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Dear Club Members,

As I write your newsletter it's with great sadness that I am told that dear Liz Fraser has passed away. She was a great friend to us all and we had a lot of fun filming her 'Liz Fraser Day' on Talking Pictures TV some time ago. I have very fond memories of Neill and I driving her and Brodie the dog home from the days shoot, Liz had possibly had a couple of Gin and Tonics and it was without a doubt the funniest hour of my life. Our only solace is that Talking Pictures TV can keep her memory alive by airing all the wonderful films and shows she worked on so generations to come will know the name 'Liz Fraser'.
This month we have tried something a bit different - to give you a 'cinema' experience our New Release box set not only includes Incredible films NEVER before released on DVD - The Agitator, The Common Touch, Bob's Your Uncle, He Found a Star and Second Best Bed, but each screen "programme" also has a short, a newsreel or a cartoon before the main feature along with the national anthem at the end! So grab your Lyon's Maid, take your seat in the 1 and 9's and enjoy these great films - the whole box set with all the films and shorts is just £20 with free UK postage.
Tickets are selling fast for our Annual Festival of Film in 2019 there is some more information about the new wonderful venue and the location on pages 6 and 7, so do book your tickets quick. We are not quite ready to announce the stars just yet - but I assure you it's already an impressive line-up and 'lost' films and shorts are being prepared in the restoration department with Noel.
Photos from our 'Reel Streets' Routemaster Bus Tour will be in next month's newsletter as this event is just a few days away. Let's hope the weather is kind.
Some terrific premieres this month and next on the Talking Pictures TV. Do have a look on pages 14 & 15, which also lists our biggest month yet for films showing with subtitles, in our ongoing commitment to this service!
We are thrilled to be able to premiere a classic series this month, for which we have had many requests to show, Alfred Burke in PUBLIC EYE. With many of the earlier episodes lost, we will be starting the series from the first complete season from 1969. It will begin on Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 8pm, then every weekday evening at 8pm.

Thank you for your support and please keep spreading the word!
Best wishes,

Noel, Sarah and Neill.

STOP PRESS.... As we go to press the sad news has broken that Fenella Fielding has died. We know how happy she was that we had managed to license The Old Dark House and bring the film to British TV screens, our thoughts are with all who knew her at this sad time.

Renown Pictures New DVD Box Set:

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The Flicks
Renown Film Festival 2019

Renown Pictures are delighted to present a new box set collection - the first of its kind - to recreate the cinema experience of the 1940s and 50s with a good old fashioned afternoon at the flicks, with a newsreel, a short and main feature with the National Anthem at the end! Many of the titles are released on this 3 Disc DVD box set for the first time.

The main feature films are; THE AGITATOR (1945) Directed by John Harlow and starring William Hartnell, Mary Morris, John Laurie and Moore Marriott. In this formerly "lost" film, a young British socialist unexpectedly inherits a large firm, a factory where he works as a union mechanic. But this in turn, forces him to question his own core beliefs. HE FOUND A STAR (1941) Directed by John Paddy Carstairs. Starring Vic Oliver, Sarah Churchill and Evelyn Dall. A stage manager starts a theatrical agency with the intention of finding unknown talent and making them stars, in yet another formerly "lost" film DVD debut! BOB'S YOUR UNCLE (1942) Directed by Oswald Mitchell. Starring Albert Modley, Wally Patch, H.F. Maltby, Johnnie Schofield and Bert Linden. This rare British comedy film portrays the enthusiastic members of a Home Guard unit. Home guardsman Albert is in love with Dolly, the daughter of Commanding Officer Diehard. In order to impress her, Albert tries to raise funds to buy a tank for the village. (Incidentally, "Bob's your uncle" is a British expression of unknown origin, that means "and there it is" or "and there you have it.") SHE KNOWS Y'KNOW (1962) Directed by Montgomery Tully. Starring Hylda Baker, Cyril Smith, Peter Myers, Linda Castle, Tim Connor, Alfred Burke, Leonard Sachs and Joan Sanderson. The studious son of a working-class matriarch gets in trouble with the attractive daughter of a middle-class family, who accuse him of being responsible for getting her pregnant. Hylda Baker was hugely popular on the variety theatre stage as well as starring in television situation comedies. The film borrowed her famous catch phrase for its title.

