This section is continuously under development, with more details of Gareth's activities being added as we hear about them.
Note: the dates given for TV/Radio shows are where possible the first showing of the first episode where applicable, not when they were made.
Gareth has managed to die in a surprisingly large number of roles. The RIP symbol is shown against performances he is known to have died in.
Gareth has been known to bemoan the fact that he never gets to play lovers. The statistics seem to bear him out. Heart symbols indicate a romance, they appear to be heavily outnumbered by tombstones. (Parts where he is already married don't qualify. )
Gareth has said that he does't want to be thought of as just a Welsh actor, but as an actor who can do English and Welsh characters with equal ease. He has lived for a long time in England, and now in Scotland, after his early years in Wales. He has been cast in a lot of Welsh roles over the years. Leeks indicate Welsh parts.
Material here, comes from many sources including :- Blake's 7 magazine, Chris Blenkarn, Joyce Bowen, Sue Clerc, Robert Cheadle, Sue Cowley, Pat Fenech, The Freedom City Gazette (FCG), Horizon magazine, Julia Jones, Andrew Kearley, Gareth Randell, Judith Proctor, The Prydonian Renegade (March 96), Together Again - Action, TV Zone Special #4, Stellar Quines, Dundee Rep Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, The Magenta Partnership, Royal Lyceum Theatre - Edinburgh, Alan Stevens, Pete Wallbank, Andy Hopkinson, Mark Thompson, The Scottish Theatre Archive, Blake's 7 The Inside Story, The Archives of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Sheelagh Wells, Gareth Thomas and some very nice people who have asked not to be identified.
|12 Feb 1945||History||Born in Wales|
|1964 - 1966||History||At RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic
Note some of the plays below while at RADA were not full plays but sections from plays.
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I actually got into acting by accident. I decided I wanted to carry on being a student, and I thought: well, I can't paint, so I'll try acting. I went back to one of my teachers at school who'd been in charge of drama, etc., and asked if he would coach me. I then auditioned for RADA, which was then the only drama school I knew existed in those days! I got into RADA, and one day halfway through the two year course, I was coming downstairs and found myself thinking: I quite like this game, it's rather fun! I then decided that as long as I could cope with my responsibilities financially, I might as well carry on acting. I've been fairly lucky, so I've kept going. But that was how I got in. Purely by accident, because I decided I wanted to go on being a student, and then was lucky enough to get into drama school.
Gareth (FCG#7): One of the teachers who was teaching so-called "technique"... There were sixteen people in the class, and he gave each of us a different Shakespeare speech, and he said to me, "During the course of the speech, Gareth, I want you to go away, learn it, work at it, come back, do it for me, and during the course of the speech I want you to stand on your head against the wall there, I want you to pick up this chair by the leg, I want you to walk three times down there, I want you to pick your nose," and various other things. We all sat there, "What's this?" However, when you're students, you go and you do what you're told. So we worked hard at our speeches, we came back and we did them. I did my speech, found a place where I thought it would be reasonable for Hamlet too actually do a handstand against the wall, picked up the chair, walked around and did everything else and he criticised: "That worked for me, that didn't work for me," and at the end of about three days, when we had all done our speeches, he said, "I dare say all of you are wondering what the fuck I've been doing. What a damned silly exercise! Well, I'll tell you what I've been doing. If you can make me belive all those damn silly things I asked you to do, you go out to the professional theatre, and anything any director ever asked you to do, you could make it work, and there aren't many people who can do that." That was the most valuable lesson I learned at RADA. If a diector tells me "On that word, I want you to move over there," I may disagree with him, I may argue, but I can make it work.
Stephen Grief (Blake's 7 the Inside Story): On the first day (at RADA), we were given a talk by the principal, then were told "Now you're starting your first term, and just to explain to you how things go here, somebody from the fourth term is going to give you a talk." In walked this guy with a beard, wearing a leotard; a very bouncy, smiley, jokey guy who put us at our ease right away, who said "Hello, my name is Gareth Thomas." He made all of us feel extremely relaxed and laughed and joked like we were part of a big club, and went through the general points of what we were to do in our first term. Then he got up and said goodbye, and we all felt very much at ease. I'll never forget that, and Gareth and I have remained good friends ever since.
Gareth talking to the Edinburgh News:"In my first theatre production my big scene involved walking on stage and opening a door for somebody. "I walked on to the stage, opened the door . . . and it came off its hinges. So at the end of my first ever professional stage appearance I had to pick up the door and walk off stage with it."
Note he was there for 7 terms spanning 1964 to 1966 we are not yet sure which are in which year.
|1964 (1st Term)||Theatre||The Winter's Tale While at RADA.
He played The Shepherd and 2nd Lord.|
|1964 (2nd Term)||Theatre||Othello While at RADA.
He played Iago and Roderigo.|
|1964 (2nd Term)||Theatre||Tons of Money While at RADA. He played Aubrey Allington and Jiles|
|1965 (3rd Term)||Theatre||Twelfth Night While at RADA.
He played Feste, the clown and The Sea Captain.|
He mentioned Feste in Twelfth Night although it was his portrayal of the Sea Captain which was singled out for particular praise - according to the records of RADA.
|1965 (3rd Term)||Theatre||Where Angels Fear To Tread While at RADA. He played Gino Carella and Philip Henton|
|1965 (4th Term)||Theatre||The Way Of The World While at RADA. he played Witword.|
|1965 (4th Term)||Theatre||Ivanov While at RADA. He played the second guest|
|1965 (4th Term)||Theatre||The Beggar's Opera While at RADA. He played Crook-Fingered Jack and the Turnkey|
|1965 (5th Term)||Theatre||Romeo and Juliet While at RADA. He played Benvolio.|
|1965 (5th Term)||Theatre||St Joan Playing
"Mgr de la Tremouille". While at RADA. He also gave the Epilogue.|
|1965 (5th Term)||Theatre||Hamlet While at RADA.
Gareth talking to Ken Armstrong in Blake's 7 magazine: I was playing the part of Laertes, working up to the big sword-fight where Laertes dies. The actor duelling with me lost part of the end of his blade, meaning his sword was six inches shorter than normal... and the rubber bung placed on tip for safety was also missing. As this happened in a flurry of sword blades, the audience did did not know a piece had broken off. By accident the now sharp blade grazed me and caused just a little bleeding.
The dramatic part happened, though, when I fell back on stage with the sword apparently in me. A woman in the front row stared at me, saw the sword was shorter than normal and that I was actually bleeding a little. She obviously thought the sword had really gone through me... and had a fit of hysterics! There, I thought to myself... I'm really getting through to the audience!
|1966 (6th Term)||Theatre||A Night Out While at RADA. He played Sidney|
|1966 (6th Term)||Theatre||Look After Julie While at RADA. He played Valery|
|1966 (6th Term)||Theatre||Live Like Pigs While at RADA.
He played Black Mouth.|
|1966 (6th Term)||Theatre||No No Nanette While at RADA.
