Valen­tine Dyall Gor­den Kaye Car­men Sil­vera & Guy Siner

Dis­cov­er­ing what be­came of per­son­al­i­ties from the past

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Agnes Cobb wrote from Aus­tralia en­quir­ing about Valen­tine Dyall, while Mar­garet Dick­in­son from Lim­popo Prov­ince in South Africa asked about the cast of the tele­vi­sion com­edy ’ Allo ’ Allo ( see Ev­er­green, Spring 2008), espe­cially Gor­den Kaye ( René), Car­men Sil­vera ( his wife) and Guy Siner ( Lieu­tenant Gru­ber).

Valen­tine Dyall came from an act­ing fam­ily and was born in London in 1908. He was al­ways busy in all as­pects of the me­dia and ap­peared in var­i­ous guises in around 50 films, many of which were thrillers.

He was also well- known on ra­dio as “The Man in Black” with his sin­is­ter voice nar­rat­ing sev­eral hor­ror sto­ries. He also took the part of the evil mas­ter­mind Dr. Noah in the 1967 spoof James Bond movie, Casino Royale.

Af­ter a full life of act­ing, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances with a vast num­ber of stars — The Goon Show de­scribed him as “The Man in Grey” owing to a cheap dry cleaner — he died in West Sus­sex in 1985, aged 77.

The com­edy se­ries ’ Allo ’ Allo ran on BBC tele­vi­sion from 1982 un­til 1992, 85 episodes in all. Set in oc­cu­pied France dur­ing the last war, it was a mar­vel­lous send up of the French, Ger­mans, Ital­ians and Bri­tish alike. Based around the Cafe René, it con­sisted of bawdy but never ob­scene hu­mour, dou­ble en­ten­dres and mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion of French, giv­ing rise to catch­phrases such as “good moan­ing” for “good morn­ing” which is still widely used by the pub­lic to­day.

René Ar­tois was the cafe owner played by Gor­den Kaye and al­most ev­ery­thing re­volved around him and

Valen­tine Dyall, seen here as The Black Guardian from the Dr. Who tele­vi­sion se­ries, lived a full and ac­tive life on stage, ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and sil­ver screen.

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