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2021

39 famous people died, 44 movies watched, 6 events, 1 purchase, 1 drama



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JANUARY

12 famous people died, 16 movies watched, 2 events, 1 purchase

1

Mark Eden died, aged 92

Mark Eden was an English actor. He was best known for his portrayal of villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1989. In real life, he was married to Sue Nicholls who plays Audrey Roberts.

2

Generous Harrison

Jezz and I collected our presents from our friend Harrison. He'd bought us both an Apple Homepod mini... we were both extra shocked but ever so excited.

Movie: Dog Soldiers

It was an ok film, a bit daft. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Movie: Under The Skin

By far, the worst film ever. Rubbish film. Watched at home alone on Film4.

3

Gerry Marsden died, aged 78

Gerry Marsden MBE was an English musician and television personality, best known for being the leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. Their most famous song is "You'll Never Walk Alone." Marsden returned to #1 in the charts twice during the 1980s with re-recordings of two of his old hits, with all profits going to charity. In 1985 after the Bradford Football Club stadium tragedy in which 56 were killed, he formed a group called the Crowd, which included other musicians, singers and radio disc jockeys, to produce a new version of "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Other famous hits with The Pacemakers include "How Do You Do It," "I Like It," "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Across The Mersey."

4

Movie: Terrifier

A fairly ridiculous film, gratuitous gorefest. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

Barbara Shelley died, aged 88

Barbara Shelley was an English film and television actress. She starred in no less than 24 films and numerous appearances in TV shows including The Saint (1962), an episode of The New Phil Silvers Show (1963), The Avengers, Blake's 7, Doctor Who and EastEnders (1988).

Tanya Roberts died, aged 65

Tanya Roberts was an American actress, producer, and former model. She was best known for playing Julie Rogers in the final season of the 1970s television series Charlie's Angels, Stacey Sutton in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, and Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show.

5

James Greene died, aged 89

James Greene was a Northern Irish actor who appeared in numerous plays and series on British television over a period of 40 years. He starred in Downtown Abbey, Dr Who, The Bill, Holby City, Birds Of A Feather and more.

6

Alan Igbon died, aged 68

Alan Igbon was a British actor, of West African and Irish background. He starred in 'Boys From The Black Stuff,' 'Brookside' and 'Coronation Street' as well as many others. His death was announced on social media by his niece on this day but she also stated that he died peacefully in early December of last year.

7

Movie: Knuckleball

Great movie. Good story... kept me gripped! Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

Marion Ramsey died, aged 73

Marion Ramsey was an American actress. She's best known for her role as Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy movies but starred in many more.

9

John Reilly died, aged 86

John Reilley was an American film and television actor. He's most famous for his roles in the US soaps General Hospital, Sunset Beach and Passions. He's also appeared in one episode of each of these notable shows: Kojak, The Mary Tyle Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Love Boat, Quincy M.E., Cover Up, Cagney & Lacey, Dallas, Newhart, Diagnosis Murder, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place and many more.

10

Movie: Jack Reacher

A good action movie starring Tom Cruise. My introduction to the very gorgeous Jai Courtney. Watched at home alone on Film4.

11

Movie: The Green Inferno

Quite easily, the goriest and most horrific film I've watched to date. I mean it's compelling but way too bloodthirsty. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

12

Movie: The Heavy

A good film starring Garry Stretch, Vinnie Jones, Lee Ryan and Christopher Lee. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

13

Event: Homebaking

Jezz and I relieved some boredom by home baking today. We made homemade sausage and tomato rolls and sausage roll slices.

Movie: Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation

Such a terrible film. Starred Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey. Watched alone at home on horror channel.

13

Peter Mark Richman died, aged 93

Peter Mark Richman was an American actor in films and on television. He appeared in over 30 films and over 130 television series from the 1950s until his retirement in 2011. He starred in Dynasty, Star Trek The Next Generation, The Fugitive, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, Knight Rider and many more. Movies include The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear, Judgement Day, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and many more.

15

Movie: Hostel III

A little bit over the top with the gore. Watched at home alone on the horror channel.

16

Phil Spector died, aged 81

Phil Spector was an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. He was sentenced to 19 years to life for the 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. The actress was found slumped over in a chair at Spector's California mansion with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth. Spector, who was from Bronx, New York, produced recordings by The Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner, Cher and the Ramones.

18

Movie: Jackals

Not a very nice film but suspense kept me watching. Watched alone at home on the horror channel.

19

Movie: Lean On Pete

A beautiful film starring Charlie Plummer, who was superb. Watched at home alone on Film4.

