2023 Events

Art & Hue’s round-up of film, TV & cultural anniversaries, events & milestones in 2023.

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2023 Milestones
Marking major anniversaries in 2023:





Film Anniversaries


65 Years of Carry On
65 years of Carry On films by Art & Hue

2023 marks 65 years since the first classic Carry On production, “Carry On Sergeant”, was released in 1958. Carry On Sergeant laid the groundwork for the most prolific British film series (yes, longer than Bond). This successful first film was screened to the trade and cinema-bookers on the 1st of August 1958 after which some regional screenings were held from the 31st of August 1958 including Aberdeen & Birmingham. It wasn’t until the 19th of September 1958 that it received its London cinema release at the Plaza, and then the film rolled out nationwide on general release from the 20th of September onwards. Without the success of the first Carry On, there simply wouldn’t have been all the films that followed in its path.

65 years of Carry On

60 Years of Billy Liar
Art & Hue presents Billy Liar stylish pop art prints

John Schlesinger’s film adaptation of Keith Waterhouse’s novel “Billy Liar“, starring Julie Christie, premiered in London at the Warner cinema on the 15th of August 1963. With Tom Courtenay, Leonard Rossiter, Helen Fraser, Rodney Bewes, Mona Washbourne, & Wilfred Pickles, “Billy Liar” introduced Julie Christie to cinema-goers as the free-spirited Liz and, even though she was only onscreen for a relatively short amount of time, she captivated audiences as the embodiment of 1960s carefree and adventurous youth.

Billy Liar


50 years of The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man” is a classic horror that has been captivating audiences for 50 years.

First screened to the trade & cinema distributors on the 3rd of December 1973, the 6th of December 1973 marked a momentous occasion in the world of cinema as it was on that day that The Wicker Man opened to the public at the Metropole cinema in London.

To mark the significant milestone of 50 years of the cult classic, a 4k restoration of the film has been released on UHD Blu-ray, and Art & Hue has added new prints to “The Wicker Man” pop art collection.

Part-horror, part-thriller, part-musical, Christopher Lee considered it to be his best work and the film’s longevity is testament to Anthony Shaffer’s great screenplay & Robin Hardy’s direction – the final shot alone is cinematic perfection.

In its 50th anniversary year, “The Wicker Man” is soon to get a new lease of life in a television series created by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s production company The Imaginarium and Studiocanal-backed Urban Myth Films.

The Wicker Man


70 Years of The Titfield Thunderbolt
70 years of The Titfield Thunderbolt classic Ealing comedy

2023 marks 70 years since the classic 1953 Ealing comedyThe Titfield Thunderbolt” premiered in London.

On the 5th of March 1953, “The Titfield Thunderbolt” had its Gala Premiere at London’s Leicester Square Theatre as part of the British Film Academy’s award ceremony, before going on general release from the 6th of March 1953.

A classic Ealing comedy, much-loved by film fans and train enthusiasts alike, “The Titfield Thunderbolt” was the first Ealing Comedy to be made in colour, Technicolor in fact, and the fourth to be directed by Charles Crichton.

The Titfield Thunderbolt











TV Anniversaries


55 Years since the final series of The Avengers started airing with Tara King
The Avengers pop art & greeting cards by Art & Hue

1968 saw the final series of “The Avengers” start on British & American TV. When Diana Rigg drove into the sunset with Mr. Peel 55 years ago, the baton was passed to Linda Thorson. Whilst Mrs Peel’s departure upset devotees of the character, Tara King secured her own fans who fell for her ever-changing hair and outfits, as well as her resourcefulness.
The Avengers


Final episodes of classic cop shows
1970s Cops by Art & Hue

CI5 had their last outing with Bodie & Doyle 40 years ago when “The Professionals” came to an end in 1983. Created by the same team as “The Avengers“, the show made stars of Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw as well as cementing Gordon Jackson as one of the nation’s favourite actors. The final episode of “The Sweeney” with John Thaw & Dennis Waterman aired 45 years ago, and it’s also 45 years since the end of Patrick Mower‘s series “Target”.

