Manuel dies after dementia battle aged 86.
'FAWLTY TOWERS' star ANDREW SACHS passed away at the age of 86 last week after a battle with dementia, and his funeral took place yesterday (December 1st 2016). The actor was staying in Denville Hall at the time of his death, and was being cared for by his wife Melody.
Andrew Sachs has died at 86
The comedian died on Novemer 23rd after struggling for four years with vascular dementia, of which he was diagnosed in 2012. It's the second-most common form of dementia and saw him become unable to speak and write towards the end of his life. He was in Denville Hall care home, a listed building in London, for his last eight months and suffered from pneumonia three times as a result of his disease.
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The Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, whose owners Donald and Beatrice Sinclair inspired John Cleese to write 'Fawlty Towers' in the 1970s, is to be demolished.
Cleese, who co-created the legendary comedy series, stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1971 with his ‘Monty Python’ colleagues when they were in the area filming ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, and he and the rest of the party were flabbergasted at the stony reception he received from the hotel’s owner Donald Sinclair.
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Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
For his directing debut, Dustin Hoffman takes no chances, filling the screen with gifted actors who are working from an intelligent script. So even if it's essentially a rather flimsy little drama that never really stretches the talented cast, there's plenty to like along the way. And Hoffman makes sure that we enjoy ourselves, inserting some sparky humour and a bit of romantic comedy to keep us smiling.
It takes place in a stately home for retired British musicians, which is planning its annual fundraising gala. Then iconic soprano Joan (Smith) arrives, and the gala's diva-like director (Gambon) decides to reunite the quartet known for a famed performance of Verdi's Rigoletto. The other three have long been residents: womanising Wilf (Connolly) and ditzy Cissy (Collins) are up for it, but Reggie (Courtenay) has never recovered after his marriage to Jean failed decades ago. Of course, everyone connives to get Jean and Reggie to talk to each other, but getting Jean to come out of retirement to sing again is an even more daunting task.
Aside from the central theme of second chances, there isn't much to this film beyond watching a group of superb veteran actors have a lot of fun on screen together. As the swishy ringleader, Gambon camps it up hilariously, even as everyone else ignores him. Connolly gleefully chomps on Wilf's innuendo-filled dialogue, and Collins radiates warmth. While Sheridan Smith surprises with a strong turn as the doctor in residence. This leaves Smith and Courtenay with the script's only meaty scenes, and they make finding the raw honesty in these wounded people look easy.
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ANDREW SACHS Thursday 10th February 2011 'Oldie of the Year Awards 2011' at Simpsons in the Strand London, England