IMDb > Huntz Hall > News
Quicklinks
Top Links
biography by votes awardsNewsDeskmessage board
Filmographies
overviewby type by year by ratings by votes awards by genre by keyword
Biographical
biography other works publicity photo galleryNewsDeskmessage board
External Links
official sites miscellaneous photographs sound clips video clips

Connect with IMDb



2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011

3 items from 2011


Betty Driver obituary

16 October 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Singer, comic actor and stalwart of Coronation Street

Betty Driver, who has died aged 91, was a gutsy and durable comic actor who meant one thing to young audiences and quite another to those who could remember the second world war and the years immediately after it. To the youthful, she will be remembered as Betty Turpin (later Betty Williams), the barmaid, shoulder to cry on and wife of the policeman Cyril Turpin in Granada television's Coronation Street, whose cast she joined in 1969.

To a much older audience, she will also be remembered for her appearances in repertory theatres and in stage revues; as the child star who took over from the popular singer Gracie Fields on a stage tour, doing some of her best-known numbers; and as the principal singer for a year with the leading dance orchestra leader of the time, Henry Hall, on his BBC radio programme, »

- Dennis Barker

Permalink | Report a problem


Betty Driver obituary

15 October 2011 11:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Singer, comic actor and stalwart of Coronation Street

Betty Driver, who has died aged 91, was a gutsy and durable comic actor who meant one thing to young audiences and quite another to those who could remember the second world war and the years immediately after it. To the youthful, she will be remembered as Betty Turpin (later Betty Williams), the barmaid, shoulder to cry on and wife of the policeman Cyril Turpin in Granada television's Coronation Street, whose cast she joined in 1969.

To a much older audience, she will also be remembered for her appearances in repertory theatres and in stage revues; as the child star who took over from the popular singer Gracie Fields on a stage tour, doing some of her best-known numbers; and as the principal singer for a year with the leading dance orchestra leader of the time, Henry Hall, on his BBC radio programme, »

- Dennis Barker

Permalink | Report a problem


Joan Reynolds obituary

30 June 2011 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Co-star with her husband of ITV's first home-grown sitcom

Joan Reynolds, who has died aged 85, was the star of Joan and Leslie, the first home-grown sitcom on the newly launched commercial television channel ITV in 1955. It was immensely popular with viewers and helped to revive the sitcom on British television – the BBC had, after the second world war, launched Pinwright's Progress, then dropped it, and had only recently transferred Life With the Lyons from radio to television.

Reynolds and her actor husband, Leslie Randall, played a married couple. He was a journalist who wrote an agony-aunt column and she was a "resting" actor, performing the role of his stereotypical, dutiful wife. The programme, set in the fictional couple's London flat, began as Leslie Randall Entertains, then switched to the title Joan and Leslie towards the end of the first series, which consisted of 15-minute episodes. Two subsequent series were extended to 30 minutes and, »

- Anthony Hayward

Permalink | Report a problem


2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011

3 items from 2011


IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners