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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

A writer whose work includes voyages into the Blake's 7, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica universes joined us at Cult TV in 2007 ...

 

James Swallow is an author, scriptwriter and journalist.

His writing includes the Sundowners series of ‘steampunk’ Westerns (“Ghost Town”, “Underworld”, “Iron Dragon” and “Showdown”), “Jade Dragon”, “The Butterfly Effect”, and fiction in the worlds of Doctor Who (“Peacemaker”, “Dalek Empire”, “Destination Prague”, “Snapshots”), Star Trek (“Distant Shores”, “The Sky’s The Limit”, “Shards and Shadows”, “Day of the Vipers”), Stargate (“Halcyon”, “Relativity”), 2000AD (“Eclipse”, “Whiteout”, “Blood Relative”) and Warhammer 40,000 (“The Flight of the Eisenstein”, “Faith & Fire”, “Deus Encarmine”, “Deus Sanguinius”, “What Price Victory”).

His short fiction appears in “Inferno!”, “Stargate: The Official Magazine” and several anthologies, including “Silent Night”, “Something Changed” and “Collected Works”. His non-fiction work features the critically acclaimed “Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher”, and he was a contributing writer on “Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Videogames”.

Jim's other credits include writing for the television series Star Trek: Voyager – he remains the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek television show – and radio drama for Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Judge Dredd and Space: 1889. In the videogames industry, he has written for several high-profile projects, including Battlestar Galactica, the “Killzone” series, Star Trek: Invasion and Maelstrom.

We were delighted that Jim agreed to join us for the 2007 Cult TV Weekender in Oxfordshire.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Scott Jordan from The Fantastic Journey and Peter Preston in Star Trek joined us for Cult TV in 2007 ...

 

Ike Eisenmann (who is now known as Iake Eissinmann) was born in 1962 in Houston, Texas. His first acting role was as a guest star in Gunsmoke in 1972, and he would play two further parts on this show in 1973 and 1974. Other early appearances included episodes of Mannix, Kung Fu, Emergency!, S.W.A.T. and Doc Elliot.

It was in 1975 that he made a huge impact, with Disney's “Escape to Witch Mountain”, where he played Tony Malone, a role he was to reprise in the 1978 sequel “Return to Witch Mountain”. Ike starred alongside screen icons Ray Milland, Donald Pleasence, Christopher Lee and Bette Davis in these films

There were three other roles for Ike within The Wonderful World of Disney, with him featuring in “The Sky’s The Limit”, “Kit Carson and The Mountain Men” and “Shadow of Fear”.

Star Trek fans will know that Ike featured in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” as Peter Preston, Mr Scott’s ill-fated nephew.

He was also one of the stars of the cult television series The Fantastic Journey, playing Scott Jordan, in what has become a fondly-remembered series that also featured Jared Martin (‘Harrison Blackwood’ from the TV series version of War of the Worlds), the stunning Katie Saylor, and cult icon Roddy McDowell.

Other TV roles have included Doctors’ Hospital, Little House on the Prairie, Police Woman, Eight Is Enough, CHiPs, The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Fantasy Island, The Jeffersons, TJ Hooker, Enos, Buchanan High and Voyagers!. He was also the voice of Cub Jones in Ring Raiders, as well as Nick in Challenge of The GoBots, and provided various voices for Dino Riders.

TV movies featuring Ike include ”My Dad Lives in a Downtown Hotel”, “The Kansas City Massacre”, “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon”, “Banjo Hackett: Roamin’ Free”, “The Winged Colt”, “The Bastard”, “Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell”, “The Revenge of the Savage Bees”, “A Special Gift”, “Dreams Don’t Die”, and the 1978 TV mini-series of “Black Beauty”.

Other big screen movie appearances include “The Sky’s The Limit”, “The Formula”, “Cross Creek”, " Tom and Huck" and “Some Kind of Wonderful”.

Though acting is no longer his primary vocation, Ike is still involved in the film and TV industry. Since 1987, he has moved behind the camera and is primarily a producer, sound designer and vocal performer, working on such films as “Man of the House”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “Powder”, “American Beauty”, “Shrek”, and “Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion”.