He was in the chorus.|
|1966 (7th Term)||Theatre||Measure for Measure While training as an actor at RADA, he played Angelo.|
|1966 (7th Term)||Theatre|
|1964-1966||Theatre||Barnstaple While at RADA.|
|1964-1966||Theatre||Italian Straw Hat While at RADA.|
|Mid 1966||Theatre||Unknown The first activity after leaving RADA was as understudy for the actor Peter Jones in a play at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.|
|Sep/Dec 1966||Theatre||Assistant stage manager For about 4 months, in 1966 Gareth was an assistant stage manager at the Liverpool playhouse. He was paid seven pounds 10 shillings a week for this job.|
|Dec 1966||Theatre||Various Roles as part of the Liverpool playhouse company from December 1966 until sometime in 1967.|
|1967?||Theatre||Around the World in 80 Days at the Liverpool Playhouse. John Thaw was Phileas Fogg. Gareth did several walk on parts.|
|Dec 1966||Theatre||Brer Rabbit Gareth played Brer Bear at the Liverpool playhouse. This is thought to have been a theatre production for children. (December is an educated guess.)|
|1967||Theatre||Three Months Gone by Donald Howarth. At the Duchess Theatre, London West End. Gareth played a character in the 2nd act and understudied Alan Lake (Chel in Aftermath), who starred in the play with his wife Diana Dors. One day without ever rehearsing the lead and with only minutes' notice, he had to go on for Alan for a matinee performance. He says at one point during the play he and Dors were sitting on a couch in their underwear, she told him he was doing "f****** wonderful".|
|1967||TV||The Prussian Officer. Granada TV. This was Gareth's first TV role.|
|11 Nov 1967||TV|
Gareth interviewed by Joe Nazzaro in Horizon NL#33: There was one wonderful occasion, not long out of drama school, when I played a small part in Quatermass and the Pit; in fact it was before the title came up. I was in Los Angeles as a spear-holder for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and apparently the film had just been shown on television. I was walking down the street and somebody came up to me and said, "My God, I saw you last night! You were in that film Quatermass and the Pit!" I think they had cut most of my lines; I had something like two lines, and yet somebody had seen that and remembered it."
|1960's||TV Adverts||Soap Powder and Beer|
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I've done some voice overs, and would love to do more, because you're not immediately identifiable. A lot of people disagree with me on this one, but my attitude and my agent's also, is not to do visual adverts because to do that you either have to be very careful what I say here - I don't mean it disparagingly - you either have to be unknown or very well known to get away with it. My agent once said to me: "I won't let you do adverts, because if I put you up for Hamlet - I'm too old for that now, that's just an example - if I put you up for Hamlet, it's going to be very difficult for the director to see you as Hamlet if he's seen you advertising washing powder five times a night for the last ten weeks." I could see his point, and so that has been my policy. When I was first into the business I did do a couple of adverts, but none since.
|1 Apr 1968||Theatre||Under Milk Wood at the Aldwych in London, with the RSC. Gareth has taken part in Under Milk Wood between 3 and 5 times.|
|27 June 1968||Theatre||Dr Faustus (RSC, 1968) Gareth played 2nd scholar and Vintner in Dr Faustus for the RSC at Stratford on Avon. Stephen Greif was also involved, played Valdes also Rath (one of the seven deadly sins) and 5th scholor. Dr Faustus was played by Eric Porter.|
|1968||Theatre||King Lear (RSC) Gareth plays first messenger, Stephen Grief plays a captain employed by Edmund. Patrick Stewart is also there as the Duke of Cornwall. Lear was played by Eric Porter, the director was Trevor Nunn.|
|1968||Theatre||Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) Stephen Greif was also involved, part not known.|
|1968||Theatre||As You Like It (RSC)
Gareth plays a minor part falling into the category of "Lords, Attendants, Villagers"
(so did Stephen Grief). Partrick Stewart played Touchstone the clown. |
Program notes from the RSC programme: This production was first seen in June 1967 when it joined last year's Stratford season. The following month it moved into the RSC's London repertoire at the Aldwych Theatre, and then visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff, before returning to Stratford in the autumn. In the new year it went to America and played (with The Shrew) a six week season at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles. We have no reason to believe that Gareth was on any of these tours.
|August 1968||Theatre||Troilus and Cressida RSC.
Gareth was understudying Hector, and this play also had Stephen Greif understuding Alan
Howard's Achilles. And further to GT's remark that Blake and Picard were
together, that production also featured Sebastian Shaw (who played Annakin
Skywalker at the end of the Star Wars trilogy) as Ulysses.|
Gareth had two parts, he was playing Margarelon who is a son of Priam the King of Troy and according to the programme the prologue was done by Ian Dyson or Gareth Thomas. Cressida was played by Helen Mirrem.
Gareth in The Prydonian Renegrade: I've said this at conventions many times and nobody's ever picked it up and made an issue of it. In 1969 when I was 24 I was a spearholder at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the first time I went to the Royal Shakespeare Company. And there was a gentleman who was about five or six years older than me, and we were doing Troilus and Cressida and he was playing Hector, and I actually understudied him, and that was Pat Stewart. And the fact that Blake actually understudied Star Trek - but nobody's ever picked that up and I find it fascinating.
|May 1969||Theatre||Unknown RSC on tour in
Detroit, USA. They also went to Los Angeles and San Francisco as part of the
same tour, the tour intended to go to New York but ended in Detroit as they
could not fill the theatre in New York. (Last bit from Liz Freeland Drewery
the stage Manager for the tour).|
Dr Faustus and Much Ado About Nothing (See 1968) may have been on tour.
Gareth (FCG#7): I've been in Detroit years and years ago in 1969 with the RSC. They were wiring the blossoms on the trees, because it was May Day. Outside Hudson's, I think. It was the first time that I got somewhere, and they wouldn't take money. "What do you mean, you won't take money?" and they said, "You've got to have a credit card!" I said, "I don't have a credit card. I'm English!"
|1969 - 1970||TV||Parkin's Patch (Yorkshire TV).
He was a regular in this series. 26 episodes made in total and broadcast
from 19 Sep 1969 until 20 Mar 1970. He played a detective.|
|1969-1973||TV||A Family at War Granada - either 8 1hr episodes or 13 episodes per year. Story of a family during WW II. No information as to Gareth's role. Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I'd been in the pub with the script editor some weeks before, and somebody came in and said: "Gareth, you're needed." I downed my pint in about four or five seconds, and the script editor said: "Hey, that's damned good" We'll get that into the script for the character." So stupidly, in my young days, I said: "Yes, yes, fine, jolly good idea!" and lo and behold a few scripts later, in came this scene of me in a pub drinking a pint quickly. The scene immediately prior to that was me at breakfast having bacon and eggs. So of course we came to the rehearsal and I have bacon and eggs and then I go to the next scene and knock back a pint. Then we come to the actual take and I go and have bacon and eggs and down another pint. Then we do a retake - by which time I need a bucket! (Laughs). That was a very salutary lesson.|
|30 Oct 1970||TV||Z Cars: Public Relations BBC police drama.|
|1970||Theatre||Black Comedy At the
Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Lyric in Belfast, Gareth played Brindsley|
This was a double bill, together with Decameron (the 77th story of the Decameron).
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): In it I was playing a sort of roving jester, who literally wandered out and ad-libbed in the audience and all sorts of things, as well as being the link-man. And the review raved about this Decameron, raved and raved about it, but never mentioned me at all. Then there was a break in the paragraph and the next paragraph was about Black Comedy, and it started off: 'What more can we say about Mr. Thomas?' and that was it! Somebody pointed this out to me and I thought 'That's ridiculous, they haven't said anything about me!' So the stage manager phoned up the newspaper, and I got a charming letter from this lady reviewer - can't remeber her name now - showing me the original review, which the newspaper editor had slashed without reading it at all. Just took a chunk out, because they didn't have space. And in fact, it had been an absolutely wonderful review! Hence, 'What more can we say about Mr. Thomas?'.
|May 1971||TV||Coronation Street (Granada TV) Gareth appeared in two episodes of this very long running soap, playing Mel Ryan, a sauna expert.|
|1971||Theatre||Duchess of Malfi At the Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Man Who Didn't Eat Sweets
Gareth is often incorrectly credited as being in this episode. (The Internet
Movie Database is wrong).|
|15 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Transatlantic Cousins
(Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as
Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the
law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. |
Gareth played "Tom Lewis", he later played the same character in "The Bankrupt" on 8th November 1972.
|1972||Film||The Ragman's Daughter|
Directed by Harold Becker, written by Alan Sillitoe. Starring Simon Rouse, Victoria Tennant, Patrick O'Connell and Leslie Sands. A story about a Nottingham layabout who falls in love with an exciting middle class girl. We don't know who Gareth played or how big a role it was - he has said that his part was filmed at United Daries in Streatham in South London.
|20 Jan 1972||TV|
This was Gareth's first major TV role and his first BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Awards) best actor nomination.
Gareth talking to Ken Armstrong in the Blake's 7 Magazine: I was telephoned by my agent who asked me how long it would take me to get to the BBC TV Centre. I replied I could get there in half an hour. Fine, he said. "Get there as fast as you can and meet a chap called Jack Gold. There could be something there for you."
