The Sarah Jane Adventures - Ten Years OnBookmark and Share

Sunday, 1 January 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Today marks the Tenth anniversary of the transmission of the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The Doctor Who spin-off, starring the late Elisabeth Sladen, made its debut on BBC One at 4.51pm on New Year's Day 2007, with a special 60 minute special written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts called Invasion of the Bane.

Also starring Samantha Bond, Yasmin Paige, Tommy Knight, Porsha Lawrence-Mavour and the voices of John Leeson and Alexander Armstrong, the episode led to a full series being comissioned, which was screened later that year. The Sarah Jane Adventures would run for five series, only ending after the death of star Elisabeth Sladen during the making of series five.

To mark the Anniversary a special Celebration video has been released on YouTube by The Attic, the group organising a reunion event for the series in Cardiff this summer.

Guests will include Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, Yasmin Paige, Anjli Mohindra as well as Elisabeth Sladen's husband and daughter, Brian Miller and Sadie Miller.

The day will raising money for Ty Hafan, a children's hospice based in Cardiff.

Full details on The Attic Website.

Celebration Video.




Ronnie Corbett 1930-2016Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 31 March 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Ronnie Corbett as Archie in The Two Ronnies Christmas Special 1983 - The Adventures of Archie (Credit: BBC)
Ronnie Corbett with Elisabeth Sladen for the Comic Relief Special. Credit: BBC
The actor/comedian Ronnie Corbett has died, aged 85.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he started his acting career after National Service, initially playing a number of schoolchild roles owing to his height, before migrating into comedy on television with the likes of Dickie Henderson and Jimmy Tarbuck However, it was in during The Frost Report in 1966 where he was to first meet and work alongside Ronnie Barker, leading to their successful partnership in The Two Ronnies, running between 1971 and 1987 plus specials, and the show that made him a household name.

His other major television role was as Timothy Lumsden in Sorry!, which ran from 1981-1988. In later years he appeared in films including Fierce Creatures and Burke and Hare, and on television in shows like The Ronnie Corbett Show, game show Small Talk and Ronnie's Animal Crackers, and also made appearance as 'himself' in both Extras and Little Britain.

Though not directly related to Doctor Who, he "inherits" the TARDIS from a 'Doctor' of sorts played by Ronnie Barker in their 1983 Christmas Special sketch, The Adventures of Archie. He was later to appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures universe, playing an ambassador that later turned out to be a Slitheen in the 2009 Comic Relief segment From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love.

Outside of his career, Corbett was a keen golfer, and was also president of the Lord's Taverners cricketing charity in 1982 and 1987. He received an OBE in 1978 and then a CBE in 2012 for services to entertainment and charity.

He was married to actress and dancer Anne Hart, with two daughters who also act, Emma and Sophie.


Ronald Balfour Corbett, 4th Dec 1930 - 31 Mar 2016








Seventh Doctor hat among items to be auctioned at BonhamsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 June 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
Bonhams' latest entertainment memorabilia sale will once again include items from Doctor Who, with Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures also featuring.

The sale - taking place at the showroom in Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London, on Wednesday 25th June from midday - consists of some 367 items, with lots 94 to 121 being of particular interest to DW, TW and SJA fans.

They include an original rehearsal script for The War Machines episode 2 (which is given the story title Doctor Who and the War of the Machines on the front page) as well as sets of draft and rehearsal scripts for all six episodes of The Abominable Snowmen and a set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior, plus a screen-used panama hat signed by Sylvester McCoy. Items from The Sarah Jane Adventures include the costume worn by Elisabeth Sladen for Invasion of the Bane and her wedding dress from The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, while the Torchwood lots include costumes worn by Eve Myles.

