started, the committee knew that finances would be, as
always, a bit of a balancing act. While the society sets
out to be non-profit making, it was always felt that
there would be some services that we would like to
provide to members if sufficient money could be raised.
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video came about, as stated, by a stroke of luck. I was
contacted by a member who knew Anneke Wills, best known
to viewers as Polly opposite William Hartnell and Patrick
Troughton in Doctor Who and as
artist Evelyn Maclean in The Strange
Report with Anthony Quayle and Kaz Garas.
It turned out that she was looking for copies of episodes
featuring herself in the Anthony Newley series The Strange
World of Gurney Slade and
wondered if we could help. Over the ensuing
communications, it became apparent that Anneke would be
pleased to be interviewed by us and so our first video
Anneke was an ideal subject because she had done so many other things in her life besides being an actress. Professionally she has run a spiritual community, been an interior designer and currently makes her living as an artist - you can see some of her work on her website.
She is also a very keen gardener, which was quite apparent when we travelled to Dorset to make the interview, and a good time was had by all!
UPDATE: This video has actually been unavailable for a few months due to the master tape snapping. However, a new edit has been made from the original source material and the video is now once more available
|Our second video came about
as a direct result of attending Cult TV 1999 at Sand Bay,
Weston Super Mare - click here for
details of Cult TV 2003!
Michael was one of the guests we approached during the convention about making a video interview with them - and as we cornered Michael at the bar, I think that might be why he agreed! :-)
However, if ever there was an actor we could do a boxed set of tapes on it would be Michael Sheard. With a career going back over forty years and covering over thirty-five features fims - including Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and The Empire Strikes Back - and hundreds of television appearances including his most famous recurring role as teacher Mr. Bronson in children's drama Grange Hill, he's done it and seen it all. He's even played three entirely different versions of Hitler - and one was an alien!
Michael was a real gent when we interviewed him, very easy going despite the problems we had on the day and made this a highly memorable and informative tape.
|It was in
September 2000 that we went prepared to shoot our third
interview, now all on digital equipment - even if it did
get a bit wet travelling down...
When choosing potential subjects to approach for an interview, we didn't want to only ask 'the names' - for one reason, we knew we wouldn't be able to afford them as stated earlier, and the other was we would only be turning over the same ground as covered by TV companies. We had to go for people who were known, but hardly ever seemed to do interviews for whatever reasons.
This time around we were fortunate to be able to interview the great supporting actor John Barron. John is known for roles in Emergency Ward 10, All Gas and Gaiters, Doomwatch and Timeslip, but above all else as Leonard Rossiter's boss C.J. in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
|Our fourth interview is
recorded during the same period as our first Special
Project, so was a pretty frantic time, though highly
enjoyable for all of us who were involved.
Like Michael and John before him, Douglas Wilmer is one of those faces who has been seen over and over in supporting roles on television and film. From film appearances including El Cid, Jason and the Argonauts, Khartoum, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and the Bond film Octopussy to television appearances in Markheim, The Invisible Man, The Saint, The Avengers and UFO, Douglas has appeared across all the genres.
But it is as the BBC's first Sherlock Holmes in the mid Sixties that he will be best remembered, with one Sherlockian society saying that he was the one actor who 'got it right' as Holmes.
Douglas is now retired from acting, making a living in the same way as Anneke as an artist, but was still more than happy to talk to us about his career with many fascinating insights into the productions he was in and the people he worked with.
April 2002 when Dave, Richard and I went down to
Oxfordshire to make this, the latest in the range of PPS
Freddie Jones has done it all down the years. A successful character actor, he has appeared in productions as diverse as Sweeney Todd, The Ghosts of Motley Hall and The League of Gentlemen. His many film roles include Firefox, The Man Who Haunted Himself and Krull.
Forthright but friendly, Freddie is one of those mainstays of the British acting world. Now he speaks to us about his life and career and provides some fascinating insights into both thus far.
However, although Freddie was marvelous, there was one problem we hadn't reckoned on...
To find out what, you'll have to buy the tape!
|Our latest interview came
about very quickly, but although it's been pretty much
ready for a year, we haven't been able to release it due
to being unable to contact its subject despite repeated
These have still yealded no reply, so as we have fulfilled our side of the contract - and paid him! - we are finally releasing this tape - nearly two years after we conducted the interview!
He was there almost at the beginning of BBC2, helping to present the programme which first launched the channel: Play School. As a jobbing actor he has been in various shows including Danger Man, Sir Francis Drake, No Hiding Place, Z-Cars, Dixon of Dock Green, Doctor Who and many others.
But it no doubt is for Play School and its Saturday afternoon spinoff Play Away that actor and children's presenter Brian Cant is best remembered along with the three series of stories set in the county of Trumptonshire,
Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley!
Many are the stories he has to tell, so let's all go through the arched window and join him!
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wanted to do something a bit more involved for some time,
although if we had
stopped to think what that might entail, we probably wouldn't have gone ahead and done it!
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original Prof, Cid Sleuth and Pianist films remain
copyright CAW Films and are used with permission -
No original films are included in the video clips on this site
It's been a while in coming - and started
out as a sampler on VHS - but we
decided that as our first foray into DVD
we would be best turning the proposed
Video Sampler into a shiny silver disc!
So here we are; Dave, Richard and
myself recorded these introductions at
the end of 2002 to all the interviews
we've released to date, including our
In Search of... The Prof, and here
are clips from each video together with
lots of background to the filming of each.
No video clips are available from the
DVD as this is mainly an introduction to
all the videos listed above -
for sample clips, click on the
relevant video above.
To you, the interested reader who isn't a member of PPS,
we have to apologise as we cannot sell to you at the current time
because of the written contracts we have with our subjects.
This may change in the future on renegotitation,
but at the moment we can only sell copies to members.
Mind you, that's surely an excellent reason to join - isn't it?
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