Gabrielle Blunt

Gabrielle Hilda Blunt (8 January 1919 – 10 June 2014)[2] was a British actress. She had a very long career in theatre, film and television mainly working as a character actress appearing in a large number of British television programmes and films.

Blunt was the daughter and only child of Henry Wilfrid Blunt (born 17 May 1887, died 13 October 1956) and Maud Etta Hyde (born 1890, died 1976) who were married on 10 May 1915. She was the granddaughter of Sir John Harvey Blunt, eighth Baronet Blunt of London (born 1 January 1839, died 26 January 1922) and Susan Hoad (born 1843, died 1 April 1917).

Blunt began her theatrical career in regional rep in the early 1940s touring Europe with the Entertainments National Service Association in 1945. The same year, she was seen in Vanbrugh's The Confederacy at the York Festival.

Blunt's first significant role was as Catriona Macroon in the film Whisky Galore!.[3] In the early 1990s she appeared in a documentary about the film Whisky Galore, which was later also on a DVD release of the original 1949 film.

Blunt also appeared as Mrs Bulstrode in the Wilt, a 1989 adaptation of Tom Sharpe's novel.[4] She became best known for her roles in British sitcoms, appearing over the years in Happy Ever After, Shine on Harvey Moon, Roll Over Beethoven, Drop the Dead Donkey The Fast Show, Pat & Margaret, Harry Enfield's Television Programme and Paul Merton: The Series and The Thin Blue Line.[2]

She appeared in an early episode of the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave as Mrs Birkett, an elderly neighbour who accidentally gets trapped in the Meldrews' loft when Victor closes the trap door whilst she is up there looking for jumble that Margaret has prepared for her. She continues to be mentioned throughout the rest of the series, but is not seen again.

When she was nearly 80, in 1998, Blunt toured the UK and Europe in Out of Joint's premiere of Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart and she travelled to New York the following year to perform in it.

Blunt was married and divorced twice and had three children. Her first husband was the actor Tony Thawnton. Her second husband, Julian Bond, adopted her two children from her first marriage.

She continued to work in television and theatre until the early 2000s. Her final appearance on television was in November 2001 in an episode of the series Heartbeat.

She died at the age of 95 of natural causes in the actors' retirement home Denville Hall in London, England, on 10 June 2014.

Gabrielle Blunt
Born8 January 1919
Died10 June 2014 (aged 95)
Years active1940s–2001
Spouse(s)Julian Bond (1955–1972; div) Tony Thawnton (1941–1950; div)


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Quinn, Michael (5 September 2014)."Obituary: Gabrielle Blunt". The Stage. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Whisky Galore! (1949)". Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  4. ^ Lentz III, Harris M. (2015). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland & Co. p. 40. ISBN 978-0786476664.

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Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime

Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime is a 1983 British television series based on the short stories of the same name by Agatha Christie. It was directed by John A. Davis and Tony Wharmby and starred Francesca Annis and James Warwick in the leading roles of wife and husband sleuths Prudence 'Tuppence' and Tommy Beresford. Reece Dinsdale co-starred as Albert in all but two episodes.

The series follows the adventures and exploits of the Beresfords, who have recently taken over the running of a detective agency based in London. Each episode features one of the stories from the book. Among these are a quest for missing jewels, the investigation of poltergeists and a story involving poisoned chocolates.

The series followed the short stories closely with two notable exceptions: First, the detective parodies, although alluded to on occasion, were for the most part dispensed with. Secondly, the story arc of the blue Russian letters and the search for the agent known as Number 16 were also dispensed with. For this reason three chapters (The Adventure of the Sinister Stranger, Blindman's Bluff and The Man Who Was No. 16) were not adapted.

The series' original run was immediately preceded by transmission on 9 October 1983 of the same production team's adaptation of Christie's second novel The Secret Adversary, which also starred Annis and Warwick in the same roles and which acted as an introduction for viewers to Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime.

The series ran for one season between 16 October 1983 and 14 January 1984 with ten episodes. It was poorly received at the time, but was later shown in the United States, where John Tribe, the series graphic designer, won an award at the 1985 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Graphic and Title Design in recognition of the programme's title sequence. As of 2007, the series is regularly aired in the UK on the digital channel ITV3. Unavailable on DVD for a long period, it was released by Acorn Media UK on 2 September 2013.

