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Louise Jameson on Noises Off and how Doctor Who made geekdom fashionable

28 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Her screen credits include Doctor Who, EastEnders, Tenko and Bergerac - but Louise Jameson has also forged a long and impressive career on the stage, and says performing for a live audience will always be her first love.

Jameson's latest stage stint will see her play Dotty in a new production of Noises Off - the 1982 'farce-within-a-farce' by playwright Michael Frayn - at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

While she was in the thick of rehearsals, Digital Spy got Louise on the phone to sound off about Noises Off - and, of course, her role on the world's greatest sci-fi series.

Noises Off is often hailed as one of the greatest theatrical comedies ever written. How are you feeling about bringing your version of Dotty to the stage?

It feels extraordinary but it's also been one of the most difficult rehearsal periods I've ever had. The whole thing has to look »

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Doctor Who: the 1988 report that sounded its death knell

4 March 2015 10:36 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This BBC audience reaction report was one of the first nails in Doctor Who's coffin in the late eighties…

“Not for publication” is printed at the top of the 1988 audience reaction report for Doctor Who’s 24th season. It’s there for the purposes of BBC confidentiality, but could equally be a pain-saving instruction to save Sylvester McCoy fans the distress of reading the show’s three-page death sentence.

Because this report is painful stuff. Compiled in February 1988 after the broadcast of McCoy’s first four serials as the Doctor (from Time And The Rani to Dragonfire), it doesn’t mince its words in describing audience apathy and antipathy towards late-eighties Doctor Who. Looking back with the knowledge that the wilderness years were around the corner, each unimpressed audience response and scathing comment feels like another nail being hammered into classic Who’s coffin.

To begin with, the numbers weren’t good. »

- louisamellor

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Brian Clemens: an appreciation of The Avengers and The Professionals writer

14 January 2015 8:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...

Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.

Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV »

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The Avengers and The Professionals writer Brian Clemens dies, aged 83

12 January 2015 5:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

TV writer and producer Brian Clemens has died, aged 83.

Clemens was perhaps best known for being responsible for The Avengers, New Avengers and The Professionals.

Honoured by the Queen in 2010 for services to broadcasting and drama, he passed away on Saturday (January 10), his family confirmed.

He also wrote for various TV series, including The Baron, The Persuaders, The Protectors, Danger Man, The Invisible Man and Bergerac.

His production companies created The New Avengers and The Professionals, while he also wrote for several Us shows including Remington Steele, Perry Mason and Highlander.

Clemens also wrote and produced for Hammer Films, while also co-writing the story for Highlander II: The Quickening.

He was also involved in The Elstree Project, whose spokesman said: "Brian gave his support and time to The Elstree Project and is featured in our documentary film, through clips from the oral history interview he gave to us, as well »

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