When I arrived at the BBC, Jack Gold met me, gave me a pint of beer, took me to a locked office. He handed me a massive tome of a script and told me to lock myself in the office, read the script, then call in at his office when I was finished. I followed his instructions, then took the script back to him. He told me to wait a few minutes as the producer of the play was coming over. I was asked to read some parts from the script then told that it was all settled. "You'd better take the script with you," he said. "We start rehearsing at the end of September and shooting starts a week later." As you can guess, I walked out in a daze. When I arrived home, my agent rang me and said, "Well done. You've got it." "Got what?" I asked. "The leading part of course!" The play was entitled Stocker's Copper and was the story of the Cornish Clay miners strike of 1913. I believe I'm right in saying it won an award... And took me into ten solid years of TV work!
|1972||TV||The Man at the Top Thames TV. Series based on John Braine's novels "Room at the Top" and "Life at the Top." The series starred Kenneth Haigh. There were several related programmes staring Kenneth Haigh all of which had the word Top in the title. This was filmed shortly after Stocker's Copper was broadcast.|
|17 Sep 1972||TV|
|23 Aug 1972||TV||Sutherland's Law (BBC Drama Playhouse), this was a pilot for the full Sutherland's Law series that was shown the following year.|
|8 Nov 1972||TV||Public Eye: The Bankrupt. (Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. Gareth played Tom Lewis, a chauffer who gets tricked out of a lot of money, in this episode, which opened the sixth season.|
|13 June 1973||TV|
The BBC have released 10 episodes from season 1 as a DVD.
|25 Apr 1974||TV||Special Branch: Alien Thames TV. Action series about two stylish policemen, played by Patrick Mower and George Sewell. Gareth appeared in this fourth season episode, which also featured Patrick Troughton.|
|8 Dec 1974||TV|
|23 Jan 1975||TV||Breath (BBC - Play for Today)
Play about asthma. Also starring Liz Smith.|
Written Elaine Feinstein. Angela Pleasance is a young mother isolated by her chronic asthma and descending into paranoia. Gareth Thomas is her husband, Liz Smith her suspicious housekeeper.
|28 Mar 1975||TV||The Revivalist BBC Wales. Gareth plays an evangelist who thinks he has seen God.|
|31 Mar 1975||TV||Churchill's People (BBC), Gareth was in Episode 14.|
|9 Apr 1975||TV||Fight Against Slavery (BBC, six 1 hr episodes). Gareth plays Thomas Clarkson, a reformer in the 3rd-5th episodes. He is also seen in the opening titles, singing in church, but is otherwise not in the first episode. His character has blond hair and a pony tail.|
|10 Sep 1975||TV|
|1975||Film||Mafia Junction Drama directed by
Massimo Delmano. Produced by Monymusk Productions Ltd, London An Italian-British co-production filmed in London, Lebanon (Beirut), and Rome. Starring Stephanie
Beacham and Patricia Hayes. The plot concerns a woman who uses her body to
deceive men and get what she wants in life. Gareth plays a trench-coated
detective who follows the male lead, and gets caught doing it... Little
more is known about this at present - we can't find it in any reputable film
guide! It appears to have been an Italian language film, so the British
actors may well have been dubbed. We do know it was released as an NTSC
video in 1989, retitled as Superbitch (or sometimes given as Super
Bitch). The video jacket states prominently "Featuring Gareth Thomas",
even though he's only in it for a few minutes.|
|Apr 1 1975||TV||Edward VII (ATV) Gareth plays
Lord Charles Beresford in 2 episodes. - "Dearest Prince"; and "Scandal".
(Was called Edward the King when broadcast in the US).
Anna Massey played Queen Victoria. The series ran from 1st April 1975 to 24th June
Gareth tells of sitting in a restaurant booth one evening and grumbling to his agent about the similarity of the roles he was playing. Given his background, King's School, Oxford, etc., why did he never get offered upper-class roles? Three days later, he was unexpectedly offered the part of Lord Charles Beresford in "Edward VII". Gareth asked the director what had made him think of him. He replied, "I was sitting in the next booth."
|29 Dec 1975||TV|
|16 Feb 1976||TV||Jackanory. (BBC Childrens TV -
five shows of 15 mins). Gareth reads children's stories.|
He read the story "Tales From Lapland" in 1976, and was broadcast on BBC-1 with the following titles: "Draugen And His Red Cap" (Part One, 16/02/76), "The Poor Boy Who Looked For Wook And Found Riches" (Part Two, 17/02/76), "Stallo And His Servant" (Part Three, 18/02/76), "Aslak And The Mermaid" (Part Four, 19/02/76) and "The Family Strong" (Part Five, 20/02/76). Sadly none of these episodes exist in the archive, although I'm sure that there are sound recordings of these programmes somewhere.
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG #7): I did it once many years ago, the best paid job in the BBC. It was a children's series called Jackanory, and it was basically people sitting there reading storeies for kids. You go in, you rehearse for half a day, and because you've got the autocue, you don't have to learn it, and you go in and do it and it's a flat-rate fee. When I did it, I think it was a hundred pounds a day, per show, and it was a fifteen minute show. As I said, you go in on Thursday afternoon, you rehearse it on Thursday afternoon, you record all five on Friday, so you get five hundred pounds from the BBC for a day and a half's work!
|1 Sep 1976||TV|
In more recent years, this has been shown as a feature length film compiled from several of the episodes - unfortunately, Gareth's bits have mostly been cut out. He appears at the start and then largely disappears. (The action of the film concentrates on the Earth people on Medusa.)
Gareth (Horizon NL#21 in 1988): "At that time, I was offered the part of Fogarty in The Onedin Line. I didn't realize it was going to go on to be what it was. It went on for a very long time, but it was only a pilot at that stage. I was offered the chance of that, or three months doing Star Maidens. And I needed the money! So I chose three months doing an independant television show, obviously, because the money was far, far greater. That was one of the many mistakes I made in my career. Having said that, I don't mean I didn't enjoy Star Maidens. And there were some very fine actors in it.
"It was a long time ago. It was a multi-national thing. We had Hardy Kruger's daughter, my co-lead was a frenchman called Pierre Brice, one of the directors couldn't speak any English. One of the directors was actually a very well known cameraman and horror film director, Freddy Francis. What was it about? I really can't remember. I do remember I was supposed to have some form of extraordinary powers, I can't remember exactly what. And I think I had a blonde streak or something. One blonde streak down the side of my hair."
|24 Sept 1976||TV|
|10 Jan 1977||TV|
|7 Jan 1977||TV||Caesar and Cleopatra By George Bernard Shaw (Southern TV) TV film directly from a stage play. Alec Guiness is Casear. Gareth only has one line.|
|8 Mar 1977||TV||Fathers and Families. (BBC) Gareth was in Episode 6, as a writer.|
|12 Apr 1977||TV|
|28 Nov 1977||TV|
|2 Jan 1978||TV|
Horizon 33 - talking to Joe Nazzaro Joe: There's an interesting story I heard concerning your final appearance in Blake. According to Chris Boucher, during the fatal confrontation scene between Blake and Avon, Paul's original line was supposed to be 'You betrayed me?' but he changed it to 'You betrayed me?' It's interesting how one word can change the context of a scene.
