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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Co-found of '6 of 1' - The Prisoner Appreciation Society ...


Roger Goodman founded "Six of One" in 1976, the long running appreciation society dedicated to Patrick McGoohan's enigmatic TV series, The Prisoner.

In 1979 he interviewed McGoohan on the last day of his filming The Hard Way in Ireland. Initially released in an edited format on cassette in 1981, it was subsequently reissued in full on CD in 2002. This landmark conversation between McGoohan and Goodman has long been regarded as the best Patrick Mcgoohan interview ever.

In 1982 Roger organised McGoohan's only ever personal appearance amongst his fans at the recording of the TV show Greatest Hits 1968. During the mid -1980s he discussed "The Prisoner" as Ludovic Kennedy's guest on Did You See? and appeared with McGoohan, George Markstein, David Tomblin, and Jack Shampan in the Channel 4 Documentary Six Into One: The Prisoner File.

Roger retired from Six of One in 1985, but emerged in 2000 as the founder of PRIZBIZ (www.priz.biz). Projects include Prisoner related recordings, publications, roadshows, seminars, and rousers. Most recently he assisted with material on the Carlton Prisoner 35th Anniversary DVD.

Originally from Herefordshire, he now lives in North Wales, not too far from Portmerion, the location for much of The Prisoner's 1966 and 1967 filming.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The true star of the series Lost in Space joined us for the 2007 Cult TV Weekender ...


Ten years ago, in the year 1997, a covert space mission that for some reason has fallen off the radar of contemporary history, saw the ultimate mechanical assistant, so much the definite article that he is now only know as “Robot”, hurled off into deep space.

The goal was to explore Alpha Centauri, colonising a planet there on what was anticipated to be a five year mission. He was accompanied by the Robinson Family – John, Maureen, Judy, Penny and Will, as well as pilot Don West, and reluctant stowaway Doctor Zachary Smith. The first three years of this quest were catalogued in a reality series called Lost In Space - for some reason the programme has been wrongly remembered as a fictional show from producer Irwin Allen!

Seven feet tall, and unhappy about being constantly described as a ‘bubble-headed booby’ by Doctor Smith, his gargantuan intellect meant that it was the Robot, and the Robot alone, who a decade later has managed to find his way back to Earth.

The temporal displacement saw Robot appear unexpectedly in Slough, and Cult TV Production Team member Mark Withall was one of the first people to encounter it as it looked for supplies of “3 in 1” oil in the local branch of B&Q. Reluctant to make a fuss, Mark managed to persuade Robot that the ideal location to reveal its escapades of the last few years would be at the 2007 Cult TV Festival Weekender.

Following a full refit, thanks to the boys at “Hi-Q”, Robot was ‘pressing the metal’ with Cult TV attendees across the weekend at Heythrop Park!


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Carrying On his career as a serious expert on comedy ...


Robert has written a library of best-selling books on the stars and history of British comedy including The Complete Sid James, The Carry On Companion, The Monty Python Encyclopedia, The Complete Terry-Thomas, Steptoe and Son, Benny Hill - Merry Master of Mirth, Last of the Summer Wine - The Finest Vintage, The Complete Frankie Howerd and Fawlty Towers - Fully Booked.

Terry Jones has said that "I learnt more about the Pythons from reading his book than from being one!" Jim Dale considers him "a one man encyclopedia of the very best of British comedy" while Phil Collins believes his "knowledge of English comedy is formidable."

His book The Complete Goodies was launched at a sell-out event at the National Film Theatre with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Later Robert interviewed The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, at another NFT hit. A regular guest broadcaster on radio and television, he has made appearances in such shows as What's A Carry On?, Top Ten: Comedy Records, Will the Real Basil Fawlty Please Stand Up?, Legends: Terry-Thomas and even several cameo roles in Last of the Summer Wine.

A prolific comedy consultant he was a judge at the 2004 British Animation Awards. Robert has also moderated over thirty DVD audio commentaries working with such comedy favourites as Leslie Phillips, Norman Wisdom, Brian Murphy, Jack Douglas and June Whitfield. His first commissioned script, the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure Medicinal Purposes starring Cult TV 2004 guest Colin Baker, was released in August 2003.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica (as well as a cameo in the reimagined one!) and known from a whole host of other shows ...


Born in Santa Monica, California, Richard Hatch had no aspirations to become an actor. Though curious about the performers he saw in high school plays, his dream was to compete as a pole vaulter in the Olympics.

Going nowhere during his college years, Richard enrolled in an oral interpretation class where, though shy and introverted, he found his voice, and after graduating joined a Los Angeles repertory company.

He began his television career playing Philip Brent in the soap opera All My Children. After guest roles in Cannon, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons he starred as Inspector Dan Robbins in the final year of The Streets of San Francisco.

He played Harmon Farinella in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, retitled Forever Fernwood after the show’s star left, and Steven Slade in the daytime serial Santa Barbara. Taking the recurring role as Dean Caldwell in Dynasty, he guest-starred in episodes of Murder, She Wrote, TJ Hooker and MacGyver.

