The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London. Louise Jameson has been announced as a nominee in the category of Best Female Performance for her role as Bridie Prospect in Gutted at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. The public voting opens in January 2014 but you can register now via the link below.
photo: Jane Hobson
Gutted is a fast-paced, powerful new play by Rikki Beadle-Blair. Starring Louise Jameson as Bridie Prospect, the mother of four boys in a dysfunctional South London family . This is a story about love, family and sordid secrets told through the eyes of four brothers. When the eldest brother comes out of rehab he embarks on a truth-telling mission and triggers an unstoppable family meltdown. In an explosive 24 hours, years of denial are uncovered and life will never be the same again. This is daring, shocking and intensely emotional work infused with warmth and humour.
The show will feature four pairs of well-known Doctor Who stars pitted against each other to win the Pointless Trophy: the companion team of Louise Jameson and Frazer Hines; the seventh Doctor team of Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred; the 'noble' team of Bernard Cribbins and Jacqueline King; and finally the "sixth Doctor" pairing of Nicola Bryant and Andrew Hayden-Smith (standing in for Colin Baker who was participating in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here at the time of recording).
The episode was recorded at BBC Television Centre on 13th November 2012, hosted as always by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman - who will receive some assistance from K-9!
A charity performance of My Gay Best Friend, an award-winning play which she co-wrote with fellow performer Nigel Fairs, will be held at The Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.
My Gay Best Friend starts in a ladies’ loo in Eastbourne. Rachel is furious because her gay best friend Gavin hasn’t turned up to support her in her stage debut; he’s too busy in Hurstpierpoint trying to become a father with a lesbian couple and a turkey baster!
After winning an Argus Angel when it premiered in the Brighton Festival, My Gay Best Friend is travelling the country in a pre-London tour.
'The joy of seeing a fine actress at the top of her abilities entertaining everyone with original, thought provoking material made this evening truly memorable. Some of the audience had come simply to pay homage to Leela, of Dr Who fame. They were all blown away by her mature talent.'
This event is in aid of Compaid, a leading charity providing services to disabled people.
The popular one day convention for fans of Doctor Who rematerialises at Trinity Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favourite time traveller.
The event will include panel discussions with audience Q&As, a live debate, charity auction, special screenings, signings and stalls.
Guests (subject to work commitments) include Louise Jameson (Leela), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Richard Franklin (Mike Yates), Simon Fisher-Becker (Dorium Maldovar), Dan Starkey (Strax) and from inside the Daleks, operators Cy Town and Nicholas Pegg. They’ll be joined by writers and commentators including Simon Guerrier, Gary Russell, Andrew Smith, Nigel Fairs, Richard Bignell, Will Howells and Jonathan Morris, along with Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres.
The day will conclude with a special performance of Toby Hadoke’s sell out Edinburgh show, My Stepson Stole my Sonic Screwdriver.
All proceeds from this event will go to Compaid, a local charity supporting disabled people. Registered Charity Number 1064160.
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“You are now in Japanese prison camp. British have been conquered by superior Nippon forces. You are no longer proud colonialists. You are fourth class women!”
The BBC’s women prisoner-of-war drama Tenko is one of the most well-loved TV series of all time. Between 1981 and 1985 as many as 16 million viewers regularly tuned in each week, as leader of the British prisoners Marion Jefferson (Ann Bell) squared up to fearsome Japanese commandant Yamauchi(Burt Kwouk); the actions of spoilt socialite Rose Millar (Stephanie Beacham) and mouthy cockney Blanche (Louise Jameson) led to fearsome punishments; and Dr Beatrice Mason (Stephanie Cole) desperately tried to save as many prisoners as she could from disease and starvation amidst appalling conditions.
Tenko was the first of its kind; a prime time series with a virtually all female cast, it boasted some of the most developed and believable characters to ever grace our television screens and tackled taboo subjects such as abortion, euthanasia and prostitution through its compelling storylines.
This new book by Andy Priestner is a comprehensive celebration of Tenko, detailing how it came to be commissioned, the filming in the UK and Malaysia and the real-life historical background behind the series. With a foreword by Tenko creator Lavinia Warner and extensive contributions from script writers Jill Hyem and Anne Valery, the book explroes why they think it captured the imagination of the British viewing public so completely. There are also contributions from the series’ largely female ensemble cast, and in particular actresses Stephanie Beacham, Stephanie Cole, Louise Jameson and Ann Bell who talk about the enduring friendships they all made, why it was such a special drama to work on and how it changed their lives.
