Derek Newark

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Derek Newark
Newark in the 1970s
Derek John Newark

(1933-06-08)8 June 1933
Died11 August 1998(1998-08-11) (aged 65)
London, England
Years active1961–1996

Derek John Newark (8 June 1933 – 11 August 1998) was an English actor in television, film and theatre.


Newark appeared in a large number of film and television roles, including The Baron (1967), The Avengers (three episodes in the 1960s), Z-Cars (six episodes between 1969 and 1972), Barlow in the regular role of Det. Insp. Tucker (1974–1975) and various other minor roles. He appeared in episodes two to four of the first Doctor Who story An Unearthly Child in 1963. Later he appeared opposite Jon Pertwee in the 1970 story Inferno. Newark also played the role of Spooner, an ill-tempered former Red Devil turned professional wrestler in the series Rising Damp.

In the 1970s, Newark became more involved in the theatre, spending nearly a decade at the Royal National Theatre. While there he was part of the company that opened its current South Bank home and was a cornerstone of the residential company that worked in the smaller Cottesloe Theatre under Bill Bryden's direction. His most important roles there were Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the world premiere of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross where he played Shelley Levene (a role later played on screen by Jack Lemmon) and Malcolm in Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, which also played in the West End and on Broadway. He also a created the role of Roote in Harold Pinter's play The Hothouse which premiered in 1980 in a production directed by the playwright. Pinter went on to play the part himself in a later revival. He starred in the second series of Juliet Bravo as Councillor Jack Winterbottom. In 1982, Newark played Martin Bormann in the TV series Inside the Third Reich.

In the cinema Newark appeared as Jessard, Sgt. Johnson's (Sean Connery) sidekick in the police drama The Offence (Sidney Lumet 1972).


Newark died of a heart attack, brought on by liver failure after years of alcoholism, on 11 August 1998 in West London.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1964 The System Alfred Uncredited
The Black Torment Coachman Tom
1965 The City Under the Sea Dan
The Little Ones Det. Wilson
1966 The Blue Max Ziegel
1968 Where Eagles Dare German Major Uncredited
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Shooting Gallery proprietor
1970 The Breaking of Bumbo C.S.M Peters
Fragment of Fear Sgt. Matthews
1971 Venom Johann
Dad's Army Regimental Sergeant Major
1973 The Offence Frank Jessard
1974 The Black Windmill Monitoring Policeman
1976 Escape from the Dark Unknown
1987 Bellman and True Guv'nor


Year Title Role Episodes



ITV Play of the Week Dragoon Sjt

Private Varley


Season 7, Episode 8: ''Sergeant Musgrave's Dance''

Season 8, Episode 46: ''End of Conflict''

Season 10, Episode 19: ''Women Beware Women''

1961 Deadline Midnight Mechanic 1 episode
1962 Out of This World Inspector Wright Season 1, Episode 9: ''Vanishing Act''
1963 The Plane Makers Alf Skinner Season 1, Episode 14: ''The Blunt Approach''
BBC Sunday-Night Play Fred


Season 4, Episode 40: ''You Can't Throw Your Mates''

Season 4, Episode 48: ''Plain Jane''



Doctor Who Za

Greg Sutton

Season 1: (3 episodes)

Season 7: (7 episodes)

1964 No Hiding Place Sgt. Wallis Season 6, Episode 5: ''Line of Fire''
The Villains D.S. Brough Season 2, Episode 3: ''Victim''
Redcap Mess Sergeant Season 1, Episode 1: ''It's What Comes After''
The Wednesday Play Private Postnikov Season 1, Episode 2: ''A Crack in the Ice''



The Avengers Johnson



Season 3, Episode 20: ''Trojan Horse''

Season 5, Episode 1: ''From Venus With Love''

Season 6, Episode 20: ''Wish You Were Here''

