Lovejoy is a British television comedy-drama mystery series, based on the picaresque novels by John Grant, under the pen name Jonathan Gash. The show, which ran to 71 episodes over six series, was broadcast on BBC1 between 10 January 1986 and 4 December 1994, although there was a five year gap between the first and second series, it was adapted for television by Ian La Frenais. The series concerns the adventures of the eponymous Lovejoy, played by Ian McShane, a roguish antiques dealer based in East Anglia. Within the trade, he has a reputation as a "divvy", a person with unnatural powers of recognising exceptional items as well as distinguishing genuine antiques from fakes or forgeries. Lovejoy, played by Ian McShane, a less than scrupulous yet likeable rogue antique dealer Eric Catchpole, played by Chris Jury, Lovejoy's younger, but so dim, assistant Tinker Dill, played by Dudley Sutton and tout, friends with Lovejoy Lady Jane Felsham, played by Phyllis Logan, has a friendly relationship with Lovejoy helping him with his deals Charlie Gimbert, played by Malcolm Tierney, Lovejoy's nemesis within the antiques trade Beth Taylor, played by Diane Parish, Lovejoy's new apprentice following the departure of Eric Catchpole Charlotte Cavendish, played by Caroline Langrishe, an auctioneer who becomes Lovejoy's love interest Lovejoy's daughters: Kate, played by Charlotte Edwards Viki, played by Amelia Shankley, by Amelia Curtis The series was notable for its style and pacing.
Lovejoy would break the fourth wall, revealing his thoughts and motives by addressing the audience directly. The first series was shown on BBC1 in the first half of 1986, it concluded with a two-part special. Despite being a moderate ratings success, Lovejoy was not brought back until January 1991; the original four cast members returned for the next two series between 1991 and 1992. With the start of the fourth series in 1993, Malcolm Tierney reprised his first series role as Charlie Gimbert. During the fifth series, several cast changes were made. Phyllis Logan left the show in the second episode and Chris Jury departed in the sixth episode, although both characters returned for the sixth series finale. Two new regular characters were added: Lovejoy's new apprentice, Beth Taylor, Charlotte Cavendish, who ran a local antiques auction house; the sixth and final series of ten episodes was aired between October and December 1994. Two ninety minute Lovejoy Christmas specials were shown in 1992 and 1993.
The theme tune used in the opening and end credits, as well as the incidental music for each episode, was composed by Denis King. The series was first aired in the United States on the A&E Network, it was marketed as The Lovejoy Mysteries on VHS in the United States. The DVD release of the entire series has returned to the title of Lovejoy. Lovejoy Lovejoy on IMDb Lovejoy at TV.com Lovejoy at British TV Resources. Lovejoy at epguides.com. Filming Locations. Lovejoy TV show makes a comeback
Cry, the Beloved Country (1951 film)
Cry, the Beloved Country is a 1951 British drama film directed by Zoltán Korda. Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Paton, it stars Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson; this film was Canada Lee's last film. From the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo journeys to Johannesburg to help his sister, reported to be ill, to search for his son, who left home and has not kept in contact, he is asked to visit the daughter of someone who has not heard from her for some time. With the help of fellow minister, Reverend Msimangu, he discovers that his sister, who has a young son, who left home to find her husband who left in search of work, failed to find him and has been in prison and is a prostitute, he finds out that his son is a thief and murderer. Both live in a poverty stricken urban community; the ministers confront the harsh reality of apartheid and its inimical effects on both white and black inhabitants. Cast and characters are in order. Canada Lee as Stephen Kumalo Sidney Poitier as Reverend Msimangu Charles Carson as James Jarvis Joyce Carey as Mrs. Jarvis Geoffrey Keen as Father Vincent Michael Goodliffe as Martens Edric Connor as John Kumalo Lionel Ngakane as Absolom Vivien Clinton as Mary Albertina Temba as Mrs. Kumalo Charles McRae as Kumalo's friend Ribbon Dhlamini as Gertrude Kumalo Zoltan Korda's acclaimed smash film was shot in South Africa.
