Guests

 



Jon Dear

Jon Dear is a writer and critic on TV and film. He has written for the BFI, including their Flipside range, Horrified Magazine, Curious British Television and Fortean Times. He also contributed to We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror and Royal Holloway University’s Forgotten Television Drama project. Jon is the co-host of the podcasts BERGCAST and Due Signori in Giallo. His forthcoming work includes commentaries for the BFI’s Ghost Stories for Christmas Vol 1 Blu Ray, out in December.   

Web: viewsfromahill.com  Twitter: @AccordingtoJonD


Vernon Dobtcheff has, since the 1960s, been equally at home in films and television as on stage and in radio. His Anglo-French background has enabled him to work as much in France as in England, and, his fluency in many languages has also made it possible for Vernon to act in Italian, German and Spanish film productions.

His film debut was in the all-time comedy classic Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (Ken Annakin, 1965), and the many hundreds of films he has appeared in since include The Spy Who Loved Me (1977),  The Name of the Rose (1986), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Let Him Have It (1991), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Let Him Have It (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), Fiddler on the Roof (1971) and many others. Vernon has worked with many of the great directors, including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ettore Scola, Franklin J. Schaffner, Blake Edwards, Henry Jaglom, John Frankenheimer, Joseph Losey, Peter Medak, James Ivory, Basil Dearden, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Norman Jewison, Fred Zinnemann, Derek Jarman, Tony Richardson, Volker Schlondorff , Ken Russell, Lewis Gilbert, Franco Zeffirelli, Lucio Fulci, David Cronenberg and Sidney Lumet. 

Vernon's most recent film credits include The Haunting of Margam Castle (Andrew Jones, 2020),  The 15:17 To Paris (Clint Eastwood, 2018), The Man with the Iron Heart (Cedric Jimenez, 2017), Killing Jesus (Christopher Menaul, 2015), The Invisible Boy (Gabriel Salvatores, 2014), Horsehead (Romain Basset, 2014), and Deception (Giuseppe Tornatore , 2013). 

Vernon's many acting engagements in now-classic TV include Doctor Who, Masada, Holocaust, As Time Goes By, Father Ted, Wagner, Fortunes of War, Till We Meet Again, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Blake's 7, The World of Wooster and Jeeves, The Avengers, The Champions, Camino Real, Marco Polo, Merlin, Highlander, Maigret, Dixon of Dock Green and War and Remembrance. Among his most recent television credits are: The Durrells (ITV), The Romanoffs  (Amazon Studios), Emerald City (NBC), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell (BBC), and The Borgias (Showtime). He is currently playing the Old Elf Man in The Witcher: Season 2 (Netflix).

In the theatre, Vernon has acted with most of the major repertory companies in Englandn and continues to do stage work in London's West End and in Paris.


Maxine Dubois is an actor and director with a passion for all things dark and strange. She has performed all over the world on stage and screen, including London’s West End, The National Theatre, NY Broadway, Los Angeles and British/International Repertory Theatre. She won the Derby Telegraph Best Actress award for her role as Rita in Educating Rita.

She regularly appears on British TV dramas such as Coronation Street, Eastenders, Emmerdale Farm, Doctors, Mersey Beat and Broken.

She has also had a career as a dancer and choreographer, notably as principal dancer for Sir Matthew Bourne. Performing principal roles in the original casts of Highland Fling, Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Nutcracker. She has also choreographed and danced at The Royal Opera House, English National and international opera houses.

Maxine is a busy commercial actress and voiceover artist and was a vocalist for the award winning vocal group The Mediaeval Baebes. Maxine also directs for theatre and the award winning short film Araneae Dei.

web: www.maxinedubois.com / www.thefrolicks.co.uk Instagram: maxineduboisart


Toby Hadoke

Toby Hadoke’s one-man show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf, sold out at Edinburgh, played the West End, toured worldwide and spawned a Sony-nominated BBC Radio series. He has written a number of plays for BBC Radio 4 including The Dad Who Fell To Earth (BBC Audio Drama Award Nominee) and an adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s The Road. He is the regular MC of Manchester’s XS Malarkey Comedy Club, comperes at The Comedy Store and presents The 7th Dimension on Radio 4 Extra. He features regularly on documentaries and commentaries on classic TV DVD and Blu-rays (and won an RTS Award for his work on the Doctor Who range). On television he has most recently been seeing playing the recurring role of Fergus Dunford in Coronation Street and his other credits include An Adventure in Space and Time, The Forsyte Saga, Phoenix Nights, Casualty 1907 and Holby City. He contributes obituaries to the Guardian, has his own series of Doctor Who related podcasts, Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels, has guested on Loose Ends and The Last Word, acted in countless radio dramas for the BBC and Big Finish and is an experienced voice over artist and audiobook reader.

