Hello everyone and welcome back for another trip down Memory Lane, for as we say nostalgia never dies. This week it is a pot pourri of items rather than just one subject.

I must start by saying goodbye to two fine British actors. Robert Hardy made it to the grand age of 91 and enjoyed a career embracing several decades. What I liked about Robert was his ability to avoid typecasting, even with frequent appearances as Winston Churchill and of course the long running hit television series All Creatures Great And Small. He could tend to chew up the scenery as us old showbiz types would say and could be difficult towards fellow actors but he has left us with some wonderful screen memories.

We have also lost Hywel Bennett, who may be a less familiar name but he was hot property in the British cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His misfortune was that his career was subsequently hampered by the collapse of film production during that era, although he enjoyed success on television in the 1980s in a series called Shelley and even appeared in EastEnders. I recall Hywel made a couple of movies at Elstree Studios in the early 1970s. One was a comedy called Percy about the transplant of a part of the male sexual organ and the other was an Agatha Christie thriller entitled Endless Night as the villain opposite my friend Hayley Mills.

I was sad to read that Hywel, 73, died an alcoholic living in a small cottage by the sea with his one-time good looks ravaged by drink and ill health. A sad end for a talented actor.

Do you like visiting the graves of one time famous film stars? It sounds a bit odd but I certainly did on my visits to Hollywood but you do not have to travel that far. At All Saints Churchyard in Harrow Weald you can visit the final resting place of the first British star to win an Oscar. I doubt you will have heard of him, but George Arliss was an early Warner Brothers star in Hollywood and won a best actor award in 1929 for playing the title role in Disraeli. In 1934 he was voted favourite male star by British cinemagoers and Bette Davis always credited him for putting her on the road to stardom.

Back in 1962, Elstree Studios saw the start on production of a new television series starring Roger Moore called The Saint. It went on to continue for several years and became a world wide success that no doubt helped Roger to secure the role of James Bond a few years later.

However, the studio was also busy with film production such as the interiors for a murder mystery starring Jack Warner called Jigsaw, as well as The Punch And Judy Man with Tony Hancock.

Kenneth More joined forces with Hollywood veteran Lloyd Nolan for We Joined The Navy and of there was the classic Summer Holiday starring Cliff Richard.

However, there was another film which I admire but is seldom seen today, although it is great entertainment, called The Boys. Now here is a chance to attend a screening of that film at Elstree Studios on Sunday September 17 at 2pm. What is wonderful is that the three stars are returning to Elstree 55 years later to be interviewed and answer questions after the screening. They are Dudley Sutton, Tony Garnett and my old mate Jess Conrad. I love these occasions of nostalgia as they will not be repeated. I will be there as a member of the audience and if you would like to come along for details phone 0808 1788212 or visit the organisers' website which is www.renownfilms.co.uk

I really do think there could be a wonderful television series for us old timers and younger viewers who are film and television buffs along the lines of 'where are they now' or 'whatever happened to' featuring guest appearances from names of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s who were once household names and fondly remembered. Alas the kids in charge today would rather commission another pointless game or reality show to fill air time but what do I know? Until next week, God willing and remember take care of yourself as I need somebody to read this!