Geoffrey Palmer Actor

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Geoffrey Dyson Palmer, OBE (born 4 June 1927) is an English actor, known for his roles in such British television sitcoms as Butterflies and As Time Goes By. After being demobilised from the Royal Marines, Palmer drifted into theatre, joining a local amateur dramatics society because of a girlfriend. He became an assistant stage manager at the Q Theatre, by Kew Bridge, then the Grand Theatre in Croydon. He spent several years touring with a repertory company, and was an actor in theatre, coming to television and public prominence later in his career. Early television appearances included a variety of roles in Granada Television's The Army Game, two episodes of The Baron and as a property agent in Cathy Come Home, a very highly influential drama documentary shown on British TV in 1966. Getting a major break in John Osborne's West of Suez at the Royal Court with Ralph Richardson, he then acted in major productions at the Royal Court and the Royal National Theatre and was directed by Laurence Olivier in J. B. Priestley's Eden End. Palmer found the play so boring, however, that it put him off a stage career for good.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 4th, 1927
Nationality
United Kingdom
Places lived
London , England
pop. 8,308,000 (2013)

Family

Parents
Spouse
Children

Member of order 1

Order name Title Member from
Order of the British Empire Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Education

1. Highgate School Independent school

Sir Roger Cholmeley's School at Highgate (commonly referred to as Highgate School) is a leading British independent school in Highgate, London, England. Originally a free charity school for local boys, it became during the nineteenth century one of England's leading public schools. It is a member of both the Headmaster's Conference and the Eton Group. Highgate no longer takes boarders and recently moved towards co-education ending over 400 years of single sex education. According to the Good Schools Guide, "Its decision to go co-ed has helped to put its popularity and academic standards on upward trajectories.

Type Independent school
Founded
1565
Headquarters
London
Official web page www.highgateschool.org.uk
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career

People attended Highgate School connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1942., Actor
b. 1978., Actor
b. 1933., Actor
b. 1992., Actor
b. 1923., Military Person
b. 1922., Politician
b. 1924., Religious Leader

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Crime46.83
Adventure36.27
Comedy116.75
Drama106.94
Family36.2
Fantasy26.3
History36.7
Romance36.27
Biography37.17

1. W.E. (2011)

Drama, History, Romance
played Stanley Baldwin
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
114.0
21 Show list 3 Show list $15M

W.E. is a 2011 British romantic drama film co-written and directed by Madonna. It stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, and James D'Arcy. The screenplay was co-written by Alek Keshishian, who previously worked with Madonna on her 1991 documentary Truth or Dare and two of her music videos. The film was panned by critics and a box office bomb, returning only a small fraction of its budget in box office revenue. The film tells the story of two women separated by more than six decades. In 1998, lonely New Yorker Wally Winthrop is obsessed with King Edward's VIII's abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. But Wally's research, including several visits to the Sotheby's auction of the Windsor Estate, reveals that the couple's life together was not as perfect as she thought. Weaving back and forth in time, W.E. intertwines Wally's journey of discovery in New York with the story of Wallis and Edward, from the early days of their romance to the unraveling of their lives in the decades that followed.

Awards

2012 Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Costume Design - Period Film
2012 World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice
2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

Top cast

King Edward VIII
Evgeni
Ernest
Wally Winthrop
King George V
Arabella Green
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Wallis Simpson
William Winthrop
East Side Woman
Bertie
Queen Mary
Mohamed Al-Fayed
George
Dr. Vargas
Equerry
Daphne
Lady Cunard
Lady Thelma Furness
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Hagen Bogdanski
English, Russian, French
United Kingdom

2. The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Adventure, Comedy, Crime
played Joubert
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
92.0
9 Show list $70M

The Pink Panther 2 is a 2009 American detective comedy film directed by Harald Zwart. It is the eleventh installment in the The Pink Panther film series and the sequel to the 2006 film The Pink Panther, a reboot of the popular comedy series. The film was released on February 6, 2009 in North America. In the film, Inspector Clouseau must team up with detectives from other countries to rout a daring burglar, The Tornado, who has returned after a decade of inactivity. Steve Martin, who reprised the role of Clouseau, originated by Peter Sellers, polished the original script written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber in November 2006. MGM, partnering with Columbia Pictures on the sequel, hired the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to perform a further rewrite in January 2007. Principal photography began in Paris on August 20, 2007, then moved to Boston several weeks later, where filming ended on November 2, 2007. Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai appears as the criminology expert Sonia Solandres. John Cleese replaces Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus with Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer reprising their roles as Clouseau's partner Ponton and Clouseau's girlfriend Nicole.