70s Cops






Celebrating major birthdays in 2023:


Janis Paige 101
Janis Paige 101

Glynis Johns 100
Glynis Johns 100

Dame Cleo Laine 96


Joan Collins 90
Joan Collins 90

Michael Caine 90
Michael Caine 90

Barbara Feldon 90
Barbara Feldon 90

Amanda Barrie 88


George Innes 85
George Innes 85

Janette Scott 85
Janette Scott 85

Patrick Mower 85
Patrick Mower 85

Claudia Cardinale 85
Claudia Cardinale pop art print of The Pink Panther actress by Art & Hue


Terence Stamp 85

Valerie Leon 80
Valerie Leon 80

Lauren Hutton 80
Lauren Hutton 80


Barry Manilow 80
Barry Manilow 80

Sinead Cusack 75
Sinead Cusack 75

Lulu 75
Lulu 75

King Charles III 75
King Charles III 75


Pierce Brosnan 70
Pierce Brosnan illustration by Art & Hue

Daniel Craig 55
Daniel Craig illustration by Art & Hue

Kasparov 60
Kasparov Garry stylish pop art print by Art & Hue

Jennifer Saunders 65
Jennifer Saunders stylish pop art illustration by Art & Hue



New Blu-ray & DVD restorations in 2023
Art & Hue’s round-up of classic & cult films that have been restored or re-released on Blu-ray in 2023:


The Three & Four Musketeers 4k
The Three Musketeers & The Four Musketeers

This year saw the release of new swashbuckling 4K restorations of “The Three Musketeers” and “The Four Musketeers”. Filmed back to back and released in 1973 & 1974, the stellar casts include Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, Richard Chamberlain & Raquel Welch.

Three Musketeers & Four Musketeers via Amazon



New pop art collections in 2023


Art & Hue presents Trains stylish pop art prints
Art & Hue presents Euro Song stylish pop art prints
Art & Hue presents Billy Liar stylish pop art prints
Art & Hue presents Pattern Models stylish pop art prints
Art & Hue presents Car Parks stylish pop art prints
65 Years of Carry On films pop art by Art & Hue
Art & Hue presents Movie Map of America stylish pop art print
Art & Hue presents Composers stylish pop art prints
50 years of cult film The Wicker Man
Don't Look Now pop art by Art & Hue
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In memoriam
Remembering those who left us in 2023:


In Memoriam 2023

Many other talents, of fashion, design, film & television, left us in 2023, including:

