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On This Day (USA) - 30 January

The Romans: Conspiracy premiered on BBC One in 1965 at 5:39pm GMT, watched by 10.00 million viewers.

Poppaea plans to poison Barbara who has become the object of Nero's affections. The Doctor is to be thrown to the lions and Ian and Delos are set against each other in the arena.

The Mind of Evil: Episode One premiered on BBC One in 1971 at 5:15pm BST, watched by 6.10 million viewers.

At Stangmoor Prison, the Doctor and Jo watch a demonstration of the Keller Machine which can extract evil impulses from criminals. But the experiment goes wrong and a man dies.

To the Last Man premiered on BBC2 in 2008 at 9:00pm GMT, watched by 3.51 million viewers.
Olivia Colman was 47 - 3 credits, including Mother in The Eleventh Hour

Olivia Colman, is an English actress who first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show (2003–10). Her other TV comedy roles include Green Wing (2004–06), Beautiful People (2008–09), Rev. (2010–14) and Twenty Twelve (2011–12). She also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–08), alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Colman's move to drama saw her receive critical acclaim for her performance in the 2011 film Tyrannosaur. Her other film roles include Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011), Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), and Locke (2013). A three-time BAFTA TV Award winner, she won Best Female Comedy Performance for Twenty Twelve and Best Supporting Actress for Accused in 2013, before winning Best Actress in 2014 for her role as DS Ellie Miller in the ITV crime series Broadchurch.

Early life

Colman was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to a nurse mother and a chartered surveyor father. She was educated at two independent schools, Norwich High School for Girls in Norwich and Gresham's School in Holt. Her first role was Jean Brodie in a school performance of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the age of 16. She then realised that was what she wanted to do. In her BAFTA acceptance speech in 2013, Colman thanks her drama teacher at Gresham's, Paul Hands. She says that if it was not for him she might still be wondering what to do when she grew up. Of Colman, Hands says: "I think she's one of the great British actors of her generation... she was very popular and kind. That not only made her a better person, but a better actor. I remember occasions when her performances were so powerful the audience would leave in tears. She was that good, which was extraordinary at that age."

Colman went on to spend a term studying primary teaching at Homerton College, Cambridge. During this time, at the age of 20, she auditioned for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club (Footlights) and first met future co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, as well as Peter Serafinowicz. "I'd never heard of Footlights," she said in 2013, "I think Rob and David probably thought I was quite game because they said, 'Find something in here and try and sell it to us', and I picked up a cigarette butt and was trying to sell it to them as nutritious and then ate it. Instead of laughing they just looked slightly shocked."

Television and radio

Colman has appeared in roles in numerous BBC, ITV and Channel 4 television programmes, such as Bruiser, People Like Us, Look Around You, Black Books, The Office, The Time of Your Life and provided the voice-over for Five's poll for Britain’s Funniest Comedy Character. She regularly features in BBC Radio 4 comedies, such as Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. She is also the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33, set in a fictional codebreaking hut of the real-life Bletchley Park during World War II. Colman has also appeared alongside former Grange Hill actor Mark Burdis in advertisements for the AA (Automobile Association) in the early 2000s. Colman has worked with the comedians Mitchell & Webb on several projects. Colman met the duo when they were all students at Cambridge University. She has appeared with them in numerous TV and radio series, such as radio's That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and the television version, That Mitchell and Webb Look. She decided to leave the programme after her agent suggested that she was becoming too closely associated with their work and needed to widen her horizons: a decision that was made "with tears". She continued to appear on Peep Show until 2010.

In October and November 2008, Colman appeared in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People, based on the life of Simon Doonan, as Debbie Doonan, Simon's mother. She also made a guest appearance in Skins, in the third-series episode "Naomi" as Naomi's mother Gina. In 2010, Colman took a leading role as Alex Smallbone, the wife of an inner city vicar, in the BBC sitcom Rev. Also in 2010, she played "Mother" in "The Eleventh Hour" episode of Doctor Who, Matt Smith's debut as the Eleventh Doctor.

