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25 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

Gwyneth Guthrie, the redoubtable Mrs Mack in Take The High Road, reportedly dead aged 84: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/take-high-road-star-gwyneth-25432255

 

Sutherland's Law and Taggart among her other TV roles, though a radio voice for years.

 

RIP.

That show has the most magical and heavenly  theme tune. 

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2 hours ago, YoungWillz said:

Gwyneth Guthrie, the redoubtable Mrs Mack in Take The High Road, reportedly dead aged 84: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/take-high-road-star-gwyneth-25432255

 

Sutherland's Law and Taggart among her other TV roles, though a radio voice for years.

 

RIP.

Played her twin sister Florence as well in High Road which was much more like the real actress apparently. Mrs Mack was a tremendous character in the 80s - became softer as the years went by. And was the inspiration for a certain Mrs Overall name! 

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Getting rumbles that Alec Monteith who played Dougal Lachlan in Take The High Road also died on Tuesday. Alex also an STV /BBC announcer in the day from memory. 

 

Edit - Wiki has it.

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30 minutes ago, Philheybrookbay1 said:

Getting rumbles that Alec Monteith who played Dougal Lachlan in Take The High Road also died on Tuesday. Alex also an STV /BBC announcer in the day from memory. 

 

Edit - Wiki has it.


He died on March 9th aged 79.

 

Check the Detective thread.

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Mrs Mack's hats... oh dear! :D

 

Sad news. Always used to pop in at Luss whenever we were travelling in the area.

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My mum used to be an avid watcher back in the day and, as a young man, I'd casually glance over at it and, well, I liked it!

I never remembered her real name but, like Dougal, Mrs Mack was pretty iconic.

I think it showed a Scotland that the rest of the UK didn't really know existed, a beautiful place etc. etc.

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6 hours ago, Philheybrookbay1 said:

Played her twin sister Florence as well in High Road which was much more like the real actress apparently. Mrs Mack was a tremendous character in the 80s - became softer as the years went by. And was the inspiration for a certain Mrs Overall name! 

I always assumed that Mrs Overall was based on Crossroads 'I will just stand there like a lemon because I have forgotten my lines' Amy Turtle.

She even had the same accent.

Just sayin, like.

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4 hours ago, Ulitzer95 said:


He died on March 9th aged 79.

 

Check the Detective thread.

Do I detect the tiniest of tiny hints of irritation there?:lol:

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38 minutes ago, Lord Fellatio Nelson said:

I always assumed that Mrs Overall was based on Crossroads 'I will just stand there like a lemon because I have forgotten my lines' Amy Turtle.

She even had the same accent.

Just sayin, like.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/content/articles/2007/01/25/victoria_wood_acorn_antiques_interview_feature.shtml
 

Victoria Wood said in this interview they both inspired Mrs Overall. 

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19 minutes ago, Lord Fellatio Nelson said:

Do I detect the tiniest of tiny hints of irritation there?:lol:


Yes.

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9 hours ago, Lord Fellatio Nelson said:

Do I detect the tiniest of tiny hints of irritation there?:lol:

I thought so. Very passive aggressive. 

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9 hours ago, Ulitzer95 said:


Yes.

My apologies, as someone working yesterday I didn’t have chance to stop, think and wonder if he died in the Spring- give the Equity release from 9th Nov only hit The TTHR fan groups yesterday just after Gwyneths announcement. 
 

Next time I will personally scour the three forums before posting anything to satisfy your demands. 
 

Edit- just discovered sadly Peter Falk has died. (is it too late to post and be first….)

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5 hours ago, Philheybrookbay1 said:

My apologies, as someone working yesterday I didn’t have chance to stop, think and wonder if he died in the Spring- give the Equity release from 9th Nov only hit The TTHR fan groups yesterday just after Gwyneths announcement. 
 

Next time I will personally scour the three forums before posting anything to satisfy your demands. 
 

Edit- just discovered sadly Peter Falk has died. (is it too late to post and be first….)


No need to do that. Just use the search function. That's what it's there for. It's quick, polite and saves us all time repeating ourselves.

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Lisa Brown, who had roles on As the World Turns and Guiding Light, but whose longest tenure was as an acting coach on the latter for over 40 years, has died. She was 67. Brown appeared in 144 episodes of ATWT spread out over 21 years and 94 episodes of GL spread out over 29 years Her acting coach credit was for 1,419 episodes.

 

https://deadline.com/2021/11/lisa-brown-dies-guiding-light-as-the-world-turns-1234881060/

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There’s a good thread running on the Crossroads fan site on Facebook about actors still alive and some telling comments. 
 

Jane Rossington (Jill) is in very poor health aged 78.

 

David Lawton (Chef Mr Booth) is 96 and still going strong. He’s losing his sight and hearing by all accounts but still living at home and supported by his friends. 

