TV and Stage Star Liza Goddard Woos the crowds at COAST Festival
Legendary screen and stage star, Liza Goddard captivated an enthusiastic audiance at Cromer community centre. The event was part of the annual Coast festival, which this year is concentrating on film.
Liza, who lives in Norfolk, spoke about her extraordinary career spanning five decades that started when her family moved to Australia, where she made an early television appearance on Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
After returning to the UK as an adult, she appeared as Victoria in Take Three Girls (1969), and then its sequel Take Three Women (1982). Her breakthrough was as April in The Brothers.
A series of comedy roles in sitcoms followed, with parts in Pig in the Middle (1980), played a space pirate in the 1983 Doctor Who story Terminus, and appeared in Roll Over Beethoven (1985).
She had the audiance in fits of laughter at some of the more comedic moments while filming, including having to deal more than one wild kangaroo on set, and while on the set of Dr Who, in which she played a space raider, the end of her gun would always fall off and her plastic helmet would steam up.
The talk was accompanied by memorable film clips expertly put together by co-ordinator , Siri Taylor and featured highlights from Liza’s dazzling TV contribution.
Liza was approached by family friend and TV producer, Eddie Anderson, who asked if she would appear at Coast and was delighted to accept. Mr Anderson is a trustee of the festival and said the inclusion of film would appeal to a younger audience. Film making has become affordable unlike the old days when producing movies was for the few.
Liza spoke about working with children and animals including her role in Woof, a Children’s ITV programme first aired in 1988. This long-running series told the adventures of a schoolboy who turned into a dog at any given time; his efforts to conceal his secret from his parents were aided by his teacher Mrs Jessop, played by Liza. Her husband, producer and director David Cobham, created this series and showcased her talents to a whole new generation of fans.
For many years, she was also the female team leader on long-running quiz/panel show Give Us A Clue, replacing another actress Una Stubbs in the role.
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