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Bill Maynard

The British Actor/Comedian
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Bill Maynard
Bill Maynard was born Walter Frederick George Williams on October 8, 1928.

Birthplace: 5 Oak Cottages, Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England, UK. (This was his mother's parents address and where his mother was born.) [awaiting photo of this address]

He is the only child of Walter Charles Williams (father - ex-military) and Edith Maud (mother - laundry worker).

He is 6' 1" (1.83 m) tall.

Bill is a vegetarian and has diabetes.

His favourite music genre is Country, but he is also very fond of Jazz. His favourite music artist is Joe Cocker.

Boyhood
Born into a poor family, he lived in Leicestershire, England, UK for many years. The family moved many times, living in the Leicestershire villages of Wigston, South Wigston (Timber Street), Wigston Magna, Wigston Fields and Great Glen. He also spent some of his childhood on Arnold Avenue, Jordan Avenue and Lansdowne Grove of Hooley's Estate (AKA: Rat Alley), where the rats outnumbered the people, in South Wigston, Leicestershire (next to the council tip). [awaiting dates/addresses/photos]

The family dog, a half-bred Jack Russell terrier bitch, was called Gyp.

He lost the middle finger on his right hand in a childhood accident, aged approximately three, when he got it caught in the gears of a mangle while trying to distract his mother.

Bill's first public performance as an entertainer came in 1937 at the tender age of eight when he sang Leaning on a Lampost, his first ever public song, and other George Formby songs at the South Wigston Working Men's Club, Blaby Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, England, UK. The booked act (or "turn" as they are known) that night hadn't turned up, so when they asked if anyone in the audience would like to do a turn his father suggested he have a go. Opening the stage to the audience this way is known as a "free and easy". After his performance Bill said to his father, "I just love it. I want to be a star, Dad.", but that was going to have to wait because the next day he was taken off to hospital (or sanatorium as it was known in those days) for four months with scarlet fever. It was Bill's dad who encouraged him to be a performer, his mother was never keen on the idea. His father bought him his first musical instrument, a ukulele, and later used the profits from Bill's performances to pay for lessons and buy other instruments. During those early years Bill went to tap dancing lessons, singing lessons, guitar lessons and mandolin lessons, to name but a few. Also at the age of eight Bill did some work for a traveling circus in nearby towns.

Aged nine, Bill (billed as: Little Billy Williams, Leicester's Own George Formby) performed his very first paid gig as a professional entertainer at the Aylestone Working Men's Club, 305 Saffron Lane, Leicester, England, UK. He was paid the same amount that his father earned for a full days work, who was working as an assistant gardener.
Over the years Bill built-up a repertoire of nine acts each lasting between ten and twelve minutes and one night at the Leicester Railwaymen's Club, East Park Road, Leicester, England, UK, he performed all nine. His acts included: a George Formby act, an army act, an act as a QC (lawyer), an act dressed in drag, a cowboy act and an act of Neapolitan love songs. One of his acts was a monologue called Little Rosa, a morbid piece which left the audience in tears. Bill also sang songs including, Paddlin' Madeline Home and I'm My Own Grandpa. Bill was also known as: Little Billy Williams -The Boy in the Velvet Suit, and later he would be billed as: Bill Williams - The Wizard of the Banjolele.

At the age of ten Billy, as he was then known, started to breed rabbits for their meat and fur to help with the family income, but his professional career as an entertainer was taking off and rabbit breading was proving too time consuming.

Just before starting Grammar School (aged eleven) Bill was hospitalised again, this time with kidney problems, which lead to him having one of his kidneys removed. Later in his life Bill did charitable work for several kidney research and support organisations.

He attended: Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School, School Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, England, UK from 1939 to 1944. (!) [awaiting exact dates/class photo/info of other schools]

By the age of eleven or twelve Bill was earning 35 shillings a week (£1.75 GBP) on the local Working Men's Club circuit, which was more than his father earned working as an assistant gardener. It was while traveling between Leicester and Sheffield that Bill lost his virginity to a girl (fellow performer - contortionist) who was three or four years older than him. It happened on the back seat of a car on their way home from a performance.

With Bill's extra income the family were eventually able to buy their own motor car, a 1912 Singer, which cost twelve pounds ten in old British money.

At Grammar School Bill was a member of the soccer team and also won an athletic trophy. He signed for the local YMCA team and later began playing inside-right for Leicester City FC's junior team after being spotted by a scout. Don Revie (former England manager) was also part of the junior team and he later introduced Bill to Jackie Charlton (World Cup winner 1966) who became one of Bill's closest friends. Bill's coach at Leicester City was Sep Smith. Bill left Leicester City FC to play for semi-pro club Kettering Town FC (!), as it paid his expenses, unlike Leicester, but Bill's career in football was cut short at the age of seventeen when he received a 'divided cruciate ligament' injury to his right leg during a training session. In those days this irreparable knee injury meant an instant end to any football aspirations. Later in life Bill became a regular player at charity cricket matches, where he showed that the sportsman within him had never faded.
Bill excelled in English at school, but flunked everything else, so left school with no qualifications. He had a schoolboy crush on his English teacher Miss Hern and he can still recite the french poem La Feuille (The Leaf), taught to him by his French teacher.

