Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas In One Ear

The Christmas "In One Ear" from 1984 is on BBC Radio 4 Extra this Friday 16th December at 10.30pm

"In One Ear", the Sony award-winning comedy show which I did with Helen Lederer, Clive Mantle and Steve Brown was produced by my erstwhile writing partner, Jamie Rix, and went out live on BBC Radio 4 on saturday nights for three series from 1983-1985.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

In One Ear - R4 Extra

"In One Ear" on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 10.30pm Friday

BBC Radio 4 Extra is repeating some compilations of "In One Ear", the Sony award-winning comedy show which I did with Helen Lederer, Clive Mantle and Steve Brown.
It was produced by my erstwhile writing partner, Jamie Rix, and went out live on BBC Radio 4 on saturday nights for three series from 1983-1985

Next programme : Friday 9th December at 22.30.
Last week's programme is on BBC iplayer

Here's a link to the BBC iplayer:

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Jack & The Beanstalk

Into second week of rehearsals for panto tomorrow- first show 2.30pm Saturday - all going well.
     More news on my panto blog :
After spectacularly breaking box office records with ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ in 2009, and following the overwhelming success of ‘Cinderella’ last year - UK Productions brings you a giant production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ for this year’s Bournemouth Pavilion Pantomime.
Make sure the whole family is full of beans this Christmas and follow the hilarious tale of the ups and downs of young Jack Trott played by Deborah Stevenson (The Impressions Show & Coronation Street), the boy who manages to sell the family’s only valuable possession, Daisy the Cow, for a handful of beans (and they weren’t even Heinz!). He ends up having to climb a giant beanstalk into the clouds and a whole heap of trouble, to retrieve the cow and to try and impress the King.
Jack is helped and hindered along the way by his less than bright brother Silly Billy played by CBeebies star and Bournemouth panto favourite Chris Jarvis, the Good Fairy, Kate Weston from Wave 105, and his long-suffering mother Dame Trott played hilariously by one of the country’s top panto dames, Nick Wilton better known as Mr Lister from Eastenders.
Join Jack on his quest to defeat the evil Giant Blunderbore and his nasty henchman Fleshcreep played by Brian Capron (Coronation Street’s bad boy Richard Hillman), to win not only his fortune but also the hand of the Kings beautiful daughter.

The whole production is complimented by lavish costumes and a sumptuous set and promises to be another spectacular success from producers UK Productions.
It’s a giant of a pantomime…don’t miss it!

Click here for more info:

Thursday, 10 November 2011

EastEnders & Scoop

Back on TV next week
with my clothes on for a change -
EastEnders on Tuesday 15th at 7.30pm
Scoop on CBBC, Thursday 17th at 8.20am

Scoop - series 2, episode 6
"The Laughing Cavalier"

Shaun Williamson
Phil Fletcher
Mark Benton
Nick Wilton
Paul Hawkyard
Jess Robinson 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Specsavers Ad

Well, the Specsavers ad has now hit the screens so I might have to lay low for a while...

12,332 hits on YouTube
in first three days.

19.10.11  09.26am - 22,864 hits on YouTube - Specsavers Official
21.10.11  10.00am - 88,077 hits on YouTube - Specsavers Official and Agency Spy
22.10.11  10.10am - 111,222 hits
26.10.11  09.35am - 189,390 hits 
02.11.11 10.40am - 248,422 hits (596 likes / 10 dislikes)
07.11.11 09.40am - 293,408 hits (672 likes / 14 dislikes)
09.11.11 06.50pm - 358,247 hits  (760 likes / 15 dislikes) - Specsavers Official and others
27.11.11 07.30pm - 440.148 hits

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Squeaky and Spex

Back in the launderette with
this friday at 9.45 on BBC 2
and the Specsavers ad I'm in
starts going out on Sunday
(so I probably won't be  leaving the house much next week!)

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

5.00 O'clock pick-up

Off to Ally Pally to shoot my first ad for three years (my last one was an internet ad for O2 - "Fone Gloo" in 2008).
All to be revealed soon...

Friday, 23 September 2011

A busy week

Really looking forward to a quiet weekend - on Monday I was up early taking our 5-month old puppy to the vet and myself to the doctors for results of blood tests before travelling up to London for an ad casting; another early start on Tuesday going to Elstree to shoot a couple of scenes for EastEnders (ep. goes out 15 November); drove down to Bournemouth on Wednesday for the panto launch and stayed up late with the director, Chris Jarvis, talking through ideas for the show; yesterday I drove home via Portsmouth, where my son, Barney, has just started at Uni; and today I'm back on the train to London for a costume call for the ad which I went for on Monday, and got, and which I'm filming next Tuesday. A great week.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Squeaky on Friday

Mr Squeaky's back
in the launderette 
this friday at 9.45 on BBC 2
  for a third birthday repeat -
 is it really three years ago that I recorded it?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Run For Your Wife

15-20 August

A week's filming on Ray Cooney's
"Run For Your Wife".

First up tomorrow in scene with Danny Dyer and the excellent Lynette McMorrough

Monday, 8 August 2011

Don't blink - EastEnders tonight

An exteremely fleeting appearance in The Vic tonight.
Unfortunately the scene in which I had some lines with Jean couldn't be shot because of rain and I wasn't available on the re-shoot day.
Mr Lister's last appearance for a while - my filming dates for August have had to be put back to September as they clashed with a week on Ray Cooney's film of his play "Run For Your Wife".

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Stenders Tomorrow & Friday

Back for two more episodes Thursday 28th and Friday 29th July.
A couple of good scenes both nights with Eddie Moon and his sons, Anthony and Tyler.
(Oh, and I must just say it was great to be back with the director, Steve Finn, who I havent seen since he auditioned and cast me back in November 2007. Thanks Steve.)

