Jack McKenzie (actor)
Jack McKenzie is a Scottish actor. He was born in Edinburgh and was educated at George Heriot's School, after which he joined the Royal Marines, he subsequently joined Lothians and Peebles Constabulary and transferred to Edinburgh City Police. Valentino - A Bridge Too Far - Soldier #17 Dominique - John, 1st Chauffeur Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - Cal Alder Gandhi - Major at Aga Khan Palace The Zero Option - Dunstan Beyond Bedlam - DCI Clery Clockwork Mice - CID 1 The End Of The Affair - Chief Engineer The Calling - Norman The Love We Seek Scotch On The Rocks Sutherland's Law - Police sergeant / Officer in Charge / PC Merengie The Sweeney - Len Space 1999 - Technician The Other One - Bill Burke The Return Of The Saint - Marek Secret Army - Major Neil Turner Blake's 7 - Patar The Professionals - Rose Barriers, The Mad Death - Sportsmaster The Treachery Game - Alec Marsh Blood Money - Det. Insp. Perry Angels - Mr. McGraw Skorpion - Chief Insp. Perry Play for Today - Last Love - Gerald Castle Taggart - Jim Redpath / David Laing / Alan Donald The Collectors - Calvin Simpson Piece of Cake -'Ram' Ramsey Science Fiction - The Smoking Gun Heartbeat - Mr. Brown Bugs - Host Bernard's Watch - Postman The Bill - Mack EastEnders - Donald Emmerdale Farm - Tom " Home Alone" Jeff Young - October Films Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, The Woman In Black The Watermill Theatre, Hobson's Choice Royal National Theatre, The Misanthrope and Into The Mouths Of Crabs Wintershall, The Passion and The Life of Christ Redgrave Theatre, MacBeth, Who Killed Cock Robin, The Trial of Lady Chatterley Farnham Maltings, Sorry To Spoil Your Daughter's Birthday Pantomimes at Guildford Civic Hall and Bracknell The English Theatre, City of Angels Brighton Festival, Paul - A Strange kind of Hero First Major UK and Ireland Tour of Dirty Dancing Television "Home Alone" 2017 - Jeff Young Film The House That Jack Built 2018 - Sonny - Zentropa Films - Lars Von Trier Jack McKenzie on IMDb Jack McKenzie at Aveleyman
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense and psychological thriller concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes; the original series, shot in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964. The Twilight Zone followed in the tradition of earlier television shows such as Tales of Tomorrow and Science Fiction Theatre; the success of the series led to a feature film, a TV film, a radio series, literature including a comic book, novels and a magazine and a theme park attraction and various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, including two revival television series. The first revival ran on CBS and in syndication in the 1980s, while the second revival ran on UPN. TV Guide ranked the original TV series #5 in their 2013 list of the 60 greatest shows of all time and #4 in their list of the 60 greatest dramas.
In December 2017, CBS All Access ordered the third Twilight Zone revival to series, helmed by Jordan Peele. The series premiered on April 1, 2019; as a boy, Rod Serling was a fan of pulp fiction stories. As an adult, he sought topics with themes such as racism, war and human nature in general. Serling decided to combine these two interests as a way to broach these subjects on television at a time when such issues were not addressed. Throughout the 1950s, Serling established himself as one of the most popular names in television, he was as famous for writing televised drama. His most vocal complaints concerned censorship, practiced by sponsors and networks. "I was not permitted to have my senators discuss any current or pressing problem," he said of his 1957 Studio One production "The Arena", intended to be an involving look into contemporary politics. "To talk of tariff was to align oneself with the Republicans. To say a single thing germane to the current political scene was prohibited." CBS purchased a teleplay in 1958 that writer Rod Serling hoped to produce as the pilot of a weekly anthology series.
