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Richard Briers, CBE (born on January 14, 1934) is a popular English actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio. His role in the long-running television situation comedy The Good Life made him a household name in the United Kingdom. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Biography

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Born in Raynes Park, London, he is a cousin of the comedy actor Terry-Thomas. Raynes Park is a place in the London Borough of Merton. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation). ... Terry-Thomas (left) and Clive Morton in a scene from Lucky Jim (1957) Terry-Thomas (Thomas Terence Hoare-Stephens) (14 July 1911 - 8 January 1990) was a distinctive British comic actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ...


He read a speech from Henry V at Ronnie Barker's memorial service in Westminster Abbey on 3 March 2006. William Shakespeare. ... Ronnie Barker Ronald William George Barker OBE (September 25, 1929 – October 3, 2005), popularly known as Ronnie Barker and (as a writer) Gerald Wiley , was an English comic actor and writer. ... The Abbeys western façade The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to as Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral, in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ...


Career

Television

On television, Richard Briers is best known for his work in situation comedy. A situation comedy (sitcom) is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ...


He first came to public attention in comedy series such as Brothers in Law (1962) and Marriage Lines (1963) (in which he played the male half of a newly-wed couple, opposite a young Prunella Scales). 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Marriage Lines is a British television sitcom produced by the BBC between 1963 and 1966. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Prunella Scales CBE (born June 22, 1932) is an English actor best known for her role as Sybil Fawlty in the British sitcom Fawlty Towers. ...


In the long-running The Good Life (1975), one of the most successful British situation comedies of all time, Briers played Tom Good, a draftsman in a big company who decides, on his 40th birthday, to give up his job and try his hand at self-sufficiency, with the support of his long-suffering wife Barbara (played by Felicity Kendal) and the incomprehension of their neighbours the Leadbetters (played by Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith). The Good Life on the cover of Radio Times magazine. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Felicity Kendal in The Good Life. ... Paul Eddington playing Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister. ... Penelope Keith, OBE, (born Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield on 2 April 1940 in Sutton) is a British actress of stage and screen. ...


Later he also starred in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984); Doctor Who (1987); If You See God, Tell Him (1993); and in the semi-comic role of Hector in the BBC One drama series, Monarch of the Glen. Ever Decreasing Circles was a British sitcom which ran on BBC1 for four series from 1984 to 1987. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... If you see God, Tell Him was a black comedy starring Richard Briers and Adrian Edmondson shown by the BBC in 1993. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Hector Naismith MacDonald is a fictional character in the BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen. ... BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the world. ... Monarch of the Glen is a British television drama, produced by Ecosse Films for BBC Scotland and transmitted on the BBC One network in the UK. The series premiered in 2000, and its seventh and final series was broadcast from September 2005 until October 2005. ...


Briers is a familiar voice actor, with numerous commercials and the animated children's series Roobarb to his credit. A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... Roobarb was an animated television show for children, shown on BBC ONE just before the evening news. ...


Theatre

Briers has spent much of his career in theatre work, including appearances in plays by Shakespeare and Shaw. In 1967 one of his earliest successes was playing alongside Michael Hordern and Celia Johnson in the London production of Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... (George) Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 – November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. ... Sir Michael Hordern (October 3, 1911-May 2, 1995) was a British actor, knighted in 1983 for his services to the theatre. ... Dame Celia Johnson (1908-1982) was an English actress, famous for her role in the 1945 film, Brief Encounter, opposite Trevor Howard. ... Sir Alan Ayckbourn CBE (born April 12, 1939) is a popular and prolific English playwright. ...


In the late 1980s, he starred alongside Caroline Langrishe in the Renaissance Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" as Malvolio. Kenneth Branagh and David Parfitt co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


Film

He also appeared in films such as Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Hamlet (1996). Henry V is a 1989 film directed by Kenneth Branagh, and based upon the Shakespeare play. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Hamlet is a 1996 film version of William Shakespeares classic play of the same name, adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also starred in the title role. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


He provided the voice of Fiver in the 1978 film adaptation of Watership Down. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... For the hill named Watership Down, see Watership Down, Hampshire. ...


Radio

His work in radio includes playing Bertie Wooster in a series of adaptations of Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse and more recently the play "Not Talking" Commissioned for “The Wire, (BBC Radio 3) by Mike Bartlett. Some critics saw Bertie Wooster, here portrayed by Hugh Laurie in ITVs Jeeves and Wooster series, as detrimental to the worldwide image of the British young man. ... Reginald Jeeves, here portrayed by Stephen Fry in ITVs Jeeves and Wooster series, is P. G. Wodehouses most famous character. ... P. G. Wodehouse, pictured in 1904, became famous for his complex plots, ingenious wordplay, and prolific output Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (October 15, 1881 – February 14, 1975) (pronounced WOOD-house) was an English comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success for more than seventy years. ... BBC Radio 3 is a domestic UK BBC radio station, which devotes most of its schedule to classical music. ... Michael Fredrick Bartlett, (born October 7, 1980 in Oxford, England, UK) is a British playwright. ...


External links

  • Richard Briers at the Internet Movie Database
  • Richard Briers at the BBC Comedy Guide with links to comedies in which he has appeared

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BBC - Monarch Of The Glen - Live Chats (1559 words)
Richard Briers: I think that the writing was very true to life as after my death, people will regret that we, apart from Molly cos we had that lovely scene with her, Archie and I never really made things up which is sad but more true to life than a happy ending.
Richard Briers: (Laughs) I have yet to prove this but there is reason to believe that I am a MacMahon who came over from the Highlands and became a McMachon.
Richard Briers: I had to be immersed in the loch and the unit warned me, being the oldest member of the company that when I got into the loch it would be very cold and I would shiver.
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