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On This Day (USA) - 24 November



Nightmare of Eden: Part One premiered on BBC One in 1979 at 6:01pm, watched by 8.70 million viewers.

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith: Episode One premiered on BBC One in 2008 at 4:35pm, watched by 0.72 million viewers.
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Tim Howar was 48 - credited as Jimmy Stalkingwolf in Dreamland

Tim Howar (born Spirit River, Alberta) is a Canadian actor, singer and dancer, known as a London-based rock vocalist with Mike + the Mechanics.

Howar attended Ross Sheppard High School, and sang with three choirs: Alberta Youth Choir, the Centennial Singers, and Pro Coro Canada; joined the Edmonton Musical Theatre Amateur Group and started dancing at 16 as an apprentice with Ballet North. He is also the only Canadian to win the Youth Talent International Competition in Memphis Tennessee USA.He had a scholarship to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, which he declined

Howar appeared in several Canadian productions of Broadway shows, and can also be heard in the Canadian Cast Recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the original cast recording of "Tonight's The Night" London, and in voiceovers for various commercials and animations such as "Gene Fusion" He then made the step to the UK and London's West End theatre, in the lead role of Peggy Sue Got Married. He later played Roger in the rock opera Rent before being replaced by original Broadway cast member Adam Pascal.

He was formerly the lead singer of the London rock band Van Tramp (previously known as 'El Camino'). In 2010, Howar joined Mike + The Mechanics along with Andrew Roachford. The following year the album, The Road was released featuring Howar and Roachford as lead vocalists.

Howar married British musical theatre actress Ruthie Henshall in Essex in 2004. The couple have two daughters.



Shirley Henderson was 52 - credited as Ursula Blake in Love & Monsters

Shirley Henderson  is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) andHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

She played Ursula Blake in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" (2006)

Henderson was born in ForresMorayshire on the edge of theScottish Highlands, but grew up in the village of Kincardine inFife. As a child, she began singing in local clubs, at charity events, holiday camps and even a boxing contest.,Having joined an after-school drama club, Henderson attended Fife College at the age of 16, where she completed a one-year course resulting in a National Certificate in Theatre Arts. She moved to London at 17 where she spent three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1986.

Henderson got her first big break when Leonard White cast her as the lead in the children's television dramaShadow of the Stone on ITV. After this she spent the majority of her twenties concentrating on performing a wide variety of roles in the theatre. Early 1990 saw Shirley return to television screens when she appeared in the third series of the wartime drama series Wish Me Luck and Clarissa (1991). More stage work followed before she landed the key role of Isobel in the popular BBC series, Hamish Macbeth in 1995.

Henderson then moved into films, playing Morag in Rob Roy (1995) and Spud's girlfriend Gail in Danny Boyle'sTrainspotting (1996). She continued her work in the theatre, including many productions at the National Theatrein London. 1999 saw critically acclaimed performances in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy — which also provided an opportunity for her to show off her singing skills — and Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland.

She played Jude in both Bridget Jones films and got the part of Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). She also played French princessSophie-Philippine in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).

Small-screen appearances have included playing Marie Melmotte in The Way We Live Now (2001); Catherine of Braganza in Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003); Charlotte in Dirty Filthy Love (2004);; Emmeline Fox in The Crimson Petal and the White (2011), and Meg Hawkins Treasure Island (2012) .

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



Gregory Melton was 58 - 2 credits, including Designer for The New World(TW)

Gregory Melton was a production designer for Torchwood: Miracle Day.

He has enjoyed a long career, working steadily in various art department positions since the mid-1980s. One of his earliest credits was a two-year stint on the police sitcom, Sledge Hammer!. Like Miracle Day director of photography Christopher Faloona, he also worked for a long stretch on Tales from the Crypt. His five-year stint on Crypt in the early 1990s has proved to be his longest continuous job. From the mid the mid-1990s to his work on Miracle Day, he has never stayed in any one job for more than a couple of years, though this is largely because many of the shows on which he's worked have met a quick end. Amongst his year-or-more-long gigs are: Dark Skies, Perversions of Science (a Tales from the Crypt spin-off), Medical Investigation, My Name Is Earl, Private Practice, and Hawthorne.

Immediately before Torchwood, he was apparently freelancing, going from The Walking Dead to Off the Map to Miracle Day.

