Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Randall and Hopkirk is a British private detective television series, starring Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope as the private detectives Jeffrey Randall and Martin Hopkirk. The series was created by Dennis Spooner and produced by Monty Berman, was first broadcast in 1969 and 1970. In the United States, it was given the title My Partner the Ghost. In Spain it was entitled El Detective Fantasma. In the initial episode Hopkirk returns as a ghost. Randall is the only main character able to see or hear him, although certain minor characters are able to do so in various circumstances throughout the series such as when drunk or under hypnosis. ITC Entertainment produced a single series of 26 episodes in 1968 and 1969, aired from September 1969 to March 1970; the pilot episode was broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom on 19 September 1969 on ATV Midlands. LWT broadcast the pilot on 21 September 1969; the series was remade in 2000, starring Bob Mortimer. On 10 May 2010 the SyFy Channel announced that it had secured the rights to Randall & Hopkirk and were looking to develop a pilot.
As of October 2014, there had been no further developments. Randall and Hopkirk was conceived by producer Dennis Spooner in 1967. Spooner had a keen interest in the paranormal and ghostly phenomena, which he considered an inspired idea for a television series, incorporating it with the characteristic crime and action of other earlier productions in the 1960s such as The Avengers and The Saint. Spooner was influenced by other paranormal films, such as Blithe Spirit and Topper, which had a profound impact on him, providing him with an understanding of the elements of the fantasy genre, studying the aspects of paranormal activity upon which a television series could be based. While working on The Baron for ITC, Spooner met the producer Monty Berman, with whom he formed the production company Scoton. Spooner had worked with Mike Pratt and Annette Andre on The Baron, based on John Creasey's novels, in 1966 and 1967, had known Pratt and Kenneth Cope from other series such as The Avengers and his work on the BBC's Z-Cars.
Pratt and Andre had appeared in The Saint earlier in the 1960s, with which both Spooner and Berman were familiar. Screen testing began in late 1967. Scoton were informed that they were to commence the filming of Randall and Hopkirk in 1968, alongside the production of Department S. Filming commenced in 1968 and the cast worked strenuously into 1969 to complete the series; the first episode was broadcast on Friday 19 September 1969 on ATV Midlands, Westward, Granada and Ulster. Other regions, such as Anglia, Tyne-Tees and Grampian, which would continue to broadcast in black and white for several months after the initial colour broadcast start date of 15 November 1969, decided not to screen the series at this time. Of this initial run, only LWT screened all 26 episodes. Ulster and Granada rested the show after eight episodes, Yorkshire and Westward did so after 14 episodes, Harlech after 15 episodes, ATV Midlands only screened 21 of the 26 episodes. In the pilot episode, "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner", Marty is murdered in a hit-and-run during an investigation, but he returns as a ghost, whom only Jeff can see, to help Jeff bring his murderer to justice.
In helping Jeff with his case, Marty stays out of his new grave for too long and is cursed to walk the Earth for 100 years. Seeing the advantages of having a ghost at the detective agency, Marty stays as an invisible partner, playing the key role in helping Jeff solve crime thereafter meaning that he can see his widow, who works as a secretary at the agency every day. Marty is instrumental throughout the series in ensuring Jeff is aware of the occurrences of crimes and more than not is responsible for saving his partner's life in each episode by using his supernatural powers, his powers are limited, in that he physically cannot touch anything and has no extrasensory knowledge of events that take place when he is not present. While Marty aids Jeff immensely in his investigations, his persistence at urging Jeff to follow leads when Jeff has other engagements, where there is no obvious criminal activity or where he is putting his life and reputation at risk can infuriate the short-fused Jeff.
