2024

29 Famous people died, 43 TV Series/Movies watched, 3 events, 4 meals out,

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Jezz and I met up with Nik, Caiger and Michèle at the Turkish restaurant, Taș. Food and service were all good. Had a lovely evening.

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Jezz and I join 4 other couples, who are mostly partners from his workplace. We met at the Bar & Block Grill steakhouse in Sutton. We all had a cocktail or two during the buy one, get one free hour, then were seated. Jezz and I, and several others, had the steak sampler and their loaded fries are delicious, so are the garlic mushrooms.

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John Savident died, aged 86
John Savident was a wonderful British actor, known for his numerous television roles, including his portrayal of Fred Elliott in Coronation Street from 1994 to 2006. He was also known for his performance as Monsieur Firmin in the West End cast of The Phantom of the Opera. His other credits included The Avengers (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), The Professionals (1978), Blake’s 7 (1979), Yes Minister (1980), Gandhi (1982), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Middlemarch (1994).

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Robin Windsor died, aged 44
Robin Windsor was a British dancer and known for his appearances on BBCTVs Strictly Come Dancing. He mentored and danced with celebrities, including Susanna Reid, Lisa Riley, Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson and Deborah Meaden.

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Ewan MacIntosh died, aged 50
Ewan MacIntosh was a Welsh actor and comedian known for his role as Keith Bishop in The Office (2001–2003). But I’ve also seen him in Miranda and Little Britain.

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Steve Wright died, aged 69
Steve Wright was an English radio personality, occasional television presenter and disc jockey. He presented Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Radio 1 for 12 years and an amazing 23 years on Radio 2. Steve Wright was a DJ hero of mine.

Henry Rambrough died, aged 85
Henry Rambrough was an American vocalist, known for being a member of the R&B quintet The Spinners (also called The Detroit Spinners and The Motown Spinners) from 1954 until his retirement in April 2023. He was the last surviving original member of The Spinners from 2013 until his death. I remember most the single “Ghetto Child” and Henry was of the lead singers.

Michael Jayston died, aged 88
Michael Jayston, was an English actor. He played Nicholas II of Russia in the film Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). He also made many television appearances, which included portraying Peter Guillam in the 1979 miniseries Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, playing the Valeyard in all fourteen episodes of the Doctor Who serial The Trial of a Time Lord (1986). Furthermore, he appeared in the Only Fools and Horses episode Time on Our Hands (1996) as Raquel’s father, James. But, he’s also appeared in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Only Fools and Horses, The Darling Buds of May, Tales of the Unexpected, The Bill and the character of Donald De Souza in Emmerdale. He has also appeared in Foyle’s War, Holby City, Sherlock Holmes, Tracy Beaker Returns, and Midsomer Murders.

Jonnie Irwin died, aged 50
Jonnie Irwin was an English television presenter, writer, lecturer, business, and property expert. He presented “A Place In The Sun — Home Or Away” on Channel 4. He was also the presenter of BBCs “A Place In The Sun” and “Escape To The Country.”

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