After the introductions, the main event was compered by Michael Barber. Michael has appeared in quite a few TV shows and films, including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Bill, The Bourne Ultimatum, as well as alongide Bob Hoskins in Outisde Bet. I remember Michael mostly for his role as DC Poirot in the one and only Ashes To Ashes (various episodes).
Here is a still of Michael (circled) in the first episode of Ashes To Ashes.
Here is Michael in full flow yesterday.
There were a number of Sweeney stars on stage. Only one failed to turn up. John Flanagan.
Director, Writer & Producer David Wickes was present and what a lovely chap he is. What a legend in the business too, with credits such as Softly Softly, Public Eye, Van Der Valk, Target and The Professionals. Most importantly though, David directed 6 Sweeney episodes (Night Out / Golden Fleece / Tomorrow Man / Taste Of Fear / On The Run / Nightmare) as well as the Sweeney! film.
Then we had the lovely Diane Keen (Sweeney!)
Mr George Layton.
Old friend of 43tv, Cheryl Kennedy (Golden Fleece). Myself & The Saint had a lovely chat to Cheryl about when she joined us a few years ago at a Meet. Lovely lady.
The lovely Dawn Perllman (Messenger Of The Gods)
One half of the infamous Wands & Monk team, Dean Harris.
And the one and only Bob Hargreaves, AKA Norman Eshley.
Also in attendance, but not photographed was Margaret Nolan (Thin Ice).
I am awaiting video footage that was shot by Stan that I will be merging with my own videos. Once that is completed I will post a video of the event here.
Post by Charles Bronson on Mar 8, 2020 18:54:11 GMT
For some reason your photos are not appearing at the moment for me Gene ? It was a delightful event yesterday though. I have to say that I enjoyed it enormously, and I think the guests on stage enjoyed it too. The reminisces and the stories that we heard were really entertaining.
I was surprised to see so many other forum members there. Perhaps like myself some decided at the last minute to attend the event in Kennington. I'm very glad I made the effort to attend though, it was well worth the journey down. I particularly enjoyed seeing Norman Eshley from my favourite Sweeney episode Taste Of Fear. Also George Layton who starred in two episodes. I'd like to have stayed on after the show for a bit but I had to catch a train home. In retrospect it would have worth staying overnight and chilling out a bit down there. Nice to see so very many of us in attendance though.
I would definately attend another one of these events. It was far better than I'd hoped it would be.
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Mar 8, 2020 19:18:48 GMT
Thanks for the write up and report and smudges Gene, just about summed a brilliant evening, made all the more better with a fari number of forum members also turning up, but more importantly, the guests themselves as described, was the highlight of the evening and they all gave fascinating accounts and stories from their perspective, and I think they appreciated too, that the attenders also wanted to talk about their other work as well as the Sweeney.
All great to hear and see them looking so well too. They certainly do a great job presenting the reunions at the Cinema Museum with Gary Shail and Michael Barbers help too and I'll certainly be up for future events to support the museum and long may it continue to be there.
I am very pleased I managed to attend after rearranging some work commitments. It was well worth the effort and full credit to the cinema museum my tickets were on the guest list as arranged with them. I was very pleased to see that many forumites in attendance We had a chat in the interval and at the end and it's always good to talk all things Sweeney with like minded fans. The guests themselves were on fine form and it was fascinating to get the inside story on their experiences of The Sweeney and other aspects of their careers. I won't go into too much detail incase its a spoiler for the pending clips to be uploaded. A chance to have a chat at the meet and greet at the end was enjoyable.
I feel this was one of the best events of this type that i've been too. Fantastic.