Paul Welsh

Nobody does it better

Posted on 12:12pm Friday 26th September 2014

This week, Elstree Screen Heritage allowed Channel Four to shoot some scenes at Elstree Studios for a new series about restoring famous cars.

Remembering Sir Donald

Posted on 11:50am Friday 19th September 2014

I must start this week by paying my personal tribute to the late great Sir Donald Sinden, who lost his long fight against cancer, albeit at the grand age of 90, which is a good innings.

Paul Welsh

Filming Big Brother in Moby Dick's tank

Posted on 10:14am Friday 12th September 2014

Last week I looked at all the cars and vans coming in and out of Elstree Studios.

Kathryn Snowdon

Day 5: Egos clash

Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 11:06am Monday 25th August 2014

What makes Celebrity Big Brother superior to its muggle counterpart is that there's one thing that famous people have in abundance - an enlarged ego.

Kathryn Snowdon

Day 4: The gloves come off

Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 6:39pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The gloves came off in last night's show with even more explosive fights erupting in the house.

Paul Welsh

To Have and Have Not

Posted on 12:02pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Well it has not been a happy few days in showbiz since we last shared the ramblings of this column together.

Paul Welsh

Wallpaper TV, hangings and celebrity undertakers

Posted on 11:50am Friday 22nd August 2014

It is great to hear that one day last week Elstree Studios hosted audiences totalling 3,000 people. The spin-off effect is those people buy things in the town, which is all good news.

Kathryn Snowdon

Day 3: The mask is beginning to slip

Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 12:17pm Friday 22nd August 2014

How much things can change in one day. If you’d asked me yesterday what I thought of the dynamics in the house, I’d have said Gary was rude, abrupt and rather aggressive during his confrontation with James.

Kathryn Snowdon

Launch night welcomes the alpha males and plastic fantastic hopefuls

Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 10:03am Tuesday 19th August 2014

At the launch of every Big Brother series viewers are promised the same, unimaginative things from eager housemates; controversy, candour and crudeness.

Kathryn Snowdon

Join our Celebrity Big Brother fan Kathryn Snowdon

Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author

Posted on 9:02am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Join our Celebrity Big Brother fan Kathryn Snowdon as she guides us through the latest series of the reality show, filmed at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood. When she’s not watching the housemates’ antics, Kathryn is a senior reporter for the Borehamwood Times’ sister newspaper, the Watford Observer.

Paul Welsh

Once upon a time in Borehamwood?

Posted on 11:35am Friday 22nd August 2014

The studios of our town have produced thrillers, horrors, comedies and musicals, from X-rated features to well-known children’s films. But the one genre Borehamwood has never tackled is the Western.

Paul Welsh

Elstree Confidential: how the studios kept stars' affairs hush hush

Posted on 9:57am Friday 1st August 2014

This week we look back at the lives of two of the greatest stars of Tinseltown’s golden era. During their careers they both filmed at the old MGM British Studios in Borehamwood.

Paul Welsh

The Grim Reaper of showbiz

Posted on 10:08am Friday 25th July 2014

I must start by saying farewell to Hollywood star James Garner. He is best remembered for the two television series Maverick and The Rockford Files, but he was also a leading man of cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.

Paul Welsh

It wasn't just studios: a century of films and where we watched them

Posted on 11:53am Friday 18th July 2014

I love old British films of the 1940s to the 1960s, which are often in black and white, as they allow you to wallow in times gone by.

Paul Welsh

Great names who have been part of Elstree's screen heritage

Posted on 9:55am Friday 11th July 2014

This year we are celebrating 100 years of film production in Borehamwood at several studios past and present.

Paul Welsh

The Man from U.N.C.L.E and the men in a bubble

Posted on 9:47am Friday 4th July 2014

I was sad to read that veteran star Eli Wallach has died just a few years short of his 100th birthday.

Paul Welsh

The voice of Captain Scarlett

Posted on 10:24am Friday 4th July 2014

This week it is a bit of a pot pourri column as thoughts enter my mind after a few drinks and several hours enjoying the sun in my garden.

