by Darren Senior
Scooper Strikes Out
Jane Seymour OBE (Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg) b Hayes, Middlesex 15 February 1951
The daughter of Jewish family her father was from Poland and mother from Holland, Jane actually speaks fluent Dutch. As a child Jane was educated at the independent school The Arts Educational School in Tring. Jane took on the stage name "Jane Seymour", also the name of King Henry VIII's third wife, at the age of 17. Jane has had a long career which started in 1969 in a small uncredited role in Richard Attenborough's film version of Oh! What a Lovely War, she shortly afterwards married Richard’s son Michael they later divorced in 1973, this was to be the first of four marriages by Jane
Jane’s appearance in the Double Decker’s was only her third role, she now has well over one hundred film and television credits to her name. Her first major role that brought Jane to public prominence when she was cast as Emma Callon in The Onedin Line in 1972. The following year she gained national attention as Bond girl Solitaire in Live and Let Die with Roger Moore. .) In 1978, she played Serina, in the Battlestar Galactica motion picture, and then, in the first two episodes of the series that followed, until the character was killed.
In 1980, Seymour returned to the big screen in the comedy Oh Heavenly Dog opposite Chevy Chase, and as Elise McKenna in the romantic fantasy Somewhere in Time opposite Christopher Reeve. In 1982, she also starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, co-starring Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen. Seymour appeared nude in the 1984 film, Lassiter, co-starring Tom Selleck, but the film was a box office and commercial failure.
In 1993 Jane was cast Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn in the TV series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, it was on the set that she met he fourth husband actor and director James Keach. With Jane now resident in America she continues to be buying regularly appearing in various television shows and the occasional film appearance.
Jane is a celebrity ambassador, for the non-profit organisation, Childhelp. She regularly makes appearances at fund raisers, and events for the child abuse prevention, and treatment organisation, and is an ardent supporter. Jane has four children Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve were godparents to her two sons. It has been recently reported that she has just separated from her fourth husband James Keach. Jane is also an author and has released five books to date.
Sadly the only known screen appearance made by Bonnie is when she played the white rabbit in ‘Scooper Strikes Out’. It would be nice if any fan knew what happened to her.
Tim Barrett (Arthur Edward Barrett) b London 31/5/1929 d 20/8/1990 Belvedere, Kent
Tim was a popular character actor for over thirty years from the start of the sixties and was to make over a hundred film and television appearances. Perhaps his main role was when he replaced Terence Alexander in the popular sitcom Terry and June (1980-87) when he played Malcom Harris who was Terry Scott’s boss. Other notable contributions on television include Cribbins (1970), Keep It In The Family (1971), Come Back Mrs Noah (1978) and Rings On Their Fingers (1978-80). His last screen appearance was in the comedy Sob Sisters in 1989.
George Christopher Benson
George Christopher Benson (George Christopher Benson) b 11/1/1911 Cardiff, Wales d 17/6/1983 London
George was a notable character actor originally in theatre but later on television and film which started in the early thirties and continued until the seventies making over ninety television and film appearances plus numerous theatre productions. Welsh born George was educated at and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (where he was the Silver Medallist in 1930). He later served with the Royal Artillery for 6 years.
An ealry film role of George’s was appearing with George Formby in Keep Fit in 1937. From 1950 until 1965 George mainly appeared in small roles in various films before steadily moving focus to television, contributions included David Copperfield (1966), The Forsythe Saga (1967) and The World of Beachcomber (1968). His last screen appearance was as a regular in the television series Harriet’s Back In Town. George was at one time married to Joan Sterndale-Bennett’s (See below) sister Jane Ann.
See episode Happy Haunting
Joan Sterndale-Bennett b London 5/3/1914 d Hayling Island, Hampshire 27/3/1996
Joan was a British stage and film actress, best known as a character comedienne for her work at the Players Theatre in London. Joan was from a musical family her father Thomas Case Sterndale Bennett was a songwriter, entertainer and a grandson of the composer William Sterndale Bennett. Her mother Christine Bywater (d 1931) was a professional oratorio singer.
Leaving school Joan studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art her first professional engagement was in 1933 in Strange Orchestra at Worthing before moving to London's West End. In 1938 she joined the Players Theatre which was to be the start of a forty year association at the home of traditional music hall in London and which provided her with a platform to excel in that special direct relationship between the performer and audiences.
After studying During the Second World War she appeared in various intimate reviews and in the films We Dive at Dawn and Tawny Pipit. In 1951, in collaboration with Hattie Jacques, she adapted and wrote a Victorian pantomime based on Riquet with a Tuft as a special show for the Festival of Britain . , After four years starring as the French schoolmistress in the musical The Boy Friend she made her Broadway debut in Time Gentlemen Please! in which she was hailed as Britain's answer to Ethel Merman. In 1966 she gave a critically acclaimed performance in Barefoot in the Park to be followed by the long running comedy No Sex Please, We're British and finally starred alongside Margaret Rutherford and Kenneth Williams in The Nobel Spaniard by Somerset Maughan
Joan’s television and film appearances were very scarce with barely twenty credits to her name. Her most notable appearance being in Brighton Rock in 1947, her last screen appearance was in 1970 the same year as she appeared in The Double Decker’s. Surprisingly Joan was prone to stage fright. In her personal life she was briefly married to actor John Barron (1920-2004), he is best remembered for playing CJ in The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin as he played Rossiter’s domineering boss. When Joan retired she became become something of a recluse living with her stepmother Mary Maskelyne, a member of the famous illusionist family and later wardrobe mistress at the Players Theatre.
