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Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:38

Colin Baker

From the Brothers-hood of Time Lords ...


Best known as the unscrupulous Paul Merrony in The Brothers and the sixth incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who, Colin Baker studied law and worked as a solicitor before deciding to become an actor.

Graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, an early role in The Roads to Freedom led to the part of Count Steinbock in Cousin Bette. After playing Anatol Kuragin in the BBC's ambitious serialisation of War and Peace, Colin joined the cast of The Brothers as the ruthless banker Paul Merrony.

He appeared opposite Nyree Dawn Porter in For Maddie With Love and played Vaughn in The Citadel alongside Gareth Thomas. Having already appeared in the Doctor Who adventure "Arc of Infinity", when Peter Davison decided to bow out from playing the fifth Doctor, Colin was chosen to replace him. Portraying the character as a complex individual imbued with a blustering arrogance, Colin never got the chance to properly develop his incarnation as the series went through a production upheaval that resulted in a seventeen month gap between series.

Although he acted alongside Patrick Troughton in "The Two Doctors", his second full year on television, made up of the season long "Trial of a Time Lord" storyline, proved to be his last. Having played The Doctor in the six-part "Slipback" on BBC Radio 4, in 1989 Colin took over from Jon Pertwee in the stage production "Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure", and has since expanded on his character in the audio productions from Big Finish Productions.

Having guest-starred in Blake's 7, Colin played Harry George Chauvel in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and appeared in The Famous Five, and Jonathan Creek. For his second appearance in Casualty he played a character, who believed he had special alien powers, named David Vincent after the protagonist in The Invaders.

Still active as the Chairman of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), Colin has recently been on tour with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore".


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:33

Virginia Hey

Farscape and "Living Daylights" actress ...


Virginia was nominated in June 2000 for 'Best Supporting Actress' on television by the 26th Annual Saturn Awards of America. In 2001, her status was escalated following her nomination for a LOGIE (The Australian equivalent of an Emmy award) as 'Best Actress'.

Born in Sydney, Virginia divided her early years between her home town and London. She has just spent 3 years on the award-winning series Farscape where she played Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan.

Her career escalated following her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, where she portrayed "Warrior Woman". Since then, Virginia has appeared with numerous international stars, including George C Scott in Mussolini, Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (directed by fellow Cult TV 2002 guest John Glen), and Christopher Atkins in Signal One.

On the small screen, Virginia played Gillian in Home and Away, Leigh Templar in Prisoner Cell Block H, Queen Una in Roar, Beth Travers in Neighbours, and Danielle in the 1988 TV series of Mission: Impossible. She has also featured in Pacific Drive, Flipper, Paradise Beach, E Street, Dolphin Cove, Flesh and Blood, Crazy Like A Fox, Vietnam, Big Deal, and the 1986 one-off special Timeslip.

You can discover more about Virginia at her website, www.virginia-hey.com.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:32

Vaughn Armstrong

Prolific in the Star Trek universes ...



With a career that has spanned the stage and screen, in recent years Vaughn Armstrong has become best known for the multiple roles he played in the continuing Star Trek franchise.

Originally auditioned for the role of Will Riker, Vaughn has so far played eleven characters from eight different races in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise where he regularly appears as Admiral Forrest.

Starting off as Karris in Heart of Glory, the first of three Klingon roles that also included Korath in the Star Trek: The Experience exhibit, he has played the Cardassians Seskal and Danar, a Vidiian, a Hirogen, a Romulan, a Kreetassan, and the former Borg drone Two of Nine.

After attending the US International University Centre for Performing Arts in San Diego and was offered a place in the National Shakespeare Company before being drafted. Stationed in Vietnam he used his free time to build and run his first theatre, and upon his return was named NCO in charge of Fort Carson’s Little Theatre in Colorado.

An actor, writer, director and producer for the stage, Vaughn began his television career in the late-1970s with guest roles on Wonder Woman and A Man Called Sloane starring Robert Conrad. Mixing theatre, film and television he continued with appearances in Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and the Quantum Leap episode It’s a Wonderful Leap set in 1958.

Along with appearances in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The West Wing, Vaughn played the leader of Nightwatch, plotting to take over the space station, in Babylon 5 and the presidential front-runner in an episode of Seven Days.

With film credits including Clear and Present Danger and Triumphs of a Man Called Horse, Vaughn also composed the music for In Time of Need. When he isn’t treading the boards or infront of a camera Vaughn spends his time with his wife and teenage children in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:31

Tony Currie

Broadcaster and author ...


