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Mastermind 2004 Episode 2 premiered on BBC One in 2004 at 9:00pm
The black chair beckons another four contestants as John Humphrys fires questions on the life and times of president Warren G Harding, the Test career of Geoffrey Boycott, the series Doctor Who and the novels of Tom Sharpe.


Totally Doctor Who (#1.11) premiered on BBC One in 2006 at 5:08pm, watched by 1.45 million viewers.

Totally Doctor Who (#2.11) premiered on BBC One in 2007 at 4:57pm, watched by 0.86 million viewers.
Barney Harwood and Kirsten O'Brien look at everything Doctor Who, with exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and the next instalment of the Doctor Who animation, The Infinite Quest. There's a celebration of the return of Captain Jack, as played by John Barrowman, and a chat with head writer Russell T Davies about the series so far. We also meet the very scary Futurekind whilst Team Totally tackle a costume challenge.

 Birthdays
Joe Dempsie is 30 today - credited as Cline in The Doctor's Daughter

Joe Dempsie (born in Liverpool) is an English actor, best known for playing the role of Chris Miles in the E4 television show Skins

Dempsie's earlier acting credits include the medical dramas DoctorsPeak Practice andSweet Medicine, as well as the films One for the Road and Heartlands. He also appeared in Born and Bred and a BBC documentary-drama about Norfolk farmerTony Martin. He is currently playing the role of Gendry in the HBO series Game of Thronesand the villainous John/Pollus in the BBC TV series The Fades.

Dempsie received his acting training from the Central Junior Television Workshop, Nottingham. He was also educated at The West Bridgford School in West BridgfordNottinghamshire.

He is now the voice of the Clearasil advertisements in the UK.

Dempsie is a keen Nottingham Forest football fan and attends many home and away matches, he appeared on the UK Saturday morning football show Soccer AM wearing a Nottingham Forest football shirt. He appeared alongside Skins co-star Nicholas Hoult.

In episode 6 of the fourth series of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Daughter", that aired on 10 May 2008, Dempsie played the character Cline, a soldier who watches his comrades die. In addition to this appearance, he conducted a small interview with Doctor Who Magazine which appears on the final page of issue 396 (June 2008).

On 18 April 2008, Dempsie appeared on Friday Night Project with Geri Halliwell.[3] On 20 July 2008 he appeared at T4 on the beach in Weston Super Mare alongside fellow Skins cast members.

He appeared as Duncan McKenzie in 2009's 'The Damned United' alongside Michael SheenJim BroadbentStephen Graham andTimothy Spall.

In November 2008, he appeared in The Moment of Truth, episode 10 of the BBC show Merlin. He plays Will, who is an old friend of Merlin's, from the village in which they grew up together.

In 2010 he voiced Steven, a gay teenager from Nottinghamshire in the Radio 4 play Once Upon a Time. It was also announced that he would play the character of Gendry in HBO's Spring 2011 series Game of Thrones, a character expected to recur. The series is based upon George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. He also starred in the Channel 4 mini series This Is England '86.

He has also appeared in Harry and Paul on BBC 2, appearing as a northerner who was presented as a gift from the character Harry was playing to his daughter.

Recently he has appeared in the BBC Three series The Fades (episodes 3 to 6), as Young Polus/John.[5]

Dempsie garnered critical and popular acclaim for his portrayal of Chris Miles, the drug-addicted wastrel and party animal in the unorthodox and controversial teen-centric drama Skins. His portrayal has been described as well-researched, realistic, believable, and, in a strange way, likable. He is the character with whom the audience not merely sympathises with but also feels empathy, sharing his joys, grief, pain and strength. Due to the popularity of the series he is known to have a legion of devoted fans. Dempsie however gained significant notoriety for appearing stark-naked in the first season episode "Chris".

Dempsie left Skins in 2008 at the end of the second series.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Laila Rouass is 46 today - credited as Colonel Karim in Death of the Doctor(SJA)

Laila Abdesselam Rouass is a British actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Amber Gates in Footballers' Wives (2004–2006) and Sahira Shah in Holby City (2011–12). She has also starred in Primeval and Spooks and been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, in which she finished fourth.

Rouass was born in Stepney, London to a Moroccan father and Indian mother.

Rouass worked as a VJ on Channel V in India in the 1990s. While on Channel V, she appeared in a music video for the band Colour Blind, directed by the then creative head of the channel, Shamin Desai.

After moving back to the UK, Rouass became famous for playing the role of Bollywood actress Amber Gates in the cult ITV1 series Footballers' Wives between 2004 and 2006 and, albeit briefly, on the ITV2 spin-off series Footballers' Wives: Extra Time. She also played recurring roles on the British soaps Family Affairs and Hollyoaks, as well as appearing in episodes of I Dream, Casualty and Meet the Magoons. She starred alongside Meera Syal in the television adaptation of Syal's novel, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee.

