This section is continuously under development, with more details of
Gareth's activities being added as we hear about them.
Note: the dates given for TV/Radio shows are where possible the first showing of the first
episode where applicable, not when they were made.
Material here, comes from many sources including :-
Blake's 7 magazine,
The Freedom City Gazette (FCG),
The Prydonian Renegade (March 96),
Together Again - Action,
TV Zone Special #4,
Dundee Rep Theatre,
The Magenta Partnership,
Royal Lyceum Theatre - Edinburgh,
The Scottish Theatre Archive,
Blake's 7 The Inside Story,
The Archives of The Royal Shakespeare Company,
and some very nice people who have asked not to be identified.
|1967||TV||The Prussian Officer. Granada TV.
This was Gareth's first TV role.
|11 Nov 1967||TV|
Murdersville(ABC - Associated British Corporation).
The classic spy spoof series.|
This was the 7th episode in the sixth season broadcast on ITV. (Some reference books
incorectly list this as episode 23 of season 5 - these episodes were in fact filmed
and broadcast in two blocks of 16 and 8 episodes respectively.) Gareth
appears uncredited in a short scene, in a non-speaking but effective role.
In Little Storping in the Swuff, a typically idyllic Avengers-type English
country village, the locals have provided a haven for assassins and
murderers. For a fee, they will turn a blind eye to any killings that occur
in their village, and even help with the planning of the crimes. Gareth
plays one of the killers taking advantage of their services. In his short
scene, he waits silently in the village pub, wearing dark glasses and
drinking a pint of beer, until the appointed hour when his victim arrives.
Then he gets up, collects a shotgun from the landlord, and goes outside. We
hear gunshots, then Gareth returns the gun to the landlord and calmly
resumes drinking his beer.
After the shooting (32K)
|1969 - 1970||TV||Parkin's Patch (Yorkshire TV).
He was a regular in this series. 26 episodes made in total and broadcast
from 19 Sep 1969 until 20 Mar 1970. He played a detective.|
|1969-1973||TV||A Family at War
Granada - either 8 1hr episodes or 13 episodes per year. Story of a family during
WW II. No information as to Gareth's role.
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I'd been in the pub with the script editor
some weeks before, and somebody came in and said: "Gareth, you're needed." I
downed my pint in about four or five seconds, and the script editor said:
"Hey, that's damned good" We'll get that into the script for the character."
So stupidly, in my young days, I said: "Yes, yes, fine, jolly good idea!" and
lo and behold a few scripts later, in came this scene of me in a pub drinking
a pint quickly. The scene immediately prior to that was me at breakfast
having bacon and eggs. So of course we came to the rehearsal and I have
bacon and eggs and then I go to the next scene and knock back a pint. Then
we come to the actual take and I go and have bacon and eggs and down another
pint. Then we do a retake - by which time I need a bucket! (Laughs). That
was a very salutary lesson.
|30 Oct 1970||TV||Z Cars: Public Relations BBC
|May 1971||TV||Coronation Street (Granada TV)
Gareth appeared in two episodes of this very long running soap, playing Mel
Ryan, a sauna expert.
|1 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Man Who Didn't Eat Sweets
Gareth is often incorrectly credited as being in this episode. (The Internet
Movie Database is wrong).|
|15 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Transatlantic Cousins
(Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as
Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the
law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. |
Gareth played "Tom Lewis", he later played the same character in "The Bankrupt" on 8th
|20 Jan 1972||TV|
(BBC Play For Today, 1½ hr). Herbert Griffith, a policemen from
Glamorganshire, one of a group of policemen specially trained to handle
riots, is sent to Cornwall to police a clay miners' strike. He is billeted
with a local miner's family. After initial suspicion and hostility from the
miner, the two become close friends. However, as the strike escalates from
non-violent to violent protest, Griffith's job ends up in direct conflict
with his friendship.|
It was written by Tom Clarke, directed by Jack Gold, and starred Gareth Thomas,
Jane Lapotaire and Bryan Marshall. Gareth received his first BAFTA best
actor nomination for this.
It is also shown at the BFI - National Film Theatre on
April 18 and also May 1, 2003.
Reviuew by Ruth Kenyon.
Herbert Griffith singing along with the miners (31K)
This was Gareth's first major TV role and his first BAFTA (British Academy
Film and Television Awards) best actor nomination.
Gareth talking to Ken Armstrong in the Blake's 7 Magazine: I was
telephoned by my agent who asked me how long it would take me to get to the
BBC TV Centre. I replied I could get there in half an hour. Fine, he said.
"Get there as fast as you can and meet a chap called Jack Gold. There could
be something there for you."
When I arrived at the BBC, Jack Gold met me, gave me a pint of beer, took me
to a locked office. He handed me a massive tome of a script and told me to
lock myself in the office, read the script, then call in at his office when I
was finished. I followed his instructions, then took the script back to him.
He told me to wait a few minutes as the producer of the play was coming over.
I was asked to read some parts from the script then told that it was all
settled. "You'd better take the script with you," he said. "We start
rehearsing at the end of September and shooting starts a week later." As you
can guess, I walked out in a daze. When I arrived home, my agent rang me and
said, "Well done. You've got it." "Got what?" I asked. "The leading part of
The play was entitled Stocker's Copper and was the story of the
Cornish Clay miners strike of 1913. I believe I'm right in saying it won an
award... And took me into ten solid years of TV work!
|1972||TV||The Man at the Top Thames TV.
Series based on John Braine's novels "Room at the Top" and "Life at the
Top." The series starred Kenneth Haigh. There were several related
programmes staring Kenneth Haigh all of which had the word Top in the title.
This was filmed shortly after Stocker's Copper was broadcast.
|17 Sep 1972||TV|
The Watercress Girl
(Granada TV; 1 hr). Gareth plays Frank Oppidan a wood worker who romances two
women, in rural England. Includes a very brief, dimly lit, partial nude scene.
Frank Oppidan (43K)
Frank Oppidan (50K)
|23 Aug 1972||TV||Sutherland's Law (BBC Drama
Playhouse), this was a pilot for the full Sutherland's Law series that was
shown the following year.
|8 Nov 1972||TV||Public Eye: The Bankrupt.
(Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as
Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the
law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. Gareth played Tom Lewis, a chauffer
who gets tricked out of a lot of money, in
this episode, which opened the sixth season.
|13 June 1973||TV|
|Sutherland's Law (BBC
1973-6). Gareth plays Alec Duthie. Duthie is the Scottish equivalent to an
assistant district attorney, working for Sutherland who is played by Iain
Cuthbertson. Gareth did his own mountain climbing. Gareth was in most
episodes of the first season, including at least the following:
- A Cry for Help - Duthie is referred to, but doesn't appear
- The Climb
- The Running Man
- The Ship
- The Killing
- The Runaway
- The House
- The Sea
The BBC have released 10 episodes from season 1 as a DVD.
|25 Apr 1974||TV||Special Branch: Alien Thames TV.
Action series about two stylish policemen, played by Patrick Mower and
George Sewell. Gareth appeared in this fourth season episode, which also
featured Patrick Troughton.
|8 Dec 1974||TV|
six 1 hr
episodes). Gareth plays Edward Murdstone, David's step father, and succeeds in
creating a thoroughly nasty charcter. He is in 3 of the episodes, Episodes 1,2 and
It was also shown at the BFI - National Film Theatre (Parts 1-3 20 Dec 1994,
Pts 4-6 27 Dec 1994).
Edward Murdstone (49K)
|23 Jan 1975||TV||Breath (BBC - Play for Today)
Play about asthma. Also starring Liz Smith.|
Written Elaine Feinstein. Angela Pleasance is a young mother isolated by
her chronic asthma and descending into paranoia. Gareth Thomas is her husband,
Liz Smith her suspicious housekeeper.
|28 Mar 1975||TV||The Revivalist BBC Wales. Gareth
plays an evangelist who thinks he has seen God.
|31 Mar 1975||TV||Churchill's People (BBC), Gareth
was in Episode 14.
|9 Apr 1975||TV||Fight Against Slavery (BBC, six 1
hr episodes). Gareth plays Thomas Clarkson, a reformer in the 3rd-5th episodes.
He is also seen in the opening titles, singing in church, but is otherwise not
in the first episode. His character has blond hair and a pony tail.
|10 Sep 1975||TV|
School (Thames TV 1/2 hr ep). A teacher named Benson near the begining.
|Apr 1 1975||TV||Edward VII (ATV) Gareth plays
Lord Charles Beresford in 2 episodes. - "Dearest Prince"; and "Scandal".
(Was called Edward the King when broadcast in the US).
Anna Massey played Queen Victoria. The series ran from 1st April 1975 to 24th June
Gareth tells of sitting in a restaurant booth one evening and grumbling to
his agent about the similarity of the roles he was playing. Given his
background, King's School, Oxford, etc., why did he never get offered
upper-class roles? Three days later, he was unexpectedly offered the part of
Lord Charles Beresford in "Edward VII". Gareth asked the director what had
made him think of him. He replied, "I was sitting in the next booth."
|29 Dec 1975||TV|
|How Green Was My
(BBC, six 1 hr episodes). the fiery minister the Rev Mr Griffith
(Rev Mr Gruffydd in the book) one of the leads. The other episodes where Jan/Feb 1976.|
This has been released on video, see Video details
The Rev Mr Griffith (38K)
|16 Feb 1976||TV||Jackanory. (BBC Childrens TV -
five shows of 15 mins). Gareth reads children's stories.|
He read the story "Tales From Lapland" in 1976, and was broadcast on BBC-1
with the following titles: "Draugen And His Red Cap" (Part One, 16/02/76),
"The Poor Boy Who Looked For Wook And Found Riches" (Part Two, 17/02/76),
"Stallo And His Servant" (Part Three, 18/02/76), "Aslak And The Mermaid"
(Part Four, 19/02/76) and "The Family Strong" (Part Five, 20/02/76). Sadly
none of these episodes exist in the archive, although I'm sure that there are
sound recordings of these programmes somewhere.
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG #7): I did it once many years ago, the best
paid job in the BBC. It was a children's series called Jackanory, and
it was basically people sitting there reading storeies for kids. You go in,
you rehearse for half a day, and because you've got the autocue, you don't
have to learn it, and you go in and do it and it's a flat-rate fee. When I
did it, I think it was a hundred pounds a day, per show, and it was a fifteen
minute show. As I said, you go in on Thursday afternoon, you rehearse it on
Thursday afternoon, you record all five on Friday, so you get five hundred
pounds from the BBC for a day and a half's work!
|1 Sep 1976||TV|
Gareth is Shem, a rebel on the run from a domineering female
villain (that sounds familiar...) The planet Medusa (written as Mendusa) is an
SF cliche, ruled entirely by women in kinky boots and PVC hotpants, where men
are kept as slaves. Shem escapes to Earth with fellow slave Adam. At the same
time, some Earth people are taken to Medusa. It's quite amusing if you don't
take it seriously. The production itself, however, doesn't seem to know if it
should be comic or serious. This was apparently due to artistic differences
between the British and German producers! Gareth's character is in 8 episodes
of the series: 1-5, 8, 11, and 13. Also starred Judy Geeson and Derek Farr
(Made by Portman Productions for ITV and German TV - 1976, thirteen 1/2hr
episodes in the series).|
(first screened on Scottish TV 1 Sep - 1 Dec 1976 - the rest of the
country followed a few months later)
Its available on video in German!.
Adam and Shem (39K)
In more recent years, this has been shown as a feature length film compiled
from several of the episodes - unfortunately, Gareth's bits have mostly been
cut out. He appears at the start and then largely disappears. (The action of
the film concentrates on the Earth people on Medusa.)
Gareth (Horizon NL#21 in 1988): "At that time, I was offered the part of
Fogarty in The Onedin Line. I didn't realize it was going to go on to be what
it was. It went on for a very long time, but it was only a pilot at that
stage. I was offered the chance of that, or three months doing Star Maidens.
And I needed the money! So I chose three months doing an independant
television show, obviously, because the money was far, far greater. That was
one of the many mistakes I made in my career. Having said that, I don't mean
I didn't enjoy Star Maidens. And there were some very fine actors in it.
