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OCTOBER 2014 - RETURN TO DOCTOR WHO
was delighted to be offered the role of Duke in the Doctor Who series 8
episode Kill the Moon - a pleasure and an honour to be asked to appear in
this latest Doctor Who series, particularly so when it is the first series
featuring a new Doctor. A tense and gripping script by Peter Harness with an
The actual working experience was a delight from start to finish; the cast - regular and guest actors - whilst being thoroughly professional, were friendly and fun to be around as were the entire unit and crew. There was a sense of welcome towards the guest actors from all departments throughout the shoot and that made it a particularly rewarding experience.
The skill, expertise and professionalism demonstrated daily was a privilege to see and the knowledge that you were part of something special was always palpable.
I remember working on this show with enormous fondness and am proud to have achieved a 'trio' - appearing in three Doctor Who stories with three different Doctors.
Thank you Doctor Who - it was indeed a joy to be part of this well loved and highly regarded show."
MAY 2014 - NEW FILM & TV ROLES
"2014 has turned into a busy year, with the 40th anniversary celebrations of "Porridge" involving me in several television and radio projects. I am currently filming the lead role of Terry Kincaid in "Extended Rest", a snooker drama directed by Oliver Crocker, who I worked with on "Tanner" and "Friends Like Who". I play a former professional snooker player, who attempts a comeback to try and save his local club from closure. The film co-stars my old friend Shirin Taylor, whom I was married to in "Coronation Street", and a super cast also includes Ian Cullen (Z Cars), Ben Peyton (The Bill), Ray Lonnen (Harry's Game), Tara Ward (Never the Twain), Bernard Holley (A Voice to Die For) and Frank Williams (Dads Army). We have completed our first block of filming, with more coming up in June.
You can visit the Extended Rest Facebook page or follow the film on Twitter @Extended_Rest
I have also finished playing the lead in two new short films, "Roots", a science fiction drama directed by Jake Hosemann, which was shown at London's Portobello Film Festival; and more recently "Waiting for the Dead", where I play the main character of a hitman, directed by Ed Morris. There are other things in the pipeline, which I shall keep you posted with. Au revoir, Tony Osoba, 2014
JANUARY 2013 - MASTERS SNOOKER - FROM PORRIDGE TO POTTTING
On Sunday 13th January, I was invited as a guest to the Betfair Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Palace in North London. It was my first time attending a live snooker tournament and it proved to be a very enjoyable and exciting afternoon. The match I watched was a closely fought encounter between Neil Robertson of Australia and Ding Junhui of China, the last two Masters Champions. The match swung first one way then the other, tense and gripping, until Neil Robertson finally triumphed 6-5 at the end of the final frame. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and couldn't have wished for a better match on my introduction to live snooker - I take my hat off to both players for the breathtaking skill and wizardry they displayed.
It was also to chat with some of snookers former greats such as John Virgo, Stephen Hendry and John Parrott (pictured above). I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me along - it was a blast! I've been to Alexandra Palace on many occasions in the past, attending various different events, and it is always a pleasure to visit the site of the world's first regular television broadcast, inaugurated by the BBC in 1936. As well as featuring in a 2-page article in the Official Programme (above) I was also interviewed by World Snooker and you can watch the interview HERE
MAY 2012 - DOCTOR WHO INTERVIEW
"I have appeared in two "Doctor Who" stories to date, the second of which I worked with two good friends, Tony Selby and Shirin Taylor. We were all interviewed for a 15 minute documentary "Friends Like Who", where we recalled working on the 1987 story "Dragonfire", with Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford. An enjoyable day was had by all, as we told some amusing anecdotes about working on the show. The documentary was released on websites such as BBC America and SFX to promote the "Dragonfire" DVD release and you can watch it HERE." - Tony Osoba, 2012
MAY 2012 - DOCTOR WHO SIGNING
"I attended a Doctor Who signing in Barking for Tenth Planet events, meeting fans and signing autographs. Also in attendance were Sophie Aldred, Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating and Margot Hayhoe ." - Tony Osoba, 2012
SEPTEMBER 2011 - PORRIDGE INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS
"North One Television are making a one hour documentary examining different aspects of working on a comedy series. They interviewed Christopher Biggins and I together about friendships on Porridge, between the various characters and the actors, crew and production staff. Chris and I had a fun afternoon, using the cells and other parts of now disused Shoredith County Court as a backdrop. We reminisced for over two hours, recalling various aspects of the show - mostly humorous" - Tony Osoba, 2011
AUGUST 2011 - CHARLES ENDELL ESQUIRE INTERVIEW
"In mid August I was asked to do a lengthy interview for company called Hopscotch Films. They are making a six part TV series celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of television in Scotland. The series features various landmark Scottish productions and they wanted to talk to me about a few productions I had been in, particularly a series called Charles Endell Esquire in which I played a regular character called Hamish MacIntyre, Endell's sidekick." - Tony Osoba, 2011
MAY 2011 - THE SHADOW LINE
I played the Duty Solicitor in BBC2's new drama series, "The Shadow Line", on May 12th 2011
APRIL 2011 - THE GREAT SCOT AWARDS
"Earlier this year I was surprised to be informed that I had been nominated in the 'Entertainment' category of the annual Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Awards. The nomination was for 'Contribution to Entertainment' and the award dinner and ceremony duly took place in May at the prestigious Boisdale of Canary Wharf restaurant in London and the lavish and spectacular evening was superbly hosted by the journalist and political television presenter, Andrew Neil.
Over two hundred guests from the worlds of Entertainment, Business, Sport and Politics were in attendance and a wonderfully relaxed and convivial evening full of good humour, fine dining, stimulating talk, fun, renewing old acquaintances and meeting new ones, passed all too quickly.
Diageo are to be congratulated for organising and hosting such a magnificent occasion and I am proud and pleased to have been nominated." - Tony Osoba, 2011
FEBRUARY 2011 - OFF THE BALL
I was special guest on BBC Radio Scotland's "Off The Ball", talking about my career, on February 19th 2011
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