Peter William Shorrocks Butterworth was an English comedy actor and comedian, best known for his appearances in the Carry On series of films. He was a regular on children's television and radio, was known for playing the Meddling Monk in Doctor Who. Butterworth was married to impressionist Janet Brown. Before his acting career started, Butterworth served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. While flying in an attack on the Dutch coast off Den Helder in 1940 his Fairey Albacore was shot down by Messerschmitt Bf 109s killing one crew member and wounding the other. After a forced landing on the island of Texel he was captured. Sent to the Dulag Luft POW transit camp, at Oberursel near Frankfurt, he escaped in June 1941 through a tunnel, covering 27 miles over three days before a member of the Hitler Youth captured him. Afterwards he joked. Two other attempts to escape were made during his time there but he never got beyond the camp grounds, he was subsequently sent near Sagan, the scene of The Great Escape.
Whilst at Stalag Luft III he met Talbot Rothwell, who went on to write many of the Carry On films in which Butterworth was to star. Having never performed in public before his imprisonment, Butterworth formed a duo with Rothwell and sang in the camp shows, they delivered a song which Rothwell called "The Letter Edged In Black". The performance was followed by some comic repartee which, according to Butterworth's account, provoked enough boos and hisses to have the desired effect of drowning out the sounds of an escape tunnel being dug by other prisoners.escape party. After the war, Butterworth kept a photo of the concert party line-up, something which offered inspiration to him when starting a career in acting. Butterworth was one of the vaulters covering for the escapers during the escape portrayed by the book and film The Wooden Horse. Butterworth auditioned for the film in 1949 but "didn't look convincingly heroic or athletic enough" according to the makers of the film. Within the same camp as Butterworth and Rothwell were the future actors Rupert Davies and Stratford Johns and John Casson, the son of Lewis Casson and Sybil Thorndike.
All five remained close friends after the war ended and they all appeared on This Is Your Life when Butterworth was featured in 1975. Butterworth came to notice after appearing in pantomime around the UK, his first film appearance was in the Val Guest film William Comes to Town. Guest and Butterworth became close friends and the two worked on a further seven films together during their careers, his first major success was on television in the Terry-Thomas sketch show How do you view? in which he played the chauffeur "Lockitt". Butterworth presented successful programmes aimed at children in the 1950s including Whirligig and Butterworth Time, he continued to take minor parts in films and went on to appear alongside actors including Sean Connery, David Niven and Douglas Fairbanks Jr during his career. Around the time his work in the Carry On films began, he guest appeared in two First Doctor Doctor Who stories, starring William Hartnell, in 1965/66, playing the Meddling Monk, he starred in the children's show Saturday Special.
Which alternated Saturday children's hour with Whirligig. Butterworth's association with the Carry On series began with Carry On Cowboy playing the part of "Doc", he was put in touch with the creator of the series, Peter Rogers, by his friend Talbot Rothwell, the writer of Carry On Cowboy and who had written the previous four films. Out of the actors who were considered to be the Carry On team, he was the sixth most prolific performer in the series, making sixteen film appearances, two Christmas specials, the television series in 1975 and the west end theatre productions which toured the country, alongside Sid James, Barbara Windsor and Kenneth Connor, his Carry On appearances portrayed his characters as quiet and subtly eccentric. He was cast as a stooge for another character. In Carry on Screaming! he played Detective Constable Slowbotham, the assistant for Detective Sergeant Bung, or as Citizen Bidet in Don't Lose Your Head where he was the assistant to Citizen Camembert. In Carry On Camping, where he played Joshua Fiddler, the laid back and eccentric camp site manager, who persuades Sid James character to part with most of his money when booking into the camp site.
Such was his loyalty to Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas, that Butterworth agreed to play three small roles, in Carry On Again Doctor, Carry On Loving and Carry On Henry. It was agreed that, due to other working and stage commitments, he was unable to take larger parts, so he was specially written into the films in roles given to him. Butterworth returned to playing more substantial parts within the Carry On films with Carry On Abroad, in which he played'Pepe' the manager of an unfinished hotel, who greets his unexpected guests in the guise of the builder, the porter, the receptionist and telephone operator, he spends the first half of the film furiously trying to placate and accommodate them and the last half trying to save the building from a flood, whilst all this is going on, put up with his nagging wife. Butterworth remained with the series until the final film in the main series, Carry On Emmannuelle. Having appeared in many of Val Guest's films during the beginning of his career, he made three appearances in the films of Richard Lester.
