Artist Neale Osborne, one of the most original contributors to Lebrecht Music & Arts, has created modern caricatures of all the actors who have ever played the iconic BBC sci-fi role of Doctor Who on television and film. This cult television favourite was first broadcast on 23 November 1963.
The actors who have created and developed this much loved role during the last fifty years on television and film are (left to right): Peter Cushing, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith.
David Cameron misidentified the composer of Rule Britannia! on American television yesterday. He was the first British Prime Minister to appear on David Letterman’s Late Show. Unfortunately, he failed an impromptu history test about the composer of Rule Britannia! and the meaning of the Magna Carta. The incorrect answer he gave was Edward Elgar who was born in 1857 – the correct answer was Thomas Arne whose stirring composition was composed in 1740.
After his errors, Mr Cameron – educated at Eton and Oxford – joked: “That is bad, I have ended my career on your show tonight.”
Shame he was not allowed to ask a Friend – Lebrecht Music & Arts have all the answers for anything to do with music!
Melvyn Bragg presents a BBC 4 programme on the Great Depression era novel
by John Steinbeck ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ first published in 1939.
John Steinbeck wrote: ‘I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this (the Great Depression and its effects).’ He went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for this book and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Worth watching tonight.