In 2011, Colman appeared in the BBC drama Exile, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. In 2011-12 she played Sally Owen, the love-lorn secretary to Hugh Bonneville's character Ian Fletcher in Twenty Twelve, a successful television comedy series about planning for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In 2013, Colman played DS Ellie Miller in the hit ITV drama Broadchurch. This eight-part drama set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch follows the reaction of a tight-knit community when a young boy is killed under suspicious circumstances.

Colman has also made numerous television appearances as a guest on The Graham Norton Show (10 May 2013, 17 January 2014, 16 January 2015), Duck Quacks Don't Echo and Would I Lie to You? (Series 2, Episode 5).


Colman's film credits include the British mockumentary film Confetti (in which she plays a naturist with Robert Webb, a role she described as "the worst experience of my life"), Alice in Grow Your Own, Doris Thatcher in Hot Fuzz, and I Could Never Be Your Woman. Colman appeared as 'Bev', alongside Mark Burdis as 'Kev', in a series of television adverts for AA car insurance. She provided voices for the Andrex "be kind to your behind" adverts and Glade fragrance adverts, where her character is a gorilla.

Colman was a leading cast member in Paddy Considine's first two films: Dog Altogether and Tyrannosaur. Colman has worked several times with Considine, having acted together in Hot Fuzz, where they met, and also in Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee. She also acted alongside him in the second The Suspicions of Mr Whicher film in 2013.

Colman played Carol Thatcher in the Academy Award-winning 2011 film The Iron Lady. In her BAFTA acceptance speech for Best Actress, lead actress Meryl Streep thanked Colman and described her as "divinely gifted". In 2012 she was nominated twice in the "Best Actress" category at the British Comedy Awards.

Since 2013, Colman has been a judge on the panel of the Norwich Film Festival.

Personal life

Colman met her future husband, Ed Sinclair, then a third-year law student who had become disillusioned with law and preferred to write, in a production of Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners (from the Norman Conquests trilogy) at Footlights. Colman fell in love with Sinclair at first sight, adding that she thought "there's the bloke I'm going to marry" and that "My husband and I were very lucky. We met when we had nothing and we loved each other then. So we were all right. We were 20 and he was also an actor. If you meet at that age then you are fine. For me, it was thunderbolts straight away." Crediting Sinclair for helping her get through tough times, Colman has said that "[Sinclair] was gorgeous, the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen", suggesting that the feeling was not instantly mutual, and added that "I stuck with him and made him realize he could only be happy with me. I still feel like I'm punching above my weight." Colman and Sinclair married and they have two children. In February 2015, Colman announced that she was expecting her third.


In January 2011, Colman won a Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performances for her role in the film Tyrannosaur. Her performance also received the 2012 Kermode Award for Best Actress.

Colman was recognised for her versatility at the 2013 BAFTAs, receiving awards for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in The Accused and Best Female Comedy Performance in Twenty Twelve.

In 2014, Colman's role as Ellie Miller in the ITV programme Broadchurch earned her Best Leading Actress awards from BAFTA, Broadcasting Press Guild, Crime Thriller Awards, Royal Television Society, as well as nominations for several other awards.


In August 2014, Colman was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September 2014's referendum on the issue.

Charitable work

Inspired by her research for the film Tyrannosaur, in 2014 Colman became the patron of the UK charity Tender, which uses theatre and the arts to educate young people about how to prevent violence and sexual abuse. Colman says that domestic violence prevention can make a real difference in the lives of young people. Other charity work included participating in the Alzheimer's Society's Holkham Hall Memory Walk in September 2013. Colman's great- grandmother suffered from dementia and her mother was involved in running a nursing home for sufferers. Colman has also added her voice to charity campaigns for Marie Curie Daffodil Day (care for the terminally ill) and Anthony Nolan (blood cancer), charity which Colman says helped a friend of hers.

