn (1983), Lifeforce (1985), Santa Claus: The Movie (1985), Prospects (1986), Knights of God (1987), White Peak Farm (1988), Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989), Emmerdale (1990), Bergerac (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Zorro (1992), Grange Hill (1993), 99-1 (1994), Kull the Conqueror (1997), All Quiet on the Preston Front (1997), The 10th Kingdom (2000) and Arabian Nights (2000). He also played Harry Farmer in Wings (1976-78) and Den Watts's cellmate Barnsey in EastEnders (1988-90).
Facts
John's cousin is actor Clive Mantle.

Sylvia Syms (Mrs Pritchard) Born Jan 6 1934
Career highlights
Sylvia was one of Britain's brightest movie stars in her youth, debuting aged 21 in The Romantic Young Lady (1955), then Teenage Bad Girl (1956), Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), The Birthday Present (1957), The Moonraker (1958), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Ferry to Hong Kong (1959), Expresso Bongo (1960), Flame in the Streets (1961), Victim (1961), The Quare Fellow (1962), The World Ten Times Over (1963), The Big Job (1965), Hostile Witness (1968), The Desperados (1969), Strange Report (1969), Asylum (1972), My Good Woman (1972), Give Us Tomorrow (1978), Nancy Astor (1982), Absolute Beginners (1986), Intimate Contact (1987), Rockcliffe's Folly (1988), Shirley Valentine (1989), May to December (1990), Thatcher: The Final Days (1991), Natural Lies (1992), Dirty Weekend (1993), Staggered (1994), Ghosts (1995), Half the Picture (1996), Original Sin (1997), Neville's Island (1998), The Jury (2002), Doctor Zhivago (2002), What a Girl Wants (2003), Born and Bred (2004), The Poseidon Adventure (2005), The Queen (2006), Blue Murder (2009), Collision (2009), Missing (2010), Bouquet of Barbed Wire (2010), Rev (2011) and Timeless (2014). She also played Isabel de Gines in Peak Practice (1993-95), Marion Riley in At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03) and Olive Woodhouse in EastEnders (2007/09/10).
Facts
Sylvia was awarded an OBE in 2007. Her daughter is actress Beatie Edney, while her nephews are jazz musicians Alex Webb and his late brother Nick.

Michael Cochrane (Redvers Fenn-Cooper) Born May 19 1947
Doctor Who credits
Played: Lord Cranleigh in Black Orchid (1982)
Played: Redvers Fenn-Cooper in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Michael's earliest role was in The Pallisers (1974), followed by credits in Love Thy Neighbour (1975), Love in a Cold Climate (1980), The Citadel (1983), The Far Pavilions (1984), Frankenstein (1984), The Detective (1985), The Collectors (1986), Fortunes of War (1987), Number One Gun (1990), No Job for a Lady (1990), Keeping Up Appearances (1993), The Saint (1997), Coronation Street (1998), Big Bad World (1999), Perfect World (2000-01), Rosemary and Thyme (2003), Spooks (2003), Murphy's Law (2004), The Government Inspector (2005), Suez: A Very British Crisis (2006), To the Manor Born (2007), Criminal Justice (2009), Holy Flying Circus (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Titanic (2012), Downton Abbey (2011-12) and The Musketeers (2014). He regularly played Charles Gaylion in Wings (1977-78), Nigel Crimmond in The Chief (1990-95) and Sir Henry Simmerson in the Sharpe franchise (1993-2008). He also plays Oliver Sterling in radio soap The Archers.
Facts
He is married to actress Belinda Carroll, the sister of Rani actress Kate O'Mara.

Sharon Duce (Control) Born Jan 17 1950
Career highlights
Debuting in Parkin's Patch (1970), Sharon's CV includes roles in The Moonlighters (1971), Villains (1972), Helen: A Woman of Today (1973), The Tamarind Seed (1974), Dawson's Weekly (1975), The House That Jack Built (1977), Send in the Girls (1978), Coming Home (1980-81), Outland (1981), Funny Man (1981), The Hard Word (1983), The Bounder (1983), First Born (1988), Rockcliffe's Folly (1988), Singles (1989), Buddy's Song (1990), Press Gang (1992), Natural Lies (1992), The Tomorrow People (1975), Wycliffe (1997), Maisie Raine (1998), Where the Heart Is (2000), The Royle Family (2000), Clocking Off (2002), Grease Monkeys (2003), Emmerdale (2003), Missing (2006), The Royal (2006), Sorted (2006), Moving On (2009), Coronation Street (2009), Midsomer Murders (2012) and Doctors (2001/15). Her regular roles include WPC Cameron in Z Cars (1971-72), Jan Oliver in Big Deal (1984-86) and Pat Hollingsworth in Growing Pains (1992-93).
Facts
Her husbands include actor Dominic Guard (who was in Doctor Who story Terminus (1983)) and actor and documentary maker David Munro. Sharon is also an acting and public speaking coach, as well as a trained celebrant, neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and Scaravelli yoga teacher.

