Richard Spendlove MBE

Thespianism



His Acting work began in the form of a part in an amateur production of Emile Littlter’s the ‘Quaker Girl’ in Nottingham at the tender age of seventeen, after which there was a break until, on arrival in Cambridge, he joined the Cambridge Touring Repertory Company, run by the late Actor Manager Wilfred.J.Pinney. He was with them for just over three years, playing during that time, parts as The errant son in ‘The Paragon’, Ernest O’Shea in ‘Pink String and Sealing Wax’, Tony Brett in ‘Beside the Seaside’ and Lord Pym in ‘The Chiltern Hundreds.

The Company folded in 1971 and in 1972, He joined St John’s Players in Cambridge as both an Actor and Director, securing such roles as Lopahkin in ‘The Cherry Orchard’, John Malcolm in ‘Separate Tables’ and Alderman Malin in ‘The Militants’ He produced, amongst others, ‘Ladies In Retirement’, ‘The Chiltern Hundreds’ and ‘Beside the Seaside’

He was also to be seen on television in, ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Anything more would be greedy’, ‘The Chief’, Campion’ ’A Sense of Guilt’, ’The Bill’, ’Cause Celebre’ amongst others, and in 1986 wrote and Presented a Film on the city of Cambridge in conjunction with, ’World Video Company’

His most recent television credits are mentioned elsewhere as the creator, and co-writer (with David Croft, OBE) of the BBC Television Situation Comedy, ‘Oh Doctor Beeching’, in which he was also to be seen as Inspector Ernest Orkindale. The series which ran for nineteen episode, was hailed (By the BBC) as the ‘highest rated comedy pilot of the decade’ ‘and eleven years after the last episode was shown here, it is still being repeated in dozens of countries throughout Europe; indeed in most places, except Great Britain!