In December 2014, Colman was involved in a radio documentary about the plight of women in Afghanistan on behalf of Amnesty International for the BBC. Several women who told their stories to journalist Lyse Doucet were unable to appear because their lives might have been at risk. Colman read their stories as part of the documentary. In response to the work, Colman warns that the UK must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban. She says, "Being a teacher, a doctor, a politician — these are important jobs but they shouldn’t be dangerous ones. The brave women whose words I’ve voiced risk so much to educate, to care and to shape the future of their country. Women like these are the hope for Afghanistan’s future and the UK must not abandon them to the Taliban now."

In 2013, Colman presented two awards at the Mind Media Awards,which celebrate accurate, responsible and sensitive portrayals of mental health across all areas of the media. Colman believes that, "...the media industry has huge influence and with that comes a responsibility to contest the stigma that sadly still exists, through accurate representation." Colman has spoken openly to the Big Issue about her experience of post natal depression after the birth of her first child.

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

Daphne Ashbrook was 58 - 8 credits, including Dr. Grace Holloway in The TV Movie

Daphne Ashbrook is an American actress. raised in the San Diego, CA area. Her parents are San Diego theatre actress D'Ann Paton and late actor/Director Buddy Ashbrook. Her siblings are actor Dana Ashbrook and director Taylor Ashbrook.

Ashbrook has appeared in many television and film roles including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as the titular character in "Melora") 

In 1996 she was cast as Doctor Grace Holloway in the US produced TV Movie version of Doctor Who. Her portrayal as Grace in Doctor Who caused consternation among some of that show's fans because she was the first character to romantically kiss the Doctor.

A 2004 trip to the United Kingdom was filmed for the 2005 documentary Daphne Ashbrook in the UK. This DVD documentary followed her work with Doctor Who, including her role as Perfection in the Big Finish Productions audio play The Next Life. She performed opposite Paul McGann for first time since the 1996 telemovie. 

In 2006, she played Charlotte Howell in the audio drama Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptation for the same company. 

She is notable as being one of only a few actors to be credited in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

Her past TV work includes Cold Case, CSI, Crossing Jordan, JAG, Murder She Wrote, Judging Amy, the Profiler, Guardian, The O.C. and Cupid. She also starred in one episode of Street Hawk titled, "Dog Eat Dog" which aired in February 1985. Her recent roles include a part in David Ondaatje's 2009 motion picture "The Lodger" starring Alfred Molina, Shane West, Simon Baker and Hope Davis, and guest starring roles in The Ghost Whisperer, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Without a Trace with Anthony LaPaglia and Steven Weber. She guest starred as a dancer visiting from (the former) Czechoslavakia in the third season of Fame.

Jeremy Gittins was 65 - credited as Lazlo in Warriors' Gate

Jeremy Gittins (born 30 January 1956) is an English actor who is known for his semi-regular role as the Vicar on the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.

He has also appeared in the 1981 Doctor Who story Warriors Gate.

Also had roles in TenkoBoonA Touch of FrostNew Tricks,EastEnders (as John Charrington), Doctors and most recently Footballers' Wives in 2005.

As well as Keeping Up Appearances, he has also made appearances in other sitcoms, namely Fresh FieldsTerry and JuneAndy CappBlackadder Goes Forth and The Upper Hand.

Rab Affleck was 68 - credited as Archie in The Name of the Doctor

Rab Affleck is a Scottish actor (and semi-professional boxer), and has appeared in shows like Monarch of the Glen, Taggart and Still Game, and films including Layer Cake and Gangs of New York.

Victor Winding (died 2014 aged 85) would have been 92 - credited as Spencer in The Faceless Ones

Victor Winding is a British actor born in Lambeth, London.