"It was a long time ago. It was a multi-national thing. We had Hardy Kruger's
daughter, my co-lead was a frenchman called Pierre Brice, one of the
directors couldn't speak any English. One of the directors was actually a
very well known cameraman and horror film director, Freddy Francis. What was
it about? I really can't remember. I do remember I was supposed to have
some form of extraordinary powers, I can't remember exactly what. And I
think I had a blonde streak or something. One blonde streak down the side of
It was also shown at the BFI - National Film Institute on 6 Aug 1993.
- 1 - Escape to Paradise - Gareth
- 2 - Nemesis - Gareth
- 3 - The Nightmare Cannon - Gareth
- 4 - The Proton Storm - Gareth
- 5 - Kidnap - Gareth
- 6 - Trial
- 7 - Test for Love
- 8 - The Perfect Couple - Gareth
- 9 - What Have They Done with the Rain?
- 10 - The End of Time
- 11 - Hideout - Gareth has a major role
- 12 - Creatures of the Mind
- 13 - The Enemy - Gareth
|24 Sept 1976||TV|
"A Pitcher of Snakes"
Gareth Thomas plays author William Makepeace Thackeray in Granada's
VICTORIAN SCANDALS play 'A Pitcher of Snakes' - the story of Thackeray's
relationship with his best friend's wife - on Friday September 24th, at
It was the 4th show in a series of 7 shows that started Sept. 3, 1976 and
ended Oct. 15, 1976.
This is sometimes listed as "The Life of Thackeray".
Gareth portrays the writer Thackeray both as a young and an older man.
The date stamp on the back of the photo is 24th September 1976.
|10 Jan 1977||TV|
Children of the Stones
(HTV West, 10
Jan - 21 Feb 1977, 7 1/2 hr episodes). Creepy and very memorable children's drama
serial. Gareth plays astro-physicist Professor Adam Brake, widowed father of
the lead boy. He investigates a mysterious stone circle with his son in
1970s England. This was filmed at Avebury in Wiltshire. Also starred Iain
Cuthertson and Freddie Jones.|
- 1 - Into the Circle
- 2 - Circle of Fear
- 3 - Serpent in the Circle
- 4 - Narrowing Circle
- 5 - Charmed Circle
- 6 - Squaring the Circle
- 7 - Full Circle
Adam Brake (67K)
|7 Jan 1977||TV||Caesar and Cleopatra By George
Bernard Shaw (Southern TV) TV film directly from a stage play. Alec Guiness is
Casear. Gareth only has one line.
|8 Mar 1977||TV||Fathers and Families.
(BBC) Gareth was in Episode 6, as a writer.
|12 Apr 1977||TV|
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG #4): I did a one-off at the BBC, which is
about a young kid in high school who held two teachers for ransom by keeping
a lighter or lit a cigarette over the petrol tank of a motorbike in a small
locker room. He held them for ransom, and my character was called Farty, at
least he called him Farty. Mary Whitehouse, who I suppose is like Ralph
Nader over here, she's our equivalent, and it was shown on the box to great
acclaim, and then it was going to be repeated about two years later, and she
got the repeat banned. I thought, "Shit, silly woman; it's been shown
already." If people are going to hold teachers to ransom with a lit
cigarette, it would have happened already. It wasn't gratuitous violence;
that was what happened, and it's gone and done and has been shown, and why
get it banned now? I wrote to her, actually and I said, "Regardless of your
moral attitude, I feel that if I had the money, which I don't (aren't you
lucky!) I would sue you for loss of wages, because when it's repeated I get
more money, and who the hell are you to turn around and say I will stop
that man from getting more money." I never got a reply.
(BBC - Play for Today).
Duration between 1 hour and 90 minutes.|
On his last day at school, a 'no hope' 16 year old pupil holds his teachers
hostage using a motor-bike petrol tank as a bomb.
|28 Nov 1977||TV|
|Who Pays the
Ferryman?: A Dead
Man to Carry My Cross (BBC, 1 hr). One of several drama serials the BBC did
in the seventies, set on the Greek Islands. In episode 4, Gareth plays Tony
Viglis, an Australian accompanying his grandfather's body back to Crete for
burial. He meets with unexpected opposition from the local people because of
an old vendetta. Filmed in Crete.|
These two pictures come from Belgium TV, hence the Belgium sub-titles.
|2 Jan 1978||TV|
(2nd Jan 1978 - 21 Dec
1981). Gareth played Roj Blake in 28 of
the 52 episodes, and also played 2 clones of Blake and a computer image of Blake.
- Season One (1978)
- The Way Back
- Space Fall
- Cygnus Alpha
- Time Squad
- The Web
- Mission to Destiny
- Project Avalon
- Season Two (1979)
- Pressure Point
- Voice from the Past
- The Keeper
- Star One
- Season Three (1980)
- Season Four (1981)
Roj Blake (81K)
Horizon 33 - talking to Joe Nazzaro Joe: There's an interesting story I
heard concerning your final appearance in Blake. According to Chris
Boucher, during the fatal confrontation scene between Blake and Avon, Paul's
original line was supposed to be 'You betrayed me?' but he changed it
to 'You betrayed me?' It's interesting how one word can change the
context of a scene.
Gareth: Well, it changes the whole concept, because if you turn around
and say 'You betrayed me' as a statement, that's fine, or you can say
'You betrayed me?' ie 'Was it actually you?' but it blows the whole
thing when you say 'You betrayed me?' In some ways, I think Paul was
right with that inflection, but if he was right, then he had to be killed as
well. I loved Paul's idea of actually standing astraddle and actually
protecting the man he had just killed. I thought that was beautiful, but if
he uses the inflection 'You betrayed me?' then he had to be killed as
well. Otherwise, we never know whether Avon died or not, and with the series
it was necessary that we should never see Avon as the supremo. He was
supremo by default, but when Blake came back, Avon immediatly had to settle
down and be second in command. He can say 'You betrayed me?' and
still possibly survive, but I think too many of the audience believed Paul,
and it's dangerous to have a series like this and end up saying the man was
in fact corrupt. I know I've said I wanted to see Blake's darker side, but I
didn't want him to be corrupt. He was always completely dedicated to the
cause, and I think he would have carried on if Avon hadn't killed him.
|15 Aug 1979||TV|
HTV Wales, 1hr.