The comedic aspect of the series came to the surface in episode 2, "A Disturbing Case", which dealt with hypnotic suggestion. Written by star Mike Pratt, the episode features Marty impersonating the thick German accent of the German psychiatrist Dr Conrad, allowing him to direct the glazed, drugged Randall to do what he wants while he is in his pyjamas in a nursing home. Although the second episode is undoubtedly the most comic of the series, Marty's ability to control hypnosis is an important source of comedy in subsequent episodes, notably episode 10, "When did You Start to Stop Seeing Things?", in which he hypnotizes a hypnotist to save Randall, directing him to behave like an animal and act like a Secret Agent contrary to expected professional behaviour. In episode 3, "All Work and No Pay", a number of story elements important for episodes in the series are introduced exposing the vulnerability and naivety of Jeannie Hopkirk, traits which can leave her life in danger due to her willingness to help people.
Jeannie is manipulated by the Foster Brothers who, by using electronic equipment, falsely convince her that her late husband Marty is a po
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human, from the planet Gallifrey; the Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need; the show is a significant part of British popular culture, elsewhere it has gained a cult following. It has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series; the programme ran from 1963 to 1989. There was an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production in 1996 with a backdoor pilot, in the form of a television film titled Doctor Who; the programme was relaunched in 2005, since has been produced in-house by BBC Wales in Cardiff.
Doctor Who has spawned numerous spin-offs, including comic books, novels, audio dramas, the television series Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, K-9, Class, has been the subject of many parodies and references in popular culture. Thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor; the transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration into a new incarnation, a plot device in which a Time Lord "transforms" into a new body when the current one is too badly harmed to heal normally. Each actor's portrayal is unique. Together, they form a single lifetime with a single narrative; the time-travelling feature of the plot means that different incarnations of the Doctor meet. The Doctor is portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who took on the role after Peter Capaldi's exit in the 2017 Christmas special "Twice Upon a Time". Doctor Who follows the adventures of the title character, a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who goes by the name "the Doctor".
The Doctor fled Gallifrey in a stolen TARDIS, a time machine that travels by materialising into and dematerialising out of the time vortex. The TARDIS has a vast interior but appears smaller on the outside, is equipped with a "chameleon circuit" intended to make the machine take on the appearance of local objects as a disguise. Across time and space, the Doctor's many incarnations find events that pique their curiosity and try to prevent evil forces from harming innocent people or changing history, using only ingenuity and minimal resources, such as the versatile sonic screwdriver; the Doctor travels alone and brings one or more companions to share these adventures. These companions are humans, owing to the Doctor's fascination with planet Earth, which leads to frequent collaborations with the international military task force UNIT when the Earth is threatened; the Doctor is centuries old and, as a Time Lord, has the ability to regenerate in case of mortal damage to the body, taking on a new appearance and personality.
The Doctor has gained numerous reoccurring enemies during their travels, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master, another renegade Time Lord. Doctor Who first appeared on BBC TV at 17:16:20 GMT on Saturday, 23 November 1963, it was to be each episode 25 minutes of transmission length. Discussions and plans for the programme had been in progress for a year; the head of drama Sydney Newman was responsible for developing the programme, with the first format document for the series being written by Newman along with the head of the script department Donald Wilson and staff writer C. E. Webber. Writer Anthony Coburn, story editor David Whitaker and initial producer Verity Lambert heavily contributed to the development of the series; the programme was intended to appeal to a family audience as an educational programme using time travel as a means to explore scientific ideas and famous moments in history. On 31 July 1963, Whitaker commissioned Terry Nation to write a story under the title The Mutants.