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Charles Hawtrey (actor, born 1914)
George Frederick Joffre Hartree, known as Charles Hawtrey, was an English comedy actor and musician. Beginning at an early age as a boy soprano, he made several records before moving on to radio, his career encompassed the theatre, the cinema, through the Carry On films, television. Born in Hounslow, England in 1914, to William John Hartree and his wife Alice Hartree as George Frederick Joffre Hartree, he took his stage name from the theatrical knight, Sir Charles Hawtrey, encouraged the suggestion that he was his son. However, his father was a London car mechanic. Following study at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, he embarked on a career in the theatre as both actor and director. Hawtrey made his first appearance on the stage in Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, as early as 1925. At the age of 11 he played, his London stage debut followed a few years when, at the age of 18, he appeared in another "fairy extravaganza", this time at the Scala Theatre singing the role of the White Cat and Bootblack in the juvenile opera Bluebell in Fairyland.
The music for this popular show had been written by Walter Slaughter in 1901, with a book by Seymour Hicks. In Peter Pan at the London Palladium in 1931, Hawtrey played the First Twin, with leading parts taken by Jean Forbes-Robertson and George Curzon; this played including His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. In 1936 Hawtrey played in a revival of the play, this time taking the larger role of Slightly, alongside the husband-and-wife partnership of Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton playing Peter and Hook. A review in The Daily Telegraph commended Hawtrey for having "a comedy sense not unworthy of his famous name". Hawtrey played in Bats in the Belfry, a farce written by Diana Morgan and Robert MacDermott, which opened at the Ambassadors Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 11 March 1937; the cast included Ivor Barnard and Dame Lilian Braithwaite, as well as Vivien Leigh in the small part of Jessica Morton. The play ran for 178 performances at the Ambassadors Theatre before moving to the Hippodrome, Golders Green, Barnet on 16 August 1937.
Hawtrey acted in films from an early age, first appearing while still a child, as an adult his youthful appearance and wit made him a foil to Will Hay's blundering old fool in the comedy films Good Morning and Where's That Fire?. In all he appeared including from this period Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage. Hawtrey had another success on stage when he was cast in the role of Gremio in Tyrone Guthrie's production of The Taming of the Shrew in 1939 at the Old Vic. Hawtrey was an accomplished musician, he recorded as a boy soprano and was billed as "The Angel-Voiced Choirboy" at the age of fifteen. In 1930 he recorded several duets with the girl soprano Evelyn Griffiths for the Regal label, he was a semi-professional pianist for the Armed Forces during the Second World War. Hawtrey continued in music revue, starring in Eric Maschwitz's New Faces at the Comedy Theatre in London, was praised for his "chic and finished study of an alluring woman spy". New Faces included the premiere of the song "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square", which became a wartime favourite.
During and after the Second World War Hawtrey appeared in the West End in such shows as Scoop, Old Chelsea, Merry England, Frou-Frou and Husbands Don't Count. Hawtrey directed 19 plays, including Dumb Dora Discovers Tobacco at the Q Theatre in Richmond and, in 1945, Oflag 3, a war drama co-written with Douglas Bader. By the 1940s, Hawtrey was appearing on radio during Children's Hour in the series Norman and Henry Bones, the Boy Detectives alongside the actress Patricia Hayes, he provided the voice of snooty Hubert Lane, the nemesis of William in the series Just William. His catchphrase was "How's yer mother off for dripping?" Hawtrey's film career continued, but The Ghost of St Michael's and The Goose Steps Out were his last films with Will Hay. After the latter film he asked Hay to give him bigger roles. Hawtrey took a hand at directing films himself, including What Do We Do Now? A musical mystery starring George Moon. Around the same time Hawtrey directed Flora Robson in Dumb Dora Discovers Tobacco.