Rouass was ranked No.87 and No.69 on FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004 and FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005 respectively.

In 2009 she appeared as Egyptologist Sarah Page in the third series of the ITV science-fiction series Primeval. She left the show when location of filming was changed to Dublin, for series four and five, saying it would be hard to continue participating as she was a single parent.

In spring of 2010, Rouass announced that she will be making a film about Leila Khaled, who led the hijacking of a flight from Rome to Athens in 1969. Rouass stated she had funding for the film.

She played Maya Lahan, a regular character introduced in the ninth series of BBC One drama Spooks which broadcast from September 2010. She guest starred in The Sarah Jane Adventures in October 2010. Rouass then joined the cast of the BBC medical drama Holby City, appearing from February 2011 as registrar Sahira Shah. She left Holby City on 17 April 2012, after just 14 months on the show, to take a break to spend time with her family. The door has been left open for her to return.

She is also currently one of the presenters of "The Channel 4 TV Book Club".

She participated in the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, a BBC One reality show, paired with professional dancer Anton Du Beke, and alongside Footballers' Wives co-star Zöe Lucker. Controversy arose when Du Beke said that Rouass looked "like a Paki" after applying spray tan; he subsequently apologised for the gaffe.

The pair made it to the last four before being voted off the show on 6 December. She failed to show up for the final on 19 December to reprise her partnership with Anton Du Beke. The show's host, Bruce Forsyth, offered no reason for her absence although he did do so for the other missing celebrity, Phil Tufnell, who had influenza.

Rouass' first film was City of Dreams produced by Feroze Nadiawala, in which she starred opposite Lisa Ray and Saeed Jaffery. During the years that she was based in India, early in her career, she acted in some Indian films, Aditya Bhattacharya's Indo-Italian Senso unico (1999) and Dev Benegal's Split Wide Open (1999).

In 2000, Rouass starred in Jag Mhundra's controversial film, Bawandar (English title; The Sand Storm), about revenge rapes in Rajasthan, and she made her English-language film debut in 2002 with a small role in The Four Feathers opposite Heath Ledger.

She starred in The Hunt Feast (2004), and in 2006 she was cast in Aditya Raj Kapoor's film Don't Stop Dreaming.

Rouass also appeared in the independent British film Shoot on Sight (2007) opposite Brian Cox, Om Puri and Sadie Frost, Freebird (2008) and in the New Zealand funded picture Apron Strings (2008).

In 1990, Rouass married Abdeslam Rouass in Tower Hamlets, London. They divorced in 2003. She went through a religious ceremony in 2005 with Nasir Khan, a businessman and millionaire owner of the Accessory People retail chain and Asian Woman Magazine (AIM Ltd), however the two never legally married. In October 2006, Rouass saw a doctor regarding back pains only to find she was six months pregnant. She and Khan split briefly during the pregnancy and then reconciled. She gave birth to a daughter, Inez, in February 2007. She and Khan separated again in 2008, after which Rouass raised her daughter by herself. In February 2013, she became engaged to professional snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan, with whom she had been in a relationship since early 2012.

Biography from the wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Paterson Joseph is 56 today - 4 credits, including Rodrick in Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways

Paterson Joseph is a British actor. He appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost in 1990. On television he is known for his roles in Casualty (1997-1998), as Alan Johnson in Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003-2012), Green Wing (2004-2006), Survivors (2008-2010), Boy Meets Girl (2009) and as DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK (2013-2014). His film roles include The Beach (2000), Æon Flux (2005) and The Other Man (2008).

Career

Joseph was born in London to St. Lucian parents and attended Cardinal Hinsley R.C. High School in north-west London. He first trained at the Studio '68 of Theatre Arts, London (South Kensington Library) from 1983 to 1985 with Robert Henderson, then at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In 1991, he won second prize in the Ian Charleson Awards, for his 1990 performances of Oswald in King Lear, Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost, and the Marquis de Mota in The Last Days of Don Juan, all at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He has played many roles in British television programmes, both drama and comedy. These include Reuben in William and Mary alongside Martin Clunes; Mark Grace in Casualty; the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere; Alan Johnson in Peep Show; Lyndon Jones in Green Wing and Shorty in the first episode of Jericho.

He also appeared in the acclaimed drama Sex Traffic, in the TV version of Kwame Kwei-Armah's acclaimed play Elmina's Kitchen and in the Doctor Who episodes "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways" as Rodrick, a contestant on a futuristic Weakest Link who is eventually killed by the Daleks. He has also appeared in various supporting roles in Dead Ringers. In 2006 he appeared in the television sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look in which he played Simon, a contestant on the game show Numberwang.