One of Ike's recent projects has been “The Blair Witch Mountain Project”, a spoof of the “Blair Witch Project”, and “Tugger”, an animated children's cartoon, as well as providing a commentary for the DVD release of the "Witch Mountain" films.

Ike met and married his wife, Alex, in 1993. She is a writer from Palm Springs, California, and worked with Ike on the script and production of a short film called “Single Family Dwelling”, which premiered in 1999.

Ike is currently in production behind the scenes on several major projects and operates as Chief Executive at Mighty Mojo Studios. Some of Ike's upcoming credits include directing the "Mystery of ..." children's series to be released in the Summer of 2007, Co-Producer of "Cartoon Explosions", and Director/Co-Producer on "Finder's Keepers", an animated feature to be released in 2008. You can find out more by visiting the Mighty Mojo Studios website at www.mightymojostudios.com.

Ike has always liked Science Fiction. You can find out more about him and his career at THE OFFICIAL IKE EISENMANN WEBSITE.

We were delighted that Ike agreed to join us for the Cult TV Festival Weekender in 2007.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Jessica in the TV series Logan's Run and Louisa von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" joined us for Cult TV 2007 ...

 

Heather Menzies Urich starred in the Cult TV series Logan’s Run as Jessica – the series was a follow-on from the movie of the same name.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Heather moved to California via Florida at the age of 11. Insisting on attending acting school, she enrolled at the Falcon Studio’s University of the Arts in Hollywood. Her first professional role was at the age of 13 in an episode of My Three Sons. Directly after that Heather auditioned for and won the role of 'Louisa von Trapp' in “The Sound of Music”.

Heather then appeared in the epic drama “Hawaii”, again with Julie Andrews, and at the age of 16, travelled across the country to star in the Broadway play “We have always lived in the Castle” with Shirley Knight. The production opened at the National Theater in Washington DC and enjoyed a lengthy run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City. Subsequent movie roles included “How Sweet It Is”, “Hail, Hero!”, “Red, White and Busted”, and an uncredited role in 1969 version of “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes”.

Heather guest starred in many television series throughout the 1970s and 1980s and did several television pilots (The Keegans and Man in the Middle) and movies for television including “Tail Gunner Joe” with Peter Boyle and “The James Dean Story” with Michael Brandon and Amy Irving. She starred in the popular cult favourite “Sssssss” with Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict, as Kristina Stoner, the mad scientist’s loyal daughter.

Following Logan’s Run, Heather co-starred in the cult movie “Piranha” with Bradford Dillman, as well as the 1979 TV movie version of Captain America with Reb Brown as the hero.

Among the numerous TV shows Heather did guest appearances on are Alias Smith and Jones, The Farmer's Daughter, Dragnet, Marcus Welby, M.D., The High Chaparral, To Rome With Love, The Love Boat, TJ Hooker, Bonanza, S.W.A.T., The Bob Newhart Show, Barnaby Jones, Gavilan and Love, American Style.

Heather met her late husband, Robert Urich, acting with him in a Libby’s Corned Beef Hash Commercial. Heather guest starred in many series with Robert over the years, including three episodes of Vega$ and one of Spenser: For Hire. She had a small role in the SF thriller "Endangered Species" alongside him in 1982.

The couple co-starred in theatrical productions including “The Hasty Heart”, a production at the Burt Reynolds Playhouse in Jupiter, Florida. The play achieved substantial acclaim including a run at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC with President and Mrs Ronald Reagan in attendance.

Heather lives in Los Angeles with her three children - Ryan, Emily and Alison. She works tirelessly with the Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

We were delighted that Heather agreed to join us for her first ever UK convention appearance, at the Cult TV Festival Weekender in 2007.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Co-creator and writer of T-Bag, and writer and producer of The Tomorrow People joined us for Cult TV 2007 courtesy of Fantom Films ...

 

Grant was born in Motherwell, Scotland. His first important achievement came at the age of 18 when he co-wrote, produced and directed an epic-scale period fantasy film, "Jack Snell". Hailed by the Glasgow Evening Times as a triumph it received screenings at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Originally intending to pursue a career as a director, Grant gained a place on the three-year Actors’ Course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating with a Diploma in Dramatic Art and the Award for Special Merit in Acting. It was here that Grant formed a writer/performer double act with Alex Bartlette. Together they won the BBC Muriel Finlayson Award for Scriptwriting – an interest which they had developed during their time at Drama School.

