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News and updates for the Patrick Wymark Boardroom - a website about the Power Game actor.

Maintained by Harry Dobermann. Email me at harry@wymark.org.uk

A taste of Waterzooi

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, April 03, 2022 16:41:07

Having recently solved the mystery of the finicky Coeur a la Creme demanded by Sir John Wilder in The Power Game episode The Crunch, I couldn’t resist tackling the whole meal.

As related here, a recipe for Anne Francis’ Gazpacho and Vincent Price’s Coeur a la Creme can be found in the recent Vincent Price Supper With The Stars cookbook, by Peter Fuller and Jenny Hammerton.

For the main course – Waterzooi – I had to go back to the 1984 Great Restaurant Dishes of the World by Margaret Fulton. I opted to brown some chicken thighs rather than the whole trussed chicken prescribed in the recipe. After simmering them in chicken stock for an hour with chopped celery, leeks, carrot and onion, I managed to pull off the skin and bones without scalding myself.

Unfortunately, after straining off the chicken stock into a clean saucepan with some lemon slices and parsley, I made a hash of the next stage. I should have heated without boiling and gradually introduced a blend of egg yolk and double cream, gradually thickening the sauce. Instead, I let the stock get too hot!. Luckily, there was still plenty of boiled vegetables left in the first pan. So recalling Wilder’s maxim that in any disaster you should “rearrange the pieces in a pattern that suits you”, I created Wilder’s Chicken Jigsaw Hash!

In my second attempt, I got it right. I know a second attempt wouldn’t have been good enough for Wilder, but we won’t tell him!



Anderson’s Supersonic Centuries

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, March 30, 2022 19:01:09

Anderson’s Supersonic Centuries is a new collection of essays by Fred McNamara, covering the breadth and depth of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s TV and film adventures.

Running to 277 pages, the book covers most of the Anderson productions although concentrates unsurprisingly on the most popular from Stingray to Space 1999. Fred was the author of 2020’s Spectrum is Indestructible, so it’s not surprising that there are several new insights into Captain Scarlet.

The book is more analytical than historic. While facts and figures of production are delivered, they are usually in support of the theories put forward about why a particular choice was made. The first Thunderbirds movie had focused on hardware, so director David Lane “wanted to do something amusing” for Thunderbird Six. But the resultant film spectacularly misunderstood its audience, finally revealing the title craft to be (Spoiler) “a diminutive, ancient (Tiger Moth)…Audiences expecting to see a new and awesome craft become Thunderbird Six…would surely have been deflated to see this anti-Thunderbird drag itself along Thunderbird 2’s runway.”

While some of the essays examine the Anderson productions as pure industrial film-making, others explore the reality within the series. The multiple ‘failures to communicate’ within the UFO episode A Question of Priorities, or the ‘shock, horror and fear’ of the Space:1999 episode The Troubled Spirit. The book spans many subjects. I enjoyed the speculation into what form a Zero-X tv series might have taken and the investigation into how Captain Black’s personality was deepened in the various merchandising spin-offs from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The book rekindled happy memories of Stingray episodes like Subterranean Sea, which gets a chapter to itself. But it also inspired me to get hold of the New Captain Scarlet DVD and look up an episode I’d probably overlooked before. Although titled Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries, the book is bang up to date with articles on the legacy productions such as Thunderbirds 65 and Nebula-75.

You may not be able to buy a new TV21 annual this year, but if you’re looking for something to settle back on the couch with this Easter and dream of Century 21, Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries is just the ticket.

Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries by Fred McNamara. £14.99 fromTelos Books ISBN 978-1-84583-197-4 . Buy now at Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries: The Retrofuture Worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson – Telos Publishing



Our Man In Moscow

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, March 01, 2022 08:13:41

Friday 1 March 1963 – Patrick Wymark appeared as Nicolai, a Russian tuba player who applies for asylum in the Galton and Simpson ‘Comedy Playhouse’ OUR MAN IN MOSCOW. Robert Morley starred as Sir William Hunter, the British ambassador to Moscow, and Frank Thornton played his secretary, Mortimer. Although the comedy did not spin off into a full series, one reviewer said that, “As the runaway tuba player who was not allowed to play Strauss, Patrick Wymark was gay and temperamental and an admirable foil to Morley’s blustering diplomat.”



The Power Game: Trade Secret

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, February 21, 2022 11:39:56

21 February 1966 saw the broadcast of Trade Secret, the last episode of The Power Game to be screened before the General Election was called and the series was postponed because of its political content. The picture shows Patrick Wymark with Fred Ferris, a prolific supporting actor who had already appeared in The Plane Makers as factory hand Sam Adams. In The Power Game, he plays Paul Budge a long-term executive at Bligh Construction who knows secrets that may be useful to Wilder.

