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On This Day (USA) - 24 September



The Smugglers: Episode 3 premiered on BBC One in 1966 at 5:49pm, watched by 4.20 million viewers.

Escaping from the pirate ship and reunited with Ben and Polly, the Doctor goes in search of the hidden treasure. But the pirates and the smugglers aren't far behind.



Horror of Fang Rock: Part Four premiered on BBC One in 1977 at 6:16pm, watched by 9.90 million viewers.

The Paradise Of Death: Episode Five premiered on BBC Radio 5 live in 1993 at 6:31pm

Revenge of the Slitheen: Part One premiered on BBC One in 2007 at 5:00pm, watched by 1.40 million viewers.

Revenge of the Slitheen: Part Two premiered on CBBC in 2007 at 5:30pm

Closing Time premiered on BBC One in 2011 at 7:10pm, watched by 6.93 million viewers.

Open All Hours premiered on BBC Three in 2011 at 8:00pm

This episode goes behind the scenes of Closing Time

Confidential is on set with Matt Smith and his returning co-star James Corden, who talk about the highs and lows of shooting at night, in a department store and with babies. Plus an insightful, in-depth character profile from Greg James chatting about his new role. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, James Corden and Greg James.


 Birthdays
Matthew Gravelle will be 41 - 6 credits, including Doctor in End of Days(TW)

Matthew Gravelle is a Welsh television and film actor.

Career

Gravelle was born in Porthcawl. In 2003, Gravelle appeared in the UK drama series Holby City and was a regular in the acclaimed BBC Wales show Belonging for two series. His other TV appearances include Casualty, Caerdydd and Judge John Deed. He appeared in "End of Days", the first series finalé of Torchwood as a medical Doctor dealing with cases of the Black Death. He later provided voice acting for the Torchwood Radio Play "The Dead Line" which broadcast on BBC Radio Four in July 2009.

From 2007, he played the lead character of Gangster Lyn Edwards in the Welsh-language television series Y Pris, dubbed "'The Sopranos' by the sea". The role earned him a BAFTA Cymru nomination for best actor in 2010.

Gravelle starred in the 2010 film Patagonia and in BBC Wales series Baker Boys as Rob, the co-manager of Valley Bara and the fiancée of Sarah (Eve Myles). In 2013, he was cast in the hit ITV crime drama Broadchurch as Joe Miller, husband of Olivia Colman's character. Later that year he guest-starred in the Welsh detective drama Y Gwyll, in which his real-life wife Mali Harries stars.

Personal life

Gravelle is married to Welsh actress Mali Harries. The couple have played each other's on-screen spouse/partner in several TV shows.

In 2009, The Western Mail listed him as the 24th sexiest man in Wales.

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



Kate Fleetwood will be 45 - credited as Ship in The Mad Woman in the Attic(SJA)

Kate Fleetwood is an English actress. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Chichester Festival Theatre's Macbeth which transferred to the West End and Broadway. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as Julie, in the groundbreaking new musical, London Road at the National Theatre. She is patron of En Masse Theatre and joint patron of Escape Insight Arts, Stratford upon Avon with her husband Rupert.

Fleetwood was raised near Stratford-upon-Avon and is a graduate of Exeter University. She is married to Rupert Goold with whom she has one son and one daughter. She began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company during her childhood.

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



Jaye Griffiths will be 54 - 3 credits, including Jac in The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar

Jaye Griffiths is an actress, known for Doctors (2000), Bugs (1995) and Care (2000).

She played Helen Stritch in several episodes of EastEnders and appeared in Silent Witness



David Banks will be 66 - 6 credits, including Cyber Leader in Earthshock

David Banks is a British actor from Hull, best known for portraying the Cyber Leader in a number of Doctor Who stories in the 1980's. In 1989 he played the part of Karl the Mercenary in the stage play Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure. He was the understudy for Jon Pertwee and played the role of the Doctor in  two performances.

As a theatre actor he has played many leading roles in London and throughout the UK. His numerous TV appearances include long-running portrayals in Brookside, playing the wrongly convicted murderer Graeme Curtis, and 181 episodes of L!ve TV's drama series Canary Wharf as Max Armstrong, head of news, who was finally abducted by aliens. He also appeared in EastEnders in 1992, playing the photographer, Gavin, at Michelle Fowler's graduation ceremony.

