Director Ray Cooney catches up with cameo guest-stars Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams

As part of the promotional work to support the release of the new film adaptation of his bedroom farce Run For Your Wife, writer and director Ray Cooney catches up with Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams (two of a huge number of British actors and actresses who cameo in the film). The interview includes footage of Fleming’s and Williams’ brief appearance in the film (alongside Andrew Sachs and Mark Wingett).

The film, which stars Danny Dyer, has received near-universally dire reviews, and the story of its dismal performance at the box office has attracted widespread press comment.

Reviewing the film in The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw concludes:

The humour makes The Dick Emery Show look edgy and contemporary, and the movie features a mind-boggling parade of cameos you are only otherwise liable to see in the cutaway shots of an ITV3 repeat of An Audience with Magnus Pyke. Frank Thornton! Bill Pertwee! Russ Abbot! Connoisseurs of the British thespian scene from 30 years ago are likely, however, to have precisely the same response as those who do not recognise any of these people: an overwhelming desire to buy an old-fashioned town-gas cooking appliance in which one’s head will fit snugly.

Hugh Walters (Vic Thatcher, S1) to appear at London Film and Comic Con, July 2013

Hugh Walters (the second of three actors to play the role of Vic Thatcher in Survivors) is making a signing appearance at the London Film and Comic Con, being held at Earls Court 2, London between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July 2013.

Walters, who played the role of Vic Thatcher in first series episodes Revenge and A Beginning, will appear on Friday 5 July only for a signing session.

Hugh Walters - Survivors
Hugh Walters – Survivors

Thanks to Adrian H for alerting the blog to this news

McCulloch supports new release of Zombie Flesh Eaters on DVD and Blu-Ray

Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston, Survivors) has been widely interviewed in the horror-genre press, as part of the publicity drive in support of the release of his most celebrated zombie flick Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) on DVD and Blu-Ray, in “a brand new high definition restoration of the original negative”.


Arrow Films released a new DVD version and (for the first time) two separate Blu-Ray packages of the film on 3 December 2012. Amongst the special features on the release, McCulloch contributes a ‘UK exclusive’ introduction to the movie, and in a separate mini-feature Aliens, Cannibals and Zombies: A Trilogy of Italian Terror McCulloch reflects on his “three classics of Latin horror lunacy”, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Contamination and Zombie Holocaust.

McCulloch discusses his work on Zombie Flesh Eaters in new interviews on CineMart Online (28 November); the 24 Frames Per Second blog (29 November); Dread Central (3 December); and This is Fake DIY (3 December).

McCulloch was also a special guest on the Starburst horror pod-cast Friday Night Fright (Episode 10, December); and the AV Forum podcast (28 November). McCulloch is also interviewed in the new edition (Issue 15) of Scream magazine (print only).

McCulloch arranged a screening of Zombie Flesh Eaters to raise funds for his local golf club at the CatStrand art centre in New Galloway on 9 November. McCulloch, who has been a member of the New Galloway Golf Club for decades, provided an introduction to the viewing and afterwards: “gave an insight into show business and entertained with a series of songs he has written.” (The Galloway News, 15 November 2012). The £200 raised at the event will go towards the cost of additional drainage on the course.

Denis Lill at Memorabilia event

Denis Lill (Charles Vaughan, Survivors) appears, as part of an Only Fools and Horses cast reunion, at the next Birmingham Memorabilia event. The event takes place over the weekend of 24-25 November 2012, although Lill is only scheduled to appear on Saturday 24 November.

Denis Lill - Memorabilia, London 2012

Carolyn Seymour attends Star Trek London convention, London, October 2012

Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant, Survivors) appeared at the Destination Star Trek convention, held at the Excel convention centre, London between 19-21 October 2012.

The convention was celebrated for bringing together (for a rare joint UK convention appearance) all of the actors who have played the role of ship captain in all of the different TV incarnations of Star Trek.

Seymour, who played a variety of guest roles in both Star Trek: the next generation and Voyager appeared at a photo-signing session at the event.

Carolyn Seymour - Star Trek London event - October 2012
Carolyn Seymour – Star Trek London event – October 2012

Ian McCulloch joins ‘Zombie’ panel at Spooky Empire 2012 horror film convention

Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston, SurvivorsZombie at the Spooky Empire 2012 horror film convention held, over the Halloween weekend, in Orlando, USA. Joining McCulloch on the panel were Richard Johnson and Ottaviano Dell’Acqua.

Ian McCulloch - Spooky Empire 2012 convention
Ian McCulloch – Spooky Empire 2012 convention

Denis Lill interviewed at Only Fools & Horses convention

Denis Lill (Charles Vaughan, Survivors) was interviewed by Kugan Cassius of iFilm at the 2013 Only Fools & Horses Convention which took place recently in Peterborough. Lill played the occasional, recurring role of Alan Parry in Only Fools & Horses.

Lill discusses his work in the series, his character’s view of others on the show, and refers to his more recent TV work on The Royal and his stage appearances in a number of different Agatha Christie productions.

Photos (c) Only Fools & Horses Fan Site:

Lucy Fleming joins publicity drive for new Bond film and audio-book collection

Lucy Fleming (niece of James Bond creator, the late Ian Fleming) has joined the publicity drive for the new James Bond film Skyfall and the range of new James Bond audio-books, the release of which co-incides with the Bon’s latest cinema outing.

Interviewed in GQ  (‘Lucy Fleming on James Bond’s anniversary, her uncle’s legacy and die-hard fans’, 3 October), Fleming reflects on her uncle’s work and considers the different interpretations that have been made of his most famous creation on screen and on the page.

Speaking to the Evening Standard  (‘Lucy Fleming: If I reveal the James Bond Skyfall plot I might be shot’, 3 October), Fleming revisits the different incaranations of Bond, and recollects some of the key events in her own personal life, and the intertwinning of her life and that of Ian Fleming’s legacy.

Lucy Fleming is also widely pictured attending the after-party for the launch of the new James Bond behind-the-scenes book Everything or Nothing – The Untold Story of 007, held on 1 October.

Barbara Broccoli, left, and Lucy Fleming right, at the Odeon West End, London, 1 October 2012
  • Everything or Nothing is out now.
  • The 007 Reloaded audiobooks are available from
  • Skyfall is on general release from 26 October 2012

Lucy Fleming – Steve Wright in the Afternoon – 5 September 2012

Survivors actress Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon show on 5 September 2012, to discuss the new range of James Bond audio-books (007 Reloaded) being released this week.

The interview (in which Steve Wright mentions Lucy’s role in Survivors as part of the intro) can currently be streamed online (in the UK).

Lucy Fleming - Steve Wright in the Afternoon - 5 September 2012
Lucy Fleming – Steve Wright in the Afternoon – 5 September 2012

Caroline Seymour Q&A at the Space 1999 ‘Journey to Where’ Convention

Video of a brief Caroline Seymour Q&A appearance at the 2010 Journey to Where Space 1999 Convention held in Austin, Texas, USA on 16-18 July 2010 has recently be uploaded to YouTube.

In addition to the pre-screening Q&A, Caroline also spoke about her work at a separate session at the Convention, a video of which is also available on YouTube.