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Alfred the Great

“Yes, I’m mainly known for my roles in films such as Blow Up, but I am also a quite accomplished television director, with the likes of Magnum PI, The A-Team, Quantum… oh my God! The cakes!” David Hemmings is the unlikely Wantage baking failure, up against invading Viking Michael York. Michael York? Also donning gowns and woad – Ian “My action figure’s got bloody long johns on underneath!” McKellen, Peter “‘ere I am, JH” Vaughan, Julian ‘Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth’ Glover (playing a character called Shrdlu, according to the IMDb, which we always thought was a way of signalling a typo in old mechanical printing presses – hence “Gobfrey Shrdlu” in Denys Parsons’ old collections of amusing newspaper misprints – thus raising a few questions about the modernity of the IMDb’s equipment), Christopher “smell the glove” Timothy, Barry ‘Mind Your Language’ Evans and Henry ‘Arthur Sultan’ Woolf.



  1. Applemask

    November 1, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    IMDb have since corrected themselves and admitted that Scaroth’s character is in fact Athelstan

  2. George White

    November 2, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    Glover played Shrdlu in the Adding Machine, doing his American accent.
    Part of Ian McKellen’s early doomed film career (a string of flops)
    This was shot in Galway, and is still fondly remembered down there despite being a massive flop.

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