Both films are believed lost. In 1948, Hawtrey appeared at the Windmill Theatre, Soho in comedy sketches presented as part of Revudeville. In 1956 Hawtrey appeared alongside his future "Carry On" co-star Hattie Jacques in the comedian Digby Wolfe's ATV series Wolfe at the Door, a 12-week sketch show. Not screened in London, it ran in the Midlands from 18 June to 10 September. In this series Wolfe explored the comic situations that could be found by passing through doorways, into a theatrical dressing-room, for example; the programmes were written by Richard Waring. That same year Hawtrey made a brief appearance in Tess and Tim under the Saturday Comedy Hour banner; this short-run series starred the music hall comedians Jimmy Wheeler. In 1957 Hawtrey appeared in a one-off episode of Laughter in Store, this time working with Charlie Drake and Irene Handl. Hawtrey's television career gained a major boost with The Army Game, in which he played the part of Private'Professor' Hatchett. Loosely bas
Dame Barbara Windsor, is an English actress, known for her appearances in the Carry On films and for playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. She joined the cast of EastEnders in 1994 and won the 1999 British Soap Award for Best Actress, before leaving the show in 2016. Windsor began her career on stage in 1950 at the age of 13 and made her film debut as a schoolgirl in The Belles of St Trinian's, she received a BAFTA Award nomination for the film Sparrows Can't Sing, a Tony Award nomination for the 1964 Broadway production of Oh, What A Lovely War!. In 1972, she starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the West End production of The Threepenny Opera. Between 1964 and 1974, she appeared in nine Carry On films, including Carry On Spying, Carry On Doctor, Carry On Camping, Carry On Henry and Carry On Abroad, she co-presented the 1977 Carry On compilation That's Carry On!. Other film roles include A Study in Terror, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as the voice of Mallymkun -The Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to charity and entertainment. Windsor was born in Shoreditch, London, in 1937, the only child of John Deeks, a costermonger, his wife, Rose, a dressmaker. Windsor is of Irish ancestry, she passed her 11-plus exams gaining a place at Our Lady's Convent in Stamford Hill. Her mother paid for her to have elocution lessons, she trained at the Aida Foster School in Golders Green, making her stage debut at 13 and her West End debut in 1952 in the chorus of the musical Love From Judy, she took the stage name Windsor in 1953, inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Her first film role was in The Belles of St Trinian's released in 1954, she joined Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, coming to prominence in their stage production Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be and Littlewood's film Sparrers Can't Sing, achieving a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film Actress.
She appeared in the film comedy Crooks in Cloisters, the fantasy film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in the sitcoms The Rag Trade and Wild, Wild Women. Windsor appeared as "Saucy Nancy" in the second series of the ITV children's programme Worzel Gummidge, based on the books by Barbara Euphan Todd. Windsor came to real prominence with her portrayals of a'good time girl' in nine Carry On films, her first was Carry On Spying in 1964 and her final Carry On... film acting role was in Carry On Dick in 1974. She appeared in several Carry On... television and compilation specials between 1964 and 1977. One of her most iconic scenes was in Carry On Camping in 1969, where her bikini top flew off during outdoor aerobic exercises. In classic Carry On style, exposure is implied but little is in fact seen. From 1973 to 1975 she appeared with several of the Carry On team in the West End revue Carry On London! During this time she had a well-publicised affair with Sid James, she was identified with the Carry On films for many years, which restricted the variety of roles she was chosen to play later.
Windsor starred on Broadway in the Theatre Workshop's Oh, What a Lovely War! and received a 1965 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She appeared in Lionel Bart's musical flop Twang! and in the musical Come Spy with Me with Danny La Rue. In 1970 she landed the role of music hall legend Marie Lloyd in the musical-biopic Sing A Rude Song. In 1972 she appeared in the West End in Tony Richardson's The Threepenny Opera with Vanessa Redgrave. In 1975, she toured the UK, New Zealand and South Africa in her own show, Carry On Barbara!, followed this with the role of Maria in Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre. In 1981 she played sex-mad landlady Kath in Joe Orton's black comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed by her friend Kenneth Williams, she reprised the role for a national tour in 1993. When EastEnders was launched in 1985, the producers said. Windsor has said. By 1994 this policy was relaxed, Windsor accepted an offer to join EastEnders.