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1 hour ago, Philheybrookbay1 said:

There’s a good thread running on the Crossroads fan site on Facebook about actors still alive and some telling comments. 
 

Jane Rossington (Jill) is in very poor health aged 78.

 

David Lawton (Chef Mr Booth) is 96 and still going strong. He’s losing his sight and hearing by all accounts but still living at home and supported by his friends. 

Guaranteed Obit for Jane Rossington when she goes. David Lawton 50/50 Obit chance. 

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47 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

George Little, who appeared in a couple of episodes of The Crusade for Doctor Who, being reported dead aged 93: https://www.britmovie.co.uk/forum/cinema/obituaries/104536-george-little-1928-2022-rip (Can't link to FB)

 

Played the part of Hone in Fiddler On The Roof, and Reverend Edward Ruskin in Emmerdale Farm.

 

Notable character actor, worth checking his credits on IMDB at the link above..

For those diehard Emmerdale fans and from the time I was watching it, here's George Little's first appearance on Emmerdale. I've been nice and started it at Part Two when he comes in, Ah, Amos Brearley et al, when soaps were soaps and not turgid fireballs of death and fury.

 

 

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Ok one constructive post while I'm here ....

 

any Corrie geek knows the show was originally commissioned for just 13 episodes, which is quite astonishing given it's now on 10,535 and counting and surely not a million years from it's 13,000th episode. (around 2030 based on fag packet calculations if it carries on at a stupid 6 weekly episodes)

Named characters from the first 13 episodes of the long running soap. 

19th February 1896 - 31st March 1984 - Jack Howarth (Albert Tatlock)
8th March 1897 - 1st January 1988 - Margot Bryant (Minnie Cadwell)
1st September 1898 - 26th December 1983 - Violet Carson (Ena Sharples)
3rd February 1899 - 16th November 1994 - Doris Speed (Annie Walker)
4th September 1899 - 2nd April 1984 - Frank Crawshaw (Arnold Tanner)
8th December 1899 - 30th June 1970 - Arthur Leslie (Jack Walker)
16th October 1906 - 24th March 1991 - Maudie Edwards (Elsie Lappin)
25th July 1907 - 8th February 1989 - Cyril Luckham (Dr Tinsley)
15th September 1910 - 18th April 1985 - Dorothy Frere (Hetty)
2nd October 1911 - 5th January 2005 - Gabrielle Daye (Beattie Pearson)
10th December 1912 - 17th July 2000 - Joan Heath (May Hardman)
29th June 1914 - 30th June 1990 - Lynne Caroll (Martha Longhurst)
14th September 1914 - 26th March 1971 - Frank Pemberton (Frank Barlow)
22nd September 1915 - 15th April 1982 - Arthur Lowe (Leonard Swindley)
23rd December 1916 - 29th June 1935 - Noel Dyson (Ida Barlow)
18th April 1918 - 8th November 2005 - Avril Angers (Norah Dawson)
31st October 1919 - 21st December 2012 - Daphne Oxenford (Esther Hayes)
1st April 1920 - 22nd November 1995 - Joan Francis (Dot Greenhalgh)
27th January 1922 - 18th May 1991 - Betty Alberge (Florrie Lindley)
26th November 1923 - 17th September 1986 - Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner)
10th April 1924 - 31st December 2017 - Doreen Keogh (Concepta Riley)
10th January 1926 - 4th July 1994 - Ray Mort (Ron Bailey)
22nd April 1926 - 24th December 1997 - Ivan Beavis (Harry Hewitt)
17th November 1927 - Alive (Ernst Walder)
9th February 1929 - 29th November 2001 - Ruth Holden (Vera Lomax)
9th October 1931 - 25th September 2017 - Anthony Booth (Malcolm Wilkinson)
12th November 1931 - 23rd November 2000 - Brian Rawlinson (Joe Makinson)
25th April 1932 - Alive - William Roache (Ken Barlow)
22nd June 1932 - Alive - Prunella Scales (Eileen Hughes)
21st November 1932 - 2nd July 2010 - Beryl Bainbridge (Sheila Birtles)
1935 - 19th August 2019 - Anna Gymer (Glynis)
January 1935 - 10th June 2008 - David Brierley (Milo)
13th September 1935 - Alive - Angela Crow (Doreen Lostock)
20th June 1936 - Alive - Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner)
9th February 1937 - Alive - Alan Rothwell (David Barlow)
1st March 1937 - Anne Cunningham (Linda Tanner)
22nd March 1939 - 12th August 1986 - Christine Hargreaves (Christine Hardman)
6th November 1942 - Alive - Patricia Shakesby (Susan Cunningham)
10th January 1945 - 5 October 2006 - Jennifer Moss (Lucille Hewitt)

It's perhaps unsurprising most are now dead 60 years later. 

