Valentine Dyall Gorden Kaye Carmen Silvera & Guy Siner
Discovering what became of personalities from the past
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.