She took over the role of Peggy Mitchell, for which she received the Best Actress award at the 1999 British Soap Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 British Soap Awards. A debilitating case of the Epstein-Barr virus forced a two-year absence from the role between 2003 and 2005, although Windsor was able to make a two episode guest appearance in 2004, she rejoined the cast in mid-2005 on a one-year contract, this was extended. In October 2009, Windsor announced she was to leave her role as Peggy Mitchell, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband. On 10 September 2010 her character left Albert Square after a fire at the Queen Victoria pub, of which she was the owner. In July 2013, it was announced that Windsor was to return for one episode, which aired on 20 September 2013, she again returned for a single episode on 25 September 2014, made a further appearance for EastEnders 30th anniversary on 17 February 2015. In February 2015, alongside Pam St. Clement, took part in EastEnders: Back to Ours to celebrate 30 years of EastEnders.
Windsor and St. Clement looked back on some of their characters' most dramatic moments. In November 2015, Windsor secretly filmed a return to EastEnders, wh
Kenneth Charles Williams was an English actor, best known for his comedy roles and in life as a raconteur and diarist. He was one of the main ensemble in 26 of the 31 Carry On films, appeared in many British television programmes and radio comedies, including series with Tony Hancock and Kenneth Horne. Williams grew up in Central London in a working class family, he served in the Royal Engineers during World War II, where he first became interested in becoming an entertainer. After a short spell in repertory theatre as a serious actor, he turned to comedy and achieved national fame in Hancock's Half Hour, appearing throughout the radio series' run, he sustained continued success throughout the 1960s and'70s with his regular appearances in Carry On films, subsequently kept himself in the public eye with chat shows and other television work. Though Williams was fondly regarded in the entertainment industry, he suffered from depression and found it hard to come to terms with his homosexuality, leading to his death in 1988 after an overdose.
He kept a series of diaries throughout his life. Williams was born in Kings Cross, London, he was the only child of Louisa Morgan and Charles Williams, a van driver and/or barber — there are differing accounts — who insisted that his son learn a trade. His father was a strict Methodist. Williams did not get on with his father. Between 1935 and 1956, Williams lived with his parents in a flat above his father's barber shop at 57 Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury. Kenneth Williams stated in his diaries that he believed he had Welsh ancestors due to his parents' surnames. Williams had a half-sister, Alice Patricia "Pat", born in 1923 before Louie had met Charlie Williams, three years before Kenneth was born, he was educated at The Lyulph Stanley Boys' Central Council School, a state-owned Central school on the corner of Camden Street and Plender Street, near Mornington Crescent in Camden Town in north west London becoming apprenticed as a draughtsman to a mapmaker. His apprenticeship was interrupted by the Blitz, he was evacuated to Bicester, the home of a bachelor veterinary surgeon.
It provided his first experience of an educated, middle-class life, he loved it. He returned to London with a new accent. In 1944, aged 18, he was called up to the Army, he became a sapper in the Royal Engineers Survey Section, doing much the same work that he did as a civilian. When the war ended he was in Singapore, he opted to transfer to the Combined Services Entertainment Unit, which put on revue shows. While in that unit he met Stanley Baxter, Peter Nichols, John Schlesinger. Williams's professional career began in 1948 in repertory theatre. Failure to become a serious dramatic actor disappointed him, but his potential as a comic performer gave him his break when he was spotted playing the Dauphin in Bernard Shaw's St Joan in the West End, in 1954 by radio producer Dennis Main Wilson. Main Wilson was casting a radio series starring Tony Hancock. Playing funny voice roles, Williams stayed in the series to the end, five years later, his nasal, camp-cockney inflections became popular with listeners.
Despite the success and recognition the show brought him, Williams considered theatre and television to be superior forms of entertainment. In 1955 he appeared in Orson Welles's London stage production Moby Dick—Rehearsed; the pair fell out after Williams became annoyed with Welles's habit of continually changing the script. When Hancock steered his show away from what he considered gimmicks and silly voices, Williams found he had less to do. Tiring of this reduced status, he joined Kenneth Horne in Beyond Our Ken, its sequel, Round the Horne, his roles in Round the Horne included the eccentric folk singer. Their double act was characterised by Polari, the homosexual argot. Williams appeared in West End revues including Share My Lettuce with Maggie Smith, written by Bamber Gascoigne, Pieces of Eight with Fenella Fielding; the latter included material specially written for him by Peter Cook a student at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Cook's "One Leg Too Few" and "Interesting Facts" were part of the show and became routines in his own performances.
