Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke has been a stand-up comedian for over 15 years, and is the man behind the impressive Doctor Who homage “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf” theatre tours and radio specials.

On the acting front, television appearances include Holby City, Coronation Street, Casualty 1907, Shameless, Building The Titanic, The Forsyte Saga, and Phoenix Nights.

He has featured on several DVD commentaries for 2 Entertain as a moderator, prodding and prompting various Doctor Who luminaries from the early years of the show, as they make observations about the classic episodes they are watching. The Doctor Who range of DVDs features a wealth of extra material and some incredibly skilful restoration.

In the realm of DVD documentaries, Toby can be seen chatting to various actors from the Doctor Who release “Resurrection Of The Daleks”, which is only available as part of the “Revisitations 2” box set. It benefits from some candid chat from Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findley and William Sleigh.

He is also asked to go on the radio a lot to say amusing things. On three sustained stints covering several months, Toby deputised for regular host (and ‘Voice of the Daleks’) Nick Briggs as the voice of “The 7th Dimension” on BBC Radio 7 (now known as Radio 4 extra). He has been heard on “Loose Ends”, BBC GMR Live Election Coverage, “Late Night Currie”, Steven Nolan, Phil Williams, Richard Bacon, Anita Anand (all Five Live), “Spanking New” (BBC Radio 7), “Michelle Around Midnight” (guest and co-presenter, BBC GMR), “The Allan Beswick Show” (guest presenter, BBC GMR), “The Fred MacAulay Show” (BBC Radio Scotland), and Justin Moorehouse (Key 103).

He has the honour of being the resident compere at the multi-award winning “XS Malarkey” comedy club in Fallowfield, Manchester since 1997. He also hosts “New Stuff” at The Comedy Store in Manchester every fortnight, and filled a similar role at “The Limelight” comedy club in Crewe for a number of years. You can see him every Wednesday at “The 99 Club” in Leicester Square, but he doesn’t just play MC, and has headlined gigs nationwide.

He has performed regularly at “Robin Ince’s Book Club” and “Robin Ince’s School for Gifted Children”, appeared alongside Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Hattie Hayridge in the ‘improv’ tour “Totally Looped” and was one of “The Unbroadcastable Radio Show” topical sketch group at The Comedy Store every month between 2003-2009. He also does ‘after dinner’ speaking and TV Warm-Up.

Mad Norwegian Press is releasing a three volume trawl through the entire history of Doctor Who, which Toby has written with popular Doctor Who TV script and audio writer Robert Shearman. “Running Through Corridors” evolved throughout Doctor Who’s ‘gap year’ in 2009, and features the duo seeking to rediscover what they loved about a batty kids’ science fiction show, starting with the first two episodes on New Year’s Day, and culminating with David Tennant’s swansong exactly one year later. Volume One concentrated on the 1960s, and Volume Two, covering the 1970s, is due soon.

To conclude, here’s just a couple of pertinent quotes about Toby:

“Very, very funny” - The Guardian.

“Hadoke’s a charming, self-aware guide with a witty touch, eloquent about expressing his opinions - and especially forthright when getting swept away with his arguments” – Chortle.

Visit Toby’s website at www.tobyhadoke.com

Ian R Crane

An ex-oilfield executive, Ian lectures and writes on the geographical and political webs that are being spun worldwide, with particular focus on American global power plays and the agenda for control of global resources. Prior to his retirement from the corporate arena, Ian enjoyed a career of 25 years in telecommunications and international oilfield services, a career that provided the opportunity to live and work in the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East and Houston, Texas.

Ian R CraneOver the past eight years, Ian has given literally hundreds of presentations on the anomalies between the physical evidence and the official version of events for both 9/11 and the London Bombings of 7/7.

More recently, Ian has focused his efforts on raising awareness of Codex Alimentarius - the United Nations agenda to eradicate organic farming and to destroy the complementary and alternative healthcare industry – actions seemingly far-fetched and counter-productive, until you investigate the evidence and realise that truth really is much stranger than any fiction!

Ian has on occasion used Peter Finch’s impassioned speech as newsman Howard Beale from the 1976 film “Network” to reflect the nature of the present media – the scene is more powerful nearly 35 years after its production than it was at the time. He has also noted that last year’s Torchwood special “Children of Earth” may have a few unexpected real-world facts at its core.  He will be expanding on other connections within the "Fact from Fiction" seminars at CINEOLOGY 2010, happening at the Pontin's Pakefield Resort, Lowestoft, this September.

Ian says: “If you call me a conspiracy theorist, at least have the good grace to review the evidence with me”.

Find our more about Ian and his work at www.ianrcrane.co.uk

Lex Shrapnel

Winner of the 2009 Cult TV Award for ‘Breakthrough Performance’ for his portrayal of Jamie Cartwright in the updated Minder for five, Lex Shrapnel first appeared in the movie “K-19” with Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford.

