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On This Day (USA) - 27 November



The Daleks' Master Plan: Devil's Planet premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:50pm, watched by 10.30 million viewers.

Having stolen the vital taranium core from the Daleks, the Doctor and his friends have escaped Kembel in Mavic Chen's ship but the Daleks give chase.



Dimensions In Time: Part Two premiered on BBC One in 1993 at 7:23pm, watched by 13.60 million viewers.

Prepare to hide behind the sofa! The second part of the special Doctor Who adventure, Dimensions in Time, bursts from the screen in glorious 3-D In tonight's House Party.The first part of the story was shown last night as part of Children in Need, and ended with the traditional cliffhanger. The evil Rani (Kate O'Mara ) has five of the Doctors (Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy) caught in a time loop in the East End of London, where he meets some suspiciously familiar characters. Will the power of Rani triumph? Or will the Doctor escape to fight another day? It's up to the viewers to decide, in a special phone vote.The results of the vote will be seen on tonight's show, so have your 3-D glasses at the ready.



There's Something About Mary premiered on BBC Three in 2006 at 1:40am
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Mike Skinner will be 40 - credited as Security Guard in The Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone

Mike Skinner played the Security Guard in the Doctor Who story The Time of Angels. 

He is better known as a British rapper, musician and record producer from Birmingham, United Kingdom, best known for the rap project The Streets.

By the time he was a tender five years old, Mike Skinner had begun playing with keyboards. At the age of seven he began experiencing symptoms of epilepsy, which worsened in his early teens. He began writing hip-hop and garage music in his home in West Heath and would later build a sound booth within his bedroom, using a cupboard and a mattress. In the mid-1990s, following secondary education at Bournville School, Skinner became a student at Sutton Coldfield College, in Sutton Coldfield, and was working in fast-food jobs while trying to start his own independent record label and sending off demos.

Although born in Birmingham, Skinner uses a Mockney accent in many songs. He can be heard speaking in his normal accent at the beginning of the song "Fake Streets Hats". He describes his background as "Barratt class: suburban estates, not poor but not much money about, really boring." Skinner has however always identified himself with Birmingham and he is a keen supporter of Birmingham City. He has worn the club's replica shirt on stage. He also wore it in the music video for his remix of Bloc Party's single "Banquet".



Samantha Bond will be 57 - 3 credits, including Mrs. Wormwood in Invasion of the Bane(SJA)

Samantha Bond is an English actress best known for her roles as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films during the Pierce Brosnan years and her role as Auntie Angela in the BBC comedy Outnumbered. She is married to Alexander Hanson and has two children, Molly and Tom. 

On 1 January 2007, Bond appeared as the villain Mrs Wormwood in the pilot episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. She later reprised this role for Enemy of the Bane, the two-part finale of the show's second series.

Samantha Bond is the daughter of actor Philip Bond and TV producer Pat Sandys, and is the sister of the actress Abigail Bond and the journalist Matthew Bond. She attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is a resident of St Margarets, London.

She has appeared in many television series, notably the 1997 adaptation of Emma starring Kate Beckinsale. She is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and starred opposite Dame Judi Dench in David Hare's award-winning play Amy's View at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1983, she appeared in the original 1983 Southampton production of Daisy Pulls It Off before it moved to the West End. Also in 1983 she appeared in Mansfield Park and in the fourth series of Rumpole of the Bailey, where she played Rumpole's pupil 'Mizz' Liz Probert. In 1985, she appeared in the BBC's adaptation of A Murder is Announced, a Miss Marple novel by Agatha Christie.

In 1989, she starred in the television adaptation of Oswald Wynd's novel The Ginger Tree. She played Mary MacKenzie, a young Scottish woman who finds disillusionment, love and heartbreak, in turn of the century Japan. It spans the time from 1903 to the outbreak of the Second World War. She also had a featured role in Erik the Viking, starring Tim Robbins, Eartha Kitt and Mickey Rooney.

In 1990, she appeared in the Agatha Christie's Poirot television series episode "The Adventure of the Cheap Flat". In 1992, she also appeared in the "Inspector Morse" television series - 6th, episode 1("Dead on time" as Helen Marriat)-. In 2004, she starred opposite Peter Davison in the ITV drama-comedy Distant Shores. In 2006, she returned to the stage in a new production of Michael Frayn's Donkey's Years at the Comedy Theatre.  She has also starred in the popular English drama Midsomer Murders in the episodes "Destroying Angel" (2001) and "Shot at Dawn" (2008), and again in Neil Dudgeon's 2011 debut as lead character, in the episode "Death in the Slow Lane". In the West End she starred in David Leveaux's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre (2009).