Full list of DW, TW and SJA auction items

Doctor Who:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
94Original rehearsal script for The War Machines episode 2250-350
95Complete set of six rehearsal scripts for The Abominable Snowmen1,000-2,000
96Complete set of six draft scripts for The Abominable Snowmen2,000-3,000
97Set of five rehearsal scripts for The Web of Fear1,000-1,500
98Original handwritten postcard from Patrick Troughton to Henry Soskin (Henry Lincoln)300-500
99Three rehearsal scripts for The Dominators500-700
100Set of four camera scripts for The Time Warrior500-600
101A Time Lord robe from The Deadly Assassin2,000-2,500
102An original costume design for Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor4,000-4,500
103A collection of scripts from the Sylvester McCoy era plus light and floor plans600-800
104An original screen-used panama hat signed by Sylvester McCoy800-1,200
105An original control panel from Remembrance of the Daleks300-500
106A Haemovore head from The Curse of Fenric250-300
Torchwood:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
107James Marsters' costume from Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 300-500
108Bryan Dick's costume from Adam 250-300
109Nikki Amuka-Bird's costume from Sleeper 250-300
110Camilla Power's costume from From Out of the Rain 300-500
111Eve Myles's costume from Adrift 250-300
112Gareth David-Lloyd's costume from Day Two and Day Three 250-300
113Eve Myles's costume from Day Five 250-300
The Sarah Jane Adventures:
LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
114Elisabeth Sladen's costume from Invasion of the Bane 300-500
115Tommy Knight's costume from Eye of the Gorgon 200-300
116Yasmin Paige's costume from Warriors of Kudlak 250-300
117Daniel Anthony's costume from The Last Sontaran 250-300
118Anjli Mohindra's costume from Prisoner of the Judoon 250-300
119Elisabeth Sladen's wedding dress costume from The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith 300-500
120Elisabeth Sladen's costume from The Nightmare Man 300-500
121Sinead Michael's school uniform costume from Series 5 250-300

A PDF of the catalogue can be downloaded here. Viewings are being held on 22nd June from 11am to 3pm, 23rd and 24th June from 9am to 4.30pm, and from 9am to 10am on the day of the sale itself.




The Sarah Jane Adventures arrives on LOVEFiLMBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Amazon-based LOVEFiLM streaming service will be making episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures available to watch, as a new deal has been struck with BBC Worldwide. The package will include shows like The Story of Tracy Beaker, Balamory and Teletubbies.

Chris Bird, Director of Film Strategy at LOVEFiLM, said:
We are committed to bringing the very best in children's TV to our ever-increasing audience, and are thrilled to have secured even more brilliant BBC shows for members to enjoy. We have got some of the best family programming around and look forward to entertaining fans of all ages.

Lisa Rousseau, BBC Worldwide's Head of UK, Ireland and Pan European Television Sales, added:
More parents are turning to LOVEFiLM's kids' TV offering as a form of quality family entertainment than ever before and we are excited that this new agreement will see our award-winning children's shows available to subscribers. This is a natural partnership for us and follows on from our previous content deals.




Bonhams Auction ResultsBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The Entertainment Memorabilia auction held at Bonhams in London yesterday saw items from Doctor Who and its spin-off series fetch thousands of pounds, with the star item being the Nissan Figaro driven by Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures going for £6,000 - the top end of its estimate.

Various costumes and props from Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood went under the hammer but not everything was sold. A TARDIS exterior panel, listed as having been supplied by the BBC to the firm that made the title sequence for Sylvester McCoy's inaugural series as the Doctor, was withdrawn from the auction, having had an estimate of £400-500, and autographed scripts from Revelation of the Daleks, which had an estimate of £500-600, failed to sell.

The auction was held at Bonhams' Knightsbridge saleroom.

Full results of related auction items - sale price includes premium (estimate in brackets)

LotDescriptionSold for (£)
118Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. poster625 (500-700)
143Planet of the Spiders original scripts875 (1,200-1,500)
144SV7 costume from The Robots of Death2,500 (2,000-3,000)
145Revelation of the Daleks autographed scripts for episodes 1 and 2Failed to sell (500-600)
146Remembrance of the Daleks autographed OB schedule187 (250-300)
148Foam shark model from A Christmas Carol875 (1,000-1,500)
150TW: Scale corpse model from Countrycide250 (200-300)
151TW: Captain Jack Harkness's coat 2,125 (700-900)
152TW: Jack's safe door312 (500-700)
153TW: Jack's bedroom hatch door250 (300-400)
154TW: Martha Jones' costume from Reset625 (300-500)
155TW: Gwen Cooper's costume from Meat312 (500-700)
156SJA: Sarah's costume from Invasion of the Bane1,250 (500-600)
157SJA: Two "Slab" costumes from Warriors of Kudlak350 (250-300)
158SJA: Eve's costume from The Mad Woman in the Attic250 (200-250)
159SJA: Androvax costume from Prisoner of the Judoon and The Vault of Secrets450 (300-400)
160SJA: Clyde Langer costumes (15)500 (350-400)
161SJA: Shansheeth part costume from Death of the Doctor687 (250-300)
162SJA: Two Mister Dread costumes from The Vault of Secrets200 (250-300)
163SJA: Sarah's car (1991 Nissan Figaro two-door Targa Coupe)6,000 (4,000-6,000)