A story set in the Welsh border country. Ann Goodman daughter of an English
father and a Welsh mother must choose between two men, Gabriel Ford an
English shepherd working in Wales and Evan ap Evan (Gareth Thomas), a Welshman
who owns land in England. The period is late 19th or early 20th century.
Gareth can be heard speaking and singing in Welsh.|
May also have been called Border Tales: Country Dance.
Evan ap Evan (16K)
Evan and Ann at a dance (19K)
|22 Nov 1980||TV|
|Hammer House of Horror:
Visitor from the
Grave (Made by Hammer Films for ITV, 1 hr). Horror anthology
series. In this episode, Gareth plays Richard, the accomplice in a
con trick. A woman is tricked into thinking she has committed a
murder, and is being haunted by the ghost of her victim. Gareth's
character impersonates a policeman, and a mysterious Indian guru
called "Swami Gupta Krishna", as part of the deception. Also starred
Simon MacCorkindale and Kathryn Leigh Scott.
The Policeman (66K)
Swami Gupta Krishna (65K)
|1981||TV||Peter and Paul (3hr TV movie).
In the last hour Gareth played Centurion Julius who escorts Paul (Anthony
Hopkins) to Rome and guards him there.|
Gareth talking to Barbara Teichert in The Prydonian Renegade: I
remember doing a thing in Greece, an American production of the Acts of Peter
and Paul, with Bob Foxworth as Peter and Tony Hopkins as Paul. I had a
scene, five minutes I think it was, almost a five minute speech, with another
British actor playing Nero, and it was the usual thing, half past eight in
the morning or something, you come in, yes, fine where's the camera, mumble
mumble, mumble mumble, here you go, "Turn over and action!" Went straight
through this, he said, "Cut!" and everybody applauded. And I thought, "Well,
that's very flattering, that's rather nice, good morning, world." And when I
spoke to some of the technicians afterwards, I said, "That's very nice," and
they said "What do you mean?" and I said, "Applauding, I thought that was
great." "Oh, yeah, yeah. Well, ah, no offense meant here, but American
actors can't do more than thirty seconds at a time. You do five minutes at
once, my God." And I said, "Well that's what I get paid for, isn't it?"
This is available from
Amazon (US - NTSC format only).
|23 Jan 1981||TV||Bergerac: Clap Hands, Here Comes
Charlie BBC1, Popular police series starring John Nettles, set on Jersey.
Gareth played a villainous ship's captain called "Towers" in this episode.
|1981||TV||Ghosts No known information, is this a
|13 Jan 1982||TV|
|The Bell (BBC),
Gareth was in
all 4 episodes of this Iris Murdoch adaptation playing James Tayper Pace.|
From the 1969 Penguin paperback edition - "When a group of well-meaning
neurotics and perverts come together in a lay religious community to try to
forge a new and better life, the situation calls out all the humour and
insight for which Iris Murdoch is famous. The theme of her novel is the dark
conflict between sex and religion, symbolised by the new and the old bells of
the abbey convent across the lake. Here is a story which again demonstrates
this writer's unusual sensitivity and her talent for creating character."
Gareth (FCG#7): We had a scene where he (Ian Holm) was washing up cups
and I was drying them. It was a sort of a religious community, and we had
the scene to play whilst we were washing and drying our cups. The director
Barry Davis was filming it, and we came to the end of the scene, and nobody
said, "Cut," so Ian and I just carried on in character all the time for
about one and a half minutes, which is a long time. We were making up
things, but all connected with the show. Barry Davis kept nearly thirty
seconds of that in.
It was also shown at the BFI - National Film Theatre (Pts 1 & 2 20 Aug 2002,
Pts 3 & 4 30 Aug 2002)
|24 July 1982||TV|
Aubrey lives in North Wales, his friend in Southern England. They regularly
drive opposite routes to each other - as one's driving North, the other's
going South, and vice versa. They meet in a transport cafe half way. They
both start having affairs when they're away from home. The irony is that
they each have an affair with the other's wife, completely unbeknownst to
the other. Also starring David Daker as "Dogfood Dan". Written by David
Nobbs (creator of Reginald Perrin), this was later made into a BBC sitcom,
which was rubbish and didn't feature Gareth.
|Dogfood Dan and
The Carmarthen Cowboy
(Yorkshire TV, 1 hr play). Gareth plays Aubrey Owen, lorry (truck)
driver and hapless would-be seducer. This is a comedy about two long distance
lorry drivers who become friends. (The title refers to their CB radio handles
- Gareth is "The Carmarthen Cowboy").|
Aubrey Owen with "Dogfood Dan"(54K)
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): The writer told me it was going to be made
into a series, and he said: "I want you and David Daker, but the BBC are
doing it not ITV." So I phoned my agent, but my agent came back and said:
"Unfortunately David Daker is doing 'Boon', and therefore can't do this, and
the BBC have said they either want both of you or neither." And so my one
chance to do a Light Entertainment series went out the window. C'est la vie,
that's the business.
|20 Jan 1983||TV|
BBC episodes 1-3, 8-10
(1982, 10 1 hr episodes.) Period medical drama, based on a novel by A.J. Cronin.
Gareth plays Dr. Philip Denny, an alcoholic coming off the bottle, and best
friend of the lead character, played by Ben Cross. Denny's part is bigger in
the TV series than in the original Cronin novel.|
Ep.1, tx. 20 Jan 1983. Ep.2, tx. 27 Jan 1983. Ep.3,
tx. 3 Feb 1983. Ep.8, tx. 10 Mar 1983. Ep.9, tx. 17 Mar 1983 and Ep.10,
tx. 24 Mar 1983. Although recorded in 1982.
Talking to Joe Nazzaro in Horizon 33 Joe: Having worked steadily for
the RSC, was there any problem getting back into television again?
Gareth: I suppose at that time my profile was pretty high. The
Citadel came along, and I seized at that, playing an alcoholic who comes
off the bottle; I loved that. I then got Morgan's Boy, so I was
probably still a name in the business. It really wasn't difficult getting
back in at all.