From 2007-2011, Bond has appeared as the recurring character of Sue's sister, Auntie Angela in the BBC semi-improvised comedy Outnumbered, alongside Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and David Ryall. In series one (2007) she appeared in the episodes; 'The Special Bowl', 'The City Farm', 'The Quiet Night In', 'The Mystery Illness' and 'The Dinner Party'. In series two (2008), Bond only appeared in the first episode 'The Wedding'. In series three (2010), Bond appeared in the episode 'The Restaurant'. Bond also starred in series four (2011) for the final two episodes 'The Cold Caller' and 'The Exchange Student'.

In 2009, she took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home, about her Welsh family history.

In 2009, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in part of a series of television programmes for Channel 4 charting particular periods of the monarch's reign.

She starred as Mrs. Cheveley in a new production of An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in November 2010. In 2011 she narrated a documentary on Operation Crossbow and one on the science of colour on BBC's Horizon series.

In 2010 and 2011 she made several guest appearances in the ITV costume drama Downton Abbey.

Samantha Bond has starred in four James Bond films as Miss Moneypenny. She was preceded by Caroline Bliss and Lois Maxwell. In a BBC Four interview, she remarked that she would retire from her role with the departure of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

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Howard Attfield (died 2007 aged 60) would be 72 - 3 credits, including Geoff Noble in The Runaway Bride

Howard Attfield played Geoff Noble in the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride. 

He was signed to reprise the role during Series 4, but died early in production of the season after filming several scenes for Partners in Crime.

His completed scenes were refilmed with Bernard Cribbins playing a different character, Wilfred Mott. The footage was later included on the DVD release of Series 4. A line of dialogue referencing Geoff Noble in DW: The End of Time, Part Two was included as a tribute to Attfield.

Other appearances include Brothers of the Head, Fooling Hitler, Rosemary & Thyme, ChuckleVision, Lexx, One Foot in the Grave, Lighthouse, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, The Darling Buds of May, Rumpole of the Bailey, Leon the Pig Farmer, Terry on the Fence, Minder, The Optimist, Great Expectations, Cover, Cream in My Coffee



Rodney Bewes (died 2017 aged 79) would be 81 - credited as Stien in Resurrection of the Daleks

Rodney Bewes is an English television actor and writer who is best known for playing Bob Ferris in the BBC television sitcom The Likely Lads (1964-66) and its colour sequel Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973-74), and in the various radio series based on them (1967-68 and 1975), and in the big screen film The Likely Lads (1976).

Bewes was born in Bingley near Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His early life was a typical northern working class childhood, until his family moved to Luton in Bedfordshire, where he attended Stopsley Boys' School . However, because of his early ill-health (he suffered from asthma) his mother tended to keep him off school. From the age of 12 he was appearing in television plays for the BBC, and at 14 he moved to London to attend RADA's preparatory school.

After two years of national service in the RAF, Bewes went to RADA. At nights he was working in hotels, doing the washing up, to finance his studies at RADA during the day, and hence was frequently to be found asleep in class. He was expelled during his final year. In the early 1960s he was appearing in productions at the Borough Polytechnic Institute (now London South Bank University) alongside Richard Briers and Brian Murphy. He then began appearing in repertory theatre and obtained parts in the television shows Dixon of Dock Green (1962) and Z-Cars (1963). He also appeared in the classic film version of Billy Liar (1963) alongside his close friend Tom Courtenay. The following year his northern working class background, and natural northern accent, stood him in good stead, landing him the role of northern working class hero Bob Ferris in The Likely Lads.

In between his two spells as a 'Likely Lad' in the 1960s and 1970s, Bewes also appeared in Man in a Suitcase (1967), Father, Dear Father (1968), and as "Mr Rodney" on The Basil Brush Show (1968-69). Bewes starred in his own ITV sitcom Dear Mother...Love Albert (1969-72), which he also created and co-wrote. He also appeared in the film Spring and Port Wine (1970) which starred James Mason, and played the Knave of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972).