As written, the Daleks and Thals were the victims of an alien neutron bomb attack but Nation dropped the aliens and made the Daleks the aggressors. When the script was presented to Newman and Wilson it was rejected as the programme was not permitted to contain any "bug-eyed monsters". According to producer Verity Lambert. We had a bit of a crisis of confidence. Had we had anything else ready we would have made that." Nation's script became the second Doctor. The serial introduced the eponymous aliens that would become the series' most popular monsters, was responsible for the BBC's first merchandising boom; the BBC drama department's serials division produced the programme for 26 seasons, broadcast on BBC 1. Falling viewing numbers, a decline in the public perception of the show and a less-prominent transmission slot saw production suspended in 1989 by Jonathan Powell, controller of BBC 1. Although it was cancelled with the decision not to commission a planned 27th season, which would have been broadcast in 1990, the BBC affirmed, over several ye
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins is a 1971 British comedy film directed and produced by Graham Stark. Its title is a conflation of the seven deadly sins, it comprises a sequence of seven sketches, each representing a sin and written by an array of British comedy-writing talent. The sketches are linked by animation sequences; the music score is by British jazz musician Roy Budd, cinematography by Harvey Harrison and editing by Rod Nelson-Keys and Roy Piper. It was produced by Tigon Pictures and distributed in the U. K. by Tigon Film Distributors Ltd.. The first segment, "Avarice", is written by Bob Larbey. In this segment, a 50p coin falls down a rich man orders his chauffeur to retrieve it. A fisherman attempts to fish it out; the chauffeur's efforts result only in the coin dropping farther down into the sewer. Other people become involved in the search, including a policewoman and one of the workers in the sewer. In the end the rich man, seeing the sewage on the chauffeur, fires him but falls straight into the open sewer.
The chauffeur drops the coin in after him and after replacing the manhole cover, walks away with a purposeful stride. Bruce Forsyth as Clayton Paul Whitsun-Jones as Elsinore Bernard Bresslaw as Mr. Violet Joan Sims as Policewoman Roy Hudd as Fisherman Julie Samuel as Petrol Station Attendant Cheryl Hall as Vanessa Suzanne Heath as Chloe The second segment, "Envy", is written by Dave Freeman. Stanley and his wife Vera are looking to buy a huge house, his wife decides she must have it. The owners do not wish to sell. So Secombe's character decides to employ a series of schemes to force the owners of the house to sell their home so that they can buy it; the owners sell to wife. As they move in a mechanical digger is seen coming towards the house as it turns out the'story' is true. Harry Secombe as Stanley Geoffrey Bayldon as Vernon June Whitfield as Mildred Carmel Cryan as Vera The third segment, "Gluttony", is written by Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer. In this sketch Phillips is a compulsive eater.
Leslie Phillips as Dickie Julie Ege as Ingrid Patrick Newell as Doctor Rosemarie Reed as Woman Sarah Golding as Secretary Bob Guccione as Photographer Tina McDowell as Penthouse Pet The fourth segment, "Lust", is written by Graham Stark from a story by Marty Feldman. Ambrose Twombly is determined to find a partner and chats up a woman in an adjoining telephone box by looking through the glass, dialling the number of her telephone and convincing her that he is someone from her past who just happens to be on a "crossed line" by some extraordinary coincidence, cleverly prompting her with some personal details he has managed to spot, she seems quite excited about the prospect of meeting up with him, but before he gets the chance to arrange a meeting she tells him over the phone that there is a man looking at her with a face that looks like "a monkey" in the adjoining phone box. The segment ends with a shot of a dangling handset. Harry H. Corbett as Ambrose Twombly Cheryl Kennedy as Greta Bill Pertwee as Cockney Man Mary Baxter as Charlady Anouska Hempel as Blonde Kenneth Earle as Boy Friend Nicole Yerna as Thin Girl Sue Bond as Girl with Glasses Yvonne Paul as Receptionist The fifth segment, "Pride", is written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.
