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Kate O'Mara 1939-2014: Obituary of Doctor Who, Dynasty star

30 March 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Born in Leicester on August 10, 1939, Frances M Carroll would go on to become a screen idol under her chosen stage name of Kate O'Mara.

The daughter of actress Hazel Bainbridge and Raf flying instructor John F Carroll, O'Mara followed a stint at boarding school with enrolment at art school, before achieving her goal of becoming a full-time actress.

Making her stage debut in a production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in 1963, O'Mara soon moved into the popular world of television. Throughout the '60s, she appeared in such iconic series as Danger Man, The Champions, The Saint, The Avengers and Z-Cars.

Moving into the 1970s, O'Mara also found success on the big screen – starring in two Hammer Horror outings, The Vampire Lovers and The Horror of Frankenstein – but it was a return to television for BBC drama The Brothers that made her a household name.

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The Saint, The Champions: What was the secret of '60s cult TV?

21 January 2014 6:15 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The sad passing of actress Alexandra Bastedo earlier this month saw many recalling and celebrating her work on '60s spy-fi series The Champions - just one entry in the canon of cult programme makers Itc Entertainment.

Though it also branched out into film production - with the likes of 1976's The Eagle Has Landed and 1982's The Dark Crystal - Itc was best known throughout the 1960s and '70s for its raft of cult TV programming, with shows like The Champions making an indelible screen icon of Bastedo and others like her.

These shows are now world-renowned - The Saint, The Prisoner, Thunderbirds - but the team behind them still go sadly unsung.

This week, the Week in Geek is looking to redress the balance with a fond tribute to Itc Entertainment - one of the UK's very best, most influential production teams.

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Alexandra Bastedo obituary

14 January 2014 3:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Glamorous star of the 1960s television adventure series The Champions who went on to run an animal sanctuary

Alexandra Bastedo, who has died of cancer aged 67, found fame and sex-symbol status playing the secret agent and scientist Sharron Macready in the 1960s television fantasy series The Champions. She appeared with William Gaunt as Richard Barrett and Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling in the show about three agents working for the Geneva-based law-enforcement organisation Nemesis who gain superhuman powers after being rescued from a plane crash in Tibet by a mysterious lost tribe. With computer-like intelligence and Olympian levels of strength and endurance, they can communicate by telepathy and are assigned to cases where world stability is under threat.

It was one of the globally successful series made by the television mogul Lew Grade's international production and distribution company Itc. Bastedo described her butt-kicking character as a "gutsy girl before »

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Alexandra Bastedo obituary

14 January 2014 3:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Glamorous star of the 1960s television adventure series The Champions who went on to run an animal sanctuary

Alexandra Bastedo, who has died of cancer aged 67, found fame and sex-symbol status playing the secret agent and scientist Sharron Macready in the 1960s television fantasy series The Champions. She appeared with William Gaunt as Richard Barrett and Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling in the show about three agents working for the Geneva-based law-enforcement organisation Nemesis who gain superhuman powers after being rescued from a plane crash in Tibet by a mysterious lost tribe. With computer-like intelligence and Olympian levels of strength and endurance, they can communicate by telepathy and are assigned to cases where world stability is under threat.

It was one of the globally successful series made by the television mogul Lew Grade's international production and distribution company Itc. Bastedo described her butt-kicking character as a "gutsy girl before »

- Anthony Hayward

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'Champions' star Alexandra Bastedo dies, aged 67

12 January 2014 12:18 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Alexandra Bastedo has passed away at the age of 67.

The actress, who was best known for her role in 1968 sci-fi series The Champions, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday (January 12), theatre director and close friend Roger Redfarn confirmed.

Hove-born Bastedo was discovered by Columbia Pictures at the age of 16 and sent to Hollywood to make horror film 13 Frightened Girls.

She later landed the role of Sharron Macready in The Champions, which ran for 30 episodes on ITV between 1968 and '69.

The show, which also starred Stuart Damon and William Gaunt, centred around three agents for a United Nations law enforcement organisation who gain superpowers after a plane crash.

Watch the opening sequence of The Champions below:

Bastedo's other TV credits include an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992 and EastEnders, in which she played Cynthia Marshall between 2008 and 2009. She also appeared in 1967 movie Casino Royale and 1995's Batman Begins.

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