With roles in numerous television movies, including The Hustler of Muscle Beach and Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Richard appeared on the big screen as Lee Chan Jr opposite Peter Ustinov and Angie Dickinson in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. Further movie roles include Delta Force Leader Brett Haskell in Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One and Colonel Nelson in Iron Thunder.

Best known for playing Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, Richard has campaigned to see the show return to television. In 1999 he self-financed a three-minute trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, based on his novels Warhawk and Armageddon, to generate interest in a new series.

During the past decade, Richard began lecturing on such topics as overcoming fear, and success strategies for business and life. Having formed Su-Shann Productions in 1980 to create workshops and seminars dedicated to help people maximise their potential, he created the Breakthrough Success Bootcamps to inspire people to a higher level of fulfilment.

Further details at the official RICHARD HATCH website.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Media consultants who work with prisoners, persuaders, saints and sinners ...


Directors of Popco, a media consultancy specialising in classic television, music and film, since the company’s formation in 2001 Robert Fairclough and Mike Kenwood, along with fellow director Jaz Wiseman, have been involved in producing CDs, books and DVD packages.

Having received universal critical acclaim for their 1998 book Fags, Slags, Blags & Jags: The Sweeney, co-written with George Williams, which analysed Ian Kennedy Martin’s seminal police drama, the pair were commissioned to write Sweeney! The Official Companion which contains exclusive interviews with many of the series’ cast and crew including Ted Childs, Dennis Waterman and Garfield Morgan. In addition they put together the best-selling original soundtrack album Shut It! The Music of The Sweeney for the Sanctuary Records Group.

Alone, Rob has written The Prisoner: The Official Guide to the Classic TV Series, described in one of many critical notices as the definiive, and most authoritative study of Patrick McGoohan’s classic series. He also acted as consultant on Carlton Visual’s special 35th Anniversary The Prisoner DVD release which featured the first commercial release of the alternate edit of the episode Arrival.

Jaz co-produced the special features for the DVD boxsets of The Persuaders!, Space: 1999 and UFO for TF1 in France. He also produced the DVD extras and commentaries for boxsets of Minder, Department S and The Saint for Umbrella Entertainment in Australia.

More recently the company has had a hand in producing the newly released DVD/magazine partwork Inspector Morse: The Complete Collection.

For more information, check out their website: www.pop-co.com


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Writer who's worked from Gangsters to Doctor Who ...


Born in Liverpool, Philip is an experienced television writer who is probably best known for creating the ground breaking "Cult" series Gangsters which ran for two series following a successful "Play For Today" in 1975 and is just coming out on DVD.

Such is the longevity of this series it has been shown at the National Film Theatre as part of a season of significant TV films.

Philip has also contributed to many other well known TV series including Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, Shoestring, Virtual Murder, Star Cops, The Good Guys, Crossroads, Thirty Minute Theatre, New Scotland Yard, The Bill and two Doctor Who stories namely "Vengeance on Varos" and Parts 5 - 8 of "The Trial of A Timelord", both of which featured the villainous slug-like "Sil".

A third story featuring the return of "Sil" along with the "Ice Warriors" was scheduled for the ultimately postponed season 22 of Doctor Who in 1985, although Philip did complete a novelisation of this story based on his draft scripts.

Philip has also worked as a Writer, Producer and Director in Radio Drama for the BBC and was voted Best Director at the New York Radio Festival in, 1990.Other work includes the film "Valentina" and his plays have been performed at, amongst other venues, The National Theatre London, The Royal Court and Liverpool Playhouse.

As well as novelising his two televised "Doctor Who" novels he also wrote a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book and two novels based on Gangsters.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Gene Hunt himself from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes joined us for the Cult TV Festival Weekender 2007, and is back with us for our new event, CINEOLOGY 2010 ...


Philip has been a regular face on British television for many years. He was Phil in Roger Roger, Gunner Hobbs in Hornblower, James 'Mack' Mackintosh in Clocking Off, DCI William Bell in State of Play and DCI David Driscoll in Vincent.

Other guest roles on television series include Drop The Dead Donkey, Bergerac, The Detectives, Heartbeat, Blue Heaven, Love Hurts, Soldier Soldier, Silent Witness, Wycliffe, The Vice, and Sharpe’s Justice.

TV movies have included “Murder Being Done Once”, “Last Rights”, “The Stepfather”, “Byron”, “Lloyd and Hill”, “The Hunt”, “The Walk”, “True Love”, “The Other Boleyn Girl”, “Frontiers”, “Loved Up”, “Have Your Cake And Eat It”, the mini-series Island at War and 1998’s Vanity Fair. He was also the narrator of the Jamie Oliver Jamie’s Chef series.