Since then Lex has appeared in numerous roles including the low budget British film “Nine Lives” with Paris Hilton, “Minotaur” with Tom Hardy and Lucy Brown (of Primeval fame), “Flyboys” - a drama about the first US squadron of fighter pilots in the First World War, the Oscar nominated short film “The Tonto Woman”, and most notably to Cult TV fans, as John Tracy in the ill-fated 2004 “Thunderbirds” movie.

Lex ShrapnelHis TV credits include the ITV drama “Beneath the Skin”, “The Last Detective” and as the unfortunate Captain Lawrence in “Sharpe’s Challenge”.

On stage Lex has appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” at Chichester, “King Lear” at the Almeida theatre in London, and “Hamlet” at Birmingham Rep and the Edinburgh Festival. More recently he was a member of the multi-award winning Histories cycle with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Michael Boyd this involved the same group of actors performing all eight of Shakespeare’s History plays – “Richard II”, “Henry IV” parts 1 & 2, “Henry V”, “Henry VI” parts 1, 2 & 3 and “Richard III” – over a two year period. Lex appeared in seven of the eight plays.

It was his performance as Hotspur in “Henry IV” part 1 which brought him to the attention of the Minder producers, who then offered him the role of the honest but troubled cabbie Jamie Cartwright.

In 2009 Lex appeared at Birmingham Rep in “Serious Money” – a play written in the 1980s about greed and corruption in the London Stock Market. He has just finished recording three different audio dramas for Big Finish – a Sherlock Holmes adventure – “Holmes and the Ripper” with Cult TV favourite Nick Briggs as the eponymous detective, a Doctor Who Companion Chronicles story “The Shadows of the Past” with another former Cult TV star guest Caroline John, and a Jago and Litefoot story which features two characters from Tom Baker adventure “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.

Lex is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is the son of veteran actor John Shrapnel, and the grandson of Deborah Kerr.

Andy Thomas

Andy is a leading researcher into unexplained mysteries and a campaigner for liberty and truth issues. He is author of many books, including “Vital Signs”, described by many as the definitive guide to the controversial crop circle phenomenon.

Andy ThomasHis new book, “The Truth Agenda”, attempts to make sense of the complex tapestry of issues surrounding global cover-ups and metaphysical mysteries in an illuminating and accessible guide. Why do so many people now believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the evidence to support them? Why is there so much speculation on prophecies, ancient and modern, for the year 2012? Why is there such huge but officially undeclared interest in paranormal phenomena from authorities and religions? How does this fit together and explain the growing programme of control and the 'New World Order'?

“The Truth Agenda” gathers the many threads, from 9/11 to NASA, from UFOs to psychics, in a refreshingly accessible 380-page guide, addressing the issues with illuminating analysis and full colour presentation.

Andy widely writes and lectures in England and abroad, and is also a publisher under the banner Vital Signs Publishing (including Geoff Stray’s seminal “Beyond 2012”). He organises events for the Changing Times group, which acts simultaneously as the Lewes (East Sussex) branch of the 9/11 Truth Campaign.

He is also co-organiser and presenter of the annual Glastonbury Symposium, one of the UK’s longest running ‘alternative’ events – 20 years strong - get details of this year’s conference at www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk

Andy Thomas - The Truth AgendaAndy has featured on numerous TV and radio shows around the world, including Richard and Judy, GMTV, Esther and The One Show, as well as appearing on Edge Media TV’s On The Edge.

A self-confessed Doctor Who fan, he believes his attention to detail and investigative nature came from his childhood interest in that programme, and wanting to know more than what was presented onscreen. The discipline to properly appreciate a series is all you need to separate truth from fiction in both the world around us and what we are presented in the media, and via our favourite fictional television shows. 

Andy will be a guest speaker in the “Facts from Fiction” seminars at Cineology 2010, to be held in September at the Pontin’s Pakefield Resort, Lowestoft.

Find out more about Andy and his work at www.vitalsignspublishing.co.uk

Kenneth Rock

Founder of The British Society of Comedy Writers ...

 

A freelance scriptwriter, lecturer and consultant, Ken Rock is a founder member of The British Society of Comedy Writers.

Over the course of his career he has contributed to numerous comedy shows including The Two Ronnies, The Dick Emery Show, Dave Allen at Large, Naked Video and The Brian Conley Show. Comedians who have benefited from his material include Bob Monkhouse, Ken Dodd, Joan Rivers Don Maclean, Roy Hudd and Jeff Stevenson.

In 1989 Ken became the first person from Western Europe to sell comedy material to Czechoslovakian television. This is in addition to the numerous contributions he made to comedy programmes across Europe, Scandinavia and Canada.

As well as writing comedy Ken has organised lectures and comedy-writing workshops all over the world. The first person to run comedy workshops for Nelonen Television in Finland and for African writers in Zimbabwe, Ken is the first Englishman to run such workshops in South Africa.

More recently he has been involved in a Bollywood project and written a one man show for Tom Owen, the son of the late Bill Owen.

Ken has been a guest at the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 Cult TV Festivals.

 

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