20

Movie: Songbird

Quite a good film about COVID-23 and lockdown. Starred K.J. Apa, Sofia Carson and Demi Moore. Watched alone at home on Amazon Prime.

Movie: The Bone Collector

Quite a good film starring Denzil Washington and Angelina Jolie. Watched at home alone on Film4.

21

Randy Parton died, aged 67

Randy Parton was an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman. He was Dolly Parton's brother and played bass for her. He died of cancer.

23

Larry King died, aged 87

Larry King was an American television host, radio host, and paid spokesman, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards. I remember watching him for years with his show 'Larry King Live' when we had CNN at home (Woodcote Road).

TV Drama: It's A Sin

A superb portrayal of gay life and growing up in the 80s with the start of the AIDS pandemic. Starring Olly Alexander (pants heavily) and the outstanding Lydia West, who played Jill Baxter. I watched all 5 episodes back to back on ALL 4.

25

Movie: The Forgotten

A good film. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

27

Movie: Death Warrant

A bit of a daft film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Watched at home alone on Paramount Movies channel.

29

Purchase: Ninja Foodi Air Fryer

We bought an air fryer from John Lewis. It was £179 (£158 with discount). We made doughnuts almost immediately.

31

Movie: Holding The Man

One of, if not the most powerful movie to date. Someone recommended that I watch it and I did love it but it was incredibly powerful and moving. Stars Ryan Corr and Craig Stott.


FEBRUARY

11 famous people died, 10 movies watched, 2 events, 1 drama, 

1

Dustin Diamond died, aged 44

Dustin Diamond, the actor who portrayed lovable nerd Samuel "Screech" Powers across four incarnations of Saved by the Bell from 1988 to 2000, died Monday after a three-week battle with carcinoma. He was 44.

2

Captain Sir Tom Moore died, aged 100

Captain Sir Tom Moore raised £32,794,701 for the NHS by walking 10 laps at a time of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his back garden, with his walking frame, in 2020. He was 99 years old then and his 100th birthday was in April of the same year. He died of pneumonia with coronavirus after a Christmas holiday abroad.

3

Movie: Moonlight

A nice gay film starring Ashton Sanders and Travante Rhodes. Watched at home alone on Film4.

5

Christopher Plummer died, aged 91

Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor whose career spanned seven decades. He gained recognition for his performances in film, television, and theatre. He's probably best remembered for his role as Captain von Trapp in the 1965 film: The Sound Of Music. I remember him best as Chan in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

Leon Spinks died, aged 67

Leon Spinks was an American professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1995. In only his eighth professional fight, he won the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1978 after defeating Muhammad Ali n a split decision, in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Spinks was later stripped of the WBC title for facing Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by unanimous decision.

6

TV comedy-drama: After Life

Ricky Gervais is superb, to me. He's a talented writer and actor and I feel as though I completely get his humour. Excellent story and have now watched both seasons.

Harry Fielder died, aged 80

Harry Fielder was an English actor and supporting artist who worked extensively in British films and television from 1967 through to 1999. He has appeared in 26 films including Oliver, Mutiny On The Buses, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, McVicar, Superman, Carry On Up The Khyber, Carry On Abroad, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Mission: Impossible, 101 Dalmations, Evita and many more. He's also played parts in no less than 15 TV shows including Z Cars, Dr Who, Space: 1999, Blakes Seven, Minder, Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister, Eastenders, The Bill, London's Burning, Randall & Hopkirk, The Persuaders, The Protectors, The Professionals, Steptoe & Son, Terry & June, The Two Ronnies, Girls On Top, Hi-de-Hi and many more.

7

Movie: The Mechanic

A bit daft and the storyline wasn’t that compelling but the effects were good and the ending was neat too. Stars Jason Statham and Ben Foster. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

8

Movie: The Gift

Good film and story. Starred Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Movie: Captive

Excellent film and story. Starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo. Watched at home alone on Film4.

Mary Wilson died, aged 76

Mary Wilson was an American singer and concert performer best known as a founding member of the Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. history, as well as one of the all-time best-selling girl groups in the world.

9

Movie: White God

A good, bad, weird, nice, disturbing film. Hungarian film with English subtitles. Watched at home alone on Film4.

11

Frank Mills died, aged 93

Frank Mills was an English actor. He starred in numerous films and television series such as Rumpole of the Bailey. He was best known for his television work, notably the role of Billy Williams in Coronation Street.

