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Star Profiles

Background information and career history of cult celebrities from in front of and behind the camera.

Sunday, 06 November 2011

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

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

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

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Acclaimed writer of Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield novels, as well as a composer and sound designer ...


Early careers as a rubbish shoveller for the Council, a library-assistant for the Council, a social services clerk for the Council, and a graphic designer for Prontaprint finally led Jim to becoming a writer.

The urban myth of choice when Jim was a mere nipper was that working for the Council was the most secure job you could have. He can personally testify this is a total crock. As a rubbish shoveller he nearly lost a leg when a JCB rolled over a 50 gallon drum of paint and the lid, driven by the resultant explosion, flew past him, discus-style, as if hurled by the very Gods themselves at the world’s first Olympic Games, to carve a three-inch deep gash in a nearby brick wall.

As a Library Assistant he was psychologically abused by a series of middle-aged power-addicts with catalogue-card and typewriter fetishes. As a social services clerk, following a fire in which his office was demolished, Jim was physically assaulted by a stoned alcoholic, whose favourite pastime seemed to be walking semi-naked through the plate glass door of that new office without actually opening it, while demanding his benefit cheque in a drunken slur that would make any self respecting football yob glow with pride.

Can you wonder that Jim gave up this life of rich reward and public service? If "Yes", please put your analyst on danger money, baby. However being the no-nonsense, un-self-pitying, all-round remarkable guy that he is, Jim persevered with the kind of charming and humorously positive outlook on life that his friends, Romans and parents assure him will eventually pay whopping karmic dividends.

By 1992 Jim was happily engaged and working as an award-winning graphic designer (portrait of Princess Anne in the Victoria and Albert Museum! Yay!), and all manner of things seemed well. So Jim decided to buy a house, signing the mortgage contract on his birthday. Clearly this was taking the madness of normality one step beyond. That week he was made redundant and his fiancé ditched him. Suddenly Jim had a house he couldn’t afford, no way of paying for it, and no-one to provide unconditional sympathetic sex.

All the signs were there - God was real, and clearly hated Jim. There was nothing left. Nothing but escapist fantasies. That week, he vowed to make his fortune as a writer of science fiction. Jim would write Doctor Who. Or he would bloody well starve trying.

Jim was a guest at the Cult TV Festivals in 2005 and 2006.

Written Work – books, plays and short stories:
Doctor Who
: "Lucifer Rising", "Blood Heat", "Parasite", "Eternity Weeps", "The Eye of Heaven", "Beltempest", "Campaign", "The Book of Shadows", "A Rose By Any Other Name", "Chiaroscuro", "Five Billion Years From Earth", "Dekalog 5 – The Place of all Places", "The Natural History of Fear", "Blood Circuit", "Second Solution", "Carny", "Mythos", "Pendulum".

Bernice Summerfield:
"The Sword of Forever", "A Bell Ringing in an Empty Sky", "Last of the Drop Dead Divas".

"Mad Woman in the Attic", "Men Should Weep", "Brotherly Love".

"Babylon 5: Clark's Law", "Babylon 5: Security Manual", "Farscape: Dark Side of the Sun", "The Tomorrow People: A Plague of Dreams", "Space Truckers".

In Preparation:
"First Frontier", "Dragon Tears", "Skaldenland" (Fantasy Novel), "Nova Moore: Space Detective" (Science Fiction Novel), "Space 1999: The Embers of Eden", "Sherlock Holmes: The Three-Fold Problem".

MUSIC - composer and sound designer:
Doctor Who: Embrace the Darkness, Project Twilight, The Rapture, Davros, He Jests at Scars, The Natural History of Fear, Cloud of Fear, Maenad, The Mutant Phase, The Trilexia Threat, Blood Circuit, Second Solution, Enclave Irrelative, Sword of Orion, Planet of Lies, Requiem, Endurance, Mythos.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

A popular guest at Cult TV, this television and film writer lives in Lithuania ...


Ken became a professional writer at the age of 11 after winning a national essay competition. His prize was a box of Cadbury’s chocolates. Since then, he has continued to write, to gain weight and gain honours. So far as is known, Ken is the only creative writer that has been vetoed by NATO ... TWICE! He sees his strengths as characterisation and plotting, and his weakness as "Kalnapilis 7.30" beer!

This British born writer now lives and writes in Lithuania. For Danish Television he developed, storylined and wrote the first 26 episodes of their first ever television soap opera, Ugeavisen. The shows were always in the weekly top ten most-watched programmes, with many reaching the coveted number one spot.

Ken developed the TV character of Piggy, an animation series based on a strip cartoon that had run in a daily newspaper for many years. Ken introduced an antagonist, Batty, and wrote the scripts. The series of five minute films without any dialogue were produced by the Lithuanian Film Studio.

Ken scripted "Rebuild the Rainbow", a semi finalist at the 2004 Moondance Film Festival. The plot follows two children who have witnessed the theft of the gold at the end of a rainbow – an act that turns the world into black and white. They embark on a series of journeys to bring colour back to the world.

