Say the name Mark Curry to readers of a certain age, and they’ll without doubt be transported back to their childhood tea time - plate of fishfingers on laps, watching Blue Peter with their parents.
One of his most remembered clips even features Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach with co-presenter Yvette Fielding. riding the Grand National, the then-new Avalanche and Revolution.
Something he’s keen to replicate with a visit to the park when he comes to Blackpool next week with Agatha Christie play And Then There Were None, which opens at the Grand Theatre on Monday.
“I still get recognised today, and I think that’s because we were getting seven million viewers in our peak time, October to March, and that’s because there was less on telly, we didn’t have Sky, there were four channels,” he said. “We also had a cross-section of audience watching us, because it was just before the six o’clock news, so grandparents, kids, parents watching us.
“That show, no matter what else I do, will always be with me. It’s a badge, you’ve got it and you were a part of history.”
It’s not often that the phrase ‘all-star cast’ is actually the case, but for this murder mystery every actor is a household face if not quite name.
Curry lines up in the production alongside Colin Buchanan, Susan Penhaligon, Verity Rushworth and Frazer Hines, as well as Paul Nicholas - who will be back in town later this year directing Tommy and starring in A Christmas Carol at the Opera House.
Marking the 125th anniversary since the birth of the Queen Of Crime Agatha Christie and the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, the tale is regarded as the author’s masterpiece and this stage adaptation is her own work too. Ten strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon, where they discover their eccentric millionaire host is missing.
Each one is accused, via a recorded message over dinner, of having a guilty secret, and amidst a torrential storm, one by one they start to die.
* And Then There Were None, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Monday to Saturday, April 24. Call (01253) 290190 for tickets.