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Upstairs Downstairs Actor Dies 

Christopher Beeny (Left)Christopher Beeny (Left)








Upstairs Downstairs actor Christopher Beeny has died, aged 78. 

Beeny’s son, Rick Blackman, announced the news on Twitter, writing: “I have some sad news to impart. On 3 January, my old dad Christopher Beeny died at his home in Kent.” 

Blackman added: “Comforted to know he was not alone at the end and was in his armchair.” 

He also appeared as incompetent debt collector Herman, who changed his name to Morton, in Last of the Summer Wine. 

Beeny began his career as a child actor in the UK's first TV soap opera, The Grove Family, in the mid-1950s. 

He also starred as a hapless undertaker opposite Dame Thora Hird in the sitcom In Loving Memory, which ran on ITV from 1979-86. 

8 January 2020

 Fantastic Beasts

Stephen FryStephen Fry








BBC One has announced a new commission, Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (w/t), produced in partnership with Warner Bros. and London’s Natural History Museum and presented by Stephen Fry.

The documentary will explore the origins and stories of mythical creatures and the fantastical beasts from J.K. Rowling’s stories and explore their history and connections with animals roaming the planet today.

This special programme  will take viewers on a journey from the hidden corridors of London's Natural History Museum to the frozen steppes of Siberia and secret caves of Madagascar. From centaurs to Nifflers, birds of paradise to the Phoenix, 11,000 year-old woolly rhinos to the Erumpent and giant squid to the Zouwu.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, said: “The BBC is world-renowned for its amazing natural history programming and it is a delight to bring the natural world and Wizarding World together on BBC One.”

8 January 2020


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