Then came Life on Mars. As Gene Hunt, he created the ultimate cult anti-hero. In between times he has courted the big screen, too. In “Calendar Girls” he had one of only two decent male roles. “ID” was a police drama made in 1995, and “Tuesday” saw him again star alongside John Simm, which is a study of the battle between law and anarchy. Other films have included “The Perfect Blue”, “Kingdom of Heaven” and “London Kills Me”.

Philip was seen in Cranford, the BBC costume drama, plus ITV's short-run vampire series Demons, but of most note was the return of DCI Gene Hunt, this time coping with the world of the 1980s in Ashes to Ashes, this time set in London and now on its third and final season.

Philip is married to the actress Beth Goddard, living in London with their two daughters.

You can find out more about Philip's career at his official website, www.philip-glenister.com.

We were delighted that Philip agreed to come and join us for the 2007 Cult TV Festival Weekender in his first ever convention appearance, and even more thrilled that, subject to work commitments, he will be back with us for our new live venture, CINEOLOGY 2010, happening in September at the Pontin's Pakefield Resort near Lowestoft on the east coast of England.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The man who was Avon continues to act prolifically ...


Best known for playing the glacial computer genius Kerr Avon in Blake’s 7, Paul Darrow defined the amoral antihero. Motivated by personal gain and lacking true revolutionary zeal, Avon became increasingly paranoid after taking over as leader following the disappearance of the fanatical Blake.

Trained at RADA like his Blake’s 7 compatriot Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow has worked extensively in all aspects of the entertainment industry.

Beginning his television career playing Mr. Verity in the hospital drama Emergency-Ward 10, Paul’s links with Cult TV series go back to a guest appearance in The Saint episode The Gadic Collection. Since then he has played two roles in Doctor Who, appearing first as Captain Hawkins to Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in The Silurians, then as Tekker to Colin Baker’s Time Lord in the adventure Timelash.

Along with guest appearances in a wide range of comedies and dramas, he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in The Legend of Robin Hood, Oliver Bridewell in the psychological drama Maelstrom and George Parnell in Making News.

More recently he appeared as The Ghoul Master in Sky TV’s Goulashed, Gusset in The Gruesome Grannies of Gobshot Hall and C.D., the owner of a downmarket hotel, in Rob Grant’s surreal comedy The Strangerers.

A presenter of 2001’s Ghostwatch Live, which included mixed-media web-casts, Paul has since recorded the voices for numerous computer games. As a writer he has produced scripts and short stories, and written the novel Avon: A Terrible Aspect.

Having acted with most of Britain's leading repertory companies, including four seasons with the Bristol Old Vic, Paul has enjoyed an equally prolific career on stage. Amongst his numerous theatrical credits he has appeared as Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, Elvis Presley in Are You Lonesome Tonight? and Captain Vimes in an adaptation of Terry Prachett’s Guards! Guards!

Paul had a cameo role in the James Bond film "Die Another Day", and at one time had been involved in the planned Blake’s 7 revival.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The actor who played Andrew Forbes in The Tomorrow People joined us at Cult TV in 2007 ...


Nigel’s first acting job was for Southern TV in 1974 in Follow that Dog – he played Peter alongside Norman Rossington and Patsy Rowlands.

He also starred alongside Michael Palin in the Ripping Yarns story “The Curse of the Claw” (he was ‘Young Kevin’). Also during this period he starred in Roger Price’s You Can’t Be Serious, Rocking Horse Winner, When Santa Rode the Prairie for the BBC, with Willy Rushton and Victor Spinetti, and HTV’s Westway in 1976, set in a commune and also starring Sarah Sutton and Dean Lawrence.

Nigel joined the cast of The Tomorrow People at the age of 12, in Season Seven as Andrew Forbes, and stayed until the end of the series in 1979. His stories included “Castle of Fear”, “Achilles Heal”, “The Living Skins” and “War of The Empires”.

In the years that followed, Nigel embarked on following his passion of music and learned to play guitar and established his own band, Aerial Device.

Nigel has not completely given up his thirst for acting - he has continued to be an extra on my many television series including Strange (as seen on BBC 1 and SCI FI), and playing a CGI character in the children series Dinotopia.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Reservoir Dog who secured Vengeance Unlimited ...


Best-known as the cop-torturing wiseguy Mister Blond in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed film Reservoir Dogs versatile movie actor Michael Madsen made his name with the television audience starring in Vengeance Unlimited.

Madsen, who fans might also recognize from his role as Susan Sarandon's sympathetic boyfriend in Thelma and Louise, has acquired numerous other film credits. Some of his roles are as diverse as the movies in which he appears, ranging from family oriented films like "Free Willy" and its sequel "Free Willy 2: The Adventure", as well as the Western epic "Wyatt Earp", and the fantasy baseball flick "The Natural". Other films include "Species", "Species II", "The Maker", "Donnie Brasco", Mulholland Falls", "The Fly", "Man With A Gun", "The Winner", "The Getaway", "The Doors", "The End Of Innocence", "Fatal Instinct", and "Racing With The Moon".

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