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American comedian Kelly Monteith whose long-running show on British TV welcomed many guest stars over the years, including Valerie Leon, Carol Hawkins, Victor Spinetti, Frank Thornton, & Wilfrid Brambell to name a very few; James D. Brubaker who produced many films including the “Rocky” series, who started as a driver on productions including Bond‘s “Diamonds are Forever”; the writer of the novel “The Life & Loves of a She-Devil”, which was adapted for a TV series starring Dennis Waterman, Fay Weldon wrote the first ever episode of “Upstairs, Downstairs” starring Jean Marsh & Gordon Jackson; legendary guitarist Jeff Beck who appeared with The Yardbirds in the seminal 60s film “Blow-Up” starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, and 60s supermodels Peggy Moffitt & Veruschka; actor Earl Boen who starred in the Terminator film series with Arnold Schwarzenegger; cinematographer Owen Roizman who worked on many renowned films including “Network” with Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway; singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis, the King of Rock & Roll; Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida who appeared in many movies including “Never So Few” with Frank Sinatra, and “Trapeze” with Tony Curtis & Burt Lancaster; Gerry O’Hara who directed the classic Avengers episode “The Hour that Never Was”, the Jackie & Joan Collins film “The Bitch”, and script-edited many episodes of “The Professionals“; Piers Haggard who directed episodes of “Callan“, “Public Eye”, & “Armchair Theatre” with Liam Redmond, Jane Birkin, & Sam Kydd; director Bruce Gowers who worked on many music videos for artists including Queen, Elton John, Prince, & Rod Stewart; Edward R. Pressman who produced many films including “Conan the Destroyer” with Arnold Schwarzenegger & Grace Jones, and “Wall Street” with Michael Douglas & Terence Stamp; musician David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash; editor Donn Cambern who worked on many films including “Easy Rider”, “2000 Years Later” with Terry-Thomas, & “The Last Picture Show” with Cybill Shepherd; playwright & screenwriter Ted Whitehead who wrote “Alpha Beta” with Albert Finney & Rachel Roberts, and adapted for TV “The Lives & Loves of a She-Devil” with Dennis Waterman; Shirley Dynevor-White, who was a performer in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop before becoming a stage manager on “Coronation Street“; actor Julian Sands who starred in “A Room with a View” with Maggie Smith, “Privates on Parade” with John Cleese, and “The Killing Fields” with Bill Paterson; cinematographer Brian Tufano who worked on many film & TV productions including “Common as Muck” with Edward Woodward, “Riding High” with Irene Handl, and “Billy Elliot” with Julie Walters; French-Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne who created iconic space-age designs in the 1960s worn by models including Peggy Moffitt, actresses including Audrey Hepburn, and his muse, singer Françoise Hardy; actress Melinda Dillon who starred in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Right of Way” with Bette Davis; the dynamic & fun fashion editor Hilary Alexander OBE who is widely credited with inventing the term “supermodel“; stage actor Wyllie Longmore who also appeared in “Coronation Street“; Hugh Hudson who directed the Oscar-winning film “Chariots of Fire” with Patrick Magee & Ruby Wax; producer & director Paul Stewart Laing who worked on “Celebrity Squares” with Bob Monkhouse, and “New Faces” with Victoria Wood; singer & actor Dennis Lotis who appeared in “Make Mine a Million” with Sabrina, “She’ll Have to Go” with Anna Karina & Bob Monkhouse, and “The Golden Disc” with Terry Dene; David Jolicoeur, also known as Trugoy the Dove, of the seminal & pioneering group De La Soul; actor Zia Mohyeddin who appeared in the final black-and-white episode of “The Avengers“, “Public Eye”, “Minder“, and “Secret Agent” amongst many other credits; actress Stella Stevens, who starred in “The Secret of My Success” with Honor Blackman & James Booth, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” with Elvis, “The Nutty Professor” with Jerry Lewis, and “The Silencers” with Dean Martin; production co-ordinator Jessica Skippon who worked on films including “Wait Until Dark” with Audrey Hepburn; Grange Hill actor Lee Whitlock who starred in “Shine on Harvey Moon” with Kenneth Cranham; “Hill Street Blues”-actress Barbara Bosson who appeared in “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen & Robert Vaughn; football commentator John Motson; actress Patti Love who appeared in “That’ll be the Day” with Billy Fury, “The Krays” with Alfred Lynch, and “Steaming” with Vanessa Redgrave & Diana Dors; Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent who co-starred in “Away From Her” with Julie Christie; Walter Mirisch who was a producer on many films including the Oscar-winning “In the Heat of the Night” plus “The Thomas Crown