Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Tom Chadbon

Tom Chadbon: 

As familiar as your front-room furniture, the perpetually disconcerted Mr Chadbon has spent a lot of time occupying screenspace, yet remains stubbornly anonymous. His fleshy, yet handsomely even, features might ring bells from his leading role in 1995's 'Crown Prosecutor'. No? Me neither. He also enjoyed substantial recurring roles in 'Chancer', 'The Liver Birds','Where the Heart Is', and the Robson Green psych-cop nonsense 'Wire in the Blood'. He's also good as Inspector Hawkins (pictured above) in the Jeremy Brett 'Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'.
In The Alf Garnett Saga' (1972) enjoying some spliff
purchased from Derek Griffiths down the dole office.

Guest appearances and smaller parts have covered a lot of the best British television shows, including: 'Out of the Unknown', 'Softly, Softly', 'Tales of the Unexpected', 'The New Statesman''Foyle's War''Between the Lines', 'Rebecca', and 'Taggart, as well as 'Peak Practice', 'Casualty', 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates', 'Silent Witness', 'The Bill', 'Holby City', 'Heartbeat' and of course, 'Midsomer Murders'. He joins that elite club of actors who have appeared in two 'Doctor Who' stories: 'City of Death' in 1979 (Tom Baker), and in the 1986 (Colin Baker) story, 'The Trial of a Time Lord', opposite Michael Jayston, a particularly booming Brian Blessed and Linda Bellingham in a big hat. 

'City of Death'
'Trial of a Time Lord'
As well as the 'Doctor Who' connections, he has a few claims to fame in the world of cult TV: 'The Protectors', 'Bulman' and 'Arthur of the Britons', but perhaps the best are as Avon's old enemy, Del Grant, in 'Blake's 7'...

As Del Grant in the 'Blakes 7' episode 'Countdown'

...and Nigel Kneale's 1972 Christmas Day sci-fi/ghost tale, 'The Stone Tape', in which he gets to deliver the big pay-off line.

As Hargrave in 'The Stone Tape'

Tom Chadbon - imdb 

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