Ken wrote "Plus One" ("+1"), a comedy about global warming. It’s about how a legend grows around the name of Professor Noah Baker and the thirty six thousand three hundred and seventy two trees he planted while he was alive and a further one – the most important one of all – after he died. This was a finalist at the 2003 Moondance Film Festival.

A Member of the British Society of Comedy Writers, Ken does many English language voice-overs for Lithuanian Television documentaries and is a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Amongst his other talents are those of water diviner and electric cable detector!

Ken was a guest at the Cult TV Festivals in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

A producer and director of a huge range of audio dramas, including Doctor Who and its various spin-offs ...


Producing, directing and script-editing audio drama has become the main focus of John Ainsworth's professional life over the last few years. For Big Finish Productions he produced the 2000 AD series featuring the comic-strip characters of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, working with versatile voice artist Toby Longworth and the star of Spaced and "Shaun of the Dead", Simon Pegg. As well as directing eleven of the eighteen titles in the series, John directed the dialogue for the Dredd vs Death console and computer game.

Also for Big Finish, John produced the highly successful Doctor Who spin-off series, Doctor Who Unbound for which he had to cast six new actors in the role of the famous Time Lord. These included David Warner, Derek Jacobi, Arabella Weir, David Collings and Geoffrey Bayldon.

For the BBCi website, John recently directed "Embers", the second instalment of Christopher Golden and Amber Benson’s Ghosts of Albion animated web drama. The production starred Anthony Daniels and Emma Samms. Other work for Big Finish has included directing episodes of Doctor Who (with Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy), Professor Bernice Summerfield, U.N.I.T. and Sapphire and Steel (with David Warner and Susannah Harker).

John also had an enjoyable collaboration with Nicholas Briggs when he script-edited all three series of Dalek Empire. John is currently collaborating with Elisabeth Sladen to produce the second series of Sarah Jane Smith which will be released in 2006.

Prior to his life in the exciting world of sound, John has worked in the BBC set design department before moving on to magazine publishing as a freelance writer and subsequently editor of such illustrious publications as "Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Official Poster Magazine", "Film Review" and "Cult Times". After launching the short-lived ETV magazine (that's Emergency Television!), John was head-hunted by the UK Sci-Fi Channel to become their Marketing Manager and Web Editor.

In 2000, John produced and directed his first stage play, "Deceptions" by Paul Wheeler. The production starred Jacqueline Pearce and was a critical success which the author proclaimed to be the best production of his play that he had seen to date. "Deceptions" lead to John being invited to direct for Big Finish Productions.

John has established Noise Monster Productions to develop, produce and market his own audio and publishing projects. Space: 1889 - a Victorian, H G Wells-style space opera where man has travelled through the Ether and colonised the other worlds in the solar system - is the first series of audios to be released by the company. Series regulars include Simon Williams, Toby Longworth, Ivor Danvers and Tam Williams, and guest stars have already included Anthony Daniels of "Star Wars" fame and well-known British TV stalwart, Philip Madoc. Space: 1889 is on-going and other titles will soon be forthcoming from Noise Monster.

John joined us for Cult TV in 2005 in Solihull where amongst other activities he directed the audio workshop that featured Doctor Who stars William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, as well as doing some interviewing over the weekend. He was also onhand in 2006, to co-ordinate a discussion concerning approaches to audio drama with Elisabeth Sladen.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Daphne, the ship's computer from Starhyke ...


After receiving the Lydia and Charles Thompson Award in her final year of academy, Sue went on to play the lead role of Katherine Willis in Norman Robbins play, "Nightmare" at the Bath Theatre Royal.

She later sang arranged music from the 1940s with the Pultney Singers on the Pantheon, at the Stourhead annual National Trust Champetre in Wiltshire.

Sue is the voice of Daphne, the onboard computer system in the new Lightworx series Starhyke, and we are delighted to say she attended the Cult TV Festival in 2006, to talk about the project and her role in the production – the Festival hosted the world premiere of the completed pilot episode of the series.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The producer of SF comedy Starhyke ...


Jonathan started his working life as a chef and as such quickly progressed to Michelin level as a Patissier. In 1996, he swapped kitchen knives for make-up brushes, and re-trained as a make-up artist, working for Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.

Later he switched roles again to work as Coordinator and Production Manager on many well known dramas for ITV and the BBC.

Jonathan has been working as a producer since 2001 and became a Director of Lightworx in 2005, the company behind the new SF comedy Starhyke - which received an exclusive premiere at the Cult TV Festival in 2006. This was the first time anywhere in the world that the complete pilot episode was screened, and Cult TV were delighted that Jonathan joined us, as well as writer and director Andrew Dymond, and one of the stars of the show, Sue Witheridge, to give us all of the background.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The writer and director of Starhyke ...


Andrew has worked within the TV industry for various broadcast companies over the last decade, directing over 100 commercials for cable and ITV television.

His experience includes working as a visual effects director on the BBC’s Final Frontier, and Granada Television and Partridge Films' Reptile series.