He appeared as Keaty in the Hollywood film The Beach alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and starred as Giroux alongside Charlize Theron in Paramount Pictures' Æon Flux.

Joseph played Space Marshall Clarke in two series of the BBC sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive, and was Benjamin Maddox in the BBC drama series Jekyll. He also provided the voice of K.O. Joe in Chop Socky Chooks.

In 2008, he played Greg Preston in Survivors, the BBC remake of the 1970s science fiction drama of the same name. He repeated the role for the second series in 2010, after which the programme was cancelled.

Also in 2008, Joseph appeared as former hitman Patrick Finch in Series 1, Episode 5 of The Fixer.

In 2009, he was the bookmakers' favourite to become Doctor Who's eleventh Doctor, but the role was awarded to Matt Smith.

Joseph provided the narration for the National Geographic series Mega Cities from 2005 to 2011, and Wild Russia in 2009. He played Tyler in the BBC Switch film Rules of Love in 2010.

In 2011, he returned to Doctor Who where he appeared in the audio drama Earth Aid in which he played Victor Espinosa.

Joseph's theatre credits include the title role in Othello, as well as parts in Henry IV, King Lear, and Hamlet for a performance in New York City. In 2012 he played Brutus in a performance by the RSC of Julius Caesar set in Africa. In 2004 he undertook a project, filmed for Channel 4 in a documentary entitled My Shakespeare, to direct a version of Romeo & Juliet, using 20 young non-actors from the deprived Harlesden area of London. In 2006, he became a patron of OffWestEnd.com, a listings site for theatre outside the mainstream. His more recent stage appearances include the leads in The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Emperor Jones at the Olivier Theatre, London.

Joseph played DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK from 2013 to 2014.

He currently plays the messianic "Holy Wayne" Gilchrest on the original HBO dramatic series The Leftovers, which began airing in 2014.

Personal life

Joseph lives in France with his wife and one son. He was a chef before becoming an actor.

Biography from the wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA

Editorial Note: Date of Birth is listed on Wikipedia and IMDb as 1964 but FreeBMD has an entry for a Paterson D Joseph as 1961.



Eddie Kidd is 58 today - credited as Stunts in Survival

Eddie Kidd (born IslingtonLondon) is an English stunt performer best known for his motorcycle jumps.

He performed in the last-ever episode of the classic series of Doctor Who.

Kidd started his career at the age of 14 and is the holder of many world records for jumping over cars and buses. He has worked as a stunt double in many films, notably for Timothy Dalton in The Living DaylightsRoger Moore and Michael Caine in Bullseye!, and Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye. One of his most famous motorcycle stunts was in the 1979 film Hanover Street starring Harrison Ford. Doubling for Ford on a motorbike, he jumped a 120ft (37m) railway cutting at 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) in Shepton MalletSomerset.

In his role as stunt biker Dave Munday in the 1979 film Riding High, Kidd performed a motorcycle jump across an 80ft gap in a disused viaduct across the Blackwater River in Essex.

In 1993 Kidd jumped over the Great Wall of China on a motorcycle.

Despite performing more than 10,000 jumps in his career, he did not have a UK motorcycle licence until 1995.

In 1993, American motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel challenged Kidd to a world title motorcycle 'jump-off' competition in St Louis, Missouri. Knievel (son of the late Evel Knievel) had deemed Kidd to be the only motorcycle jump rider in the world worthy of challenging him. The event was televised as a pay-per-view event entitled 'The Daredevil Duel, Knievel vs Kidd.' The competition required each rider to make three motorbike jumps, with the accumulative distance covered by each rider calculated to determine the winner of the contest. Kidd won the contest by out-jumping Knievel by 6 feet.

As Robbie Knievel and Eddie Kidd were never to meet again in a competitive capacity, the winner's belt from that day remains with Kidd.

On 6th August 1996, Kidd was involved in a serious motorcycle accident while performing at the Bulldog Bash, held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon. In comparison to some of his previous stunts, the jump Kidd made that day was relatively minor, comprising a jump of approximately 50 ft 0 in (15.24 m) across a drag strip. The relatively short landing area beyond the drag strip comprised an uphill incline leading to the edge of a steep embankment. Although Kidd completed the jump and landed the bike upright on two wheels, his chin struck the petrol tank of his motorcycle and he was knocked unconscious. As a result, Kidd was unable to prevent himself and his bike from continuing up and over the 20 ft 0 in (6.10 m) embankment edge, and he suffered serious head and pelvic injuries in the resulting fall. 

After the accident, doctors told Kidd's parents that it was possible he could be in a coma for up to 10 years, but he regained consciousness within three months of the accident.

