So, what do you want to know? Take your pick of the old or the new, or the other bits in-between!
In 1983 I was asked if I would like to take on the mantle of ‘Davros’ – creator of The Daleks… well you don’t like to say no, do you? Not to a job like that you don’t….
Those few weeks’ work on Resurrection of The Daleks with Peter Davison as The Doctor led onto working with Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy and unwittingly heralded the start of a long and happy association with the programme over 30 years on TV, Stage and currently the many Big Finish audio adventures I continue to do as both ‘Davros’ and a plethora of other (usually evil) characters!
What’s your impression of a typical milkman, a whistling early-morning visitor delivering the fruits of the dairy with a smile on his face? Well you can forget that baloney!
Meet ‘Moanin’ Mike Tucker!”
My alter ego has been an integral part of Ambridge Village life since he joined the programme in 1973 as one of the regular cast of BBC Radio 4’s most popular continuing audio dramas – The Archers – the world’s longest running soap opera – 63 years and counting!
Time has mellowed ‘Mike’ and with a fully-grown family from his first marriage around him, he has found an unexpected new lease of life with his second wife Vicky and their Down Syndrome daughter Bethany.
This is definitely my favourite area of work with over 500 radio plays under my belt plus a couple of major industry awards and it has been the mainstay of my whole carer. For an actor, it’s perfect… as it doesn’t matter what you look like or how old you are… it’s the voice that counts!
Definitely the place for the actor to re-charge his creative batteries… nothing beats the atmosphere of performance in front of a live audience… and thankfully most of mine over the years HAVE been alive and mostly awake!
As ‘Andrew Wyke’ in Anthony Shaffer’s famous thriller “Sleuth”…
…and as ‘Arthur Birling’ in J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls”
More recently as bumbling actor Harrison Bracewell in Simon Brett’s “Murder In Play”…