Reminiscences

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    C'mon Fellas (male & female), we are short on some decent chat. Let's review some happenings over our short/med/long careers, funny or otherwise. Tales from "live" tv, black & white tv. Changes in theatre production that affected us. Things that happened on set, in rehearsal, on "takes", wardrobe, make-up. As a collective, we must have hundreds of interesting, if not funny, recollections...ie,

    Parked on roadway in full make-up and wardrobe, complete with walkie-talkie for my "action". My remit was to blind down the road, do a sharp right-hander into a field, circumnavigate a tractor pulling a caravan, and screech to a halt. All well rehearsed, no problem.

    Sitting patiently awaiting my cue when a head pops through my window asking me directions just as a loud "action" came through my walkie-talkie. Slamming the car into gear, I looked at him and shouted, " how the bleedin' hell should I know ?" and sped off down the road.

    Halfway down I suddenly realised that here I am dressed in full Police uniform, driving a Police car,wearing make-up to boot, having just given a member of Joe Public a right mouthful

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  • Alan Brent

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    OK, Allan, here's one.

    Before the filming was due to start on 'Chronos' the cinematographer wanted to shoot on 35mm black and white and since it was in German Expressionist style asked me to turn up a week before the shoot to test different filters and settings by using a single shot camera with 35mm film in it changing settings and filters for each one.

    He had said it would take no more than two hours to do.

    FOUR hours later and getting on for 'closing time' at my local pub 10 miles away I said that I was off! He looked a little non plussed but also that he would have liked 'more time'. Still he should have made it clear before we got started and I would have made sure that it WAS only two hours and not a whole night!

    Anyway, using my new Bluetooth phone I called my local pub at ten to closing and said 'Have a pint on the bar when I get there.' Pete, the barman said he would.

    At precisely 11am I walked into the pub and there was my pint standing on the counter. The regulars were all there and we were chatting away for about forty minutes (a lock in had ensued) before someone said 'You've not been well have you?'.

    It was only then that I realised I was still in my severe German Expressionist make up. Eyes like pandas, nose chiselled out, beard a very dark black!!

    No-one else bothered to mention it.

    Great old typical Yorkshire crowd!!

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  • Keith Patrick

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    Hey Allen,

    Just spied on imdb.com -- where your page must amount to some of your work history -- and by god, you've scored some great credits on some of old Blighty's best.

    You must have had some great times... Z-Cars. Classic stuff.

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    Keith - I have indeed had the most magical time. Made friends with a host of working colleagues and have worked all over the globe, from Singapore,

    South Africa, Persian Gulf. I've worked on shows that I loved, really loved, working on -- and on shows that I could

    not get away from quick enough, But, if you have half the fun I've had, you are in for one helluva life.

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    Alan - know exactly the situation. Similar happened to me. Working on a massive Granada project with Ian Holm. Early morning Call, six hours into filming, Ian says to me, "dying for a pint". Lunch break called, we slip out the door and up towards Deansgate, and the Bar. Stood in the doorway talking, was the Director of my last Show, sucking on a lager. I tapped him on the back in ackowledgement, and we went to the bar. As we drank,Richard, the Director, came over, nodded to Ian and said to me, "Excuse me, but do we know each other"?. I had totally forgotten the fact that my hair had been darkened and I was wearing a full set, courtesy of make-up. They had obviously done a damn good job because I had only finished working with Richard six days previuosly.

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Typical director if you ask me.

    However recognition is a two way street.

    After a long run of a play called 'Beyond a Joke' the last week was in my home town of Huddersfield. I had arranged tickets for my parents and knowing they never hung around after a show I went out of the fire doors after curtain call to get to the car park find their car and wait to hear what they thought of the show.

    They arrived and after a short chat I said goodbye and let them get off.

    Someone had closed the fire doors so I had to make my way back into the theatre by the main entrance. Coming out were my Godmother and My aunt (her sister) who were in very high spirits. We had a brief chat about family etc and then I asked them what they thought of the show. They had both really enjoyed it and were saying what fun it was to watch. Then my Godmother said to me 'Where were you sitting?'.

    'On the couch' I replied. A moment of puzzlement from both of them. Then they realised that I was the leading man they had been watching all evening!

    THAT gave me a major high! They had seen the character I had been playing and not ME, their nephew who they knew so well. No make up, no prosthetics. Just me.

    That is when I realised that the best job an actor can do is to be unrecognised as a personality but achieve anonimity through great character work.

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    Alan - wonderful story - and I agree with your comment.

    "Fame Is The Spur" when we all start out. But, been there, wrote the book, directed the movie and worn the T shirt.

    It all wears a bit thin when you are having a nice quiet meal in a nice restaurant and somebody sidles up and flashes a camera three inches from your nose.

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Had that too, though. I was asked for my autograph persistently by a drunken girl. I asked her to leave me alone. After a bit of a scuffle she shouted 'I thought you were a crap James Bond, anyway.'

    Beer goggles had made her see me as Sean Connery....must be the beard!

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    There is a likeness to Tammy Connery, must admit. Any similarity in bank account Alan ?

    Ever had the " don't I know you ?". Was filming a series with Adam Faith. We are on Oxford St. saturday morning. I know, I know, Oxford St. sat. morning !.

    It was hell up in Africa I can tell you.

    Adam slips away for a quick coffee, whilst I stayed on the street having a quick fag. Sure enough, halfway through the fag I am confronted by a whole family, the head of which started prodding my chest with words I will never forget. " ere .. you're fingy outer wotsits name, aren't yer ?"

    Inside I snapped, but pulling myself up to my full height and looking him full in the eyes, I replied, " yes sir, I am indeed Simon Smith of Her Majesty's Inland Revenue... and you are... ?". Exit stage left in hurry, one cockney family.

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  • Alan Brent

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    I remember 'Budgie'. My god that makes me feel even older.....

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    In the words of one famous female actor,

    ..." Oh no ... not you ".

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    Do you get the feeling,Alan .. that we are alone ? ... sshh ... I'm sure I saw the lights on ....

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  • Charles Delaney

    Actor

    ...Was on location at Black Park, down the road from Pinewood,(The loco where they shot all those Hammer Dracula movies with the tall trees!),& we were using 'Glock 17'hand guns running around & through the undergrowth playing firearms unit police when we stumbled across a nice couple walking their dog!They were afraid;Very afraid!! We said sorry about that 'folks'! Have a nice day!

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    As you would ....

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    On a Murder Mystery Night set on the North Yorkshire Railway, a kind of Murder on the Pickering Express, I was shot three times on Pickering Station on cue.

    Whilst I was lying there being inspected by the guests a large Armed Response team arrived to find our what was going on.

    True to his character our bogus Police Superintendent took the real police to one side and explained that he was in charge and that they could leave to 'go about their duties'.

    Since then I have always been stabbed on the train before falling off covered in blood into the middle of the crowd!

    A good compromise!

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    Well that's one way of getting by without buying a ticket Alan - cheap skate !!.

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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I'll have you know I paid for the ticket with my LIFE!

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    Boom-boom !!

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    Just seen a familiar name checking me out .. brings to mind another incident.

    Massive Granada production, damn thing took up all the available studio space, and then some. Michael Caine, Sian Phillips et al, plus yours truly. The thing was a pig to work on. Having finished my scenes in one studio, instead of hanging around I decided to walk through to the next studio to find my set. The studio was in pitch black darkness, but I found my set and sank exhausted into an armchair, letting out a quiet expletive and closed my eyes.

    " That bad ?", an ethereal voice asked. I shot bolt upright - I couldn't see a damn thing. " No flow -- staccatto " I replied. To cut a long story short, I settled back and we continued our conversation for quite some time, until suddenly all the lights came on. I opened my eyes to see the owner of the ethereal voice, to see, perched cross legged on top of the desk like some oversized gremlin, Peter O'Toole.

    Needless to say, we had one incredible lunch break later.

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  • Alan Brent

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    I was dying for a pint and called on my way home into a pub in Pool in Wharfedale. As the landlord pulled me my pint of Taylor's I was lighting my cigarette but my lighter was playing up and I was rapidly developing a blister on my thumb.

    That same voice said 'All the cigarettes in the World will be of no use to a man without God's flame' as he passed me his lighter. Sitting next to me on a buffet at the bar we chatted inanely about nothing for about half an hour before I had to go.

    Apparently he was a friend of the landlord at the Swan and regularly stayed there.

    A really really nice guy. No pretentions, no 'star' mentality. Just a lovely bloke.

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