Warren Clarke 1947-2014

Actor Warren Clarke died 12 Nov, aged 67, after a short illness. Warren Clarke appeared in several BBC Pebble Mill dramas including: Battle of Waterloo 1983, Nice Work 1989, and perhaps most famously, Dalziel and Pascoe 1996-2007.

Warren was born in Oldham, and began acting at the Liverpool Playhouse. He appeared in the controversial, 1971, Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange. He has been described as having a ‘hangdog’ expression, perfect for rather grumpy character parts, like Vic in Nice Work, and the detective,  Dalziel, in Dalziel and Pascoe.

I remember seeing Warren Clarke at several Midlands, Royal Television Society Awards ceremonies, where he was frequently nominated, and often won awards – he seemed to enjoy a good party!

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Warren Clarke and Haydn Gwynne. Nice Work

Warren Clarke and Haydn Gwynne. Nice Work


Warren Clarke, Battle of Waterloo

Warren Clarke, Battle of Waterloo

Warren Clarke, Nice Work

Warren Clarke, Nice Work

Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, Dalziel & Pascoe

Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, Dalziel & Pascoe




































The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook page:

Julia Jones: ‘Very sad. I worked with Warren on four series of Dalziel and Pascoe. He certainly did enjoy a party and was always a great supporter of Pebble Mill.’

Mark James Southall: ‘Was a great friend of Pebble Mill and was one who was always fond of the talent that was in the area.’

Chris Marshall: ‘Nice Work was fabulous and Warren Clarke was fabulous in everything he did.’

Steve Peet: ‘Was lucky enough to see the great man at work on D and P back in 2002/3, a complex soul and totally committed to the role, but in a sometimes difficult arena when you’re the trainee he found time for a chat and words of encouragement.’

Patricia Hodge Robinson: ‘He also starred in ‘The Locksmith’ with Chris Gascoyne and a very young John Simm. Made by Fair Game Films but staffed out of Pebble Mill. I have very fond memories of working with him on this and D & P. He leaves behind an impressive body of work and was an excellent character actor.’

Veronica Butt: ‘I went to meet Warren from B’ham New Street when he appeared as a guest on the pilot series of The One Show, created in Birmingham! He insisted we had a couple of drinks at the bar at the Malmaison before we went through! He was a lovely, down to earth man and a great actor.’

Nick Hennegan: ‘My partner was an actor in The Locksmith and a mentor produced D and P. He was a lovely man.’

Roulla Xenides: ‘He and Nigel Havers were guests on Pebble Mill together when they appeared as Soviet agents in the BBC1 comedy drama Sleepers in 1991. I remember we used some outtake clips of them talking in Russian. I think the series concept was Warren’s.’

One Show pilot run

One Show Andrew Morland

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This cutting is about the pilot run of The One Show, in the summer of 2006, which was a BBC Birmingham production at the Mailbox, before the series moved to London. A temporary studio was built outside the back of the Mailbox building.

The photo includes left to right: Tessa Finch, executive producer; Nadia Sawalha, co-presenter; Adrian Chiles, co-presenter; Chris Rybczynski, series editor.

The show built on the legacy of Pebble Mill shows like Pebble Mill at One, and Good Morning with Anne and Nick, the latter which Tessa Finch was editor of for several years in the 1990s.

Thanks to Andrew Morland for sharing the cutting.

The following comments were added on the Pebble Mill Facebook group:

Andy Walters: ‘I remember the portakabins and the scanner sat in the Mailbox loading bay. A lot of the tie circuits are still there. Wasn’t that the first thing to come from the Mailbox in HD?’

Stephen Neal: ‘Andy – afraid not. The One Show was SD in Birmingham (and also in London until Summer 2010) We did use Visions HD1 – an HD scanner – to make it – but we were running the truck in SD, and had SD cameras (rather than HD cameras running in SD mode).’