The Dark Side of the Sun

Production Team

A BBC TV Production
In Association with
Gryphon Productions
Stunt Co-ordinator
Gareth Milne

Music Composed by
Stavros Xarhakos

Production Manager
Alan Wareing

Production Associate
Colin Dudley

Greek Production Manager
Petros Raptis

UK Production Manager
Corinne Hollingworth

Production Assistant
Joan Marine

Assistant Floor Managers
Morag L Bains Adrian Haywood

Vision Mixer
Nigel Shepherd

Camera Supervisor
Harry Barclay

Videotape Editor
Derek Orman

Properties Buyer
David Fairfield

Graphic Designer
Sandi Anderson

Special Sound
Jonathan Gibbs

Visual Effects Designer
Stuart Brisdon

Stills Photographer
Joan Williams

Film Cameraman
Stuart Wild

Film Sound
Graham Ross

Film Editor
John Dunstan

Studio Lighting
Alan Henderson

Studio Sound
Ron Allan

Costume Designer
David Beeton

Make-up Designer
Sidonia Webster

Alex Gourlay

Vere Lorrimer

David Askey

Amongst many others who went uncredited, but still played an important part in bringing the series to life, was Kathleen Bennett who acted as Greek translator. Kathleen says her time working on the show "was one of my favourite memories and was only cut short by the birth of my son."

Kathleen says that when she left she was given a souvenir by Peter Egan - a gold and lava necklace with the sun face carved out of the lava. She sent me this photograph of it but said the picture does not do it justice. "(In the photograph) the sides of the head look odd. When you look at it in person it looks like our sun god, but in this photograph he looks like he is wearing a hat!"

Bio courtesy of Steve Holland of
Bear Alley

Vere Lorrimer was born on 8 June 1920 and, after starring in a school play, trained at Fay Compton School of Dramatic Art before entering the theatre, thanks to a friend of his father's, as an assistant stage manager and small part player at the Palace Theatre, Watford. Joining up at the age of 20, Lorrimer served with the tank regiment but did not see any action as he was offered a chance to join the Stars in Battledress entertainment unit, directing and acting in several revues.

Back in civvies, he worked as a pianist, actor and stage manager before finding a regular role as artistic director at the Royal Artillery Theatre, Woolwich. After a few seasons producing and directing touring plays, he joined the BBC in 1953 where he made his directorial debut on children's programmes such as The Sooty Show.

Lorrimer left puppetry for live action before long, directing episodes of The Eggheads (1961), Compact (1962), Dixon of Dock Green (1965-76), Z-Cars (1965-67), Softly, Softly (1969-76), Counterstrike (1969), Comedy Playhouse (1970), Doomwatch (1970), Trial (1971), The Mackinnons (1977), When the Boat Comes In (1977) Blake's 7 (1978-80) and The Enigma Files (1980). He returned to Blake's 7 as the producer of the fourth and final series (1981), a role he also had on Tenko (1982).

After producing The Dark Side of the Sun and Maelstrom Lorrimer retired from the BBC, but continued to write, produce and direct plays as well as teaching film and TV at drama schools. He appeared in a late episode of Doctor Who as a tour guide in the Sylvester McCoy series 'Silver Nemesis' (1988) and attended a number of Blake's 7 conventions. He lived in Worthing and died on 1 October 1998, aged 78.

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