Bonhams: Entertainment Media AuctionBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Bonhams have now released the catalogue for their next Entertainment Media Auction, which once again contains a number of items related to Doctor Who and its spin-offs. The usual assortment of costumes and props are available to bid upon, which also includes costumes worn by John Barrowman and Elisabeth Sladen in their respective roles as Jack and Sarah. Other highlights include a TARDIS phone panel, SV7's costume from The Robots of Death, original paperwork from Planet of the Spiders, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks, and Sarah's car from The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Lot No: 147 - Doctor Who: A 'Tardis' panel (1987)Lot No: 147 - Doctor Who: A 'Tardis' panel (1987)

In blue-painted wood with white lettering Police Telephone Free For Use Of Public Advice And Assistance Obtainable Immediately Officers And Cars Respond To Urgent Calls Pull To Open (29x36.5cm).

According to information from the vendor, this was supplied by the BBC to CAL, the company that animated the 'Doctor Who' title sequence for the 24th Series in 1987. Oliver Elms, the BBC graphics designer who story-boarded the sequence, sent the Tardis panel to CAL to be used as part of the design process. From the livery and typeface, this is a 1980s-style door sign.


Estimate: £400-500, €500-630, $640-800
 
Lot 143: Doctor Who - The Planet Of The Spiders: A group of original scriptsLot 143: Doctor Who - The Planet Of The Spiders: A group of original scripts

From March-May 1974, comprising rehearsal scripts for Episodes 1-5, and camera scripts for Episodes 3-6, with some annotations, together with a statement confirming provenance.

This story was the last to feature Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, ending with his transformation into Tom Baker. These scripts were obtained from a member of the Special Effects team.


Estimate: £1,200-1,500, €1,500-1,900, $1,900-2,400
 
Lot No: 144 -SV7 costume -  Doctor Who/Tom Baker: The Robots of Death, 1977Lot No: 144 - SV7 costume - Doctor Who/Tom Baker: The Robots of Death, 1977

An S.V.7 costume, comprising: a jacket, with quilted silver lamé sleeves, and plain cotton body, inscribed in black ink inside 'Miles Fothergill' ; a pair of three quarter length quilted silver lamé trousers, inscribed 'M.F.', together with a helmet, believed to be latter of coloured fibreglass, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.


Estimate: £2,000-3,000, €2,500-3,800, $3,200-4,800
 
Lot No: 151 - Torchwood, 2006 - 2011: Captain Jack Harkness costumeLot No: 151 - Torchwood, 2006 - 2011: Captain Jack Harkness costume

A full length RAF blue Great Coat, double breasted with domed gilt RAF-style buttons with raised wings and crown motif and Group Captain epaulettes, well worn with simulated bullet holes to each sleeve, labelled in the inside jacket pocket Angels, handwritten in blue ink John Barrowman, April '06, with attached BBC stocknumber


Estimate: £700-900, €880-1,100, $1,100-1,400
 
Lot 156: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 1 Pilot - Invasion of the Bane: complete Sarah Jane Smith 'Hero' costumeLot 156: The Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 1 Pilot- Invasion of the Bane: complete Sarah Jane Smith 'Hero' costume

Comprises: maroon coloured velvet 'Karen Millen' coat with beige coloured stitching; a black and brown stripe dress of cotton/ lycra mix; cerise pink 'Karen Millen' cardigan with grey coloured pearlised buttons; a pair of maroon coloured tights and a pair of flat 'Bally' black knee high 'pony skin' boots, each with BBC asset number and label attached, boots size 37 (6)


Estimate: £500-600, €630-750, $800-950
 
Lot No: 163 - The Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007 - 2011: Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane's car - A 1991 Nissan Figaro Two-Door Targa CoupÃLot No: 163 - The Sarah Jane Adventures, 2007 - 2011: Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith Sarah Jane's car - A 1991 Nissan Figaro Two-Door Targa Coupé

This is the second registration to feature in the show, but remained Sarah Jane's vehicle until the series ended in 2011.


