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THE MAN INTHE KNOW.

Byline: Showbiz Sam

QI enjoy the TV series New Tricks. Can you tell me how old the main actors are? Pat McGinley, Clydebank A James Bolam (who plays Jack Halford) was born on June 16, 1938 in Sunderland, making him the daddy of the cast at 72. Dennis Waterman (Gerry Standing) hails from Clapham, London, and was born on April 22, 1948, putting him at 62. Alun Armstrong (Brian Lane) is from Annfield Plain, Co Durham and is 64 (born on July 17, 1946). The baby of the show is Amanda Redman (Sandra Pullman) who was born on January 12, 1959, and is a sprightly 51.

QI recently saw a sci-film called Fahrenheit 451. It was set in a future Britain but where the monorail train filmed - was it in Japan? Russell Lewis, Bangor, Co Down A The 1966 movie was based on the novel by Ray Bradbury and was set in a futuristic state where a fireman's job is to burn all the books he can find. 451 F is the temperature at which paper burns. Oskar Werner and Julie Christie starred and it was the first colour movie to be directed by Franois Truffaut. It was shot at Pinewood Studios with the monorail exterior scene taken at the French SAFEGE test track at Chateauneuf-sur-Loire near Orleans, France.

Q Who played Ben Casey in the TV series? Paul Scott, Paisley A The US hospital drama ran for five years on ITV from 1961. The star of the show was Vince Edwards - arguably the surgeon with the hairiest arms on the box.

Q Can you tell me the name of the blonde actress in the Randolph Scott film Ride Lonesome? Robert Robinson, Glasgow A The 1959 movie co-starred Hawaiian-born Karen Steele, a former cover girl and model. She had numerous TV credits including roles in Wagon Train, Star Trek, Mannix and Hogan's Heroes.

Q My pal is 25 on December 8. What was at No.1 when she was born in 1985.

Caroline Smith, Paisley A It was the first day of a fortnight at the top for Whitney Houston with Saving All My Love For You.

Q Who were the first two presenters of Points Of View? Sheila Edwards, Dundee A The viewers' platform first ran from 1961-71 with the hosts being Robert Robinson and Kenneth Robinson.

Q Dr Finlay's Casebook was a huge hit in the '60s but can you name which film brought the two stars together 10 years earlier? Brendon Ford, Glasgow A The series, based on stories by AJ Cronin, starred Bill Simpson as Dr Alan Finlay and Andrew Cruickshank as Dr Angus Cameron and ran from 1962-71.

Simpson had only one film role - he played a groom in the 1959 version of The 39 Steps, in which Cruickshank played the Sheriff.

Q I recently stumbled across a fabulous folk/jazz group on YouTube called Pentangle. They sang a song called Light Flight and I'm sure it was used as a theme for a TV series. Can you help? Sandra Harrison, Edinburgh A The original line-up - Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox and Danny Thompson - were active from 1967-73. The song was used for the comedy drama Take Three Girls (1969-71), BBC's first drama to be broadcast in colour, which starred Angela Down, Liza Goddard and Carolyn Seymour.
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Date:Dec 4, 2010
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