Williams's last revue, in 1960, was One Over The Eight at the Duke of York's Theatre, with Sheila Hancock. He appeared with Ingrid Bergman in a production of Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion at the Cambridge Theatre, in 1971. In 1972, Williams starred opposite Jennie Linden in My Fat Friend at the West End's Globe Theatre. Williams worked in British film during the late 1950s,'60s and'70s in the Carry On series with its double entendre humour; the films were commercially successful but Williams and the cast were poorly paid. In his diaries, Williams wrote, he privately criticised and "dripped vitriol" upon the films, considering them beneath him though he continued to appear in them. This became the case with many of the shows in which he appeared, he was quick to find fault with his own work, that of others. Despite this, he spoke fondly of the Carry Ons in interviews. Peter Rogers, producer of the series, recollected, "Kenneth was worth taking care of because, while he cost l
Irene Joan Marion Sims was an English actress remembered for her roles in the Carry On films, including Carry On Nurse, Carry On Cleo and Carry On Camping. She played Mrs. Wembley, the cook with a liking for sherry in On the Up, Madge Hardcastle in As Time Goes By. Sims was born on 9 May 1930, the only child of John Henry Sims, station master of Laindon railway station in Essex, his wife Gladys Marie Sims, née Ladbrook. Sims's early interest in being an actress came from living at the railway station, she would put on performances for waiting passengers. She decided that she wanted to pursue show business during her teens, soon became a familiar face in a growing number of amateur productions locally. One of her first stage appearances was as Miranda Bute in the Langdon Players production of Ester McCracken's comedy Quiet Wedding in May 1946. In 1946, Sims first applied to RADA, her first audition included a rendition of Winnie the Pooh. She did succeed in being admitted to PARADA, the academy's preparatory school, on her fourth attempt, she graduated and was trained at RADA.
She graduated from RADA in 1950 at the age of 19. One of her first stage performances was in the 1951 pantomime, The Happy Ha'penny, opposite Stanley Baxter at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre. Sims appeared in a number of Brian Rix's Aldwych Theatre farces including the well known I say! Nawks!, but revue was Sims's greatest medium in the works of Peter Myers. In 1958, she got a part in Peter Coke's play Breath of Spring, which opened at the Cambridge Theatre in March, transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre in August 1958, which ran until April 1959. Sims preferred film to stage work. "It was, of course, lovely to be in a successful play, to have the excitement of performing a hit to packed houses. But, on the other hand, I found it difficult to keep a performance fresh, I'd soon get bored." Sims made her first film appearance in Will Any Gentleman? with George Cole in 1953 followed by Trouble in Store with Norman Wisdom. In 1954, she appeared as Miss Dawn in The Belles of St Trinian's, made a cameo appearance in Doctor in the House, opposite Dirk Bogarde as the sexually repressed Nurse Rigor Mortis.
Sims became a regular in the Doctors series, produced by Betty E. Box, was hence spotted by Box's husband Peter Rogers, she had a small part in the 1957 film Carry on Admiral, unrelated to the Carry On series and with no other cast members in common with the series. In 1958, Sims received a script from Peter Rogers; the film Carry On Sergeant had been a huge success at the box office and in the autumn of that year and director Gerald Thomas began planning a follow-up. She first starred in Carry On Nurse Carry On Teacher, followed by Carry On Constable and Carry On Regardless, this sealed her future as a regular Carry On performer. Following a bout of ill health, Dilys Laye had to be brought in to take her place in Carry On Cruising at short notice, her role in this was to set the tone for the rest of the Carry On films. "...or once the costumes were made for me, rather than my having to resort to some old dress, used before and had to have a new panel sewn in the back to accommodate my girth – which by now was unvaryingly plump."Sims' characters evolved from objects of desire in the early films to frumpy, nagging wives in the ones, epitomised by the Emily Bung role in Carry On Screaming.
Following the success of Carry On Cleo, she stayed with the films all the way though to the final one in the original series, Carry On Emmannuelle. Sims appeared in 24 Carry On films in all. However, she did appear alongside Kenneth Williams in the radio show Stop Messing About in 1969–70. Prior to this she had worked on the BBC Radio comedy Play it Cool with Hugh Paddick and Ian Carmichael. After the Carry On series ended in 1978, Sims continued to work on television, she appeared opposite Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier in the award-winning 1975 television film Love Among the Ruins and had a recurring role as Gran in the BBC comedy series Till Death Us Do Part. From 1979 until 1981, she played the recurring character Mrs Bloomsbury-Barton in Worzel Gummidge for Southern Television. During 1986 and 1987, Sims starred as Annie Begley alongside Angela Thorne in the Yorkshire Television sitcom Farrington of the F. O. In 1986, Sims appeared in the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who in the four episodes of The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet as Katryca.
