I have been in contact again with the lovely Dana Wynter who thanked me for sending on the comments from some of those who wrote into this paper about memories of her.

In regard to a comment from one reader recalling her father, the local doctor in Borehamwood, having a facial scar, she said: "Yes, he did.

"My father was a champion fencer at university, in the days before they wore protective masks. Oddly enough, my son Mark also became a fencing champion in Los Angeles."

Dana tells me that her son has just recovered from a perforated appendix.

"Oddly enough, the same thing happened to me many years ago. I had the same symptoms but my school doctor in Africa told me just to pull myself together.

"At the end of term my father collected me and we embarked on a 1,800 mile car journey home, during which I fell into a coma. On the border of Rhodesia he found a hospital, woke up the matron and operated on me.

"The matron later told me: 'I heard a thud at the end of the operating table, which was your father fainting after he finished the operation!'"

I asked Dana about what she describes as ancient memories.

"My memories of working with Boris Karloff on the Colonel March television series in England are very dim indeed now. I just remember Boris as being the nicest, most gentle man possible, with none of the actor star behaviour.

"He was courteous, soft spoken and everyone loved him. I played a Balinese girl, and had to endure tiny marble things in each nostril to extend them, and with strict orders not to sneeze."

I also asked Dana about a long forgotten 1950s television remake of the classic thriller movie Laura.

"It was the first television film 20th Century Fox ever made and I played the title role, which was a bit daunting after Gene Tierney's performance.

"Clifton Webb recreated his role but I found him prissy and waspish. Not one of my favourites."

One day I hope to meet Dana, but she currently lives up a mountain in Southern California!

In the late 1970s David Soul was receiving 30,000 love letters a week as the co-star in Starsky and Hutch. He enjoyed two number one hits, and when he came across to perform in a sell-out concert at the Royal Festival Hall I went backstage to meet him.

Twenty-three years later, all I can remember of the conversation was he made fun out of my English accent.

Now I understand David is to join the cast of Holby City, which is recorded at BBC Elstree. Apparently David is an Arsenal fan, so I hope to have a chance to renew our acquaintance later this year.

The world premiere of Enigma was featured at Robert Redford's Sundance independent film festival, prior to its British release later this year. The film was partially shot at Elstree so we must wish it every success.

Enigma is the first film to be produced by Mick Jagger's first film company. Apparently their next production may be a romantic drama about Dylan Thomas.

I wonder how many people know that Dylan was employed as a script writer at what is now the BBC Elstree Centre during the war years, and lodged at what was The Kings Arms public house at Stirling Corner.

Incidentally, I am told that that roundabout junction got its name from a nearby factory which produced parts for Stirling bombers during the Second World War.

It sounds likely, but I wonder if there are any surviving written records to prove it.

In the 1970s Elstree produced the classic film version of Murder on the Orient Express, with an all star cast including Albert Finney, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman.

American Television is now to produce a new version with Alfred Molina as Poirot and a cast including Leslie Caron.

The £3 million television movie will be filming in Leeds and apparently Hull will pretend to be Bucharest.

The movie will have a contemporary setting, which no doubt will allow Hercule to use a computer to help solve the crime, along with his little grey cells.