SECOND BEST BED (1938) Directed by Tom Walls. Starring Tom Walls, Jane Baxter, Veronica Rose, Carl Jaffe, Greta Gynt, Edward Lexy and Tyrell Davis. This comedy romance made at Shepperton Studios is based on a story by Ben Travers, who also adapted it for the screenplay. The film concerns a newly married couple who run into domestic difficulties when the wife refuses to obey her husband's every order! The beautiful sets were designed by Walter Murton, who had been active in the film industry since the silent days. THE COMMON TOUCH (1941) Directed by John Baxter. Starring Greta Gynt, Geoffrey Hibbert, Joyce Howard, Harry Welchman Edward Rigby. On the death of his father, young Peter Henderson leaves school to take over the family firm in the City of London. Realising the other directors want to keep him in the dark, he starts asking questions and is soon undercover in a hostel, which will disappear if a company building project goes ahead.A CRY FROM THE STREETS (1958) Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Starring Max Bygraves, Barbara Murray, Colin Petersen, Dana Wilson, Kathleen Harrison, Dean Barrett, Mona Washbourne and features music by Larry Adler. Social worker Ann Fairlie, is assigned to help a group of orphans that live in a poverty-stricken institution located in a rough part of town. When Ann quickly forms an attachment to the children, who come from very tragic backgrounds, she also becomes smitten with Bill Lowther, an electrician who is working at the orphanage and forms a bond with the children. This superb box set also contains a cavalcade of shorts, cartoons and newsreels; BONUS FEATURES; Glimpses: News Thrills of 1942, Felix Follows the Swallows (1925), The Day Begins Early (1948), Butch and Billy in their Bang-Bang Western Plot (1961), Glimpses: Yesterday Lives Again, Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp (1934), Call of the Wild (1947), Glimpses: Celebrity Crazy Cricket in the 1950s and each programme concluding with The National Anthem.
The good old days of an afternoon at the cinema are back in this wonderful collection. Order your box set today and start to relive those memories now!

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LIZ FRASER (1930-2018).

Liz Fraser The legendary Liz Fraser was the beautiful, bosomy blonde in a clutch of film comedies that we all knew and loved. Her first substantial film role came in the industrial relations satire, I'm All Right Jack (1959), as Cynthia, daughter of Fred Kite, the bolshie shop steward that made Peter Sellers a star. The Boulting brothers who made it, were struggling to cast Cynthia, and when Liz Fraser was initially seen by the director John Boulting, he took one look at her and said "No."
"He couldn't be bothered because it was lunchtime," she later recalled, "but he said: 'Have make-up do something and I'll see her after lunch.' So they put me in a different bra and a very tight sweater and a long wig and eyelashes so I couldn't even recognise myself. Then I did the audition for John and I got the part.""He couldn't be bothered because it was lunchtime," she later recalled, "but he said: 'Have make-up do something and I'll see her after lunch.' So they put me in a different bra and a very tight sweater and a long wig and eyelashes so I couldn't even recognise myself. Then I did the audition for John and I got the part."
Liz Fraser had already established herself on TV having appeared regularly in a live daily serial Sixpenny Corner (ITV, 1955-56), among the first soap operas broadcast on British television. But the film role as Cynthia fixed her as a sex symbol in the public's mind and led to being typecast as the slightly provocative blonde in some of the Carry On films.
In the meantime she had been cast as the comedian Tony Hancock's love interest in the popular radio series Hancock's Half Hour, which later transferred to television. Largely underrated on the strength of these comedy performances, she had always wanted to play the straight parts that did eventually come her way, starting with a housewife who commits suicide in Live Now - Pay Later and as the blackmailer Jo Lake in the thriller The Painted Smile (both 1962). Liz appeared with Peter Sellers again as his girlfriend Ethel in Two Way Stretch (1960), and found herself the object of his attentions off screen when he repeatedly tried to seduce her. "He wined and dined me at his Hampstead penthouse and another time locked me in his dressing room having invited me there for lunch," she remembered. "He had treated a girlfriend of mine badly, so I didn't quite go there."
During the 1970s she surfaced on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), appeared in guest spots on The Benny Hill Show, Robin's Nest and Rumpole of the Bailey. She joined Robin Askwith for two films in the 'Confessions of' franchise and with Rodney Bewes, in the ITV sitcom Albert! directed by her second husband Bill Hitchcock. She kept busy throughout the 70s and 80s and was still appearing on radio, television and occasional films as the new millennium began. Liz also found herself a whole new audience on the film convention circuit and regularly appeared for interviews and film screenings.
In recent years she appeared at the Renown Festival of Film, where she stole the show with her stories of her career, accompanied as always by her beloved dog, Brodie and celebrated her 84th birthday on Talking Pictures TV's 'Liz Fraser Day' (image above).
Liz was preparing to take part in a Carry On-themed cruise in the Mediterranean at the end of this month to mark the 60th anniversary of the series, but sadly passed away on Thursday 6th September 2018, but her films will ensure she will be with us for always.

