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    British Character Actors

    Still 1925 on Wikipedia.
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    British Character Actors

    Geoffrey Chater (100) {Foyle's War etc}, William Russell (96) {Sir Lancelot, Dr Who - an original companion in 1963}, Robert Fyffe (96) {The Last of the Summer Wine}, Pete Murray (96 on 25/9) { best known as a DJ but occasional appearances elsewhere} all worth considering for next year.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    I read that Illingworth is the only survivor of the very first Question of Sport filmed many decades ago. There's been a lot of publicity about the show this week as there is a new presenter to replace Sue Barker & also new team captains. The 'cosy club' is no more - one red top says it was a nice little earner for them as the 3 of them would go round the country with the show.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    Definitely. Harvey was as famous in his era as Keith Miller & Richie Benaud were. Miller is remembered probably as he was more extrovert (like Botham, Grace, Stokes) & Benaud for his second career as a commentator in both England & Australia. Benaud seemed to work for whatever channel was televising the cricket & he married the amanuensis (not a euphemism!) of E W Swanton - a legendary cricket writer who was known for his snobbishness. He was born in Catford but said it was Forest Hill & was so pompous that Ray Illingworth said he was too much of a snob to ride in the same car as his chauffeur!!
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    The 100 Club

    Alastair McAllister (b 19 Dec 1920) is now the world's oldest living first class cricketer. A mere youngster comapred to Eileen Ash who will be 110 next month.
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    World's Oldest

    You obviously meant 118 but still a mystery.
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    The Fringes Of Fame/family Of The Famous

    Margaret Everly (aged 102) has now outlived both her famous sons.
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    Mollie Sugden et al

    Certainly untouched photos reveal a different tale to the airbrushed publicity stills. Only this week 'natural' photos of Joan Collins, Kate Garraway & Louise Mitchin have been in the press & they certainly look their real age whereas Joan passes normally for 65ish, Kate for 40ish & Louise for 35ish.
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    Mohamed Al Fayed

    Paul Burrell will be wheeled out in front of the media if MAF's health deteriorates.
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    Prince Andrew

    She may have been barely 17 but probably could have passed for 13 or 14 which could be why she was being shipped & shopped around. While your point is valid, if she had been 18 (not much older than his daughters were at the time) his Randy Andy act might have been less abhorrent - although Fergie won't hear a word aginst him & says he discusses football with his babygrandchild.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    In an autobiography many years ago, Boycott wrote that he was very rarely out in the 'Nervous Nineties' so either 80-89 or 100+?
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    Ideas and possibilities 2022

    Peter Cellier (93) who was a smooth civil servant in Yes Minister must be worth considering as must Sir Humphrey's boss John Nettleton (91). Also Geoffrey Chater (100), William Russell (96), Robert Fyffe (95), Stanley Baxter (95), Doreen Mantle (94), Leonard Fenton (94) & Joss Ackland (93).
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    UK Singles Chart

    Teddie Beverley - the last surviving member of the Beverley Sisters - is 94 & worth considering.
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    Jean Marsh

    Both of Jon Pertwee's former wives are still alive as are those of John Thaw. Other famous actors who died a long time ago but still have a living spouse are John Gregory who died back in 1975 & played Gideon of the Yard. His widow Thea Gregory (nee Reddish) is 95 this year. Ray Barrett inThe Troubleshooters died in 2009 & may still have all 3 of his former wives alive. Eric Morecombe died 37 years ago & his widow Joan is on TV this week reminiscing with her children.
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    The 100 Club

    She may not be interenationally known but Eileen Whelan (Ash) is 110 later this year. She played test cricket for England before WW2 & is the only cricketer alive who overlapped with W G Grace (1848-1915).

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