2016 – A Review Of The Year

As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 waits in the wings, I thought I’d write a brief review of the year.


The loss of many celebrities has made the headlines on numerous occasions – David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen, Rick Parfitt, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and George Michael to name but a few. Of course, there were also other notable losses in all walks of life.

It remains to be seen whether 2016 was an anomaly, or as a result of many more people becoming celebrities and household names in the second half of the last century.

And in tribute to some of those who played an important part in Ian’s life, we remembered the lives of the following people who we lost this year:

Leonard White – British Actor and Television Producer

Sylvia Anderson – Television and Film Producer/ DirectorProducer

Tom Clegg – Director

Wolfgang Suschitzky – Cinematographer and Photographer

A Milestone

This website sprung into life on the 2nd March 2013, with the welcome post and the first of a two-part article looking at Ian’s early student life at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Whilst he was there, he met Coco The Clown, who he would go on to work for as his stooge – the two becoming a lifelong friends and a strong influence on Ian’s life.

Ian Hendry and The Circus That Came To Town – Part One

In March of 2016, we published the 100th article on the website – a retrospective on the first three years:

Ian Hendry – 100th Celebratory Post: A Retrospective

Some Important Rediscoveries

There were also some significant finds and rediscoveries in 2016, in terms of memorabilia and recordings:

Stills and Promotional Photographs Recovered

Picture: Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews and Sean Connery – The Hill (1965)

Picture: Ian Hendry and Britt Ekland – ABC TV Armchair Theatre promotional photograph – A Cold Peace (1965)

Picture: Ian Hendry and Michael Caine – On the set of Get Carter (1971)

Picture: Ian Hendry and Geraldine McEwan – TV Play – We’re Strangers Here (1973)

Picture: Ian Hendry and Jane Blackburn – The Informer – Your Secrets Are Safe With Me, Mr. Lambert (1967)

Picture: Ian Hendry – Police Surgeon (1960). ‘Found’ in the ABC TV book, Both Sides Of The Camera published in 1960.

Picture: Ian Hendry and June Ritchie in This Is My Street. Tom Chantrell Original Artwork – with thanks to owner, Terry Doyle.

Recordings Recovered
The Jerusalem File (1972)

A recording was found for this film – in which Ian Hendry had a cameo role – although it does have Finnish subtitles!

The Jerusalem File (1972) – Article and Download

The Avengers – Tunnel Of Fear (1961)

Of course, one of the highlights of the year was the rediscovery after 55 years of the missing episode of The Avengers, Series 1 which was recovered by Kaleidoscope in October of this year.

The full story can be found here:

The Avengers – Tunnel Of Fear (1961) – Missing Episode Rediscovered

Picture: Opening Credits – Tunnel Of Fear, The Avengers (1961)

Picture: The original 16mm film – Tunnel Of Fear, The Avengers (1961)

And finally, thanks for being such an important part of this website. To all our friends – old and new – I wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2017.

Until next year,

Neil Hendry
Editor, Official Tribute to Ian Hendry

Further Reading

A detailed account of the life and work of Ian Hendry in the new biography:

Read: ‘Send in the Clowns – The Yo Yo Life Of Ian Hendry’ by Gabriel Hershman

Send In The Clowns - The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry

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