Deaths in June 2014

The following is a list of notable deaths in June 2014.

Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship and reason for notability, established cause of death, reference.

Denville Hall

Denville Hall is an historic building in Northwood, a town in the London Borough of Hillingdon, England, which is used as a retirement home for professional actors, actresses and other theatrical professions. The present building incorporates part of a 16th-century house, which was substantially rebuilt in 1851 and later considerably extended after becoming a retirement home in 1926. Many well-known British actors and actresses have been residents of the hall.

Gabrielle (given name)

Gabrielle is the French feminine form of Gabriel, which means "hero of god" or "God is my might" in Hebrew.

List of Agatha Christie's Poirot episodes

The following is a list of episodes for the British crime drama Agatha Christie's Poirot which first aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. In total 70 episodes were produced over 13 series.

Episodes run for either approximately 50 minutes or 90–100 minutes, the latter of which is the format of all episodes from series 6 onwards. The shorter episodes are based on Christie's short stories featuring Poirot, many published in the 1920s, and are considerably embellished from their original form. The longer episodes are based on Christie's 33 Poirot novels and one short story collection (The Labours of Hercules). While Christie's novels are set contemporaneously with the time of writing (between the 1920s and 1960s), 1936 was chosen as the year in which to place the majority of Poirot episodes; references to events such as the Jarrow March were included to strengthen this chronology. With some exceptions, the series as a whole is set in roughly chronological order between 1935 and 1939, just prior to the Second World War.

List of All Creatures Great and Small (TV series) characters

This is a list of characters — and the actor(s) who played them — featured in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small. Over 600 characters were used over ninety episodes, with several actors playing multiple characters during the course of the series.

James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon are the only two characters to appear in all ninety episodes. Tristan Farnon appears in sixty-five episodes.

List of The Bill cast members

A list of notable actors and actresses who have appeared in the television show The Bill.

Mandy (1952 film)

Mandy is a 1952 British film about a family's struggle to give their deaf daughter a better life. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and is based on the novel The Day Is Ours by Hilda Lewis. It stars Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins and Terence Morgan, and features the first film appearance by Jane Asher. In the US the film was released as The Story of Mandy, later also distributed as Crash of Silence.

Murder in the Mews

Murder in the Mews and Other Stories is a short story collection by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by Collins Crime Club on 15 March 1937. In the US, the book was published by Dodd, Mead and Company under the title Dead Man's Mirror in June 1937 with one story missing (The Incredible Theft); the 1987 Berkeley Books edition of the same title has all four stories. All of the tales feature Hercule Poirot. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the first US edition at $2.00.

Noose for a Lady

Noose for a Lady is a 1953 British crime film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Dennis Price, Rona Anderson and Ronald Howard. It is based on the novel Whispering Woman by Gerald Verner. The screenplay concerns an amateur detective who races against time to clear the name of his cousin, who is accused of murdering her husband.

One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave is a British television sitcom written by David Renwick. There were six series and seven Christmas specials over a period of eleven years from early 1990 to late 2000. The first five series were broadcast between January 1990 and January 1995. For the next five years, the show appeared only as Christmas specials, followed by one final series in 2000.

The series features the exploits of Victor Meldrew, played by Richard Wilson and his long-suffering wife, Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie. Wilson initially turned down the part of Meldrew and David Renwick considered Les Dawson for the role, until Wilson changed his mind. The programmes invariably deal with Meldrew's battle against the problems he creates for himself. Set in a typical suburb in southern England, Victor takes involuntary early retirement. His various efforts to keep himself busy, while encountering various misfortunes and misunderstandings are the themes of the sitcom. Indoor scenes were filmed at BBC Television Centre with most exterior scenes filmed on Tresillian Way in Walkford, Hampshire. Despite its traditional production, the series subverts its domestic sitcom setting with elements of black humour and surrealism.

The series was occasionally the subject of controversy for some of its darker story elements, but nevertheless received a number of awards, including the 1992 BAFTA for Best Comedy. The programme came 80th in the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. The series, originally shown on BBC One, is now available on DVD and is regularly repeated in the United Kingdom. Four episodes were remade for BBC Radio 2. The series inspired a novel, published in 1992, featuring the most memorable moments from the first two series and the first Christmas special.