1965 Front Page Story Joe Harwood Season 1: (13 episodes)
Sergeant Musgrave's Dance Private Hurst Season 1, Episode 1
Knock on Any Door Flynn Season 1, Episode 7: ''There's Always an Angle''
1966 Softly, Softly Alec Bridges Season 1, Episode 4: ''It Doesn't Grow on Trees''
The Likely Lads Duggie Season 3, Episode 7: ''Love and Marriage''
Blackmail Arthur Clegg Season 2, Episode 7: ''The Haunting of Aubrey Hopkiss''
Drama 61-67 Sgt. Dangerfield Season 6, Episode 3: ''Conduct to the Prejudice''


The Baron Cavin Baggio


Season 1: (3 episodes)
1967 Theatre 625 Col. Karl Ernst Season 4, Episode 24: ''Firebrand''
Callan Loder Season 1, Episode 6: ''You Should Have Got Here Sooner''
The White Rabbit Prison guard Season 1, Episode 1: ''O Absalom''
The Gamblers Redgrave Season 1, Episode 1: ''Read 'em and Weep''
ITV Playhouse Sgt. Huber Season 1, Episode 5: ''The Stories of D.H. Lawrence: The Thorn in the Flesh''
Vanity Fair McMurdo Season 1, Episode 5: ''Vanitas Vanitatum''


Man in a Suitcase Rudy


Season 1: (2 episodes)


The Saint Carl


Season 5, Episode 20: ''The Counterfeit Countess''

Season 6, Episode 14: ''Where the Money Is''




Coronation Street Detective Inspector Sharp 6 Episodes
1968 Half Hour Story Bill Bolton Season 2, Episode 5: ''Out of the Playground''
The Caesars Agrippa Postumus Season 1, Episode 1: ''Augustus''
Mr. Rose Thomas Landry Season 3, Episode 5: ''Free and Easy''



Z-Cars Dunnock

Matt Colley

Harry Hayes

Season 6: (4 episodes)

Season 7: (2 episodes)




Thirty-Minute Theatre Bert Gregson


The Manager

Season 4, Episode 4: ''The Chequers Manoeuvre''

Season 7: (2 episodes)

1969 The Champions Kruger Season 1, Episode 28: ''The Final Countdown''
Judge Dee Corporal Season 1, Episode 6: ''The Curse of the Lacquer Screen''
1970 Manhunt Henri Season 1, Episode 2: ''Break-Up''
Department S Clark Season 2, Episode 12: ''The Last Train to Redbridge''
Big Brother Miller Season 1, Episode 4: ''There's Always a First Time''
1971 The Ten Commandments Bernard Williams Season 1, Episode 3: ''Be Lucky''
Paul Temple Det. Insp. Hilton Season 4, Episode 6: ''The Quick and the Dead''
ITV Saturday Night Theatre Pete Season 4, Episode 1: ''The Wedding Gift''
Dixon of Dock Green Eddie Brown Season 18, Episode 2: ''The Fighter''
Jason King Hartman Season 1, Episode 8: ''A Red Red Rose Forever''
The Persuaders! Lloyd Season 1, Episode 12: ''That's Me Over There''


Budgie Det. Insp. Bryant Season 1, Episode 13: ''And in Again''

Season 2: (2 episodes)

1972 The Edwardians Meadows Season 1, Episode 5: ''Baden-Powell''
1973 The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club Bunter Season 1: (3 episodes)
Justice Tom Bradley Season 2, Episode 7: ''After All, What Is a Lie?''
New Scotland Yard Harry Logan Season 3, Episode 1: ''Where's Harry?''
Spy Trap Colonel Kretmar Season 2, Episode 2: ''Anything Legal Considered''
The Adventures of Black Beauty Fletcher


Season 1, Episode 21: ''Two of a Kind''

Season 2, Episode 4: ''Good Neighbours''



Crown Court Robert Scard

Leonard Hooper

Sgt. Waxloe

Season 2: (4 episodes)

Season 11, Episode 28: ''soldier, Soldier: Part 1''

