Shaun O'Riordan

Producer and director of Sapphire & Steel ...

 

Known as an outstanding producer and director, first of television comedy then atmospheric suspense dramas, Shaun O'Riordan began his career as an actor.

Having studied at the Old Vic Theatre School where he specialised in Shakespearean comedies, Shaun began his televison career as one of the repertory players in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene, appearing in a variety of roles over successive episodes.

After playing Eddie, the dim-witted but enthusiastic son of Peggy Mount and David Kossoff's Ada and Alf for four years in the popular comedy The Larkins, he moved behind the camera gaining experience as a technician and religious programme director before becoming a fully fledged director.

From working on the hospital drama Emergency - Ward 10, Shaun directed Charlie Drake's 1965 comedy series The Worker and the Six Of The Best episode "Me And My Big Mouth" starring Alfie Bass and Peter Bowles. He reteamed with Peggy Mount, directing George and the Dragon, starring Sid James and John Le Mesurier, then in John Browne's Body and Lollipop Loves Mr Mole, written for her and Hugh Lloyd by Dad’s Army co-writer Jimmy Perry.

Producer of Goodbye Again, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's follow-up to Not Only... But Also, Shaun produced and directed the sitcom Girls About Town starring Play School's Julie Stevens, The Best Things in Life featuring Harry H Corbett as a cockney spiv and June Whitfield as his fiancée Mabel, and The Squirrels, Eric Chappell's first sitcom prior to Rising Damp.

Moving away from comedy, in the 1970s Shaun directed seven plays in ITV's Thriller series as well as working on Scorpion Tales. He produced the children's serials No Place to Hide and Come Back Lucy which eventually led to his involvement on P J Hammond's Sapphire and Steel which effectively married the two genres.

Suggesting Joanna Lumley and David McCallum play the title roles, Shaun produced all six adventures in the series and shared the directing duties with David Foster, effectively creating the sense of menace and unease that pervaded the studio-bound drama.

 

PJ Hammond

Detective writer in his element with Sapphire & Steel ...

 

Best known as the creator of Sapphire & Steel, Peter J Hammond studied art at Hammersmith School of Arts and Crafts, drama at Goldsmiths College, and wrote several radio plays for the BBC before breaking into television.

First commissioned to write the play "Four Way Incident" for Thirty Minute Theatre, he wrote all six episodes of the children’s thriller Ramshackle Road for BBC Bristol. Eventually joining the BBC as a script editor, Peter worked on the police drama Z Cars, when the programme ran bi-weekly, before leaving to write full time.

During the 1970s, as well as writing for Thames Television's daytime series Couples and the nursing drama Angels, he scripted episodes for numerous police series including Z Cars, The Sweeney, Hunter’s Walk, Target and Manhunt. He also wrote for the prison drama Within These Walls, Crown Court, and the The Professionals using the pseudonym James McAteer.

After dramatising of Arthur Morrison's Victorian novel "The Hole in the Wall" and writing for Thames' successful children's adventure Ace of Wands, Peter set out to create a fantasy show of his own. Wanting to write a detective story that incorporated the notion of time he came up with Sapphire & Steel. Initially designed as a one-off half-hour drama for children, the series was developed for a family audience. Running for six stories between 1979 and 1982, the series starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as mysterious elemental beings repairing rifts in Time through which malignant forces enter the everyday world.

After Sapphire & Steel finished with an enigmatic cliff-hanger, Peter tried his hand at comedy with the 1984 BBC series Lame Ducks starring John Duttine. In later years, with the exception of an episode for Sky One’s science fiction series Space Island One, he returned to mainstream dramas writing for The Bill when it was in a half-hour format, two EastEnders specials, Dangerfield and HTV’s Wycliffe.

Since 1999 he has been writing for ITV's popular Midsommer Murders, created for television by Anthony Horowitz and starring John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby.

 

Peter Vaughan Clarke

Stephen from the original Tomorrow People joined us for Cult TV 2005, courtesy of Fantom Films ...

 

Peter Vaughan Clarke is most famous for taking the role of Stephen in the first four seasons of the Thames TV cult classic The Tomorrow People.

Born in 1957, is first television appearance was in a Marmite commercial in 1972, and he then went on to play Ronnie Page in Dora for London Weekend TV. He appeared in the film "A Touch of Class" in 1973. He also featured in the pantomime "Peter Pan" with Lulu, where she gave him the nickname 'PVC'.

Peter played Jamie in The Duchess of Duke Street episode "The Bargain" in 1976. Later in his career he featured as the rent boy Pierre in the film "The Stud", and played Fred in the Shoestring episode "The Mayfly Dame" in 1980.

PVC now works as a chief electrician in a major West End theatre, working on various musical productions. He recently returned to play Stephen Jameson in two Big Finish CD audio plays of The Tomorrow People. Peter's appearance at Cult TV 2005 was made possible thanks to Fantom Films.

 

Philip Brodie

Vivian 'Jaws' Wright from Dream Team and Travis in Blake's Junction 7 joined us for Cult TV 2005 ...