Paul Welsh

Where else could you see stormtroopers and Routemasters in the carnival parade?

Posted on 10:28am Friday 20th June 2014

Well, the centenary celebrations of film production in Borehamwood are now beginning to take off.

Paul Welsh

The truth about red carpet film premieres

Posted on 10:11am Friday 20th June 2014

I suspect some readers assume I live a life of attending showbiz parties, visiting film sets and going to film premieres, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Paul Welsh

What would Psycho be without music?

Posted on 9:33am Friday 6th June 2014

One aspect of film and television is often overlooked — the importance of music to create an atmosphere.

Paul Welsh

'I told George Lucas science fiction was dead'

Posted on 6:21pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

I hear the new Star Wars film has gone into production on location and at Pinewood Studios, though the original home of the franchise was, of course, Elstree Studios.

Paul Welsh

Peter Cushing: talented actor and true gentleman

Posted on 10:46am Friday 16th May 2014

I have just noticed it is now 20 years since the death of talented actor and true gentleman Peter Cushing.

Paul Welsh

Chatting with my old pal Darth Vader

Posted on 10:38am Friday 9th May 2014

I seem to have hit a busy few months with the centenary of film production in Borehamwood — but it is all worthwhile.

Paul Welsh

Jamaica Inn: It's a bit rich for highly paid executives to blame the actors

Posted on 10:50am Friday 9th May 2014

I am going to start today by having a bit of a moan.

Paul Welsh

How fame - like soap - can melt away

Posted on 1:21pm Friday 25th April 2014

I recently had a most enjoyable day filming with veteran actress Barbara Windsor for a documentary about the centenary of film production in Borehamwood.

Paul Welsh

Being part of film heritage - Mickey Rooney earned his laughter lines

Posted on 1:11pm Friday 25th April 2014

I have been enjoying myself filming interviews with people connected with Borehamwood’s fascinating film heritage as part of the Elstree Project.

Paul Welsh

Earning your stripes in the fame game

Posted on 10:24am Friday 11th April 2014

I am sad to hear that Brucie has retired from Strictly Come Dancing, which is shot at Elstree Studios, albeit for reasons I fully understand for a man of his age with the pressures of live television.

Paul Welsh

Errol Flynn - the great swashbuckler who crossed the pond

Posted on 4:06pm Friday 4th April 2014

I was extremely pleased to see that my colleagues at Borehamwood Museum were given special awards at the Hertsmere Mayor’s civic dinner.

Paul Welsh

Always know when it is time to leave the stage (and don't tweet while you're on it)

Posted on 12:21pm Friday 28th March 2014

I have just watched the first live episode of The Voice as it is now being recorded at Elstree Studios. It is great to have such hit shows being televised from Borehamwood, although I wish they would acknowledge that on the credits.

Paul Welsh

The day Peter Cushing offered to lie down in front of the bulldozers

Posted on 12:47pm Friday 21st March 2014

I was interviewed on BBC radio about Elstree studios' centenary celebrations and they asked me who of all the stars I have met was my favourite.

Paul Welsh

Celebrate the centenary in style

Posted on 2:02pm Friday 14th March 2014

We are celebrating a very special anniversary this year – 100 years of motion picture production in Borehamwood, or, as they would have spelt it back in 1914, Boreham Wood.

Paul Welsh

The Double Man, the Elstree 'bomb' and why the truth may never come to light

Posted on 12:16pm Friday 7th March 2014

Are you growing weary of these celebrity trials or, as some call them, witch hunts?

Paul Welsh

Death of a pathologist

Posted on 3:52pm Friday 13th December 2013

Another week gone and Christmas is fast approaching. Everybody says it, but the years seem to be passing a bit too quick.

Paul Welsh

The day Doctor Who came to town

Posted on 4:47pm Friday 29th November 2013

Well readers, I survived the ceremony at St Albans Cathedral to bestow upon me an honorary master of arts degree.

