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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

The voice of K9, who played both Pasco and Toise in Blake's 7 ...

 

John Leeson's career as an actor of over forty years has spanned the West End, film, and television of all kinds.

His work in TV space adventure and fantasy includes Blake's 7 (Pasco in "Mission to Destiny" and Toise in "Gambit") and Doctor Who, as the voice of K9 (1977-1979 and 1980-1981), the faithful and smart robotic dog. He has been delighted to rejoin Elisabeth Sladen to reprise the character in the current series episode "School Reunion", and we are looking forward to reuniting the two of them at this year’s Cult TV Festival (subject to work and personal commitments).

John also voiced K9 in 1981's pilot K9 and Company (1981) and has reprised the character in several Big Finish audio adventures, including "Zagreus" and the "Gallifrey" series. Leeson's vocal contributions to Doctor Who also include other characters in the stories “The Invisible Enemy” and "Remembrance of the Daleks".

John’s other television appearances include Bugs, Dad’s Army, Jigsaw, Sorry!, 'Allo 'Allo!, Take Three Girls, Rings On Their Fingers, My Wife Next Door, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Tucker’s Luck, Crown Court, Crossroads, The Bill, 1998's Vanity Fair, Longitude, Doctors, and he was the original Bungle in Rainbow. In 1995 he appeared in BBV's Doctor Who spin-off production Downtime, playing a disc jockey.

John has also set questions for Mastermind, and was co-author (with Anthony Marriott) of stage comedies "Under The Bench" and "Nipped In the Bud", and the drama "What'll The Neighbours Say?". He was also the co-scriptwriter for pilot sit-coms We Never Closed and Roland and Julie.

John is progressively touring his one-man show "A Dog’s Life", an engaging backstage glimpse of his professional career and his later association with Doctor Who (he was also seen on-screen as the character Dugeen during the serial "The Power of Kroll"). Beyond his theatre and TV work John is also a fully accredited wine educator, and he is a deputy chairman of his local magistrates' bench.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Bill Buchanan from 24 and McQueen from Space: Above and Beyond ...

 

James Morrison began his professional acting career as a clown and wire walker for the Carson and Barnes Wild Animal Circus in the mid-1970s, and served his theatrical apprenticeship with the Alaska Repertory Theatre during its 1977-79 seasons. Since then, he has appeared at the McCarter Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum, the LA Stage Company, The Jupiter Theatre, The Old Globe, and The Pasadena Playhouse with such renowned directors as Emily Mann, Des McAnuff, Jack O'Brien, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jose Quintero and Harry Mastrogeorge.

James is currently starring in 24, as Head of CTU Bill Buchanan, alongside Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. He was also Lt Col Tyrus Cassius ‘TC’ McQueen in Space: Above and Beyond, and has appeared in Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Frasier, CSI: Miami, Millennium, LA Law, Quantum Leap, Brooklyn South, Prey, Nash Bridges, The X-Files, The Others, Freedom, The Division, JAG, 10-8, NCIS, Cold Case, and was Kingston Nickson in Point Pleasant.

James has appeared on the big screen in the films “Catch Me If You Can”, “The One”, “Desert Cross”, “Falling Down”, “Shadow of Doubt”, “Abilene”, “Wilderness Survival for Girls” and “Jarhead”.

He directed his first film, “Parking”, in 1996. Based on his play, “Parking” was produced by his wife, Riad Galayini. “Parking” has screened at Slamdance (receiving the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film); the Palm Springs International Film Festival; the Portland, Cleveland, Sedona, and Albany Film Festivals; the Taos Talking Picture Festival, Austin's South By Southwest Festival; New York's New Directors/New Films Festival presented by Lincoln Centre at the Museum of Modern Art; the South Beach Film Festival in Miami; the Central Florida Film Festival (winning third place in the narrative film award); the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; the Montreal World Festival; The Festival of US Shorts in Brisbane, Australia; Ireland's Cork International Film Festival; the St. Louis Film Festival; and The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema. “Parking” also aired on the Sundance channel.

In December 1997 James and Riad completed their second short film, “Nude Descending”, which won the George Melies Award at the 1998 Taos Talking Picture Festival. In 2000 “Nude Descending” was selected for special recognition by the reelshort.com New Short Film Directors Showcase and Universal Studios at the Hitchcock International Director's Series presented by the American Cinematheque.

James can be heard in the BBC radio production of “Julius Caesar” and seen in the American Playhouse production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. He also appears in Ruby McCollum and Rainmaker, radio dramas for American National Public Radio.

James is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and three Drama-Logue Awards. He appeared in the London premiere of Emily Mann's “Still Life” at the West End's Donmar Warehouse and the Riverside Studios after a stint in The Edinburgh Festival at the venerable Traverse Theatre, where the production received a Fringe First Award. In addition to being a Lecture Fellow at Bournemouth University School of Media in the UK, James is certified to teach Hatha yoga by the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara and teaches at L.A.'s oldest studio, The Centre for Yoga.

