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On This Day (USA) - 27 December



Desert Island Discs: David Tennant (27 Dec 2009) premiered on Radio 4 in 2009 at 11:15am

Actor David Tennant talks to Kirsty Young and selects eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical island. Producer Leanne Buckle.


 Birthdays
Laurence Belcher will be 24 - 2 credits, including Young Kazran in A Christmas Carol

Laurence Belcher  is an English actor, best known for his roles as Young Kazran in Doctor Who and as Young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. He also starred as Maurice Dumont in The Shadow Within and Gracie!.

Prior to film work, Belcher  started out in musicals. Following successful runs in Scrooge at the London Palladium and 'Whistle Down the Wind', he was asked to audition for Mary Poppins. He was in it for just under 1 year, and was selected to appear in the show's last performance in London in January 2009.  

Belcher  made his film debut as Maurice Dumont in horror/thriller The Shadow Within and went on to star in Messengers 2 and X-Men: First Class, and had a major part in Doctor Who episode "A Christmas Carol", based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, as the 12-year-old Kazran. His latest appearance will be alongside Ashley Judd and Sean Bean in new ABC drama 'Missing', due for release in early 2012. As well as musicals, Laurence has a fantastic CV when it comes to theatre. Making his play debut in Alan Bennet's The Habit of Art at the National Theatre alongside Richard Griffiths and Alex Jennings in 2010, the end of which was overlapped by rehearsals for Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by David Leveaux, and starringHelen McCrory and Robert Glenister.

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



Benjamin Smith will be 30 - credited as Luke in School Reunion

Marek Oravec will be 36 - credited as Worker in Meat(TW)

Sinead Keenan will be 42 - 7 credits, including Addams in The End of Time

inead Keenan is an Irish actress with a vast variety of television, film and stage credits. 

Keenan is best known to Irish viewers for playing Farrah Phelan in Fair City and is best known to UK viewers for playing the role of werewolf Nina Pickering on BBC Three's supernatural drama Being Human, which began airing in 2009. Keenan has been a regular cast member since Series 3 began airing in 2011. In November 2011, Keenan's on-screen partner, Russell Tovey announced he would be leaving Being Human to work full-time on his BBC Three sitcom, Him & Her



Christopher Benjamin will be 85 - 25 credits, including Henry Gordon Jago in The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Christopher Benjamin is a British actor, born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England.

He is best known in Doctor Who for his role as Henry Gordon Jago, seen originally  in the Tom Baker serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The character was recreated by Benjamin for Big Finish in four series of Jago and Litefoot audio plays.

Benjamin has appeared in some of the UK's biggest cult television programmes. This included playing the same character ("Potter"} in two Patrick McGoohan dramas, Danger Man and The Prisoner. He was also a regular in The Avengers.

He played recurring roles in several period dramas. He was Sir John Glutton, the regular adversary in the period family adventure series Dick Turpin, Channing in several episodes of the third series of When The Boat Comes In, and Prosper Profound in the acclaimed 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga .

He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He appeared at Shakespeare's Globe from 17 June to 5 October 2008 as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.



William McGuirk (died 2001 aged 70) would be 89 - 2 credits, including Guard in Corridor in The Enemy of the World

Bill McGuirk  appeared in two Doctor Who stories: as a Guard in The Enemy of the World and a Policeman in Terror of the Autons.

Also appeared in PersuasionCall Me MisterThe BillCoronation StreetThe Case of the Frightened LadyJuliet BravoThe Old Men at the ZooThe ProfessionalsAngelsBBC2 PlayhouseGraham's GangPlay for TodayZ CarsSoftly Softly: Task ForceArmchair TheatreCarry on HenryNever a Cross WordThe ExpertThe Gamblers


 Deaths
Bridget Turner (died 2014 aged 75) - credited as Alice Cassini in Gridlock

Bridget Turner (born CleethorpesLincolnshire) was a British actress.

She has worked with a number of very famous actors including Peter O'TooleElizabeth TaylorKirk DouglasBernard BlierTrevor HowardBernadette Lafont and Richard Burton and Christina Ricci.

On May 8, 2009 John Cleese stated in an interview that Bridget was originally offered the part of Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers back in 1974. She turned it down and the role was passed on to Prunella Scales.



Joan Rodker (died 2010 aged 95) - credited as Researcher for The Aztecs

Joan Rodker was a political activist who later became television script editor and producer.

Born in 1915, her parents were the poet John Rodker and actress Sonia Cohen, and she was first brought up in care before living with her mother. Failing to get into university she instead engaged on a study of languages, first learning German and then Russian - meeting her husband, performer and former politcal prisoner Gerard Hinze.

During the Second World War she campaigned to have her husband released from internment in Canada, and when returning to England after the war she became involved in a number of causes, including organising peace conferences such as one in Sheffield in 1950, helping to open the Polish Cultural Institute, and organise the first Soho Fair. 

Turning to television, Rodker worked with the likes of Kenneth Tynan and Huw Weldon on seminal arts programmes such as Tempo and Monitor, and also worked alongside Verity Lambert in commissioning writers and script editing for Thirty Minute Theatre and Armchair Theatre. Spending a year in Mexico, she was the writer and narrator for the 1960 ITV documentary, Mexico of the Plumed Serpent, a Roving Report feature on the problems facing contemporary Mexico and the impact from its colonial period - something designer Barry Newbery was to reference for The Aztecs with its inclusion of ruins. Rodker was herself brought on board the Doctor Who production as a freelance researcher.

Other work on television included being an editor on 1974's Late Night Drama, script executive and later executive producer for Armchair Thriller, and producer for ITV Playhouse in the 1980s.

She died in 2010, survived by her son Ernest and her grandchildren Oliver and Joel.