Unknown - Eileen Mayers (Sheila Birtles)

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8 hours ago, SameOldStory said:

Ok one constructive post while I'm here ....

 

any Corrie geek knows the show was originally commissioned for just 13 episodes, which is quite astonishing given it's now on 10,535 and counting and surely not a million years from it's 13,000th episode. (around 2030 based on fag packet calculations if it carries on at a stupid 6 weekly episodes)

Named characters from the first 13 episodes of the long running soap. 

19th February 1896 - 31st March 1984 - Jack Howarth (Albert Tatlock)
8th March 1897 - 1st January 1988 - Margot Bryant (Minnie Cadwell)
1st September 1898 - 26th December 1983 - Violet Carson (Ena Sharples)
3rd February 1899 - 16th November 1994 - Doris Speed (Annie Walker)
4th September 1899 - 2nd April 1984 - Frank Crawshaw (Arnold Tanner)
8th December 1899 - 30th June 1970 - Arthur Leslie (Jack Walker)
16th October 1906 - 24th March 1991 - Maudie Edwards (Elsie Lappin)
25th July 1907 - 8th February 1989 - Cyril Luckham (Dr Tinsley)
15th September 1910 - 18th April 1985 - Dorothy Frere (Hetty)
2nd October 1911 - 5th January 2005 - Gabrielle Daye (Beattie Pearson)
10th December 1912 - 17th July 2000 - Joan Heath (May Hardman)
29th June 1914 - 30th June 1990 - Lynne Caroll (Martha Longhurst)
14th September 1914 - 26th March 1971 - Frank Pemberton (Frank Barlow)
22nd September 1915 - 15th April 1982 - Arthur Lowe (Leonard Swindley)
23rd December 1916 - 29th June 1935 - Noel Dyson (Ida Barlow)
18th April 1918 - 8th November 2005 - Avril Angers (Norah Dawson)
31st October 1919 - 21st December 2012 - Daphne Oxenford (Esther Hayes)
1st April 1920 - 22nd November 1995 - Joan Francis (Dot Greenhalgh)
27th January 1922 - 18th May 1991 - Betty Alberge (Florrie Lindley)
26th November 1923 - 17th September 1986 - Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner)
10th April 1924 - 31st December 2017 - Doreen Keogh (Concepta Riley)
10th January 1926 - 4th July 1994 - Ray Mort (Ron Bailey)
22nd April 1926 - 24th December 1997 - Ivan Beavis (Harry Hewitt)
17th November 1927 - Alive (Ernst Walder)
9th February 1929 - 29th November 2001 - Ruth Holden (Vera Lomax)
9th October 1931 - 25th September 2017 - Anthony Booth (Malcolm Wilkinson)
12th November 1931 - 23rd November 2000 - Brian Rawlinson (Joe Makinson)
25th April 1932 - Alive - William Roache (Ken Barlow)
22nd June 1932 - Alive - Prunella Scales (Eileen Hughes)
21st November 1932 - 2nd July 2010 - Beryl Bainbridge (Sheila Birtles)
1935 - 19th August 2019 - Anna Gymer (Glynis)
January 1935 - 10th June 2008 - David Brierley (Milo)
13th September 1935 - Alive - Angela Crow (Doreen Lostock)
20th June 1936 - Alive - Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner)
9th February 1937 - Alive - Alan Rothwell (David Barlow)
1st March 1937 - Anne Cunningham (Linda Tanner)
22nd March 1939 - 12th August 1986 - Christine Hargreaves (Christine Hardman)
6th November 1942 - Alive - Patricia Shakesby (Susan Cunningham)
10th January 1945 - 5 October 2006 - Jennifer Moss (Lucille Hewitt)

It's perhaps unsurprising most are now dead 60 years later. 

Unknown - Eileen Mayers (Sheila Birtles)

In fairness, with one of two exceptions there was some decent longevity here especially in the female actors of the early years with at least four making it into their 90s and several more into their late 80s. 

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17th November 1927 - Alive (Ernst Walder)

 

Who Played Ernst Walder?

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Stephen Churchett probably best known as Phil Mitchell's original lawyer Marcus Christie in EastEnders has died aged 74, also appeared in Brittas Empire as Counsellor who tried to get of Gordon Brittas. 

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Tonight’s episode of Eastenders was dedicated to the make up Artist Jane Cole who has sadly died.

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14 hours ago, The Old Crem said:

Tonight’s episode of Eastenders was dedicated to the make up Artist Jane Cole who has sadly died.


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Wasn't sure where to post this but went for this thread in the end. Former Emmerdale executive producer between 1975 and 1979 (272 episodes in all), David Cunliffe, died on New Year's Day.

Also had a long and distinguished career in television as a director. 

 

https://twitter.com/GregScottTV/status/1481688912863154179

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