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On This Day (USA) - 15 July



Alan Carr: Chatty Man: Series 6 Episode 5 premiered on Channel 4 in 2011 at 10:00pm
In this show Alan's guests are Doctor Who himself Matt Smith, David Hasselhoff and his two daughters, Taylor-Ann and Hayley Hasselhoff; JLS, who give Alan the lowdown on their new single, She Makes Me Wanna.

Plus, music comes from Miles Kane, who performs his latest single, Inhaler.

 Birthdays
Miles Richardson was 54 - 36 credits, including Irving Braxiatel in Theatre of War(BF)

Miles Richardson has performed in a number of Big Finish audio adventures, including Zagreus, and as Irving Braxiatel in the Bernice Summerfield range. He also appeared in the fan video Downtime.



Celia Imrie was 65 - 4 credits, including Miss Kizlet in The Bells of Saint John

Celia Imrie is an English actress. 

In a career starting in the early 1970s, Imrie has played Marianne Bellshade in Bergerac, Philippa Moorcroft in Dinnerladies, Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques, Diana Neal in After You've Gone and Gloria Millington in Kingdom.



Geoffrey Burgon (died 2010 aged 69) would have been 76 - 2 credits, including Incidental Music for Terror of the Zygons

Geoffrey Burgon was a British composer notable for his television and film themes.

He provided the Incidental Music for Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom. 

Burgon was born in Hampshire in 1941, and taught himself the trumpet in order to join a jazz band at school (Pewley Grammar School, Guildford). He entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the intention of becoming a professional trumpet player. However, under the direction of his mentor, composer Peter Wishart, he found that he was more interested in composition. Burgon initially supported himself and his family as a freelance jazz trumpeter. At the age of 30 he sold his instruments, except one, and devoted himself to composition. He lived through a lengthy period of poverty before critical success eventually brought financial reward.

The critical success of his Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival in 1976 sealed his reputation as a composer and led to many commissions from major organisations. Continuing the tradition established by Benjamin Britten, Burgon’s fluent and effortless language was particularly well suited to the voice and he had a long-standing collaboration with counter-tenor James Bowman. Burgon also had considerable success writing for film and television and twice received both BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards. His style was essentially conservative, influenced by Benjamin Britten and medieval music rather than modern styles.

He married Janice Elizabeth Garwood in 1963 and had a son and a daughter. The marriage was later dissolved. In 1992 he married Jacqueline Krofchak (professional name Kroft), a Canadian pianist and singer; they had a son, Daniel. He was a keen cricketer and had written detective novels in his spare time. 



Jack Pitt (died 2003 aged 62) would have been 77 - 3 credits, including Zarbi Operator in The Web Planet

Jack Pitt played a Zarbi in the Doctor Who story The Web Planet and a Mire Beast, the Cabin Steward and a Mechanoid in the Doctor Who story The Chase.



Professor Robert Winston was 77 - credited as Self in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor(Factual)

Robert Winston, Baron Winston is a professor, medical doctor, scientist, television presenter and politician.



David Jackson (died 2005 aged 71) would have been 83 - credited as The Squire in Comeback(BF)

David Jackson was a British actor best known for his role as Olag Gan in the first two seasons of Blake's 7 and as Detective Constable Braithwaite in Z-Cars from 1972 to 1978. He was born in Liverpool, Lancashire.

His other TV credits include The Saint, The Avengers, The Sweeney, Lord Peter Wimsey (The Nine Tailors), Space: 1999, Minder (The Smaller They Are), Only Fools and Horses, Wyatt's Watchdogs, Edge of Darkness, Coronation Street and Lovejoy. His film credits include roles in 10 Rillington Place (1971), Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971), Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), Night Watch (1973), The Big Sleep (1978) and the cult horror film Killer's Moon (1978).

In 2002, he provided his voice talent to the audio drama Sarah Jane Smith: Comeback, part of the Doctor Who audio spin-offs by Big Finish Productions. Jackson was a science-fiction fan throughout his career and was happy to be associated with Blake's 7 years after the series ended.

In 1988 he showed his considerable comic talent in playing the Vicar alongside Brian Wilde in six episodes of the BBC1 sitcom Wyatt's Watchdogs. His great passion was for Victorian theatre and at one stage he produced and starred in a one-man show.