Gareth: Well, it changes the whole concept, because if you turn around and say 'You betrayed me' as a statement, that's fine, or you can say 'You betrayed me?' ie 'Was it actually you?' but it blows the whole thing when you say 'You betrayed me?' In some ways, I think Paul was right with that inflection, but if he was right, then he had to be killed as well. I loved Paul's idea of actually standing astraddle and actually protecting the man he had just killed. I thought that was beautiful, but if he uses the inflection 'You betrayed me?' then he had to be killed as well. Otherwise, we never know whether Avon died or not, and with the series it was necessary that we should never see Avon as the supremo. He was supremo by default, but when Blake came back, Avon immediatly had to settle down and be second in command. He can say 'You betrayed me?' and still possibly survive, but I think too many of the audience believed Paul, and it's dangerous to have a series like this and end up saying the man was in fact corrupt. I know I've said I wanted to see Blake's darker side, but I didn't want him to be corrupt. He was always completely dedicated to the cause, and I think he would have carried on if Avon hadn't killed him.
|21 Jan 1978||TV Interview||Multi Coloured Swap
Shop (BBC TV) Live Saturday morning children's magazine show, hosted by Noel
Edmonds. Gareth appeared with Paul Darrow.|
|9 May 1978||Theatre||Canterbury Tales At the
Haymarket in Basingstoke by the Horseshoe company, Gareth played The Miller
and The Chantecleer (The cockerel). This was during the period he was making
Blake's 7. This ran from May 9th to May 20th. This adaptation from Chaucer
was by Phil Woods.|
The programme notes from Absent friends two weeeks later, quoted the following extracts from reviews: A comedian of some brilliance... an ideal Miller... excellent recounter... wonderful actor and 'The Most vulgar of them all' - fully justified Horseshoe's move in luring him away briefly from Blake's 7 onto the Haymarket stage. There are many people in Basingstoke who will never forget his entrance as Chanticleer, whatever remains in their memories of his excellent performances in Stocker's Copper, How Green Was My Valley and Sutherland's Law. We wish him well on the second series of Blake's 7.
|23 May 1978||Theatre||Absent Friends At the Haymarket Threatre in Basingstoke, by the Horseshoe Threatre Companny. By Alan Ayckbourn. This ran to June 3rd. Gareth was playing Paul.|
|1978||Directing||The Importance of being Oscar At the Questor's theatre in London. This is an amateur theatre that allows small proffessional groups to hire it. The show ran for a week and was produced on a very tight budget. This starred Simon MacCorkindale. Sheelagh Wells was also involved with some aspects of the production, such as getting hold of furniture for use as scenery. This was produced by Pendant Entertainment Productions Ltd. This was produced elsewhere (the Cambridge Festival and Ealing) but we are not sure that Gareth was involoved with the earlier productions.|
|10 Mar 1979||TV Interview||Multi Coloured Swap Shop (BBC TV) Live Saturday morning children's magazine show, hosted by Noel Edmonds. Gareth appeared with Jacqueline Pearce to promote the current series of Blake's 7. They gave away various goodies as a competition prize, including a teleport bracelet. Asked if it was a working model, Gareth replied that it only worked if you were in range of the Liberator! To win the prize, you needed to answer the question: Who composed the Planets Suite? (Answer: Gustav Holst, of course.)|
|12 June 1979||Theatre|
Gareth in The Prydonian Renegrade: I was doing Orsino at Stratford in the Royal Shakespeare Company in Twelfth Night and I can't remember what the speech was now but I completely lost it. I couldn't remember the lines, anything - 'dried' as we call it in the profession - and I carried on waffling away until I actually got my brain back into gear and went back into the script agian. When I came offstage at the end of the scene, there was the director standing there. I said "Geez, I'm sorry, Terry. I don't know what the heck happened. I just couldn't remember a bloody thing. I just waffled and bumbled.." He said, "It doesn't matter, Gareth, Don't worry about it. What was fascinating was, the whole thing, all your waffle, was in pure iambic pentameter!" - so I'd kept to Shakespeare's rhythm.
|6 Aug 1979||Theatre|
|15 Aug 1979||TV|
|10 Oct 1979||Theatre|
|22 Nov 1980||TV|
|1980||Convention||Star One Convention, England, the first Blake's 7 convention. Gareth showed up at the auction at the end.|
|1980||Theatre||What the Butler Saw By Joe Orton. At the Sherman Theatre at the University of Wales at Cardiff, and later at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. Gareth plays the police sergeant (Sergeant Match) who ends up in a dress at one point. Also with Angharad Rees.|
|1981?||Charity Walk||Gareth along with many other actors and personailities led by Henry Cooper, walked around White City Stadium to raise money for the Variety Club (a charity run by actors), this raised £30,000.|
|1981||TV||Peter and Paul (3hr TV movie).
In the last hour Gareth played Centurion Julius who escorts Paul (Anthony
Hopkins) to Rome and guards him there.|
Gareth talking to Barbara Teichert in The Prydonian Renegade: I remember doing a thing in Greece, an American production of the Acts of Peter and Paul, with Bob Foxworth as Peter and Tony Hopkins as Paul. I had a scene, five minutes I think it was, almost a five minute speech, with another British actor playing Nero, and it was the usual thing, half past eight in the morning or something, you come in, yes, fine where's the camera, mumble mumble, mumble mumble, here you go, "Turn over and action!" Went straight through this, he said, "Cut!" and everybody applauded. And I thought, "Well, that's very flattering, that's rather nice, good morning, world." And when I spoke to some of the technicians afterwards, I said, "That's very nice," and they said "What do you mean?" and I said, "Applauding, I thought that was great." "Oh, yeah, yeah. Well, ah, no offense meant here, but American actors can't do more than thirty seconds at a time. You do five minutes at once, my God." And I said, "Well that's what I get paid for, isn't it?"
This is available from Amazon (US - NTSC format only).
|23 Jan 1981||TV||Bergerac: Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie BBC1, Popular police series starring John Nettles, set on Jersey. Gareth played a villainous ship's captain called "Towers" in this episode.|
|1981||TV||Ghosts No known information, is this a valid entry?|
|13 Jan 1982||TV|
|1982||Convention||Edgecon England , Also known as Convention at the Edge of the World, another B7 Con.|
|24 July 1982||TV|
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): The writer told me it was going to be made into a series, and he said: "I want you and David Daker, but the BBC are doing it not ITV." So I phoned my agent, but my agent came back and said: "Unfortunately David Daker is doing 'Boon', and therefore can't do this, and the BBC have said they either want both of you or neither." And so my one chance to do a Light Entertainment series went out the window. C'est la vie, that's the business.
|20 Jan 1983||TV|
|10 May 1983||Theatre||Educating Rita by Willy Russell. Gareth played Frank. At the Theatre Royal Windsor until 27 May 1983.|
|8 July 1983||TV|
|29 Feb 1984||TV||Strangers and Brothers (BBC Episodes 8 and 9, 1 hour each). Series based on the novels by C.P. Snow. Gareth plays a scientist who speaks out against the atom bomb.|
|10 Oct 1984||TV Interview|
|11 Oct 1984||TV|
Gareth talking to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#4):
Gareth: I did a series in England recently; one of the most difficult things I've ever done, actually, because the character was totally opposite to me, a Welsh hill farmer. It ended up the big boys moved in, kicked him out, and he couldn't cope with that. His whole life, and his parents were on this hill farm, so they kick him out and he goes back. His mother's room was a shrine to him, so he takes everything out into the courtyard and burns it, goes into the shed, shoots his sheep dog and shoots himself. It was a very beautiful story, nominated for various awards, and about two months later it was ... I'm sorry, am I boring you?
Joe: We'll give you a signal.
Gareth: I went down to the pub I used to drink in at lunchtime [and this man came up and said] "Oh Gareth, bloody great to see you, bloody fantastic! What are you doing here?" and he said, "Do you remember John?" and I said "John?" He said, " A bit like Morgan," which is the character I played. [He said] "He was a bit like Morgan." I said "Yes I remember; he had a beard," and he said, "That's right, that's John. Anyway, He shot himself last week, and left a message saying, Morgan's Boy showed me how to do it" and I thought, "Jesus Christ, how much responsibility can I take for what actually goes on?
|8 May 1984||TV|
|23 Nov 1984||TV Interview||Children in Need (BBC), TV telethon raising money for childrens charities, hosted by Terry Wogan.|
|1984||TV||Love and Marriage: Dearly Beloved
(Yorkshire TV, 1 hr). Gareth plays the lead as husband Stephen, a doctor whose
marriage is having problems.|
Gareth talking to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#7):
Joe: Do you get nervous, letting the real you show through the cracks sometimes?