Since the country was ruled by strict apartheid laws, stars Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee and producer/director Korda cooked up a scheme where they told the South African immigration authorities that Poitier and Lee were not actors but were Korda's indentured servants. It marked the first time a major film was shot in the racially divided country, leading to serious exposure of the terrible conditions there. After the making of this film, Canada Lee planned to make a full report about life in South Africa: he was called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee to explain his actions, but died of heart failure before he could testify; the film was well received by critics, holds a 100% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Those praising the film included Bosley Crowther in The New York Times who stated "It is difficult to do proper justice to the fine qualities of this film or to the courage and skill of Mr. Korda in transmitting such a difficult and sobering theme." Won2nd Berlin International Film Festival - Bronze Berlin BearNominated1952 Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or Cry, the Beloved Country on IMDb Cry, the Beloved Country at AllMovie
The Time Lords are a fictional, ancient extraterrestrial species in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, of which the series' protagonist, the Doctor, is a member. Time Lords are so named for their command of time travel technology and their non-linear perception of time, they were described as a powerful and wise race from the planet Gallifrey, from which the Doctor was a renegade. They became integral to many episodes and stories as their role in the fictional universe developed. For the first eight years after the series resumed in 2005, the Time Lords were said to have been destroyed during the fictional Last Great Time War at some point between the original series' cancellation in 1989 and the show's revival. In 2013, the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" concerned this supposed destruction and their eventual survival, they developed a culture of custodianship and time-related technologies based on this perception which includes controlled space/time travel machines and monitoring devices to travel through time and to prevent time from being subverted or abused—although actual action was described as rare in practice due to their traditional policy of strict non-interference and neutrality.
They can act to manipulate timelines of a wide range of events and individuals, so long as they do not cross back into their own timeline. Over subsequent episodes their history, their development of time manipulation, their internal politics were touched upon, with Time Lord society portrayed as a stagnated ceremony-bound oligarchy and their past having descended into myth and legend; the Doctor became at times an ally, being appointed their president during his fourth and twelfth incarnations and assisting them on many other occasions. In an audio commentary recorded for the 2009 DVD release of The War Games, producer Derrick Sherwin mentioned how in a discussion with the serial's co-writer Terrance Dicks the previous day, Dicks was "absolutely certain" that Sherwin created the Time Lords for the serial, although Sherwin could not remember himself. In the commentary, Dicks recalled Sherwin telling him in the discussions with Dicks and Dicks' fellow co-writer Malcolm Hulke that because the Doctor had always been established as being on the run from his own people, that if he has to appeal to them, the Doctor would be in trouble.
In a 2016 interview with The Essential Doctor Who magazine, Dicks mentioned how when Sherwin and he were discussing The War Games one day, Sherwin said, "He belongs to this mysterious race called the Time Lords, doesn't he?" with "everything" coming from that discussion. In The War Games DVD commentary, Sherwin mentioned that he recalled hearing about the Time Lords at the beginning of the series, but as no one else remembered this, it "might have come out of dreams". Elaborating on this genesis in a 2014 interview in Doctor Who Magazine, Sherwin said of The War Games, "It was a case of what shall we do, how can we end this? Let's go back to the beginning and say was a Time Lord, a renegade Time Lord, a pain in the arse for the other Time Lords who stole his TARDIS and buggered off around the universe. So if he's going to be called to book let's bring in the Time Lords." Early on in the series, the Doctor was identified as a human being. In The War Games, the Doctor's people appeared, who from on are known as a race called Time Lords, in Spearhead from Space, the Doctor's earlier description of himself as a human is retconned when the Third Doctor explicitly states that he is not human.
In The Time Warrior, the name of the Doctor's home planet, was revealed on screen for the first time. The nature and history of the Time Lords were revealed as the television programme progressed; the Time Lords are considered one of the oldest and most technologically powerful races in the Doctor Who universe. In The Time Warrior, the Time Lords are characterised by Sontaran military intelligence, quoted by Commander Linx, as "A race of great technical achievement, but lacking the morale to withstand a determined assault." The Tenth Doctor says in "The Sound of Drums" that they are "the oldest and most mighty race in the universe". In "The Witch's Familiar", Davros mentions a prophecy on the Doctor's world that spoke of a hybrid made up of "two great warrior races forced together to create a warrior greater than either", "half-Dalek, half-Time Lord", while in "Hell Bent", the General, while describing the prophecy of the Hybrid, mentions the Time Lords as one of two warrior races along with the Daleks.