Biography from the Tardis Wiki article, licensed under CC-BY-SA



Alan Lake (died 1984 aged 43) would have been 77 - credited as Herrick in Underworld

Alan Lake  was an English actor, best known as the third husband of Diana Dors.

Lake was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He studied acting at RADA, and began to work in television roles in 1964.

He met his later wife, Diana Dors, on the set of the 1968 television series The Inquisitors. Their stormy marriage produced a son, Jason David, born in 1969. The pair worked together in the early 1970s, on stage in plays such as Three Months Gone.

In July 1970 Lake was involved in a pub brawl for which he was sentenced to eighteen months in prison later that year (his friend, the musician Leapy Lee, was sentenced to three years for stabbing the pub's relief manager), although he was released after serving a year.

Lake was a keen horseman and on his release from prison Dors presented him with a mare named Sapphire. While riding the horse in 1972 he was unseated when the horse ran into the bough of a tree, and broke his back, and for a time it was thought he may spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair; In fact, he recovered and was walking again within three weeks.

After leaving hospital, unable to work while he recovered, and in severe pain, he began drinking heavily. 

Lake's once promising acting career was now reduced for the remainder of the 1970s to small parts in low-budget comedy films and television dramas, although he had a significant role as a singer Jack Daniels in the Slade vehicle Slade In Flame in 1974 and also as John Merrick in the first episode of the hugely popular TV series The Sweeney. Both he and Diana Dors attended the film premiere at the Metropole Theatre, Victoria, London on 13 February 1975.

In 1980, the pair separated for a time, although they were reconciled when Lake promised to undergo treatment for his alcoholism. In May 1984, Dors died after a long illness.

On 10 October 1984, after taking their son to the railway station he returned to their Sunningdale home and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in their son's bedroom.

His roles included  parts in Cluff, Redcap, Sergeant Cork, The Saint, Public Eye, The Avengers, Department S, Dixon of Dock Green, The Protectors, Z-Cars, Softly, Softly: Taskforce, Crown Court, The Sweeney, Angels, Target, Hazell, Strangers, Blake's 7, Juliet Bravo, The Gentle Touch, Hart to Hart and Bergerac.



Richard Leech (died 2004 aged 81) would have been 95 - credited as Hade in The Sun Makers

Richard Leech was an accomplished Irish actor.

Richard Leeper McClelland was born in DublinIreland, son of Isabella Frances (Leeper) and Herbert Saunderson McClelland, a lawyer. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin. He qualified as a doctor in 1945 before building a successful career as an actor on film and television.

He married twice, with Helen Hyslop Uttley and Diane Pearson, and had two children: Sarah-Jane McClelland and Eliza McClelland.

His numerous film credits include The Dam Busters (1955) (playing Dinghy Young), Night of the Demon (1957), Yangtse Incident: The Story of HMS Amethyst (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958),Tunes of Glory (1960), Young Winston (1972), Gandhi (1982) and the acclaimed The Shooting Party (1985).

On television Richard Leech appeared in Dickens of LondonThe Barchester ChroniclesSmiley's People, three episodes of The Avengers in different roles, RedcapDanger ManThe New AvengersThe Duchess of Duke Street,

He appeared in the Doctor Who story  The Sun Makers.



John Wyse (died 1989 aged 84) would have been 113 - credited as Dr. Percival in The Time Monster
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Peter Whitaker (died 2002 aged 81) - 5 credits, including Mentiad in The Pirate Planet

Peter Whitaker was an English actor who appeared as bar owner Jack Pomeroy in the first series of Rumpole of the Bailey.

 He appeared in the 1967 Doctor Who story, the Faceless Ones as well as having several uncredited roles in the series.



Hilary Minster (died 1999 aged 55) - 2 credits, including Marat in Planet of the Daleks

Hilary Minster was an English character actor.

He is best known for playing General Erich Von Klinkerhoffen in the sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! between 1984 and 1992. Other credits include Crossroads, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (TV series), and a semi-regular role in Secret Army as Hauptmann Muller.

He also appeared twice in Doctor Who, as the Thal soldier Marat in Planet of the Daleks (1973) and as an unnamed Thal soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975).

He also had a major part in another episode of a successful science fiction series playing Yagon in Achilles Heel, an episode of The Tomorrow People in 1978.