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Peter Jones

Peter Jones in an episode of Rumpole of the Bailey
Born 12 June 1920
Wem, Shropshire
Died 10 April 2000
Spouse(s) Jeri Sauvinet

Peter Jones (12 June 192010 April 2000) was an English actor, playwright and broadcaster. Image File history File links PeterJones. ... Rumpole of the Bailey is a British television series created and written by British writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer, QC and starring Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an aging London barrister who defends any and all clients. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Map sources for Wem at grid reference SJ513288 If you are looking for the mall in Edmonton (WEM), see West Edmonton Mall. ... Shropshire (pronounced /, -/), alternatively known as Salop or abbreviated Shrops, is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Languages English Religions Christianity (Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism and other minority denominations), and other faiths. ...


He was best known as the voice of The Book in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, for his lead role in the TV sitcom The Rag Trade, and for his elegant repartee on the BBC Radio 4 programme Just a Minute (where he excelled at the amusing one liners, but seldom scored many points). The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The Rag Trade is a British television sitcom transmitted by the BBC between 1961 and 1963. ... Look up Wit in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wit is a form of intellectual humor, based on manipulation of concepts; a wit is someone who excels in witty remarks, typically in conversation and spontaneously, since wit carries the connotation of speed of thought. ... BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Just a Minute is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy panel game which has been running continuously since its first broadcast on December 22, 1967. ...


Between 1952 and 1955 Jones starred alongside Peter Ustinov in the BBC radio comedy In All Directions. The show featured Jones and Ustinov as themselves in a car in London perpetually searching for Copthorne Avenue. The comedy derived from the characters they met along the way, often also played by themselves. The show was unusual for the time in that it was largely improvised – with the tape subsequently edited for broadcast by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who also sometimes took part. Two of the more popular characters were Morris and Dudley Grosvenor, two rather stupid East End spivs whose sketches always ended with the phrase "Run for it Rorry" (or Dudley as appropriate). Sadly no recording is known to survive ([1]). Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE, KBE (IPA: ; April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004), born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinov, was an Academy Award-winning British actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur of French, Italian, Swiss, Russian, German and Ethiopian ancestry. ... Frank Muir (5 February 1920 - 2 January 1998) was an English comedy writer, radio and television personality, and raconteur. ... Denis Mostyn Norden (born February 6, 1922 in Hackney, London) is an English comedy writer and television presenter. ... The East End of London, known locally as the East End, is an area, with no formal authority or boundaries, that spans a number of administative districts of London in England. ... Category: ...


Still on the radio, he played Bunter in Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey stories, and appeared in Doctor at Sea with Richard Briers. He went on to write and star in J Kingston Platt's Showbiz Handbook. Dorothy Leigh Sayers (Oxford, 13 June 1893 – Witham, 17 December 1957) was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist. ... Early paperback edition cover of Murder Must Advertise Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey is a fictional character in a series of detective novels and short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers, in which he solves mysteries — usually murder mysteries. ... Richard Briers, CBE (born on January 14, 1934) is a popular English actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio. ...


Following his seminal portrayal of 'The Book' in the original BBC radio and subsequent television and LP adaptations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he narrated (in similar style) Douglas Adams's radio series Last Chance to See. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... An LP Long playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... The front cover of the first US hardcover edition of Last Chance to See. ...


On television, he had roles in the British comedy series The Goodies and the courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey. A talented scriptwriter, he wrote and starred in the sitcom Mr Big. He also occasionally narrated television documentaries, such as the Equinox episode "Unravelling the Universe", first broadcast in December 1991. The Goodies was a surreal British television comedy series of the 1970s and early 1980s combining sketches and situation comedy and starring Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie. ... Rumpole of the Bailey is a British television series created and written by British writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer, QC and starring Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an aging London barrister who defends any and all clients. ... This list is poorly defined, permanently incomplete, or has become unverifiable or an indiscriminate list or repository of loosely associated topics. ... Equinox is a long-running Channel4 popular science and documentary programme. ...


In addition to appearing in television series such as Holby City, Whoops Apocalypse and The Bill, Jones featured in a number of films, including Private's Progress, School for Scoundrels (reprising his Dudley Grosvenor character as a used-car salesman), Chariots of Fire and The Return of the Pink Panther. Holby City is a medical drama television serial, formerly a drama series, broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. ... Whoops Apocalypse was originally a six-part 1982 sitcom by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, made by London Weekend Television for ITV. Marshall and Renwick later reworked the concept as a 1986 movie with almost completely different characters and plot, although one or two of the original actors returned in... The Bill is a long-running British television police procedural first shown on ITV, at 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. ... Privates Progress is a British comedy film of 1956, based on the novel by Alan Hackney. ... School for Scoundrels is a 1960 British comedy film, remade in 2006, inspired by the lifemanship books of Stephen Potter. ... Chariots of Fire is a British film released in 1981. ... The Return of the Pink Panther is the fourth film in the Pink Panther series, released in North America by United Artists and in Europe by ITC Entertainment in 1975. ...


Jones also narrated various programmes, including Discovery Channel's "Planes That Never Flew". His distinctive voice is readily recognised, despite the show credits.


Jones was born in Wem, Shropshire. He died of undisclosed causes, aged 79, in 2000. His daughter, Selena Carey-Jones, is an actress. He and his wife also had two sons. His wife, Jeri, died in 1999. Map sources for Wem at grid reference SJ513288 If you are looking for the mall in Edmonton (WEM), see West Edmonton Mall. ... Shropshire (pronounced /, -/), alternatively known as Salop or abbreviated Shrops, is a county in the West Midlands of England. ...


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FT.com / In depth - Transcript: Peter Jones (4251 words)
Peter Jones: I think the real reason why people start up businesses and don’t succeed is I think they underestimate the amount of capital and cash that the business needs to be properly funded.
Peter Jones: The entrepreneurial shirt, the sort of trend with regards to how you dress, is actually also important because I think that if you’re in a music business, you’re not going to dress like me because I’m in the TV business and I kind of look a little bit odd.
Peter Jones: I think my smartest business move was not giving up, because there have been times for me when I’ve created a business and things have not gone well for me. And I could have quite easily just said, I can’t do this, I’m giving up.
Peter Jones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (360 words)
Peter Jones in an episode of Rumpole of the Bailey
Peter Jones (June 12, 1920 – April 10, 2000) was an English actor, born at Wem in Shropshire.
Jones and Ustinov improvised on to a tape which was then edited for broadcast by Frank Muir and Denis Norden who also sometimes took part.
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