Gareth:Well, I'll tell you something. I did a show a number of years ago - I can't remember what it's called now - with an actress that I knew by reputation but had never actually met. A very fine actress, and I knew her husband, but I didn't know her. The first scene ... Picture the first rehearsal: "How do you do, I'm Gareth Thomas..." The first scene begins at the moment of orgasm, and you think, "Now wait a minute, this is very personal here! Shall we start by saying which side of the bed would you like to sleep on?" There you suddenly ... you use experience, okay, but there is a frightening situation. How much of yourself do you actually show? I'm not telling on that one [laughter], but there's an example; if it happens, okay. That's an exception, because the last time I played a lover was about twenty years ago, but there is an example where you have to convice and say in the back of your mind, "I'm acting" That's a very difficult situation.
|17 Feb 1985||TV|
|19 Mar 1985||Theatre||Beside the Sea By Brian Jefferies. At the Theatre Royal, Windsor until 6 April 1985. Gareth played Arnold who is the focal point as the poet / deckchair attendant, who sees and knows all. - Gareth described this as a "wierd play".|
|1 July 1985||TV|
|5 Jul 1985||Convention|
|2 Sep 1985||TV||Duel with An Teallach (BBC 1 hr). Gareth plays Charles Handley, sturdy but doomed mountaineer. This is a re-enactment of a mountain climbing tragedy. The actors did all the actual climbing.|
|7 May 1986||TV Interview|
|3 Nov 1986||Theatre||Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V
English Shakespeare Company (ESC). Gareth played Glendower, Lord
Chief Justice, Scroop and Fluellen.|
They toured England, Wales, Germany, Paris and spent six weeks in Toronto.
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#7): I was phoned up out of the blue by a theatre director (Michael Bogdanov) for whom I have enormous respect, who had turned me down for a job some years before. He only likes working with people he's worked with before, and I wasn't one of them. But this time I was phoned up by him to play the Welsh parts in Henry IV pt 1, Henry IV pt 2 and Henry V. This was for a new company being set up to tour around Britain, France, Germany and Toronto Canada. I hemmed and hawed, and I finally said yes, okay, because I admired the director.
We did Henry VI pt 1 on Monday, Henry VI pt 2 on Tuesday, Henry V on Wednesday afternoon, Henry VI pt 1 on Wednesday evening, Henry VI pt 2 on Thursday, Henry V on Friday, and all three on Saturday; that was twelve hours of theatre. It was known as "The Marathon." Doctors have said that going on stage, if you take it seriously and get nervous, is the equivalent of having a minor car crash. We used to walk in on a Saturday morning and say, "Goddamn it, I'm sitting here, I'm hung over, and I've got three minor car crashes to go through in twelve hours in this bloody theatre! What am I doing for a living?" Having said that, we did it in Hamburg, Germany on a Sunday, and it was fifteen minutes before they allowed us off the stage. They were cheering, stamping, shouting, whistling - everything. It was amazing; it was an experience I'd never had before. It was ten minutes before they let us out of the Old Vic in London. It was directed as a trilogy, so that Saturday was actually the great day. You came up knackered but on a great high, really on a high, which meant that Monday was hell! We went from sublime to the ridiculous on that one, because we did the trilogy on a Saturday in Paris and opened in Hull on a Monday. I suppossed that's like saying we did a trilogy in Tinsel City and then opened up on Monday in Detroit! No offense to the people of Detroit.
After this run, Gareth was offered the John Woodvine part of Falstaff but refused it, since he didn't have time to really study it and make it his own. He said if he had done it, he would have been imitating Woodvine's version.
Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington wrote a book, "The English Shakespeare Company: The Story of The Wars of the Roses" about the first three seasons of the ESC.
Gareth Thomas appeared in the first (1986-1987) season. Michael Bogdanov said: "I rang Gareth Thomas, a fellow Welshman. He would do anything to give his Fluellen. His Fluellen turned out to be incomprehensible, North Walian, delivered with machine-gun rapidity. Very, very funny when you could understand it. He was so fast that subsequent versions of Henry V without him ran fifteen minutes longer." [pp. 33-34; GT was replaced by Sion Probert when he left the ESC.] There's a tiny picture of GT in this production, not very recognizable between the huge beard and the huge sheepskin hat.
The ESC got into a dispute with Equity about overtime payments. "The actors were represented by Morris Petty and Gareth Thomas. [...] Gareth was emotional. We had 'sold them down the river,' 'kicked them in the teeth.' All they had got for their pains was 'a slap in the face.'" [pp. 84-85; the tribunal awarded a fairly small amount to all the actors to settle the claim.]
Summing up the first season, Michael Pennington refers to "Gareth Thomas's marvellous Fluellen, loyal and verbose" [p. 93.]
GT's roles in the 1986-1987 tour, which ran from November 3 1986-June 27 1987, with 78 performances of each part of Henry IV and 79 performances of Henry V:
Henry IV Part 1 - Owen Glendower
Henry IV Part 2 - Lord Chief Justice (i.e., a shift from "The Rebels" to "The King's Party")
Henry V - Lord Chief Justice, Fluellen.
|1986 - 1987||TV||The District Nurse. (BBC)
Period drama set in 1930's Wales, starred Nerys Hughes in the title role
(Megan) and Sian Philips played her mother. Ran for 4 years from 1984 to 1987, with 13
episodes per year. We don't know which episode(s) or even which series Gareth
Gareth recorded an episode of District Nurse in August or September 1986. (After Benefactors finished in July and before joining ESC.) So that means the show was probably aired in 87, though it could have been 86.
|6th Sep 1987||TV|
|8 Jan 1988||TV|
|29 Feb 1988||Theatre||Dangerous Corner By J B
Priestly, At the Churchill theatre Bromley, Richmond and Bath for 3 weeks,
Gareth played Charles Stanton (a villain), with Judy Buxton (Inga in
Hostage) as Freda Caplan. At Bromley from 29 Feb to 5 March.|
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#7): I did the actor's nightmare: a play by an author called J.B.Priestly called Dangerous Corner, a good old potboiler written in the '30s. My agent phoned me up on a Tuesday evening and said to me "Gareth, I've had Bromley Theatre on the phone and they're doing Dangerous Corner by J.B.Priestly. Do you know it?" I said "I know the name but I have never seen it, and I've never read it." He said, "Well, the villain (an actor named James Warwick) has slipped a disc. They're finishing this week in Bromley, and then they're going to Richmond here in Surrey, and then Bath. Would you take over? I said "Yes, Okay" and he said "Go down to Bromley tomorrow morning and get the script." I said, "Right," put down the phone, and thought to myself, "Jesus Christ, you have just walked into the actor's nightmare! You've got a steady cast going, they know what they're doing, they know the words, and I'm taking over!" I went down on Wednesday lunchtime, I got the script, I went to the pub on Wednesday lunchtime, I read the script, and I went on stage with it on Saturday afternoon (without the script). I worked my butt off! Now that is where somebody off the street couldn't do it. That's training. It's panic, but it's training.
Joe: You said you looked forward to a challenge...
Gareth: That was a challenge, and I got good reviews, too. The reason that I had been asked to do it was because the director of it had been the assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company when I did Orsino, and the fellow playing Cassio in Othello had dislocated his kneecap, and I took that over in four days. He admitted to me, he said, "I went through a list of my mates, and I thought Gareth! He did Cassio in four days; he can do this in three."
|21 Aug 1988||TV|
|17 Oct 1988||Convention||Space City Con England, First convention that had both Paul Darrow and Gareth Thomas at the same time.|
|Sep 1988||Audio Tape||Under Milk Wood
by Dylan Thomas. Gareth played Mog Edwards - this also stars seemingly every
actor and singer in Wales - including Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Sian
Philips, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Hopkin, Philip Madoc, Windsor Davies,
Sir Geraint Evans, Ruth Madoc, Aled Jones, Ray Smith, Freddie Jones and Sir
This recording was released in 1988. A few years later, virtually the identical cast was brought together again and the performance was filmed. We believe that about an hour of this was shown on Television. The audio cassette was re-released at this time and the copyright date was changed to 1992. However the audio tape is not actually a recording of the filmed performance, but simply the 1988 recording re-packaged. Sadly, this tape is no longer avilable.