In it, two motorists meet facing each other on a narrow country road, neither is willing to pull aside to let the other pass. In the end, neither wins; this was a reworking of the writers' Impasse episode in the second series of Comedy Playhouse. It was remade again in 1996 as an episode of Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's... Ian Carmichael as Mr. Ferris Alfie Bass as Mr. Spencer Audrey Nicholson as Mrs. Ferris Sheila Bernette as Mrs. Spencer Robert Gillespie as A. A. Patrol Man Keith Smith as R. A. C. Patrol Man Ivor Dean as Policeman The sixth segment, "Sloth", is written by Spike Milligan, it features a series of silent black and white film clips, with dialogue captions, showing people not being active. The captions incorporate a running gag on the word "walnut". Spike Milligan as Tramp Melvyn Hayes as Porter Ronnie Brody as Costermonger Ronnie Barker Peter Butterworth Marty Feldman Davy Kaye David Lodge Cardew Robinson Madeline Smith The seventh and last segment, "Wrath", is written by Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer.
Two men in the park are annoyed by the park keeper telling them off for littering, so they try to kill him. Most of their schemes fail. However, this is only accomplished at the cost, they think that they are in heaven, plan to litter it too, but instead they find themselves in hell, the man they tried to kill is the devil. Ronald Fraser as George Stephen Lewis as Jarvis, the park keeper Arthur Howard as Kenneth The cast features three James Bond actresses: Anouska Hempel and Julie Ege, who appeared in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Madeline Smith, who would appear in Live and Let Die. All three had minor roles in those films; the Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins on IMDb The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins at AllMovie
Ronald William George Barker, was an English actor and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies, Open All Hours. Barker decided he was best suited to comic roles, he had his first success at the Oxford Playhouse and in roles in the West End including Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound. During this period, he was in the cast of BBC television comedies such as The Navy Lark, he got his television break with the satirical sketch series The Frost Report in 1966, where he met future collaborator, Ronnie Corbett. He starred in ITV shows including a short film. After rejoining the BBC, Barker found fame with the sketch show The Two Ronnies, with Ronnie Corbett, he starred in its sequel Going Straight and Open All Hours. He wrote comedy under his own name, though for much of his written material after 1968 he adopted pseudonyms to avoid pre-judgments of his writing talent, he won a BAFTA for best light entertainment performance four times, among other awards, received an OBE in 1978.
Television sitcoms such as The Magnificent Evans and Clarence were less successful and he retired in December 1987. The following year, he opened an antiques shop with Joy. After 1999, he appeared in smaller, non-comic roles in films, he died of heart failure on 3 October 2005, aged 76. Barker was born on 25 September 1929 at 70, Garfield Street, Bedfordshire, the only son of Leonard William Barker and Edith Eleanor. Barker's elder sister Vera was born in 1926 and his younger sister Eileen was born in 1933, his father was a clerk for Shell-Mex, this job saw the family move to Church Cowley Road in Cowley, Oxfordshire when Barker was four. Barker's biographer Bob McCabe described Barker's childhood as "a happy time, marred by no ructions or family tensions, apart from the occasional wet sock." As a child, Barker enjoyed dressing up in his father's pierrot outfit, as well as films and animals. He developed a love of the theatre attending plays with his family; the first play he saw was Cottage to Let and he once skipped school to see Laurence Olivier in Henry V.
He stood outside stage doors to collect autographs, his first being the actress Celia Johnson. Barker grew up in the Florence Park area of Oxford, went to Donnington Junior School, the City of Oxford High School for Boys, his chemistry textbook at Oxford was used by T. E. Lawrence, he found his talent for humour at school and developed his musical ability by singing in the choir at St James's, his local church. He got into the sixth form a year early after gaining the School Certificate but he felt what he was learning would be of no use to him in life and so left as soon as he could. After leaving school he trained as an architect but gave it up after six months, feeling he was not skilled enough. Barker took his sister Vera's job as a bank clerk at the Westminster Bank after she had left to become a nurse, he harboured dreams of becoming an actor, took up amateur dramatics, although he just saw the pastime as a chance to meet girls. For 18 months, while at the bank, he worked as an actor and stage manager, making his first appearance in A Murder Has Been Arranged as the musical director of the play-within-a-play.
