Derek Fowlds has been at the heart of British film and television since the 1960s, not least of all when he entered our homes on the BBC as Mr Derek, the side-kick to the irascible Basil Brush. It’s a role he admits that he was not keen to continue after the first series. He was a serious actor, after all. A graduate of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But the pressure to find work persuaded him to take-on the second series and he never looked back. Continue reading “PRODUCTION DIARY #9: Derek Fowlds – At the Heart of British Telly, from Basil Brush to Heartbeat” →
This week’s PRODUCTION DIARY features an interview with the wonderful Madeline Smith, star of so many iconic British films and TV series. She has appeared in the three classic British film series; the James Bond film Live and Let Die, with Roger Moore, in Carry On Matron, part of Peter Rogers’ legendary Carry-On series and no less than three of Hammer Films’ gothic horrors from the late 60s and early 70s, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.
Continue reading “PRODUCTION DIARY #8: Madeline Smith on Peter Cushing, James Bond, Carry On and Hammer Films” →
Paul Welsh MBE reflects on why some of the biggest names in film and television have loved working at Elstree Studios and why so many keep returning, year after year. Continue reading “PRODUCTION DIARY #7: Paul Welsh MBE on Why the World’s Greatest Filmmakers Love Working at Elstree” →