12

Peter Dorey died, aged 73

Peter Dorey was the founder of the UK's first gay bookshop: "Gay's The Word." The shop, still trading, is located in Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury, London. It acted as a "safe place" for LGBTQ+ communities during a period of oppression and discrimination. It opened its doors for the first time in 1979.

14

Ari Gold died, aged 47

Ari Gold was an American pop singer and songwriter. He had worked with Rude Paul, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross. He won four music awards, had no less than 17 chart singles and 7 albums. Ari's single "I'll Be There," remixed by David Morales, was used in Queer As Folk, a gay serial-drama series.

15

Movie: Love, Simon

A lovely film starring Nick Robinson as Simon, an American coming out story. Jennifer Garner, who played his Mum, Emily, stole the show with her beautiful pep talk to Simon after he came out. Watched at home alone on Film4.

17

COVID-19 vaccine

Today, I was invited to go and get my COVID-19 vaccination at my local GP practice. I had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

18

Movie: Beautiful Thing

Superb film. Watched years ago but didn’t document it then. Watched at home alone on Film4.

20

Tim and Alex turned up

My beautiful friend, Tim, turned up today with his handsome colleague, Alex and jet-washed our cars for us. A total surprise... what a love! I seriously love him.

23

Movie: Alpha Dog

A good film, disturbing towards the end. Starred Justin Timberlake and Anton Yelchin. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

24

Drama: Tiger Woods car crash

Tiger Woods lost control of his Genesis SUV shortly after 7 am local time, veering onto the opposite carriageway and rolling over several times before coming to rest on a grass embankment. He underwent immediate surgery and is reported to be stable.

Ronald Pickup died, aged 80

Ronald Pickup was an English actor. He was active in television and film from 1964 to 2021. I remember him most in Doc Martin but he has appeared in so many TV appearances and in plenty of films. 

25

Movie: Hitman Redemption

A good film, a bit slow to begin with. Stars Ron Perlman and Richard Dreyfuss. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

28

Johnny Briggs died, aged 85

Johnny Briggs was an English actor. He was best known for his role as Mike Baldwin in the soap opera Coronation Street, in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006. He also appeared in no less than 39 movies including Oliver Twist, Carry On Up The Khyber, Bless This House, On The Buses, Man About The House, Carry On Behind, Carry On England and many more.

Movie: Always Be My Maybe

A great film starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. Watched at home with Jezz on Netflix.


MARCH

7 movies watched, 11 famous people died,

1

Movie: The Lover: A Deadly Affair

A great afternoon film. Watched alone at home on Channel 5.

2

Ian St John died, aged 82

Ian St John was a Scottish former footballer who played for Liverpool in the 1960s. He played for Scotland 21 times, scoring nine goals. He later became a manager – including for Motherwell where he had begun his playing career. He struck up a successful TV partnership with fellow ex-footballer Jimmy Greaves, with their Saint and Greavsie programme running for several years until 1992.

Bunny Wailer died, aged 73

Bunny Wailer, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and percussionist. He was an original member of the reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. A three-time Grammy Award winner, he is considered one of the longtime standard-bearers of reggae music. He was also known as Bunny Livingston and Jah B. He wrote 'Electric Boogie.'

3

Movie: Breaking In

Not a bad film. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

Nicola Pagett died, aged 75

Nicola Pagett was a British actress. She was known for her role as Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s TV drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1973). Her film appearances include Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Operation Daybreak (1975), and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995).

4

Movie: Disturbia

A good film, quite gripping. Watched at home alone on Film 4.

8

Trevor Peacock died, aged 89

Trevor Peacock was an English actor, screenwriter, and songwriter. He is best known for playing Jim Trott in the BBC comedy series The Vicar of Dibley, alongside Dawn French. 

11

Movie: Winchester

Not a bad film starring Helen Mirren. Watched at home with Jezz on Amazon Prime.

13

Murray Walker died, aged 97

Murray Walker OBE was an English semi-retired motorsport commentator and journalist. He provided television commentary of live Formula 1 coverage for the BBC between 1976 and 1996, and for ITV between 1997 and 2001.

Marvellous Marvin Hagler died, aged 66

Marvellous Marvin Hagler was an American professional boxer and film actor who competed in boxing from 1973 to 1987. He reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987.

14

Movie: Dolly Parton Here I Am

An hour and a half of Dolly Parton’s life. Watched it on Netflix with Jezz at home.