Katharine Schlesinger (Gwendoline)
Career highlights
Katharine debuted in a 1987 adaptation of Northanger Abbey, then had roles in The Diary of Anne Frank (1987, in the title role), No Frills (1988), Young Catherine (1991), Rides (1992-93), Silent Witness (1998), Simon Magus (1999), In the Beginning (2000) and Doctors (2002).
Facts
Katharine is the niece of film director John Schlesinger and great-niece of veteran actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Carl Forgione (Nimrod) May 3 1944 to Sep 10 1998 (cancer)
Doctor Who credits
Played: Land in Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Played: Nimrod in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Cricket fan Carl's earliest role was in The Wars of the Roses (1965), followed by Dixon of Dock Green (1972), Big Zapper (1973), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Blake's 7 (1978), Don't Forget to Write! (1979), The Borgias (1981), Sorry! (1986), Star Cops (1987), South of the Border (1990), Coronation Street (1991), The Day Today (1994), Fist of Fun (1995), Knowing Me, Knowing You (1994-95) and The Moonstone (1997).
Facts
There is a lovely tribute site to Carl (real name Carlo, due to his Italian father) by his school friend Harper John here.

John Nettleton (Reverend Ernest Matthews) Born Feb 5 1929
Career highlights
After debuting in 1956's The Black Tulip, John's extensive career has included Walk a Crooked Mile (1961), A for Andromeda (1961), Haunted (1967), Gazette (1968), The Avengers (1967/68), Fraud Squad (1969), The Last Shot You Hear (1969), Some Will, Some Won't (1970), The Culture Vultures (1970), If It Moves, File It (1970), Elizabeth R (1971), Out of the Unknown (1971), The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972), Justice (1973), A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973), All Creatures Great and Small (1975), Feet First (1979), The Flame Trees of Thika (1981), Only When I Laugh (1982), The Happy Apple (1983), Crown Court (1981/84), Brass (1984), Fairly Secret Army (1986), The Russ Abbot Show (1988), Bomber Harris (1989), Gentlemen and Players (1989), Victoria Wood (1989), American Friends (1991), Degrees of Error (1995), Longitude (2000), Dad (2005), Foyle's War (2007) and Kingdom (2008). He regularly played Sir Arnold Robinson in Yes, Minister (1980-84) and Yes, Prime Minister (1986-88), and Sir Stephen Baxter in The New Statesman (1987-89). During the 1960s and 70s, John's voice was used on the children's series Blue Peter, reading factual stories about history.
In 2017 Toby Hadoke released his Who's Round interview with John here.

Brenda Kempner (Mrs Grose) 1939 to Jul 17 2013
Career highlights
Debuting in Marat/ Sade (1967), Brenda's further work includes The Saint (1968), Jane Eyre (1973), Within These Walls (1974/76), Secret Army (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Never Say Never Again (1983), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985), Screamtime (1986), Grange Hill (1987), Back Home (1990), Runaway Bay (1992), Jeeves and Wooster (1992), Rides (1993), The Great Kandinsky (1995), Last of the Summer Wine (1997-98), Daylight Robbery (1999) and Peak Practice (2001).

Frank Windsor (Ranulf) Born Jul 12 1927
Doctor Who credits
Played: Ranulf in The King's Demons (1983)
Played: Inspector Mackenzie in Ghost Light (1989)
Career highlights
Debuting in A Man for All Seasons in 1957, Frank's CV includes roles in Hilda Lessways (1959), An Age of Kings (1960), A for Andromeda (1961), This Sporting Life (1963), The Avengers (1968), Spring and Port Wine (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Barry Mackenzie Holds His Own (1974), Headmaster (1977), Middlemen (1977), The Goodies (1977), Kidnapped (1978), The Plank (1979), The London Connection (1979), Charlie (1984), Revolution (1985), Dear John (1987), The Real Eddy English (1989), Chancer (1990), EastEnders (1992), September Song (1995), The Famous Five (1996), Sunburn (2000), Judge John Deed (2002-03) and Between Two Women (2004). Frank will be forever remembered as Detective Sergeant John Watt in over 120 episodes of Z Cars (1962-65/78), as well as its numerous spin-offs, including over 200 episodes of Softly Softly (1966-76), Jack the Ripper (1973) and Second Verdict (1976). In all, Frank appeared in over 340 productions as Watt. In later years he might be recognised as Harry Bradley in Flying Lady (1987-89), the Chief Superintendent in comedy The Detectives (1993-96), Kenneth Samuels in Casualty (2003-04), or even advertising Sun Life insurance for the over-50s in TV commercials (2002-03). He also advertised holiday/ property magazine Dalton's Weekly in a number of TV ads, as well as Players cigars.
Facts
Frank is a founding member of the Oxford and Cambridge Players, later the Elizabethan Players. In June 1997 Frank's 29-year-old son David and his married lover Denise Rothwell were both killed when they left a hotel in Wester Ross, Scotland, without paying their £100 bill and their car plunged 15ft off the road into the River Grudie, drowning them.
This is Your Life: Frank was the subject of Thames TV's This is Your Life on December 3rd, 1975, surprised by host Eamonn Andrews during a special dinner at the Metropolitan Police Sports Club. Unfortunately, by the stage in the evening that Frank was surprised, he was somewhat inebriated, and flummoxed Eamonn Andrews by telling off-colour jokes, visibly sliding down in his chair, and ending the show by repeatedly shouting "Rubbish!". The number of edits the show required before transmission apparently set a record. One of the guests at the tribute was fellow Doctor Who actor James Ellis.

