Friday, 4 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Friday, May 04, 2012

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Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes
1906 - Esmond Knight, who played Dom Issigri in DW: The Space Pirates, was born in East Sheen, Surrey, England.

1912 - Peter Bathurst, who played Hensell in DW: The Power of the Daleks and Chinn in The Claws of Axos, was born in Woking, Surrey, England.

1923 - Godfrey Quigley, who played Dortmun in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., was born in Jerusalem.

1968 - Episode 2 of DW: The Wheel in Space was first broadcast.

1974 - Part 1 of DW: Planet of the Spiders was first broadcast.

Today in History


1471 The Battle of Tewkesbury, the last battle in the Wars of the Roses, took place. Edward IV defeated a Lancastrian Army and killed Edward, Prince of Wales.

1675 King Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation and is best known as the location of 0 degrees longitude, which has determined mapping co-ordinates since that time.

1780 The first Derby was run at Epsom. The winner was Diomed. The idea of the race was first discussed in 1778 at a house party given by the 12th Earl of Derby and a toss of a coin settled the name. The other founder was Sir Charles Bunbury.

1827 The birth of John Speke, the English explorer who discovered the source of the Nile.

1859 The Cornwall Railway opened across the Royal Albert Bridge and linked the counties of Devon and Cornwall. The bridge spans the River Tamar between Plymouth, on the Devon bank, and Saltash on the Cornish bank.

1882 The birth of Sylvia Pankhurst, English suffragette who was the third member of her family to fight for votes for women. Unlike her mother and sister, who believed that the vote should be for middle-class women, she wanted the vote for women of all classes.

1896 The first British halfpenny newspaper, the Daily Mail, was published. It was the first paper to sell more than one million copies and was heralded as the birth date of modern journalism.

1904 A provisional agreement was signed in Manchester’s Midland Hotel by the Hon. Charles Rolls, seller and repairer of motor cars, and Henry Royce, electrical engineer and builder of a single motor car. In 1907 the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost was the first of their many luxury models.

1923 The birth of Eric Sykes, radio, television and film writer, actor and director whose performing career spanned more than 50 years. He frequently wrote for and / or performed with Tony Hancock, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

1945 World War II: The North Germany Army surrendered to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.

1953 The Duke of Edinburgh was awarded his pilot's "wings" during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

1966 Harold Wilson's government agreed to increase doctors' and dentists' salaries by up to 30% after fears that thousands of GP's would leave the Health Service for private practice.

1979 The Conservative Party won the general election, making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

1982 Twenty sailors were killed when the destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by an Argentinian Exocet missile during the Falklands War.

1984 The death of Diana Dors, the English equivalent of the blonde bombshells of Hollywood. She described herself as, 'The only sex symbol Britain has produced since Lady Godiva.'

2000 The London Mayoral contest ended in victory for Ken Livingstone, an independent candidate and MP expelled from the Labour Party.

Todays UK TV and Radio


Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
On: BBC Radio 4
Date: Friday 4th May 2012
Time: 18:30 to 19:00
The Time Lord is confronted by the robot and learns who is the real mastermind behind the deadly scheme. Read by Tom Baker. episode 5 of 8.

Doctor Who
On: BBC 3
Date: Friday 4th May 2012
Time: 19:00 to 20:05
Journey's End. Series 30, episode 13.
As Davros and the Daleks threaten the entire universe, the Doctor's companions join forces, but the prophecy declares that one of them will die...
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, Elisabeth Sladen

Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 00:30 to 01:00
The Time Lord is confronted by the robot and learns who is the real mastermind behind the deadly scheme. Read by Tom Baker. episode 5 of 8.

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 01:15 to 02:15
Small Worlds. Series 1, episode 5.
What do the eerie forces stalking the suburbs want with the Pierce family?
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: Alice Troughton
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori, Eve Pearce

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Saturday 5th May 2012
Time: 02:15 to 03:00
Random Shoes. Series 1, episode 9.
When Eugene wakes to find himself both dead and invisible, he knows only Gwen can help him.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 4 Star)
Director: James Erskine
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori

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