A writer and broadcaster, Tony Currie has worked in and written about radio, television and the recording business for thirty-five years.

His varied career has taken him from the seventh-floor heights of the Independent Television Commission, for whom he was Controller of Programmes (Cable), to the lower decks of shipborne Radio Northsea International; from a twelve year stint as Scottish Television's senior announcer and newscaster to a year hosting the Europe Top 40 on Ukranian state radio, in spite of being beaten nearly to death by the Mafia in Kiev!

A regular contributor to almost every media paper from TV Times to the Times Educational Supplement, his books include The Concise History of British Television and his recent The Radio Times Story. Tony has been on the staff of BBC Scotland for the last eight years, doing all manner of things from reading the news on the radio to choosing the music for late night transmissions of CEEFAX pages.

He also produces records for his own label, and as a "hobby" (he gets bored easily) he runs a radio station - www.radiosix.com - playing music by unsigned bands to listeners in nearly 70 countries on the Internet and via high power shortwave transmitters in Italy.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:09

Thomasina Gibson

A writer and regular visitor to TV sets around the globe ...


Having originally trained as a school teacher, Thomasina’s desire to watch plays for free led to her working for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-On-Avon before embarking as a cabin crew-member for British Airways.

After travelling the world for seven years, she crossed the airwaves as a presenter and co-producer for BBC Radio Sussex and BBC South Today. Enjoying a spell working in BBC Children’s television, Thomasina gave up her job to have children of her own.

Following her love of cult television she turned to writing and began contributing to Starburst magazine. Writing for most of the genre magazines in the UK and USA, including Cult Times, TV Zone, Dreamwatch, SFX and Sci-Fi Universe, Thomasina regularly contributes to the Sky Customer Magazine and several daily newspapers.

She has written several books on popular television shows including three volumes of Stargate SG-1: The Illustrated Companion and The High Guard Handbook, a guide to the first two seasons of Andromeda. A huge fan of Stargate SG-1, Thomasina was delighted when MGM asked her to be associate producer on the extras included in the SG-1 DVD releases. She also produced the pilot for a sci-fi entertainment programme for Sky One


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:03

Steven Paul Davies

Writer and researcher ...


After graduating from Goldsmiths' College, University of London, Steven Paul Davies joined Virgin Radio, becoming the youngest ever news presenter on national radio in the UK. He is the author of "Alex Cox: Film Anarchist" and "A-Z Cult Films and Filmmakers" and the co-author of "Brat Pack: Confidential" (all published by Batsford).

Steven's book, "The Prisoner Handbook", published by MacMillan has been described as "a fantastic guide to an amazing television series" ("The Guardian") and Patrick McGoohan's co-star Alexis Kanner recently wrote - "It amazes me how Davies the things he knows! Reading 'The Prisoner Handbook' was like reliving my time spent on the original series. I loved it!"

His book 'Get Carter and Beyond: The Cinema of Mike Hodges' was published in 2002.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:02

Stephen Gallagher

Acclaimed screenwriter and author ...


Stephen is a novelist, screenwriter and director, specialising in contemporary suspense, and was born in Salford, Lancashire.

Initially working for Yorkshire and Granada TV, Stephen's aim was always to be a TV Drama Director. During his early years in the business, he wrote a number of radio plays and having gained confidence from these, soon his first novel "Chimera". After writing several "Saturday Night Theatres" for BBC Radio 4, his first TV work was the Doctor Who serial, "Warrior's Gate" in Tom Baker's final season. He later contributed "Terminus" during Peter Davison's second year in the title role.

As his career progressed from the mid 1980s onwards, he released a novel a year with all of them optioned for film and TV adaptation. "Chimera" was adapted initially for Radio and then as a successful four part ITV series.

Stephen was involved in "Bugs", writing 10 of the 30 episodes and acting as a script consultant on the second and third seasons. He also adapted and directed a version of his novel "Oktober" for ITV starring Stephen Tomkinson, as well as helping set up Yorkshire TV's short lived horror anthology series "Chillers".

More recently he contributed "The Kingdom of Bones" to the second series of "Murder Rooms - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes", starring Ian Richardson.

For further information, visit Stephen's website at http://www.stephengallagher.com/


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:01

Shane Rimmer

Voice of Scott Tracy, and associate of James Bond ...


