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John Forgeham obituary

Veteran character actor who appeared in The Italian Job, Prime Suspect and Footballers Wives

John Forgeham, who has died aged 75, was a hard-living actor who brought some of his off-screen qualities to his best known television roles, which were often unsympathetic. As the loud-mouthed car mechanic Jim Baines in Crossroads, he was in the long-running soap at the height of its popularity, when the series was watched by some 18 million viewers (though loathed by the critics). For four years (1974-78), at one time with a curly perm redolent of the era, Jim belittled his wife, Muriel, whom he called “Mu” (played by Anne Rutter), and cheated on her with the motel garage’s secretary-turned-manager Sharon Metcalfe (Carolyn Jones). Despite the storylines, Forgeham was hugely popular, particularly with female viewers.

He continued to appear on television over the next two decades. However, by 1999, roles were drying up and he was working
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‘The Stone Tape’ Review

Stars: Jane Asher, Michael Bryant, Ian Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh, Tom Chadbon, John Forgeham, Philip Trewinnard, James Cosmo | Written by Nigel Kneale | Directed by Peter Sasdy

I’ve never been a huge fan of ghost stories, largely because most of them feel (if you’ll excuse the pun) insubstantial and are more often than not resolved cheaply and without much in the way of originality. Which is to say nothing of the BBC’s insistence on producing at least four dusty Victorian-era spooky tales every Christmas. With exception, if you’ve seen one ghost story, you’ve seen them all, and The Stone Tape is mercifully one of the former.

Set in an ill-kept Victorian house, an electronics research team stumble across a room in which a female apparition appears at regular intervals to scream and just as quickly disappear, leading them to believe that she’s a psychic
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Win: The Sweeney – The Complete First Series Blu-ray

They are the Sweeney, son. And they haven’t had any dinner…Relive the most ground-breaking British police drama ever made which coincides with the big screen remake. Regan and Carter are part of New Scotland Yard’s infamous Flying Squad. Mixing with London’s seedy underworld they tackle the crimes to hard to handle for your everydaypolice officer. Remember what the fuss was all about by picking up this diamond 4-disc set which is available in High Definition for the first time now, Rrp £39.99. Seventies London has never looked this good. And neither has The Sweeney, son.

We have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.

Check out the HD clip at:

Rough, tough and politically incorrect in the way that only the best 70s drama series can be, ‘The Sweeney’ is one of the major television successes of the last fifty years. Featuring John Thaw
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The Sweeney – The Complete First Series Coming To Blu-Ray

The Sweeney are back. With Nick Love’s update of the iconic 70s cop show starring Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis set for release on 12th September, fans of the original show will be able to revel in an all new High Definition re-release of the 70s classic with the 10th September release of The Complete First Series blu-ray boxset.

Those fans will be able to relive the most ground-breaking British police drama ever made for the first time in HD, ensuring that the 70s and The Sweeney have never looked this good before. This is where it all began for gritty cop dramas, and if it wasn’t for The Sweeney we undoubtedly wouldn’t have seen the likes of Life on Mars’ brilliant Gene Hunt.

Here’s the official synopsis of the boxset:

Regan and Carter are part of New Scotland Yard’s infamous Flying Squad. Mixing with
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Obsessive, Compulsive, Procedural #2: ‘Prime Suspect’

Prime Suspect

Created by Lynda La Plante and Alexandra Cunningham

Based on the ITV series Prime Suspect created by Lynda La Plante

imdb, NBC, Thursdays at 10 Pm

1.01 Pilot

Directed by Peter Berg

Written by Alexandra Cunningham

1.02 Carnivorous Sheep

Directed by Jonas Pate

Written by Alexandra Cunningham

1.03 Bitch

Directed by Michael Waxman

Written by Liz Heldens

1.04 Great Guy, Yet: Dead

Directed by Jonas Pate

Written by John McNamara


The U.S. Prime Suspect has one terrible, undeniable problem: its title. Even though the U.S. Prime Suspect is closely based on the U.K. Prime Suspect, the title just doesn’t work. The reason for this has everything to do with the structural difference between U.S. broadcast network prime-time and U.K. broadcast network prime-time.

The original Prime Suspect is one of the best TV shows of all time. In bringing us the adventures of Dci Jane Tennison, Lynda La Plante
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