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John Bluthal
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/19/john-bluthal-obituary

I never get tired of watching the work he did with Spike Milligan in (what remains of) the Q series. And if I remember rightly he voiced some Gerry Anderson characters, in Fireball XL5 for certain, maybe in others too.


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George A. Cooper
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/nov/30/george-a-cooper-obituary

Remembered mostly (by me) for being in one of the best Steptoe and Son episode - Oh What a Beautiful Mourning.


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Pete Shelley
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/07/pete-shelley-obituary

The Manchester punk and post-punk music scene wouldn't have happened the same way if Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto hadn't brought The Sex Pistols to Manchester to play that legendary gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, the one that inspired the documentary I Swear I Was There. People who definitely were there included everyone who went on to become Joy Division (and then New Order), Tony Wilson who went on to found Factory, and Morrisey.


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Paul Sherwen
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/10/paul-sherwen-obituary

As long as British television keeps showing the Tour de France I'll keep watching it, but it isn't the same without Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen doing the commentary.


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paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

John Bluthal was in "Hail, Caesar," which I saw when it came out. He was the voice of a goblin in "Labyrinth," so I heard him but didn't see him. I saw him in "Superman III." Also "revenge of the Pink Panther."

And "Casino Royale" and "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum.


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paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

Pete Shelley's work was in the soundtrack of "Shaun of the dead" and "Shrek 2"


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paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I caught a glimpse of Carol Channing's true greatness. It was a video of a scene near the end of "Hello, Dolly." She was mesmerizing. I couldn't take my eyes off her. Okay, I've loved he anyway since the early 1960s, when I picked up a vinyl recording of her revue "Show Girl."
http://www.kritzerland.com/showgirl.htm
(re-issued as a limited-edition CD. All 1,000 copies sold out)

Her baritone voice is surprising, given her kewpie-doll looks. A couple years after "Show girl," she took the stage as Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly," and three or four years after that she earned an Oscar supporting=-actress nomination for singing "Jazz baby" in "Thoroughly Modern Milly." In fact, that movie is what she's mainly remembered for as a movie actress. She was also in "First traveling saleslady" in 1956, though Ginger Rogers and Barry Nelson topped the bill.
She was in a few other movies after "Milly," but let's not talk about them, all right?

Her true home was on the stage, where she was famous for Lorelei Lee in "gentlemen prefer blondes." I prefer her rendition of "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" above all others. She also replaced Rosalind Russell in a touring version of "Wonderful town." I've never heard her version of that role, but she can't have been worse than Rosalind. (If the people running Hollywood aren't crazy, then why did they think Rosalind could top Ethel Merman in "Gypsy"?

Carol devoted herself to stage work for decades after that.
I think she was wise to do that. She was wholeheartedly in love with the role of Dolly. Love should lead the way in what all of us do. smiley


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Gordon Banks
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/feb/12/gordon-banks-obituary

Bearing in mind that it's more than 50 years since the event, there are still more of the 1966 England World Cup final team alive than dead. Almost twice as many. Running around kicking a bag of air must be good for you.


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Got some more catching up to do.

Jeremy Hardy
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/feb/01/jeremy-hardy-obituary

He was a comic of a different nature in that he almost revelled in middle English ordinariness and middle classness. Some of his early radio sitcom stuff wasn't as good as his stand up comedy, but both were far better than his notoriously awful singing on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. I shall miss that, as well his Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation shows.


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Michel Legrand
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jan/27/michel-legrand-obituary

You can almost always tell a Michel Legrand tune, the same way you can a Bacharach and David song. Windmills of Your Mind is hands down one of the best film theme tunes bar none. Hard to believe that he was the musical guest for a Two Ronnies series. Either series 4 or 5, I think.


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Windsor Davies
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jan/20/windsor-davies-obituary

He might have had a limited repertoire as an actor, but he used it well. "Oh dear, how sad, never mind" really only works when said in an imitation Windsor Davies Welsh voice.


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Albert Finney
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/08/albert-finney-obituary

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is one of my favourite books and films. The film captures the period so well. Working class people then had possibly the most comfortable time they've ever had. Wages were good, unions were strong, jobs were plentiful, and television still hadn't weakened the night out to the extent it did later.

And then to see him playing Churchill in The Gathering Storm so many years later, getting out of the bath with a pot belly and a saggy bum...

The Dresser is possibly his best performance, and it's a difficult film to watch, but seeing the two original angry young men - Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) and Tom Courtenay (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner) - together is wonderful.


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paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

The only time I ever saw Jeremy Hardy onscreen was in the film "Mona Lisa."


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paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

I saw five of the movies Michel Legrand wrote scores for. Windsor Davies was almost entirely in TV shows or movies that didn't get shown outside the U.K., apparently.


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