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Barbara Murray obituary

1 June 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Elegant stage and screen actor who starred in the TV series The Power Game and as Ammonia in the film of Up Pompeii

The actor Barbara Murray, who has died aged 84, was a striking presence on screen, bringing sophistication and elegance to her roles in film comedies and dramas. She made her biggest impact on television, in the British forerunner to Dallas, The Power Game (1965-69), in which she played Pamela, the bejewelled and fur-clad wife of the ruthless business executive John Wilder (played by Patrick Wymark). Murray took second billing to Wymark, ahead of the drama's other stars, Michael Jayston, Jack Watling, Rosemary Leach and Peter Barkworth, and the Wilders' private life both had affairs was as much a part of the drama as the high-powered business dealings.

The pair had first played the Wilders in The Plane Makers (1963-65), in which Wymark's character was an aerospace tycoon battling »

- Anthony Hayward

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Ten Tigon Tales of Terror

18 February 2014 3:39 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.

Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.

Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business »

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