A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, his plays have been seen at The Sundance Institute, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Playwrights' Centre of Minneapolis, LA Theatre Works, The MET Theatre, City Theatre in Miami, The Two Parts Theatre Company, The Classical Theatre Lab, The Road Theatre, The Mojo Ensemble, The Wooden O, and the Salt Lake Acting Company where James has directed several plays including those by Sam Shepard, John Robinson, Larry Shue, and Beth Henley.

Born in Bountiful, Utah and raised in Alaska, James lives in Los Angeles with Riad and son Seamus. Scheduled to be a guest at Cult TV 2007, unfortunately due to last minute changes of schedules for the filming of that year's season of 24 meant he was not able to join us.

You can find out more about James Morrison at his official website at www.jpmorrison.com.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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".

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Amongst many other roles, Carol IS the "Monty Python girl" ...

 

A Londoner at birth, Carol Cleveland moved to America at the age of five only to return to the UK shores in 1960 to study at RADA.

Starting with guest roles in The Saint, and the adventure series The Sentimental Agent, Carol frequently appeared in many of the ITC series. In fact in two productions; ‘The Sitting Pigeon’ episode of Man In A Suitcase, and ‘For the Girl Who has Everything’ episode of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) she even wore the same dress. As one of the guests invited to The Hellfire Club, she appeared in the infamous episode of The Avengers, ‘A Touch of Brimstone.’

More famously, Carol became known as ‘the Python Girl’ after appearing in Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a role that led to her inclusion in all of the Python films, stage shows and recordings.

Other television work includes guest appearances in the sitcoms Are You Being Served? and Only Fools and Horses, About Face, The Two Ronnies and Land of Hope and Gloria. Although predominantly known for her light comedy, Carol considers some of her best TV work was as Leigh Mervish in Michael J Bird’s drama, The Lotus Eaters, set amongst the expat community on the island of Crete.

With a film career that has included roles in Moon Zero Two, Vampira and The Return of the Pink Panther, on stage, Carol has played leading roles in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Lenny at London’s Criterion Theatre. With twenty national tours to her credit, including runs of Not Now Darling, Miss Julie, as well as a far East tour of Two and Two Make Sex. More recently she appeared in The Front Page at the Festival Theatre, Chichester.

Carol has written her own one-woman show, Pom Poms Up, a wry, autobiographical, look at the glamour business. First performed at the Brighton Festival and later, onboard the QE2. Lucky attendees to the 1996 Cult TV Festival were delighted to be treated to extracts from the show as part of that year’s cabaret.

Carol was also a guest at the Cult TV Festival in the UK in 1995 and 2002.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

From Travis Mark II in Blake's 7 to Ted Hills in Eastenders ...

 

Brian Croucher was born in Surrey and now lives in Kent. He worked as an apprentice in the printing trade and as a redcoat for Butlins before training at LAMDA. He is married to Christina Balit and they have two children, Sean and Billie.

He played the second incarnation of Travis in Blake's 7, and featured as Borg in Doctor Who "The Robots of Death". He has been involved in an extensive range of other television work including Wycliffe, Casualty, The Quatermass Conclusion, Out, The Famous Five, The XYY Man, Warship, The Professionals, Softly Softly, Minder, Out, The Gentle Touch, Dempsey & Makepeace, The New Avengers, CATS Eyes, Father Brown, Dixon of Dock Green, Callan, Public Eye, Detectives II; A Skirt Through History, The Young Ones, Bottom, Blood Money, Shoestring, The Chinese Detective, Hideaway, The Collectors, Hold the Back Page, Edge of Darkness, Grange Hill, Rockcliffe’s Babies, Bread, A Small Problem, Natural Lies, King and Castle, Letty, The Upper Hand, Hot House, Hammer House of Horror, The Last Days of Pompeii, The Hanged Man, Treasure Island, The Lenny Henry Show, The Deadly Game, Stick with me Kid, Over the Rainbow, Full Stretch, Shopping, Lovejoy, Birds of a Feather, and Noel’s House Party.

His most recent roles were in Doctors, an episode of The Bill (bringing his total to seven – he first featured in 1985), and as Prosymnos in Gory Greek Gods. Brian also had a spell of soap stardom playing Ted Hills in EastEnders, although he was also in the very early days of Crossroads as Johnny Keller.

He has also been involved in several spin-offs from his work on Doctor Who and Blake's 7. In 1994 he reunited with former co-star Jan Chappell to headline in the direct-to-video production "Shakedown: Return of The Sontarans", which was directed by Kevin Davies. In 2001 he was involved in the Kaldor City audio play "Occam's Razor" which is set in the same fictional Universe as his Doctor Who Story "The Robots of Death".