This wa definately shown in the US, and was probably shown by LWT (London Weekend Television) in 1988. Review
|1989||TV||To Each His Own ( TV movie 1¾ hours). Gareth plays an unscrupulous developer. Not BBC - therefore one of the ITV companies.|
|10 Feb 1989||Convention|
|March 1989||Radio Play||The Taff End 1 hr comedy about rugby supporters, by Ewart Alexander. Gareth plays Gary, a Welsh ex-rugby international who meets a friend of his. They both want a ticket to the England/Wales match. This was broadcast at about the same time as the annual England/Wales rugby match.|
|March 1989||Radio Play||New World in the Mourning wild Welsh comedy (BBC Radio 4) about God, politics (Thatcher vs. socialism), homosexuality, elections, personal ethics. Gareth plays Emlyn Parry of the Labour party, running for parliament.|
|12 Apr 1989||Theatre||Inside Job At Theatre Royal, Windsor
12-29th of April 1989 and at other venues. |
A Windsor Newspaper (Francis Batt): The Glamour of Life in Luton.
Who would not envy the glamourous life of a film star, making movies in exotic locations? Actress Prunella Gee - currently starring in the play Inside Job at Windsor's Theatre Royal - wondered just what attractive setting she would be working in when she was cast as Sean Connery's girlfriend (or one of them) in his belated comeback to the role of James Bond in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again.
"Some of the film was set in the Bahamas and some in the south of France. But guess where all my scenes ended up being filmed - in Luton" said Prunella. Her co-star in Inside Job, Gareth Thomas (of Blakes 7 fame) can beat that though. He was once phoned by a producer and offered the choice between two roles in a new production.
It was not until I had chosen the one I wanted that he had the cheek to tell me that it was all being filmed over here, while the other role I had turned down was being filmed in the Bahamas...
|7 Jul 1989||Convention|
|23 Jul 1989||TV|
|2 Oct 1989||TV|
|25 Oct 1989||Theatre|
Gareth in the Prydonian Renegade: I think Lear was certainly the most difficult thing I'd ever done on stage. You actually walk offstage totally and utterly exhausted. There's no two ways about that. That's it. You go out there, you give it everything you can, and you walk off and say, "Whew." I'll tell you how exhausted I got - sometimes I didn't even get to the bar for over half an hour! And there are lots of pitfalls. I remember, doing Lear, there was one occasion, a matinee I think it was, and Lear in the first scene, his first scene, towards the end of it he loses his temper for the first time and I mean really goes for Cordelia. Doing this matinee I suddenly thought "Why have all the cast turned upstage?" The audience didn't notice and I carried on. The line is, "So be my grave my peace, as here I give her father's heart from her." And apparently I'd said "As here I give her hather's fart from her," and all the cast cottoned on and turned upstage. But the audience didn't have a clue.
|Late 1989||Video||Masquerade Introduced a video tape about makeup for Sheelagh Wells.|
|16 June 1989||TV|
|1990||Written||Blythe Spirits Gareth wrote several short stories about a small community of monks. Written sometime previously (pre 1988?) these were fan published in 1990.|
|4 Mar 1990||Radio Play||Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens.
BBC Radio 4, Classic serial from 4 Mar 1990 until 1st April 1990 (5 x 90 min
episodes) dramatised by David Beech. Also issued on tape. Gareth played the
Rev. Septimus Crisparkle. The play featured Ian Holm as John Jasper, who
searches for proof that his nephew Edwin Drood has been murdered.|
|May 1990||Radio Play||Jim Davis BBC Radio 4 - play by John Masefield. Gareth plays a pirate captain called Marah, in this adventure tale.|
|6 Sep 1990||TV|
|Jan 1991||Radio Interview||Midlands Radio. No other details known.|
|24 Jan 1991||TV Interview|
|19 Apr 1991||TV Interview|
|29 May 1991||TV|
Gareth in TV Zone special #4: I'm working with a ferret, which is a very strange little creature. They're like weasels, and if they bite, they don't let go. I told the director that I was a little concerned about that, and he said "Don't worry" and introduced me to the ferret master who was a stage hand at the RSC when I was there.
So I've got this ferret in my hands, and the scene was that I was in a barn, literally underneath a pile of straw. Two people come in; a young man and a young girl, and at one point they're beginning to get together and there's this burping sound. The girl says to the boy "Was that you?" and I sit up and say "It was me!" The fellow says "What the hell are you doing?" and I say "Well I'm with my girlfriend too!" and pull out this ferret. Now we obviously don't have the ferret there all that time because they're not that happy being under straw. We come up to the actual shot where I'm holding the ferret in my hand, when it suddenly opens its mouth. I'm thinking 'Oh shit', but I'm busy acting my arse off, and this thing starts licking me. This little clapper boy comes out and goes wallop amd thank God it went for the clapperboard instead of me!
|18 Jun 1991||TV|
|20 Nov 1991||TV|
|1 July 1991||Signing||HMV Store in London to autograph the 1991 video releases.|
|20 Oct 1991||TV Interview||Pebble Mill at One (BBC) Live lunchtime magazine programme. Interview with Jacqueline Pearce.|
|1992||Audio Tape||Under Milk Wood
by Dylan Thomas. Gareth played Mog Edwards - this also stars seemingly every
actor and singer in Wales - including Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Sian
Philips, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Hopkin, Philip Madoc, Windsor Davies,
Sir Geraint Evans, Ruth Madoc, Aled Jones, Ray Smith, Freddie Jones and Sir
This recording was released in 1988, a few years later, virtually the identical cast was brought together again and the performance was filmed. We believe that about an hour of this was shown on Television. The audio cassette was re-released at this time and the copyright date was changed to 1992. However the audio tape is not actually a recording of the filmed performance, but simply the 1988 recording re-packaged.
This 1992 performance, may or may not have been the performance of Under Milk Wood that was in aid of the Princes trust. Gareth took part in a production of Under Milk Wood to help raise money for the Prince of Wales Trust, apparently some time in 1994 or 1995. The Prince of Wales Trust helps young people get started in life.
|1992||TV||Waterland (ITV?) Gareth plays the
landlord of a pub. He has around 1 minute of acting about 30 mins into
this 1.5 hour epic, about a disturbed history teacher (played by Jeremy
Irons) with an interesting past in England during WWII.|
From the Internet Movie Database:
Jeremy Irons and his real-life spouse, Sinead Cusack, play a husband and wife in this intense, involving drama about a country schoolteacher and the tragic, emotional ghosts of his past (inherited across hundreds of years, but governing his own lost youth) which are threatening to destroy his current life. Beautifully directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal; adapted by Peter Prince from the Booker Prize-winning novel by Graham Swift; Waterland costars Ethan Hawke and John Heard.
|8 Mar 1992||TV|
|11 Jun 1992||TV Interview||The Late Show re: DejaVu BBC arts review show. This was about the play Deja Vu by John Osborne, which was on at the comedy theatre in London. Gareth played the character of Cliff.|
|June 1992||Radio Interview||About Deja Vu for about 20 minutes.|
|30 Oct 1992||Convention||Who's 7 '92 England, Dr Who / Blake's 7 convention. This ran to 1st Novemeber 1992.|
|Nov 1992||Convention||Visions '92 Chicago, SF convention|
|18 Feb 1992||Appearance||Harrow Ideal Home Exhibition Opened up the exhibition and then made personal apperancess each day (18-20th) to help publicise the event because a friend was running it.|
|1994||Theatre||Under Milk Wood
Gareth took part
in a production of Under Milk Wood to help raise money for the Prince of Wales
Trust some time in 1994 or 1995. The Prince of Wales Trust
helps young people get started in life. (This may have been the 1992 recording,
|1994||TV||Pirates: Vikings (1/2 hr Documentry). Viking ship builder - "Smoothing Stroke". Gareth did this with one day's notice and no rehearsal as a favour. (Gareth once said that if he had not been an actor he would have loved to have done research into Viking history).|
|1994||TV||Trailers When Blake's 7 first appeared on UK Gold (the first UK screening since 1981) in 1994 they had a series of trailers for the show. They even did a takeoff on Star Wars with the slanted printed introduction. The trailers were about 30 seconds long and different ones were done by Gareth Thomas, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce, and David Jackson. Gareth did around three of these trailers. He mentions that Blake was the only person who can handle Avon.|
|8 May 1994||Theatre||Bridging the Tweed With the Rideout Theatre Company (who are based in Edinburgh). He played a tramp called "Merlin" during this performance. This ran to 14th May.|
|3 Nov 1994||Theatre||Educating Rita by Willy Russell. On tour including Oldham Colisseum Theatre, Nov 3-26th. Gareth played Frank.|
|1995||TV||Medics: Going West (Granada)
(1 hr). Hospital drama starring Tom Baker and Sue Johnston. Gareth played George
Robinson MP, visiting the hospital ward at the beginning. (Gareth nearly got
the lead in this series, but in the end it went to Tom Baker).
