|The Dark Side of the Sun|
A BBC TV Production
In Association with
Music Composed by
Greek Production Manager
UK Production Manager
Assistant Floor Managers
Morag L Bains Adrian Haywood
Visual Effects Designer
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!"
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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