Post by Andy Howells on Mar 20, 2016 9:35:59 GMT 12
Some of you might have caught Ian tonight making a return appearance to Pointless. It was a comedy special in which he appeared alongside Emily Atack from the new Dad's Army movie. Both did really well! Judging by their refencing to the film , I think it must have been filmed last year.
I took a few screengrabs on my mobile phone (above) and the @tvspointless Twitter feed also posted a picture of Ian and Emily on the show...
Also he was in series 5 of Stella as Michael's dad. Twice. He's got such a pleasant nature. Reminds me of what's his name, I think James Fleet is his name, who played Hugo in Dibley. Amongst many other things.
Suffolk based actor Ian Lavender, famed for his much loved role as Private Pike in BBC TV’s Dad’s Army and currently appearing in Eastenders, is to make a Guest appearance in Long Melford.
He will be visiting the village on Sunday, December 11, to support Macmillan Nurses at the Christmas Choral Classics concert at Holy Trinity Church.
Local Musical Director Ian McMillan conducts Lyston Voices & Orchestra and soloists from King’s College, Cambridge.
The concert includes Vivaldi’s popular Gloria, the Christmas Sequence from Handel’s Messiah and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Carols which will be sung by Suffolk based international baritone Stephen Varcoe.
Lavender will be narrating John Rutter’s musical fable, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas.
Tickets cost £20 and include seasonal interval refreshments. They can be reserved in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or purchased at the door.
Post by scottthespiv on May 25, 2017 10:10:24 GMT 12
I've mentioned elsewhere that I'm part of an amateur dramatics group based in Soham and that Ian Lavender is one of our patrons and that we happen to be rehearsing for a production of the Dad's Army stage show. Well, tonight Mr Lavender came to our rehearsal to meet us and told us some fun stories about the show and cast (and his annoyances with the bbc docu-drama). This was my first time actually meeting him and he's very friendly and easy to chat to. He said he's coming to see the show when we perform it in a few weeks time but he wouldn't say on which night. At the end he happily accepted our requests for pictures and autographs.
You can see in his hands Pike's scarf he brought with him for our Pike to wear during tonight's rehearsal. I'm still getting my Private Walker look sorted so apologies for the dodgy moustache (and the actual suit has been tried on and reserved to be hired during show week itself).
I photobombed this one my friends were taking so I'd have an extra pic. There's also a full cast photo I haven't got yet with Mr Lavender standing with our Pike at the front.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 15, 2018 0:18:35 GMT 12
A recent article
Ian Lavender interview: 'There was never a Dad's Army feud'
'I think it is very English to take the p--- out of ourselves': Now 72, Ian Lavender says the secret of Dad's Army's success lay in its self-deprecation CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
By Ben Lawrence 13 JULY 2018 • 9:19AM
hen Ian Lavender was offered the role of naive, guileless Private Pike in Dad’s Army in 1968, his response was rather blasé. Only nine months out of drama school, the then 22-year-old decided to accept it as it meant he didn’t have to take a job in rep at Leicester. And he was paid in guineas.
“Can you imagine?” says Lavender, now 72, but still possessed of a sort of boyishness under a mop of white hair , and now the only surviving principal member of the cast. “That was an attempt to make us respectable. Doctors, lawyers and ministers were paid in guineas. For my first episode I was paid 60 guineas .”