Awards

Top cast

Commissioner Dreyfus
Pepperidge
Ponton
Vicenzo Brancaleone
Avellaneda
Mrs. Berenger
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
France, United States of America

3. Piccadilly Jim (2005)

Comedy, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0
3 Show list $15M

Piccadilly Jim is a 2006 romantic comedy film directed by John McKay.

Awards

Top cast

Bingley Crocker
James Crocker
Lord Wisbeach
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
Isle of Man

4. Wimbledon: Record Breakers (2005)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
52.0

Awards

Top cast

5. Peter Pan (2003)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy
played Sir Edward Quiller Couch
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
113.0
,
Lucy Fisher
,
Patrick McCormick
18 Show list $100M

Peter Pan is a 2003 fantasy film released by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. It was the first authorized and faithful film or TV adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play in half a century, after Disney's version in 1953. P. J. Hogan directed a screenplay co-written with Michael Goldenberg which is based on the classic play and novel by J. M. Barrie. Jason Isaacs plays the roles of Captain Hook and George Darling, Olivia Williams plays Mrs. Darling, while Jeremy Sumpter plays Peter Pan, Rachel Hurd-Wood portrays Wendy Darling, and Ludivine Sagnier plays Tinker Bell. Lynn Redgrave plays a supporting role as Aunt Millicent, a new character created for the film. Contrary to the traditional stage casting, it featured a young boy in the title role.

Awards

Top cast

Cookson
Mary Darling
Bill Jukes
Mermaid #2
Wendy Darling
Aunt Millicent
Tinker Bell
Alf Mason
Peter Pan
Fairy Guide
Nibs
Skylights
Starkey
Lady Quiller Couch
Bank Manager
Messenger Boy
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Janet Patterson
Peter Pan
English
United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia

6. Rat (2001)

Comedy, Drama, Family
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0
2 Show list

Rat is a 2000 Irish/British/American comedy film directed by Steve Barron. The film focuses on the transformation of a working-class man into a rat and how his family copes with the startling change.

Awards

Top cast

Rudolph
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America

7. Anna and the King (1999)

Drama, History, Romance
played Lord John Bradley
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
148.0
,
Ed Elbert
Steve Meerson
,
Peter Krikes
13 Show list $75M

Anna and the King is a 1999 biographical drama film loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which give a fictionalised account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens. The story concerns Anna, an English schoolteacher in Siam, now Thailand, in the late 19th century, who becomes the teacher of King Mongkut's many children and wives. The film was directed by Andy Tennant and stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat. It was mostly shot in Malaysia, particularly in the Penang, Ipoh and Langkawi region. It was an Academy Award nominee in 1999 for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

Awards

Top cast

Louis Leonowens
Tuptim
General Alak
King Mongkut
Justice Phya Phrom
Mycroft Kincaid
Second Judge
Captain Blake
Third Judge
Lady of Court No.4
Khun Phra Balat
Prince Chowfa
Interpreter
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Anna and the King
Thai, French, English
United States of America

8. Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

Comedy
played His Butler's Voice
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
86.0
Paul Simpkin
,
Richard Sparks
, ,
Stephen Deitch
14 Show list

Stiff Upper Lips is a broad parody of British period films, especially the lavish Merchant-Ivory productions of the 'eighties and early 'nineties. Although it specifically targets A Room with a View, Chariots of Fire, Maurice, A Passage to India, and many other films, in a more general way Stiff Upper Lips satirises popular perceptions of certain Edwardian traits: propriety, sexual repression, xenophobia, and class snobbery. The film was directed by Gary Sinyor and stars Sean Pertwee, Georgina Cates, Robert Portal, Samuel West, Prunella Scales, and Peter Ustinov. It was filmed on location in Italy, India, and on the Isle of Man.

