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2020

2 movies watched, 1 person I knew died, 13 famous people died, 4 events, 2 meals, 1 drama, 1 purchase



JANUARY

2 movies watched, 1 person I knew died, 5 famous people died, 2 events, 2 meals

1

Movie: Mission Impossible: Fallout

Not a bad film for action. Watched at home alone, on Channel 4.

2

Movie: Extraterrestrial

Not a good film, at all. Watched on Horror Bites. The ending was appalling.

3

Derek Acorah died, aged 69

Derek Acorah was a television medium and psychic.

4

Amanda came round for the afternoon and early evening

Amanda came round in the afternoon. She spent the previous evening baking at home and made some fairy cakes and shortbread dipped in chocolate. With Jezz, we went to Costco for the first time ever. We came back via Morrisons, all had pizza and got Amanda set up on her mobile for changing ring and text tones.

12

Meal: Sakura, Carshalton Beeches

Jezz and I went for a curry at a favourite Indian restaurant. It was excellent.

20

Meal: Sakura, Carshalton Beeches

Kelly and I went for a curry at a favourite Indian restaurant. It was excellent.

21

Terry Jones died, aged 77

Terry Jones was a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian. He was a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

22

Nanny Evans funeral service

Met up with Debbie and her family for the service and life celebration at Lower Morden crematorium and then The Morden Brook.

John Karlen died, aged 86

John Karlen was an American character actor who played multiple roles on the ABC serial Dark Shadows, in various episodes between 206 and 1245, which aired from 1966-1971.

In 1971 he starred as the male lead in Daughters of Darkness. I remember him best for his role as Harvey Lacey, husband of Mary Beth Lacey (played by Tyne Daly), on the CBS crime series Cagney & Lacey (1982–88).

24

Andrew Edmunds died, aged 51

Our dear friend Andrew passed away today. He had been suffering an illness since before Christmas. Our thoughts are with his partner Simon at this time.

28

Nicholas Parsons died, aged 96

Nicholas Parsons was an English actor and radio and television presenter. Still active in his 90s, Parsons had a long career in television, radio and theatre.

Parsons had hosted the comedy radio game show Just a Minute since its inception in 1967. He also hosted Sale of the Century throughout its initial incarnation from 1971 to 1983. During his tenure, the audience peaked at over 21 million viewers.

30

Fred Silverman died, aged 82

Fred Silverman was an American television executive and producer. He was responsible for bringing to television such programmes as the series Scooby-Doo (1969–present), All in the Family (1971–1979), The Waltons (1972–1981), and Charlie's Angels (1976–1981) as well as the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), Roots (1977) and Shōgun (1980). During his time at ABC Entertainment, he greenlit other popular series such as The Bionic Woman (a Six Million Dollar Man spin-off), FamilyCharlie's AngelsDonny & MarieThree's CompanyEight Is EnoughThe Love BoatSoapFantasy IslandGood Morning America.

FEBRUARY

8 famous people died, 1 drama, 1 purchase, 2 events

1

Kirk Douglas died, aged 103

Kirk Douglas was an American actor, producer, director and author. A centenarian, he was one of the last surviving stars of the film industry's Golden Age. He was also the Father to American actor, Michael Douglas.

7

Phillip Schofield comes out as gay

TV presenter, Phillip Schofield tells the nation that he's gay. He is married to his wife for 27 years and has two adult daughters. Phillip hosts many programmes but is probably best known for his on-screen partnership with Holly Willoughby on itv's This Morning.

Test drove the Toyota C-HR

I test drove the Toyota C-HR and loved it. The model I am considering as my next car has everything added to it and is cheaper than the Mini Countryman, Honda CRV and the Volvo XC40. It's amazing!

8

Purchase: Panasonic Freeview Recorder Box

My old YouView TV recorder box finally gave up and so I bought a new one but this time changed to a Panasonic one. I bought it in John Lewis.

11

Test drove the Volvo XC40

I test drove the Volvo XC40 and loved it. I really enjoyed it. The car is solid and a brilliant drive. The model I'm interested in is the Inscription or the Inscription Pro.

15

Caroline Flack died, aged 40

Caroline Flack was an English radio and television presenter. She began her career as an actress, starring in Bo' Selecta! in 2002 and presented various ITV2 spin-off shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! from 2009 until 2010 and The Xtra Factor from 2011 until 2013. Flack won the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and the following year began presenting on series such as Love Island and The X Factor, replacing long-standing presenter Dermot O'Leary on the latter.

17

Derek Fowlds died, aged 82

Derek Fowlds was an English actor, known for his appearances in popular TV series including The Basil Brush ShowYes Minister and Heartbeat. I remember him for his partnership with Basil Brush before Roy North took over.

MARCH

5 famous people died

8

Max Von Sydow died, aged 90

Max Von Sydow was a Swedish actor who appeared in European and American films. Von Sydow featured in more than 100 films and TV series. Despite his career starting as early as 1949, I remember him best for his role in 1980s version of Flash Gordon when he played 'Ming The Merciless.' Also, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' and Father Lankester Merrin in 'The Exorcist.'

15

Roy Hudd died, aged 83

Roy Hudd was an English comedian, actor, presenter, radio host, author and authority on the history of music hall entertainment. He was born in Croydon. He worked as a Redcoat at Butlin's in Clacton, working alongside Cliff Richard and Dave Allen. He has appeared in many TV shows including One Foot In The Grave, Casualty, Call The Midwife, Midsomer Murders, Law & Order, Holby City, Benidorm, Broadchurch and many more. He was more widely known for one of his most recent characters; Archie Shuttleworth in Coronation Street.

17

Lyle Waggoner died, aged 84

Lyle Waggoner was an American actor and former model, known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974, and for playing the role of Steve Trevor and Steve Trevor Jr. on Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.

20

Kenny Rogers died, aged 81

Kenny Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was famous for the hit singles: "Coward Of The County," "Lady," "Lucille" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town." He also duetted with Dolly Parton with the single written by Barry and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees: "Islands In The Stream."

22

Eric Weissberg died, aged 80

Eric Weissberg was an American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist, whose most commercially successful recording was his banjo solo in "Dueling Banjos," featured as the theme of the film Deliverance (1972) and released as a single that reached number 2 in the United States and Canada in 1973.


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