CREW

Marc Platt (writer) Born 1953
Career highlights
Marc, who in the 1980s worked in the BBC cataloguing its radio output, submitted many script ideas to Doctor Who before Ghost Light was picked up. After Ghost Light, Marc wrote several Doctor Who novels and Big Finish audio adventures, one of which - Spare Parts - inspired the TV story Rise of the Cybermen/ The Age of Steel (2006). Marc's Doctor Who books include Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible (1992), Downtime (1996, the novelisation of the 1995 spin-off video adventure that he also wrote) and Lungbarrow (1997). His audio stories include Loups-Garoux (2001), Valhalla (2007), The Cradle of the Snake (2010) and The Butcher of Brisbane (2012).

Alan Wareing (director) Born Aug 16 1943
Doctor Who credits
Directed: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-89), Ghost Light (1989), Survival (1989)
Career highlights
Alan had earlier been production assistant on The Keeper of Traken (1981), after starting as assistant floor manager on Survivors and The Onedin Line in the 1970s. He also performed production manager duties on Juliet Bravo (1981-82), Tenko (1982), Miss Marple (1985), the Doctor Who story Timelash (1985), Lovejoy (1986) and EastEnders (1986), before graduating to director on Rockcliffe's Folly (1988), The Bill (1989-90), London's Burning (1996), Wycliffe (1997-98), Casualty (1987-2001), 100 episodes of Coronation Street (2001-10) and over 200 episodes of Emmerdale (1993-2015).

John Nathan-Turner (producer) Aug 12 1947 to May 1 2002 (liver failure)
Doctor Who credits
Floor assistant: The Space Pirates (1969, uncredited)
Assistant floor manager: The Ambassadors of Death (1970, uncredited), Colony in Space (1971, uncredited)
Production unit manager: Horror of Fang Rock, The Invisible Enemy, Image of the Fendahl, The Sun Makers, Underworld, The Invasion of Time, The Ribos Operation, The Pirate Planet, The Stones of Blood, The Androids of Tara, The Power of Kroll, The Armageddon Factor, Destiny of the Daleks, City of Death, The Creature from the Pit, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada (unbroadcast) (1977-80)
Produced: The Leisure Hive, Meglos, Full Circle, State of Decay, Warriors' Gate, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis, K-9 & Company, Castrovalva, Four to Doomsday, Kinda, The Visitation, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Time-Flight, Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King's Demons, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, The Awakening, Frontios, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani, The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Mark of the Rani, The Two Doctors, Timelash, Revelation of the Daleks, The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1980-89), plus Dimensions in Time (1993)
Wrote: Dimensions in Time (1993)
Career highlights
John started out as an assistant floor manager on Doctor Who, and also worked as a production assistant on programmes such as The Pallisers (1974), Barlow (1975) and How Green Was My Valley (1975-76). He soon graduated to become production unit manager on Doctor Who, as well as on series such as All Creatures Great and Small (1978-80) and Flesh and Blood (1980). After Doctor Who was taken off air in 1989, John maintained his links to the series by producing a number of special video releases, such as The Years Tapes which included various single episodes from partly lost 1960s stories, as well as the 1992 release of Shada.
Facts
John's long-time partner was Gary Downie, who acted as production manager on some of the 1980s serials. In the 2013 book The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner, author Richard Marson alleges that John and partner Gary "preyed" sexually on young male teenage Doctor Who fans. The gay age of consent in the 1980s was 21.

Andrew Cartmel (script editor) Born 1958
Doctor Who credits
Script edited: Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, Dragonfire, Remembrance of the Daleks, The Happiness Patrol, Silver Nemesis, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival (1987-89)
Career highlights
Andrew's other TV work includes script editing Casualty (1990) and Dark Knight (2001), after which he left the industry to work on several computing magazines. He has also written comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine (1990-93) and Judge Dredd Megazine (1995), as well as four Doctor Who novels (1992-2005) and four audios (2000/11).
Facts
Here he is, on Twitter, and here's his film review blog.

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