“On the field, first at Newcastle, later with England, Spurs, Lazio and Rangers, he was a surging, exhilarating phenomenon. At his best he slalomed past defenders, sprayed precision passes and shot explosively from unexpected angles and distances. And he did it all with infectious glee.For a whole generation of fans he was simply the most appealing and captivating English football player they had seen. He could be crass but he could also be anarchically funny,
Screenwriter and novelist GF Newman (22nd May 1946) best known for the creation of TV character Judge John Deed (2001-2007) starring the talented and versatile Martin Shaw, a maverick judge who forgoes the usual pomp and circumstance associated with our legal system, in particular the court room, and New Street Law (2006-2007), a drama about two rival law firms of barristers based in Manchester,
There is no doubt that Cathy Gale helped change the perception of women on British television forever. "When I started, men were still of the opinion that women would always be seen as the weaker sex due to their lack of strength. I was the first woman to be seen defending herself and so illustrated that this was no longer the case. Despite being glamorous and witty, Cathy was also Steed's intellectual equal.
With details of the latest in the line of Bond films “Spectre” being recently announced, ZANI takes a look back and remembers the life of one of its most infamous characters.
Very few actresses have ever been given a role that redefines the public's vision of women on television. That in itself would be a significant achievement; but as Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Honor Blackman not only altered that public perception and re-characterized the role, she also single-handedly kick-started the whole 1960s 'second wave' feminist movement.
In the mid eighties at high school in Guyana a friend of mine was reading a Liz Taylor biography. I remember leafing through the glossy black and white photos in the centre and seeing a photograph of Liz looking dishevelled and deranged. I thought she was playing a character called Virginia Woolf because the title attached to the picture was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?