‘Z Cars’ Party – photos and review.

What a lovely way to start #CIF17.

On Wednesday June 7 guests gathered at the Camberley Theatre for the opening night of this year’s Camberley International Festival.  They were treated to a wonderful selection of songs from Dean Dyson in the bar (whist drinking the complimentary drinks obviously!).

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Guests then moved on through to the main auditorium where venue manager Andy Edmeads welcomed them and introduced Ian Cullen (below).

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Ian, who starred in the iconic BBC series from 1969-1975 as DC Joe Skinner, co-hosted this party and gave a introduction speech detailing the history of ‘Z Cars’. Once he had finished, everyone settled down to enjoy ‘Pieces’, and episode from 1973.

After the screening, various cast and crew were invited to the stage and the audience were treated to some wonderful memories and anecdotes about working on such classic BBC series as ‘Dr Who’ and of course, ‘Z Cars’.

Here are Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71), Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ ) and Tim Combe, (director on Z Cars from 1968 to 1973).

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Ian Cullen and Bernard Holley, old friends, reunited!

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Welcome to #CIF17!

Tonight is the night, the glasses are being polished, the Prosecco is cooling and the cinema screen is being unfurled!

We start the 2017 Camberley International Festival this evening at the Camberley Theatre, with our very special ‘Z Cars’ party.

Everyone will be greeted with a welcome glass of Prosecco or soft drink.

Then, the wonderful Dean Dyson will be singing in the bar – here’s a clip of him singing – it’s had over a million views!

We will then go through to the main auditorium  and watch an episode of the iconic BBC series ‘Pieces’ from 1973.

When the episode has finished, there will be a Q&A hosted by Ian Cullen, who played DC Skinner from 1969 – 75. We are very privileged to welcome these actors and crew from ‘Z Cars’:

Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71),

Bernard first rose to prominence in the long-running UK police drama series Z-Cars as PC Newcombe, a character he would play for four years from 1967 to 1971. . He is also well known for his appearances in Doctor Who, in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), as the Axon Man in The Claws of Axos (1971), Other regular television roles include The Gentle Touch (1982–84), and the follow-up series C.A.T.S. Eyes in 1985. He later played Richard in two seasons of Birds of a Feather, and featured in the popular drama series Frost. His recent television appearances include Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City.

Bernard also has many film roles, including Travels with My Aunt and the cult film The Deadly Females). He has also voiced hundreds of commercials. On stage he has graced theatre all over the UK

Holley has also worked consistently on the stage in theatres all over the UK, including. His most recent stage role was in Allan Monkhouse’s Mary Broome at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2011.

Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ )

Joined the BBC in 1964 as secretary in BBC Enterprises – she then progressed to the Drama Serials Department where she worked up the ladder from Assistant Floor Manager to Associate Producer. She worked in Doctor Who, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Man in the Iron Mask, War and Peace and many other BBC productions. She left the staff in 1994 and worked as a freelancer until 2005 when she retired for production work – she occasionally works as a background artist.

Tim Combe, worked as a director on Z Cars from 1968 to 1973.

He also directed, among things, episodes of

Doctor Who  from 1970 including the celebrated

Doctor Who and the Mind of Evil (BBC, 1971)

The Doctors (BBC, 1970/71)

Ballet Shoes (BBC, 1975)

The Brothers (BBC, 1976)

Angels (BBC, 1976)

Z-Cars (BBC, 1968-1973)

There are still a few places left – if you would like to attend, please email Jo.Bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk before 4pm today (June 7).

One Week To Go – Z Cars Party.

One week today and the festivities will begin for the 2nd Camberley International Festival!

We kick start everything with this very special ‘Z Cars’ party.

This promises to be a very special evening! The party is co-hosted by Ian Cullen, who played DC Joe Skinner in the iconic BBC series from 1969-75.

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‘Pieces’, an episode from 1973, will be shown in the main auditorium and followed by a Q&A session with Ian and other ‘Z Cars’ cast and crew.

Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71), Tim Combe (Director of  ‘Z Cars’ and ‘Dr Who’) Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ and producer of ‘Waking the Dead’ and ‘Silent Witness’) and Ann Davies ( ‘Z Cars’Dr Who’ actress and widow of Richard Briers).

Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco or soft drink on arrival and there will be live music in the bar from Dean Dyson, who sings classics from the likes of James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Don McLean.

To attend this party, email jo.bartlett@surreyheath.gov.uk

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