Some of Bewes's later film and television roles include Jabberwocky (1977), The Spaceman and King Arthur (1979), The Wildcats of St. Trinian's (1980), and the 1984 Doctor Who serial Resurrection of the Daleks. His television career largely ended in the mid-1980s.

Although he is better known for his comedy and light entertainment roles, viewers were given an opportunity to see Bewes's serious acting ability in a made-for-TV film adaptation of John Ford's 17th century play, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore(1980).

During 1982, he served as spokesman for the now defunct trade organisation the British Onion Marketing Board, appearing in a number of print advertisements during the year.

On stage Bewes has enjoyed considerable success in the 1990s and since with one-man versions of Three Men in a Boat and Diary of a Nobody, both of which shows he has toured extensively in the UK. At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1997 he won the Stella Artois Prize for his one-man production of Three Men in a Boat.

The autobiography of Rodney Bewes, A Likely Story, was published in September 2005. Bewes revealed in it, and also on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio 2 show in 2005, that his Likely Lads co-star James Bolam has not spoken to him for the last 30 years, after they fell out over a misunderstanding regarding a press interview Bewes had given. In 2010 Bewes also complained about his former co-star's refusal to allow repeats of The Likely Lads, preventing his earning anything from them; "he must be very wealthy; me, I've just got an overdraft and a mortgage."

Although born in the North of England, he now regards himself as a Londoner, albeit one with a slight northern accent in his speech. He is a member of the London Rowing Club, the Chelsea Arts Club, and the Garrick Club. He is also a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames. Having lived in Cornwall for some years, he and his wife Daphne now live in Henley-on-Thames. They have four children.

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Verity Lambert (died 2007 aged 71) would be 83 - 26 credits, including Producer for An Unearthly Child

Verity Ann Lambert OBE was an English television and film producer. She was the founding producer of the science-fiction series Doctor Who, a programme that has become a part of British popular culture; and she had a long association with Thames Television. Her many credits include Adam Adamant Lives!, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Minder, Widows, G.B.H., Jonathan Creek and Love Soup.

Lambert began working in television in the 1950s and continued to work as a producer until the year she died. After leaving the BBC in 1969, she worked for other television companies, notably Thames Television and its Euston Films offshoot in the 1970s and '80s. She also worked in the film industry, for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment. From 1985, she ran her own production company, Cinema Verity.

The British Film Institute's Screenonline website describes Lambert as "one of those producers who can often create a fascinating small screen universe from a slim script and half-a-dozen congenial players."

Women were rarely television producers in Britain at the beginning of Lambert's career. When she was appointed to Doctor Who in 1963, she was the youngest producer, and only female drama producer, working at the BBC.The website of the Museum of Broadcast Communications hails her as "not only one of Britain's leading businesswomen, but possibly the most powerful member of the nation's entertainment industry ... Lambert has served as a symbol of the advances won by women in the media".She died the day before the 44th anniversary of the first showing of Doctor Who.

Lambert was born in London, the daughter of a Jewish accountant, and educated at Roedean School.She left Roedean at sixteen and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year and at a secretarial college in London for eighteen months.She later credited her interest in the structural and characterisational aspects of scriptwriting to an inspirational English teacher.Lambert's first job was typing menus at the Kensington De Vere Hotel, which employed her because she had been to France and could speak French. In 1956, she entered the television industry as a secretary at Granada Television's press office. She was sacked from this job after six months.

Following her dismissal from Granada, Lambert took a job as a shorthand-typist at ABC Television.She soon became the secretary to the company's Head of Drama and then a production secretary working on a programme called State Your Case.She then moved from administration to production, working on drama programming on ABC's popular anthology series Armchair Theatre, which was then overseen the new Head of Drama, Canadian producer Sydney Newman.

Catastrophic incidents could occur on live television of this era. On 30 November 1958, while Lambert was working as a Production Assistant on Armchair Theatre, an actor died during a broadcast of Underground and she had to take responsibility for directing the cameras from the studio gallery while director Ted Kotcheff worked with the actors on the studio floor to accommodate the loss.

In 1961, Lambert left ABC, spending a year working as the Personal Assistant to American television producer David Susskind at the independent production company Talent Associates in New York.Returning to England, she rejoined ABC with an ambition to direct, but she got stuck as a Production Assistant and decided that, if she could not find advancement within a year, she would abandon television as a career.