She played Miss Murgatroyd in the Miss Marple adaptation A Murder is Announced, Betsy Prig in a star-studded adaptation of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit and Lady Fox-Custard in Simon and the Witch. In 1987 she joined the cast on And There's More and was paired up with Nicholas Smith for a number of sketches for each episode as an old couple. In 1989, she appeared as a medium in the video for Morrissey's "Ouija Board, Ouija Board", she played Mrs Wembley in the BBC comedy series On the Up, which starred Dennis Waterman and ran from 1990 to 1992. From 1994, she played Madge Hardcastle, drum playing wife to Rocky Hardcastle played by Frank Middlemass, stepmother of Geoffrey Palmer's character Lionel in As Time Goes By. Sims appeared in episodes of the hit television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, the 1987 Christmas Day special The Frog's Legacy, The Goodies, in the One Foot in the Grave special One Foot in the Algarve, made a guest appearance in a s
Joan Bogle Hickson, OBE was an English actress of theatre and television. She was known for her role as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple in the television series Miss Marple, she narrated a number of Miss Marple stories on audio books. Born in Kingsthorpe, Hickson was a daughter of Edith Mary and Alfred Harold Hickson, a shoe manufacturer. Boarding at Oldfield School at Swanage in Dorset she went on to train at RADA in London. Making her stage debut in 1927, she worked for several years throughout the United Kingdom and achieved success playing comedic eccentric characters in London's West End, including the role of the cockney maid Ida in the original production of See How They Run, at the Q Theatre in 1944, at the Comedy Theatre in January 1945, she made her first film appearance in 1934. The numerous supporting roles of her career included several Carry On films including Sister in Carry On Nurse and Mrs May in Carry On Constable. In the 1940s she appeared on-stage in an Agatha Christie play, Appointment with Death, seen by Christie who wrote in a note to her, "I hope one day you will play my dear Miss Marple".
From 1963–66 she played Mrs. Peace, housekeeper to Reverend Stephen Young in the rated TV series Our Man At St. Mark's. Hickson played the housekeeper in the Marple film Murder, She Said in 1961, which starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. From 1970–71, she played Mrs Pugsley in Bachelor Father. Hickson played Mrs Chambers in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? In 1986, she played the part of Mrs. Trellis in Clockwise, her stage career included roles in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, the Tony Hatch-Jackie Trent 1975 musical The Card, Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, for which she won a 1979 Tony Award for'Best Featured Actress in a Play'. In 1980 she appeared in yet another Agatha Christie production, as Mrs. Rivington in Why Didn't They Ask Evans?. The BBC began filming the works of Agatha Christie in the mid 1980s, were conscious of the criticism, levelled at the portrayal of Miss Marple given by Margaret Rutherford. In making a new series, the makers determined to remain faithful to the plotlines and locales of Christie's stories, most to represent Miss Marple as written.
