As I saw at close quarters, Alastair Campbell was brilliant at this task. But he became so aggressively phobic about his former profession of journalists that he ceased to be as effective. I remember finding him in his office in No. 10 one day wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with ‘media scum’. “I hate the tossers,” he said cheerfully.
—  Peter Hain, Outside In

This photo of Charlie Chaplin accompanied an article written by Thomas Burke. Titled “The Tragic Comedian” (Pearson’s Magazine, March, 1922), was also reprinted in “The Legend of Charlie Chaplin” by Peter Haining (1982).

A couple of the many things Burke had to say, about the most famous man in the world.

“He is the playfellow of the world, and he is the loneliest, saddest man I ever knew.”

“He inspires immediately, not admiration or respect, but affection; and one gives it impulsively”.

Thomas Burke an author (Limehouse Nights – 1916, some of which, was the inspiration for D.W. Griffiths “Broken Blossoms”) who also shared some of Chaplin’s Victorian London background, met Charlie during his return visit in 1921. They spent a long night wandering those very streets…


Hugh Fraser Interview || ‘A Celebration of the Great Detective’ (1995) || pp. 74-79 || Peter Haining

[Moriarty] is such an incredibly complex figure—in his way every bit as obsessed and driven as Holmes—that even on the brief canvas of his appearance in The Final Problem there are still endless opportunities for an actor to pursue. I have always felt some of the performances of the earlier Moriartys lacked any real depth. He was just played as an unregenerate villain without any attempt to show the real motivations of ego and pride that drove him to the confrontation with Holmes to prove which of them was the better man. I found acting with Jeremy Brett a splendid challenge, too, for he was so deeply involved with Holmes that he understood every nerve and fibre of the man. I like to think I gave a good account of Moriarty—though like Jeremy I could hardly bear to watch the two stunt men going over the cliffs.
—  Eric Porter, as quoted in The Television Sherlock Holmes by Peter Haining

Without Watson, Holmes would probably have gone mad. With his all consuming interest in crime he would have driven himself mad if he didn’t have this sensible fellow by his side to keep his feet on the ground, to get him to eat, to remind him to dress properly, to wean him off his addiction to cocaine.

- Peter Haining, The Television Sherlock Holmes

It was such fun and the people were so nice. Michael and Anneke were marvellous to me when I first started. It must have been extremely difficult for them, being used to William Hartnell’s Doctor.

And then I was very lucky having Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, and Wendy Padbury with me for so long. Somehow, I always used to find myself running with Frazer and Debbie. As I was the Doctor, I felt I had to outrun them, but they were young and I was old and it was difficult!

—  –Patrick Troughton, from  Doctor Who: A Celebration Two Decades Through Time and Space, by Peter Haining

February 2, 1974: This Date in Who History

Introduction of the Whomobile

This remarkable, flying-sauncer-shaped car, known officially as Alien, makes its debut in the fourth episode of ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs,’ and has been made specifically for Jon Pertwee by custom-car specialist Peter Farries of Nottingham. The two men first meet in January 1973 in the Midlands, when Jon opens a new Ford Main Dealers. Peter is there with his own astonishing green-and-black custom Black Widow. So impressed is gadget-loving Jon that he commissions Peter to build a 'special’ for the Doctor — but, he says it has to be legal for driving on public roads (which, of course, Bessie isn’t) and it has to look like something from outer space.

The result is Alien — a fourteen-foot fibre-glass-hulled vehicle sitting on an anchor-shaped chassis with three wheels (which are hidden from view by an eight-inch rubber skirt to give the Whomobile the illusion of being a hovercraft). The Chrysler Imp 975 cc engine can propel the 14 cwt car to a top speed of 105 mph, and its special electronics system of 44 flashing lights plus mock-up computer, telephone, television and stereo give it a truly futuristic look. When Jon first presents the Whomobile at the studio there is amazement and consternation among all the other actors and crew! Amusingly, the Road Licensing Department classify Alien as an 'Invalid Tricycle.’ […] As Jon Pertwee’s property, the Whomobile leaves when he departs the series, but it has since been seen at fêtes and special openings.

— Peter Haining, Doctor Who: The Key to Time

The Television Sherlock Holmes
by Peter Haining

Honestly guys, when you a Sherlock Holmes fan or/and a Granada Fan, you need this book. It is full of wonderful pictures and text about Granada Holmes and Sherlock Holmes and Jeremy, David and Edward and of course all the others.

I know it is rare, so it is from time to time available on ebay and the price is not that much, you might think it is.

I paid - no kidding - £ 3,60 plus shipping. (So I guess that was real luck, but you can get it for under 20)

Keep your eyes open, maybe you can find it also at a flea market or something.