Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school
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Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school

I was delighted to discover recently that two great West Country actors went to my old school. Robert Newton, who played the archetypal Long John Silver (and arguably originated the ‘pirate accent’) and George Woodbridge, the classic Hammer horror innkeeper and comedy policeman, were both students of Exeter School in Devon. Newton, born in Dorset … Continue reading

‘Monogamy will be the death of me’ – the 29 marriages of Scotty Wolfe celebrated in song
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‘Monogamy will be the death of me’ – the 29 marriages of Scotty Wolfe celebrated in song

You don’t hear many conventional love songs from Essex retro rock band The 1957 Tail Fin Fiasco – so the new single Monogamy Pews is predictably not a celebration of romantic marriage. In fact, this track from their latest album The Harvard Tango tells the story of Glynn Wolfe, also known as Scotty Wolfe, a … Continue reading

How Talking Pictures found the perfect nostalgic formula
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How Talking Pictures found the perfect nostalgic formula

The idea of a channel devoted to classic films isn’t new, but in the UK Talking Pictures TV has found what seems to be the perfect nostalgic formula. While TCM (Turner Classic Movies) has been around since the 1990s and more recently Sony Movies has launched a dedicated ‘Classic’ channel, these and others tend to … Continue reading

From Coronation Street to Ed Reardon’s Week via Agatha Christie: Nicola Sanderson talks stage, screen and radio
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From Coronation Street to Ed Reardon’s Week via Agatha Christie: Nicola Sanderson talks stage, screen and radio

Nicola Sanderson is an incredibly versatile British actor with a record of success on stage, screen and radio – from thrillers to soap operas to comedies. I was lucky enough to see her as Auntie Lou in the stage production of Agatha Christie’s Love From a Stranger last year [2018] and have thoroughly enjoyed her … Continue reading

Meet Mhairi Calvey – the in-demand actress, whose career started, age 5, eating donuts with Mel Gibson!
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Meet Mhairi Calvey – the in-demand actress, whose career started, age 5, eating donuts with Mel Gibson!

From the role of Young Murron in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning Braveheart to in-demand lead in a huge range of features and shorts, Mhairi Calvey‘s career has come a long way in the last 25 years. As an actor, she has some exciting feature films on the way, and is also writing and directing her own … Continue reading