Hancock’s Hour And Three-Quarters: The Rebel

October 7, 2019

“I am aiming for a universal comedy that will transcend class and state barriers.” “Cut out the slang.” That was the advice the by-then-retired Stan Laurel gave to Tony Hancock […]

Women of Character – Irene Handl

September 23, 2019

“Baleful” is the mot juste (appropriate word) for the various chars, housekeepers and landladies embodied by Irene Handl, whether dealing with a “bohemian” lodger or confronting incomprehensible government paperwork. Beneath […]

Celebrating Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) at 50

September 19, 2019

In the 1960s, no other TV company did crime drama like ITC. In fact, few British series of the time boasted the Hollywood-like gleam and ambition of Man In A […]

Women of Character – Peggy Mount

August 23, 2019

For many years, British cinema and television boasted a profusion of landladies, barmaids and charwomen who were forever on the alert for those who dared ‘to take a liberty’. They […]

Men of Character – Freddie Jones

August 16, 2019

12th September 1927 – 9th July 2019 Some actors – no names – change moods with the verve and ease of a Morris Marina 1.8 TC struggling into third gear […]

Women of Character - June Whitfield

July 26, 2019

‘I am the girl who says loudly and clearly the unfunny line before the comedian’s funny line. I prefer to leave it at that’. June Whitfield stated in a 1961 […]