Web: TobyHadoke.com  Twitter: @TobyHadoke


Howard David Ingham has been writing about fringe religion, alternative history and pop culture for two decades. Their most recent books are Cult Cinema: A Personal Exploration of Sects, Brainwashing and Bad Religion in Film and Television (2021) and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror (2018). Howard's forthcoming book The Question in Bodies was funded by the HWA Rocky Woods Memorial Scholarship for Nonfiction, and they appeared in Kier-La Janisse's award-winning documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror. Howard is co-host with Jon Dear of BERGCAST, the Nigel Kneale podcast, and hosts The Question in Bodies alongside a rotating cast of guests.

Howard also wrote the lyrics to the theme song for the straight-to-DVD exploitation horror Theatre of Fear (2015) and dozens of horror tales featuring vampires, werewolves, witches and Frankenstein monsters for the American games publisher White Wolf between 2005 and 2012. Howard has two whole citations in the Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia, but doesn't like to talk about it.

Web: Room207Press.com  


Chris Lincé is the founder of Stagefright Films (stagefrightfilms.co.uk), creating theatre trailers and video projection for live productions, including: projection design for ENO’s ‘Iolanthe’ at The Coliseum, John Finnemore’s 2018/2019 national tour, the musical ‘Takeaway’ at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Sam & Mark’s ‘On The Road Show’, and Basil Brush. 

He has also directed numerous music videos, including Pig With The Face Of A Boy’s ‘Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris’, shown as part of Adam Buxton’s BUG on Sky Atlantic. 

As a live director, Chris has worked on comedy shows with comedians Brett Goldstein, Jessica Fostekew, Caroline Mabey, Holly Hall, and Matt Green. He was story editor on the feature film 'SuperBob' (dir. Jon Drever) and wrote the short animated film 'In The Beginning', directed by Shaun Clark. Chris is the co-producer of Hermetic Arts with writer/performer Carrie Thompson, and co-created the theatre shows ‘BADD’, ‘Unburied’, ‘April’, 'Anthology', and the forthcoming film, 'Unfounded'. 

Twitter: @Chris_Lince | @Hermetic_Arts


Johnny Mains
Johnny Mains is a British Fantasy Award-winning editor and nominated author. He created the critically acclaimed anthology series Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (co-edited with Robin Ince) and has edited several volumes of Best British Horror. Christened 'the Minister For Horror' by Charlie Higson, Mains has dedicated the last five years researching and publishing 'lost' supernatural works by female Victorian authors. His latest book as editor is They're Out to Get You: Animals and Insects.


Jane Merrow
was the very first female student at The National Youth Theatre, and later went on to train at RADA.

Her most recent film work has been Get Lost (Daniela Amavia, 2022), and the forthcoming short film Letters for Lost Lovers, opposite Guy Siner. Jane was chosen by Peter O'Toole to play opposite him, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins in The Lion in Winter. Jane's performance as Alais in that film earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Among Jane's many film credits are: The System (Michael Winner, 1964), Almosting It (William Von Tagen, 2016), Night of the Big Heat (Terence Fisher, 1967),  Assignment K (Val Guest, 1968), Diagnosis: Murder (Sidney Hayers, 1974), Adam's Woman (Philip Leacock, 1970), The Horror at 37.000 Feet (David Lowell Rich, 1973), The Patricia Neal Story (Anthony Harvey/Anthony Page, 1981), The Appointment (Lindsey C. Vickers, 1982), A Time for Love (Rick Jason, 1974), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Barry Crane, 1972), and Catacombs (Gordon Hessler, 1965). For Hammer Films Jane sppeared in Hands of the Ripper (Peter Sasdy, 1971), The Phantom of the Opera (Terence Fisher, 1962) and The Haunting of Margam Castle (Andrew Jones, 2020).

Jane has worked extensively on television on both sides of the Atlantic, and has appeared in more cult television series than most, some of which include The Prisoner and Danger Man (both opposite Patrick McGoohan), two episodes of The Saint (opposite Roger Moore), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Lorna Doone, The Avengers, Magnum P.I. (opposite Tom Selleck), Barnaby Jones, Airwolf, Gideon's Way, The Baron, Man in a Suitcase, Strange Report, Alias Smith and Jones, Mannix, Police Woman (with Angie Dickinson), Van Der Valk, Hart to Hart, Lovejoy, MacGyver, Sharpe, Mission: Impossible (opposite Leonard Nimoy), The Six Million Dollar Man, Cannon, The Plane Makers, UFO and The Incredible Hulk, One-off plays and specials include David Mercer's Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (opposite Ian Hendry), 1984 and for ITV/Thames Television the title role in the Mystery and Imagination adaptation of Carmilla. Jane also played an ongoing leading role in BBC's The Accused.