The cast according to the IBDB was:
Directed by: Peter Jefferies, Mike Vardy
Writing credits: A.J. Cronin (novel), Don Shaw
|Ben Cross ||Andrew Manson
|Clare Higgins (I) ||Christine Barlow
|Wendy Alnutt ||Angela
|Colin Baker (I) ||Vaughn
|Sarah Berger ||Toppy
|Raymond Bowers ||Dr Llewellyn
|Niall Buggy ||Con
|Michael Cochrane ||Freddy Hamson
|James Copeland ||Urquhart
|Janet Davies (I) ||Mrs. Watkins
|Richard Davies (II) ||Dr Watkins
|Tenniel Evans ||Dr Page
|Don Fellows ||Robert Stillman
|Oliver Ford Davies ||Reverend Parry
|John Garvin (I) ||Dr. Bramwell
|Michael Gough (I) ||Sir Jenner Halliday
|Cynthia Grenville ||Miss Page
|Olwen Griffiths ||Mrs. Bramwell
|David Gwillim ||David Hope
|Davyd Harries ||Emlyn
|Jane How ||Mrs. Vaughn
|Milton Jones ||Rees
|Charles Kay ||Mr Hopper
|Lyn Langridge ||Mrs. Howells
|Anne Mannion ||Mary
|Sharon Morgan ||Mrs. Williams
|Beryl Nesbitt ||Annie
|John Nettleton ||Charles Ivory
|Susan Porrett ||Miss Cramb
|Dilys Price ||Mrs. Llewellyn
|Sion Probert ||Mr. Williams
|David Pugh ||Joe
|Lyn Rees ||Sam
|Ray Smith (I) ||Mr Owen
|Dyfed Thomas ||Dai Jenkins
|Gareth Thomas ||Philip Denny
|Jack Walters (II) ||Thomas
|John Welsh (I) ||Sir Robert Abbey
|Wendy William ||Sylvia
|Tim Wylton ||Ed Chenkin
|Carmen du Sautoy ||Frances Lawrence
Dr. Philip Denny (43K)
Dr. Denny (51K)
|8 July 1983||TV|
of Darkness: Bewitched (Granada TV, 1 hr). Gareth plays Owen
A man is haunted by the ghost of a dead girl, his friend - Owen, the girl's father,
and the local minister try to discover what is happening. A chilling tale with more
in it than initially meets the eye. The director was John Gorrie and Martyn Hesford has a
small part. This is significant as both were to work on Morgan's Boy a year later.
This programme is also known as "She Abides".
Owen Bosworth (68K)
|29 Feb 1984||TV||Strangers and Brothers (BBC
Episodes 8 and 9, 1 hour each). Series based on the novels by C.P. Snow.
Gareth plays a scientist who speaks out against the atom bomb.
|11 Oct 1984||TV|
The director was John Gorrie and Lee (Morgan's nephew) was played by Martyn Hesford.
(BBC, eight 1
hr episodes). Gareth plays Morgan Thomas, a Welsh hill farmer struggling with
the help of his nephew to keep his home in the ecomonically desperate 1980s.
Excellent but depressing. This is probably Gareth's best work to date and he
was nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Awards) award
for it. He himself describes it as probably his favourite part. It was written
by Alick Rowe, who also novelized it. See Morgan's
Boy for many pictures from this programme.|
to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#4):
Gareth: I did a series in England recently; one of the most difficult
things I've ever done, actually, because the character was totally opposite
to me, a Welsh hill farmer. It ended up the big boys moved in, kicked him
out, and he couldn't cope with that. His whole life, and his parents were on
this hill farm, so they kick him out and he goes back. His mother's room was
a shrine to him, so he takes everything out into the courtyard and burns it,
goes into the shed, shoots his sheep dog and shoots himself. It was a very
beautiful story, nominated for various awards, and about two months later it
was ... I'm sorry, am I boring you?
Joe: We'll give you a signal.
Gareth: I went down to the pub I used to drink in at lunchtime [and
this man came up and said] "Oh Gareth, bloody great to see you, bloody
fantastic! What are you doing here?" and he said, "Do you remember John?"
and I said "John?" He said, " A bit like Morgan," which is the character I
played. [He said] "He was a bit like Morgan." I said "Yes I remember; he
had a beard," and he said, "That's right, that's John. Anyway, He shot
himself last week, and left a message saying, Morgan's Boy showed
me how to do it" and I thought, "Jesus Christ, how much responsibility
can I take for what actually goes on?
|8 May 1984||TV|
of Sherlock Holmes: The Naval Treaty (Granada, 1 hr). Series of top notch
adaptations of the Conan Doyle stories, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and
David Burke as Dr. Watson. In this episode, Gareth plays Joseph Harrison,
whose sister's fiance is a Foreign Office clerk entrusted with a top secret
and ultra-important treaty - which subsequently vanishes without trace.
Holmes has to unravel the mystery, before the country suffers and the clerk's
career is destroyed.
Joseph Harrison and Holmes (43K)
|1984||TV||Love and Marriage: Dearly Beloved
(Yorkshire TV, 1 hr). Gareth plays the lead as husband Stephen, a doctor whose
marriage is having problems.|
Gareth talking to Joe Nazzaro (FCG#7):
Joe: Do you get nervous, letting the real you show through the cracks
Gareth:Well, I'll tell you something. I did a show a number of years
ago - I can't remember what it's called now - with an actress that I knew by
reputation but had never actually met. A very fine actress, and I knew her
husband, but I didn't know her. The first scene ... Picture the first
rehearsal: "How do you do, I'm Gareth Thomas..." The first scene begins at
the moment of orgasm, and you think, "Now wait a minute, this is very
personal here! Shall we start by saying which side of the bed would you like
to sleep on?" There you suddenly ... you use experience, okay, but there is a
frightening situation. How much of yourself do you actually show? I'm not
telling on that one [laughter], but there's an example; if it happens, okay.
That's an exception, because the last time I played a lover was about twenty
years ago, but there is an example where you have to convice and say in the
back of your mind, "I'm acting" That's a very difficult situation.
|17 Feb 1985||TV|
Sword Divided: series II:
(BBC - 1st series was in 1983). Costume drama series, set during the English
civil war. Gareth played the part of Major General Daniel Horton, one of
Cromwell's soldiers (a Roundhead) - and a lover. Part of this was filmed at
Rockingham Castle. Gareth appeared in 3 of the 8 episodes -
Gareth in TV zone special #4: I died in By the Sword Divided -
I was poisoned, I was stabbed, I ran onto the end of a sword, everything.