Rockets Galore!

Rockets Galore! is a 1957 British comedy film sequel to Whisky Galore! It was much less successful than its predecessor.

It was directed by Michael Relph and based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie. It stars Jeannie Carson, Donald Sinden and Roland Culver, while Gordon Jackson, Jean Cadell and Catherine Lacey reprise their roles from the previous film. Ronnie Corbett appears as 'Drooby', with cameo appearances by Richard Dimbleby, Michael Foot and Robert Boothby.

Although not a true sequel to Whisky Galore!, many of that film's locations on the island of Barra were utilised again and many of the characters returned, but often played by different performers. The film was released in the U.S. as Mad Little Island.

The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids is a 1951 post-apocalyptic novel by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. After most people in the world are blinded by an apparent meteor shower, an aggressive species of plant starts killing people. Although Wyndham had already published other novels using other pen name combinations drawn from his real name, this was the first novel published as "John Wyndham". It established him as an important writer and remains his best-known novel.

The story has been made into the 1962 feature film of the same name, three radio drama series (in 1957, 1968 and 2008), and two TV series (in 1981 and 2009). It was nominated for the International Fantasy Award in 1952, and in 2003 the novel was listed on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

The Rossiter Case

The Rossiter Case is a 1951 British crime film directed by Francis Searle and starring Helen Shingler, Clement McCallin, Sheila Burrell and Stanley Baker in a small role. A man has an affair with his disabled wife's sister - and when the sister is murdered, suspicion falls on him.

The Secret Adversary

The Secret Adversary is the second published detective fiction novel by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in January 1922 in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company later in that same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6) and the US edition at $1.75.The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in three other Christie novels and one collection of short stories; the five Tommy and Tuppence books span Agatha Christie's writing career. The Great War is over, and jobs are scarce. Childhood friends Tommy Beresford and Prudence "Tuppence" Cowley meet and agree to start their own business as The Young Adventurers. They are hired for a job that leads them both to many dangerous situations, meeting allies as well, including an American millionaire in search of his cousin.

Reviews were generally positive on this adventure, which manages to keep the identity of the arch-criminal secret to the very end.

Tony Draws a Horse

Tony Draws a Horse is a 1950 British comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Cecil Parker, Anne Crawford and Derek Bond. It was adapted from a play of the same name by Lesley Storm.

Whisky Galore! (1949 film)

Whisky Galore! is a 1949 British comedy film produced by Ealing Studios starring Basil Radford, Bruce Seton, Joan Greenwood and Gordon Jackson. It was the directorial debut of Alexander Mackendrick; the screenplay was by Compton MacKenzie, based on his 1947 novel Whisky Galore. The story – based on a true event – concerns a shipwreck off a fictional Scottish island, the inhabitants of which have run out of whisky; the islanders find out the ship is carrying 50,000 cases of whisky, which they salvage, against the opposition of the local Customs and Excise men.

Like others of the Ealing comedies, Whisky Galore! explores the actions of a small insular group facing and overcoming a more powerful opponent. It was filmed on the island of Barra; the weather was so poor that the production over-ran its 10-week schedule by five weeks, and the film went £20,000 over budget. The initial cut of the film was considered poor by Michael Balcon, the head of the studio, so one of Ealing's directors, Charles Crichton, added additional footage and re-edited the film prior to its release.

Whisky Galore! was well-received on its release. It came out in the same year as Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets, leading to 1949 being remembered as one of the peak years of the Ealing comedies. In the US, where Whisky Galore! was renamed Tight Little Island, the film became the first from Ealing Studios to achieve box office success. It was followed by a sequel, Rockets Galore!. Whisky Galore! has since been adapted for the stage, and a remake was released in 2016.

Wyatt's Watchdogs

Wyatt's Watchdogs is a 30-minute BBC1 situation comedy that starred Brian Wilde and Trevor Bannister. Created and written by Miles Tredinnick, the six-episode series was transmitted in the autumn of 1988. Alan J. W. Bell directed and the music was composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst.

Although not initially written with him in mind, the series was developed as a vehicle for Wilde after he had left the cast of Last of the Summer Wine three years prior. Although initially getting passable ratings, the BBC felt that the sitcom had not really caught on, and it was dropped after one series; Wilde returned to Last of the Summer Wine in 1990.

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