Estimate: £4,000-6,000, €5,000-7,500, $6,400-9,500
 

The auction takes place at the Knightsbridge auction room on 12th December 2012.


Full list of auction items related to Doctor Who and its spin-offs

LotDescriptionEstimate (£)
118Daleks Invasion 2150AD poster500-700
143Planet of the Spiders original scripts1200-1500
144SV7 costume from The Robots of Death2000-3000
145Revelation of the Daleks autographed scripts for episodes 1,2500-600
146Remembrance of the Daleks autographed OB Schedule250-300
147Police Box panel400-500
148Foam shark model from A Christmas Carol1000-1500
150TW: scale corpse model from Countrycide200-300
151TW: Captain Jack Harkness coat700-900
152TW: Jack's safe door500-700
153TW: Jack's bedroom hatch door300-400
154TW: Martha Jones costume from Reset300-500
155TW: Gwen Cooper costume from Meat500-700
156SJA: Sarah's costume from Invasion of the Bane500-600
157SJA: two "Slab" costumes from Warriors of Kudlak250-300
158SJA: Eve's costume from The Mad Woman in the Attic200-250
159SJA: Androvax costume from Prisoner of the Judoon and The Vault of Secrets300-400
160SJA: Clyde Langer costumes (15)350-400
161SJA: Shansheeth costume from Death of the Doctor250-300
162SJA: two Mister Dread costumes from The Vault of Secrets250-300
163SJA: Sarah's car (1991 Nissan Figaro two-door Targa Coupe)4000-6000





SJA And Moffat Win At Writers' Guild AwardsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Both The Sarah Jane Adventures and Steven Moffat were winners at The Writers' Guild Of Great Britain Awards today.

The Curse of Clyde Langer, which was written by Phil Ford and featured in the final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, was named Best Children's TV Script, beating fellow nominees 4 O'Clock Club: Maths and Horrible Histories.

And although Sherlock lost out to Appropriate Adult in the Best Short-Form TV Drama category, co-creator Steven Moffat, who was cited alongside Mark Gatiss and Stephen Thompson for the reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective classic, was given the Writers' Guild Special Award For Outstanding Writing.

Today's event took place at The Tabernacle in London.





BAFTA Cymru Triumph For Gunpowder Plot GameBookmark and Share

Sunday, 30 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The Doctor Who Adventure Game The Gunpowder Plot triumphed at this evening's BAFTA Cymru Awards.

It won the Digital Creativity And Games prize, with the combined effort of the BBC Wales Interactive Team, Sumo Digital, and Revolution Software beating Becoming Human and Coridor 5.

However, both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures lost out in all the categories for which they had been nominated.

The Impossible Astronaut, which opened Series 6 of Doctor Who, was beaten to the Television Drama title by Shirley, the BBC Two production directed by Colin Teague and with music by Ben Foster that charted the rise to fame of Shirley Bassey, and the Series 6 finale The Wedding of River Song, which was up for a gong in the Sound category, was trumped by the Matthew Rhys film Patagonia. Meanwhile, The Curse of Clyde Langer, from the fifth and final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, saw the Children's Programme title go to S4C's Dim Byd.

Also missing out were Eve Myles for Actress in Baker Boys and Helen Raynor, who was co-nominated (with Gary Owen) for the Writer prize, again for Baker Boys. Those categories went to, respectively, Sharon Morgan for the film Resistance and Eddie Butler for Lions '71.

Tonight's ceremony was hosted by Alex Jones at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.




Nominations Announced For Writers' Guild Awards 2012Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The Sarah Jane Adventures is in the running for an award this year from The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

The Curse of Clyde Langer, which was written by Phil Ford and was in the final series of the show, is nominated in the Best Children's TV Script category, facing competition from 4 O'Clock Club: Maths and Horrible Histories. The same SJA story is also up for a BAFTA Cymru award later this month.

