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Sneaking in under the radar

Hello, i'm back from a weekend in London and The Professionals book launch. What can i say, it's been a fabulous weekend. There was a drink in this pub and a walk around this park.

before on to the actual book launch. We arrived about 2.15 and i immediately searched out a copy of the new book and then spent a good fifteen minutes asking "please would you sign my book thankyou" unto which one actor asked me "where do you come from " on telling him he said "thank god a northerner". Then it was time to take our seats and the video showing began. There was of course lots of cheering and clapping but i think the most whistles came from the clip of Lewis in his scruffy undercover role with Gary Shail. First on stage was the director David Wickes who spoke about his time directing The Professionals and was then joined by Gary Shail who spoke about the episode he was in and also about his friendship with Lewis which then in turn went to David and Gary talking about Jack The Ripper and lots of little insights into the making of it, for example when JTR was about to be broadcast in America nobody had heard of Lewis so David Wickes who was directing the show asked Lewis to come in for a meeting so they could photograph Lewis and send his photo to the american channel producers and Lew turned up with a black eye , asked how he had got his black eye Lewis replied "she made me walk in to a door" and that was typical Lewis.I also didn't know that in the filming of the episode The Female Factor, Martin and Lewis were not speaking to one another, this coming from Felicity Dean when she was on stage. I also spoke to Diane Keen and i asked her what Lewis was really like to which she replied "in one word LOVELY and a true friend"

Eventually my time came to leave, i had to get back to Euston Station but infront of me on the way out was David Wickes who shook my hand and thanked me for attending and then standing at the front entrance was Gary Shail who shook my hand and told me about his friendship with Lew and what a lovely man he was. Gary visited Lew when he found out how bad Lewis's illness was so i thanked Gary and away i went after a happy time and a day i will never forget.


Nov. 13th, 2017 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm gobsmacked by your post (and slightly choked by the end) and so, so pleased you made it to London and extremely grateful to you for telling us all about it! I *loved* hearing the details and can't imagine what it must have felt like for you! Walking on air I suspect? And how lovely to get all those details from the other people involved, they sound as if they were grateful to *you* for going there.

(And just a little titbit... I know that John Williams/John Judd, the actor who played the slightly nutty policeman in Public Interest and who went on to marry Helen Shapiro, also became a very good friend of LC's throughout the 1980's and who also said LC was a lovely bloke.)

Thank you *so* much for this, it's made my day!
Nov. 13th, 2017 01:02 pm (UTC)
yes it was a perfect day and now you come to mention it i think it was John judd who asked me where i came from . It was lovely to find out these liitle insights which you don't think about at the time. Thankyou so much for showing an interest and i must admit to walking away with a tear in my eye after hearing those lovely words about Lew.
Nov. 13th, 2017 01:14 pm (UTC)
If it was John Judd then I'm really pleased he was there, too. And I forgot to say that I'd give an arm and a leg to know what their dispute was about in The Female Factor! (I suspect they had a few over the years...).

Thanks again.
Nov. 13th, 2017 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yes he was there and a nice man to talk to. Felicity never said why they were not speaking but I guess this went on quite a lot between these two and you are welcome.
Nov. 13th, 2017 04:44 pm (UTC)
I meant to ask you, this event was about the launch of a book by Bob Rocca, I think? (Any publicity I've seen hasn't actually made it that clear.) I've got the original book which was published a few years ago but wondered how the latest one differs from the original?
Nov. 13th, 2017 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have the original copy of the Bob Rocca book , the difference in the new book is that it is larger in size, much more glossy to look at with added content and also includes The New Professionals.I paid £35.00 but it is on Amazon but i haven't actually searched for it yet.
Nov. 13th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC)

Ah, thanks for that. I'd forgotten about the New Professionals! Thanks again.
Nov. 13th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC)
honestly you are very welcome.



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