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Barb Angell has graduated as a Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts Charles Sturt University, NSW
|Member of the
Guild Barb is Australian born but lived and worked in the U.K. for more
than 20 years before returning to Australia under contract to work for
the Grundy Television organization, then forming her own company Angell
Productions Pty Limited.
Barb (red jacket) directs
Kate Sheil (standing) and Dinah Shearing with
Backs to camera: Daniel Millar and Charlie Little
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Barb was educated at Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Melbourne and from there studied for Diploma of Music at the Melba Conservatorium. Her first acting job was in the W.C. Strode play "The Guinea Pig" at the Melbourne Little Theatre. From there she went to work as a dancer-comedian with the Tivoli Circuit and remained with it for the next 4 years. She was a member of the regular cast of the very first television variety show, "Tivoli Party Time" and from there went on to appear in and write for most TV variety shows of the time - likely Australia's first female TV comedy writer.
TV Directing at the
before making her first trip to the U.K. in 1959-60 where she was
to Revue and began to write short material including sketches, music
lyrics. On her return to Australia she formed her own Revue company and
co-wrote and produced a series of successful stage shows. There
many years of television as well as stage appearances. She was an
writer of the satirical "Mavis Bramston Show" and ended by starring in
it as well as writing for it during its 4 years of production.
Mavis Bramston Show
|Stage acting appearances continued with "The Slaughter of St Teresa’s Day" at Melbourne Little Theatre, "Black Comedy" for J.C. Williamson with Madge Ryan, Trevor Bowen and Patsie Trench before she once again left for U.K.|
The next 20 years were spent in England where she appeared in TV dramas and comedies including "Doctor in the House", ""Staying On", "The Jensen Code", "The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs", "Not On Your Nellie", "Anne of Avonlea", "All Creatures great and Small", "Shoestring", "Angels" and the cult Australian drama "Prisoner Cell Block H". She worked under contract to the BBC as a script reader and assessor and also received a Bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain which enabled her to study Arts Administration at the Polytechnic of Central London.
David Jason as the hapless and equally
agent Edgar Briggs, who is transferred to the Secret Intelligence
as result of an administrative error. The first episode set the tone
what was to follow with Briggs falling over furniture and getting
whilst fully clothed in a Turkish bath. What set the series apart was
weekly dose of stunts, many of which Jason insisted on doing himself,
taking a dive from several storeys up to the ground. The series was
written for Jason by Bernard McKenna and Richard Laing at the behest of
producer Humphrey Barclay, who had 'discovered' David performing in a
on Bournemouth pier and introduced him to the British public via Do Not
Adjust Your Set. With a little luck, a lot of patriotism and the love
his wife, Jennifer (Barbara Angell), Edgar Briggs,
the Commander (Noel Coleman), bumbled his way
It led the Daily Mirror's then TV critic Stan Sayer to declare, "David
is a modern Buster Keaton with most of that great silent film actor's
of timing, rhythm and skill."
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