Read more about Trade Secret at this link



Blood On Satan’s Claw – Novelisation

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, December 13, 2021 12:12:42

Richard Wynn-Simmons, screenwriter of Satan’s Skin, or Blood on Satan’s Claw as it was later renamed, has written a novelisation of the movie. It comes with illustrations by Richard Wells, whose work will be appearing in the forthcoming BBC Ghost Story for Christmas, The Mezzotint.

What more can I say – this is being crowdfunded at Unbound and better late than never. Blood on Satan’s Claw or, The Devil’s Skin by Robert Wynne Simmons and Richard Wells: Unbound



Patrick Wymark in The Devil’s Bait?

Uncategorised Posted on Sat, December 04, 2021 23:32:36

A possibly unknown film appearance by Patrick Wymark was uncovered on August 5th 2021 when Talking Pictures TV screened The Devil’s Bait (1959) . A member of the Britmovie Forum called Philly posted that, “I spotted an early uncredited appearance of Patrick Wymark …as one of a smooching couple in a car.”

The Devil’s Bait stars Geoffrey Keen and Jane Hylton as bakers who accidentally prepare some poisoned bread when an alcoholic rat catcher leaves traces of cyanide in one of their tins. A warning about the bread is broadcast over the “smooching couple’s” car radio and is overheard by one of the baker’s customers.

After Marcus Heslop alerted me, I was able to pull screenshots from the IMDB listing for the movie (thanks to whoever put them up – presumably Philly). And I was able to compare these with photos of Patrick Wymark. I’ve now also been able to see the movie and hear the uncredited actor speak. When the customer cries out after hearing the radio broadcast, he asks the girl he’s been kissing: “What?” She says, “Someone said No,” and he replies roguishly, “You wouldn’t say a thing like that?”

The voice does sound similar in tone to Wymark’s. Having said that, actors in small parts like this (even when they’re credited) are sometimes dubbed by other actors (presumably because it’s cheaper to get one actor to come in and dub several background voices). So, all I can say is that it sounds like it might be Wymark just as the eyes, mouth, hairline and ears look like they might be Wymark.

Wymark was appearing with the 59 Theatre Company at the Lyric, Hammersmith for the first six months of 1959, appearing in Danton’s Death (which was adapted for BBC TV in May 1959) The Cheats of Scapin and Brand. He then starred in the revue One To Another with Beryl Reid. So, it’s possible that he could have done a day’s filming on The Devil’s Bait. You’ll notice I’m still hedging my bets, but I’m leaning 80% towards ‘yes’.

NB: Among the supporting cast in this movie, playing Gordon Jackson’s police driver, is Robert Crewdson, who would later play one of the suspects being investigated by Patrick Wymark in The Psychopath.



The Johnson/Wymark Connection

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, December 03, 2021 18:15:05

Talking Pictures TV will be screening Patrick Wymark in Blood On Satan’s Claw at 9pm this evening (Friday 3rd December) and at 2:15 am on Saturday morning, Lust For A Vampire starring Michael Johnson.

There is a connection between the two actors. As a schoolboy at Wintringham School in Grimsby, the young Wymark was encouraged by one of his teachers, ‘Knocker’ Johnson. And Johnson’s son was Michael.

The Johnson’s lived in an area of Grimsby called ‘The Dukeries’ and a schoolfriend related a story of how Johnson’s mother advertised for a cleaning woman. Young Michael applied for the job, disguised as a middle-aged woman, and so impressed his mother that he was hired on the spot.

Michael Johnson went on to star with Herbert Lom in the TV series, The Human Jungle. And there was one further connection. Both Wymark and Michael Johnson featured on ITV on the evening of Sunday 4th December 1966. At 6.40 pm, Michael Johnson starred as St George in George – For England, one of a cycle of plays called Four Triumphant written by James Forsyth. Later in the evening, Patrick Wymark appeared with Barbara Murray and Jack Watling in A Royal Gala – a charity broadcast beginning at 8.35 from the London Palladium.



Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Cellar Club

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, December 02, 2021 22:08:09

Marking Blood on Satan’s Claw’s 50th year, Talking Pictures TV will be screening the rural horror movie starring Patrick Wymark at 9pm as part of their ‘Cellar Club’ season with a special introduction with Caroline Munro. In the mean time you can still hear our fireside chat about the movie here – and read about the movie here . You can also download a special magazine celebrating the anniversary of Blood on Satan’s Claw here.



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