by Darren Senior
Up To Scratch
Timothy Bateson (Timothy Dingwall Bateson) b London 3/4/1926 d London 16/9/2009
The son of Dingwall Bateson (1898-1967) a top solicitor and President of The Law Society who was knighted by the Queen, Dingwall’s father had also been a top solicitor.
As a child Timothy attended Uppingham School and then studied at Wadham College, Oxford. However Timothy did not want to follow in the family footsteps and he became an actor making his screen debut in 1947 and he was to become a well-known supporting character actor making nearly two hundred screen and television appearances.
Ann Lancaster b London 5/5/1920 d London 31/10/1970
A busy character actress who was seen in many films and television programmes from the early fifties. Ann was also a noted comedienne whose voice was used extensively to portray children in many programmes, which was later used for countless commercials. Ann began her professional life in rep and she made her screen debut in film The Magic Box in 1952. She was also seen in three episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour from 1957 to 1959.
In 1962 she was cast as Mrs. Dowling in the comedy The Lamp in Assassin Mews, in 1965 she played a woman shopkeeper in I’ve Gotta A Horse, a film vehicle for singer Billy Fury, the cast also included the group The Batchelor’s, Amanda Barrie and Peter Gilmore. In 1968 she guest starred in the comedies Till Death Us Do Part and Please Sir! In 1969 she played Miss Armitage in Carry On Doctor.
In 1970 she starred as Ruth in the film The Railway Children with Bernard Cribbins and Jenny Agutter and her last screen role was in the children’s television series Here Come The Double Decker’s!. Later that year and she sadly died of cancer in October. For a number of years’ Ann was also the voice behind the commercial Ajax which had the slogan 'It cleans like a white tornado' and she was a regular on ‘Mrs Dale’s Diary’ on radio.