 

The Cult TV Festival was lucky enough in 2004 to screen the highly regarded short film Blake’s Junction 7, directed by Ben Gregor. Amongst the star-studded cast, there was a murmur of recognition during the screening from the Sky One viewers when the character of 'Travis' appeared. Actor Philip Brodie, taking on the role of Servalan’s head henchman, is a regular on Dream Team.

As Harchester United's shot-stopper, Vivian 'Jaws' Wright became the latest keeper to sport the fictional club's number one shirt – he had originally been brought in due to a player crisis at the club. Jaws has a history of violence both on and off the pitch, and was coming back to play after a lengthy ban. He does not suffer fools gladly, and is extremely obsessive-compulsive. His wife Chelsea soon can't put up with him any more, which leads Jaws to some extreme actions.

The role of an unhinged character is always difficult to carry off, but as Jaws comes to terms with his marriage break-up, finally ending up as caretaker manager of Harchester and shouldering the responsibility that this entails, Philip Brodie rises to the challenge impeccably.

A native of Canterbury in Kent, Philip trained at Dartington College, Devon, qualifying with an Honours Degree in Theatre. His television appearances include Jaak in My Family (episode "Sixty Feet Under"), Robbie in a Tom Clegg-directed episode of Adventure Inc ("The Search For Arthur"), a Paramedic in Absolutely Fabulous, a reporter in My Hero, and Bruce Reynolds in Days That Shook The World ("The Great Train Robbery").

He also was also one of the performers in Mike Agnew’s Sack Race for the BBC in 2004, which saw Joseph Glavey and Laura Solon starting new jobs with the challenge to get sacked as near to 3.00pm on their first day as possible. Hidden cameras follow their progress. He was also involved in the pilots for Shoreditch Tw*t and Semi-Detatched. Philip will shortly be seen in There’s a German on my Sunbed, a series of six half hour comedies for ITV1, and as Colin Kay in Broken News, a half hour comedy series due in the Autumn on BBC2.

Theatre credits include "Waiting For Godot", "Bouncers", "Spooks", "Up 'n' Under", "Bandits", "Polar Bears", "The Legendary Polowski Murders", "Muscle", "West", and "Taylor Made Love".

Philip also featured in Simon Messingham’s short, "The Truth Behind The Facts". In his spare time, Philip writes and performs comedy.

We were delighted that Philip agreed to join us for the Cult TV Festival 2005.

 

Peter Tork

Musician and star of The Monkees joined us exclusively for some fun at Cult TV 2005 ...

 

Peter performed as a folk musician in Greenwich Village and Los Angeles before passing the auditions for the TV series The Monkees. During his time with the group, he made 58 episodes and a TV special, six albums, and the movie "Head".

The most accomplished musician in The Monkees, even as a young boy, Peter showed musical talent and could play the guitar and banjo. He now plays twelve different instruments. While producers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart admired Tork's playing, Peter was almost never given lead vocals on any of the Monkees records. That said, Boxed-Set and CD bonus tracks from the 1980s and 1990s include several rarely-heard Peter Tork songs and vocals.

Peter was the first Monkee to actually play an instrument on one of their records , on the track "Papa Gene's Blues", after Michael Nesmith insisted Peter be allowed to add a guitar part.

In the early 1970s, Peter played guitar for the group Osceola, and for a year and a half was a social studies, mathematics and music teacher for a California High School. In 1976, Peter rejoined messrs Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart onstage for a concert on their tour. Following on from this, they all recorded a new Christmas single for that holiday season.

In the early 1980s, Peter formed The New Monks and released a single, "Peter's Back”. The Peter Tork Project followed shortly afterwards, but in 1986, his solo career was put on hold when The Monkees reunited for a 20th Anniversary Celebration. This successful reunion lasted until the end of 1989. Although Peter was the first to leave The Monkees, he never released a solo album until 1994 when "Stranger Things Have Happened" hit the shelves. Also in 1994, Peter formed Shoe Suede Blues with Tadg Galleran and Michael Sunday. Peter has performed with them on and off ever since.

1995 saw Peter making a guest appearance the big screen "Brady Bunch Movie" as well as having several guest spots in the TV series Boy Meets World as Jedediah Lawrence. He has made appearances in many television series since, including the role of Surf Guru in California Dreams, a Band Leader in The King of Queens, and Chris in 7th Heaven. At the movies, he had an uncredited cameo in 1997’s "Groupies", and played a Band Manager in 2001’s "Mixed Signals".

In 1996, more new music was forthcoming from Peter, when he and James Lee Stanley recorded "Two Man Band". In 2001, they collaborated on their second album, "Once Again" before Peter re-joined Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones for tours that took up most of 2001. Soon after, he went back to Shoe Suede Blues, and in 2002 the band released a follow-up to their debut album, "Saved By The Blues".

Peter joined us for the 2005 Cult TV Festival, performing in our Sunday evening cabaret as well as talking about his career and signing autographs. We were delighted that he agreed to join us.

 

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