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Martin, Millicent (1934-)


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Millicent Martin is a versatile performer who had enjoyed success on stage both sides of the Atlantic before becoming a big star in Britain due to her regular appearances on the BBC's flagship satire show That Was the Week that Was (1962-63). In the show (often shortened to TW3) Martin was called upon to sing the theme song which each edition featured different lyrics to reflect issues in that week's news. She also appeared in sketches in the series, notably forming an irregular double-act with Roy Kinnear.

Following her breakthrough success with TW3 she graduated to her own starring series Mainly Millicent (ATV 1964-66) which featured sketches and songs and high profile guest stars (such as Roger Moore, Dickie Henderson, Ron Moody). On the big screen she appeared in Alfie (d. Lewis Gilbert, 1966) but later returned to TV for the Anglo/American sitcom From A Bird's Eye View (US, 1971; ITV 1971-75) in which she played a stewardess on the transatlantic route.

After this she concentrated on her first love, the theatre, making only sporadic guest TV appearances although she did return briefly to scripted British television with Moon and Son (BBC, 1992) a mystery show in which she played Gladys Moon, a clairvoyant investigator. Emphasising her credentials as a cross-Atlantic star she later turned up in a returning guest role (from series 9) on smash hit US sitcom Frasier (1993-2004) - coincidentally also playing a character with the surname Moon (Gertrude Moon).

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