Winding was educated at Westminster Technical Institute and initially trained as a draughtsman but acted in amateur dramatics and taught drama at night school. In 1958, aged 29, he joined Farnham Repertory Theatre. The Castle Theatre was opened in 1941, and operated as a weekly repertory theatre. The English Classical Players' European tour was cut short by the outbreak of war and the actors decided to make their base in Farnham. Three years later in 1961 he worked with the Old Vic in London. His first TV acting role was in Emergency Ward 10 in 1957 playing the part of Dr Fairfax.

At the age of 34 in 1963 Winding acted in James Saunders' play called "Next Time I'll Sing To You," at the Criterion Theatre in London, England with actor Barry FosterLiz Fraser, Peter McEnery, and Denys Graham in the cast.

His West End theatre performances included 'Poor Bitos' by Jean Anouilh translated by Lucienne Hill at the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London in 1964 and also The Merchant of Venice.

He appeared in The Faceless Ones, a Doctor Who serial broadcast from April to May 1967 starring Patrick Troughton in which he played the character called 'Spencer' an airline pilot at Gatwick Airport where his identity was taken over by a chameleon.

Films included 'The System', 'The Medusa Touch' (1978) - in which he played a senior police officer and 'The Sailor's Return' (1978) - he played the ship's captain.

He made numerous TV appearances notably in the series The Flaxton Boys (both in the series set in 1928 and also 1945) in which he played the character Barnaby Sweet (broadcast 1970), later also as Benjamin Sweet (broadcast 1971-1973). He also appeared in The SaintYes, Prime Minister (he played the policeman in the edition called 'The Key' broadcast in January 1986).

Other TV included Crossroads (he played the character Victor Lee in several editions from 1978 to 1979), Warship, Bognor, Little and LargeJemina Shore Investigates (1983), Angels (1983) playing the character Colin Simmonds,Shelley (playing the sergeant in the episode called 'Owed to the Electrician' in 1984), Menace Unseen (1988), The Bill (1989) and Telly Addicts.

In 1992 he played the part of Kenneth Pigot in the TV series Crime Story.

Winding is married to Rosalind Allen and they have three daughters, Celia, Kay and Jane and a son Julian. His hobbies include music, sport, travel and gardening. More recently he has retired to live in Spain.

Peter Brachacki (died 1980 aged 54) would have been 95 - credited as Designer for An Unearthly Child

Peter Brachacki was a production designer who worked for BBC Television in the 1960s. Although he worked on several programmes, he is best remembered as the first production designer for Doctor Who in 1963, making him responsible for the iconic design of the TARDIS interior.

The Peter Brachaki-designed TARDIS interior

Brachacki was production designer for the very first episode of Doctor WhoAn Unearthly Child, shot and broadcast in 1963. Despite the success of his design for the TARDIS interior set, he was not enthusiastic about working on the programme and did so under duress. He worked only on the very first episode and its re-mount, thereafter being replaced on the opening serial by Barry Newbery and never working on the series again. Director Waris Hussein recalled in later interviews that he was never happy with Brachacki's contribution and only kept him on as designer out of necessity, as there was not the time to request a replacement.

Also worked on The Innes Book of RecordsBlakes 7When the Boat Comes InIt's ChildsplayBattle of the SexesTill Death Us Do PartFall of EaglesPlay for TodayThe Black and White Minstrel ShowComedy PlayhouseThe Harry Secombe ShowThe Onedin LineThe Liver BirdsThe Witch's DaughterThe Silver SwordPaul TempleThe ExpertBBC Show of the WeekThe Gnomes of DulwichSoftly SoftlyHarry WorthNot in Front of the ChildrenThirty-Minute TheatreGaslight TheatreThe Valiant Varneys

He is played by David Annen in the 50th Anniversary drama An Adventure In Space And Time

L Rowland-Warne (died 2019 aged 89) - 4 credits, including Costume Designer for Death to the Daleks (as L Rowland Warne)

L. Rowland-Warne provided the Costumes for several Doctor Who stories.

Also worked on The Day the Universe ChangedButterfliesShe Loves MeTop of the PopsThe Onedin LineAre You Being Served?