Affair” & “The Pink Panther” (albeit uncredited); the first female Speaker of the House of Commons Betty Boothroyd; legendary jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter who played with Miles Davis; Jay Weston who produced the Oscar-winning film “Lady Sings the Blues” about jazz icon Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross; actor Chaim Topol of “Fiddler on the Roof” fame who also appeared in the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” with Roger Moore, and “Flash Gordon” with Timothy Dalton; cult filmmaker Bert I. Gordon who created “Necromancy” with Orson Welles, and “Empire of the Ants” with Joan Collins; Isabel Colegate, author of “The Shooting Party” which was adapted into a film with James Mason & Gordon Jackson; Italian filmmaker Francesco Maselli who directed “I Delfini”, “A Fine Pair” & “Gli indifferenti”, all with Claudia Cardinale, and “Fai in fretta ad uccidermi… ho freddo!” with Monica Vitti; Welsh actor Dafydd Hywel who had a long and varied career, appearing in many Welsh & English productions including “Pobol y Cym” and “Off to Philadelphia in the Morning” with Rachel Thomas, “The Angry Earth” with Meredith Edwards, “Stanley & the Women” with John Thaw, “The Dawson Watch” with Carol Hawkins & Valerie Leon, and “The Life and Times of David Lloyd George” with Philip Madoc & Fulton Mackay; actor, writer & presenter Bob Goody who appeared in many productions including “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover” with Michael Gambon, “Bleak House” with T.P. McKenna & Graham Crowden, “Ace Reports” and “Robin’s Nest“; jazz musician Tony Coe who played the stealthy tenor saxophone on Henry Mancini’s classic theme for several of the Pink Panther films; actor & composer Ryuichi Sakamoto who composed the soundtracks of “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” with David Bowie, and “The Last Emperor” with Ric Young; Canadian actress Sharon Acker who appeared in “Lucky Jim” with Terry-Thomas, Ian Carmichael, Hugh Griffith & Kenneth Griffith; milliner Marie O’Regan who created over 250 hats for Queen Elizabeth II; cinematographer Bill Butler who worked on many classic films including “Demon Seed” with Julie Christie, “Jaws”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Deliverance”, and “Grease”, to name a few; the far-too-young comedian Gareth Richards of The Frank Skinner Show; art director and production designer Norman Reynolds who worked on many films including “Mission: Impossible” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Star Wars” with Alec Guinness, David Prowse & Eddie Byrne, “Return to Oz” with Jean Marsh, “The Incredible Sarah” with Yvonne Mitchell, “Clean Slate” with Michael Gambon, and many more; Oscar-nominated actor Michael Lerner who appeared in “The Ski Bum” with Charlotte Rampling; composer Christopher Gunning who wrote the music for films including “Ooh…You Are Awful” and “Man About The House“, as well as the iconic theme for the TV series “Poirot” with David Suchet; actor Murray Melvin who appeared in the very first episode of “The Avengers” as well as many classic films including “Sparrows Can’t Sing“, “Alfie” with Michael Caine, “The Criminal” with Stanley Baker, “H.M.S. Defiant” with Alec Guinness, and many more; the trailblazing singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte who starred in many films including “Island in the Sun” with Joan Collins & Stephen Boyd, and “The Angel Levine” with Milo O’Shea; prolific stage actress Maria Charles who, as well as tutoring Daniel Craig in acting, appeared in “Revenge of the Pink Panther” with Peter Sellers & Valerie Leon, and “Brideshead Revisited” with Mona Washbourne; award-winning editor John Wright who cut films including “The Hunt for Red October” with Sean Connery, and “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Pierce Brosnan; soul singer & songwriter Linda Lewis who collaborated with many musicians including Rod Stewart; actress Barbara Young who started in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop before going on to appear in many productions including “Hazell”, “Public Eye”, and “Coronation Street“; actor Terrence Hardiman who appeared in many shows including “Minder” and “Keeping Up Appearances“; “The Bill”-actor Victor Gallucci who appeared in “Carry On Henry”, “The Return of the Pink Panther“, “Minder” & “The Professionals“; Austrian actor Helmut Berger who appeared in many films including the cult 1970 adaptation of “Dorian Gray” with Richard Todd & Herbert Lom; drag artiste George Logan who formed the pioneering double act Hinge & Bracket with Patrick Fyffe; sportsman turned actor Jim Brown who appeared in “Mars Attacks!” with Pierce Brosnan & Tom Jones, and in “The Running Man” with Arnold Schwarzenegger; cinematographer Ken Westbury who started as the clapper loader and focus puller on classic Ealing productions including “Whisky Galore!