- 5 - Forlorn Hope, set in 1655
- 6 - The Mailed Fist, set in 1657
- 7 - Retribution, set in 1658
Daniel Horton (47K)
With his lady love (39K)
|1 July 1985||TV|
(Scottish TV; half hour
children's drama anthology.) This episode is about a boy who cannot come to
terms with his father's death in an accident and is unable to walk without
crutches. A photo of his dead father is actually a photo of Gareth, thus earning him
another tombstone. Gareth appears again in the fantasy form of Long John
Silver from Treasure Island, eventually forcing the boy to leave his dream
world and get on with his life.
Silver (Close up) (17K)
Long John Silver (17K)
|2 Sep 1985||TV||Duel with An Teallach
(BBC 1 hr). Gareth plays Charles Handley, sturdy but doomed mountaineer.
This is a re-enactment of a mountain climbing tragedy. The actors did all the
|1986 - 1987||TV||The District Nurse. (BBC)
Period drama set in 1930's Wales, starred Nerys Hughes in the title role
(Megan) and Sian Philips played her mother. Ran for 4 years from 1984 to 1987, with 13
episodes per year. We don't know which episode(s) or even which series Gareth
Gareth recorded an episode of District Nurse in August or September 1986. (After
Benefactors finished in July and before joining ESC.) So that means the show
was probably aired in 87, though it could have been 86.
|6th Sep 1987||TV|
|Knights of God
(TVS 6th Sep -
6th Dec 1987, thirteen 1/2 hr episodes). Gareth plays Owen Edwards, a Welsh rebel
leader. (Was this guy getting typecast or what?) The series also starred
Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who), John Woodvine, Julian Fellowes, and George
Winter. The series is a sort of retelling of the Arthurian saga set in 2020 after a
militant order, the Knights of God, have taken over England and are trying
to stamp out the resistance led by Arthur (Troughton) and Edwards. Gareth is
not in episodes 6,7 or 10, but has big roles in episodes 1 and 11. [[The series may
have ended on 29th of Nov]]|
Owen and Arthur (45K)
Owen Edwards (48K)
Owen Edwards (39K)
|8 Jan 1988||TV|
|Tales of the
Unexpected: The Colonel's Lady (Thames TV 9th season, show 104).
Anthology series - drama with a "twist in the tale". Gareth has a cameo
appearance at the beginning of this episode - a lady talks about an old love
|21 Aug 1988||TV|
HTV 1 hr). Gareth plays Gwilym, barrister and undutiful son to Glyn Houston.|
Gareth (FCG#7): I did a show recently, which I enjoyed enormously,
called Better Days, which was filmed down in Wales, where I played
an absolute bastard (eat your heart out, Paul Darrow!). In fact, somebody
said to me yesterday, who had gotten a tape of it and saw it, and they
turned around and said, "Tell that man he owes me a drink," and I said, "Why?"
He said, "Because I thought you were quite nice, but you're an absolute bastard,
aren't you?" I said to him, "You mean I'm real on television and I'm just
acting here? That's great; thank you. Haven't we got our priorities mixed
Gwilym and Glyn (36k)
(LWT). Popular, long running drama series about London firefighters. Gareth
had a recurring role as the area commander, Assistant Chief Officer
Bulstrode. Gareth left the series in December 94, when Bulstrode retired.
The series has been released on video in the UK (two episodes per tape 52
minutes each episode), and might still be available (1997).|
The character was brought in for one episode, but became a regular feature.
He was based on a real-life fire chief who retired, so they wrote me out
after eight episodes. My last line was: "I'm thinking of retiring
at the end of the year." On film Thomas went on to say, "Now
that's a good way to write yourself out of a series," and landed
himself in hot water with the director for wasting film. "This used to
be a profession and you used to be allowed to have fun. Now it's like
any other business run by accountants and it's all about bottom lines.
Gareth was in the following:
Season 1 (1988) No eppisodes
Season 2 (1989) episode 5
Season 3 (1990) episodes 1,2,5,8
Season 4 (1991) episodes 9 and 10
Season 5 (1992) episodes 5,9
Season 6 (1993) episodes 4,5
Season 7 (1994) episodes 2,8,15.
We have also caught an uncredited appearance by
Taking to Nick, the station commander (32k)
Arriving at a major fire (40k)
Taking Charge (46k)
|1989||TV||To Each His Own ( TV movie 1¾ hours).
Gareth plays an unscrupulous developer. Not BBC - therefore one of the ITV companies.
|23 Jul 1989||TV|
(BBC in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) all but the
first of eight 1 hr episodes. It is about a multi-millionare businessman in
Hong Kong, whose brother dies and leaves him the title to a very run down
stately home. He comes back to England to take care of it. Gareth plays
Peter Thornton, a Yorkshire farmer who becomes the estate manager. Stephen
Grief and Janet Lees Price also appeared in this.|
Peter Thornton (36K)
- 1 - Coming Home - (Gareth's not in this episode)
- 2 - A Wonderfully Wrong Thing
- 3 - Shoping Around
- 4 - The Rich Can Do Anything
- 5 - You Can't Beat Mozart
- 6 - Taking Your Profits
- 7 - My Dear Jamie
- 8 - A Real House
|2 Oct 1989||TV|
Off Air (Central TV). Comedy drama series about an ex-fireman who sets up a
motorcycle messenger company and does occasional detective work - stars
Michael Elphick, David Daker and Neil Morrissey. In this episode, Gareth
plays Bill Stone, a radio station director.
Bill Stone (32K)
|16 June 1989||TV|
|After the War
(Granada TV), based on Frederic Raphael's novel, eight episodes a total of 10 hours. Gareth
plays an artist called Guy Falcon in 2 of the episodes - Love and
Kisses; and Yesterday and Tomorrow. Also featured Jan Chappel and
Ed Bishop (UFO). The date given is that of the broadcasting of the first episode.|
Guy Falcon (38K)
This publicity photo is left / right reversed.
|6 Sep 1990||TV|
(HTV, five 1/2 hr episodes). Artist Idris Llewellyn, father of sullen Emlyn.