He gave up his job to become a professional actor. His father did not support his acting ambition. Barker failed to get into the Young Vic School, but joined the Manchester Repertory Company, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire taking comic roles in their weekly shows, he was employed as the assistant to the assistant stage manager, earning £2.10s.0d a week. He made his debut as a professional actor on 15 November 1948 as Lieutenant Spicer in a performance of J. M. Barrie's Quality Street, he went on to play the organist in When We Are Married and by his third role, the chauffeur Charles in Miranda, Barker realised he wanted to be a comic actor. He was described as "ha the talent to be a great straight actor", but noted: "I want to make people laugh. Never mind about Hamlet. Forget Richard the Second. Give me Charley's Aunt. My mission in life was now crystal clear." He appeared in stage adaptations of Treasure Island and Red Riding Hood before getting his first leading role in The Guinea Pig as a working class boy at a public school.
When the production moved to Rhyl, Barker followed. The Manchester Repertory Company closed. Barker, aged 20 spent some time as a porter at Wingfield Hospital, he and a male nurse entertained the patients with comedy routines. He found work at the Mime Theatre Company, performing mimed folk music and dance, which soon folded in Penzance, he made his way back to Oxford and worked in Bramhall for the Famous Players. There he met actor Glenn Melvyn. Peter Hall worked with Barker at Oxford and gave him his break, casting him as the Chantyman and Joe Silva in his production of Mourning Becomes Electra at the Arts Theatre in London's West End in 1955. By the time he had made it to the West End, Barker had appeared in an estimated 350 plays. Bark
The Android Invasion
The Android Invasion is the fourth serial of the thirteenth season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC1 in four weekly parts on BBC1 from 22 November to 13 December 1975. The serial is set in England. In the serial, the alien race the Kraals plot to wipe out humanity with a virus to prepare the Earth for their invasion; the serial was directed by former series producer Barry Letts and written by Terry Nation — his first Doctor Who script for eleven years not to feature his creations, the Daleks. The serial marks the last appearances in the programme of both John Levene in his recurring role as Sergeant Benton, of Ian Marter, who makes a guest appearance as previous companion Harry Sullivan; the TARDIS materialises in the English countryside, where the Doctor detects an odd energy reading. He and Sarah Jane meet a group of men in white suits and opaque helmets who shoot at them with their index fingers; as they flee, the Doctor and Sarah see a UNIT soldier fall to his death.
The Doctor searches the body, finding a wallet full of freshly-minted coins, all dated the same year. They spot a casket-shaped pod nearby, which the Doctor finds familiar. Pursued again by the white-suited men, they reach a deserted village, which Sarah recognises as Devesham; the Doctor finds the same coins in the register of the empty pub. The white suits enter the village, accompanied by the "dead" soldier. Villagers in a trance-like state distribute themselves around the village. Morgan, the pub landlord, enters along with several others while the Doctor hide; the villagers take their seats silently, waiting motionless until the clock strikes, when they come to life, acting normally. The Doctor intends to get to the Space Defence Station and contact UNIT; the soldier finds Sarah and questions her. She observes. While examining one of the pods which she has found near to the TARDIS, the time machine dematerialises without her. Sarah breaks free. At the defence station, Senior Defence Astronaut Guy Crayford is addressed by the voice of Styggron, who orders him to check for an intruder.
The Doctor enters Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's office. Discovered by Crayford, the Doctor introduces himself as UNIT's scientific advisor, but is placed in detention. Sarah arrives and frees the Doctor from his cell, but is unaware that an alien — a Kraal — is observing them; when the Doctor tells Sarah about Crayford, she reveals that he vanished in deep space, presumed dead, during testing of a craft. The Doctor and Sarah are able to escape despite the efforts of Crayford's men, including their friends Sergeant Benton and Harry Sullivan, are pursued by tracker dogs; when Sarah twists her ankle, the Doctor hides her in a tree. He is able when the soldiers turn back they capture Sarah. Styggron tells Crayford to locate, but not seize, the Doctor. In an alien-looking room, Sarah is scanned by Harry. In the village, the Doctor finds. Styggron speaks to another Kraal, Chedaki, to discuss their experiments and plans to conquer Earth and other worlds. Styggron contacts tells him to commence the final test.