For the following six or seven years, Grant balanced his career as a busy actor with occasional writing commissions.

He starred in the BBC TV 13-part prime time drama, Jury - a performance which won him much praise. Grant also landed the title role in Mick Gold’s film biopic of "Egon Schiele", playing alongside David Suchet. There followed seasons at the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Northcott Theatre, Exeter - where as well as appearing in "Hamlet" and Thomas Hardy’s "The Dynasts", Grant also composed and performed the music.

A production of his Comedy Musical "A Buckskin Bag of Gold" was mounted at the Exeter Northcott Theatre. He performed opposite Kenneth Branagh in Julian Mitchell’s play "Francis" at the Greenwich Theatre, London, then joined The Royal Shakespeare Company for one year, appearing in Terry Hands’ production of "Troilus and Cressida" and Solzhenitsyn’s "The Love Girl and The Innocent".

After that he worked for a while on the London Fringe, winning rave reviews in numerous Shakespeare comedy roles – Puck, Biondello, and Launcelot Gobbo.

As a writer, Grant’s earliest success (aged just 22) was a one-hour play produced by Tom Kinninmont for BBC Radio 4 - a comedy called "Moonlight and Aspirins", it starred Miriam Margolyes, Rupert Frazer and David Hayman.

He then contributed material to a TV sketch show, which led him to collaborate with Children’s TV writer Lee Pressman. Together they created and wrote all 94 episodes of the cult kids’ comedy T-Bag. One of ITV’s most popular shows of the 1980s, it ran for almost a decade. Pressman and Cathro went on to create a run of original and hugely successful children’s TV series – a diverse body of work including long-running sitcoms (Spatz, Mike & Angelo, Cone Zone) SF action/adventure (Delta Wave, The Tomorrow People) and popular family dramas. Their 100-minute film screenplay "B&B", starring Kevin Whately, Jan Ravens, Joanna Kanska, Katy Murphy and Ian McNeice, met with great critical acclaim and won them a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award.

Grant went on to appear as an actor in a succession of mainstream television dramas including Taggart and Love Hurts - starring Zoe Wannamaker and Adam Faith.

In the late 1990s, Grant re-established his writer/performer relationship with Alex Bartlette. Together they wrote a film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet" for Channel 4 and co-wrote a further five series of ITV’s longest-running children’s sitcom Mike & Angelo.

Grant and Alex wrote, co-produced and starred in a 60-minute SF comedy "The Light Fantastic" alongside Peter Capaldi and Phillida Law. They also wrote scripts for the multi award-winning hit Microsoap (Disney/BBC), ITV’s family-drama series Snap, and the pop-band comedy Star Street.

In 2003 Grant Cathro and Alex Bartlette wrote all the scripts and starred in their own late-night comedy series "Something Or Other", which aired on BBC Radio 4.

With an astounding 350-plus scripts to his credit, Grant has been working as a solo writer for the past two or three years. Grant is currently Head Writer of Genie In The House, a 52-episode fantasy sitcom which has quickly established itself as one of Nickeodeon’s top-rated shows.

Also in 2007 Grant has been commissioned by Trudie Styler of Xingu Films to write a feature film screenplay based on Joshua Doder’s book "A Dog Called Grk".

Grant appeared at the 2007 Cult TV Festival Weekender courtesy of Fantom Films, to celebrate their release of the T-Bag Reunion DVD.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Tabatha in T-Bag and Jean in Budgie joined us at Cult TV 2007 courtesy of Fantom Films ...

 

Georgina Hale is am iconic actress, having appeared in numerous films including many directed by Ken Russell ("Mahler" and "The Devils", as well as in-joke cameos in "Lisztomania" and "Valentino"). Add to these her performance in the Twiggy musical "The Boyfriend" (alongside Glenda Jackson) and her reputation for superb performances was sealed.

She first came to national recognition in the TV series Budgie, playing the leading role of Jean, alongside Adam Faith’s title character. Before that, her TV career began with a small part in a BBC Wednesday Play in 1966, “Way Off Beat”, which led on to guest roles in such series as Special Branch, Public Eye, Detective, Virgin of the Secret Service and Menace.

