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Month: February 2013

Obituary: John Ammonds (Independent, 21 February 2013)

Obituary: John Ammonds (Independent, 21 February 2013)

Across nearly 50 years working with top entertainers, from Tommy Handley to Mike Yarwood, John Ammonds is best known for producing the BBC TV Morecambe and Wise shows from 1968 to 1974. He knew that Eric and Ernie, with Eddie Braben’s scripts, were the main reasons the show’s guest-stars volunteered in droves, but recalled Morecambe acknowledging his charm and contacts: “There was a Parkinson when they were interviewed and Eric said, ‘It’s Johnny Ammonds. He gets them. Him and his…

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Here’s Harold

Here’s Harold

I’ve just heard the sad news that light entertainment luminary John Ammonds (pictured with Jack Parnell in 2004) has died, aged 88. I had the privilege of interviewing Johnny (as he was universally known) in 2005 as part of my research for Turned Out Nice Again. Naturally, we talked at length about his work as Morecambe and Wise’s radio and TV producer, but we also touched on other aspects of his career. He’d began at the BBC in 1941 as…

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Watch and Download Full Movie Wonder Woman (2017)

Watch and Download Full Movie Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017) HD Director : Patty Jenkins. Writer : Geoff Johns. Producer : Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle. Release : May 30, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Dune Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, TENCENT PICTURES, Wanda Pictures. Language : Deutsch, English. Runtime : 141 Genre : Action, Adventure, Fantasy. ‘Wonder Woman’ is a movie genre Action, was released in May 30, 2017. Patty Jenkins was…

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Obituary: Hugh Mendl (Independent, 25 July 2008)

Obituary: Hugh Mendl (Independent, 25 July 2008)

In the history of British popular music, the record producer Hugh Mendl’s name deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as George Martin’s. Although more of an old-fashioned artists and repertoire man than a studio wizard, Mendl was, among many achievements, responsible for Lonnie Donegan’s Decca recording of “Rock Island Line”, without which the Beatles-to-be and many other future legends might never have picked up a guitar. Mendl was born in 1919 in London, and educated at Radley…

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Obituary: Stewart Morris (Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2009)

Obituary: Stewart Morris (Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2009)

Stewart Morris, who died on January 10 aged 78, produced some of the best known and most innovative shows in the heyday of BBC TV light entertainment. Physically imposing and utterly fearless, Morris had a barking voice, a cutting wit, a way with talent and superb technical expertise. Above all, he was prepared to take risks. It was he who, on a live show, had the singer Susan Maughan make her entrance from the Thames in an amphibious vehicle, straight…

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Book review: The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath, by Jane Robins (Independent on Sunday, 11 April 2010)

Book review: The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath, by Jane Robins (Independent on Sunday, 11 April 2010)

The title of this book is slightly misleading. Bernard Spilsbury, the celebrated pathologist of the early 20th century, is not the focus; the “brides” are, along with what their stories tell us about marriage and morals in a Britain where women didn’t have the right to vote. Or, for that matter, too many other rights. As the person who supplied the evidence that clinched the guilty verdict in the trial of the bigamous psychopath and serial killer George Joseph Smith…

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