In the pub, the Doctor finds more oddities, such as a tear-off calendar with only one date on every page, July 6. He is telephoned by Sarah, who tells him that she was managed to escape. Afterwards he finds; the Doctor meets Sarah. The Doctor remarks on the providence of her finding the only telephone in the village. Discovering the TARDIS has gone, the Doctor is puzzled, before realising it has continued its journey to Earth; this is not Earth, "Sarah" is an android duplicate since she's wearing the scarf that he took from her earlier. When the Doctor grabs the duplicate, it falls to the ground, its face opening to reveal the electronics underneath; the Doctor retreats as the android Sarah fires at him. Styggron tells Chedaki that the village and the Doctor will be destroyed by a matter-dissolving bomb; the real Sarah is being kept alive. She subsequently escapes to the village and frees the Doctor, captured by Styggron and tied up with the bomb at his feet. With seconds to spare, they run into the base and shut the door as the village dissolves into a wasteland, only to be captured by androids.
The Doctor explains that the radiation levels he picked up earlier were those of Oseidon, the Kraal planet. The levels are increasing and the planet will soon be uninhabitable, hence the invasion of Earth; the duplicated village was an android training ground. Crayford enters and explains that he is helping the Kraals because they rescued him and reconstructed his body, while Earth left him for dead, he has contacted Earth with a cover story explaining his survival and with his return providing a distraction, the androids will land on Earth, paving the way for the main invasion fleet. Although the Kraals have promised Crayford no humans will be harmed as long as they obey, Styggron subsequently reveals that he does intend to wipe out humanity using the androids to distribute the virus. Styggron leaves the Doctor to die strapped to the Kraal analysis table, but he is rescued by Sarah and they escape aboard Crayford's
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson is a television series created by Sheldon Reynolds. It starred Geoffrey Whitehead, Donald Pickering and Patrick Newell in the title roles of Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson and Inspector Lestrade respectively; the series is considered rather obscure, was filmed on a low budget in Poland. Sheldon Reynolds structured a deal with the state Polish Television to take over Poltel Studios to produce television shows. Anthony Burgess was brought on as a consultant. Reynolds recycled some aspects from his earlier 1954 television series starring Ronald Howard such as scripts and the conceit of having Inspector Lestrade an equal co-star with Holmes and Watson. Filming was done for low cost and co-star Pickering remarked "The schedule for filming was hectic and there were the odd dangerous moments. I remember; that was hairy!"According to guest director Roy Ward Baker, as production wrapped up the head of Polish television who had spearheaded the deal was arrested for corruption.
The films were confiscated leading to inconsistent distribution. K. and aired on a single U. S. station in 1982. "A Motive for Murder" "The Case of the Speckled Band" "Murder on a Midsummer's Eve" "Four Minus Four is One" "The Case of the Perfect Crime" "The Case of Harry Rigby" "The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff" "A Case of High Security" "The Case of Harry Crocker" "The Case of the Deadly Prophecy" "The Case of the Baker Street Nursemaids" "The Case of the Purloined Letter" "The Case of the Travelling Killer" "The Case of the Sitting Target" "The Case of the Final Curtain" "The Case of the Three Uncles" "The Case of the Body in the Case" "The Case of the Deadly Tower" "The Case of Smith & Smythe" "The Case of the Luckless Gambler" "The Case of the Shrunken Heads" "The Case of Magruder's Murder" "The Case of the Other Ghost" "The Case of the Close-Knit Family" Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson on IMDb
Peter Jeremy William Huggins, known professionally as Jeremy Brett, was an English actor. He played fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series from 1984 to 1994 in all 41 episodes, his career spanned to television and film, to Shakespeare and musical theatre. He is remembered for playing the smitten Freddy Eynsford-Hill in the 1964 Warner Bros. production of My Fair Lady. Jeremy Brett was born Peter Jeremy William Huggins at Berkswell Grange in Berkswell in Warwickshire, his birthdate was on 3 November 1933 but it has been stated as December 1933 or 1935, according to many sources, although this was a vanity claim to reduce his public age. He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry William Huggins, DSO, MC, DL, an Army officer, Elizabeth Edith Cadbury Butler, he had one sister and three older brothers: John and Michael. The actor Martin Clunes is his nephew. Educated at Eton College, he claimed to have been an "academic disaster", attributing his learning difficulties to dyslexia.