1974 The Protectors Reece Season 2, Episode 19: ''The Tiger and the Goat''
Diamonds on Wheels Mercer TV Movie
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Colour Mercer Season 20: (3 episodes)
QB VII Mr. Graham Season 1, Episode 3: ''Part Three''
My Name Is Harry Worth Mick Season 1, Episode 4: ''Don't Bank on It''
A Little Bit of Wisdom Security guard Season 1, Episode 6: ''And I Mean That Most Sincerely''


Barlow Det. Insp. Eddie Tucker Season 3: (7 episodes)

Season 4: (8 episodes)



Rising Damp Spooner Season 1: (2 episodes)
1975 The Two Ronnies Det. Insp. Tucker Season 4, Episode 1
Churchill's People Sir John Dudley Season 1, Episode 13: '' The Whip of Heaven''
1978 Rumpole of the Bailey Basil Delgado Season 1, Episode 6: ''Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade''
Born and Bred Dawson Season 1, Episode 5: ''Ever So Goosey''
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em Mr. Hunt Season 3, Episode 5: ''Motorbike''
1979 Return of the Saint Wright Season 1, Episode 20: ''The Obono Affair''
Citizen Smith Car salesman Season 3, Episode 4: ''The Big Job''
1980 Bedroom Farce Malcom TV Movie
1981 The Antagonists Engineering Officer Season 1, (2 episodes)
Private Schulz Publican Season 1, Episode 3
Only Fools and Horses Eric the Policeman Season 1, Episode 6: ''The Russians are Coming''
Juliet Bravo Councillor Jack Winterbottom Season 2, Episode 9: ''Gorgeous''
Seconds Out Joe Brindle Season 2, Episode 1: ''Round 7''
1982 Inside the Third Reich Martin Bormann TV Movie
1983 Reilly: Ace of Spies General Stoessel Season 1, Episode 2: ''Prelude to War''
Dramarama Mr. Bateson Season 1, Episode 4: ''Jack and the Computer''
1984 Travelling Man Det. Chief Supt. Sullivan Season 1: (2 episodes)
Just Good Friends Eddie Brown Season 2: (2 episodes)
1985 Hitler's S.S: Portrait of Evil Theodor Eicke TV Movie
1986 Lytton's Diary Charlie Rigby Season 2, Episode 2: ''Rule of Engagement''
Chance in a Million Arthur Season 2, Episode 3: ''The Lost Weekend''
Dempsey and Makepeace Corman Season 3, Episode 10: ''The Guardian Angel''
The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest Colonel Pietruska TV Movie
1987 Smith & Jones Unknown Season 4, Episode 2
Harry's Kingdom Bob Roberts TV Movie
1988 Singles Mr. Broadbent Season 1, Episode 4: ''Money, Money, Money''
Tickets for the Titanic Brock Season 2, Episode 1: ''Pastoral Care'
Screenplay Mr. Vernon Season 3, Episode 10: ''Starlings''
War & Remembrance Untersturmfuhrer Klinge Season 1, Episode 2
A Taste for Death Gordon Halliwell Season 1: (4 episodes)
1989 Shadow of the Noose Van der Hogh Season 1, Episode 4: ''Beside the Seaside''
The Nineteenth Hole Mr. Bennett Season 1: (7 episodes)
Saracen Metcalf Season 1, Episode 8: ''Crossfire''



The Bill Eric Taylor

Jim Whatley

Mike Walker

Season 5, Episode 77: Grieg Versus Taylor''

Season 9, Episode 138: ''Cutting Edge''

Season 12, Episode 130: ''Telling Tales'', (final appearance)

1991 Madness Reenactments Season 1: (2 episodes)
An Actor's Life for Me Bill Mortimer Season 1, Episode 5: ''Night of the Living Dead''
1992 Screen One Jimmy Season 4, Episode 5: ''Seconds Out''
1994 99-1 Hicks Season 1, Episode 4: ''Where the Money Is''

Theatre work[edit]

  • Bedroom Farce (1977)
  • The Hothouse (1980)
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (1982)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1982)
  • Golden Boy (1984)


  1. ^ "Derek Newark biography". Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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