In 1999 he formed LightWorX media, a production company whose clients include BBC, ITV, BMW, Coke Cola, Airbus, Emirates Airline, Penfolds Wines, Rosemount Estates, Leathermans Knifes, Avon & Somerset Police.

Recent credits include the prime time BBC production Submarine Rescue, and a promo for rock band "To Die For" showing on MTV from this month.

We were delighted when Andrew joined us for the 2006 Cult TV Festival, and allowed us the screening rights to the world premiere of SF comedy Starhyke – he was the writer and director of the production, and was joined by producer Jonathan Brown and series star Sue Witheridge in celebrating the show’s launch.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Designer and Effects wizard on the Anderson shows as well as artist for Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" album ...


Mike is well-known for his work as a designer and model-maker with Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Century 21 Organisation, on their highly successful science-fiction television shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, and the live-action drama series UFO.

Mike was visual effects designer for most of the Anderson series from the Thunderbirds episode "End of the Road" onwards to UFO. Among his designs were Eddie's tractor from Thunderbirds, the SPV, MSV and Angel aircraft from Scarlet, and the Shadair SST and SHADO Mobile from UFO. He came up through the ranks, eventually reaching the status of being assistant to the legendary special effects guru Derek Meddings.

The hub of the Nuclear Waste Disposal Areas from Space:1999 was the swansong for Mike from the Anderson years, perfecting models in several sizes, the largest being the one in scale with the 44-inch Eagle spacecraft, as waste cans are extracted and dispersed in the first episode "Breakaway".

With this pedigree behind him, art director Ray Chan hired Mike for the 2004 Thunderbirds movie, and he worked on developing some of the new pod vehicle designs, including the Mole, Firefly and Thunderizer.

Mike also spent twenty years working as a highly-respected freelance illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his concept designs and front cover artwork for Jeff Wayne's iconic album "War of the Worlds".

His highly detailed technical artwork of aircraft, ships, military vehicles and cars, in such publications as the successful "Profile" and Osprey "Airwar" series of the 1970s, led to work for a wide variety of publications, including factual children’s books, encyclopaedias and numerous hardback and paperback jackets, where his accuracy, attention to detail and highly realistic dramatic action paintings were much appreciated by authors and publishers alike.

Now, after teaching art and design for over 16 years, he is back designing for SF film and TV projects, mainly using marker-rendering techniques, as well as undertaking commissions from America, Canada, Britain and Europe, several of which feature craft he had designed for the original Anderson shows. His subjects cover all aspects of aerospace and aviation, maritime subjects (both current and historical), as well as wildlife, still-life and landscapes. These can be executed in a variety of medias, including oil, acrylic, gouache, water-colour, pastel, coloured pencil, pen or pencil and mixed-media. Prices vary depending on size, subject matter and media.

We are delighted that Mike joined us for the Cult TV Festival in 2006.

You can find out more about him by visiting Mike's website at: www.goodchild.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Visual Effects wizard from the Star Trek series and movies ...


Starting his media career in 1978, Ronald B Moore has become an iconic figure in the realm of visual effects. He has contributed to series right across the Star Trek franchise, including The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "2010".

At school, Ron quickly became the school photographer. He spent several years as a Navy photographer, before entering Brooks Institute of Photography where he earned a degree in photographic arts, majoring in motion picture production. The next few years were spent studying electronics and video systems.

Ron is a member of both the International Photographers Guild and Motion Picture and Video Tape Editors Guild in Hollywood. He has been nominated for several visual effects awards including Emmys for Next Generation episodes "Q Who?"" and "Deja Q", and international Monitor awards for "Q Who?" and "Yesterday's Enterprise." In 1992 Ron won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on the episode "A Matter of Time".

Ron worked on the visual effects for the "Black or White" music video for Michael Jackson, the Showtime pilot Public Enemy #2 with Dave Thomas, and the feature "Pure Luke" through OMR Productions Inc, a corporation created by Ron and his partner Dan Curry, who was also involved in the Star Trek franchise as a visual effects producer.

As supervisor of visual effects for the movie "Star Trek: Generations" Ron was able to keep a consistent look between the series and the first motion picture with the Next Generation series cast. Ron was responsible for the Stellar Cartography sequence as well as many other scenes in the movie.

Ron worked on Voyager as one of its two visual effects supervisers. These visual effects used more computer-generated ships and characters. He then moved on to Enterprise in due course, winning an Emmy in 2002 for the "Broken Bow" pilot in the category 'Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series'. He was voted into the Cult TV Hall of Fame – Special Effects category in 2003. We were delighted when Ron joined us for Cult TV 2006.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Acclaimed writer on the likes of Space: 1999, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small and Heartbeat ...


Johnny Byrne has had a long association with the development of television drama in the UK. With over 140 TV and film and credits, genres he has worked in include period, historical, contemporary, science fiction and children's drama. In the 1970s he was Executive Story Editor and principal writer of 12 episodes of Space 1999 season one, and also scripted Gerry Anderson’s pilot The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity as well as the short Message From Moonbase Alpha, which some consider the final, 49th, episode of Space:1999.