Awards

Top cast

Don #2
George
American Husband
Hudson Junior
Edward
Horace
Dr. Henry
Mr. Tweeb
Aunt Agnes
Defense Lawyer
Stall Holder
Indian Girl
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
David A. Hughes
Stephanie Collie
English
United Kingdom

9. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Action, Adventure, Crime
played Admiral Roebuck
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
119.0
38 Show list 4 Show list $110M

Tomorrow Never Dies is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the screenplay written by Bruce Feirstein, the film follows Bond as he attempts to stop a power-mad media mogul from engineering world events to initiate World War III. The film was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and was the first James Bond film made after the death of producer Albert R. Broccoli, to whom the movie pays tribute in the end credits. Filming locations included France, Thailand, Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Tomorrow Never Dies performed well at the box office and earned a Golden Globe nomination despite mixed reviews. While its performance at the domestic box office surpassed that of its predecessor, GoldenEye, it was the only Pierce Brosnan Bond film not to open at number one at the box office, as it opened the same day as Titanic, but instead at number two.

Awards

1998 Saturn Award for Best Actor
1998 BMI Film Music Award
1998 Bogey Award in Gold
1998 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Foreign Feature

Top cast

Leading Seaman #1
Elliot Carver
Tom Wallace
James Bond
Admiral Kelly
Henry Gupta
Dr. Dave Greenwalt
Dr. Kaufman
Charles Robinson
Philip Jones
Jack Wade
Wai Lin
Yeoman #1
Stamper
Master Sergeant 3
Captain #2
Paris Carver
Tamara Steel
Miss Moneypenny
Air Warfare Officer
Firing Officer
Stealth Boat Captain
General Bukharin
Leading Seaman #2
Newsreader #2
First Sea Lord
General Chang
Yeoman #2
German Policeman Outside Carver's Party
Minister of Defence
Bond's BMW
Cmdr. Richard Day
PR Lady
Professor Inga Bergstrom
Captain #1
Newsreader #1
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Tomorrow Never Dies
German, English, Standard Chinese, Danish, Yue Chinese
United States of America, United Kingdom

10. Mrs. Brown (1997)

Biography, Drama, History
played Henry Ponsonby
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
103.0
Sarah Curtis
7 Show list 4 Show list

Mrs. Brown is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler. It was written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden. The film was produced by the BBC and Ecosse Films with the intention of being shown on BBC One and on WGBH's Masterpiece Theatre. However, it was acquired by Miramax and released to unexpected success, going on to earn more than $13,000,000 worldwide. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Dench was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Helen Hunt for her role in As Good as It Gets.

Awards

1998 BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design
1998 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1998 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1997 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama

Top cast

Queen Victoria
Archie Brown
Princess Alexandra
Lady Churchill
Princess Helena
Prince of Wales (Bertie)
Doctor Jenner
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Richard Greatrex
English
Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America

11. The Madness of King George (1994)

Biography, Comedy, Drama
played Warren
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
107.0
,
Stephen Evans
24 Show list 5 Show list

The Madness of King George is a 1994 film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It tells the true story of George III's deteriorating mental health, and his equally declining relationship with his son, the Prince of Wales, particularly focusing on the period around the Regency Crisis of 1788. Modern medicine has suggested the King's symptoms were the result of acute intermittent porphyria. Filming of the movie took place from 11 July to 9 September 1994.

Awards

1996 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1996 BAFTA Award for Best British Film
1996 BAFTA Award for Best Makeup & Hair
1995 Cannes Best Actress Award
1994 Academy Award for Best Production Design

Top cast

Dr. Francis Willis
Queen Charlotte
Frederick, Duke of York
Charles James Fox
Robert Fulke Greville
Pepys
King George III
Thurlow
William Pitt Jr.
Margaret Nicholson
Dundas
Black Rod
Lady Elizabeth Pembroke
Mrs. Cordwell
Farmer
Clergyman
Fitzroy
2nd MP
Mrs. Fitzherbert
Willis' Attendant #2
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Mark Thompson
English
United Kingdom

12. Stalag Luft (1993)

Comedy, Drama, War
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
102.0
Adrian Shergold
2 Show list

Awards

Top cast

Wing Commander James Forrester
Sqdn. Ldr. Barton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

13. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Comedy, Crime
played Judge
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
109.0
18 Show list 5 Show list $7.5M

A Fish Called Wanda is a 1988 heist-comedy film written by John Cleese and Charles Crichton. It was directed by Crichton and stars Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin. Kline won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Otto. Cleese and Palin won BAFTA Awards for Best Lead and Best Supporting for their acting. The plot involves members of the crew of a successful jewel heist who attempt to steal the jewels for themselves after finding that they have been moved. The actual location is known only to the gang leader, but he has been caught by the police. His lawyer becomes a central figure in the attempt to reveal their location.

