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Claudius - The Shock of RecognitionUpdates

Posted by Henderson Fri, April 19, 2019 06:35:53

Tony Richardson effectively preserved his Roundhouse production in the Nicol Williamson film version of Hamlet. Young Anthony Hopkins plays the adulterous uncle of Hamlet (no wonder they drove the kid crazy). This means Patrick Wymark's performance as Claudius in the US tour was never recorded.

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But we may get some hint of Wymark's performance from the Argo records production, reviewed on John Owen's Argonaut blog: "Wymark giving a beautiful account of a man who has succeeded so completely in an evil deed, that he is blown to pieces the first time he is brought face to face with an account of his deeds." Ironically, some productions twin the Ghost with Claudius, but here the Ghost of Hamlet's father is played by William (Sir Gerald Merle) Devlin



West 11 on TPTVUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sat, March 30, 2019 08:37:44

A chance to see Patrick Wymark in West 11 at 9pm, Saturday 30 March on Talking Pictures TV.

Blog imageWymark plays Father Hogan, the family priest consulted by troubled outsider Alfred Lynch in Michael Winner's 1963 adaptation of Laura Del Rivo's novel about life in Notting Hill. With overtones of Strangers On A Train the movie also features Wymark's friend and director Harold Lang as "Silent", an enigmatic character on the edge of Lynch's community. You can read more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/West.html

The JudgeUpdates

Posted by Henderson Mon, March 11, 2019 18:19:48

1 March 1967: Patrick Wymark starred in John Mortimer's play 'The Judge' at the Cambridge Theatre. A year later, on 12 March 1968, Wymark starred in the TV adaptation as part of the 'Playhouse' strand.


Blog imageMortimer would later create TV's cynical barrister, Rumpole of the Bailey, but The Judge was far more challenging than the loveable iconoclast played by Leo McKern. At first the plot seems like a variation on Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit , before veering off in a totally different direction . http://www.wymark.org.uk/judge.html

Callan Director's Past Links to HunterUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sun, March 03, 2019 15:46:01

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A link to John Owen's Argonaut blog illuminates tomorrow night's screening of 'The Good Ones Are All Dead', the first episode of 'Callan' which Talking Pictures TV is screening at 9pm on Monday 5th March.

In 1957, Toby Robertson was appearing with Patrick Wymark in Peter Brook's production of 'The Tempest' - from August 13 1957 at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford - and from December 5 1957 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Wymark played the drunken butler Stephano, while Robertson played Adrian.

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By 1962 Robertson was directing Nicol Williamson and Rita Tushingham in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court, and by 1963 he was assistant director to Peter Brook on the film 'Lord of the Flies'. Robertson was also building a parallel career with ABC as a TV director. So it was that he helmed the hard-hitting first episode of 'Callan'. In this episode, Edward Woodward stars opposite Ronald Radd as his controller, Hunter. In future episodes, to be screened on TPTV, Hunter will be played by William Squire. And so it is that we look back at the Argo Records adaptation of Henry IV part 2, where Toby Robertson as Silence, shares a scene with William Squire as Justice Shallow: "so deadpan it could be something out of theatre of the absurd. Not funny but oddly fascinating." https://argonautblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/deconstruction-work/












The Psychopath PodcastUpdates

Posted by Henderson Tue, February 12, 2019 18:43:45


Blog imageA mysterious assassin killing members of a wartime commission, leaving dolls with their likenesses in his wake! Patrick Wymark stars as the detective investigating the case in a script by Robert Bloch. Tonight we discuss the Amicus horror movies, The Psychopath with Dr Terror in our new 26 minute podcast. You can hear it here

Danton's DeathUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sat, February 02, 2019 20:06:02


Blog imageJanuary 25th 1959 - Patrick Wymark starred in Danton's Death at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Georg Buechner's play was adapted by James Maxwell (who appeared in the play and would later play Colin Townley in The Power Game ). Wymark starred as the French Revolutionary leader who later became a victim of the guillotine. Harold Lang played Robespierre and Patrick McGoohan played St Just. Read more here

Special Envoy: A New world of WildersUpdates

Posted by Henderson Wed, October 31, 2018 07:06:34

It appears that Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is a fan of The Power Game. News emerges this morning that he plans to appoint business leaders as Ambassadors.

Blog imageThis, of course, replicates the situation in the third series of The Power Game : Special Envoy (1969) where Patrick Wymark as Sir John Wilder is appointed Ambassador for Special Situations and Trade. http://www.wymark.org.uk/power942.html

The ChampionsUpdates

Posted by Henderson Tue, October 30, 2018 22:45:34

Wednesday 30th October 1968: Patrick Wymark guest stars in "Operation Deep Freeze", an episode of "The Champions" premiered on this day on ATV and Yorkshire TV (the episode was screened on other days across the country).

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Wymark played a South American dictator setting off nuclear bomb tests from a secret base in Antarctica and was quoted as complaining that, "I don't know why nobody ever gives me comedy roles on television. I've done more comedy on the stage than drama. See more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/champ.html