He wrote three Doctor Who adventures, namely "The Keeper of Traken", "Arc of Infinity" and "Warriors of the Deep". In the first of these he created Nyssa, who went on to be a very popular companion, and Johnny also wrote a screenplay for one of the proposed feature film versions of the series in 1990.

Johnny was the Script Consultant and principal writer of 38 episodes of All Creatures Great and Small. He is now most famous as the creator and principal writer of Heartbeat.

He adapted the biographical books of the wild animal doctor, David Taylor, which was the catalyst for One By One, for which he also scripted 13 episodes. He also created Noah’s Ark in 1997, and was a writer for Love Hurts (starring Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker), Pipkins (six episodes), Tales of the Unexpected (three episodes), Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (three episodes), and Miracles Take Longer (four episodes).

Johnny wrote "Season Of The Witch" for the BBC Play For Today strand in 1971, and the films "Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall" (adapted from the autobiographical book by Spike Milligan in 1972), "Rosie Is My Relative" (1976), and "To Die For" (1994).

In the 1960s he worked as a literary editor and wrote poetry and short stories, including a science fiction tale which was published in the magazine "Science Fantasy". Another story was included in Judith Merrill's "The Best Of Science Fiction 1965-6". He wrote the best selling novels "Groupie" (with Jenny Fabian) set in the 1960s London rock scene, and "Stopcock", a gothic thriller.

Johnny has written and lectured on political issues, especially those affecting Yugoslavia, and has an interest in Celtic mythology. He has also taught English as a Foreign Language in London, Paris, Athens, and Istanbul, been a Departmental Manager for ecclesiastical suppliers, an electrician, a lifeguard on the Isis (Oxford), a Touring Manager for rock groups, and a stage performer in the 1960s.

He is a director and shareholder of Teddytredbear Ltd, a company formed to exploit his screenplay "The Legend of Teddy Bear", and a director and shareholder of Backs Electronic Publishing Ltd, an independent company developing and producing software projects. Their first title "Ann Willan - The Food Of France" won one of the first awarded EMMAs (EuroMulti Media Award).

Johnny is married, the father of three boys, and lives in Norfolk.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

It's Boomer from Battlestar Galactica ...


Herbert Jefferson Jr is best known to Cult TV fans as Lieutenant Boomer from the original Battlestar Galactica. He's been seen in many more roles than just Galactica's erstwhile Cylon hunter, though!

Jefferson was a series co-star in Rich Man, Poor Man with Nick Nolte, as well as its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, the American Revolutionary War mini-series The Bastard, plus Yellow Rose with Sam Elliott and Cybill Shephard, and The Devlin Connection with Rock Hudson and Jack Scalia.

Jefferson has also guest-starred in over 100 episodes of series television, including ER, Sister Sister, Hill Street Blues, Police Story, Airwolf, TJ Hooker, Quincy, The Streets Of San Francisco, White Shadow, Knight Rider, McCloudand Mission Impossible. His most recent TV appearance was in the recurring role of Police Chief Price on NBC's Sunset Beach. His many feature film credits include "Apollo 13", "Outbreak", "Detroit 9000", "Black Gun", "The Slams", "One Dozen", and Roger Corman's "Private Duty Nurses" (which marked his feature film debut).

Herb's extensive theatre credits include two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, "The Great White Hope" and "No Place To Be Somebody". He was directed by Mike Nichols in the David Rabe play "Streamers", which went on to win Best New American Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics.

Although currently a resident of Southern California, Jefferson is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, where he attended high school and college. He is a New York trained actor studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio, The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, and an alumnus of New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway, including several plays at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre.

In his spare time Herb has been, and continues to be, an active supporter and volunteer with the US military by way of the USO, the Paralyzed Veterans Association, Operation Standown, US Navy Public Affairs, and the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. He is also a 25 year volunteer with the Special Olympics.

Having had one previous appearance at Cult TV, in Southport in 2002, Herb triumphantly returned for Cult TV 2006 at Hemsby.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

From Mike Tucker in "The Archers" to Davros in Doctor Who ...


Terry Molloy studied Music and Drama in Liverpool in the 1960s, and played in a soul band for three years, even performing in the famous "Cavern" club.


Terry became the third actor to portray Davros in Doctor Who - the character had previously been played by Michael Wisher and David Gooderson. He is the only actor to have played Davros in more than one serial, namely "Resurrection of the Daleks", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Remembrance of the Daleks". He will be returning to the part later this year, when Big Finish release a quartet of audio dramas about the early years of the character, under the banner "I, Davros".

Each chapter of "I, Davros" will cover a significant moment in his life, revealing previously untold details of how and why Davros became the notorious creator of the Daleks. Big Finish has previously released a highly regarded double CD story entitled simply "Davros" by Lance Parkin. Elements from this story will also be woven in to this new mini-series. Terry also played the role for Big Finish in the dramas "Juggernauts" and "Terror Firma".