Awards

1989 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1989 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1989 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Screenplay
1988 NME Award for Best Film
1988 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Top cast

Archie Leach
Hutchison
Wanda Gershwitz
Mrs. Coady
Indian Cleaner
Davidson
Mr. Johnson
Georges Thomason
Bartlett
Sir John
Wendy
Clerk of the Magistrate's Court
Hotel Clerk
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Hazel Pethig
Russian, Italian, English
United Kingdom, United States of America

14. Clockwise (1986)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
96.0
1 Show list

Clockwise is a 1986 British comedy film starring John Cleese, directed by Christopher Morahan, written by Michael Frayn and produced by Michael Codron. The film's music was composed by George Fenton. For his performance Cleese won the 1987 Peter Sellers Award For Comedy at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Most urban scenes were shot in the West Midlands and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire while rural scenes were largely shot in Shropshire.

Awards

Top cast

Brian Stimpson
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Judy Moorcroft
English
United Kingdom

15. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)

Comedy, Drama
played Fallast
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
115.0
,
Kees Kasander
8 Show list

A Zed & Two Noughts is a 1985 film written and directed by Peter Greenaway. This film was Greenaway's first with cinematography by Sacha Vierny, who went on to shoot virtually all of Greenaway's work in the 1980s and 1990s, until Vierny's death; Vierny was referred to by Greenaway as his "most important collaborator".

Awards

Top cast

Felipe Arc-en-Ciel
Van Hoyten
Stephen Pipe
Venus de Milo
Alba Bewick
Joshua Plate
Oswald Deuce
Oliver Deuce
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
A Zed and Two Noughts
English
Netherlands, United Kingdom

16. Shakespeare Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
112.0
Elijah Moshinsky
1 Show list

Shakespeare Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1981 comedy film based on a play by William Shakespeare and directed by Elijah Moshinsky.

Awards

Top cast

Titania
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

Starring TV roles

1. The Joe Baker Show

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
May, 1965 1

2. The Last Song

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
November, 1981 2

3. He Knew He Was Right

Drama
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

BBC One
2004 April 25th, 2004 2
Bill Nighy
Amy Marston
English

4. The Legacy of Reginald Perrin

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
BBC One
September, 1996 1 English

5. Fairly Secret Army

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Channel 4
NBC
October 22nd, 1984 October 13th, 1986 2 English

6. The Long Walk to Finchley

Biography, Drama
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

BBC Four
June 12th, 2008 English

7. Best Of Enemies

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
August, 1968 1

8. Executive Stress

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

ITV
October 20th, 1986 December 27th, 1988 3 English

9. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

British Broadcasting Corporation
1976 1979 5 English

10. Absolute Power

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

British Broadcasting Corporation
November 10th, 2003 August 25th, 2005 2 English

11. The Savages

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

BBC One
April 24th, 2001 May 29th, 2001 1 English

12. Travellers' Century

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
BBC Four
British Broadcasting Corporation
August 7th, 2008 1 English

13. Whoops Apocalypse

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

ITV
March 14th, 1982 April 18th, 1982 1
Peter Jones
English

14. Hot Metal

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

ITV
February 16th, 1986 March 10th, 1989 2
Richard Wilson
David Barrass
English

15. The Army Game

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

ITV
June 19th, 1957 June 20th, 1961 5 English

16. Mr. Men and Little Miss

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
Channel 5
Nick Jr.
September 5th, 1995 September 8th, 1997 4 English

17. Bulldog Breed

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
September, 1962 1

18. As Time Goes By

Comedy, Romance
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

BBC One
January 12th, 1992 December 30th, 2005 10 English

19. Butterflies

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

British Broadcasting Corporation
November 10th, 1978 October 19th, 1983 5
Cindy Oswin
English