"The Time Element" marked Serling's first entry in the field of science fiction. Several years after the end of World War II, a man named Peter Jenson visits a psychoanalyst, Dr. Gillespie. Jenson tells him about a recurring dream in which he tries to warn people about the "sneak attack" on Pearl Harbor before it happens, but the warnings are disregarded. Jenson believes the events of the dream are real, each night he travels back to 1941. Dr. Gillespie insists. While on the couch, Jenson falls asleep once again but this time dreams that the Japanese planes shoot and kill him. In Dr. Gillespie's office, the couch Jenson was lying on is now empty. Dr. Gillespie goes to a bar; the bartender tells him that Jenson had tended bar there, but he was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack. With the "Time Element" script, Serling drafted the fundamental elements that would distinguish the series still to come: a science-fiction/fantasy theme and closing narration, an ending with a twist. "The Time Element" was purchased but shelved indefinitely.
This is where things stood when Bert Granet, the new producer for Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, discovered "The Time Element" in CBS' vaults while searching for an original Serling script to add prestige to his show. "The Time Element" debuted on November 24, 1958, to an overwhelmingly delighted audience of television viewers and critics alike. "The humor and sincerity of Mr. Serling's dialogue made'The Time Element' entertaining," offered Jack Gould of The New York Times. Over 6000 letters of praise flooded Granet's offices. Convinced that a series based on such stories could succeed, CBS again began talks with Serling about the possibilities of producing The Twilight Zone. "Where Is Everybody?" was accepted as the pilot episode and the project was announced to the public in early 1959. Other than reruns at the time "The Time Element" was not aired on television again until it was shown as part of a 1996 all-night sneak preview of the new cable channel TVLand, it is available in an Italian DVD boxed set titled Ai confini della realtà – I tesori perduti.
The Twilight Zone Season 1 Blu-ray boxed set released on September 14, 2010, offers a remastered high-definition version of the original Desilu Playhouse production as a special feature. The series was produced by Inc. a production company owned and named by Serling. It reflects his background in Central New York State and is named after Cayuga Lake, on which Ithaca College is located. Aside from Serling, who wrote or adapted nearly two-thirds of the series' total episodes, writers for The Twilight Zone included leading authors such as Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Earl Hamner, Jr. George Clayton Johnson, Richard Matheson, Reginald Rose, Jerry Sohl. Many episodes featured new adaptations of classic stories by such writers as Ambrose Bierce, Jerome Bixby, Damon Knight, John Collier, Lewis Padgett. Twilight Zone's writers used science fiction as a vehicle for social comment, as networks and sponso
Martin Ball is an English theatre and television actor. He grew up in Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, he trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, graduated in 1992. Recent theatre includes originating the role of Horace in Top Hat alongside Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen, Thénardier in Les Misérables, George Banks in Mary Poppins, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia!, Richard in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny at the Nottingham Playhouse. Martin's television work includes playing Mr Steel, the Headmaster, in two series of Bernard's Watch. Other recent roles include Tim Frazier, QC in Family Affairs, Clive in Everything I Know About Men, Tim in Wild West, Dr. Harry in Strange, the games master in My Dad's The Prime Minister, Frank in Back Home, Robert in Preserves, Stephen Millar in The Bill, Henry in Human Remains, Dennis Cooke in Badger, Simon Mugham in The Missing Postman, Harper in Wycliffe, Jeff Hawkes in The Bill, Simon Lester in Anna Lee, Herr Koch in Genghis Cohen, a small part as Roger Davey in the 2008 Doctor Who series premiere "Partners in Crime" and Mark, a solicitor, in Summerhill a CBBC drama.