Terry played another role in the original television series, that of Russell in "Attack Of The Cybermen" – before being cast he had been considered for two other roles in that serial - Griffths (eventually played by Brian Glover) and Payne (played by James Beckett).

Other television roles have included Stan Harvey in Crossroads, plus Bergerac, Angels, French and Saunders, Chalkface, Chancer, Specials, The Bill, Dangerfield and All About Me. For BBV, he played DI Burke in "The Devil of Winterborne".

Radio fans will know him as the voice of long-standing character Mike Tucker in BBC radio 4 series "The Archers".

We are delighted that Terry joined us for the Cult TV Festival in 2006.

In the meantime, why not find out some more background about Terry by visiting his website at www.terrymolloy.co.uk.



Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Writer of "The Democratic Genre", this writer, poet and lecturer lifts the lid on 'fan fiction' ...


Sheenagh Pugh is a poet, novelist and lecturer in creative writing who got interested in reading fan fiction ('fanfic') some years ago. She then realised it was the one genre nobody had written a critical study of. This she has put right with the publication of "The Democratic Genre", which, according to Elizabeth Bennet’s review in The Independent, is "a lively book which lovingly details fan writers' private language".

She has published nine collections of poetry and translations, plus a Selected Poems and a sort-of mini-Selected, and two novels. She translates poems mainly from German but sometimes also from French and Ancient Greek. She read German and Russian at the University of Bristol.

Sheenagh's interests include language, history, northern landscapes from Shetland to the Arctic and all points in between, snooker, mortality, cyberspace (she spends massive amounts of time playing "The Sims") and above all, people. She likes to use poems to commemorate people and places, sometimes to amuse, to have a go at things she doesn’t like (censorship, intolerance, pomposity) and above all to entertain.

She has won many prizes and awards, including the Forward Prize for best single poem of 1998, the Bridport Prize, the PHRAS prize, the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (twice) and the British Comparative Literature Association's Translation Prize. Her poems have been included in several anthologies, notably "Poems on the Underground" and "The Hutchinson Book of Post-War British Poetry". They have also been set to music, have appeared on the trams of Helsinki and the St Petersburg Underground, and have been translated into German, French, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Spanish and Dutch.

Sheenagh lives in Cardiff and works at the University of Glamorgan. "The Democratic Genre" is published by Seren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Her web site is at www.geocities.com/sheenaghpugh, and she wastes most of her life online. A review of Sheenagh's new book can be found at: The Independent Online Website.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Fight Director and Swordmaster on "Sharpe's Challenge" and a host of TV and film projects ...


Richard Bonehill's work as a Fight Director and Swordmaster has enabled him to travel all over the world enjoying 'the best job in the world'.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s he worked as a film extra, stand-in and double. During this time Richard worked on numerous television productions including Doctor Who ("Logopolis", "Time Flight", "Enlightenment", "Timelash", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Terror of the Vervoids"), Robin Of Sherwood, Edge of Darkness, Only Fools and Horses, 'Allo 'Allo! and Eastenders, as well as films such as "Highlander" and "Flash Gordon".

Fans of "Star Wars" should note that he worked on both "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of The Jedi".

Richard was born in 1949 in London, and educated at The City of London School and Hornsey College of Art. He studied jewellery design and gold-smithing, and for ten years worked in the industry designing jewellery, silver and gold items for private clients. In 1976 he won the prestigious De Beers Diamonds International Award. In 1979 he decided on a change of career and joined travelling shows appearing in Medieval Jousting Tournaments and Wild West Shows.

His expertise as a swordsman and horseman led him into the film and television industry and for the last 26 years Richard has appeared in numerous films doubling for many famous actors. Most recently he has worked on Sharpe's Challenge, and Bleak House.

Richard has represented England and Great Britain for the past six years consecutively at international level at Sabre. In 2001 he finished in 6th place in The World Veterans Fencing Championships in Martinique. In 2002 he won the title of North Atlantic Sabre Champion in Boston, Massachusetts and is senior fencing coach at Truro Fencing Club.

Richard lives in St Ives, Cornwall, in a magical house overlooking the sea with his wife Lynne and six cats. His main interests include films (working on and watching them) music (tone deaf but never misses Top of The Pops), researching his family history, and eating and drinking too much (then dieting and afterwards apologising for his boisterous behaviour!). His early school reports stated that he had a rather ‘cavalier attitude to life‘!

We were delighted that Richard joined us for the Cult TV Festival in 2006.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Lieutentant Green in Captain Scarlet and Hal Mellanby in Blake's 7 ...


Born in Guyana (then British Guiana), Cy Grant has lived an extraordinarily varied life. He served as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, was shot down and spent two years as a prisoner of war. His War Memoir, "A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race", is being published by Woodfield Publishing.

After the war Cy qualified as a Barrister at Law, but went on to be an actor on stage and in film, as well as a singer in concert and cabaret. His was the first black face to be regularly seen on British Television, singing the news in calypso on television on the BBC Tonight programme from 1957 to 1960.