“, “Kind Hearts & Coronets“, “Train of Events“, “Pool of London“, “The Man in the White Suit“; “Secret People“, “The Gentle Gunman“, and “The Divided Heart“, before his photography work on many television shows including “The Singing Detective” with Michael Gambon; soul and rock icon Tina Turner who sang the Bond theme for “Goldeneye” starring Pierce Brosnan; actress Marlene Clark who starred in “Sanford & Son” which was the American remake of “Steptoe & Son“; songwriter Cynthia Weil who wrote many songs for numerous artists including The Ronettes, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, & Ray Charles; actor Barry Newman, star of “Vanishing Point” in which Charlotte Rampling appeared in the UK edit; stuntman & actor Dinny Powell who appeared in many cult productions including, to name a very few, “The Avengers“, “The Saint“, “The Professionals“, “Steptoe & Son“, “The Sweeney“, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.“, and eight official Bond films (and two unofficial ones); The Girl from Ipanema singer Astrud Gilberto; actor Treat Williams who appeared in many productions including “The Ritz” with Bessie Love & Carry On‘s Peter Butterworth, and “The Eagle Has Landed” with Michael Caine, Jenny Agutter, Larry Hagman & Jean Marsh; two-time Academy Award-winning actress and Member of Parliament Glenda Jackson who starred in many productions including “Women in Love” with Alan Bates, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” with Peter Finch, “The Boy Friend” with Twiggy, as Queen Elizabeth I in “Mary, Queen of Scots” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Hedda” with Pam St. Clement, “Stevie” with Trevor Howard & Mona Washbourne; “The Return of the Soldier” with Julie Christie, “The Romantic Englishwoman” and “The Great Escaper” with Michael Caine, plus many more; actress Angela Thorne who appeared in “To the Manor Born” with Penelope Keith, “The Human Factor” with Richard Attenborough; “Lady Oscar” with Anouska Hempel, and “Oh! What a Lovely War” with Maggie Smith, Cecil Parker, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Hawkins & Dirk Bogarde; Dean Smith who was a regular stuntman in John Wayne Westerns; actor Frederic Forrest who was in “Apocalypse Now” with Marlon Brando; Malcolm Mowbray, director of “A Private Function” starring Maggie Smith with Bill Paterson; Julian Sands who starred in “A Room with a View” with Maggie Smith; American actor Alan Arkin who appeared in “The Russians are Coming” with Eva Marie Saint, and “Inspector Clouseau” with Beryl Reid; Meg Johnson who appeared in “Coronation Street” and “Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV”; actor John Nettleton, who appeared in many productions including TV shows “The Avengers“, “The Professionals“, “Victoria Wood“, “Doctor Who“, “A for Andromeda” with Julie Christie, and “The Protectors” with Robert Vaughn, plus films including “Some Will, Some Won’t” with Ronnie Corbett, and “A Man for All Seasons” with Orson Welles & Yootha Joyce; actress, singer & style icon Jane Birkin who appeared in “Blow-Up!” with David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Peggy Moffitt & Veruschka, “Death on the Nile” with Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, David Niven, Lois Chiles, Jon Finch, Harry Andrews & Celia Imrie, and “Evil Under the Sun” with Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg & Colin Blakely; The Guardian newspaper’s film reviewer Derek Malcolm who was also the director of the BFI in the 1980s; the BBC television’s first female producer and director in light entertainment Yvonne Littlewood who worked on the Eurovision Song Contest, “A Royal Birthday Gala” celebrating The Queen‘s 90th birthday, and entertainment specials with Shirley Bassey, Cleo Laine, & Tommy Steele; the iconic jazz singer Tony Bennett who collaborated with many greats including Frank Sinatra & Aretha; Edelweiss-singer Vince Hill who sang “More Than Ever Now” on “The Railway Children” soundtrack, and hosted the show “The Sold a Million” with many musicals guests including Lulu, Cliff Richard & Dusty Springfield; Charlie‘s daughter Josephine Chaplin who starred in “Escape to the Sun” with Laurence Harvey, and in the TV mini-series “Hemingway” with Stacy Keach; George Alagiah, the BBC journalist & news presenter; singer & songwriter Raymond Froggatt who wrote the Cliff Richard song “Big Ship” which was almost selected to be Lulu‘s entry for the Eurovision song contest before “Boom Bang-a-Bang” was chosen; footballer Trevor Francis, Britain’s first player to cost over a million pounds for his transfer to Nottingham Forest managed by Brian Clough; actress Lelia Goldoni who appeared in “The Disappearance of Aimee” with Faye Dunaway & Bette Davis, and “The Italian Job“; composer Carl Davis who scored films including “I, Monster” with Christopher Lee, and “Up Pompeii“; TV & radio producer Michael Bakewell who was the Head of Plays at the BBC, contributing to the Radio 4 adaptations of Miss Marple with June Whitfield; composer Jim Parker who worked on “Mapp & Lucia” and “Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV”; filmmaker William Friedkin