© Paul Goodhead 2018.

THE GENTLE TOUCH - The Complete Series

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Every episode from all five series in one crime busting 17 DVD disc box set!

The first police series to show a woman at Detective Inspector level, The Gentle Touch stars Jill Gascoine as Maggie Forbes - a tough but compassionate cop who is also a single mother to a teenage son following the murder of her police constable husband.

Reflecting a time when there were very few ranking female officers in the police force, the series not only showed police procedure within a Metropolitan Police CID unit but also offered an insight into how a woman might cope with such a role in what was still viewed as "very much a man's world".

Instantly successful with the public, The Gentle Touch ran for five series and featured guest appearances by Catherine Schell, Brian Croucher, Joanne Whalley, Liz Smith, Art Malik, Lynda Bellingham and Louise Jameson, among many others.

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The Renown Fifth Festival of Film 2019:

Renown Film Festival 2019

A variety of films, shorts and Celebrity Guests from the world of Film and TV we all love, on stage throughout the day and all included in the ticket price! A truly great day out for fans of vintage British film from 1940s, 1950s & 1960s.

The Event Address is:

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3LD.

Renown Film Festival 2019 Venue

Coming By Road and Car Parking:

St Albans is easy to get to by car and parking is available at the rear of The Alban Arena at the NCP Bricket Road Car Park and is just £1 to park all day Sunday and is open from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Directions to the arena: From M1 motorway southbound: Leave the motorway at J8 signposted to St Albans. Take the A5183 southbound, around Redbourn village. At the roundabout turn left, signposted St Albans. Entering St Albans take the second exit at the roundabout, straight ahead. Bear right at the mini roundabout for the Russell Avenue, Drovers Way, Christopher Place and other car parks. From M1 motorway northbound: Leave the M1 at J6 and join the North Orbital Road A405 signposted to St Albans. At the roundabout (M25 junction 21A) take the second exit straight ahead. At the next roundabout (Noke Hotel/Shell petrol station) take the second exit . Proceed straight ahead at the first roundabout and the second roundabout (M10/A414) take the second exit straight ahead (Watling Street). At the King Harry pub turn right for St Albans City Centre, Westminster Lodge car park and other car parks.

Coming By Rail:

St Albans City Station, on the Bedford to St Pancras International line, is within half a mile of the city centre. Frequent buses link the station with the city centre. Or St Albans Abbey Station provides a train link to the city from Watford, Bricket Wood and Park Street. The station is situated at the foot of Holywell Hill, on a bus route, or a 10-15 minute walk, to the city centre. For further details; and

Bus Information:

The principal routes are operated by Arriva, (0344) 800 4411 Uno, (01707) 255764:
and CentreBus: (0844) 351 1120

Accommodation suggestions:

Premier Inn, 1 Adelaide Street, St. Albans AL3 5BH.
Tel: 0871527 9464. (Approx. 2 mins walk to the venue)
Clarion Collection Hotel, Ryder House 27 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HG
Tel: 01727 848849 (Approx. 0.3 miles to venue)
Premier Inn, Smug Oak Ln, Bricket Wood, Colney Street, St Albans AL2 3PN.
Tel: 0871527 9016 (Approx. 4.1 miles to venue)
Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans AL2 3DS.
Tel: 0871 376 9034 (Approx. 2.5 miles to venue)


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Public Eye

Every surviving episode with bonuses in one BIG 17 DVD box set - Plus A Book on the Making of the Programme!

