John is another actor whose many appearances somehow passed me by over the years. Supporting roles in (to me) largely unfamiliar programmes must be the reason. Even Public Eye was a dim memory of childhood until I bought the DVDs. His cameo in the Christmas 1972 episode Horse and Carriage is what first brought him to my attention, staying the night as a guest in Pat Heywood's house.
That was all I knew the actor from until he turned up in my DVD viewing of Murder Most English a few months ago. John played tobacconist Gordon Periam, who detective Anton Rodgers interviews following the disappearance of the title character, last seen shortly before Periam's wedding to Doreen (Lynn Farleigh). A drunken Hopjoy requested his company and he reluctantly accepted, without wanting the future wife to know about it:
"She's very sweet ... and she's very loyal."
With Anton Rodgers as Detective Inspector Purbright:
"Can you think why any of your neighbours ahould bear you a grudge, Mr. Periam?" - "No. They're quite decent old sticks most of the time."
Already puzzled by an anonymous letter sent to him, Periam is reeling with shock when the detective says he believes Hopjoy was murdered:
R.I.P., John Normington
Part 2 of this tribute to follow, but it could be weeks, even months (other commitments). Any other memories of this 'Unmentioned' actor'?