Both Emlyn's Moon and Chestnut Soldier are based on the Snow Spider books by
Jenny Nimmo. The series ran until 4th Oct 1990.|
Idris and Emlyn (32K)
|29 May 1991||TV|
|We Are Seven.
(HTV) The series concerned a German family in England after WWII. Gareth played
Big Billy Caradog, a drunken, bigoted bully. In the next to last episode he boxes
(in his long johns) in a circus match. (Given date may not be that of the first
Big Billy (25K)
Gareth in TV Zone special #4: I'm working with a ferret, which is a
very strange little creature. They're like weasels, and if they bite, they
don't let go. I told the director that I was a little concerned about that,
and he said "Don't worry" and introduced me to the ferret master who was a
stage hand at the RSC when I was there.
So I've got this ferret in my hands, and the scene was that I was in a barn,
literally underneath a pile of straw. Two people come in; a young man and a
young girl, and at one point they're beginning to get together and there's
this burping sound. The girl says to the boy "Was that you?" and I sit up
and say "It was me!" The fellow says "What the hell are you doing?" and I
say "Well I'm with my girlfriend too!" and pull out this ferret. Now we
obviously don't have the ferret there all that time because they're not that
happy being under straw. We come up to the actual shot where I'm holding the
ferret in my hand, when it suddenly opens its mouth. I'm thinking 'Oh shit',
but I'm busy acting my arse off, and this thing starts licking me. This
little clapper boy comes out and goes wallop amd thank God it went for
the clapperboard instead of me!
|18 Jun 1991||TV|
Gareth plays Detective Superintendant Collins in 5 episodes (perhaps 10?), who
is investigating a murder. An Australian produced soap opera/mystery.
|20 Nov 1991||TV|
(HTV) Five 1/2 hr episodes, sequel to Emlyn's Moon. By Jenny Nimmo. Gareth
plays artist Idris Llewellyn. He isn't in this as much as Emlyn's Moon but
has a lovely scene with Nia. 20, 27 Nov & 4, 12 Dec 1991.
Titles: A Prince Returns (1), Broken Horses (2), Fiery Dreams (3), Out of the Forest (4).
|1992||TV||Waterland (ITV?) Gareth plays the
landlord of a pub. He has around 1 minute of acting about 30 mins into
this 1.5 hour epic, about a disturbed history teacher (played by Jeremy
Irons) with an interesting past in England during WWII.|
From the Internet Movie Database:
Jeremy Irons and his real-life spouse, Sinead Cusack, play a
husband and wife in this intense, involving drama about a country
schoolteacher and the tragic, emotional ghosts of his past (inherited across
hundreds of years, but governing his own lost youth) which are threatening to
destroy his current life. Beautifully directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal; adapted
by Peter Prince from the Booker Prize-winning novel by Graham Swift;
Waterland costars Ethan Hawke and John Heard.
|8 Mar 1992||TV|
|Maigret: On Home
Ground (Granada, 1 hr.)
Series starring Michael Gambon as Georges Simenon's French
detective. In this episode, Gareth played Monsieur Gautier, the groundskeeper
for a prominent family in the village where Maigret was born.
Maigret, Gautier and Emile (36K)
|1994||TV||Pirates: Vikings (1/2 hr
Documentry). Viking ship builder - "Smoothing Stroke". Gareth did this with
one day's notice and no rehearsal as a favour. (Gareth once said that if
he had not been an actor he would have loved to have done research into
When Blake's 7 first appeared on UK Gold (the first UK screening since 1981) in 1994
they had a series of trailers for the show. They even did a takeoff on Star Wars
with the slanted printed introduction. The trailers were about 30 seconds long
and different ones were done by Gareth Thomas, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce,
and David Jackson. Gareth did around three of these trailers. He
mentions that Blake was the only person who can handle Avon.
|1995||TV||Medics: Going West (Granada)
(1 hr). Hospital drama starring Tom Baker and Sue Johnston. Gareth played George
Robinson MP, visiting the hospital ward at the beginning. (Gareth nearly got
the lead in this series, but in the end it went to Tom Baker).
Gareth talking to Joe Nazzaro in Horizon 33: Joe: Speaking of ecentrics, I believe
you worked with Tom Baker in Medics?|
Gareth: Yes, there's another eccentric. He was very pleasant, and I only had one
scene with him. Funnily enough, the part that Tom Baker was playing was down to either
Tom Baker or me. I spent two hours chatting to the producers on Medics, and
I was told later on by my agent that it was either me or Tom Baker, and they chose Tom,
who had a higher profile, I suppose.
Talking to Diane Gies in Horizon 33: Diane: And now you're playing a baddie in
Mentors was intended to be a 45 minute drama series aimed at a family audience.|
Storyline (from the Proposal):
A group of four people, two men and two women, find themselves being drawn
together by a mysterious force - at the heart of an ancient stone circle.
There they are imbued with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers,
which have been laid dormant in wait for a period where the earth is under
threat. In a new era of international instability and at a time of icreasing
poverty, famine and ecological disaster, the world has a new kind of hero to
restore the balance: The Mentors. Facing an age old menace in the form of
the Dark Overlords - the Mentors will use their ancient power to protect the
earth from disaster. The Mentors are 'the light in the darknesss'.
Although a script was written for a pilot episode "Awakenings" by Austen
Atkinson-Broadbelt, all that is known to exist on film is a five minute teaser made for
promotional purposes. The pilot episode was written for the Family Channel
It's interesting to note that Gareth's character, Edward Grieg - the villain
(an evil bearer) - was originally written as a woman, Mariah Grieg.
TV Zone magazine featured Mentors in its Psi-fi special (#18).