Kidd was awarded an OBE in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the charitable giving sector in the UK.



Ian Levine is 64 today - 6 credits, including Director for Planet of Giants

Ian Levine  is an English songwriter, producer, and DJ. 

He has made several contributions to Doctor Who. He composed the theme music for K9 and Company, contributed to Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text and was the unofficial continuity consultant for Doctor Who in the 1980s.

He was instrumental in the preservation and return of several missing Doctor Who stories. 



Richard Hampton is 80 today - credited as Villager in The Visitation

Actor who appeared in the 1982 story The Visitation.



David Ellis (died 1978 aged 60) would be 99 today - 2 credits, including Writer for The Faceless Ones
David Ellis was a writer on programmes such as Dixon of Dock Green and Z Cars.

 Deaths
Pennant Roberts (died 2010 aged 69) - 6 credits, including Director for The Face of Evil

Pennant Roberts was a British director noted for his work on British television.

Roberts was born at Weston-super-Mare to Welsh parents. He worked on the following BBC programmes: Softly, SoftlyDoomwatchThe Onedin Line,Sutherland's LawSurvivorsAngelsBlake's 7Doctor WhoJuliet BravoTenko and Howards' Way. A fluent speaker of Welsh, he was also active in the principalities television industry.

Roberts was active within the Association of Directors and Producers and chair of the body for many years.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Don Henderson (died 1997 aged 64) - credited as Gavrok in Delta and the Bannermen

Don Henderson was an English actor whose film and TV work covered many years but is best remembered for his role as the fictional detective George Bulman. This character featured in three TV series The XYY Man in the mid-1970s; the later Strangers that saw Bulman rise from Detective Sergeant to Detective Chief Inspector and, in 1985, the series Bulman saw George retired from the police and pursuing a career as a horologist. He also starred in the popular TV drama series Warship.

He lived in his adopted home town of Stratford-upon-Avon for many years, where he was a familiar face to locals. He also had several minor roles at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the town. In the late 1970s as a relatively unknown actor, whilst walking in Stratford, he was approached by an American tourist who recognised him as having starred in Star Wars, and offered him a thousand dollars in cash for his script. Sadly, Don had thrown it away.

Henderson died of throat cancer. His widow is the actress Shirley Stelfox with whom he appeared professionally many times.

Biography from the Wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Victor Maddern (died 1993 aged 65) - 2 credits, including Robson in Fury From the Deep

Victor Maddern was a dark-haired, thin-lipped British cockney character actor, who specialised in playing tough privates, NCO's and sergeants. Occasionally seen in comedic roles, including in some of the 'Carry On' films.

He played John Robson in the Doctor Who story Fury from the Deep.

Born in Seven KingsIlfordEssex, Maddern was one of large group of dependable supporting actors that British film produced over the years.

Maddern joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 15 and served in the Second World War from 1943 until medically discharged in 1946. He subsequently trained for RADA. He made his first screen appearance in Seven Days to Noon in 1950, playing a reluctant soldier obliged to shoot a psychotic scientist.

One of his earliest stage roles was Sam Weller in The Trial of Mr Pickwick in 1952. As Helicon in a production of Albert Camus' play Caligula, in 1964, Maddern was singled out for critical praise, and in My Darling Daisy (1970) he brought a fine Cockney bravado and arrogance to the portrait of the notorious Frank Harris. He also did two stints in the highly successful Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap - the West End's longest-running play.

From 1950 to the early 1990s Maddern could be seen in any number of films and TV shows, often playing military types. He was usually cast as sergeants or corporals, as well as private soldiers, seaman or airmen, played straight or for broad comic effect. Among his many television roles, were Private Gross in Denis Cannan's Captain Carvallo and old Lampwick's son-in-law in the popular The Dick Emery Show.

In addition to acting, Maddern ran a script printing business, and in 1991 he opened a public speaking school. A lifelong Conservative voter, he offered special rates to Conservative MPs and constituency workers.

In his later years, Maddern devoted much of his time to charitable work. He was married with four daughters. He died from a brain tumour in 1993.



Daphne Heard (died 1983 aged 78) - credited as Martha Tyler in Image of the Fendahl

Born in Plymouth in 1904, the actress had a lengthy stage career before taking on a number of roles on television in the 1960s, including adaptations of Lorna Doone, Nicholas Nickleby and The Woman in White, and guest starring in longer running series like Dr Findlay's Casebook and Z-Cars. Other roles followed in the 1970s, but the role for which she'll be remembered most fondly is as Mrs. Polouvicka in the series To The Manor Born.

She played Martha Tyler in the 1977 Doctor Who serial Image of the Fendahl.