Actor Brian Wilde dies

Brian Wilde, best known for his roles of Foggy in some 100 episodes of BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine and Barrowclough in Porridge, but whose credits included several cult TV appearances, has died aged 80.

Brian last appeared in Last of the Summer Wine in 1997. “Since then, he has been invited to return many times, but says he feels he has ‘done it now’ and doesn’t want to go back,” the show’s producer Alan JW Bell once said. “I am sure that one day he will make an appearance – we still have his costume standing by.” Sadly, this was never to happen.

Cult TV appearances for Brian included Ace of Wands (as a magician in the episode Peacock Pie, pictured above), Out of the Unknown (The Uninvited), Doomwatch (in the untransmitted third season episode Sex and Violence), Catweazle (as the vicar, Potts, in The Telling Bone), The Avengers (The Fear Merchants), and The Ghosts of Motley Hall. He also appeared in the Hammer film To the Devil a Daughter.

Daily Telegraph Obituary

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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