Henry Darrow died, aged 87

Henry Darrow was an American character actor of stage and film known for his role as Manolito "Mano" Montoya on the 1960s television series The High Chaparral. In the film 'The Hitcher,' Darrow played the corrupt and vengeful Trooper Hancock. He also made an appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a Vulcan playing the character Starfleet Admiral Savar, in the episode "Conspiracy" and two guest appearances in episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as Kolopak. But he has also starred in almost every other American TV series from The Incredible Hulk to Dynasty.

15

Movie: Redwood

Dreadful film. Worst in about 5 years. Watched at home alone on horror.

Yaphet Dotto died, aged 81

Yaphet Kotto was an American actor and known for numerous film roles, as well as starring in the TV series: Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999) as Lieutenant Al Giardello. His film appearances include Alien (1979), The Running Man (1987). He portrayed the main villain Dr Kananga/Mr. Big in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die (1973). He appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy thriller Midnight Run (1988) as FBI Agent Alonzo Mosley.

15

Movie: Hitman

A good action film. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.

23

George Segal died, aged 87

George Segal was an American actor. I remember him best for his role in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? playing Sandy Dennis's husband and starring alongside Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He has starred in no less than 63 films between 1961-2014. He has appeared in more than 50 TV shows and has been a voice-over in some shows.

26

Eddie Rothe died, aged 67

Eddie Rothe was a British musician and was the drummer for the 70s disco band Liquid Gold. He was also in The Searchers. Moreover, he was the fiancé of singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald. They first started dating when they were teenagers and met in a Wakefield nightclub. Jane worked as a waitress when he was playing with Liquid Gold. They broke up but reunited 30 years later when they met again on the TV set of itv's This Morning. They got engaged in 2008.

30

Myra Frances died, aged 78

Myra Frances was a British actress from the 70s. She is possibly best known for her role as Anne Tranter in the series Survivors. Also, she starred in a series of Dr. Who. She was in several episodes of Hadleigh, starring alongside Gerald Harper.
Myra was also the other half of the UK's first on-screen lesbian kiss, the other was actress legend Alison Steadman.
Myra was married to British actor Peter Egan, most famous for his role as Paul Ryman in the TV series Ever Decreasing Circles, with Richard Briers and Penelope Wilton.

APRIL

11 movies watched, 4 famous people died, 1 event

1

Movie: Rise Of The Footsoldier... Extreme and Extended

A horrible gratuitous violent film.

Movie: Reprisal

An excellent movie starring Frank Grillo and Bruce Willis. 

5

Paul Ritter died, aged 55

Paul Ritter was an English stage and screen actor. He was best known for his roles in films including Quantum of SolaceSon of RambowHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Eagle, as well as television programmes including Friday Night DinnerVeraThe Hollow CrownThe Last Kingdom and Chernobyl.

9

Movie: Overlord

A good film. A little graphic and a bit gory but good story and effects.

Prince Philip died, aged 99

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. They were married for 73 years.

11

Movie: The Raid 2

The most bloodthirsty gory movie to date. The choreography of the fight scenes was so impressive but there was a lot of hiding behind the pillow scenes too.

12

Movie: Vincent N' Roxxy

Hmm. A bit bloody but it kept me watching. Ended way differently than I thought it would. Watched it at home alone on Sony Movies.

Movie: First Kill

Superb film. Watched it at home alone on Sony Movies Action.

Shirley Williams died, aged 90

Shirley Williams was a British Liberal Democrat politician and academic who served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection from 1974 to 1976 and Secretary of State for Education and Science and Paymaster General from 1976 to 1979. Originally a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP), she was one of the 'Gang of Four' rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.

12

Movie: The Equalizer 2

An excellent movie starring Denzel Washington. Watched it at home alone on Film 4.

16

Helen McCrory died, aged 52

Helen McCrory was an English actress and is probably best known for her role as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders or maybe as Cherie Blair in The Queen, Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films, or Claire Dowar in the Bond movie Skyfall. She has appeared in so many TV programmes and no less than 29 movies. She was married to English actor, presenter, and producer Damian Lewis. She died after a long battle with breast cancer.

17

Movie: In The Line Of Fire

A good film starring Clint Eastwood in another assassination attempt on the President.

Movie: Thunder Force

Great comedy film starring Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer and Jason Bateman.

18

Movie: Mechanic: Resurrection

Not a bad film starred Jason Statham. Watched it at home alone on Film 4.

2nd COVID-19 Vaccination 

Jezz and I had our second Co-vax jab today. And in the evening it blooming aches.

19

Walter Mondale died, aged 93

Walter Mondale was an American politician, diplomat, and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter. 

20

Movie: Drive

A good film starring Ryan Gosling. Watched at home alone on Sony Movies.


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