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Asylum seekers...
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Doctor Who picture resource
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Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
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Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
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Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
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Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
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Primeval portal
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Charmed, to be sure!
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Take on t.A.T.u.
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DCI Banks is on the case
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On The Grid with Spooks
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Claire’s no Exile
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Vexed is back on the beat!
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Medium, both super and natural
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Who’s that girl? (350-picture Slideshow)

Saturday, 16 July 2005

In Remembrance


I was saddened to hear that Ed Bishop (seen on the right of the picture) and Michael Billington (on the left), both principle cast members in Gerry Anderson's "UFO" (1970-1971), died at the beginning of June within five days of each other. Bishop, who died in hospital on the morning of Wednesday, 8th June, just three days shy of his 73rd birthday, played SHADO Commander Ed Straker in all 26 episodes of "UFO", and voiced Captain Blue in all 32 episodes of the Supermarionation series "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" (1967), while Billington, who passed away on Friday, 3rd June, aged 63, played Colonel Paul Foster in "UFO".

Both actors appeared in the James Bond film series, Ed Bishop as a space tracker in "You Only Live Twice" (1967) as well as the uncredited role of Klaus Hergersheimer in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) and Michael Billington featured in a small but important role as Barbara Bach's Russian lover Sergei Barsov in the pre-credits sequence of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Bishop also had a small non-speaking role as the Aries 1B Lunar shuttle captain in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). More recently, he appeared as a journalist in the third season of the CBBC SF serial "The Demon Headmaster" (1996-1998).

From the days before VCRs, I have vivid memories of switching between Jon Pertwee's first year as "Doctor Who" and "UFO", broadcast at the same time, desperately wanting to watch both!

1 comment:

karensff said...

That is sad to hear. I remember the first time I watched UFO. My dad had bought a video for my mum as she loved the show. It only had two episodes and one of them was the introduction of Foster. Every time I watched it I wished we had more. A while ago I bought the DVDs because they were on sale and have watched them all a couple of times now.

Did you ever watch the kids TV series based on John Wyndhams book "Chocky"? I got that on DVD too because it was on sale and Bishop was in the second series.