Summer Wine and Brian Wilde

I recently posted on social media forums about the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late great actor Brian Wilde.  Brian has long been a favourite of mine for his fine performances in both Last of the Summer Wine, as Foggy, and Porridge, as Mr Barrowclough.  The responses to these posts showed that I…

Playing a Time Traveller’s Wife

I am currently watching through the Goodnight Sweetheart DVD box set and was thrilled when Michelle Holmes agreed to an interview on playing Yvonne, the wife of time traveller Gary Sparrow, in the first three series.  Goodnight Sweetheart's time travelling concept means it is unusual for a sitcom as the plot is as entertaining as…

Good Lord, It’s Captain Hastings

I was thrilled and honoured when Hugh Fraser agreed to do the first interview for this site. Agatha Christie's Poirot, in which Hugh played Captain Hastings, graced our TV screens for 25 years, running from 1989 to 2013.  The series was a beautiful, quality production and there was just as much enjoyment to be had…

Farewell Night Hawk

As has been remarked on many times, recently we have lost a lot of famous people.  The death of Gorden Kaye earlier this week felt to me to be one of the greater losses.  In saying that, I'm not trying to compare talent or success of different individuals, but merely looking at what a central…

Still Open All Hours

In the autumn of 2014 I was lucky enough to get tickets to the studio recording of episode 1 of series 1 of Still Open All Hours at the now closed Teddington Studios.  I had grown up watching Open All Hours on the TV and had enjoyed the pilot for its sequel, which had been…

Goodnight Sweetheart

In the 1990's I was a student and as a student I tended to be busy in the evenings, not watching TV but out and about.  In one of the houses in which I rented a room, the TV was kept under the stairs, only brought out when there was something on someone really wanted…

Great – Interior Design Challenge

For me the Great Interior Design Challenge is the most watchable interior design programme since the days of Changing Rooms in the 1990's, and certainly it seems the most talked about.  That said, the show is very different to Changing Rooms, more serious though still accessible, an opportunity for aspiring designers, rather than have a…