He voiced Lieutenant Green in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, the first leading black character in a British SF series. He also appeared in the Blake’s 7 episode “Aftermath”, playing Dayna’s father, Hal Mellanby. He has also guest-starred in episodes of The Persuaders!, Softly Softly, Metal Mickey, Freedom Road, Born Free, White Hunter, They Met In A City, Home of the Brave and Man from the Sun.

On the big screen he has appeared in "At The Earth’s Core", "Journey To The Far Side of the Sun" (aka "Doppelganger"), "Shaft In Africa", "Sea Wife", "Calypso" and "Safari".

He is the author of "Ring of Steel: pan sound and symbol" (Macmillan 2000) and "Blackness & the Dreaming Soul" (Shoving Leopard). He was the Chairman and co-founder of "DRUM", the London based Black arts centre in the 1970s, and Director of the "CONCORD" Multicultural Festivals in the 1980s.

Cy is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Surrey, Roehampton and a member of The Scientific & Medical Network.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Creator of Dick Spanner and effects wizard on Terrahawks ...


Terry is a comedy scriptwriter who started out as a special effects technician, working on such films as "Arabian Adventure", "King Arthur and the Spaceman", "Clash of The Titans", "Bear Island", "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Return of the Jedi".

He later moved from film to television, where he worked on the Gerry Anderson production Terrahawks. During this time he also created, co-wrote and directed 26 episodes of Dick Spanner.

Since then he has written over 2,000 sketches, including material for Spitting Image, The Freddie Starr Show, Hale and Pace, Who Do You Do?, The Friday Zone, The Jack Docherty Show and Giggly Bitz. He's also written as part of a team for two series of S4C's Llwyth O Docs (aka Life on the Docks), and has scripted over 200 corporate videos, five stage plays (all performed) and is currently writing a book about a specific genre of comedy.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Cindy Cunningham from Hollyoaks ...


Stephanie was born in Urmston, Manchester in 1978 and has appeared in various television series including Nice Guy Eddie, Mersey Beat and Holby City, but is well known for the role of Cindy Cunningham in Hollyoaks. She also had one of the lead roles in the Australian Sky One series, Crash Palace, playing Tina Clark in the backpacker drama.

Stephanie was a long time in the role of Cindy Cunningham - she played the part for four years on Hollyoaks. Initially the character was played by Laura Crossley for a few episodes, before Stephanie took on the role between 1996 and 2000. For those who want a short recap of what the character was about, well, life was running pretty smoothly for Cindy until the night of her 16th birthday when she became pregnant, following the advances of scandalous Stan Stanley. Cindy would conceal the pregnancy from her parents and, when she finally gave birth, abandoned the child. Her parents forcibly reunited mother and child, but Cindy tried to suffocate the baby. The shock of her actions suddenly made Cindy realise that she actually really loved her newborn daughter.

Cindy fell for Sean Tate the decorator, who mistreated baby Holly. An incident with a firework was brought to the attention of Social Services, who then never let up on checking up on her. Eventually, Cindy tried to move abroad to start a new life, but was abandoned at the airport by Sean. Unfortunately, Holly was prevented from leaving as she did not have a passport. Instead, Cindy returned to Hollyoaks, set up her own business venture, "Steam Team", and hooked up with fireman Ben Davies.

An incident involving Holly swallowing an ecstasy tablet, and Social Services quickly being on her tail, meant that Cindy had no choice but to flee the country, involving Ben in helping mother and child make an escape from hospital.

In Nice Guy Eddie, Stephanie played Laura, one of the daughters of streetwise PI Eddie McMullen (Ricky Tomlinson). Other television guest starring roles have included Always and Everyone (as Linda), Sweet Medicine (with Ashley Jensen), Brookside, The Royal, and Doctors.

Her training includes two years at the Oldham Theatre Workshop, followed by two years at the Acting Studio in Manchester. She has devised a treatment for a drama format which is in development with a major production company. Recently, in fact on Christmas Day 2006, Stephanie appeared as Emma, a girlfriend of Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street.

Some of Stephanie's personal TV favourites are 24, Ugly Betty, Ally McBeal, Will & Grace, Sex in the City, Buffy, Angel and Friends.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Creator and Writer of On The Buses, The Rag Trade and much more ...


Ronnie’s professional career began in BBC radio, with him eventually becoming Head Writer of the hit series "Educating Archie" (created by Eric Sykes). The cast at various times included such well-loved and remembered names as Julie Andrews, Tony Hancock, Max Bygraves, Beryl Reid, Harry Secombe, Benny Hill, Bruce Forsyth and Warren Mitchell.

Other writing projects around that time included intimate revue, summer shows and pantomimes, some of which starred Ken Dodd, Kenneth Williams, Beryl Reid and Tommy Steele.

In the 1960s Ronnie decided to concentrate on television, and with his writing partner Ronald Chesney, devised and created many TV sit-coms. These included The Rag Trade (with Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Sheila Hancock, Barbara Windsor and Reg Varney), Meet the Wife (with Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton), The Bedsit Girl (with Sheila Hancock), Take a Letter Mr Jones (with John Inman, Rula Lenska and Miriam Margolyes), Romany Jones, Don’t Drink The Water and, most famously, On The Buses (with Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Stephen Lewis, Anna Karen, Michael Robbins and Bob Grant).