In December 1962 Sydney Newman left ABC to take up the position of Head of Drama at BBC Television, and the following year Lambert joined him at the Corporation. Newman had recruited her to produce Doctor Who, a programme he had personally initiated. Conceived by Newman as an educational science-fiction series for children, the programme concerned the adventures of a crotchety old man travelling through space and time with his sometimes unwilling companions in his TARDIS, a machine larger on the inside than outside. The show was a risk, and in some quarters not expected to last longer than thirteen weeks.

Although Lambert was not Newman's first choice to produce the series — Don Taylorand Shaun Suttonhad both declined the position — he was very keen to ensure that Lambert take the job after his experience of working with her at ABC. "I think the best thing I ever did on that was to find Verity Lambert," he told Doctor Who Magazine in 1993. "I remembered Verity as being bright and, to use the phrase, full of piss and vinegar! She was gutsy and she used to fight and argue with me, even though she was not at a very high level as a production assistant."

When Lambert arrived at the BBC in June 1963, she was initially given a more experienced associate producer, Mervyn Pinfield, to assist her. Doctor Who debuted on 23 November 1963 and quickly became a success for the BBC, chiefly on the popularity of the alien creatures known as Daleks. Lambert's superior, Head of Serials Donald Wilson, had strongly advised against using the script in which the Daleks first appeared, but after the serial's successful airing, he said that Lambert clearly knew the series far better than he did, and he would no longer interfere in her decisions. The success of Doctor Who and the Daleks also garnered press attention for Lambert herself; in 1964, the Daily Mail published a feature on the series focusing on the perceived attractiveness of its young producer: "The operation of the Daleks ... is conducted by a remarkably attractive young woman called Verity Lambert who, at 28, is not only the youngest but the only female drama producer at B.B.C. TV ... [T]all, dark and shapely, she became positively forbidding when I suggested that the Daleks might one day take over Dr. Who."

Lambert oversaw the first two seasons of the programme, eventually leaving in 1965. "There comes a time when a series needs new input," she told Doctor Who Magazine thirty years later. "It's not that I wasn't fond of Doctor Who, I simply felt that the time had come. It had been eighteen very concentrated months, something like seventy shows. I know people do soaps forever now, but I felt Doctor Who needed someone to come in with a different view."

She moved on to produce another BBC show created by Newman, the swashbuckling action-adventure series Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–67). The long development period of Adam Adamant delayed its production, and during this delay Newman gave her the initial episodes of a new soap opera, The Newcomers, to produce.Further productions for the BBC included a season of the crime drama Detective (1968–69) and a 26-part series of adaptations of the stories of William Somerset Maugham (1969). During this period, Lambert was referenced in Monty Python '​s 1969 sketch "Buying a Bed," which featured two shop assistants called Mr. Verity and Mr. Lambert, named after her.

In 1969 she left the staff of the BBC to join London Weekend Television, where she produced Budgie (1970–72) and Between the Wars (1973). In 1974, she returned to the BBC on a freelance basis to produce Shoulder to Shoulder, a series of six 75-minute plays about the suffragette movement of the early 20th century.

Later in 1974 Lambert became Head of Drama at Thames Television, a successor company of her former employers ABC. During her time in this position she oversaw several high-profile and successful contributions to the ITV network, including The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Rock Follies (1976–77), Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–92) and Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978). In 1976 she was also made responsible for overseeing the work of Euston Films, Thames' subsidiary film production company, at the time best known as the producers of The Sweeney. In 1979 she transferred to Euston full-time as the company's Chief Executive, overseeing productions such as Quatermass (1979), Minder (1979–94) and Widows (1983).

At Thames and Euston, Lambert enjoyed the most sustained period of critical and popular success of her career. The Naked Civil Servant won a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for its star John Hurt as well as a Broadcasting Press Guild Award and a prize at the Prix Italia;Rock Follies won a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Award,[16] while Widows also gained BAFTA nominations and ratings of over 12 million — unusually for a drama serial, it picked up viewers over the course of its six-week run.Minder went on to become the longest-running series produced by Euston Films, surviving for over a decade following Lambert's departure from the company.