Paul Welsh

What Michael Caine didn't say in Zulu

Posted on 3:03pm Friday 1st November 2013

Hello again to all my fellow wanderers down memory lane. As promised, I will tell you about my latest showbiz adventures.

Paul Welsh

Confessions of a film nostalgia writer

Posted on 1:43pm Friday 18th October 2013

Well, I am glad you have all survived another week to join me in our weekly walk down nostalgia lane. I wonder, did any of you ever frequent those seedy looking cinemas in Windmill Street in the West End during the 1970s?

Paul Welsh

The lost treasures of Elstree - and what they'll fetch on eBay

Posted on 4:17pm Friday 11th October 2013

Well, I have stumbled through another week and it is good to meet you again. This time it is a pot pourri of items that come to mind as I wait for one of my pals Nick Cole to come and cut my hedge.

Paul Welsh

The real X Factor - giving up your time for others

Posted on 4:27pm Friday 11th October 2013

Well, another week has gone and I am just back from a walkabout with some fans of the old MGM Studios in Borehamwood.

Paul Welsh

Heartache of the stars of the golden age of cinema

Posted on 10:20am Monday 23rd September 2013

This week I thought we should go back in time and look at five love affairs among movie stars that were destined to end in tragedy for one or both partners, proving that fame and fortune does not always equal happiness.

Paul Welsh

The day I told Tom Jones where the toilets were

Posted on 1:11pm Friday 13th September 2013

Over the past few decades I have met hundreds of actors, usually because I have been visiting a film set, conducting an interview or hosting an event.

Paul Welsh

Honouring the stars in our town

Posted on 4:55pm Thursday 5th September 2013

PAUL WELSH recalls some of the star names who have had plaques dedicated to their film careers unveiled across Elstree and Borehamwood

Paul Welsh

Oh Brother! It must be the money

Posted on 4:53pm Thursday 5th September 2013

PAUL WELSH reflects on the life of Star Wars cinematographer Gil Taylor and the cost of fame as Celebrity Big Brother returns to our screens

Paul Welsh

Spotting when the stars come to town

Posted on 4:51pm Thursday 5th September 2013

PAUL WELSH recalls a time when you were likely to bump into the biggest names in Hollywood and appeals for your studio memories from yesteryear

Paul Welsh

The people you meet in the pub

Posted on 12:32pm Friday 16th August 2013

With the number of pubs closing it is obvious that the “pub culture” of yesteryear is on the wane and many of the survivors are really licensed restaurants nowadays.

Paul Welsh

Alas, Smith and Jones... and Frankie Howerd

Posted on 2:30pm Friday 2nd August 2013

I was sad to hear that Mel Smith, the comedy actor, died after suffering ill health for several years.

Paul Welsh

Why moving abroad cost Richard Burton a knighthood

Posted on 12:57pm Friday 26th July 2013

I had the pleasure to visit Pinewood Studios last week to meet a couple of friends and it was very pleasant sitting on the terrace enjoying the sun.

Paul Welsh

You could almost feel the ghost of Clark Gable

Posted on 12:14pm Friday 19th July 2013

It was a pleasure to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations at Maxwell Park Community Centre and to see so many people enjoying themselves on Sunday.

Paul Welsh

Fight to save Elstree Studios was worthwhile

Posted on 9:10am Monday 15th July 2013

On the 18th of this month I hit the big 60, so another unwelcome milestone reached.

Paul Welsh

A send-off fit for a star

Posted on 5:44pm Monday 8th July 2013

I have just been watching a 1980s movie entitled The Sea Wolves and it was packed with names of yesteryear that I had the pleasure to meet over the years such as David Niven, Gregory Peck, Trevor Howard, Roger Moore and character actors Martin Benson, Graham Stark, Patrick Macnee and Patrick Allen.

The house where Tom Cruise lived, and the manhole that Olive fell into in On The Buses

Posted on 11:21am Monday 8th July 2013

Well, last weekend proved to be quite hectic but good fun and, thankfully, we enjoyed great weather.

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