The actor TIMOTHY BLOCK, who played Blake, one of the villain
Strickland's two menacing henchmen in the Series One episode "Stamp
Duty", contacted us shortly after the 17/01/2002 BBC One afternoon repeat of
this episode and very kindly agreed to share his memories of the filming.
I enjoyed looking at your Shoestring site, it brought back many memories. All a
little nostalgic but what's wrong with that. I played 'Blake' in "Stamp Duty" all those
years ago and only by chance caught it when it was on the other afternoon.
It's all so long ago that I can't really remember much about it. I think I was down in
Bristol filming for about a week. I had been working at The National Theatre for two
years prior and then I worked on an episode of Enemy at the Door; a series about
the German occupation of The Channel Islands. The episode I was in was never
screened because of a strike, as far as I remember.
I was working at The Theatre Royal Windsor when I got the part of Blake. When I
watched the rerun the other afternoon I was amazed how much of it I had forgotten.
I do remember [the] certain sinister humour between the two baddies. A mate of
mine was also in it playing a, I think they were meant to be gas repairmen, when
Eddie was [being shown the] long-range microphone. Suddenly there I was
driving a left-hand drive pickup & I remembered when we were shooting the scene
where I crashed into the fallen motorbike I was worried that I might damage it.
Looking back I think I was a bit concerned about driving around so wildly.
[T]he scene on the 'M4' where Eddie was drunk and dodging cars, I was there
when they shot it. I wasn't called as far as I remember; maybe I was for a scene
later in the day. I sat on the top of a grass bank to see what was going on. Of
course it wasn't really the M4, as I'm sure you realised, well if it was it was a new
bit that wasn't open to traffic. Although it doesn't look like it all the cars were going
pretty slowly and it was rehearsed many times before the take. [O]n the box it's a
really good moment.
I remember thinking how good Martyn Friend was to work with and after we'd
finished he wrote me a very nice letter thanking me. In fact I wrote to him after the
last showing and he again sent me a nice card.
Good luck with your great site.
Our sincere thanks and best wishes to Mr Block.