In "Before the Flood", the Fisher King describes the Time Lords as "Cowardly, vain curators, who remembered they had teeth, became the most warlike race in the galaxy." In the distant past, the Time Lords fought a genocidal war against the Great Vampires, which led to such a catastrophic loss of life that the Time Lords renounced violence. In some spinoff media, the Time Lords are allied with less developed "Temporal Powers". In The War Games, the Second Doctor mentions that the Time Lords' "great powers" are hardly used due to their policy of non-intervention into the affairs of other planets, that they instead observe and gather knowledge; because of this, holding a trial is a "very rare" event for the Time Lords. Exceptions to this policy are made only in extreme circumstances when they feel they have to, such as where the Doctor calls them for help in the serial. At the start of the 2005 television series, Gallifrey was thought to have
Barrie Stanton Ingham was an English actor, performing on stage and "in a handful of films." He was most known as "a prolific television actor". Ingham was born in 1932 in Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire to Harold Ellis Stead Ingham, he became a Royal Artillery officer. Ingham made his debut in Manchester with the Library Theatre Company, he moved to London's Old Vic, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mermaid Theatre Company and Royal National Theatre. Ingham featured in over 200 British and American films and TV productions, including the lead in A Challenge for Robin Hood. After playing Sejanus in Granada TV's The Caesars, he had a short spell as an ambitious government minister in The Power Game in 1969. In 1971, he took the leading role as an unscrupulous arms dealer. Sir John Gielgud gave him his Broadway debut and he subsequently played in many Broadway musicals, including Copperfield on Broadway, opposite Angela Lansbury in the London production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1973.
When the production transferred to Broadway, Barrie did not stay with the show. He appeared as King Pellinore in the 1981-82 revival of Camelot to critical acclaim. In 1986, he voiced Basil of the lead character of Disney's The Great Mouse Detective. In 1991-92, he appeared in the final cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, opposite Sarah Brightman on Broadway, his last Broadway outing was in the Broadway musical Hyde as Sir Danvers Carew. Ingham opened the show in 1997 and subsequently stayed for the next four years until the show closed in January 2001, he was seen, as was the final Broadway cast, in the 2001 filmed version of the musical. Ingham acted in Australia, such as Noël Coward's Private Lives, in Sydney in 1976, he made a guest appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ingham 18 days shy of his 83rd birthday, at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, he was survived by his wife, Tarne Phillips Ingham, four children. BarrieIngham.com Barrie Ingham's official personal website.
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The Bulldog Breed
The Bulldog Breed is a 1960 British comedy film starring Norman Wisdom and directed by Robert Asher. Norman Puckle, a well-meaning but clumsy grocer's assistant, cannot seem to do anything right. After being rejected by Marlene, the love of his life, he attempts suicide, but cannot do that, he is saved from jumping off a cliff at'Lover's Leap' by a Royal Navy petty officer. He persuades Puckle to join the Royal Navy, where he will meet "lots of girls". Life in the Navy proves not to be as rosy as described, Puckle fails at every task during basic training, but despite this, he is regarded by the Admiral in charge of a rocket project to be a "typical average British sailor", chosen to be the first man to fly into outer space in an experimental rocket. Puckle fails at every stage of his training and is court-martialled, but pleads for a final chance to prove himself. By accident, he leaves Earth in the rocket. By accident, he manages to return, he ends up in the arms of a compliant local maiden. Norman Wisdom as Ordinary Seaman Norman Puckle Ian Hunter as Admiral Sir Bryanston Blyth David Lodge as Chief Petty Officer Knowles Robert Urquhart as Commander Clayton Edward Chapman as Mr. Philpots Eddie Byrne as Petty Officer Filkins Peter Jones as Diving instructor John Le Mesurier as Prosecuting counsel Terence Alexander as Defending counsel Sydney Tafler as Speedboat owner Brian Oulton as Bert Ainsworth Harold Goodwin as Streaky Hopkinson Johnny Briggs as Johnny Nolan Frank Williams as Mr. Carruthers Joe Robinson as Tall sailor Liz Fraser as NAAFI girl Penny Morrell as Marlene Barlow Claire Gordon as Peggy Julie Shearing as WRN Smith Leonard Sachs as Yachtsman Glyn Houston as Gym instructor Michael Caine as a sailor Oliver Reed as a Teddy boy William Roache as Space Centre Operator Sheila Hancock as Doris Cyril Chamberlain as Jimmy the landlord The film features early appearances by future British film stars Michael Caine and Oliver Reed who share a scene together with Wisdom.