20. Chateau Monty

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
Channel 4
September 4th, 2008 1 English

Regular TV appearances

1. Grumpy Old Men

Documentary, Comedy
Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Languages Regular cast
Narrator
British Broadcasting Corporation
2003-10-31 2006-05-19 October 10th, 2003 May 19th, 2006 4 English

Guest TV appearances

Angels

Program genre

Drama
Medical fiction

External resources

Angels was a British television seasonal drama series dealing with the subject of student nurses and was broadcast by the BBC between 1975 and 1978 and was once described as the Z-Cars of nursing.nThe show's format then switched to a twice weekly soap opera format from 1979 to 1983.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E04 September 27th, 1977 Lawrence Rutherford
S02-E10 June 8th, 1976
S01-E01 September 1st, 1975

Ashes to Ashes

Program genre

Time travel
Adventure Film
Drama
Police procedural
Action/Adventure
Action

Official site

External resources

Ashes to Ashes is a British science fiction and police procedural drama television series, serving as the sequel to Life on Mars.nThe series began airing on BBC One in February 2008. A second series began broadcasting in April 2009. A third and final series was broadcast from 2 April to 21 May 2010 on BBC One and BBC HD.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E00 March 27th, 2008
S01-E08 March 27th, 2008 Lord Scarman

BBC Television Shakespeare

Program genre

History
Comedy
Tragedy
Drama

External resources

The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television. Transmitted in the UK from 3 December 1978 to 27 April 1985, the series spanned seven seasons and thirty-seven episodes.nDevelopment began in 1975 when Messina saw that the grounds of Glamis Castle would make a perfect location for an adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It for the Play of the Month series. Upon returning to London, however, he had come to envision an entire series devoted exclusively to the dramatic works of Shakespeare. When he encountered a less than enthusiastic response from the BBC's departmental heads, Messina bypassed the usual channels and took his idea directly to the top of the BBC hierarchy, who greenlighted the show. Experiencing financial, logistical and creative problems in the early days of production, Messina persevered and served as executive producer for two years.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E03 December 13th, 1981

Blackadder

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom
Period piece
Military

Official site

External resources

Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off installments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson, as the anti-hero Edmund Blackadder, and Tony Robinson as Blackadder's dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series was set in a different historical period, with the two protagonists accompanied by different characters, though several reappear in one series or another, for example Melchett and Lord Flashheart.nThe first series titled The Black Adder was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, while subsequent episodes were written by Curtis and Ben Elton. The shows were produced by John Lloyd.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E06 November 2nd, 1989 Field Marshal Douglas Haig ,

Colditz

Program genre

Miniseries
Drama

External resources

Colditz is a British television series co-produced by the BBC and Universal Studios and screened between 1972 and 1974.nThe series deals with Allied prisoners of war imprisoned at the supposedly escape-proof Colditz Castle when designated Oflag IV-C during World War II, and their many attempts to escape captivity, as well as the relationships formed between the various nationalities and their German captors.nColditz was created by Brian Degas working with the producer Gerard Glaister, who went on to devise another successful BBC series dealing with the Second World War — Secret Army. Technical consultant for the series was Major Pat Reid, the real British Escape Officer at Colditz. One of the locations used in filming was Stirling Castle.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E15 January 25th, 1973 Camp Doctor
S01-E14 January 18th, 1973
S01-E10 December 21st, 1972

Coronation Street

Program genre

Soap opera
Comedy-drama
Drama
Chivalric romance
Comedy

Official site

External resources

Coronation Street is a British soap opera that was first broadcast on Granada Television on 9 December 1960. It was syndicated soon after on other ITV franchises. The programme centres on the resident's lives of Coronation Street in the fictional town of Weatherfield, a town based on Salford, in its terraced houses, café, corner shop, newsagents, textile factory and The Rovers Return pub. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in the early 1900s, and named in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII.nThe programme was devised in 1960 by scriptwriter Tony Warren at Granada Television in Manchester. Warren's initial kitchen sink drama proposal was rejected by the station's founder Sidney Bernstein, but he was persuaded by producer Harry Elton to produce the programme for thirteen pilot episodes. Within six months of the show's first broadcast, it had become the most-watched programme on British television. This show has been one of the most financially lucrative programmes on British commercial television, underpinning the success of Granada Television and ITV.nCoronation Street is made by Granada Television at MediaCity in Trafford Wharf, Greater Manchester.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S09-E44 May 29th, 1968 Registrar