He writes and directs and has worked extensively as a voice artist, recording over 100 audiobooks - including an unabridged version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (Talking Books, 2006). In 2007 he revived his portrayal of Karl the Mercenary in a Big Finish Productions audio adaptation of Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure with Colin Baker as The Doctor.

David Banks is the author of several published books. In 1988 he wrote "Doctor Who - Cybermen", illustrated by Andrew Skilleter (Who Dares Publishing, 1988), which encompasses the history and conceptual origins of cybermen. He adapted the book into four audio cassettes, The ArcHive Tapes, which he also narrated. He later wrote the novel Iceberg (Virgin, 1993) for the Virgin New Adventures range of Doctor Who spin-off novels, which was set in 2006, when an inversion of the Earth's magnetic field is threatening to destroy human civilization, and featured the Cybermen and the investigative journalist Ruby Duvall. His play "Severance", about the 12th century lovers Abelard and Heloise, was first performed in 2002.

In 2008 he was invited to deliver a paper about cyber emotions entitled "Life as an emotionless killing machine: Cybermen in a Strange State" by the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. This paper references the recent reappearance of Cybermen on television after a long absence.



Maurice Colbourne (died 1989 aged 49) would be 78 - 2 credits, including Lytton in Resurrection of the Daleks

Maurice Colbourne was a British stage and television actor best know in Doctor Who for playing Lytton in two stories in the 1980's, Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) and Attack of the Cybermen (1985)

He is probably best remembered as Tom Howard, in the BBC Television serial, Howards' Way, which he played from 1985�89 

Colbourne was born in Sheffield at the outbreak of World War II, and studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He took his stage name from that of an earlier film actor called Maurice Colbourne, who shared the same birthday. 

He first became well known when he played the lead in a BBC drama series, Gangsters, from 1975�78, and afterwards appeared regularly on screen.

He also appeared in the television miniseries adaptation of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (1981), as the character Jack Coker. He also played Charles Marston, the love interest of Lady Fogarty in Series 7th series of the "Onedin Line" screened between 22 July - 23 September 1979.

In 1972 he co-founded, together with Mike Irving and Guy Sprung, the Half Moon Theatre near Aldgate, east London. This was a successful, radical theatre company, performing initially in an 80-seat disused synagogue in Half Moon Passage, E1. In 1985 the company moved to a converted chapel in Mile End Road, near Stepney Green.

He died suddenly aged 49 of a heart attack while renovating a holiday home in Dinan, Brittany, France.



Angelo Muscat (died 1977 aged 47) would be 87 - credited as Chumbley in Galaxy 4

Angelo Muscat  was a character actor.

Muscat was born in Malta. He appeared in 14 of the 17 episodes of the sixties cult television series The Prisoner, in which he played the famously mute Butler. Distinctly diminutive at only 4 ft 3 in (1.3 m), he played an Oompa-Loompa in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (uncredited, 1971). He also appeared in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour.

He appeared in the 1965 Doctor Who story Galaxy 4.

He made ornate birdcages by hand. Each year, on October 10, a small group of enthusiasts dubbed the "Friends of Angelo Muscat" (FOAM) celebrate his life.


 Deaths
Clive Morton (died 1975 aged 71) - credited as Trenchard in The Sea Devils

Clive Morton  was an English actor who made many screen appearances, especially on television. In 1955, he appeared in Laurence Olivier's Richard III and is recalled by fans of Doctor Who for his role as Trenchard in The Sea Devils in 1972. 

He was Commander Rogue in the first series of the fondly-remembered children's TV series Rogue's Rock in 1974. One of his last roles was as an aged butler in an episode of Upstairs Downstairs.

Morton was also a Shakespearian actor and an Associate Artiste of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the 1964 'Histories' Repertoire he played the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard the Second, The Earl of Worcester in Henry IV and the ferocious Earl of Talbot in Henry VI.

Morton was married to Fresh Fields actress Fanny Rowe.

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