Gordon Honeycombe

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Ronald Gordon Honeycombe (born 27 September 1936) is an author, playwright and stage actor, well known in the United Kingdom as a national television newscaster.

Gordon Honeycombe was born in Karachi, in British Raj, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy and at University College, Oxford, from which he graduated with an MA in English. He undertook National Service with the Royal Artillery, mainly in Hong Kong, where he was also an announcer with Radio Hong Kong. Returning to the UK, he embarked on an acting career which led to television and public prominence as a national newscaster.

As a newscaster, Honeycombe always seemed warm but stern while on-screen. Off camera, he was a flamboyant, fun-loving character with a devilish sense of humour.[citation needed]

Now settled in Perth, Western Australia, Honeycombe continues to work in radio, television and theatre. He is regularly engaged in voice-over work for radio and television, and in documentary narrations.

Career highlights[edit]

Honeycombe joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, working from 1962 to 1964 as an actor at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Aldwych Theatre, London. From 1965 to 1977 at ITN, he became nationally known as a newscaster. He was twice voted the most popular newscaster in Britain, by readers of the Daily Mirror and of The Sun. From 1977 to 1984, he concentrated on writing, while continuing many other activities, such as presenting television shows for Scottish Television, Southern Television and for the BBC. He returned to regular newsreading from 1984 to 1989 as chief newsreader at TV-am, becoming Britain's longest-serving television newscaster. He was voted the most popular male TV newscaster by readers of Woman's Own magazine in 1986, and received the Television and Radio Industries Club Newscaster of the Year Award in 1989. While appearing on British television, he also recorded voice-overs or narrations of many television and other documentaries, training films, commercials and cinema shorts, and has been involved in many industrial presentations, conferences, in-house videos and fund-raising charity events. He produced and directed his own play The Redemption for the Festival of Perth in Western Australia in March 1990, and has settled in that area.

Appearances[edit]

Beside the appearances listed below, he also presented, appeared in and narrated many television programmes and appeared in many television plays and series. He has also sung at major fund-raising events for various charities.

Film[edit]

British stage[edit]

Australian stage[edit]

  • Taming of the Shrew

Works[edit]

Since 1965 Gordon Honeycombe, beside his own books, has written for television, radio, stage and films. One of Honeycombe's best-known books is the horror novel Neither the Sea Nor the Sand. Early in his career, Honeycombe wrote two horror novels, described by horror historian Stefan R Dziemianowicz as "atmospheric modern gothics whose rugged natural northern English settings resonate with their unsparing supernatural horrors." [2] The first and best-known of these works is Neither the Sea Nor the Sand, focusing on a woman whose dead lover returns to life. [2] [3] It was followed by Dragon Under the Hill, where a history professor in Northumberland finds himself re-enacting a tragedy that took place in the Viking era. [2] Dziemianowicz noted that since Honeycombe's books were published before the horror boom of the 1970s, they have been "greatly overlooked as a result". [2]

Books[edit]

  • Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1969)
  • Dragon Under the Hill (1972)
  • Adam's Tale (1974)
  • Red Watch (1976) an account of the Worsley Hotel Fire
  • Royal Wedding (1981)
  • Nagasaki 1945 (1981)
  • The Edge of Heaven (1981)
  • The Year of the Princess (1982)
  • The Murders of the Black Museum (1982)
  • Selfridges (1984)
  • The TV-AM Celebration of the Royal Wedding (1986)
  • Siren Song (1992)
  • More Murders of the Black Museum (1995)
  • The Complete Murders of the Black Museum (1995)

Stage and radio dramatisations[edit]

  • The Redemption
  • Lancelot and Guinevere
  • Paradise Lost

Television plays[edit]

Musical adaptation[edit]

  • The Princess and the Goblins (both book and lyrics: staged in 1994)

Stage play[edit]

  • The Redemption

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sculptor". Skyview Films. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d Stefan R Dziemianowicz, "Honeycombe, Gordon" , in S. T. Joshi and Dziemianowicz, (ed.) Supernatural literature of the world : an encyclopedia. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005. ISBN 0313327742 (p. 562).
  3. ^ Chris Morgan, "Honeycombe, Gordon", in David Pringle, ed., St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. London: St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 1558622063 (p.280-1)

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