Radio work includes Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Jeffrey in The Cricket Plays, Brian Dixon in Clare In The Community, all for the BBC. On 18 September 2018, Martin was announced to be playing Thénardier on the 2018/19 UK & Ireland tour of Les Misérables, beginning at the Leicester Curve and finishing at Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Martin Ball presented three episodes of MusicalTalk - The UK's Musical Theatre Podcast; such topics discussed thus far by Martin include "Stagedooring" and The Drowsy Chaperone. Ball was once engaged to actress Letitia Dean, most famous for playing the role of Sharon Watts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Martin Ball on IMDb Something Good – Martin Ball's official fan site
Wilford is a village close to the centre of the city of Nottingham, UK. It is in the Clifton North Ward of Nottingham Unitary Authority; the village is bounded to the north and west by the River Trent and to the east by the embankment of the now closed Great Central Railway. Remains of a paved ford, bordered by oak posts, were found in the Trent at Wilford in 1900; the settlement is named as Willesforde in Domesday Book, owned by William Pevrel of Nottingham Castle, who owned the lands of nearby Clifton. It had a priest and 23 sokemen; the land passed to the Clifton family in the 13th Century. Wilford retained its identity as a village until the 19th century. Surrounded by woodlands and with riverside amenities such as the Wilford Ferry Inn, the village attracted many visitors from Nottingham. Spencer Hall, the Nottinghamshire poet, wrote in 1846 "Who saw Wilford without wishing to become an inmate of one of its peaceful woodbined homes." In 1870 the Clifton Colliery opened on the north side of the Trent, the area opposite Wilford became industrialised.
By the end of the century the village had changed character, with modern brick-built houses replacing old thatched cottages. The parish was divided into North Wilford and South Wilford in 1887; the population increased to four and a half thousand by 1901 a ten-fold increase since 1801. The now demolished coal-fired Wilford Power Station was built in the early 1920's on the north bank of the River Trent; the civil parish of South Wilford became part of West Bridgford urban district in 1935. The Silverdale housing estate was built on the southern edge of Wilford on farmland. An adjacent estate, Compton Acres, was built in 1986; the church of St Wilfrid serves a parish covering Wilford, Silverdale and a large part of the Compton Acres estate. The church contains two memorials to the Nottingham poet Henry Kirke White who drew much of his inspiration from Wilford and Clifton; the churchyard contains war graves of eight soldiers of World War I and an airman of World War II. Within the area of Wilford, there are two Primary Schools St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School South Wilford CofE Primary School Wilford is served by two stops of the Nottingham Express Transit system.
Both Wilford Village and Wilford Lane stops are on line 2, linking the city centre to Clifton, opened in August 2015. Wilford has a number of sports clubs for football, basketball and archery. Nottingham Moderns Rugby Club is an amateur rugby club playing in the RFU league system, they have a clubhouse located between the Ferry Inn pub and the toll bridge. Wilford Wasps Basketball Club Wilford Mavericks FC Wilford Bowls Club Wilford Bowmen Wilford has a Co-operative Local Store, a Social and Bowls Club, the Tailor's Arms, the Ferry Inn and the Wilford Farm Harvester. Close by is the Gresham Sports Pavilion which includes an all-weather football pitch, indoor changing facilities. Across Wilford Toll Bridge is Victoria Embankment, which hosts the annual Riverside Festival, the War Memorial and park, a children's play-area and large paddling pool; the toll bridge was converted to a foot bridge in the early 1970s. Gleeds, an architects and surveyors company has its headquarters here. A number of companies are based at Wilford Industrial Estate, including Seriff, a large supplies distribution company, A. W. Consulting, a small marketing consultancy, owing to the area's proximity to the A52 and access to the M1.
Marjorie Bates lived in The Grange. She was an artist specialising in watercolour and pastels, who painted a number of views of the village. Laura Knight, distantly related to Majorie Bates, visited the village many times basing much of her work on the surrounding environment. Captain John Deane, an adventurer and mercenary, lived in the village, his ship The Nottingham Galley sank off the coast of Boon Island, New England in 1710. Deane and his crew, trapped on the island, were forced to cannibalise a corpse shortly before being rescued. Deane subsequently served in the Russian navy under Peter the Great, retired to Wilford in 1736, he is buried in the grounds of Wilford Church. William Wilberforce lived in Wilford for a short time whilst writing his bill for the abolition of slavery. Jeremiah Brandreth was born here in 1790. In 1817 he participated in a conspiracy to overthrow the government, was arrested, tried for treason and hung with two accomplices, their corpses were decapitated with an axe.