Television historian Lez Cooke described Lambert's time in control of the drama department at Thames as "an adventurous period for the company, demonstrating that it was not only the BBC that was capable of producing progressive television drama during the 1970s. Lambert wanted Thames to produce drama series 'which were attempting in one way or another to tackle modern problems and life,' an ambition which echoed the philosophy of her mentor Sydney Newman."Howard Schuman, the writer of Rock Follies, also later praised the bravery of Lambert's commissioning. "Verity Lambert had just arrived as head of drama at Thames TV and she went for broke," he told The Observer newspaper in 2002. "She commissioned a serial, Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill, for safety, but also Bill Brand, one of the edgiest political dramas ever, and us ... Before we had even finished making the first series, Verity commissioned the second."

Lambert's association with Thames and Euston Films continued into the 1980s. In 1982, she rejoined the staff of parent company Thames Television as Director of Drama, and was given a seat on the company's board. In November 1982 she left Thames, but remained as Chief Executive at Euston until leaving in November of the following year to take up her first post in the film industry, as Director of Production for Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment. Her job here was somewhat frustrating as the British film industry was in one of its periodic states of flux, but she did manage to produce some noteworthy features, including the 1986 John Cleese film Clockwise.

Lambert later expressed some regret on her time in the film industry in a feature for The Independent newspaper. "Unfortunately, the person who hired me left, and the person who came in didn't want to produce films and didn't want me. While I managed to make some films I was proud of — Dennis Potter's Dreamchild, and Clockwise with John Cleese — it was terribly tough and not a very happy experience."

Verity Lambert was Chair of the British Film Institute Production Board in 1981/1982.

In late 1985 Lambert left Thorn EMI, frustrated at the lack of success and at restructuring measures being undertaken by the company. She established her own independent production company, Cinema Verity. The company's first production was the 1988 feature film A Cry in the Dark, starring Sam Neill and Meryl Streep and based on the "dingo baby" case in Australia. Cinema Verity's first television series, the BBC1 sitcom May to December, debuted in 1989 and ran until 1994. The company also produced another successful BBC1 sitcom, So Haunt Me, which ran from 1992 to 1994.

Lambert executive produced Alan Bleasdale's hard-hitting drama serial G.B.H. for Channel 4 in 1991, winning critical acclaim and several awards.Lambert's relationship with Bleasdale was not entirely smooth, however — the writer has admitted in subsequent interviews that he "wanted to kill Verity Lambert"[20] after she insisted on the cutting of large portions of his first draft script before production began. However, Bleasdale subsequently admitted that she was right about the majority of the cut material, and when the production was finished he only missed one small scene from those she had demanded be excised.

A less successful Cinema Verity production, and the most noted mis-step of Lambert's career, was the soap opera Eldorado, a co-production with the BBC set in a British expatriate community in Spain. At the time it was the most expensive commission the BBC had given out to an independent production company.[21] Launched with a major publicity campaign and running in a high-profile slot three nights a week on BBC1, the series was critically mauled and lasted only a year, from 1992 to 1993. Lambert's biography at Screenonline suggests some reasons for this failure: "With on-location production facilities and an evident striving for a genuinely contemporary flavour, Lambert's costly Euro soap Eldorado suggested a degree of ambition ... which it seemed in the event ill-equipped to realise, and a potentially interesting subject tailed off into implausible melodrama. Eldorado's plotting ... was disappointingly ponderous. As a result, the expatriate community in southern Spain theme and milieu was exploited rather than explored."Other reviewers, even the best part of a decade after the programme's cancellation, were much harsher, with Rupert Smith's comments in The Guardian in 2002 being a typical example. "A £10 million farce that left the BBC with egg all over its entire body and put an awful lot Equity members back on the dole ... it will always be remembered as the most expensive flop of all time."

In the early 1990s, Lambert attempted to win the rights to produce Doctor Who independently for the BBC; however, this effort was unsuccessful because the Corporation was already in negotiations with producer Philip Segal in the United States. Cinema Verity projects that did reach production included Sleepers (BBC1, 1991) and The Cazalets (BBC One, 2001), the latter co-produced by actress Joanna Lumley, whose idea it was to adapt the novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Lambert continued to work as a freelance producer outside of her own company. She produced the popular BBC One comedy-drama series Jonathan Creek, by writer David Renwick, ever since taking over the role for its second series in 1998. From then until 2004 she produced eighteen episodes of the programme across four short seasons, plus two Christmas Specials. She and Renwick also collaborated on another comedy-drama, Love Soup, starring Tamsin Greig and transmitted on BBC One in the autumn of 2005.