Other subsequent TV series appearances have included the starring role of Tabatha Bag in T-Bag, Daisy K in the 1988 Doctor Who story “The Happiness Patrol”, plus The Protectors, One Foot In The Grave, Upstairs, Downstairs, Yes, Honestly, Minder, Hammer House of Horror, Murder Most Horrid, Boon, The Lady Killers, Casualty, The Detectives, The Bill, Murder Investigation Team, Emmerdale, and the 1976 TV movie “Voyage of the Damned”.

Georgina won the BAFTA for Outstanding Newcomer for her role as Alma Mahler in Ken Russell’s "Mahler" in 1975. Other films during her career include "Sweeney 2" (1978), "The World is Full of Married Men" (1979), "The Watcher In The Woods" (1980), "McVicar" (1980), "Castaway" (1986), "Beyond Bedlam" (1993), "Preaching to the Perverted" (1997), "Photo Finish" (2003), and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont" (2005).

The film “Butley” (1976), was written by Simon Gray, and Georgina continued her connection with this writer, performing in many of his stage plays, which were filmed and shown on TV, such as "Only Make Believe", "Electra", "Plaintiffs And Defendants", "Two Sundays" and "The Seagull".

She has had many theatre roles over the years, many of them for the Glasgow Citizens Company such as "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1991), "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" (1994), "Britannicus" (2002) and "The Cherry Orchard" (2002). Other plays include "Life Support" (1997, The Aldwych, London), "The Guardsman" (2000, National Tour) and "Semi-Monde" (2001, The Lyric Theatre, London).

Georgina appeared at the Cult TV Festival Weekender 2007 courtesy of Fantom Films, to celebrate the release of their T-Bag Reunion DVD.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Researcher and writer ...

 

Gareth Owen graduated from Bangor University in 1994 with a Honours Degree in Applied Physics. He wondered what he might do ... perhaps some top job in nuclear research, or become an academic postulating mind boggling theories. But no, instead he took the next logical step and entered the film industry. Doesn't everyone?

After organising British Film Day in April 1994 at Pinewood, within two months of graduation the studio was to become his new home from home.

He set up a small production company, and served as Executive Producer on acclaimed comedy (i.e., no one ever saw it) A Fistful Of Fingers. He has since found greater success in writing. In 2000 his official history of Pinewood Studios, The Pinewood Story, was published. It was swiftly followed by a biography of special effects genius Albert J Luxford The Gimmick Man, and Roger Moore's career biography, fittingly entitled Roger Moore: His Films And Career. A couple of other projects are underway, along with writing for industry periodical British Film & TV Production Magazine.

He considers himself an expert on all things James Bond and can bore for England on British comedy films.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The principal female voice artiste in Captain Scarlet, presenter of Finding Out and co-star of The District Nurse...

 

Liz Morgan was the principal female voice artist for Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons, lending her vocal talents to the French ‘Destiny Angel’ and resident Sloane ‘Rhapsody Angel’, as well as ‘Harmony Angel’ in early stories, before Lian Shin took on the role a dozen episodes into production. Liz also voiced Dorina Cordova in the Joe 90 episode “Viva Cordova”.

At the time of the production of Captain Scarlet, Liz was the presenter of ITV schools programme Finding Out. She starred in The Old Devils for BBC Wales, was District Nurse Joanna in two seasons of ITV’s We Are Seven, Mrs Prosser-Davies in The District Nurse, and Joyce in the LWT comedy The Two of Us.

Other guest roles include Public Eye, The Wednesday Play, Dad’s Army, The Dick Emery Show, Dixon of Dock Green, Softly Softly, The Befrienders, Are You Being Served?, Terry and June, Angels, Fair Ground, Maybury, Mapp & Lucia, and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.

Other television productions include the TV movie “Headhunters” and the mini series Ransom For A Pretty Girl and To Have And To Hold.

Liz appeared in a story from The Magnificent Six and a Half – “A Good Deed In Time”, a children’s cinema series from Harry Booth (who would go on to use some of the cast and the same style of production for Here Come The Double Deckers!), as well as “Ballet Shoes” alongside Angela Thorne and Barbara Lott, and appeared briefly as Christina in “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed”.

