Tag Archives: Irene Handl

The Fact of Fiction: ‘Come Play with Me’ in Print

From the autumn of 1976 onwards producer David Sullivan took delight in relentless publicising his forthcoming début movie, Come Play with Me. In explicit photo-sets, flowery editorials and often-misleading adverts he promoted the movie as ‘Britain’s first porno feature film!’ … Continue reading

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News of the Screws

A very long time ago, four decades before the phone-hacking scandal, the News of the World was Britain’s best-loved Sunday newspaper. Launched in 1843, the paper steadily expanded its circulation and within a century it had become the world’s most-read … Continue reading

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On Location: Getting the ‘full treatment’ at Bovington Manor

What do Mary Millington and a portly English monarch have in common? Well, curiously enough, they both spent the night in the same stately Tudor residence… although, obviously, not at the same time. Over the centuries Weston Manor, in the … Continue reading

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Come on, Irene!

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of one of my favourite British character actresses – the amazing Irene Handl. As a kid growing up in the seventies and eighties, Irene seemed to be a ubiquitous face on television. I … Continue reading

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