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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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

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

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

Star of Stargate SG-1 and Profit ...


Teryl plays Doctor Janet Fraiser in Stargate SG-1, the Medical Officer at the Cheyenne Mountain Facility. Frasier's skill and compassion are needed when facing the incredible cases brought to her by the SG teams.

A Vancouver native, Teryl Rothery always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She began her career as a dancer, age 13, performing in her first musical, "Bye Bye Birdie". Her role in "Annie Get Your Gun" earned her a Most Outstanding Performer award with her theatre company.

Teryl has been working in the television and Film industry for many years. She has appeared in "The X Files" (episode "Excelceus Dei"), "Profit", "First Wave", "The Outer Limits", "The Commish", "Robin's Hoods", "MANTIS", and "Cobra". Teryl has used her voice talents on many cartoon series including "Re-Boot" (as Pixel), "ExoSquad" and was Kodachi ('Black Rose') in "Ranma 1/2" (aka "Ranma Nibunoichi").

On the big screen, she has been in "Masterminds" with Patrick Stewart, "Exhuming Mr Rice" with David Bowie and "Best in Show" with Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest. Other film credits include "Urban Safari", "Andre" and "Exquisite Tenderness". She has appeared in the TV movies "Who Killed my Daughter?", "Deceived by Trust", "Tailhook", "For the Love of Nancy" "and The Man Who Wouldn't Die".

She has recently been featured in J Michael Straczynski's new series "Jeremiah", playing the mother of Luke Perry's character.

Off stage and screen, Teryl enjoys walking, riding and roller blading. You can find out more about her at her own official website, www.terylrothery.com.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Co-producer, creator and writer of shows like Thunderbirds and UFO ...


Before becoming the UK Original Programming representative for HBO, the American cable channel, Sylvia Anderson was responsible for creating programmes that enriched the childhood of generations.

A graduate of the LSE, she began her television career as a 'Girl Friday' for the company Polytechnic. When directors Gerry Anderson and Arthur Provis broke away to form AP Films, Sylvia joined them in their new venture.

First producing The Adventures of Twizzle, Torchy the Battery Boy and the western Four Feather Falls, the company then struck a deal with Lew Grade and ITC.

After working on continuity during the making of Supercar, Sylvia began writing scripts and voicing characters, and her contribution to the shows grew from strength to strength.

Starting with Fireball XL5, Sylvia co-created all the series produced between 1962 and 1975, with the exception of The Protectors. Writing or co-writing the first episode for each, at the very least, she voiced numerous characters including Fireball XL5’s Doctor Venus, Melody Angel in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and most famously Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward from Thunderbirds, who was modelled on her likeness.

From Stingray through to Joe 90 and The Secret Service, Sylvia created and visualised all the marionette characters. Having co-written and produced both Thunderbirds movies, the company moved into live action with the feature "Doppelganger" (aka "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun") which she co-created, co-wrote and produced.

With UFO, Sylvia designed the costumes and had a hand in casting the roles, and also produced the first series of Space: 1999. As well as being involved in the visual style of both series, the shift from marionettes to actors meant she could push for a greater emphasis on characterisation.

The publication of "Yes M’Lady" back in 1991 gave Sylvia's first personal account of her years making Thunderbirds and the other classic APF and Century 21 series, helping to emphasise not just Sylvia’s overlooked contribution to the series, but those of the production crews on the various shows as well.

A celebrity guest at the Cult TV Festivals in 1998 and 2001, Sylvia has a new book out called "MY FAB YEARS". This is a large coffee table book (think the size of a box set of 12” vinyl records in format), it features a host of previously unpublished and rare photographs from the days of APF and Century 21, as well as bringing the entire story of all the series she was involved with up to date.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The award-winning comedienne joined us for Cult TV's 2007 Sunday Night Cabaret ...


Suzy is known as the “Devonshire Blonde Bombshell” (apparently) and is a fledgling comedienne. Currently working full time at a top London tourist attraction (clue: she gets to grope Johnny Depp every day, and he can’t run away!), she is looking to pursue comedy on a more permanent basis.

She won the Funny Women Awards 2006 and subsequently had a lot of press coverage including being featured as one of the “Top 10 Up and Coming London comics” in ‘Time Out’, ‘The Stage’ and, er, The London Lite!

Suzy has appeared on stage with Jo Brand and Jan Ravens, featured on a comedy podcast on ‘The Sun’ website, and recently had a guest spot in the Plymouth leg of Jimmy Carr’s Gag Reflex tour, as well as featuring on his Comedy Idol DVD as a finalist … she hates to brag, but she did, so there!

Suzy was also featured on the BBC’s The One Show in an item about breaking into professional comedy, along with another budding talent, Nick Pettigrew. Both acts were filmed for two days and given the opportunity to perform alongside established acts and be paid for their efforts. Suzy was also flown down to London from Edinburgh to discuss her experience live on the couch with the programme’s presenter, Adrian Childs.

Suzy joined us at the Cult TV Weekender in 2007 to spice up our Sunday Night Cabaret – following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Norman Lovett, Mitch Benn and Carol Cleveland!


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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

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

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

Star of Garrison's Gorillas, Planet of the Apes, and Land of the Lost joined us for Cult TV 2007 ...


Ron Harper starred as Lt Craig Garrison in Garrison’s Gorillas in 1967, a single season series about a group of commandos recruited from jail to use their assembled special skills against the Nazis in WWII. With their headquarters in a sleepy corner of England, they often found themselves all across Europe and behind enemy lines.

Two of his other best known roles were as astronaut Alan Virdon in Planet of the Apes, the spin-off TV series from the movie franchise, and as Uncle Jack in the third season of Land of the Lost.

Ron was born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, a small town just east of Pittsburgh. He won an academic scholarship to Princeton University after becoming valedictorian of his senior class.

At Princeton he appeared in a number of plays and musical comedies during two seasons of performances with the Princeton University Players. Following his graduation, Ron turned down a fellowship to the Harvard Law School and headed to New York to study with Lee Strasberg.

After appearing in such production as “Studio One” and “The Armstrong Theatre”, Ron enlisted in the US Navy. Subsequently, he returned to New York where he appeared on Broadway in “Night Circus” and “Sweet Bird of Youth”. He toured the country in the latter production as Paul Newman's understudy.

His first television appearance was in Tales of Wells Fargo in 1960. Other roles soon followed, including 87th Precinct, The Deputy, The Tall Man, Laramie, and Wagon Train.

He was as a regular on Wendy and Me in 1964 - which starred George Burns as an apartment block owner – Ron played Jeff Conway, the airline pilot husband of Wendy (Connie Stevens), who were two of the building’s tenants - and The Jean Arthur Show in 1966, in which he played Paul, the lawyer son of Patricia Marshall (played by the star, Jean Arthur).

Ron can also be seen in such shows as The Big Valley, Cannon, Love American Style, Another World, Mike Hammer (1984), Remington Steele, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Night Man, Boy Meets World, Walker Texas Ranger, and The West Wing.

Film roles include “Below Utopia”, “The Odd Couple II”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Venomous” and “Touched”.

We were delighted that Ron agreed to join us exclusively in the UK for the Cult TV Weekender 2007, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Garrison’s Gorillas.



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