Talking Pictures TV to broadcast Elstree Studios’ Take Two interviews
PUBLISHED: 17:19 10 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 April 2016
Elstree Studios’ 90th anniversary celebrations continue with a series of 12 televised interviews to be broadcast on Talking Pictures TV.
Which well-known British sitcom actor could have been adopted by Orson Welles?
Which 20-year-old actress had to sign a contract in which she couldn’t go in to a pub?
And which cinema icon almost got run over while making Ice Cold in Alex?
Well you can soon find out.
As part of Elstree’s 90th anniversary year, the famous Studios in Borehamwood is proud to announce a series of 12 televised interviews of well-known and affectionately remembered names and faces from Elstree’s long history.
The programmes receive their premiere broadcasts between Monday, April 11 and April 24 on Talking Pictures Television – Talking Pictures TV Sky 343, Freeview 81, Freesat 306 and YouView 81.
Made in-house and hosted by Elstree Studios chairman Morris Bright, a writer, broadcaster, and film and television historian, the series of 12 30-minute programmes is entitled Take Two.
Among those interviewed are Carry On actress Angela Douglas, the widow of late British actor Kenneth More, and British acting great Sylvia Syms.
Former Bond golden girl Shirley Eaton, who was memorably covered in gold paint for her role in Goldfinger, is also interviewed.
Jack Smethurst, best known for hit comedy series of the 1970s including controversial Love Thy Neighbour, and Valerie Leon, the only actress to appear in all the major British cinema franchises – Hammer Horror, Pink Panther, Bond and Carry On – are also featured.
There are also interviews with Hammer Horror starlet Madeline Smith, original Railway Children star Sally Thomsett, director and producer Marc Sinden, and sitcom favourite Vicki Michelle.
Actor Norman Eshley, of The Sweeney, Man About the House and George & Mildred fame, actress and presenter Jenny Hanley, and actress and writer Nanette Newman, the wife of the late Bryan Forbes, complete the list of people interviewed for the programmes.
The times of broadcast are as follows:
11th April 15:55 – Angela Douglas
11th April 00:45 – Angela Douglas
13th April 14:45 – Sylvia Syms
13th April 20:35 – Sylvia Syms
14th April 11:00 – Sylvia Syms
14th April 21:45 – Jack Smethurst
15th April 14:50 – Jack Smethurst
15th April 20:30 – Shirley Eaton
24th April 11:15 – Shirley Eaton
16th April 12:35 – Valerie Leon
17th April 20:50 – Madeline Smith
18th April 19:30 – Sally Thomsett
19th April 19:50 – Marc Sinden
20th April 20:50 – Vicki Michelle
21st April 20:25 – Norman Eshley
22nd April 20:15 – Nanette Newman
23rd April 10:30 – Jenny Hanley
* And the answers to the questions at the beginning? Norman Eshley, Sally Thomsett and Sylvia Sims.