Clive Swift (died 2019 aged 82) - 2 credits, including Jobel in Revelation of the Daleks

Clive Swift is an English, character comedy; actor and songwriter. He is best known for his role as character Richard Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances. 

Swift was born in Liverpool, England. He was educated at Clifton College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read English literature. He was previously a teacher at LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Swift has appeared in many TV series and movies.

In the 1970s, he appeared as Doctor Black in two of the BBC's M.R. James adaptations: The Stalls of Barchester and A Warning to the Curious. He is most noted for his performance in Keeping Up Appearances, starring as Richard Bucket, the long-suffering husband of Hyacinth. He also starred in the BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles. He played Sir Ector, the adoptive father of King Arthur in John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur.

As well as acting, he is a songwriter. Many of his songs are included in his show, Richard Bucket Overflows: An Audience with Clive Swift, which toured the UK in 2007 and Clive Swift Entertains, performing his own music and lyrics, which toured the UK in 2009. He also played the part of the Reverend Eustacius Brewer, which aired on BBC 1,from 2002-2005.

Malcolm Taylor (died 2012 aged 74) - credited as Walters in The Ice Warriors

Actor who appeared in the 1967 story The Ice Warriors.

After a career as an actor who moved into Directing, working on programmes such as EastEnders.

Frederick Treves (died 2012 aged 86) - credited as Lieutenant Brotadac in Meglos

Frederick Treves BEM, born in MargateKent was an English character actor with an extensive repertoire, specialising in avuncular military and titled types.

During World War II he served in the Merchant Navy. On his first voyage his ship, the freighter Waimarama, was involved in the Operation Pedestal Convoy toMalta. The Waimarama was sunk on August 13, 1942, and Treves helped save several of his shipmates, including the only ships' officer to survive the sinking, 3rd Wireless Operator John Jackson. Treves, then 17 years old, received the British Empire Medal and the Lloyd's War Medal for his actions. After the War he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Treves was the great nephew of Frederick Treves, the surgeon who became famous for discovering Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man". In the David Lynch filmThe Elephant Man, the surgeon is played by Anthony Hopkins and Treves himself appeared in the character of 'Alderman'.

His over a hundred television credits included roles in The CazaletsThe Jewel in the CrownA Dance to the Music of TimeThe Politician's WifeTo Play the KingLipstick on Your CollarBomber HarrisTrevor Griffiths' version of The Cherry OrchardDavid Edgar's DestinyThe Naked Civil Servant and The Railway Children.

Treves also guested in many continuing dramas, such as Rosemary & ThymeMonarch of the GlenThe BillThe New Adventures of Black BeautySilent WitnessKavanagh QCJeeves and WoosterInspector MorseAgatha Christie's PoirotLovejoyYes, Prime MinisterBergeracMidsomer MurdersFollyfoot,Miss MarpleMinderZ-CarsThe AvengersDoomwatch and in the Doctor Who story Meglos.

His films included: Paper MaskDefence of the RealmSunshineMad Dogs and EnglishmenAfraid of the DarkA Flame to the PhoenixNighthawksThe Elephant Man and Sweeney 2.

As well as screen appearances, he also had a wide stage and radio career, and appeared with the National Theatre from the late-70s in David Hare's Plenty,Bernard Shaw's The PhilandererArnold Wesker's CaritasEugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, and two Shakespeares - Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing(1981) and Menenius in Coriolanus (1984).

His eldest son is the actor Simon Treves.

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Nicholas Mallett (died 1997 aged 51) - 3 credits, including Director for The Trial Of A Time Lord (The Mysterious Planet)

Nicholas Mallett  was a British television director who directed three Doctor Who serials between 1986 and 1989: The Mysterious Planet starring Colin Baker, Paradise Towers and The Curse of Fenric (both starring Sylvester McCoy).

Mallett was a production unit manager on Blake's 7.

Mallett also directed episodes of Crossroads, Children's Ward and The Bill.