From providing the voice of Thunderbird 1 pilot, Scott Tracy, in all 32 episodes of Thunderbirds and both feature films, Shane Rimmer has been one of the most prolific contributors to the series of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

In addition to lending his voice to their next series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service he also wrote a number of the scripts for the shows.

Following different roles in three episodes of UFO, he scripted and appeared in The Protectors as well as writing and starring in the episode Zeke's Blues.

He wrote the story and voiced the character John for the Supermarionation pilot, The Investigator, then appeared as Alan Carter's co-pilot, Kelly, in the Space: 1999 episode Space Brain.

After playing Lieutenant Chuck Brogan in the pilot Space Police, which acted as the forerunner to Space Precinct, he voiced the animated lead in the private eye parody, Dick Spanner.

Outside of the Anderson shows, Shane Rimmer has guest-starred in such shows as Doctor Who, Danger Man and The Persuaders!. He played the American Secretary of State in the drama A Very British Coup along with roles in Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar and the American miniseries Oppenheimer and Space.

Among numerous film roles, Shane Rimmer has appeared in the Bond movies You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever and The Spy Who Loved Me, the blackly comic Dr Strangelove and Whoops Apocalypse, Ghandi, Reds and the recent Spy Game.

His official website can be found at www.shanerimmer.com.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:57

Robert Ross

Carrying On his career as a serious expert on comedy ...


Robert has written a library of best-selling books on the stars and history of British comedy including The Complete Sid James, The Carry On Companion, The Monty Python Encyclopedia, The Complete Terry-Thomas, Steptoe and Son, Benny Hill - Merry Master of Mirth, Last of the Summer Wine - The Finest Vintage, The Complete Frankie Howerd and Fawlty Towers - Fully Booked.

Terry Jones has said that "I learnt more about the Pythons from reading his book than from being one!" Jim Dale considers him "a one man encyclopedia of the very best of British comedy" while Phil Collins believes his "knowledge of English comedy is formidable."

His book The Complete Goodies was launched at a sell-out event at the National Film Theatre with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Later Robert interviewed The League of Gentlemen, Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, at another NFT hit. A regular guest broadcaster on radio and television, he has made appearances in such shows as What's A Carry On?, Top Ten: Comedy Records, Will the Real Basil Fawlty Please Stand Up?, Legends: Terry-Thomas and even several cameo roles in Last of the Summer Wine.

A prolific comedy consultant he was a judge at the 2004 British Animation Awards. Robert has also moderated over thirty DVD audio commentaries working with such comedy favourites as Leslie Phillips, Norman Wisdom, Brian Murphy, Jack Douglas and June Whitfield. His first commissioned script, the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure Medicinal Purposes starring Cult TV 2004 guest Colin Baker, was released in August 2003.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:55

Richard Hatch

Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica (as well as a cameo in the reimagined one!) and known from a whole host of other shows ...


Born in Santa Monica, California, Richard Hatch had no aspirations to become an actor. Though curious about the performers he saw in high school plays, his dream was to compete as a pole vaulter in the Olympics.

Going nowhere during his college years, Richard enrolled in an oral interpretation class where, though shy and introverted, he found his voice, and after graduating joined a Los Angeles repertory company.

He began his television career playing Philip Brent in the soap opera All My Children. After guest roles in Cannon, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, and The Waltons he starred as Inspector Dan Robbins in the final year of The Streets of San Francisco.

He played Harmon Farinella in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, retitled Forever Fernwood after the show’s star left, and Steven Slade in the daytime serial Santa Barbara. Taking the recurring role as Dean Caldwell in Dynasty, he guest-starred in episodes of Murder, She Wrote, TJ Hooker and MacGyver.

With roles in numerous television movies, including The Hustler of Muscle Beach and Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Richard appeared on the big screen as Lee Chan Jr opposite Peter Ustinov and Angie Dickinson in Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen. Further movie roles include Delta Force Leader Brett Haskell in Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One and Colonel Nelson in Iron Thunder.

Best known for playing Captain Apollo in Battlestar Galactica, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, Richard has campaigned to see the show return to television. In 1999 he self-financed a three-minute trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming, based on his novels Warhawk and Armageddon, to generate interest in a new series.

During the past decade, Richard began lecturing on such topics as overcoming fear, and success strategies for business and life. Having formed Su-Shann Productions in 1980 to create workshops and seminars dedicated to help people maximise their potential, he created the Breakthrough Success Bootcamps to inspire people to a higher level of fulfilment.

Further details at the official RICHARD HATCH website.


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