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Katy Manning and Bernard Holley

Saturday 18 February 2012

Katy Manning and Bernard Holley (Peter Haydon - Tomb of the Cybermen, Axon Man - Claws of Axos) visited GALAXY FOUR courtesy of FANTOM FILMS on Saturday 18th February to meet fans and sign autographs.

Mark Strickson and Ray Brooks

Sunday 22 January 2012

Thank you to everyone who turned out on a rather windy day to meet Mark and Ray. We hope you all enjoyed the day.

Mark Strickson: Best know for his role as Turlough, Mark appeared in the BBC medical series Angels, before landing his part in Doctor Who. He also played the young Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol. He is now a documentary producer and director, especially of wildlife documentary programmes. He has produced programmes for, amongst others, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Animal Planet. He brought Steve Irwin to public attention with such shows as The Ten Deadliest Snakes in the World.


Ray Brooks began as a television actor. He appeared in the long-running soap Coronation Street and played Terry Mills in the series Taxi with Sid James (1963). He then rose to prominence in the UK after starring alongside Michael Crawford and Rita Tushingham in The Knack …and How to Get It. The film, directed by Richard Lester won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965. Brooks followed up this success starring in the groundbreaking television drama Cathy Come Home. Through the 1960s he also had small roles in a number of other cult television series including The Avengers, Danger Man, and Doomwatch. He played the major role of David Campbell in the Doctor Who film Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD.


Brooks returned to prominence with the BBC comedy drama Big Deal (1984–1986), where he co-starred with Sharon Duce. After Big Deal ended, Duce and Brooks starred together, as different characters, in the popular Growing Pains (1992) about a pair of middle-aged foster parents.


Brooks was also the narrator of the well known children's animations by David McKee: Mr Benn and King Rollo. In 1987 the BBC chose Brooks as one of the principal character voices for the acclaimed French animated science fiction film "Les Maitres du Temps" which the BBC had co-produced in 1982.

He joined the cast of soap opera EastEnders as Joe Macer in 2005. On 30 September 2006 it was announced that Brooks' EastEnders character would depart in January 2007 following the departure of Joe's wife, Pauline Fowler (Wendy Richard), at Christmas. His final appearance was on 26 January when his character confessed to killing Pauline before falling from a window to his death

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