Brett belonged to the Woodmen of Arden, an archery club established in 1785. His father and brothers were members. Although he developed honed diction, he was born with "rhotacism", a speech impediment which prevented him from pronouncing the "R" sound correctly, he followed it with years of practising. However, while at Eton he was a member of the college choir, he was trained by Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama based at the Royal Albert Hall in London, graduating in 1954, but his father had demanded that he change his name for the sake of family honour, so he took his stage name from the label of his first suit, "Brett & Co."In 1959, while Brett was playing Hamlet, his mother was killed in a car crash in the Welsh mountains. This had a tremendous effect on Brett. In life, he spoke about the accident, its impact on him and his performance. There was anger—it was interesting... There was anger in me, and I think. I felt cheated—I felt my mother had been cheated—the rage of that came through".
He channelled his anger into his performance. Brett made his professional acting debut in rep at the Library Theatre in Manchester in 1954, his London stage debut with the Old Vic company in Troilus and Cressida in 1956, he made his first appearance in a major film with Peace, which starred Audrey Hepburn. In 1956, he appeared on Broadway as the Duke of Aumerle in Richard II. In 1959, Brett had a singing role as the romantic lead of Archie Forsyth in the West End musical Marigold. In 1959, he played the part of Hamlet. I think. I was too young intellectually. I was too young philosophically. I was Byronic. I was handsome. I had qualities. I wasn't convinced by me"; the respected theatre critic Harold Hobson wrote of Brett's portrayal that "the incestuous bed was the centre of his performance". He played many classical roles on stage, including about a dozen Shakespearean parts at the Old Vic, in New York and four while Brett was a member of the National Theatre Company from 1967 to 1970. From the early 1960s, Brett was on British television.
He starred including as d'Artagnan in an adaptation of The Three Musketeers. His highest profile film appearance was as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, again with Audrey Hepburn. Although Brett sang well, as he demonstrated when he played Danilo in a BBC Television broadcast of The Merry Widow, his singing in "My Fair Lady" was dubbed by Bill Shirley; the de rigueur in Hollywood musicals of the time. Around this time, Brett was considered to replace Sean Connery as James Bond, but turned the part down, feeling that playing 007 would harm his career. George Lazenby was subsequently cast instead; some of his appearances were in classical comedic roles, such as Captain Absolute in a television version of The Rivals and Bassanio in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in a National Theatre Company production directed by Jonathan Miller, which featured Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. This was adapted for television in 1973 with the same three leads. Brett joked that, as an actor, he was allowed into the 20th century and never into the present day.
He did, appear in a few contemporary guest roles, in a couple of the ITC series such as The Baron and The Champions, wherein he was cast as swarthy, smooth villains. Brett appeared in The Incredible Hulk and starred as Maxim in the 1979 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca opposite Joanna David. Jeremy Brett's final, posthumous film appearance was an uncredited bit part as the artist's father in Moll Flanders, a 1996 Hollywood feature film starring Robin Wright Penn in the title role; the film was released nearly a year after Brett's death. Although Brett appeared in many different roles during his 40-year career, he is best remembered for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a series of Granada Television film