Edward Grieg with flower
Gareth: Yes, I really enjoyed it. I must confess, I did think of Paul while
I was doing it, wondering how he would play it. I do hope that it goes on
and they turn it into a series. If they do, I hope to be able to direct a
couple of episodes - I'd love to do that.
|31 Jan 1995||TV||Archangel's Night Out BBC Wales - a play.
|9 Mar 1995||TV|
Prosecutor (BBC) Ten 1/2 hour episodes between 23rd Feb and 27th of
April. Gareth was in two episodes, one of which was on 9th March. Dreadful
and thankfully shortlived courtroom drama series. Gareth played a
magistrate, Harold Thomson, and was probably the best thing in it. David
Daker, Michael Praed (Robin of Sherwood) and Tom Chadbon (Del Grant) were
Harold Thomson (32K)
|2 Dec 1995||TV|
Bringing It All Back Home (BBC) Gareth played Tom Arnold, a
retired footballer turned author. He is soon discovered to have a shared
secret with two other members of his old football team, played by Michael
Keating and Stephen Yardley (Investigator Reeve in Sand). Gareth suffers
a fatal heart attack after rescuing another footballer in a boating accident.
Tom Arnold (34K)
Gareth and Michael (36K)
|Early Oct 1997||TV|
The Magic Begins
Gareth played Merlin's mentor Blaze in a pilot called "Merlin the
Magic Begins". This was filmed in early October 97.|
This was intended as the pilot for a series, but it seems extremely unlikely
that the series will ever come to pass as the pilot was pretty dire.
The pilot also stars Merlin is played by Jason Connery and Deborah Moore.
The programme was made by Segull productions a part of Kaleidoscope Media Group.
Lots more Pictures and information
Blaze and Merlin (22K)
|25 Jan 1998||TV|
(Yorkshire TV) Popular period drama about a policeman in 1960s Yorkshire. Gareth
plays a farmer, Nathaniel Clegghorn, in "Local Knowledge" - episode 20 of the
series that ended with Nick Berry's departure. It was filmed in mid October
Clegghorn is in dispute with the disreputable Claude Greengrass, (a regular character)
as to which of them has genuine ghosts on his farm. (Point of interest: this was
the last episode to feature Nick Berry as PC Rowan, who had been the series' lead
character until this point.)
Gareth was also in 2 episodes in 1999, and 2 episodes in 2003.
Hollywood or Bust on Sunday 28th Novemeber 1999.
No Surrender on Sunday 12th December 1999.
Moving Target on Sunday 13th April 2003.
Absent Friends on Sunday 11th May 2003.
Nathaniel Clegghorn (35K)
|Animal Ark HTV. Gareth
has filmed an episode called Calf in the Cottage for this children's
programme in Bristol. He plays the guest lead, a farmer John Mathews, in episode 12.|
This was recorded in September 1997.
Gareth with the two main characters (and a calf).
|16 Oct 1998||TV||The Creatives (BBC2)
This is a sitcom about an Edinburgh advertising agency, written by Jack
Dochert and Moray Hunter. Gareth had a minor role as a policeman (this
part may be misrecorded as Creatures in some peoples records)
|21 Oct 1998||TV||Children in Need
At the Red Lion public house, Canning Circus, Alfreton Road, Nottingham,
a party was held as part of a fund
raising event for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Gareth took part along with
James Warrior who worked with him on 'Morgan's Boy'. We do not know if Gareth actually
appeared on TV.
|15 Feb 2000||TV|
Sky 1 screened 'The Strangerers', the wacky new SF/comedy series by
Rob Grant for 10 weeks from 15th February 2000 (8.30pm) Gareth is a police officer
in eppisode 1 and Paul Darrow is in 7 or 8 episodes after that, playing Mr Seedy.
Sheelagh Wells also did makeup (She did makeup for much of B7).|
|22 Apr 2000||TV|
|Randall & Hopkirk,
Gareth Thomas appeared as Dickie Bechard, the landlord of a country pub, in
episode 6 'A Man of Substance' of the remake TV series 'Randall &
Hopkirk, deceased' starring Reeves & Mortimer.
|16 Sep 2000||TV|
|I Love the 70's
Clips of Blake's 7 and interviews with Gareth, Paul and Jaqueline.|
|2 Nov 2000||TV||South West News
Gareth was filmed while at Cult TV, and this appeared on ITV's South West Lunchtime News.|
The item lasted about 3/4 mins. The Blakes 7 theme
accompanied the report. Gareth thomas was interviewed, basically saying he
was having a good time and amazed at the longevity of Blakes 7, then pulling
faces through the back of a stacking chair! Judith, zine in hand, was
singing (very well I might add) a filk song. The dealers room, a sweeping
shot of the attendee's in the main hall and the presenter (Ron Bendall)
wondering if he would eventually be a cult TV figure concluded the piece.
|21 Jan 2001||TV|
Gareth was in three episodes of Baddiel's Syndrome which is broadcast
on Sky. He was in the episode "Dead Grandma" on Jan 21st and "Dream Home" on 19th March,
and "Religious Uncertainity" on 9th April.|
He played Colin - David Baddiel's Welsh father.
This was a joke within the series, as Baddiel is Jewish. However, I am told the joke has
a basis in real life and Gareth actually bears a passing resemblence to David's father.
Gareth recorded an episode of 'Doctors' for the BBC. He
appears as a sick farmer in episode 18 'Chip off the old Block' - due
to air late September/early October.|
Although the episode was actually broadcast on Wednesday, the Radio Times entry is on Friday
because they list all the guest actors in a soap in a single entry at the end of the week.
|Jul 2001||TV||Top Ten TV: Sci-Fi
Channel 4, 9pm covered Blake's 7.|
|9 July 2002||TV||Shipman
The drama documentary about the serial killer Doctor
Shipman, in which Gareth plays the Vicar, was shown on Tuesday 9th July, on
ITV/Carlton - 9pm/10pm and concluding 10.20pm/11.20pm.
|23 Nov 2002||TV||Casualty
He played a retired fireman who get his leg run over by his son-in-law
who is trying to abduct his (Gareth's) grandson. This is episode 11 of Series 17 'Up to
your neck in it', Gareth's character is called Jim Bailey.
|Unknown||TV||Blasphemy at the Old Bailey
This is a mystery. For a long time it was thought to be:
Everyman: Trial for Blasphemy (BBC)
The BBC did not have an edition of Everyman listed under this title. When this was
shown is still unknown, but.|
It has twice been shown at the BFI - National Film Theatre -
on 21 Jul 1992 and 19 Oct 2000.