Brian Blessed stars at Hatfield film screening

PUBLISHED: 11:14 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:14 22 November 2013

Brian Blessed at the Elstree Film Season screening of Flash Gordon at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

Brian Blessed at the Elstree Film Season screening of Flash Gordon at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield


ACTOR, adventurer and raconteur Brian Blessed made a special guest appearance at a film screening of Flash Gordon in Hatfield.

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The boisterous bearded British thespian helped launch the third Elstree Film Season at The Weston Auditorium, on the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland Campus, last night (Thursday).

He attended a screening of ’80s cult classic Flash Gordon, in which he played Prince Vultan, and took part in a question and answer session about the film, which was shot at Elstree.

Steve Hudziak (@shudziak) tweeted after the event: “Brian Blessed tore the roof off of the UH western auditourium, the best and most insane Q&A ever! #gordonsalive”

The Elstree screening was introduced by Paul Welsh MBE, chairman of Elstree Screen Heritage.

The second film in the season on Thursday, November 28 is the Jim Henson movie The Great Muppet Caper (U), featuring all the best-loved Muppets characters hunting down jewel thieves in London.

Ahead of the movie, The Elstree Project will be showing some exclusive clips with people who worked on the film.

A cult television double bill follows for the third screening on Thursday, December 12, including 70s science-fiction UFO created by Gerry Anderson, and the supernatural private detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

For the third screening, organisers have a new exclusive interview with Randall and Hopkirk star Kenneth Cope.

The Elstree Project is an ongoing history project, created in partnership between the Hatfield-based University of Hertfordshire and Elstree Screen Heritage.

Since September 2010, veterans of major film and TV productions have been interviewed about their careers and life in the film industry, and these interviews have been collated to form short documentaries.

Tickets for screenings, which start at 7pm, are £4 and can be purchased from the UHArts box office on 01707 281127 or online at

For more information about The Elstree Project visit

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