Alfred Burke stars as down-at-heel inquiry agent Frank Marker in this critically acclaimed, long-running drama series. Always working the lower end of the spectrum - divorces, missing persons, bankruptcies - the highly sympathetic character of Marker found great affinity among the viewing public, with Public Eye's enormous popularity enduring throughout its ten-year lifespan and beyond.

In common with many series made in the 1960s and '70s, a large number of episodes were junked. This complete set contains every surviving episode, together with a wealth of special features…

Includes FREE BOOK ON THE MAKING OF PUBLIC EYE by archive television historian Andrew Pixley; It Must Be the Architecture - Can't Be the Climate extract; Interview with Roger Marshall; Interview with Alfred Burke; ATV Today 1966 interview with Alfred Burke; Twenty Pounds of Heart and Muscle audio soundtrack and more!

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BFI: Dual Format Special Editions **BOTH BLURAY & DVD DISC INCLUDED**

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Starring Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven (Oscar winning role) and Burt Lancaster. A star-studded character study of a group of eccentric residents of a Bournemouth boarding house who all share a common trait - loneliness. Bonus extras include a 96 minute audio interview with Burt Lancaster and illustrated booklet.

The Devils (1971)

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Starring Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan and Christopher Cazenove.
Englishmen know him as Faber, but to the Fatherland, he's the loyal and lethal spy known as "The Needle". Shipwrecked on a Scottish island en route to Germany, Faber befriends the beautiful Lucy, whose marriage to a crippled, embittered pilot is faltering. Faber sets about seducing her, intending to use her to help carry out his mission and prevent the impending D-Day invasion. Acclaimed adaptation of the best-selling espionage thriller by Ken Follet and directed by Richard Marquand. Plus bonus extras.

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Starring: Leslie Banks, Carol Goodner, Frank Vosper, Alfred Drayton, Campbell Gullan, Henry Oskar, Donald Calthrop, Percy Parsons, John Laurie and Fredrick Piper.

Executive Producer: Michael Balcon for the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.

Tense thriller superbly directed by the legendary British film maker Michael Powell. Britain, 1933, David Barr is an ambitious ship designer working at the Glasgow shipbuilders Burns, McKinnon & Co. Barr has a radical new ship design that he believes will revolutionise the British shipbuilding industry which is suffering from both foreign competition and economic depression. Barr however faces opposition from his own Board of directors, led by Lord Dean, who are hesitant with the investment required to fund his plans to build 20 ships. Dean would prefer a partnership with rival shipbuilder, Manning, who Barr despises due to his use of foreign registries. With the support of chief shareholder June MacKinnon, Barr embarks on his ambitious plans but will he see his ships launched in the face of fierce resistance from his bankers and militant workers and in the face of industrial espionage?

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Mark Simpson has spent 10 years researching this biography. He works full time as a UK government auditor writing reports on hospitals, prisons, and the Private Finance Initiative. He has contributed several articles to journals on these subjects, and spoken at conferences throughout Europe.

Alastair Sim was an enigmatic character both on and off the screen. His idiosyncratic style of acting in films such as The Belles of St Trinians endeared him to a cinema-going audience desperate to escape the day-to-day dreariness of an invasive, bureaucratic post-war Britain. In private, he was a curiously contradictory character, prejudiced and yet tolerant, thoughtful but sometimes inconsiderate. To examine the life of this extraordinary man, this biography contains original contributions from around thirty actors and actresses, including Sir Ian McKellen and Ronnie Corbett. It is supported by extensive research, including interviews with the playwright Christopher Fry, the television producer John Howard Davies and actors who appeared on stage with Alastair as far back as the 1940s. This book also explores Alastair's life outside of films, including his marriage to Naomi Sim (whom he first met when she was twelve), his career as an elocution teacher, his extensive work on stage (including his theatrical endeavours with James Bridie), his championship of youth and his stalwart refusal to sign autographs. Alastair Sim offers a rare and fascinating insight into the life of one of Britain's most respected and best-loved actors.

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