Gordon Jackson (Hudson) and David Langton (Richard) together in the 1957 British
film Seven Waves Away (US: Abandon Ship). The film concerns the real-life story
of a group of shipwreck survivors in a lifeboat. Their troubles get worse when the captain (Tyrone
Power) decides to start chucking the weakest members of the party overboard in an attempt to increase
the odds of the stronger members surviving! You can also see Clive Morton who played Mr Makepiece
in the UpDown episode A Change of Scene.
Simon Williams pictured with his sister Polly during their childhood, above,
and, below, in 1995. Recognise her face? She played in the UpDown episode Tug of War
as Lady Viola Courtney, a nurse training alongside Georgina. She married actor Nigel Havers in 1989
but sadly died in 2004 after a four-year battle with cancer.
A young Nicola Pagett. Her early years were spent in the Middle and Far East
so she had some idea of what it was like to be surrounded by servants when it came to her Upstairs,
The nineteen-year-old Nicola Pagett in one of her earliest screen roles in the
1965 Danger Man episode The Mirror's New. She played the French mistress of a
member of the diplomatic core being investigated by secret agent John Drake (played by Patrick McGoohan).
Complete with natty hat, à la mode red plastic dress ... and a vary variable French accent!
Nicola Pagett in Granada's 1968 serial The Caesars. She featured in
the last episode as Messalina alongside Freddie Jones as her husband Claudius. The show covers almost
identical territory to the BBC's later (and more famous) I, Claudius in 1976 and it's worth
noting just how much Derek Jacobi's celebrated later performance as Claudius owes to Freddie Jones.
Despite having rather slow opening episodes (a trait shared by its BBC counterpart) the serial doesn't
quite deserve its modern-day obscurity. Part of the problem may be that The Caesars was
shot in black and white – one of the last period dramas to be made this way – and the surviving
copies appear to be rather murky. Click picture for a larger version.
Nicola Pagett in one of her first film roles. She played one of the romantic
interests of Christopher Matthew's character in Come Back Peter (1969) – a low-budget sex
comedy. Click on the image for a much larger version.
Can you spot the future UpDown star in this group shot from the early
BBC soap The Grove Family? A young Christopher Beeny played Lennie Grove, the trouble-attracting
youngster of the family, and is pictured in the back row. The show is credited as "the first continuous
television narrative drama [i.e. soap] in Britain" and ran for nearly 150 episodes between April
1954 and June 1957, all (somewhat hair-raisingly) transmitted live. Sadly only two episodes (including
the last) still survive, but the series did spin off a cinema film, It's A Great Day, in
An early radio listing for the 23-year-old Angela Baddeley, appearing on the
BBC's 2LO station on August 5th 1927. This would have been broadcast live from the Savoy Hill studios
in London. She was doing some "Cockney humour" alongside the Nesbitt Brothers on "ukulele, banjo,
etc." shrugs the billing. Click on the image for the full page of the Radio Times.