Remembering Tenko is lavishly illustrated throughout with official and many never before seen behind -the-scenes photos, as well as sketches by the cast and the series original titles designer who also provides the iconic front cover.
Remembering Tenko by Andy Priestner is published in Paperback by Classic TV Press at £19.99. www.classictvpress.co.uk
Louise presented an award at The Offies (The Off West End Theatre Awards) Sunday 5th February. The awards are to recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London.
Louise (pictured with Alison Steadman) says "Off West End is the maternity ward of creativity and I am proud to champion it."
Further details at www.offwestend.com
January 1st 2012 marks the 35th anniversary of Louise's debut in Doctor Who playing Leela, warrior of The Sevateem. The Face of Evil episode 1 aired at 6.20pm on New Years Day 1977.
The DVD for this story is being released 5th March and includes a commentary with Louise and Tom Baker as well as a documentary and plenty of Special Features.
Louise can currently be seen in the new series of Doc Martin on ITV as Eleanor, mother of Louisa. The character locks horns with Doc Martin from the moment they meet and proves to be quite a match to the irascible GP.
The fifth series of Doc Martin was filmed in Port Isaac, Cornwall between May and September 2011.
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Louise Jameson is reunited with Tom Baker in a number of audio adventures for Big Finish, to be released from the beginning of 2012.
The first season of six single-disc releases will begin in January 2012, with a second season of seven single-disc releases to follow at a date to be confirmed. There will also be a five-disc box set entitled Doctor Who: The Lost Stories – The Fourth Doctor Box Set... The producers across the Fourth Doctor adventures are Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson.
“As many of you will know, we've been talking to Tom for a long time,” says Big Finish executive producer Nick Briggs. “David Richardson and I went to visit Tom at his home not long ago to chat about it all. We had a really great time. At that point, I sincerely felt that had we taken a microphone with us, Tom would have started there and then - but, of course, there are always finer details to sort out. Now that our plans are in place, and Tom has enthusiastically told the world that we're going ahead, we thought it best to follow-up with our own announcement. Rest assured that in the coming months we will be releasing news on this as soon as we are able.”
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: "I am delighted that Tom will be joining the Big Finish audio adventures of Doctor Who. As a small child, I remember how charismatic and engaging his performance was each Saturday tea time - and we are all looking forward to recreating that era again."
The season begins in January with "Destination Nerva" by Nicholas Briggs, in which the Doctor and Leela face a new enemy in familiar surroundings. "The Renaissance Man" by Justin Richards follows in February, while Leela makes a new ally in the warrior Boudica in John Dorney’s historical tale "The Wrath of the Iceni" (March).
The Fourth Doctor has a rare conflict with his arch enemies in April in "Energy of the Daleks" by Nicholas Briggs; Mark Benton (Rose) guest stars as Jack Coulson, while Dan Starkey (A Good Man Goes to War) is Kevin Winston.
The TARDIS returns to 1970s Britain in "Trail of the White Worm" (May), while the season climaxes with "The Oseidon Adventure" (June) – both are written by Alan Barnes.
The content for Doctor Who - The Lost Stories: The Fourth Doctor Box Set has also been confirmed. In addition to "Foe from the Future", a six-parter originally devised by Robert Banks Stewart and adapted by John Dorney, also included is "The Valley of Death" by Philip Hinchcliffe, adapted by Jonathan Morris. In this four-part full cast audio, the Doctor and Leela join an expedition to the Amazon rainforests, where an alien trap is waiting to be sprung… The five-disc box set will be available in January 2012.
Copies personally signed by Louise can be ordered from the Shop.
Mr. Jackson is the perfect hitman. Cold, calculating and prefessional. You see him and you die. Don't you? Cleaning Up stars Mark Gatiss, Louise Jameson and Anton Romaine Thompson. It is the debut short film by the Guerrier Brothers. Running Time 12 mins approx.
Update: Cleaning Up won Best Thriller at the Aesthetica Film Festival! http://aestheticamagazine.blogspot.com/2011/11/aesthetica-short-film-festival-3-6.html
Visit the official Cleaning Up website at www.guerrierbrothers.com
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