Skerratt Media Teams Up with Theo the Mouse

I love puppets. They always do what you tell them, their comedy timing is impeccable, and they can shave thousands off your project’s catering budget.

So when Wink Taylor and Wendy Abrahams asked me if I’d like to direct and film their latest DVD project – for their puppet pal Theo the Mouse – I leapt at the chance. And trust me, that’s the sign of something good. Very rarely do producery types like me “leap.” We normally creep towards things, cautiously, with our specs on. But this was a no-brainer.

How to describe Theo the Mouse? Wink pitched him to me as a “cross between Sooty and Sweep” – someone with Sweep’s big heart, but obvious dim-wittedness, and Sooty’s quiet, but cheeky, ‘know-all’ demeanour. He’s into slapstick, terrible puns, and delights in winding up his ‘assistant’ Wendy to tremendous comedy effect.

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Former Doctor Who Joins ‘Menston Green’

Chums of mine will know that I am a little bit of a sci-fi fan, so I must say I am hugely excited to announce that actor Colin Baker will be joining us for our first Skerratt Media radio offering, Menston Green.

It’s a radio comedy – about a TV soap! – that, in our fictitious world, has been running since the 1950s. But it’s in trouble. The ratings are in free-fall and there hasn’t been a cast change since the programme started. Colin will be playing the officious Mr Cutler, the newly-appointed Head of Soaps, Serials and Rodeos.

He is perhaps best known for his role as the sixth Doctor Who (1984-1986), while other credits include The Brothers, Blake’s 7 and Jonathan Creek, to name a few.

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On the Shoulders of Giants

Change everything you know about the future…

The trailer from Water on the Rock’s latest SF feature On the Shoulders of Giants went online yesterday, and what a corker it is. Obviously I’m biased, because I act in the thing, but as a hardcore sci-fi fan this stuff really tickles my inner geek.

I play Navigator Hyatt on board a super-advanced spaceship in the 23rd century, on its maiden voyage to test out the new Einstein-Rosen Drive. Several things about this role excited me. First, I’d get a laser gun. Second, I’d get a jetpack. Third, it would likely be the closest thing to Blake’s 7 I’d ever to act in, (one of my all-time favourite TV shows.) Plus there’s a talking computer called CAARN, and I happen to think that talking computers are cool…

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