Dalgliesh

Program genre

Drama

External resources

Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E01 April 8th, 1983 Dr. Edwin Lorimer

Doctor Who

Program genre

Action
Drama
Adventure Film
Science Fiction

External resources

Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E07 December 25th, 2007 Captain Hardaker , ,
S09-E15 April 8th, 1972 Administrator ,
S07-E09 February 28th, 1970
S07-E10 March 7th, 1970
S07-E08 February 21st, 1970 Masters

Doomwatch

Program genre

Science Fiction
Drama

External resources

Doomwatch is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, which ran on BBC1 between 1970 and 1972. The series was set in the then present-day, and dealt with a scientific government agency led by Doctor Spencer Quist, responsible for investigating and combating various ecological and technological dangers.nThe series was followed by a film adaptation produced by Tigon British Film Productions and released in 1972, and a revival TV film was broadcast on Channel 5 in 1999.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E03 June 19th, 1972 Chief Supt. Mallory
S02-E02 December 21st, 1970 Major Sims

Fawlty Towers

Program genre

Comedy

External resources

Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of whom also starred in the show.nThe series is set in Fawlty Towers, a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay, on the English Riviera.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E04 March 12th, 1979 Dr Price ,

Gunsmoke

Program genre

Action
Action/Adventure
Western
Adventure Film

External resources

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.nThe radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S12-E13 December 17th, 1966 Todd

Inspector Morse

Program genre

Drama
Crime Fiction
Crime

External resources

Inspector Morse is a British detective drama television series based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The series comprises 33 two-hour episodes — 20 more episodes than there are novels – produced between 1987 and 2000. Dexter made uncredited cameo appearances in all but three of the episodes.nThe series, first shown in the UK on the ITV network, was made by Zenith Productions for Central Independent Television. Between 1995 and 1996 it was produced by Carlton UK Productions and, towards the series end, was made by Carlton and WGBH.nEvery episode involved a new murder investigation, featuring several guest stars, and showed a complete story. Writer Anthony Minghella scripted three including the first, The Dead of Jericho, which was filmed in the summer of 1985, and aired on 6 January 1987 featuring Gemma Jones, Patrick Troughton and James Laurenson. Its other writers included Julian Mitchell, Daniel Boyle and Alma Cullen, and its directors included John Madden, Herbert Wise, Peter Hammond, Adrian Shergold and Danny Boyle.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E01 January 3rd, 1990

Mystery and Imagination

Program genre

Horror
Anthology

External resources

Mystery and Imagination is a British television anthology series of classic horror and supernatural dramas. Five series were broadcast from 1966 to 1970 by the ITV network and produced by ABC and Thames Television.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E02 October 29th, 1966

Mystery!

Program genre

Children's television series
Drama
Anthology

External resources

Mystery! is an episodic television series that debuted in 1980 in the USA. It airs on PBS and is produced by WGBH. The show has brought a large number of detective series and television movies—most of them British productions from the BBC or the ITV companies and usually adapted from mystery fiction literary sources—to air on American television. In 2002, they added an American-produced series based on the novels of Tony Hillerman to their roster.nMystery! is noted for its animated opening and closing title sequences based on the cartoons of Edward Gorey and animated by Eugene Federenko, Derek Lamb, and Janet Perlman, with music by Normand Roger. For the Hillerman episodes, the American flag was worked into this opening title sequence.nOne of Mystery!'s early successes was Rumpole of the Bailey. Other noted successes include The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett in the title role, Inspector Morse with John Thaw, Brother Cadfael starring Derek Jacobi, and Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. The last one proved so popular that the series was moved to Masterpiece Theatre for higher ratings.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E01 October 24th, 1985 Dr. Edwin Lorimer