The television series of On The Buses led to three cinema spin-offs, "On The Buses", "Mutiny On The Buses" and "Holiday on the Buses". The format has spawned a large and active fan club which continues to send out loads of literature, news and features to its devoted fans.

The Rag Trade is now a worldwide success, as in the last few years it has been successfully re-made in other countries. Each country has used their own actors and has been translated into their own language. And in each of these countries it has continually been top of the ratings, and is constantly repeated. So successful was the TV show in Scandinavia, that a full-length feature film, “Fredrikssons Fabriks - The Movie” was made. This show is still running in South Africa, with 26 further episodes recently made in 2003.

Ronnie’s work as a deviser, creator and writer of sitcoms has taken him across the world, and he has worked for all the major networks in the United States (ABC, NBC and CBS), Australia, Scandinavia, Germany, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Canada and South Africa.

He is a script consultant for Alomo Productions, and in his work as Visiting Lecturer, Ronnie has been invited to speak and take Seminars and Workshops at the British National Film and Television School, The City University - London, the London Department of the New York University, the University of Barcelona, as well as at many other leading universities at home and abroad, plus various institutes of learning which have departments of Drama, Film, TV, Radio and Media Studies.

Ronnie’s definitive book, "Writing Comedy", has recently been published in a new and updated third edition by Robert Hale Ltd.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

What any Festival celebrating extraordinary fictional television needs is a cabaret act that has material specially angled to its theme. As attendees at the Cult TV Festival in 1999, 2003 and 2005 will tell you, Mitch Benn does this better than anyone else.

Mitch is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy club "headliner" as well as a favourite on the university circuit.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on “The Now Show” for BBC Radio 4 on many a Friday night at 6.30pm, and “It's Been a Bad Week” for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music" were also broadcast. He also presented "The Mitch Benn Music Show" on BBC Radio 7.

On TV, Mitch appears regularly on BBC1's The One Show as the writer and arranger of “The Complaints Choir”. Mitch contributes occasional songs to Channel 4's Bremner, Bird And Fortune. He has also appeared on The Last Word for More4, Gas for Channel 4, Live at Jongleurs, The Warehouse and Today With Des & Mel for ITV, The Comedy Store for Channel 5, The World Stands Up for Paramount Comedy and Raymaan Is Laat for Dutch TV. He was the presenter of the paranormal discussion show Out There for Carlton World, and in 2009 made semi-regular appearances on BBC1's Watchdog performing songs highlighting consumer grievances.

Mitch's second album “Radio Face” was released through Laughing Stock records in 2002. His earlier live album, “The Unnecessary Mitch Benn” is still available.

Mitch has toured extensively abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, France, Montreal, Holland, India and South Africa (including a two-week run at the Grahamstown Theatre Festival in 1998). In 1995 Mitch won the Best New Comic award at the Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since, including an hour-long extended set in 1999 which drew a standing ovation from an audience of 1,500.

In 1998 he won the “Mercury Comedian of the Year” prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Mitch has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including hour-long solo shows in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He also appeared in the successful revue show “The Bootleg Bootleg Beatles” in 1998 and the showcase Carlton Comedy Warehouse in 1999, the subject of a documentary series for Carlton TV.

In 2003 Mitch formed the band Mitch Benn & The Distractions with Kirsty Newton and Tash Baylis; after a successful run at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe they took up a residency at The Bedford in Balham in October 2003. Mitch Benn & The Distractions completed a successful national UK tour in autumn 2004, to coincide with the release of their album “Too Late To Cancel”.

Mitch Benn & The Distractions' debut single, Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now, was released on September 5th 2005, ahead of the release of the album “Crimes Against Music”. The video for the single www.everythingsoundslikecoldplaynow.com/ attracted 8,000 hits in one hour when first posted online. The band completed their second UK tour in December 2005.

Mitch brought a reconvened Mitch Benn and the Distractions back to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2007, performing a nightly two-hour show – “The Mitch Benn Music Club” - at the prestigious Reid Hall concert venue (the “Cow Barn”). A live album, recorded on the last night of the festival, entitled “Official Bootleg Edinburgh 2007” (or “The Brown Album”) was released in October 2007 to coincide with the start of another national tour, which concluded in December 2007.

In spring 2008, Mitch released the controversial single “Happy Birthday War” (with accompanying video) and later on that same year, the album “Sing Like An Angel, from which the title track (featuring Rick Wakeman on piano) was released as a single.

In 2009 Mitch Benn & The Distractions (with Ivan Sheppard now permanently installed as drummer) completed the “Where Next?” tour, in support of the album of the same name.

In 2010, Mitch and the band completed the “Rhyme Lord” tour and also released the single "I'm Proud of the BBC", for which Mitch received the Media Blog Media Hero Of The Year Award.

Mitch has recently released an EP of Doctor Who-related songs (including one brand new never-heard-before track), which is available exclusively from the Mitch Benn download store.