who directed “The Birthday Party” with Patrick Magee & Helen Fraser, “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” with Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom & Harry Andrews, and “The Exorcist” with Jack MacGowran; the young writer Simon Carlyle, co-creator of one of the best British sitcoms of recent years, “Two Doors Down” with Alex Norton; actress Doreen Mantle who appeared in “One Foot in the Grave”, “Public Eye” with Alfred Burke, “Special Branch” with Patrick Mower, & “Coronation Street“; artist Jamie Reid who created the iconic record covers for punk band The Sex Pistols; singer Sinéad O’Connor who also acted in films including “Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights” with Jennifer Daniel, and “The Butcher Boy” with Milo O’Shea; film editor Arthur Schmidt who worked on many classic films including “Ruthless People” with Bette Midler, “Death Becomes Her” with Goldie Hawn, “Forrest Gump”, “Primary Colors” with Larry Hagman, and “What Lies Beneath” with Amber Valletta; actress Anita Carey who appeared in the TV series of “Billy Liar“, “Dixon of Dock Green” with Jack Warner, and “Coronation Street“; screenwriter Bo Goldman who wrote the screenplays for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “The Rose” with Bette Midler; “Ragtime” with James Cagney, Debbie Allen & Donald O’Connor, “Swing Shift” with Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, “Little Nikita” with Sidney Poitier, and “Dick Tracy” with Warren Beatty & Dick Van Dyke; tailor Edward Sexton who went into business with Cilla Black to establish his Savile Row atelier from which he cut suits for Yoko Ono & Twiggy; actress Linda Haynes who appeared in “Latitude Zero” with Joseph Cotten, “Coffy” with Pam Grier, “The Drowning Pool ” with Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, “Brubaker” with Robert Redford, and the critically-acclaimed “Rolling Thunder”; legendary manager Clarence Avant, nicknamed “the Godfather of Black music” who worked with many artists including Sarah Vaughan; actress & singer Patricia Bredin who was the United Kingdom’s first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest, and acted in films including “Left, Right & Centre” with Ian Carmichael & Alastair Sim, “The Bridal Path” with Bernadette O’Farrell, Duncan Macrae, Eddie Byrne, Gordon Jackson & Graham Crowden, “Make Mine a Million” with Sabrina, and “Desert Mice” with Sid James, Dora Bryan & Liz Fraser; chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson who interviewed many actors & musicians across his long career, including Diana Rigg, Muhammad Ali, Orson Welles, John Wayne, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Peter Sellers, Victoria Wood, and Sir Michael Caine, to name a very few; singer Marjorie Clare who performed backing vocals on songs for Helen Shapiro & Mary Hopkin, as well as musical interludes on “Round the Horne” with Kenneth Williams; playwright Tom Kempinski, previously married to Frances de la Tour & Margaret Nolan, who wrote “Duet For One”, the film of which starred Alan Bates, and acted in “Othello” with Maggie Smith & Michael Gambon, “Stranger in the House” with Moira Lister, “The Reckoning” with Rachel Roberts, “The McKenzie Break” with Ian Hendry, “Gumshoe” with Fulton Mackay & George Innes, and “Doctor in Trouble” with Harry Secombe, Joan Sims & Irene Handl; film & sound editor Garth Craven who worked on “Educating Rita” with Michael Caine & Julie Walters, “The Go-Between” with Alan Bates & Julie Christie, “Straw Dogs” with Sally Thomsett, “The Getaway” with Steve McQueen, “Convoy” with Kris Kristofferson, “I, The Jury” with Barbara Carrera, and “London Affair” with Honor Blackman, Jack Hawkins & Susan George; David Jacobs, the writer and producer who created the juggernaut primetime soap opera “Dallas” with Larry Hagman & Donna Reed; Jerry Moss who co-founded the A&M label with Herb Alpert; actress Matyelok Gibbs who appeared in many productions including “Blott on the Landscape” with George Cole, and with Julie Walters in the Playhouse Theatre’s staging of “The Rose Tattoo”, as well as serving as the artistic director of the Unicorn theatre; actress Sarah Lawson who appeared in “The Devil Rides Out” with Christopher Lee & Patrick Mower, and Jackie Collins‘ “The Stud” with Joan Collins; Eric Liknaitzky, director of Contemporary Films which distributed classic arthouse titles including “Ulysses” with Milo O’Shea, “Prospero’s Books” with Kenneth Cranham, and “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” with T.P. McKenna & Eddie Byrne; actress Gayle Hunnicutt who appeared in “Marlowe” with James Garner, “Fragment of Fear” with her then-husband David Hemmings, “Scorpio” with Burt Lancaster, “Return of the Saint” with James Hallam, “Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.” with Patrick Macnee, Robert Vaughn & David McCallum, “P.J.” with George Peppard & Coleen Gray, “Eye of the Cat” with Eleanor Parker, and “Dallas” with Larry Hagman; Italian filmmaker Giuliano Montaldo who