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My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson.  It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th.  It is one of my proudest achievements. Nigel Kneale’s widow Judith Kerr (a writer of great repute herself : Mog, The Tiger Who Came for Tea etc) attended the recording and had a lovely time talking about “Tom” (Kneale’s actual first name) and his work.

With Judith Kerr at the recording of The Road.
Adrian Scarborough plays Sir Timothy and Mark Gatiss is Gideon Cobb in the recreation of this lost classic.

I have jumped in at relatively short notice to play Doc in West Side Story at the Royal Northern College of Music at the end of February. There’s a terrific young cast and it’s a great show. Tickets here.

The Guardian asked me to add a positive note to their coverage of the death of actor Peter Wyngarde which I was more than happy to do. The result is here.

Please vote for XS Malarkey as Best Comedy Club (that runs weekly or has a capacity of 150 or more) in the Chortle Awards. Stiff competition this year so please help!! Here.

The forthcoming DVD release of The Enemy of the World has an hour long documentary produced by Ed Stradling in which I try to find out some brand new facts about the making of this once lost Doctor Who serial. I interview some hitherto unheard from folks, and get some insights into the leading man who, in this story, plays a dual role.

Chatting to Mary Peach at her home about Doctor Who and much, much more.

Another Award

Someone has been nice about this blog again!

I post this only because the link may be useful as it leads to another 21 blogs that you may prefer to mine (he said magnanimously whilst posting something praising him). Top 22 eh? A strange number to choose. Please, don’t bother writing in to point out that there are actually only 22 psoriasis blogs on the whole of the internet: I don’t want to know, thanks.

This year, our specialist panel of judges have reviewed hundreds of different sites from across the internet before hand-picking the very best for each category. http://tobyhadoke.com is among the elite selection of awardees that our judges felt made a real contribution to the eczema and skin condition category and you can see your site in lights here:

http://www.kwikmed.org/22-eczema-psoriasis-support-sites/

Please accept my warmest congratulations, as well as our appreciation of your continued hard work and excellent quality editorial. I hope it continues for many years to come! We’re rolling the awards out fully with our members soon and hopefully it will bring some deserving attention your way.

There are some great winners on the list, including some sites that have less exposure than your site does, and were selected by our judging panel for their unique perspective and contribution. It would be great for all if you let your readers know where they can find some great resources on eczema and skin condition by linking to the awards. Either way it would be great to hear from you.

Once again, I would to send you my congratulations for your well-deserved recognition.

LAST MINUTE CHARITY GIG AND LATEST NEWS

I’ve been added as a last minute replacement (I know my place) to compere a great bill at a charity gig for London Pathway. I am MC for a bill that includes Josh Widdicombe, Hal Cruttenden, Mitch Benn, Scott Cappurro, Adam Bloom and Tom Allen. Excellent stuff.

For more info, go here (see where it says Paul Tonkinson’s name? That’s where mine will be):

I have also updated my Gig List.

In light of the death of Philip Madoc recently, I would like to point you in the direction of an article I did about him a while ago:

I Know The Face But … #1 Philip Madoc

I had the pleasure of working with Philip only in December, and he will be sorely missed. Thankfully, much of his work will be around forever for us, and those lucky blighters in the future, to enjoy.

Me, sound legend Brian Hodgson, and Philip Madoc

Quickies:

XS Malarkey goes from strength to strength and has enjoyed its new heaters as well as some fantastic bills (comedy line-ups, not heating bills : though they’ve been quite big).

I have written two new jokes for my forthcoming Edinburgh show. I have a title, I think, but for now let’s just say that it will be a direct follow on from Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf.

And I’m back on The 7th Dimension on March 17th ; there’s some good stuff there to stimulate your brain nodes.

Onwards and Upwards

OK, I’ve bitten the bullet and accepted that having a blog (which also enables me to update the website myself rather than rely on the marvellous Steve Wild to find time in his busy schedule to amend the original work he put so much effort into). It’s a reluctant acceptance as I fear such things can be terribly self involved and narcissistic, and wouldn’t presume that my opinions on a new crisp flavour, or what I got up to last Thursday, or if I had an amusing encounter with a chav-lady on a bus were of interest to anybody, let alone worth writing up. Especially when I’m supposed to be refining my new Edinburgh show, and already have enough self-inflicted distractions preventing from working on that as it is. I travel on the train a lot, and make sure I get there early to ensure access to a plug socket so I can fire up the laptop (when I am king, sitting on such a seat when you don’t have an electrical appliance will be punishable by death, as will talking in the theatre and being Jeremy Kyle). I kid myself that this means I can write, write, write and be productive when travelling, except that I usually end up watching telly programmes. Like the remake of V that’s currently on. It’s a curious beast. If the US government imposes a tax on Over Reliance On Green Screen, or Actress Playing The Baddie Affecting An Evil Smile As Soon As She Turns Away From The Goodies And Towards The Camera, then that series alone will buoy the economy for the rest of the decade. I’m enjoying it though, even if it’s uncomfortable in places and the title is no longer an evocative echo of Second World War resistance. Some of the latest scripts have upped the ante, but I’m not champing at the bit to see the next episode (hence me playing catch up on the train).

So, anyway, I’m not going to be blogging every day. I will do so if something interesting happens that is related to comedy or Doctor Who and may be of interest to fans of both things. I will also use this, quite brazenly, as a professional resource – advertising forthcoming gigs, plugging my first book (oh yes, you read it here first – not the book, but mention of it) which is due to be announced soon, and mentioning if I sat next to Peter Laird (Chang from The Wheel In Space) on a bus, which I did a couple of weeks ago.

I’m going to put up a gig list now, so people can see when and where I’m playing and turn up to pelt me with whatever takes their fancy – tomatoes, rotten eggs, napalm.

One thing to note with the new site, is that I have a page of “Other Works” (writing, radio appearances and DVD commentaries) which is currently not on the menu because I haven’t worked out how to do that. For now, have a look here.

And maybe I’ll drop in the odd fascinating Doctor Who fact. Like this one – Michael Hart, who directed The Space Pirates, was the brother of Tony Hart, who taught my generation how to draw.