Gareth talking to Joe Nazzaro in Horizon 33: Joe: Speaking of ecentrics, I believe
you worked with Tom Baker in Medics?|
Gareth: Yes, there's another eccentric. He was very pleasant, and I only had one scene with him. Funnily enough, the part that Tom Baker was playing was down to either Tom Baker or me. I spent two hours chatting to the producers on Medics, and I was told later on by my agent that it was either me or Tom Baker, and they chose Tom, who had a higher profile, I suppose.
Gareth: Yes, I really enjoyed it. I must confess, I did think of Paul while I was doing it, wondering how he would play it. I do hope that it goes on and they turn it into a series. If they do, I hope to be able to direct a couple of episodes - I'd love to do that.
|1995||Audio Tape||The Mark of Kane
The tape consists of two stories, one on each side of the tape. The first
story involves Travis before he reaches Freedom City and looks at some
events relating to the Andromedans. It also involves a mutoid and a bounty
hunter called Kane. With Brian Croucher (Travis II)|
The second story involves Blake and takes place shortly after Jenna's death. There are some links to the first story - Kane and the mutoid reappear. We also get to meet Tando (one of Blake's fellow bounty hunters). See Merchandise for more details.
|1995||Workshop||Actors Workshop with Mickey Rooney, Gareth played Oberon in A Midsummers Night Dream.|
|31 Jan 1995||TV||Archangel's Night Out BBC Wales - a play.|
|Mar 1995||Convention||Neutral Zone '95 Newcastle Upon Type, SF convention.|
|9 Mar 1995||TV|
|3 June 1995||Audio Tape||Travis: the Final Act Audio tape about Travis (Brian Croucher Travis II), using some of Blake's dialogue from the show - no new material from Gareth. This was released before December 1992.|
|1 Aug 1995||Gathering||B7 Cast reunion
Stringfellows nightclub, London, a general publicity event for the video
This included Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, David Jackson, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Sally Knyvette, Stephen Grief and Peter Tuddenham.
At the event, Diane Gies asked: Anything else in the pipeline?
Gareth: I'm doing an episode of Casualty soon. Actually, I missed out on an advert recently. I don't normally do adverts, but I would have done this one as it was abroad - I was up for the part of a Bank Manager in a French Bank. My agent told me that they had picked me out of the final twelve, but then decided that they wanted someone younger so they started seeing a group of 20 year olds. So I'm now officially too old to be a Bank Manager - even in France.
|12 Aug 1995||Signing||Autograph Signing The Movie Palace (an SF shop not a cinema), London, more publicity for the videos.|
|16 Sep 1995||Signing||Autograph Signing at Playhouse Video in Stevenage, with Paul Darrow. More publicity for the videos.|
|Oct 1995||Audio Tape|
|2 Dec 1995||TV|
|8 Dec 1995||Theatre|
|1st Feb 1996||Radio Quiz||Was a contestant in Radio 4's SF quiz show "To Boldly Go" along with Hattie Hayridge (Holly of Red Dwarf).|
|Mar 1996||Convention||Neutral Zone '96, Newcastle Upon Type, SF con.|
|11 Apr 1996||Theatre|
|26 Oct 1996||Convention||Who's 7 '96 Ashford,
Kent, the final Who's 7 con, the 3rd convention with both Gareth and Paul
|1996||History||Associate of RADA Gareth was unanimously voted an associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, after his nomination by Stephen Grief.|
|10 Jan 1997||Theatre|
|7 Feb 1997||Theatre|
|14 Mar 1997||Convention|
|May/Jun 1997||Radio Interview||Interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland.|
|14 May 1997||Theatre|
|14 June 1997||Radio Interview||Saturday Live Interviewed by Ruth Madoc on BBC Radio Wales.|
|19 Aug 1997||TV Quiz|
|30 June 1997||Audio Tape||Logic of Empire
This tape which was produced by Alan Stevens, who also produced The Mark
|13 July 1997||Convention|
|17 July 1997||TV Interview|
|28 Sep 1997||Audio Tape|
|11 Oct 1997||Convention||Starfleet Experience Sci Fi Con - Nottingham.|
|Early Oct 1997||TV|
|28 Nov 1997||Theatre|
|25 Jan 1998||TV|
|21 Feb 1998||Signing||Autograph Signing Gareth Thomas and Jacqueline Pearce were signing items at Hollywood Superstore, 16-18 St Giles High St, London.|
|Early 1998||Audio Tape|
|20 Mar 1998||Convention|
|27 Mar 1998||Radio Interview||Midlands Today Gareth and Jacqueline Pearce were interviewed for 2 minutes about the Deliverance Convention that was starting that day.|
|27 Mar 1998||Convention|
|29 Jun 1998||Opening||Fab Cafe Gareth acted as the guest
celebrity/host at the opening nights of this Sci-Fi Cafe/Bar in Manchester,
until 2nd of July.|
|15 Aug 1998||Convention||Neutral Zone Party
Gareth was at the party from the 15th to the 16th of August.|
|18 Sep 1998||Theatre|
|16 Oct 1998||TV||The Creatives (BBC2) This is a sitcom about an Edinburgh advertising agency, written by Jack Dochert and Moray Hunter. Gareth had a minor role as a policeman (this part may be misrecorded as Creatures in some peoples records)|
|19 Oct 1998||Radio Interview||Nottingham Local Radio
Gareth appeared on Nottingham Local Radio to publicise The Crucible and the party
for Children in Need to be held on Wednesday the 21st.|
|21 Oct 1998||TV||Children in Need At the Red Lion public house, Canning Circus, Alfreton Road, Nottingham, a party was held as part of a fund raising event for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Gareth took part along with James Warrior who worked with him on 'Morgan's Boy'. We do not know if Gareth actually appeared on TV.|
|4 Feb 1999||Theatre|
|Early 1999||TV Adverts|
|Early 1999||Audio Tape|
|21 June 1999||Audio CD|
|20 Aug 1999||Audio CD|
|3 Sep 1999||Audio CD|
|16 Sep 1999||Theatre|
|27 Jan 2000||Theatre|
|24 Mar 2000||Theatre|
|15 Feb 2000||TV|
|Mar 2000||Audio CD|
|22 Apr 2000||TV|
|2 May 2000||Video|
|9 May 2000||Apperance|
|28 Jun 2000||CD|
|1 Jul 2000||Signing|
|8 Sep 2000||Theatre|
|8 Sep 2000||Theatre|
|16 Sep 2000||TV|
|27 Oct 2000||Convention||Cult TV
Gareth was at Cult TV from 27 to 29th October 2000.|
|2 Nov 2000||TV||South West News
Gareth was filmed while at Cult TV, and this appeared on ITV's South West Lunchtime News.|
The item lasted about 3/4 mins. The Blakes 7 theme accompanied the report. Gareth thomas was interviewed, basically saying he was having a good time and amazed at the longevity of Blakes 7, then pulling faces through the back of a stacking chair! Judith, zine in hand, was singing (very well I might add) a filk song. The dealers room, a sweeping shot of the attendee's in the main hall and the presenter (Ron Bendall) wondering if he would eventually be a cult TV figure concluded the piece.
|21 Jan 2001||TV|
|1 Feb 2001||Theatre||Hamlet Gareth appeared in Hamlet playing Polonius, and The Gravedigger, at the Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (near Edinburgh) from 1st to 17th February 2001.|
|19 Feb 2001||Film||Possessions
Gareth was in Possessions
a video made by MJTV. Gareths part of this was filmed on 19th and 20th February 2001.|
Sixfoothigh films decided in June '02 not to do a full scale release of the film. (a small number of private viewing copies were sold to individuals).