directed “Grand Slam” with Janet Leigh, “The Fifth Day of Peace” with T.P. McKenna, “Machine Gun McCain” with Britt Ekland, “Sacco & Vanzetti” with Cyril Cusack & Milo O’Shea, “Giordano Bruno” with Charlotte Rampling, and “Control” with Burt Lancaster; comedian & impressionist Mike Yarwood who impersonated Prince Charles, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Howerd, and Steptoe & Son; couturier Marc Bohan who led Christian Dior dressing Grace Kelly & Lauren Bacall during his tenure; scriptwriter John Stevenson who wrote many episodes of “Coronation Street” as well as “How’s Your Father?” with Michael Robbins; “Bread” actress Jean Boht who also appeared in “The Sweeney“, “Brighton Belles”, and “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em”; pioneering filmmaker Horace Ové who wrote and directed “Pressure” in 1976, the first full-length Black British film, as well as directed episodes of TV shows including “Empire Road” & “The Professionals“; American actress Beth Porter who appeared in “The Great Gatsy” with Robert Redford, “Yentl” with Barbra Streisand, as well as many British film & TV productions including “What’s Up Superdoc!” with Harry H. Corbett & Melvyn Hayes, and “The Husband, the Wife & the Stranger” with Adam Faith; actor Geoffrey Davies who appeared in the long-running “Doctor” series of TV shows with Richard O’Sullivan; British drummer John Marshall who performed with Millie Small and Sarah Vaughan; bassist Richard Davis who performed with many jazz icons including Frank Sinatra & Sarah Vaughan; actor Jake Abraham who appeared in “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels” and “Mean Machine” with David Hemmings; British singer Rosemary Squires who performed with Sammy Davis Jr. and on the TV music show “The Six-Five Special“, and created a show in tribute to Doris Day; director Terence Davies whose work included what was to become known as The Terence Davies Trilogy, three short films about the stages of life with Wilfrid Brambell in the final part; costume designer Shawna Trpcic who worked on “Toys” with Michael Gambon & Donald O’Connor, and “The Mandalorian” with Pedro Pascal & Mark Hamill; American actress Suzanne Somers who starred in “Three’s Company”, the U.S. adaptation of “Man About the House“, named after the first episode of the British show, as well as films including “Yesterday’s Hero” with Ian McShane, Adam Faith & Sam Kydd, ad “Nothing Personal” with Donald Sutherland; known to many from the “Rocky” films, American actor Burt Young also appeared in “Chinatown” with Faye Dunaway, “Convoy” with Kris Kristofferson, and “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” with Burt Lancaster & Richard Widmark; film historian Stephen Herbert of the BFI cinema & Museum of the Moving Image; actress Hildegard Neil who appeared in “The Man Who Haunted Himself” with Roger Moore, “Antony & Cleopatra” with Charlton Heston, “England Made Me” with Peter Finch, “Boy Dominic” with Richard Todd & Brian Blessed, “The Mirror Crack’d” with Angela Lansbury, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak, Pierce Brosnan & Geraldine Chaplin, “Dixon of Dock Green“, “Space: 1999” & “The Professionals“; American-footballer turned actor Dick Butkus who appeared in “Blue Thunder”, and “Matt Houston” with Pamela Hensley; renowned theatre actress Haydn Gwynne whose delicious performances as the soap opera Camilla in “The Windsors” were pure delight and will be missed; Welsh actor Keith Baxter who appeared in “The Avengers“, “Peeping Tom”, “Chimes at Midnight” with Orson Welles, Margaret Rutherford & Ingrid Pitt; American actress Elaine Devry who starred in “The Atomic Kid” with her then-husband Mickey Rooney, “China Doll” with Victor Mature & Ward Bond, “The Last Time I Saw Archie” with Robert Mitchum & Richard Arlen, “Man-Trap” with Jeffrey Hunter; and “The Cheyenne Social Club” with James Stewart & Henry Fonda; theatre impresario, producer and director Bill Kenwright CBE who started as an actor in “Coronation Street” and the Carry On film “Carry On Matron”, once married to Anouska Hempel; the American actor Richard Roundtree who kicked off Blaxploitation movies with the iconic 1971 film “Shaft”, and also appeared in “Earthquake” with Charlton Heston & Ava Gardner, “Escape to Athena” with Roger Moore, David Niven & Claudia Cardinale, “Game for Vultures” with Richard Harris, Joan Collins & Ray Milland, “An Eye for an Eye” with Christopher Lee, and “City Heat” with Clint Eastwood & Burt Reynolds, to name a few; “Friends” actor Matthew Perry who also appeared in “Fat Man and Little Boy” (released as “Shadow Makers” in the UK) with Paul Newman, and “Parallel Lives” with James Brolin; Alan J.W. Bell who produced and directed “Last of the Summer Wine” with Bill Owen, Thora Hird, Brian Murphy, Dora Bryan, Jean Alexander, Frank Thornton & June Whitfield, and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” with Sandra Dickinson, Peter Jones & David Prowse; actress Shannon Wilcox who appeared in “Dallas” with Larry