It takes place in a cinema lobby, where Norman gets into a fight with a gang of Teddy Boys, only to be helped by some sailors, who include Caine. Coronation Street actors Johnny Briggs and William Roache to play the roles of Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow also had small roles; the film was made with co-operation from the Royal Navy, features several of the Type 14 Blackwood-class frigates. An early scene shows a flotilla of these small frigates sailing out of Portland harbour, led by HMS Murray. Variety wrote, "the film stands or falls by Wisdom and though the actor, as always, seems to be trying rather too hard, his general good humor and energy carry him through the various situations entertainingly... Wisdom is surrounded by some capable performers, notably Ian Hunter as the pompous admiral and Edward Chapman as an more pompous character." The Bulldog Breed on IMDb
Tom Adams (actor)
Anthony Frederick Charles "Tom" Adams was an English actor with roles in adventure and mystery films and several TV shows. He was best known for his role as Daniel Fogarty in several series of The Onedin Line. Adams was born in Poplar and his father was a commercial chauffeur. After school he did national service in the Coldstream Guards joined the Unity Theatre, London, he adopted the stage name of Tom Adams and taught English and drama at the Cardinal Griffin secondary modern school, Poplar, in the 1960s between acting jobs with repertory companies. He appeared in television series such as The Avengers and Ghost Squad as well as films from 1961 and made his West End debut, supporting Anton Walbrook and Peter Sallis, in Masterpiece at the Royalty in 1961, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962 as one of an infusion of new actors into Michael Elliott’s production of As You Like It at the Aldwych Theatre. His first big screen break was a role as Nimmo in The Great Escape, in which the salary from the film allowed him to buy his first car.
He starred as the lead of a film series featuring a low budget imitation James Bond named Charles Vine in three films beginning with Licensed to Kill and the sequels Where the Bullets Fly and Somebody's Stolen Our Russian Spy, shot in Spain. He was the second male lead in the 1966 Disney film The Fighting Prince of Donegal after he replaced Mark Eden who broke his ankle during the film's shooting and menaced Raquel Welch in Fathom. Adams' television credits include Emergency – Ward 10 where he played Dr Guy Marshall from 1964 to 1967 and the similar Dr Guy Wallman in General Hospital between 1975 and 1978, he took the lead in The Enigma Files in 1980. During the late 1970s, he appeared in TV commercials for Dixons, for many years in the 1980s and 1990s he was the face of the furniture store chain DFS/Northern Upholstery. In 2011, he was seen in a series of commercials advertising the Aero Biscuit, he appeared in an ad for Stannah Stairlifts, he was noted as a voice-over artist, became the continuity announcer for UK television channel, E4.
A keen golfer, he authored a 1996 book of short stories Shakespeare Was a Golfer: A Collection of Golfing Shorts. Adams died on 11 December 2014 at the age of 76 at Wexham Park Hospital of cancer. Tom Adams on IMDb Tom Adams.
Dr. Crippen (1962 film)
Dr. Crippen is a 1962 British biographical film directed by Robert Lynn and starring Donald Pleasence, Coral Browne and Samantha Eggar; the film's plot concerns the real-life Edwardian doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen, hanged in 1910 for the murder of his wife. The cinematography was provided by Nicolas Roeg; the film ostensibly covers Crippen’s trial but the story is fleshed out with flashbacks to the doctor’s relationship with his coarse, overbearing wife and his affair with a young mistress. Donald Pleasence as Dr. Crippen Coral Browne as Belle Elmore/Cora Crippen Samantha Eggar as Ethel Le Neve Donald Wolfit as R. D. Muir James Robertson Justice as Captain McKenzie John Arnatt as Chief Inspector Dew Oliver Johnston as Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Toone as Mr. Tobin Edward Underdown as the Prison Governor Bosley Crowther in The New York Times wrote, "well, one must give good scores to Mr. Pleasence, Miss Browne, Miss Eggar and the rest of the cast for giving a sense of solemnity and suffocation to this stiff tale...the mystery, the action and the pathos are all too academic and thin—too milky and uneventful — except for those who are real Crippen fans".
Britmovie noted a "sincere historical reconstruction about the infamous Edwardian murderer blending courtroom and melodrama. The direction from tv helmer Robert Lynn is satisfactory and is brightly captured in atmospheric black-and-white by cinematographer Nicolas Roeg." Dr. Crippen on IMDb Dr. Crippen at Britmovie