His film credits include "Shopping", "From the Island", "A Nightingale Sang", "Oliver", "Made", "Oh Lucky Man", "The Set Up", "Dreamhouse", "Take it or Leave It", "Underworld" and most recently "I'll Sleep when I’m Dead" starring Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell and Charlotte Rampling.

His numerous theatre credits include "Paddywack", "Bare", "Fantasy Bonds", "Catch Me If You Can", "Barnaby and the Old Boys" (including West End), "Major Barbara" (at the National Theatre), "Dick Turpin", "Inside Out", "The Provok’d Wife", "Class Enemy", "Christie in Love", "Edward Bond Trilogy", "Duck Song", and "Find Your Way Home". His most recent roles have been playing Fagin in Lionel Bart’s "Oliver" at the Marlowe, Canterbury; Stalin in David Pinner’s "Lenin in Love" at the New End, Hampstead; and Raynor in the UK tour of "Snakes and Ladders".

Brian has also appeared in several pantos, most recently as Fleshcreep in "Jack and the Beanstalk" (Harlequin, Redhill); as Alderman Fitzwarren and the Sultan of Morocco in "Dick Whittington" (Palace Theatre, Redditch); and the Emperor of China in "Aladdin" (Dacorum Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead). Brian also hosted "Croucher's Back" – an evening with Brian as part of the Wandsworth Festival at the Grace Theatre, Battersea.

Radio work includes "Everyone Says You Are", "Anything Legal" and "The Detectives", as well as numerous voice-overs and adverts.

Brian also has many directorial credits, including: Hampstead New Theatre – "Adams Apple"; Soho Poly Theatre Club – "Parkers Knoll"; "A Treat"; "Moonlight"; "The Heather and A Curse"; Round House Theatre – "Scenes from Soweto"; Etcetera Theatre, London – "Parachuting Lemmings"; Lyric Theatre, Belfast – "The Comedians"; Edinburgh Festival and London – "Tristram Shandy"; Earl’s Court, London – "Anything, Woman in Upturned Skirt" (by Brian’s wife, Christina Balit); Grace Theatre, Battersea – "Swingers"; SE England tour and Grace Theatre, Battersea, London – "Crystal Clear"; and Old Red Lion, London – "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea".

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Creating a song and dance from Just William to Doctor Who and beyond ...

 

Born Bonita Melody Lysette Langford, by the age of six Bonnie Langford had won the television talent contest Opportunity Knocks and gained her Equity membership.

Before training at the Italia Conti stage school, she made her West End debut in a musical adaptation of Gone With the Wind and played in a production of Gypsy that transferred to Broadway.

A co-presenter on Junior Showtime, in 1977, she appeared in ITV’s children’s drama Just William. Adapted from the books by Richmal Crompton, and starring Adrian Bannatt as the grubby William Brown, Bonnie played the lisping Violet-Elizabeth Bott who threatened to "scweam and scweam and scweam until I’m thick."

Moving into light entertainment she presented The Hot Shoe Show with Wayne Sleep, and the children’s morning show Saturday Starship. Continuing to make guest appearances in numerous variety shows in 1986 she took on the role of Melanie Bush, in Doctor Who.

Appearing in the final two stories of "The Trial of a Time Lord", she continued as the Doctor’s companion through the show’s twenty-fourth season following the character’s regeneration from Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy until surrendering the role to Sophie Aldred’s Ace.

Reprising the character in five Big Finish New Doctor Who Audio Adventures, including the Unbound drama "He Jests at Scars...", opposite Michael Jayston’s Valeyard, she appeared on the 40th Anniversary story Zagreus whose cast includes Peter Davison and Paul McGann along with numerous past companions.

Between earlier film roles in "Bugsy Malone" and "Wombling Free", and television guest appearances in Goodnight Sweetheart and "Noel Coward’s Family Album", adapted for Tonight at 8.30, Bonnie continued her long career in theatre.

After playing Rumpleteaser in the original cast of "Cats", she has taken roles in "The Pirates of Penzance", "Me and My Girl" and "Peter Pan: The Musical", and toured in musicals such as "42nd Street" and "Oklahoma!"

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Joining Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas at the Cult TV Weekender in 2007 was a Red Ford Torino just like you see in the Starsky and Hutch television series ...

 

With thousands of pounds invested (and that's just in petrol!), this car is loaded with features that will blow your mind. Included is air suspension, a 351 Windsor engine with holy carb conversion and a flowmaster exhaust system to give the grunt. The Torino is complete with flashing lights, siren, and a loud speaker to shout abuse at on-lookers.

The car joined Antonio Fargas at the Cult TV Weekender 2007, and you were able to take the opportunity to get your picture taken with the Torino and Huggy Bear himself!

For more information on this vehicle, why not visit its website at www.zebra3uk.com.

 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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