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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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 12:16pm Friday 7th March 2014
Are you growing weary of these celebrity trials or, as some call them, witch hunts?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on 4:51pm Friday 14th June 2013
Well, Britain’s Got Talent is over for another year and was a big ratings success although some critics commented “Britain’s Got Foreign Talent” might have been a better title.
Posted on 11:50am Friday 7th June 2013
While watching Britain's Got Talent recently, I wondered why television companies paid these “celebrity” judges a reported £1million plus.
Posted on 12:33pm Friday 31st May 2013
Back in 2003 I attended a reunion of the Village of the Damned cast at Letchmore Heath as a sort of adviser to the BBC, which was making a radio programme about the film. It is sad no video was made of it as the director Wolf Rilla, who was present, died a couple of years later.
Posted on 3:31pm Friday 10th May 2013
I cannot think of a particular theme this week as I sit typing by candlelight in my attic so here is a pot pourri of thoughts.
Posted on 3:35pm Friday 19th April 2013
You may not know this but the reason newspapers can print rapid obituaries when the great and the good pass on is that they keep obituaries on file, with just the need to put on a header and perhaps a final few paragraphs.
Posted on 2:27pm Friday 12th April 2013
This column is really about nostalgia and it was very nice last Sunday that a couple of strangers came up to me while I was enjoying a pint at the Mops and Brooms and said they thoroughly enjoyed these trips down memory lane.
Posted on 11:37am Friday 5th April 2013
I was sad to read about the death of Richard Griffiths, whom most readers will remember as the heavily-built actor from the Harry Potter films and the hugely successful stage play The History Boys.
Posted on 11:47am Friday 22nd March 2013
It is good to hear the popular BBC television programme Pointless has relocated to Elstree Studios and will no doubt be the first of many programmes to use the revamped and modernised stages 8 and 9.
Posted on 9:39am Friday 15th March 2013
I cannot believe this year marks the 25th anniversary of the launching of the “Save Our Studios” campaign, when Elstree Studios was under a definite threat of closure.
Posted on 12:26pm Friday 8th March 2013
One of the things I have enjoyed doing since the late 1970s is to suggest to Hertsmere Borough Council the names to be adopted for the roads and courts on the old MGM site or, as it is known today, the Studio Estate
Posted on 10:27am Friday 1st March 2013
It was very sad to hear of the death of veteran actor Richard Briers, who is best remembered for The Good Life television series.
Posted on 12:10pm Friday 22nd February 2013
As I write this on a Sunday evening, I have just finished a long weekend that revolved around films and television.
Posted on 10:04am Friday 15th February 2013
Films set in the Second World War have grown thin on the ground but used to be a staple diet of cinema along with westerns, science fiction and, up until the 1960s, musicals.