A supporting actor with over a hundred television and film appearances in a career that spanned nearly fifty years. John made his television debut in 1956 when he appeared in an episode of Douglas Firbanks Jnr Presents. Other well-known supporting appearances include The Saint (1962), The Avengers (1969), The Black Adder (1983) and his last appearance was in 2002 in the television drama series Doctors.
Denis Shaw (Denis Findlay Shaw) b Dulwich 7/4/1921 d London 28/2/1971
A busy character actor who was a large rotund man, with dark wavy hair and slanty eyes, who during a career of over thirty years became a useful supporting actor on television and in films. Denis made his debut in the television programme The Case of the Frightened Lady (1938) and later in the year appeared in another early television programme called General John Regan. The war interrupted his career and he was not seen again on the screen until 1951 when he appeared in the television drama programme Androcles and the Lion. In 1955 he starred as the German guard Priem in The Colditz Story, which also starred John Mills and Bryan Forbes.
Denis continued over the next few years mainly in television and he made guest appearances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1956) and Dixon of Dock Green (1958). In 1959 he played Mike in the horror film The Mummy with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, later that year he played the lead in The Great Van Robbery playing detective Caesar Smith. From 1954 until 1960 Denis was a regular guest in crime drama series The Vise making nearly twenty appearances. In 1961 he is billed as the second sinister passenger in Carry On Regardless and this is his only contribution to the series, later that year he played a gaelor in another horror film called The Curse of the Werewolf, this film helped launch Oliver Reed’s career as he played the werewolf.
Later television appearances included Z Cars (1965), Dangerman (1965), The Prisoner (1967) and The Avengers (1969). In 1970 he made his last screen appearance as a soldier in the children’s television series Here Come The Double Decker’s!, Denis died the following year of an heart attack aged only forty nine. In his private life Denis was a familiar face in the pubs of Soho in London and he is mentioned in Keith Waterhouses’s play ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’.
John Quayle b Lincoln 21/12/1938
A notable actor who is perhaps best remembered for comedy in such roles as All Gas and Gaiters, Terry and June, Steptoe and Son and The Liver Birds. John’s first main TV role was that of Jim Hawkins in the 1951 BBC serialisation of Treasure Island alongside Bernard Miles as Long John Silver. He also appeared in a 1952 episode of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School. His roles in the 1960s included appearances in The Power Game and No Hiding Place.
During the eighties John played two roles that he also fondly remembered for. Firstly, he played the Duke of Broughton in the BBC period drama Nanny. Secondly, in 1985 he became the third actor (after Terence Alexander and Tim Barrett) to play the Medfords' best friend Malcolm in the sitcom Terry and June. He also played a lead role in Yorkshire Television's sitcom Farrington of the F.O. alongside Joan Sims and Angela Thorne. In recent years Quayle has played Mr. Wilcox in Hippies, Anthony Stephens in Coronation Street, as well as roles in The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Monarch of the Glen, and Lab Rats.
In his personal life John and his wife Petronell use their farm house as an animal sanctuary.
At the time of the filming of series 2 of Farrington, John Quayle and his wife Petronell were using their farmhouse home as an animal sanctuary. They began in 1976 when they adopted two donkeys from Sidmouth Sanctuary. In 1984 they adopted their third donkey, Jacob. Other animals included a pony, a horse, three pugs, and a Russian Blue cat.
Yorkshire Television, Press Pack for Farrington Series Two.
Jackie Wright (John Wright) b c1905 Belfast, N Ireland d Jan 189 Belfast, N Ireland
This entry is almost certainly Jackie Wright not John Wright as shown in the credits on ‘Scooper Strikes Out’, having watched the episode you can clearly see the third soldier is Jackie Wright not John Wright. I the Movie Database the entry of John Wright has only two other listings. However anyone who is a Benny Hill fan will clearly see its Jackie Wright in the episode so as a result it is him who in my opinion is correctly given his credit in the episode after more than forty years.
Jackie was one of twelve children born in Belfast, early in his adult life Jackie started as a body builder in the car trade and he even went and worked in America upholstering Cadillac’s. After the depression he came back to Belfast and then began working in the field of entertainment, first as a musician and then as a supporting comedian. Jackie made his first television appearance in 1963 when he guested on The Dick Emery Show.
Jackie real break came in 1968 when Benny Hill persuaded him to join his troupe. At the time, Hill was ending his stint with the BBC, and starting a 20 year relationship with Thames Television. Hill usually referred to him as "Little Jackie" or "our little Donny Osmond" on the television programme. Jackie also appeared on the short-lived programme Whoops Baghdad in 1973. Wright gained a cult following when edited-down versions of the Benny Hill programmes began airing in syndication in the US in the late 1970s. Jackie stayed with the show until 1983 when poor health forced him to retire (Jackie had been a long time heavy smoker).
Bob Hornery b Australia
An occasional actor from the early sixties Bob’s most notable appearances include playing shape in the sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel (1981) which also featured Joanna Lumley and David McCallum and from 1996 to 2007 he has appeared occasionally as Tom Kennedy in the Aussie soap Neighbours. In addition as well as a number of various stage roles, Bob appeared in the stage production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" as the "Rev. Canon Chasuble". The production was so popular that it was an ongoing stage production between 1988 and 1992, and was televised by the ABC.