In 1973, Lambert married television director Colin Bucksey (a man ten years her junior), but the marriage collapsed in 1984, and they divorced in 1987.She had no children, once telling an interviewer, "I can't stand babies — no, I love babies as long as their parents take them away."In 2000 two of her productions, Doctor Who and The Naked Civil Servant, finished third and fourth respectively in a British Film Institute poll of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century.

In the 2002 New Year's Honours list Lambert was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to film and television production,and the same year she received BAFTA's Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television.She died of cancer five days before her 72nd birthday.She was due to have been presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Women in Film and Television Awards the following month.

Her last work was to produce the second series of Love Soup. A dedication, to her memory, was shown after the first episode was aired on 1 March 2008.

In the 2007 Doctor Who episode "Human Nature", the Doctor (as John Smith) refers to his parents as Sydney and Verity, a tribute to both Newman and Lambert.She is further honoured in the episode 'The End of Time" when the Doctor visits the great-granddaughter of Matron Joan Redford from the episode "Human Nature", (played by the original actress Jessica Hynes) the human love interest he gives up to reclaim his Time Lord memories. This character is named Verity Newman.

In the 2007 Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned", a dedication was shown at the end before the rolling of the credits.The 2008 DVD release of The Time Meddler, as well as containing the last commentary she made before her death, also contains a short documentary feature Verity Lambert Obituary, described as "A concise essay looking back over the career of one of Doctor Who's co-creators."

For Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary in 2013, the BBC commissioned a drama based around the creation of the programme, entitled An Adventure in Space and Time, with Lambert played by actress Jessica Raine.

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Johnny Byrne (died 2008 aged 72) would be 83 - 14 credits, including Nyssa created by for Castrovalva

Johnny Byrne was an Irish writer and script editor for the BBC. 

In the 1960s he worked as a literary editor, and wrote poetry and short stories which were published in Science Fantasy magazine. His other works include Groupie (1969, co-written with Jenny Fabian), Season Of The Witch (1971), and the scripts for the films Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall (1972), and Rosie Is My Relative (1976). 

In 1986 he took on the role of script editor of the series All Creatures Great and Small based on the books of James Herriot.  He wrote for the vet series One by One . He created the series Noah's Ark and wrote many of the episodes for the two series. He also created the series Heartbeat (loosely based on the Constable books by Nicholas Rhea) and was the main script writer for 17 series from 1992 to 2007.

Byrne was the most prolific script contributor to the first season of Space: 1999 (1973�75), and was initially given the assignment of story consultant for the second season (1976�77).

In 1981 he made his first contribution to Doctor Who with s The Keeper of Traken (1981), which resurrected the character of the Master. For the same story, Byrne created the character of Nyssa, who later became one of the Doctor's companions.

His second story, Arc of Infinity (1983), featured the areturn of Omega, who had previously appeared in The Three Doctors. His last screened story was Warriors of the Deep (1984) which brought back the Silurians and the Sea Devils. 

He wrote the script for a Doctor Who movie in 1990, but due to a legal dispute between the BBC and the film production company, his script went unused.



Peter Tuddenham (died 2007 aged 88) would be 100 - 3 credits, including Special Voice in Time and the Rani

Peter Tuddenham was a British actor, best known for providing the voices of Zen, Orac and Slave, computers on the science fiction TV show Blake's 7.

He provided voices for the Doctor Who stories The Ark in Space, The Masque of Mandragora and Time and the Rani. Later he returned to tape the audio drama spin-offs Occam's Razorand Death's Head. 

Tuddenham began his career in weekly repertory and entertained troops during the Second World War as a member of the Army's "Stars in Battledress". 

On radio, he acted in the long-running series Mrs Dale's Diary and Waggoner's Walk.

Tuddenham also starred in the TV sitcom Backs to the Land and later made numerous other occasional or one-off appearances in shows such as Only Fools and Horses, One Foot in the Grave, The Onedin Line, Quiller, Bergerac, Tales of the Unexpected and The Bill.



Gladys Spencer (died 1992 aged 98) would be 124 - credited as High Minister's Voice in The Ark In Space