To find out more visit Mitch’s website, www.mitchbenn.com


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Script writer and story editor on productions as diverse as Birds of a Feather and Crossroads ...


A member of the British Society of Comedy Writers, whose aim is to provide highly trained writers to the highest the comedy light entertainment, Keith Lindsay has written for television, the stage, and film both in the UK and abroad.

After writing stand-up material for the likes of Frankie Howerd and Rik Mayall in the early stages of his career, from 1988 until 1991 he was put under contract to Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's Alomo Productions and involved in the American-style, team-writing on the award-winning sitcoms Love Hurts and Birds of a Feather to which he contributed story-lines during its second and third series.

While providing material for Hale and Pace and The Freddie Starr Show during the early 1990s, he developed sitcoms for Spanish and Dutch television channels, then spent the remainder of the decade contributing to The Jacques Vermiere Show in Belgium and a comedy drama for Germany.

From July 2001 to January 2002 he was a story-liner on the re-launched Crossroads, featuring what is believed to be the first ever soap story-line involving a crypt.

For further details on the British Society of Comedy Writers visit their website at http://www.bscw.co.uk


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The costume designer for Quantum Leap, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and the original Battlestar Galactica, and many others, made his UK convention debut at Cult TV 2005 ...


Jean–Pierre Dorléac's prolific career in costume design has encompassed feature films, television, theatre, music videos and private couture. An American, born in Toulon, France, many of his relatives worked in the theatre, both in front of and behind the footlights. His schooling took in many European countries, even England for a time when he resided in both Ipswich and Oxford.

For fans of Cult TV, his contributions to fantasy and science-fiction have been very memorable, and across a range of styles. These are represented through the punk, sociopathic madness of Max Headroom, the vampy, cartoonish camp of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the Emmy Award winning simplicity of the retro, alternative future of Battlestar Galactica (Outstanding Costume Design for a Series for the episode "The Man With Nine Lives", aka "Furlon", which guest-starred Fred Astaire).

His depiction of the South Pacific in the 1930s was nominated for an Emmy with Tales of the Gold Monkey. The 1940s were explored in "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story". The 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s costumes for Quantum Leap were Emmy nominated for four consecutive years, for their factual depiction of the eras that Sam Beckett visited in his weekly trips through time. Jean-Pierre also worked for producer Donald Bellisario on other projects such as Airwolf and Magnum PI, as well as further work for Glen A Larson on Knight Rider, Rooster and Sword of Justice.

Jean-Pierre also became a trendsetter in the classic American mini series. The gallantry and pageantry of the American Revolutionary War was seen in the television movie, 1978's The Bastard, earning him his first Emmy nomination, followed by its sequel, 1979's The Rebels.

His provocative and challenging creations range from the exotic rags and tatters assembled for the 1980 version of "The Blue Lagoon", to the mad, institutional designs for the West Coast stage production of Peter Weiss' "Marat/Sade".

The beauty and romanticism of turn-of-the-century America was captured in a quartet of memorable films. These were Horton Foote's "Lily Dale" (1996), the biopics "Mae West" (1982) and "A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story" (1994), and the cult hit "Somewhere in Time" (1980), the film that garnered him an Academy Award nomination.

The enduring "Heart and Souls" showed us San Francisco in the late 1950s and present day, while Universal's feature, "Leave It to Beaver" gave us a 'today', reminiscent of the late 1950s. His striking creations for the cover of New York magazine caused a fashion media frenzy and the beguilingly-styled, high-tech glamour Elizabeth Hurley wore in the television special "The World of James Bond" was 'simply drop-dead', according to television’s Extra.

Dorléac's collection of work has been exhibited worldwide. Benefit events for AIDS Project Los Angeles have celebrated his designs, as well as fashion shows seen at Mannequins Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Southern California. The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts showcased his costumes in their exhibition and book, "Hollywood and History: Costume Design In Film", and there have been other celebrations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), La Palais de la Civilization (Montreal, Canada), and La Place Vendôme, (Paris, France).

His most recent TV series, The Lot, was set in a 1938 movie studio back lot, and was a half-hour comedy that featured Jonathan Frakes. Dorléac's attention to detail earned him another Emmy in 2001 (in conjunction with Costume Supervisor Gilberto Mello) and recognition from the Costume Designers Guild in 2002, for Excellence in Period Television Design.

Jean-Pierre had an uncredited role as a mental patient in the Quantum Leap episode "Shock Theater", and played himself in an episode of the short-lived police series Tequila and Bonetti, as well as the mini series of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls".

He has recently completed the costumes for George F Kaufman and Moss Hart's American comedy classic, "You Can’t Take It With You" for the Geffen Playhouse, directed by Moss Hart's son, Christopher Hart.

His first novel, "Abracadabra Alakazam" was released by the renowned publishers, Monad Books. It has been described as a "deliciously decadent two-part caper revolving around an alluring but unpredictable heroine named Glenna Flanning, and two young men who enter her life, twenty-one years apart".



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