Doctor Who failed to make the shortlist this year. It was nominated for Best TV Drama Series in 2009, 2010, and 2011 but didn't win in any of those years. However, Being Human, created and co-written by Toby Whithouse and which beat Doctor Who in 2009 and 2010, is once again nominated in that category. It is pitted against Scott & Bailey (starring Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones) and Prisoners' Wives (whose supporting cast includes Iain Glen).

Meanwhile, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, and Stephen Thompson are in the running to walk away with the Best Short-Form TV Drama trophy for Sherlock, which is up against Appropriate Adult and This Is England '88.

This year's awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 14th November at The Tabernacle in London.

In 1975, Season 11 of Doctor Who won a guild award for best writing in a children's serial, and Series Three was named best TV series in the guild awards of 2007. The guild is a trade union for professional writers and the awards are regarded as special because they are from peers and colleagues.




DW And SJA Nominated For BAFTA Cymru AwardsBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures have been nominated in this year's BAFTA Cymru Awards.

The Doctor Who Series 6 opening episode The Impossible Astronaut is in the running for the Television Drama title, while the Series 6 finale The Wedding of River Song is up for a gong in the Sound category. The Curse of Clyde Langer, from the fifth and final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, is nominated for the Children's Programme award.

The Doctor Who Adventure Game The Gunpowder Plot - available free to TV licence-holders in the UK and for sale elsewhere globally - is up for the Digital Creativity And Games title.

Meanwhile, Eve Myles is nominated for the Actress award for Baker Boys - a programme for which Helen Raynor is co-nominated (with Gary Owen) for the Writer prize.

Last year, Doctor Who won two of its categories and The Sarah Jane Adventures was presented with the Children's Programme honour.

This year's winners will be announced at a ceremony to be hosted by Alex Jones at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Sunday 30th September. A limited number of tickets are available to the public and are on sale from the centre.




The Sarah Jane Companion: Volume ThreeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
This week sees the release of the latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition, which looks in depth at Series Five of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Written and researched by Andrew Pixley, the special explores the making of the final three stories to be broadcast, Sky, The Curse of Clyde Langer, and The Man Who Never Was, plus details on the three stories that would have made up the second half of the series, Meet Mr Smith, The Thirteenth Floor and The Battle for Bannerman Road. In The Untold Tales, Russell T Davies and Phil Ford discuss how the series might have progressed into its sixth season, whilst The Stories That Never Were delves into the outlines and scripts that ultimately were never made. Plus, a previously unpublished interview with Elisabeth Sladen which was conducted back in 1993 for Thirty Years in the TARDIS.

The Sarah Jane Companion
Volume Three

The ultimate guide to the exploits of the Doctor's most enduring companion in her own spin-off series - The Sarah Jane Adventures!
  • Full production guides for the three Series Five SJA stories
  • Details of the storylines for the unmade Series Five adventures
  • Further plots and ideas for the stories that never were
  • The full transcript of a 1993 interview with Elisabeth Sladen
Discover a whole universe of adventure - right here on your doorstep!

Editor Tom Spilsbury also provided a sneak peek into the magazine: "Here's a glimpse inside the new DWM SJA Special - and what would have been the Series Five finale..."






TV Choice Awards ShortlistBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 10 July 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The shortlist for this year's TV Choice Awards has been announced, with Doctor Who making it through to the final cut in the three categories for which it had originally been nominated.

The show is up for Best Family Drama against Glee, Merlin, and Waterloo Road. The Sarah Jane Adventures had been included in the initial round but didn't get enough votes to make the shortlist.

Matt Smith goes head to head with Martin Clunes, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Colin Morgan for Best Actor - a category that had also included Mad Dogs stars John Simm and Marc Warren in the qualifying round - while Karen Gillan will be pitted against Miranda Hart, Jaye Jacobs, and Freya Mavor for Best Actress, with Freema Agyeman, star of Law and Order: UK, falling by the wayside following the first round of voting.

Torchwood: Miracle Day had been nominated for Best Drama Series in the opening round but failed to get any further, although Sherlock, co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, is a contender.

Voting in the shortlisted categories is open until midnight on Friday 13th July, with the winners being announced at a ceremony at The Dorchester in London on Monday 10th September.





People RoundupBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Paul McGann has joined the list of former Doctors and companions who have indicated an interest in being involved in Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary: "Being Doctor Who, there's always anniversaries looming large - celebration programmes and episodes. I'm often asked, 'If they get the five Doctors together, would you do it?' and of course, I'd do it. They've just got to ring me up! Although I was [in] Doctor Who for six weeks, sixteen years ago, it never goes away - it only ever seems to get stronger - I'd love to do that again, but that's not up to me." [Digital Spy, 15 Mar 2012]

Three Doctor Who-related names join the principal cast of What The Butler Saw, which opens in the West End in May. The lead character of Dr. Prentice will be played by Tim McInnerny, with his wife to be played by Samantha Bond and secretary by Georgia Moffett. [Playbill, 15 Mar 2012]

Mark Gatiss talks about creating his appearance for his character Mr Snow in Being Human: "I wanted to have red hair, because you never have ginger vampires, and terrible teeth, and these really dirty fingernails. And they gave me everything I wanted. So there's lots of lovely close-ups of my filthy hands and terrible teeth. He's about 3000 years old, he's literally rotting from the inside." [Guardian, 15th Mar 2012]

The Fourth Doctor, aka Tom Baker, was the subject of a Forbes "Geek Picture of the Day", depicting him in costume with two Daleks for a publicity photo in 1975. [Forbes, 16 Mar 2012]

Maureen Lipman
is to be one of the guests in Matt Lucas's new comedy show The Matt Lucas Awards. It will air on BBC One in the spring. [BBC Media Centre, 16 Mar 2012]

Talking of awards, June Whitfield was honoured with a proper one at this year's TRIC Awards. The Television and Radio Industries Club event, held at the Grosvenor House in London, saw her given the TRIC Special Award. Sian Williams was named Best Newscaster/Reporter. [BBC News, 14 Mar 2012]

Steven Moffat, John Simm, James Corden and The Sarah Jane Adventures lost out last night in their respective categories at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, but Moffat's mother-in-law, Beryl Vertue, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. While representing writers at Associated London Scripts, Vertue negotiated Terry Nation's partial rights deal for the Daleks. Among her many other achievements, she founded the production company Hartswood Films, which makes the BBC One series Sherlock, co-created by Moffat and Mark Gatiss. At the awards ceremony, Russell Tovey jointly won (with Sarah Solemani) the Best Comedy Performance prize for the BBC Three anti-romantic comedy Him And Her. Full details of the awards ceremony - which, as with the TRIC Awards, was held at the Grosvenor House in London - are online here.

Michael E Briant
is to publish his memoirs about his time on Doctor Who. The director's connection with the show stretches back to the 1965 story The Crusade, for which he was assistant floor manager. He was subsequently production assistant on a number of stories before notching up his first directorial credit on Colony In Space in 1971. Briant directed five more stories, finishing with The Robots of Death in 1977. Who Is Michael E Briant?, to be published by Classic TV Press, comes in at 216 pages and is due out on 4th May 2012. It can be pre-ordered here.

Talking of memoirs, a heartfelt and public thank-you has been said via one to Janet Fielding by writer Grant Gordon. In a piece taken from his forthcoming memoir Cobras In The Rough, Gordon recalls being a 12-year-old desperate to see the actress at the 1983 Longleat convention and how ensuring that he got his wish proved to be his father's salvation, following financial and personal problems. [Independent, 17 Mar 2012]
(With thanks to Gary Reed)




Nominees Announced For RTS Programme AwardsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Steven Moffat, John Simm, Russell Tovey, James Corden, and The Sarah Jane Adventures are all in the running for gongs at this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

Moffat is nominated in the Writer - Drama category for Series 6 of Doctor Who, Simm as Best Male Actor for the BBC One psychological thriller Exile, Tovey is co-nominated with Sarah Solemani for Best Comedy Performance in the BBC Three anti-romantic comedy Him And Her, and Corden is nominated in the Best Entertainment Performance category for the Sky 1 comedy panel show A League Of Their Own, while Series 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures is up for Best Children's Drama.

The awards ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday 20th March.

Last year's RTS Programme Awards saw Moffat winning the Judges' Award and The Sarah Jane Adventures scooping the Children's Drama prize.