Hagman, and “Remington Steele” with Pierce Brosnan; actress Janet Landgard who appeared in “The Donna Reed Show”, and “The Swimmer” with Burt Lancaster; the inspirational drama teacher Anna Scher who tutored many actors including Daniel Kaluuya, Kathy Burke, and many Eastenders-alumni; the son of Edward Woodward, Tim Woodward, who was a successful actor in his own right appearing in many productions including “Personal Services” with Julie Walters & Stephen Lewis; writer A.S. Byatt whose novel “Possession: A Romance” won the Booker Prize in 1990 and was adapted into a film in 2002 with Graham Crowden; Irish actor Tony Rohr who appeared in “Code Name: Emerald” with Graham Crowden, “High Spirits” with Ray McAnally, “The Playboys” with Milo O’Shea, “The Nephew” with Pierce Brosnan, “Titanic Town” with Julie Walters, and “The Double” with James Fox; the prolific actor Joss Ackland who appeared in many productions including “Seven Days to Noon” with Sheila Manahan & Sam Kydd, “Ghost Ship” with Dermot Walsh, “Villain” with Richard Burton, T.P. McKenna & John Hallam, and “The Black Windmill” with Michael Caine, and a Tara King episode of “The Avengers“; England football manager Terry Venables who also co-created the detective series “Hazel” starring Nicholas Ball & many guest stars including George Innes; actress Brigit Forsyth beloved by many for “The Likely Lads“; American actress Frances Sternhagen who appeared in “The Hospital” with Diana Rigg, “Outland” with Sean Connery, “Misery” with Kathy Bates & Lauren Bacall, “Julie & Julia” with Meryl Streep, and “And So It Goes” with Michael Douglas; cinematographer Victor J. Kemper who worked on “The Hospital” with Diana Rigg, “The Candidate” with Robert Redford, “Coma” with Michael Douglas & Lois Chiles, and “Eyes of Laura Mars” with Faye Dunaway; the prolific American screenwriter Norman Lear who adapted “Steptoe & Son” into “Sanford & Son”; Ryan O’Neal who starred in “Love Story” with Ali MacGraw & Ray Milland, “What’s Up, Doc?” with Barbra Streisand, “Barry Lyndon” with Patrick Magee, Leonard Rossiter & Liam Redmond, “A Bridge Too Far” with Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine & Sean Connery, and “The Games” with Stanley Baker, Mona Washbourne & Gwendolyn Watts;
actress Shirley Anne Field who appeared in “Beat Girl” with Adam Faith, Christopher Lee & Peter McEnery, “Loser Takes All” with Glynis Johns, “It’s a Wonderful World” with Terence Morgan, George Cole & Sam Kydd, “The Good Companions” with Hugh Griffith, John Fraser, Rachel Roberts & Carole Lesley, “Peeping Tom” with Moira Shearer, “The Entertainer” with Alan Bates, “The War Lover” with Steve McQueen, and “Alfie” with Michael Caine & Shelley Winters; “”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Andre Braugher who appeared in “Duets” with Angie Dickinson; screenwriter Norma Barzman who wrote “The Locket” with Robert Mitchum, & “Never Say Goodbye” with Eleanor Parker & Hattie McDaniel; actor Richard Franklin who appeared in “Doctor Who“, “Blake’s 7“, “Dixon of Dock Green“, “The Saint“, “Emmerdale” with Patrick Mower, and portrayed the composer Richard Wagner in “Twilight of the Gods”; American actor Mike Nussbaum who appeared in “Fatal Attraction” with Michael Douglas, & “The Equalizer” with Edward Woodward; British actor David Kernan who appeared in the Carry On film “Carry On Abroad”, “On the Bright side” with Stanley Baxter, “Dixon of Dock Green” with Jack Warner, two episodes of “The Avengers” with Diana Rigg, “Zulu” with Michael Caine & Stanley Baker, “Otley” with Tom Courtenay, and “Up the Chastity Belt” with Frankie Howerd; director, screenwriter & actor David Leland who wrote & directed “Wish You Were Here”, directed “Personal Services” with Julie Walters & Stephen Lewis, wrote “Mona Lisa” with Michael Caine, and appeared in “Scars of Dracula” with Christopher Lee, & “Callan” with Edward Woodward; the prolific actor Tom Wilkinson who appeared in many productions including “Shakespeare in Love” with John Inman, “The Full Monty”, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Maggie Smith & Celia Imrie, “Wetherby” with Vanessa Redgrave, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” with Scarlet Johansson, “Inspector Morse” with John Thaw, “Martin Chuzzlewit” with Joan Sims, and “Batman Begins” with Michael Caine, to name a few credits; actor & dancer Maurice Hines who appeared in “The Equalizer” with Edward Woodward, and “Love, Sidney” with Tony Randall; Herman Raucher who co-wrote the screenplay of “Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?” with Anthony Newley who starred in the film along with Joan Collins, Margaret Nolan, Patricia Hayes & Victor Spinetti; and Tom Priestley who was Oscar-nominated for his editing on “Deliverance” starring Burt Reynolds, won the editing BAFTA for “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment” starring Vanessa Redgrave, and worked on many other productions including “Nowhere to Go” & “Unearthly Stranger“.


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