Natural World

Program genre

Nature documentary
Documentary film

Official site

External resources

Natural World is a strand of British wildlife documentary programmes broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history series. It is the longest-running documentary in its genre on British television, with nearly 500 episodes broadcast since its inception in 1983. Natural World programmes are typically one-off films that take an in-depth look at particular natural history events, stories or subjects from around the globe.nNatural World is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol under the stewardship of the Series Editor, who is responsible for commissioning or acquiring content. Programmes are a mixture of in-house productions, collaborative productions with other broadcasters or acquisitions from independent producers. There are 10 programmes broadcast each year, of which approximately half are produced in-house. The series has close ties with the US series Nature, broadcast by PBS.nThe 2014-15 series of Natural World is the thirty-third, and begins on 11 April 2014 with “Africa’s Giant Killers”, a film about conflict between lions and elephants in Botswana.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S16-E08 December 21st, 1997

No Hiding Place

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Crime Fiction
Drama

External resources

No Hiding Place is a British television series that was produced at Wembley Studios by Associated-Rediffusion for the ITV network between 16 September 1959 and 22 June 1967.nIt was the sequel to the series Murder Bag and Crime Sheet, all starring Raymond Francis as Detective Superintendent, later Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E10 July 10th, 1962

Out of the Unknown

Program genre

Anthology
Fantasy
Drama
Science Fiction

External resources

Out of the Unknown is a British television science fiction anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and broadcast on BBC2 in four series between 1965 and 1971. Each episode was a dramatisation of a science fiction short story. Some were written directly for the series, but most were adaptations of already published stories.nThe first three years were exclusively science fiction, but that genre was abandoned in the final year in favour of horror/fantasy stories. A number of episodes were wiped during the early 1970s, as was standard procedure at the time. A large number of episodes are still missing but some do turn up from time to time; for instance, Level Seven from series two, originally broadcast on 27 October 1966 was returned to the BBC from the archives of a European broadcaster in January 2006.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E10 June 23rd, 1971
S03-E09 March 4th, 1969
S01-E01 October 4th, 1965

Play for Today

Program genre

Drama
Anthology
Science Fiction

External resources

Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1970 to 1984. During the run, more than three hundred programmes, featuring original television plays, and adaptations of stage plays and novels, were transmitted. The individual episodes were between fifty and a hundred minutes in duration.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E15 February 3rd, 1976
S02-E06 November 18th, 1971

Softly, Softly

Program genre

Drama
Police procedural
Crime Fiction

External resources

Softly, Softly is a British television drama series, produced by the BBC and screened on BBC 1 from January 1966. It centred on the work of regional police crime squads, plain-clothes CID officers based in the fictional region of Wyvern, supposedly in the Bristol area of England. The series took its name from the proverb 'softly, softly, catchee monkey', the motto of Lancashire Constabulary Training School, and was designed as a vehicle for Detective Chief Inspector Charles Barlow and Detective Inspector John Watt from the police series Z-Cars, which had just finished its original run. Joining them in the early series was Robert Keegan as Blackitt, the police station sergeant from Z-Cars, now retired and acting as a freelance helper. The series introduced characters like Sgt Harry Hawkins who would become very popular and well known. Promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, Hawkins stayed with the show for its entire run.nShorter-lived regular characters in the series early years included Alexis Kanner as DC Matt Stone.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E16 December 30th, 1970 Professor Brett

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Program genre

Variety show
Talk show
Entertainment

Official site

External resources

The Alan Titchmarsh Show is a British daytime chat show presented by Alan Titchmarsh. It was first broadcast on ITV on 3 September 2007 and currently airs on weekday afternoons.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E38 November 18th, 2009

The Avengers

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Adventure Film
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Spy-fi
Drama
Espionage
Action

External resources

The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed's most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, and later Tara King. Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity. The Avengers ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes its entire run.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E08 November 20th, 1965 Martin Smythe
S03-E03 October 12th, 1963 Dr. Terence
S02-E02 October 6th, 1962 Paul Manning

The Goodies

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

The Goodies is a British television comedy series of the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combines surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2 from 1970 until 1980 — and was then broadcast by the ITV company LWT for a year, between 1981 to 1982.nThe show was co-written by and starred Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. Bill Oddie also wrote the music and songs for the series — while The Goodies Theme was co-written by Bill Oddie and Michael Gibbs.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S08-E06 February 18th, 1980 ,

The Kenny Everett Television Show

Program genre

Comedy

External resources

The Kenny Everett Television Show is a British TV program.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E02 March 3rd, 1983