David Jackson died of a heart attack on 25 July 2005, aged 71. He left behind his wife Anne and 19-year-old son Stuart.



Angus MacKay (died 2013 aged 86) would have been 91 - 2 credits, including Cardinal Borusa in The Deadly Assassin

Angus Mackay was an English actor.

He amassed numerous television credits during his career in programmes such as One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools and Horses, Howards' Way, The Professionals, Steptoe and Son (as the salesman for the water bed), The Sweeney, Minder and Z-Cars.

In Doctor Who he was the first actor to play the character Borusa in the story The Deadly Assassin (1976); and was the Headmaster in the story Mawdryn Undead (1983).

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



A A Englander (died 2004 aged 88) would have been 102 - 2 credits, including Film Cameraman for The Ambassadors of Death

Adolf Arthur Englander was a British television cinematographer. He was one of the first film cameraman to work seriously in the field of television in the UK, which for much of its early period almost exclusively employed electronic cameras.

Englander was born in London during a First World War Zeppelin raid, and during the 1930s came to be referred to by his initials "AA" due to the unsavorary connections between his first name and that of Adolf Hitler, and his dislike for the middle name. He was also often referred to by the nickname "Tubby".

He began his career after leaving school at the age of fifteen in 1930, and initially worked in the film industry at the Stoll Film Studios in Cricklewood. Here he worked first as a clapper boy, then during the course of the decade worked his way up to become magazine loader and then an assistant cameraman. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, he joined the Royal Fusiliers, but was quickly seconded to the army's film unit, making documentary and propaganda films.

After the end of the war in 1945 he continued working in documentaries until he joined BBC Television in 1952, becoming one of the Corporation's few film cameramen. At the time, film was mainly used by the BBC for shooting documentaries, news reports and short external scenes for dramas and other programmes, with the majority of programming being transmitted live from electronic video cameras.

It was the acquisition of staff of Englander's talent that increased the use of film at the BBC, and in 1956 the Corporation also acquired the Ealing Studios complex, which it turned into a dedicated studio for making inserts for television programmes, and eventually entire programmes themselves, on film.

Englander worked on film inserts for highly prestigious BBC dramas such as Rudolph Cartier's Quatermass and the Pit (1958–59) and Anna Karenina (1961), and later programmes such as Doctor WhoDad's ArmyColditz and Maigret. Even after the era of live television had passed in the early 1960s, the BBC still shot the majority of its fiction programmes on videotape, with film inserts used only for location material and difficult-to-shoot sequences, until the late 1980s. He also worked on highly prestigious all-film documentary series such as Civilisation (1969) and Alistair Cooke's America (1973).

BBC regulations stipulate that all employees must retire at sixty, and Englander was reluctantly forced to comply with this rule in 1975. Following his retirement from the Corporation he worked for some time as a freelance lighting cameraman.

He died at the age of eighty-nine of natural causes.

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



Edmund Warwick (died 1989 aged 82) would have been 110 - 3 credits, including Robot Dr Who in The Chase

Edmund Warwick was a British actor.

Some of his credits included The Adventures of Robin HoodZ-Cars and Doctor Who where he stood in as a double for William Hartnell on several occasions.

Warwick also portrayed the character of Darrius in The Keys of Marinus.


 Deaths
Gavin Muir (died 2002 aged 50) - credited as Barone in The Ghosts of N Space(Misc)

Gavin Muir was a British actor and musician probably best known for his role in the 1983 Television version of Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Muir had small parts in various television programmes including The Bill, Thieftakers, Cracker, Jo Brand and Our Friends in the North. He appeared in films such as Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1983), a small film called Representative Radio in which he played the role of Joseph Goddard and The One And Only in which he played a surgeon(2002). 

He worked for BBC Radio for many years. He appears as the voice of Rosencrantz in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Prince Of Denmark and was the voice of Blacksmith in a TV series called animated tales of the world, in 2000. He was the voice of Abdab on the Terror Tomb ride at Chessington World of Adventures. His theatre work include many years working for such establishments such as Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He was an early member of the singing group The Flying Pickets.



Raf de la Torre (died 1975 aged 67) - credited as Senior Judge in The Keys of Marinus