On 17/06/2018 17:05, carolet wrote:
> On 15/06/2018 11:35, krw wrote:
>> Listening to the DumTeeDum podcast this morning one of the hosts has
>> recently had a chat with Keri Davies (former producer and scriptwriter
>> of the parish of Ambridge, although we all know he does not really
>> Apparently at one point (presumably before the Tucker cull etc) there
>> were 90 "live" characters - which explains why we don't hear from
>> them. This strikes me as a high number - and wondered if any of our
>> record keepers might have some idea of the current number?
>> I am not sure how they qualify "live" - eg does James Bellamy count?
>> Leonie and the other one?
>> Anyone know?
> I will have a go at answering this. It will be tricky without a proper
> definition of what a "live" character is, but I'll try.
> So far this year the credits have listed 71 different characters. (This
> includes the coming week, in which Anisha, Usha and Phoebe all appear
> for the first time this year.)
> Of these, there are 4 characters that I don't expect to hear from again
> (such as the doctor who was treating Nic, and Shiela Dillon).
> We have also heard 3 children, who are not credited (Henry, Jack and
> That gives us 70 characters who must surely be called live, though, on
> second thoughts, one of these is Nic, so perhaps not.
> They also include some characters who are new (to me) this year: Olwen,
> Ellis, Andrew, Beverley, Russ, Jake and Hannah (was she really around
> before, I don't recall her). Some of these characters may disappear
> without trace, or fall silent, before long, but they could potentially
> be long term characters and I would be inclined to call all of these
> live characters, for now, but you may think otherwise.
> How far back should we look though? I've already pointed out that 3
> characters are about to speak for the first time this year, and my
> definition of live could certainly include others that we haven't heard
> from yet this year.
> There are 11 known characters that spoke last year, but have not done so
> yet this year. They are:
> Carol Tregorran, James Bellamy, Leonie Snell, Lucas Madikane, Matt
> Crawford, Miranda Elliot, Rob Titchener, Stephan, Tracy Horrobin, Ursula
> Titchenor and George Grundy (uncredited)
> I reckon that about 5 of these are likely to be heard from again in the
> not too distant future and could be called live. Others we may not have
> heard the last of, but don't expect to hear from soon.
> If we go back to 2016, we find credits for other characters who have not
> spoken since. These include:
> Alf Grundy, Andrew Eagleton, Anna Tregorran, Bruce Titchener, Charlie
> Thomas, Debbie Aldridge, Dorothy (Dan's girlfriend), Hayley Tucker, Jess
> Myers, Kaz (Helen's prison friend), Richard Locke, Sacha Locke & Wayne
> I would expect to hear from a few of these in due course, but does that
> make them live characters?
> If we go back to 2015, we find the last performance of Brenda, Mike and
> Vicky Tucker, plus Abbie (uncredited). Also Hazel Woolley & Kathy Perks.
> We probably can't call any of these live, much as I would like to hear
> from some of these again.
> As for the likes of Jamie Perks, Coriander Snell and Lewis Carmichael, I
> have not yet worked back to their last appearance, and I couldn't call
> any of these live characters, even though an appearance from any of them
> would not cause a great deal of surprise.
> My conclusion is that there are a little over 70 live characters at the
> moment, possibly appoaching 80.
That's impressive research, thank you!
Laura (emulate St George for email)