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Autumn Update - 2022

September was spent in New York, on call for continued filming for “The Gilded Age: Season Two”.

Our production designer Bob Shaw won the Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for TGA’s First Episode.

I was notified that I had become a member of the legion of 1792 of The Honorable order of Kentucky Colonels to mark ten years as a supporter.

October saw the last day of filming for “Bannister, the butler” on TGA - on the 26th. Earlier there were two days filming at The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island, and in off-time, had a tour of The Old Opera House, currently under renovation, along with Ben Lamb (who plays “The Duke of Buckingham”).

Audible released Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman III”. It was produced, directed and adapted, by the Leonardo of radio drama, Dirk Maggs, and AudioFile conferred its Earphones award. “Hermas” a flesh-eating ghoul appears in Chapter 18.

BBC Radio 4 Extra started a marathon rebroadcast of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

November saw narration for the Trinity Hall (Cambridge) annual appeal for Giving Day 2022, and a well-attended talk at The Cosmopolitan Club (New York), entitled: “The Alchemy of Television – The Making of The Gilded Age”, with on-set photos from Season One. I also took a pre-opening tour of The Museum of Broadway with my friend, the publicist, Merle Frimark, and interacted with a number of exhibits, including the one for “Hair”.

December: On the 11th, I did the honors at the Annual Flower Laying Ceremony to mark Noel Coward’s birthday, sponsored by the Friends of Noel Coward (formerly The Noel Coward Society) at The Gershwin Theatre.

The following day, I went for a week to London to celebrate the seventieth birthday of His Honor Judge Philip Bartle, K.C., who was Best Man at my wedding thirty-nine years ago, this month. At the time, he was down to give his speech after Michael Palin, and was so unnerved that he asked to speak first. He turned out to be so witty and skilled, that Michael felt woefully inadequate. (He was anything but, of course). While I was there, on what happened to be Coward’s real birthday, the 16th, I dropped in on the new Noel Coward Room at the offices of Alan Brodie in Red Lion Square, and signed the visitors book.

Back in New York, I joined Nancy Winston and Brian Gary (the grandson of Eddie Cantor) in entertaining at the Coffee House Holiday Party at The Salmagundi Club.

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