Jane has made several award winning short films, most recently Last Embrace and Cougar. Her own production of New Chilling Tales is currently available on Amazon Prime in the UK and America.
Jane has also acted in all of the above productions that she made.

Her many stage roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth  at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Country Dance with Edward Fox at The Hampstead Theatre, a one-woman show as Vivien Leigh in America, Emilia in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, and an American tour of Arsenic and Old Lace.

Jane's book Being an Actor is available at Amazon in print and ebook, and as an audiobook narrated by Jane herself.


Pauline Moran in her own words:
“Of all the many and varied roles I have played, whether on TV, Film or Stage the one that follows me around is undoubtedly The Woman in Black.  I still receive letters asking me about her even though I did not say a single word of dialogue.  I had not realised how many WIB geeks were out there until Network re-mastered the original tape in HD and at last it became available - almost 30 years after it was first shown on ITV.  The feedback on Amazon was amazing!  People who had seen it as children on Christmas Eve 1989 could still remember what has become known as ‘that scene’!

Nigel Kneale’s script was superb and Herbert Wise’s direction was masterly.  There are no special effects and the whole experience relies on atmosphere and mounting dread.  For a low-budget TV feature film it surely is one of the best. I have always loved the supernatural genre and wish more commissioners had the nerve to green-light more of it.

My career has been varied to say the least!  Before RADA I played bass guitar in the all-female rock band She Trinity, and our first single was ‘He Fought the Law’.  My theatre experience is equally varied – from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Bristol Old Vic, to the famous Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre and many more.  I especially loved my time on the long-running Agatha Christies’ Poirot as the super-efficient Miss Lemon.  Not many people would recognise me as The Woman in Black!”

Andy Murray

Andy Murray is a writer and lecturer living in Manchester. In 2006 he wrote Into the Unknown, the first full biography of Nigel Kneale, for Headpress. Drawing extensively on a series of exclusive interviews with Kneale and others, it was fully revised and updated for a new edition in 2017. He has contributed to the 2003 BBC Four documentary The Kneale Tapes and the DVD / Blu-ray commentaries for Quatermass and the Pit and Nineteen Eighty-Four

Twitter: @MrGeetsRomo


Andrew Screen

Andrew Screen watched the original transmission of The Stone Tape when he was six years old and was a Nigel Kneale fan from then on. Based in Lancashire, Andrew writes on things film and television by night and by day is a SEN practitioner with nearly thirty years’ experience. He has written for Action TV and was editor of the magazine’s website for several years. His work has been published in Creeping Flesh Volume 1 and 2 (Headpress), The Sapphire and Steel Omnibus (Pencil Tip Publishing) as well as Horrified Magazine. His guide to Nigel Kneale's Beasts is forthcoming. 

Twitter: @aneercs


Robert Taylor is a Scotland-based freelance writer and sometimes contributor to Horrified magazine and is currently working on a book covering the production of the 1989 Central Television film of The Woman in Black. Robert watched the film on its original broadcast, at far too young an age, and has never quite recovered! The approaching darkness the following Christmas Day signalled many weeks of sleepless nights and a lifetime of obsession and love for the production. Approaching thirty years later and frustrated by the then lack of coverage and re-release of The Woman in Black, he decided to put together a book and soon found himself on a journey following the footsteps of the production, interviewing cast and crew, the family of the late Herbert Wise, visiting locations and gaining insight of what it was like behind the scenes as well as uncovering the original Nigel Kneale screenplay drafts.


Carrie Thompson
Carrie Thompson is an actor and writer. She’s also one half of producing partnership Hermetic Arts, with Chris Lincé. They specialise in genre work across theatre, film and audio drama, and have created works on topics including Dungeons and Dragons and the 1980s Satanic Panic, 1970s folk horror children's television, and a chaos magick positivity cult.

Carrie has worked extensively with comedian Arthur Smith, sometimes as a tap dancing bear, sometimes as a philosophical sheep and sometimes as a backing singer/musician, in his show Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, Volume Too. She has also written two Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.

Twitter: @Carrie_Smatic / @Hermetic_Arts


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