Benjamin Carter founded the local primary school, whilst establishing much housing and charitable help throughout Wilford. In 1908, Jesse Boot built the Dorothy Boot Homes in Wilford, for veterans of the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. Dominic Heale from East Midlands Today lives in the village. Wilford is home to a number of nature reserves – two being Sites of Special Scientific Interest managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Wilford Claypit Nature Reserve Wilwell CuttingWilford has a number of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation Iremongers Pond SINC.
RTÉ2 is an Irish free-to-air television channel operated by RTÉ. It was launched in 1978 becoming the Republic of Ireland's second television channel. In the 1970s the Irish government considered three options for the introduction of a second television service: the re-transmission of BBC1 Northern Ireland, it was the last of these, chosen. The channel, the Republic's second, began transmissions at 20:00 on 2 November 1978 with an opening broadcast of a gala ceremony from Cork Opera House. Owing to a technical fault, audio from BBC2 was played during the countdown instead of the proper soundtrack, when the channel commenced programmes, there was no audio for the initial 15 seconds or so. At first the new channel broadcast in the evenings only; the first broadcast on RTÉ 2 was on 6 June 1978, it was aimed at those in "single channel land". Programmes included The Streets of San Duchess of Duke Street; the opening night's line up was as follows: 20:00 - RTÉ 2 presenters Bernadette Ni Ghallchoir, Roisin Harkin and Raymond Maxwell introduce viewers to Ireland's second national television channel.
The National Anthem followed. 20.05 - The President of Ireland, Patrick Hillery introduces the new service. 20.06 - First Night, a gala performance aired live from the Cork Opera House in Cork City, hosted by Mike Murphy. Guest stars included The Chieftans, Gemma Craven, Val Doonican, The George May Dancers, The Irish Ballet Company, The Montford Singers, John O'Connor, Maureen Potter, Colm C. T. Wilkinson and Lena Zavoroni. There were specially recorded inserts from British and American stars such as Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Barker, Sammy Davis Jr, Michael Parkinson, Andy Williams and Eamonn Andrews. 21.30 - The first movie to be shown on RTÉ 2, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughan and Jacqueline Bisset. 23.30 - Newsnight, a late night summary of the national and international news headlines. 23.35 - The channel closed down, ending the first night on air. Up to 60 % of the Republic of Ireland could receive UK channels via cable. Cable in the republic was only permitted in areas of spillover up to the mid-1980s, to provide viewers with better reception of channels they could receive over the air.
Hence RTÉ 2 was aimed at those. To this end one of their main remits was the re-broadcasting of UK programming to Irish audiences, that would not otherwise be seen on RTÉ 1. On the opening night of RTÉ 2, one of the channels announcers said "From ten to seven each weekday, three o'clock on Saturdays and six o'clock on Sundays, RTÉ 2 will be bringing you the best of BBC, ITV and other first rate programming". In the first two years of the channel, it would close down for the night at 11.30pm. British soap drama Coronation Street aired on the channel with ITV's broadcasts of the programme, it broadcast much live programming from the ITV including Top of the Pops. However, the channel in its initial format was not considered a success, it was on air from 18:00 until 23:30 during the week, with an earlier start around 15:30 at weekends. However, by 1987, RTÉ 2 was beginning to RTÉ relaunched with a new logo and idents. While the rebrand was a small success for the channel it was felt that RTÉ 2 and RTÉ 1 needed more specific audiences, RTÉ 2 at this stage was becoming more and more associated with youth orientated programming and sports programming.
