Once A Villain

Once A Villain

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Once A Villain: a memoir

Written by Peter Vaughan

Read by Terry Molloy

Throughout a career in theatre, television and film spanning over 75 years, actor Peter Vaughan has kept in mind a piece of advice given to him by his father: Always see the ludicrous side of things. This may come as a surprise to those who associate him mainly with menacing, even brutal characters, in everything from Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. Here, Terry Molloy narrates Peter’s memoirs, from the early days of rep through to his recent experiences in Game of Thrones – a truly unique acting life! This title includes an EXCLUSIVE 40 minute interview with Peter.

Dur: 8hrs 43mins MONO (& STEREO interview)

Available in 3 ‘flavours’ offering differing quality vs file size (all the same price!):

  • 1.17GB – 320Kbps (highest quality)
  • 969MB – 256Kbps (great quality) 
  • 729MB – 192Kbps (still better than CD-quality!)

 

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“The action was a series of fights in the ring and I played the boxing second. I had thirty-four entrances and exits, very few lines and a sponge.”

Throughout a career in theatre, television and film spanning over 75 years, actor Peter Vaughan has kept in mind a piece of advice given to him by his father: Always see the ludicrous side of things. This may come as a surprise to those who associate him mainly with menacing, even brutal characters, in everything from Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. Many will have fond memories of his portrayal of ‘genial’ Harry Grout in the classic sitcom Porridge, which is ironic since the character only appeared in three episodes. Such was the indelible mark Peter’s performance left on the viewers’ imagination. Still working in his nineties, he has recently gained a whole new generation of fans with his role as Aemon Targaryen in the hugely popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.

This autobiography takes us back to describe his upbringing in 1920s Shropshire, the stormy relationship between his parents, his wartime exploits and early career in rep before going on to find fame on stage and screen alongside such notable figures as Celia Johnson, Tallulah Bankhead, Tony Curtis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Hancock and many more. Through it all, that awareness of the ludicrous has perhaps helped to keep Peter sane and certainly contributed to the enormous enjoyment of the work which shines through in this honest and revealing account of his life.

The book is read for audio by TERRY MOLLOY (The Archers, Doctor Who).

This audio edition includes an exclusive 40 minute interview with Peter Vaughan, conducted by Olivia Landsberg (BBC).

 


 

About The Book

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“Once A Villain” is a Fantom Publishing production. You can purchase the Audio CD and hardback edition of the book direct from Fantom Publishing by CLICKING HERE.

Additional Information

Narrator

Terry Molloy

Editor

Tanja Glittenberg

Producer/Director

Neil Gardner

Copyright

Fantom Publishing / Spokenworld Audio / Ladbroke Audio Ltd

Released

2016

File Size/Quality

, 192kbps (better than CD), 256kbps (superb quality), 320kbps (highest quality)

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