Liz continues to take on various roles, including radio comedy and dramas, theatre and TV, including new animations Captain Sabertooth, and Snow Children.

Liz was born in Llanelli and has performed at the National Theatre and provincial venues, notably the Sherman Theatre Cardiff and Theatre Clwyd, plus several tours in the USA with her own one-woman plays. She has worked extensively in radio, particularly with the BBC Radio Drama Company, and recorded “Under Milk Wood” with Sir Anthony Hopkins. Recently she played Caitlin in a new play about Dylan Thomas at the Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea.

She has written 26 performed plays for BBC Radio 4, several short stories and four television plays, and wrote and appeared in the 1994 sit-com pilot Sisters Three. A regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, she is now working on a sequel to her book, “Can We Afford The Bidet?” (Queen Anne Press), a guide to setting up a house in France. Her first novel “The Girl On The Promenade”, was published in 2003.

A devoted Francophile, she spends half the year at her home in the South of France, easily recognisable by the Welsh flag 'Y Ddraig Goch', which flutters from the balcony.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Lofty in It Ain't Half Hot, Mum ...

 

Don Estelle was born in Manchester, and spent his early years there until, during World War II, he was evacuated to Darwen, near Blackburn, Lancashire. It was here that the young Don found his voice as a boy soprano at Holy Trinity Church (known today as St Peter's, Darwen). He was lucky enough to have the guidance and tuition of the prominent church musician, Sydney Nicholson.

The end of the war found Don back in Manchester, where he continued his valuable church experience at St Mary's Church, Crumpsall. The choir master and organist Mr Middleton continued Sydney Nicholson's sterling work by helping Don to maintain his musical studies which were given a further boost when he met Mrs Vaughan-Williams, a relative of the great composer, who taught him voice training for some years. This solid basis inspired the confidence required for Don to continue with an artistic career.

His first stage experience was with a local charity group, The Manchester Kentucky Minstrels. This led to a solo career on the North of England Club circuit - a renowned tough circuit for any aspiring artiste - during which time he met Windsor Davies. They teamed up to together with a double act, and played all the top clubs and theatres thoughout the UK for the next four years.

Don's short physical stature was to deny him the lead in romantic roles. Thus, he turned to comedy as a way to have his talent as a singer noticed. He was fortunate to meet Arthur Lowe at Granada TV who suggested he contact David Croft, the producer of the BBC's Dad's Army. Don was asked to play a Pickford's removal man delivering a 13 pounder naval gun to the Platoon, and from there the comedy career had started. When David Croft and Jimmy Perry went on to develop the series It Ain't Half Hot Mum their natural choice for the role of Gunner "Lofty" Sugden was Don Estelle.

The programme ran for eight years and brought the release, by EMI, of a cast album of the show. The ensuing single 'Whispering Grass', featuring Don and Windsor Davies soared to Number 1 in the BBC charts and remained in the hit parade for three months. To date it has sold well over one million copies. Don and Windsor's album Sing Lofty, also on the EMI label, sold over 80,000 copies and made the top ten, re-released on the 'Music for Pleasure' label it has sold a further 250,000 copies making it one of EMI's top twenty selling regular albums.

Never an artiste to rest on his laurels he continued to perform regularly around the world, from the UK to New Zealand, Australia and beyond. In 1999 he launched his autobiography 'Thoughts of a Gemini,' and started another recording venture, a reworking on CD of the classic Laurel and Hardy movie song 'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' featuring Rochdale's very own Liberal personality Sir Cyril Smith. TV audiences also saw Don the actor in his cameo role in the award winning series The League of Gentlemen.

Don died in August 2003, aged 70. He had been a guest, and star of the cabaret, at Cult TV 2002. Further information about him can be found at his website www.donestelle.co.uk

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The actor behind Starbuck and Face, and a guest at Cult TV 2002...

 

Dirk Benedict was born on 1st March 1945, in Helena, Montana, Dirk Niewoehner grew up in White Sulphur Springs. With no cinemas or television, he learnt to hunt, fish and enjoy sport, particularly American football. He was elected to the All-State Football team in his senior year at High School, in addition to having his own Dixieland Dance band (he played the trombone).

