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Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:32

John Ainsworth

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 16:30

Sue Witheridge

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 16:29

Jonathan G Brown

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 16:28

Andrew Dymond

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 16:27

Mike Trim

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 16:24

Ronald B Moore

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 16:23

Johnny Byrne

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 16:22

Terry Molloy

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 16:21

Sheenagh Pugh

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 16:19

Richard Bonehill

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.


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