In 1988, the majority of sporting and children's programming was moved to Network 2, the new name for RTÉ 2. In September 1988, RTÉ 2 became Network Two. In addition to the launch of a new vivid red and green logo, the channel now came on air at 14:30; the Den was moved to children's programming. Jo Maxi was launched as the youth strand. Sports Stadium took up the entire Saturday afternoon schedule, all sports programming was aired on the channel, along with Irish language programming. A late night news bulletin, Network News, was followed by the controversial but successful chat show / soap opera Nighthawks presented by Shay Healy, produced by David Blake-Knox; this relaunch was a big success, Network Two remained stable until the mid-1990s. A new logo—referring to the channel as RTÉ Network 2 —was launched with the new RTÉ logo in 1995. By this time, RTÉ Network 2 broadcast from mid-morning onwards, with educational programmes during the day. During this era, the channel experimented with late night broadcasts at weekends, under The End brand, anchored by Barry Murphy and Sean Moncrieff.
Broadcast hours were extended to 03:00 every day with a new service called The Night Shift. There was another major revamp in 1997, the channel was visually rebranded as "N2", though announcers continued to refer to "Network 2". N2 brought about as big a change as the original relaunch, RTÉ branding was dropped from the station completely, with home produced programmes now being referred to as "N2 Productions". A futuristic logo along with a series of unusual graphical idents were developed. In-vision announcing returned. More the channel's line-up was refreshed; the late night schedule was revamped, with the launch of News 2—a tailored bulletin for young people—followed by a talk show, Later on 2. Monday nights became comedy nights, with the launch of home-produced co
SABC 2 is a South African family public television channel owned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. SABC 2 broadcasts programming in English, Afrikaans and Tsonga, it was founded on 6 January 1976 under the name SABC TV / SAUK TV. On 1 January 1982, it changed its name to TV1. On the same day, two services were introduced, TV2 broadcasting in Zulu and Xhosa and TV3 broadcasting in Sotho and Tswana, both targeted at a Black urban audience; the main channel, now called TV1, was divided evenly between Afrikaans, as before. In 1985, a new service called TV4 was introduced, carrying sports and entertainment programming, using the channel shared by TV2 and TV3, which stopped broadcasting at 9:30pm. In 1992, TV2, TV3 and TV4 were combined into a new service called CCV. A third channel was introduced known as TSS, or TopSport Surplus, TopSport being the brand name for the SABC's sport coverage, but this was replaced by NNTV, an educational, non-commercial channel, in 1994. In 1996, the SABC reorganised its three TV channels with the aim of making them more representative of the various language groups.
These new channels were called SABC 1, SABC 2 and SABC 3. After the SABC restructured its television channels, taking the place of the old TV1 channel; the reduced prominence of Afrikaans angered many speakers of the language, although the channel still features a significant amount of Afrikaans programming, including a news broadcast every week night at 19:00 and weekends at 18:00. M-Net seeing the market need, launched the Afrikaans subscription channel KykNet in 1999 and followed in 2005 with the music channel MK In 2009, Mnet launched Koowwe, a kids channel broadcasting in Afrikaans. Morning Live 7de Laan Muvhango Hectic Nine-9 Epic Hangout Kliphard Leihlo la sechaba Grand Master Issues of Faith Pasella Nhlalala ya Rixaka Geure uit die Vallei Ngula Ya Vutivi Zwa Maramani The Big Debate Giyani: Land of Blood List of South African media List of South African television channels SABC 2
The Den (TV programme)
The Den was the long-running children's television strand of Ireland's public broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. First broadcast on 29 September 1986 on RTÉ1, it moved to Network 2 two years later. A continuity strand for weekday afternoon programmes, The Den expanded during the late 1990s and the 2000s until it became synonymous with RTÉ's children's output. At various times during its run, it was known as Dempsey's Den, Den TV and Den2. In mid-2010, RTÉ Television announced an overhaul of its children's output, with the launch of RTÉjr and TRTÉ; the Den aired for the last time on 19 September 2010. The Den is considered to have pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable viewing for children and young