Gaining a football scholarship to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, he got acting bug by accident. He was dared by his friends to audition for the spring musical Showboat and landed the lead role, Gaylord Ravenal. He fell in love with the stage and, once he graduated with a degree in music, decided to pursue an acting career. He underwent a two year course at Meadowbrook Theatre in Detroit, under John Fernald, who had been the Principal at RADA for 15 years. As soon as he finished the course, he was offered a job in Fernald's Repertory Company, and the next few years were taken up with various Repertory gigs, filling in with other plays and musicals when he was between seasons.

Dirk's stage career took him to New York and inevitably Broadway. Shortly after arriving he landed a role in Abelard and Heloise, playing opposite Keith Michel and Diana Rigg. He also played the lead in Butterflies Are Free, with the late Gloria Swanson playing his mother. Their mother/son relationship developed off the stage too, and Ms Swanson shared her dietary secrets for health and long life with him.

Once Butterflies Are Free finished on Broadway, Dirk accepted an offer to do the play in Hawaii, with Barbara Rush. Whilst there, he had a guest role in Hawaii Five-O - his first TV role. Shortly afterwards he was given the role of Gil Foley, the lead in Aaron Spelling's Chopper One, which was cancelled after one season.

He then left the acting profession for nearly three years. During this time he fought his own private battle, with prostate cancer. He treated this with a macrobiotic diet, a regime that he still follows to this day.

On his return to acting, he toured the East Coast in Li'l Abner with Lucy Arnaz, and in 1978 Glen Larson offered him the starring role of Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica. This propelled him into the spotlight and from there he progressed to his other well-known role, Templeton "The Faceman" Peck in The A Team, which ran from 1983-87.

Dirk has had several guest appearances on television, including, Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Charlie's Angels, Baywatch, The Love Boat, "mazing Stories, Walker - Texas Ranger and Hotel, to name but a few.

His film career started in 1972 with Georgia, Georgia, where he starred alongside the late Diana Sands. His next film was a psycho-thriller, SSSSS, in which he was turned into a king cobra. He followed this, in 1974, with W, in which he had a starring role opposite Twiggy, in her first American film. Since then, he has starred in numerous films including, Alaska, Shadow Force, Underground Aces, Trenchcoat in Paradise, Blue Tornadoes, Abduction of Innocence, Scruples, Mark of the Devil, and Zork, Grand Inquisitor. He also directed Christina's Dream (1994).

In addition to acting and directing, Dirk is a renowned author. His first book, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, published in 1991, chronicles his journey from Montana to Hollywood, including his fight with cancer. His second book And Then We Went Fishing is the true story of becoming, and losing, a Father. His third book, Montana Memoirs: Notes from a Dangerous Wordsmith, will be a collection of short stories covering his childhood in Montana. He has also written two original stage plays, Puppy Dog Tales and Acting Becomes Her, as well as several screenplays. He has directed his own screenplay, in Cahoots.

Dirk lives in Montana with his two sons, George and Roland, and he maintains that the greatest role he has ever played is that of "Dad".

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Programme consultant and writer ...

 

Spending his formative years working in a variety of odd jobs to gather the varied experiences essential to a creative writer, since 1979 Dick Fiddy has devoted his professional career to television.

As a researcher and archivist he was responsible for the Channel 4 specials The A to Z of TV and 1001 Nights of TV and was a consultant and writer for the 13-part series TV Heaven.

Contributing sketches to Not the Nine O’Clock News, and Spitting Image, he was one of four writers on the Channel 4 sitcom Little Armadillos. In partnership with Mark Wallington he created The Ballad of Johnny Vanguard and the six-part All Night Long.

After writing and developing an audio/visual history of British television for the BFI’s Museum of the Moving Image he has been a consultant programmer for the National Film Theatre, collaborating on their seasons of classic film and television.

One of the founders of Primetime: The Television Magazine, Dick has written numerous books including So You’re the Famous Simon Templar, Television: An Introductory Guide to its History, and Missing, Believed Wiped which details the programmes missing from British television archives.

He is currently writing a book about Television in the 1960s.

 

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