The Liver Birds

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

The Liver Birds is a British situation comedy, set in Liverpool, North West England, which aired on BBC1 from 1969 to 1978, and again in 1996. It was created by Carla Lane and Myra Taylor. The two Liverpudlian housewives had met at a local writers club and decided to pool their talents. Having been invited to London by Michael Mills, the BBC's Head of Comedy, and asked to write about two women sharing a flat, Mills brought in sitcom expert Sydney Lotterby to work with the writing team. Lotterby had previously worked with Eric Sykes and Sheila Hancock, and on The Likely Lads. Carla Lane wrote most of the episodes, Taylor co-writing only the first two series. The pilot was shown in April 1969 as an episode of Comedy Playhouse, the BBC's breeding ground for sitcoms at the time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E10 March 6th, 1974 Doctor

The One Show

Program genre

Special Interest
Talk show

External resources

The One Show is a topical magazine-style daily television programme broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD on weekdays. The programme is currently hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday-Thursday, with Chris Evans appearing instead of Baker on Fridays and stand-in presenters appearing when required.nIt runs every weeknight of the year starting at 7pm, excluding a two-week break for Christmas and a four-week break in the summer, when it is replaced by highlights show The One Show: Best of British presented by Matt Allwright and Lucy Siegle. It was originally broadcast from BBC Media Village in White City, London, but moved to Broadcasting House when the show returned on 6 January 2014 after its traditional Christmas break. It is the biggest single commission outside returning drama the BBC has ever handed out.nThe show lasts 30 minutes on most days but is extended to 60 minutes on Wednesdays.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E81 October 27th, 2009

The Professionals

Program genre

Drama
Crime Fiction
Espionage
Action
Adventure Film
Crime
Action/Adventure

External resources

The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series produced by Avengers Mk1 Productions and London Weekend Television that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. In all, 57 episodes were produced, filmed between 1977 and 1981. It starred Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson as agents of the fictional CI5.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E09 January 23rd, 1983 Avery
S01-E06 February 3rd, 1978 Simon Sinclair
Raymond Menmuir

The Saint

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Espionage
Crime
Action
Adventure Film
Comedy
Crime Fiction

External resources

The Saint was an ITC mystery spy thriller television series that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It was based on the literary character Simon Templar, a suave and sophisticated Robin Hood-like adventurer and thief created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s and featured in many novels and novellas over the years. He was played by Roger Moore.nAs a result of the strong performance in the US of the first two black-and-white series in first-run syndication, NBC picked up the show as a summer replacement in its evening schedule in 1966. The programme therefore ended its run with both trans-Atlantic prime time scheduling and colour episodes. It also proved popular beyond the UK and US, eventually airing in over 60 countries, and made a profit in excess of £350m for ITC. With almost 120 episodes, the programme is exceeded only by The Avengers as the most productive show of its genre produced in the UK. As with The Avengers, the colour episodes were originally broadcast in the UK in black and white, predating the advent of colour transmissions on ITV.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E10 November 21st, 1963

The Sweeney

Program genre

Drama
Crime
Crime Fiction
Action
Police procedural

External resources

The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London. The programme's title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E09 November 2nd, 1978 Cmdr. Watson

The Troubleshooters (UK)

Program genre

Drama

External resources

The Troubleshooters is a British television series made by the BBC between 1965 and 1972, created by John Elliot. During its run, the series made the transition from black and white to colour transmissions.nThe series was based around an international oil company – the Mogul of the title.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E26 May 3rd, 1968
S04-E07 December 1st, 1967

Van der Valk

Program genre

Crime Fiction
Police procedural
Drama

External resources

Van der Valk is a British television series that was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. It starred Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris Piet van der Valk.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E09 October 31st, 1977 Head of Faculty

Awards won

2012 International Emmy Kids Award for TV Movie/Mini-Series

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Lost Christmas Drama Film
International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Artur Galstian
Impact Film & Television Ltd
Elliot Jenkins
Connal Orton
Gareth West
Vahan Yepremyan
Larry Mills
David Logan
Hyde Park Imagenation
Sue Nott
British Broadcasting Corporation
Ketchup Entertainment

Wikipedia

Check Geoffrey Palmer on wikipedia.

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