The film was written, directed and produced by Mark Thompson, but it was financed by sixfoothight films and they own the rights to it.
Gareth appears for about an hour in as the suspicious 'Inspector Sabworth' and has a large amount to do for the following hour. Other actors included Peter Miles, Debbie Watling, Anna Karen and Mark Thompson (as a posh documentary presenter!)
|23 Feb 2001||Convention|
|25 May 2001||Convention|
|25 Jun 2001||CD||Dalek Empire 1 Recorded 6 May 2001.|
|6 Jul 2001||Convention||Nexus Gareth was at Nexus 6th to 8th July 2001.|
Gareth recorded an episode of 'Doctors' for the BBC. He
appears as a sick farmer in episode 18 'Chip off the old Block' - due
to air late September/early October.|
Although the episode was actually broadcast on Wednesday, the Radio Times entry is on Friday because they list all the guest actors in a soap in a single entry at the end of the week.
|6 Aug 2001||CD||Dalek Empire 2 Recorded 3 June 2001.|
|10 Aug 2001||Theatre|
|25 Oct 2001||CD||Soldiers of Love 8 This was recorded on 2 Sept 2001.|
|19 Nov 2001||Reading||The Last Moons Gareth did a play reading, on Monday 19th November - lunchtime. Doing a play reading Upstairs at The Gatehouse (Pub/Theatre), Highgate. The performance began at 12.30pm - the play is 'The Last Moons' by Furial Bordon, adapted by William Weaver. Director is David Newman. Gareth says Act 2 is him doing a monologue. The play takes a wry, intimate and funny look at the subject of Old Age!|
|25 Nov 2001||Signing||The Who Shop
Gareth's was signing the newly released Big Finish CD 'Dalek Empire - Pt 3'
at the Who Shop, 4 Station Parade, High Street North, East Ham,
London E6 1JD. From 12 noon to 3pm Sunday 25th November. Joining him was
be Stephen Greif who was signing copies of the Big Finish CD 'Primeval'.|
|4 Oct 2001||Theatre||Retherford and Son
Gareth Thomas played Rutherford in Rutherford and Son
at the Playhouse Theatre, Salisbury from 4th to 27th October 2001. Rehearsals
began on 10th September.|
This is directed by Joanna Read, who directed Equus at the same theatre in March 2000.
|Jul 2001||TV||Top Ten TV: Sci-Fi
Channel 4, 9pm covered Blake's 7.|
|29 Oct 2001||CD||Dalek Empire 3 Recorded 2 Sep 2001.|
|19 Jan 2002||CD||Dalek Empire 4|
|19 Jan 2002||Signing||10th Planet Gareth was signing copies of the newly released Big Finish CD 'Dalek Empire IV - 'Project Infinity' in which he stars as Kalendorf. At the 10th Planet Bookshop, Unit 36 Vicarage Field, Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8DQ. On Saturday 19th January, from 1/4pm.|
|20 Jan 2002||Radio Play||Rob Roy Gareth was in the classic serial 'Rob Roy' on Radio 4 which started at 3pm on Sunday 20th January 2002, and continued for the next two Sundays. He playing the parts of Sir Hildebrande Osbaldistone and a Barber and a Servant. It was repeated on the following Saturdays at 9pm.|
|7 Feb 2002||Theatre|
|25 Mar 2002||CD||Soldiers of Love 9 This was recorded on 2 Sept 2001.|
|11 Apr 2002||Theatre||Three Sisters
Gareth played Army Medical Officer Doctor Ivan Romanovich
Chebutykin in Anton Chekhov's 'Three Sisters', which stared Imogen
Stubbs and Dulcie Gray. The play
opens at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on 11 April for a month,
and then a short tour. The dates/venues are:|
11 April/11 May 02 - Nuffield Theatre, Southampton.
There is a review at The Stage.
|21 Apr 2002||Radio Interview||Isle of Wight Radio
Gareth recorded an interview with Isle of Wight Radio presenter John Hannam, which was
broadcast on Sunday 21st April between 12 noon and
"John talks to the biggest showbiz stars every week with more big names on the way. This week it's the turn of the TV stars. Guests include Gareth Thomas (Blake from Blake's 7), Angela Lonsdale (Emma Watts in Coronation Street) and Bruce Johns who plays Les Battersby."
He said the play was "great fun" and that the production was "very good." He was also pleased that he wasn't the oldest member of the cast as he had been in 'FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS'. He thought that his character Cherbutykin was a little bit like Chekhov himself; Cherbutykin is an observer, although he doesn't comment much. Gareth said the play was "not quite nihilistic but close to it," and that Chekhov was "wonderful stuff."
|18 May 2002||Signing||The Videodrome
Gareth was in a signing session at the The Videodrome, The
Shambles, Worcester on Saturday 18th May from 10am-1pm|
|25 June 2002||CD||Soldiers of Love 10 and 11 These were recorded on 2 June 2002.|
|9 July 2002||TV||Shipman The drama documentary about the serial killer Doctor Shipman, in which Gareth plays the Vicar, was shown on Tuesday 9th July, on ITV/Carlton - 9pm/10pm and concluding 10.20pm/11.20pm.|
|25 Aug 2002||Signing||Memorabili
On August 25th at Memorabilia, SECC, Glasgow from 11am to 4pm.
Both Gareth and Paul Darrow were there.|
|7 Sep 2002||Theatre|
|7 Nov 2002||Theatre||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Gareth played Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' classic from 7th to 23rd November
at the Byre Theatre, St
Andrews, Fife. He played this part a few years
ago - see reviews.|
|7 Dec 2002||Radio Play||Offside in Bohemia Gareth played General Pokorne in a play for BBC Radio 4 from 14.30 to 15.30.|
|23 Nov 2002||TV||Casualty He played a retired fireman who get his leg run over by his son-in-law who is trying to abduct his (Gareth's) grandson. This is episode 11 of Series 17 'Up to your neck in it', Gareth's character is called Jim Bailey.|
|18 May 2003||Radio Play||Parade's End Gareth was in a radio play, this time for BBC Radio 3 - `Parade's End' an adaptation of the play by Ford Maddox Ford, directed by Patrick Raynor. He plays The General (Godfather to the hero). It was broadcast on 18th May from 6.30 to 9.15 pm. The books follow the life of Christopher Tietjens before, during and after the First World War.|
|24 June 2003||Theatre|
|1 Apr 2006||Radio Play||Look Back in Anger This is part of a season of 6 plays to mark the 50th anniversary of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court theatre.|
|8 May 2006||Radio||A Patriot for Us Gareth appeared for 5 consecutive days reading Radio 4's Book of the Week - 'A Patriot for Us' starting Monday 8 May on Radio 4 at 9.45/10am. Each day's episode was repeated at half past midnight. 'A Patriot for Us' is the biography of playwright John Osborne, written by John Heilpern. Source Radio Times and Horizon|
|Unknown||TV||Blasphemy at the Old Bailey
This is a mystery. For a long time it was thought to be:
Everyman: Trial for Blasphemy (BBC)
The BBC did not have an edition of Everyman listed under this title. When this was
shown is still unknown, but.|
It has twice been shown at the BFI - National Film Theatre - on 21 Jul 1992 and 19 Oct 2000.
|Unknown||Radio Play||Blow the Wind|
|Unknown||Radio Play||3:30 Rat Race|
|Unknown||Radio Play||The Trumpet Major|
|Unknown||Directing||Unknown Something by Alan Ayckbourn. This was also produced by Pendant Entertainment Productions Ltd.|
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