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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

The Plane Makers: Too Much To Lose

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 23:17:10

16 September 1963 – The Plane Makers episode Too Much To Lose introduces John Wilder and his wife Pamela http://www.wymark.org.uk/plane1.html



Priceless Power Game

Updates Posted on Tue, July 23, 2019 19:10:08

Andrew-Mark Thompson has been creating some fantastic merchandising-that-never-was on Twitter as @Andydrewz but today he has created something really special. You can see the whole image at https://twitter.com/Andydrewz/status/1153643133814620160?s=20



Illuminating Battle of Britain 50

Updates Posted on Sat, May 25, 2019 09:34:51

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 50 – 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Battle of Britain – Channel5 is screening the movie (featuring Patrick Wymark as Leigh Mallory) at 6.25pm Saturday 25 May.
Do you remember the premiere on 15 September 1969 at the Dominion Tottenham Court Road? Or do you remember the related display at Talbot Road, Blackpool. Patrick Wymark, Douglas Bader and Ginger Lacey were billed to be present when Blackpool Illuminations were turned on by a Canberra flying overhead. Were you there? Do you have photos? http://www.wymark.org.uk/battle.html



Claudius – The Shock of Recognition

Updates Posted on Fri, April 19, 2019 06:35:53

Tony Richardson effectively preserved his Roundhouse production in the Nicol Williamson film version of Hamlet. Young Anthony Hopkins plays the adulterous uncle of Hamlet (no wonder they drove the kid crazy). This means Patrick Wymark’s performance as Claudius in the US tour was never recorded.


But we may get some hint of Wymark’s performance from the Argo records production, reviewed on John Owen’s Argonaut blog: “Wymark giving a beautiful account of a man who has succeeded so completely in an evil deed, that he is blown to pieces the first time he is brought face to face with an account of his deeds.” Ironically, some productions twin the Ghost with Claudius, but here the Ghost of Hamlet’s father is played by William (Sir Gerald Merle) Devlin



West 11 on TPTV

Updates Posted on Sat, March 30, 2019 08:37:44

A chance to see Patrick Wymark in West 11 at 9pm, Saturday 30 March on Talking Pictures TV.

Wymark plays Father Hogan, the family priest consulted by troubled outsider Alfred Lynch in Michael Winner’s 1963 adaptation of Laura Del Rivo’s novel about life in Notting Hill. With overtones of Strangers On A Train the movie also features Wymark’s friend and director Harold Lang as “Silent”, an enigmatic character on the edge of Lynch’s community. You can read more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/West.html



The Judge

Updates Posted on Mon, March 11, 2019 18:19:48

1 March 1967: Patrick Wymark starred in John Mortimer’s play ‘The Judge’ at the Cambridge Theatre. A year later, on 12 March 1968, Wymark starred in the TV adaptation as part of the ‘Playhouse’ strand.

Mortimer would later create TV’s cynical barrister, Rumpole of the Bailey, but The Judge was far more challenging than the loveable iconoclast played by Leo McKern. At first the plot seems like a variation on Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit , before veering off in a totally different direction . http://www.wymark.org.uk/judge.html



Callan Director’s Past Links to Hunter

Updates Posted on Sun, March 03, 2019 15:46:01

A link to John Owen’s Argonaut blog illuminates tomorrow
night’s screening of ‘The Good Ones Are All Dead’, the first episode of
‘Callan’ which Talking Pictures TV is screening at 9pm on Monday 5th March.

In
1957, Toby Robertson was appearing with Patrick Wymark in Peter Brook’s
production of ‘The Tempest’ – from August 13 1957 at the Shakespeare Memorial
Theatre, Stratford – and from December 5 1957 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Wymark played the drunken butler Stephano, while Robertson played Adrian.

By
1962 Robertson was directing Nicol Williamson and Rita Tushingham in ‘A
Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Court, and by 1963 he was assistant
director to Peter Brook on the film ‘Lord of the Flies’. Robertson was also
building a parallel career with ABC as a TV director. So it was that he helmed
the hard-hitting first episode of ‘Callan’. In this episode, Edward Woodward
stars opposite Ronald Radd as his controller, Hunter. In future episodes, to be
screened on TPTV, Hunter will be played by William Squire. And so it is that we
look back at the Argo Records adaptation of Henry IV part 2, where Toby
Robertson as Silence, shares a scene with William Squire as Justice Shallow:
“so deadpan it could be something out of theatre of the absurd. Not funny
but oddly fascinating.” https://argonautblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/deconstruction-work/



The Psychopath Podcast

Updates Posted on Tue, February 12, 2019 18:43:45

A mysterious assassin killing members of a wartime commission, leaving dolls with their likenesses in his wake! Patrick Wymark stars as the detective investigating the case in a script by Robert Bloch. Tonight we discuss the Amicus horror movies, The Psychopath with Dr Terror in our new 26 minute podcast. You can hear it here



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