EastEnders episodes coming up:
A couple of blink-and-you'll-miss me scenes on August 8th.
(Would have been more but one of my days on the lot got rained off, and I wasn't available on the re-shoot day as it was daughter's graduation day in Cambridge)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

EastEnders Tomorrow

Mr Lister makes another fleeting appearance in the market tomorrow night.
At the end of the month some good scenes with Eddie Moon and his sons on the 28th and 29th July
EastEnders episodes coming up:
July 14th, 28th & 29th, and August 8th

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Scoop rescooped

"The Laughing Cavalier", my episode from the second series of the CBBC's Scoop with Shaun Williamson is on again tomorrow (Wednesday 6th) at 3.35pm on BBC One

Saturday, 11 June 2011

EastEnders / Scoop

Filming next Friday (17th ) and the following Monday (20th) for another EastEnders going out on August 8th; and my episode from the second series of "Scoop" with Shaun Williamson goes out again on CBBC tomorrow (Sunday 12th) at 5.45pm.

Friday, 3 June 2011

EastEnders Tonight

EastEnders - next episodes on air: Tonight, July 14th, 28th & 29th, and August 8th

Back with Whitney in the the caff tonight, describing her as being "up to her neck in her ears" (sorry, I mean arrears).
Don't know if it was deliberate, but it's my favourite line so far.

... And I'm back at Elstree today and tomorrow filming 4 more scenes for two episodes at the end of July. Really looking forward to it because they're all with David Essex, who makes his first appearance tonight as Eddie Moon, Alfie's uncle.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

More EastEnders

Filming 2 more eps for July next Friday and Saturday.
(4 nice scenes).

Next episodes on air:
June 3rd,
July 14th, 28th & 29th

Monday, 23 May 2011

Stenders and Scoop

Back for a couple of little bits in tonight's EastEnders
and for younger viewers, I'm on CBBC on Friday at 1.40pm in "Scoop"

Thursday, 28 April 2011

EastEnders 21.04.2011

Here's a link to the ep from 21st April in which I had 4 nice scenes,
and which someone has conveniently posted on youtube.

My four scenes are at 8.43, 14.13, 16.28, and 20.37.

Next episodes on air: May 23rd, June 3rd and July 14th

Friday, 15 April 2011

EastEnders Re-shoot

Back at Elstree today to re-shoot a couple of scenes for next Thursday's episode.
Margaret Tyzack, who joined the cast in February as Janine and Ricky's grandmother Lydia, has now left due to a "personal matter", and her role has been recast, with 83-year-old Heather Chasen taking over the part.
Sadly the two scenes with Lydia in that I originally filmed back on February 28th were cut quite a bit for the re-shoot, and I lost some nice stuff; but I think it will still be quite a good ep for me, if my other scenes have been kept in.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Booked for panto

Hooray! Booked for panto this Christmas - my 12th consecutive year as Dame - "Jack and the Beanstalk" for UK Productions at Bournemouth, with Chris Jarvis (who is also directing,and Debra Stephenson.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Best of In One Ear

More best bits of "In One Ear" - the series continues on BBC Radio 7.
Sony award-winning comedy show with Helen Lederer, Clive Mantle, Steve Brown.
It was produced by my erstwhile writing partner, Jamie Rix, and went out
live on BBC Radio 4 on saturday nights for three series (1983-1985).

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

EastEnders Preview

Back as Lister in next Monday's EastEnders - 14th March 8.00pm
Here's a preview (well, it's pretty much all of it really, but there's a little bit more)
BBC - EastEnders Blog -
Back again on 21st April, 23rd May and 3rd June

Monday, 7 March 2011

Joking Apart - Review

First of the reviews is in...
The Stage
Published Monday 7 March 2011 at 10:35 by Sheila Tracy

“When you’ve got friends and neighbours, the world is a wonderful place”, according to the fifties hit song, a theory debunked some 20 years later by Alan Ayckbourn in Joking Apart.The question being - is making friends with neighbours who may be a great deal wealthier than you, a wise move?

Rehearsal (?) photo from Henley Standard
It’s open house at Richard’s and Anthea’s estate and nobody is complaining. Brooks Livermore and Cal Jaggers play the happy couple with an endless supply of bonhomie who are ready to hobnob with the vicar. Harry Gostelow gives a memorable performance as the welcoming parish priest, saddled with a whining wife, played almost too realistically by Catherine Skinner and I found myself wishing all three wives would drop their voices an octave. However, Lynette McMorrough is completely in character as the mollycoddling wife of Sven, a delightful performance from Nick Wilton as Finland’s former junior tennis champion, who warns the others of the dangers of becoming too friendly with the likes of Richard and Anthea.
Which brings us to Michael Holt’s set, a garden complete with tennis court, admittedly only one end, but a remarkable achievement on a stage of this size. And yes, we do get to see the podgy Sven serving and returning the ball.
Paul Chesterton plays Brian, the friend and business partner of the owners of the estate, and a special mention of Anna Doolan who plays his three very different girlfriends and the daughter of the house with considerable expertise.

Friday, 4 March 2011


Sally Hughes, the director of Joking Apart at The Mill at Sonning very kindly gave me two days off in the last week of rehearsals to film another episode of Stenders going out in April.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Off to Sonning

Lynette and I are off to back to The Mill at Sonning later this afternoon reading to start rehearsals
tomorrow morning for Aykbourn's "Joking Apart" (playing 3rd March - 16 April).

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Scoop, Sonning & 'Stenders

My episode in the second series of Scoop with Shaun Williamson is repeated this Friday at 3.35pm on BBC 1.
Then it's back to The Mill at Sonning to start rehearsals for "Joking Apart" on Monday 7th February.
And I'm back in EastEnders on March 14th.