Hickson played the role in all 12 adaptations of the novels produced from 1984 to 1992, received two BAFTA nominations for Best TV Actress, 1987 and 1988. When the OBE was bestowed on Hickson in June 1987, Queen Elizabeth II was reported to have said, "You play the part just as one envisages it." When Hickson retired from the role, believing that she should stop while the programme was still at the peak of its popularity, she stated that she had no intention of retiring from acting altogether. From 1958, Hickson lived in Rose Lane, along the River Colne 43 miles from London in Essex, until her death in 1998. A plaque now marks the house. In October 1932 in Hampstead, Hickson married Eric Norman Butler, a physician with whom she had two children, her husband died in June 1967 in Essex. Hickson died in Colchester General Hospital from a stroke, aged 92, she is interred under Joan Bogle Butler, at Sidbury Cemetery in Devon. Series 1 The Body in the Library The Moving Finger A Murder Is Announced A Pocket Full of Rye Series 2 The Murder at the Vicarage – BAFTA nomination Sleeping Murder At Bertram's Hotel Nemesis – BAFTA nominationSeries 3 4.50 from Paddington A Caribbean Mystery They Do It With Mirrors The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side Joan Hickson at the Internet Broadway Database Joan Hickson on IMDb Joan Hickson at Find a Grave Performances by Joan Hickson in the Archive of the University of Bristol Joan Hickson OBE at The Wivenhoe Encyclopedia
Carry On (franchise)
The Carry On series consists of 31 British comedy motion pictures, four Christmas specials, a television series of thirteen episodes, three West End and provincial stage plays. The films' humour was in the British comic tradition of bawdy seaside postcards. Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas drew on a regular group of actors, the Carry On team, that included Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Kenneth Connor, Peter Butterworth, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor, Jack Douglas, Jim Dale; the Carry On series contains the largest number of films of any British series, it is the longest continually running UK film series, although with a fourteen-year break. Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd produced twelve films, the Rank Organisation made eighteen and United International Pictures made one. Producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas made all 31 films on time and to a strict budget, employed the same crew. Between 1958 and 1992, the series employed seven writers, most Norman Hudis and Talbot Rothwell.
In between the films and Thomas produced four Christmas specials in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, a thirteen episode television series in 1975, various West End stage shows which toured the regions. All the films were made at Pinewood Studios near Buckinghamshire. Budgetary constraints meant that a large proportion of the location filming was undertaken close to the studios in and around south Buckinghamshire, including areas of Berkshire and Middlesex. However, by the late 1960s more ambitious plots necessitated locations further afield, which included Snowdonia National Park and the beaches of the Sussex coast doubling as Saharan sand dunes in Follow That Camel. Carry On Sergeant was about a group of recruits doing National Service; the film was sufficiently successful to inspire a similar venture, again focusing on an established and respected profession in Carry On Nurse. When that too was successful, further forays with Carry On Teacher and Carry On Constable established the series; this initial'pattern' was broken with the fifth film in 1961, Carry On Regardless, but it still followed a similar plot to that of many of the early films—a small group of misfit newcomers to a job make comic mistakes, but come together to succeed in the end.
The remainder of the series developed with increased use of the British comic traditions of music hall and bawdy seaside postcards. Many titles parodied more serious films, such as their tongue-in-cheek homages to James Bond and Hammer horror films; the most impressive of these was Carry On Cleo, after the Burton and Taylor epic Cleopatra, where the budget-conscious Carry On team made full use of some impressive sets, intended for that film. Carry On Emmannuelle, inspired by the soft-porn Emmanuelle, brought to an end the original'run'; the stock-in-trade of Carry On humour was innuendo and the sending-up of British institutions and customs, such as the National Health Service, the monarchy, the Empire, the armed forces, the police and the trade unions as well as camping, foreign holidays, beauty contests, caravan holidays, the education system amongst others. Although the films were often panned by critics, they proved popular with audiences. In 2007, the pun "Infamy, they've all got it in for me", spoken by Kenneth Williams in Carry on Cleo, was voted the funniest one-line joke in film history.
A film had appeared in 1957 under the title Carry On Admiral. The much earlier 1937 film Carry On London is unrelated; the cast were poorly paid—around £5,000 per film for a principal performer. In his diaries, Kenneth Williams lamented this, criticised several of the movies despite his declared fondness for the series as a whole. Peter Rogers, the series' producer, acknowledged: "Kenneth was worth taking care of, because while he cost little he made a great deal of money for the franchise." Several other films were planned, scripted or entered pre-production before being abandoned: What a Carry On... 1961 Carry On Smoking, 1961. The story revolved around a fire station, various attempts to train a bungling group of new recruits. Carry On Spaceman, 1961 and again in 1962. See section below. Carry On Flying, 1962. Scripted by Norman Hudis, about a group of RAF recruits, it got as far as pre-production before being abandoned. Jim Dale was to have a starring role. Carry On Robin, 1965. A planned spoof of Robin Hood starring the "Carry On regulars" was outlined by Rogers and registered with the British Film Producers Association but never pursued.
Carry On Again Nurse, 1967 and two other attempts. See section below ↓. Carry On Escaping, 1973. Scripted by Talbot Rothwell, a spoof of World War II escape films; the complete script was included in the book The Complete A-Z of Everything Carry On. Carry on Dallas, 1980. A p