people employing irreverent and satirical humour within its continuity links, it introduced anthropomorphic puppet characters to Irish culture, including Zig and Zag and Rodge, Socky the Sock Monster, Dustin the Turkey. Zig and Zag transferred to Channel 4, Podge and Rodge moved onto adult comedy programming on RTÉ, while Dustin ran for President and achieved global notoriety by representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In years, The Den took up much of Network 2's schedule, airing for over 11 hours each weekday and on weekend mornings. It acquired a reputation for airing new episodes of imported shows before other television networks in Europe. Following on from the success of a Children's BBC strand in the UK, RTÉ launched its own bespoke strand for children's programming, Dempsey's Den in September 1986 – as a two-hour strand each weekday afternoon on RTÉ 1 and featuring nearly all of the broadcaster's youth output. Taking a cue from CBBC's Broom Cupboard format, Dempsey's Den was broadcast live from a tiny, single-camera Presentation studio at RTÉ Television Centre, used for in-vision continuity. Upon its move to Network 2 in September 1988, Dempsey's Den gained an extra hour of airtime each weekday. Ian Dempsey fronted the strand until the summer of 1990, although he continued to present the music feature Pop Goes the Den for a number of years. Ray D'Arcy took over The Den until 1998, was replaced by Damien McCaul and in 2003, Francis Boylan Jr.
The Den format changed little over its first decade on air – consisting of several cartoons and music videos, at least one RTÉ production, a daily Birthday Slot and on certain days of the week a viewers' quiz. Occasional features included location inserts and sketches; the studio set changed – various themes included a treehouse, a chip-van, a hair salon called On The Noggin, No. 10 Celebrity Square, a UFO and a newsroom – the presenter tended to be sat behind a desk, with any puppets perched between desk and the locked-off studio camera. Upon D'Arcy's departure, the format changed significantly; the annual Christmas special was dropped and an hour of morning programming was introduced, presented by Geri Maye. The 1998 relaunch saw The Den renamed Den2 and gained more of its own presentation along with extended hours, from 6 am to 5 pm. From 2003, a further strand aimed at older viewers, iD, aired from 5 pm to 7 pm. In-vision continuity was confined to the morning and afternoon strands, fronted by Geri Maye, Damien McCaul, Francis Boylan Jr..
The strand re-adopted The Den name in 2002 before McCaul's departure. Despite the format changes, much of The Den's original spirit remained intact, including quizzes, birthday greetings and puppets; as Den2, it launched a website in October 1999. In 2003, the strand gained its own daily news bulletin, news2day, similar in format to the BBC's Newsround; the Den was revamped again on 17 September 2005 with a new graphics package designed by Dunning Elley Joans. By now, the strand had been split into several daily shows, including Wakey Wakey, Den Tots and The Club, alongside the existing news2day bulletin at 5 pm; this final revamp removed much of the cast, with the launch of their own programme. It refocused the breakfast slot away from pre-school children and towards older viewers, with one continuity presenter, Kathryn McKiernan, fronting both morning and afternoon shows. Further changes in September 2008 saw the separate shows axed and in-vision presentation replaced by out-of-vision announcements.
The Den ceased in September 2010 when RTÉ launched two new strands for its children's output – RTÉjr and TRTÉ. Ciara Carroll served as a regular assistant during D'Arcy's time as presenter, she would arrive at the studio to announce new competitions, provide observations from behind the camera and her laughter could be heard in the background as Zig and Zag accused her of being responsible for breaking winds. She would include herself during many other features throughout the day. During the Dempsey years, The Den assistant was Celine, who would present Jo Maxi when D'Arcy departed that programme to succeed Ian Dempsey. In its latter years, The Den remained on air during the summer, either using temporary cover presenters or no presenter-led continuity; these included programming such as The Grip and The Works. On 14 November 2008, an edition of The Ray D'Arcy Show aired live from Vicar Street in Dublin, reflecting on the formative years of The Den from 1986 - 1994; the television special, Best Bitz From Back Den, returned to Zag's origins on The Den.
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