Lewis's Department Store With his soccer career coming to an unexpected and abrupt end Bill turned his hand to many different jobs. Most of these jobs were in sales, but he also worked as a coalman and as an assistant buyer for a Leicester wholesalers, where he met his first wife Muriel. Eventually Bill landed a job in the electrical department of Lewis's Department Store, Humberstone Gate, Leicester, England, UK. (The building has since been demolished.)


St John the Baptist Church Bill and Muriel
Spouses
Bill married Muriel Linnett (1930 - June 1983) on November 5, 1949 at St John the Baptist Church, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, England, UK. They honeymooned in Bournemouth, England, UK, and had two children Martin Williams (born 1951 - later known as Maynard Williams) and Jane Maynard (born 1954). [awaiting exact dates/photos] They met when they both worked for the same Leicester wholesalers, before Bill started his job at Lewis's. Muriel, approximately 5' 7" (1.524 m) tall, had served in the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service) before working with Bill. After Muriel's death Bill sold some of her jewellery and with the £10,000 (GBP) that it raised he bid in a charity auction to name a new rose after her. The money went to the Save the Children charity and the new rose, named Muriel, was cultivated - Their daughter Jane went to the naming ceremony at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. [awaiting date]
Bill and Tonia On September 4, 1989 Bill married, Belgian singer, Tonia Bern-Campbell (widow of Donald Campbell) at Hinckley Registry Office, followed by a honeymoon in Jersey. They did divorce, as he said in an interview in The Daily Express about his time in Heartbeat. [awaiting confirmation]
Tonia and Bill had been acquainted back in the late 1950s when she had been a guest on Mostly Maynard and she and Bill had had an affaire. Tonia is now a multitalented star in her own right, she has achieved far too much to list here, but if you would like to know more about Tonia check-out her website at http://www.toniabern-campbell.com. Both having their own careers meant they didn't see much of each other during their married life, as Bill's work was in the UK and Tonia's in the USA.



Moving Up
By 1949 Bill's parents had become the steward and stewardess of the South Knighton Working Men's Club, 189 Avenue Road Extension, Leicester, England, UK, where Bill and Muriel lived until after the birth of their first child, Martin. [was the address the same in 1949?]

Bill's big break came in 1951when his former manager Barry Wood suggested he go to London for an audition to appear at Butlins Holiday Camp, Skegness. Bill was offered the job, but was going to decline the offer, as it represented a cut in pay. On returning home from the audition his wife Muriel talked him into taking the job and his professional career was on the move, even if it was as 'second assistant feed' - the 'top-liner' was Terry Scott, who later became Bill's partner in the TV series Great Scott, It's Maynard.

After his debut at Butlins, Bill returned to Lewis's Department Store, Leicester and was promoted from an electrical salesman to a carpet salesman. He also appeared in the pantomime Aladdin, at the Regent Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK, for two weeks in December 1951.

Bill, along with Terry Scott were back at Butlins the following year, but this time at the Filey Camp in North Yorkshire, England, UK.

Bill's first ever venture overseas was a trip to Germany in 1953? with Jon Pertwee, touring British army bases in a show called Tear 'Em Up. It was during this trip that Bill visited a German barber's shop for a hair cut and ended up with not just a trim, but a full crew cut - a style which he grew to like and made part of his 'image'.
Bill enjoyed touring overseas and would later travel to the Middle East, Kenya, Malaysia and the Persian Gulf, among others.

The final piece of Bill's trademark stand-up act came from a girl named Kay, she was a singer with a group called The Kordites. One night while performing at the Theatre Royal, Longbrook Street, Exeter, England, UK, Kay suggest that Bill should wear his baggy sweater on stage instead of his pristine suit. A look that would have Bill labeled 'The Sweater Boy' by the media and would later be copied by other great entertainers, and Leicester knitwear designer John Carr Doughty would begin to manufacture sweaters under Bill's autograph.

In 1952 at 24 years old, Bill started working at The Windmill Theatre, 17-19 Greater Windmill Street, Soho, London, England, UK. He also worked at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, Soho, London, England and the Astor Club, Mayfair, London, England at the same time. While working in the Soho area of London he shared a flat above the Beaufort Club, Lisle Street, and bought himself a white Chevrolet Drop-Head Coupe motorcar. Later he shared a flat with five female dancers, who were also performing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in a show called 'Folies Bergere', in Upper Barkeley Street. By the end of his time at The Windmill Theatre (1954), Bill had become one of (if not) the highest paid comics ever to perform there, earning £100 (GBP) a week.

In December 1952 (during his time at The Windmill Theatre) Bill made his first radio broadcast on a show called 'Up & Coming'. Bill was also booked on the BBC radio shows: 'Midday Music Hall', 'Variety Playhouse', 'Variety Bandbox', 'Workers' Playtime' and 'Garrison Theatre'.
However, after his initial interview at the Aeolian Hall, 135-137 New Bond Street, London, England, UK, the BBC were worried that 'Billy Williams' would be too confusing for their accounts department, who were already in a muddle with all the Williams's on their books, so they asked him to change his name, and after seeing a billboard outside Piccadilly Circus underground station in London advertising Maynard's Wine Gums he decided that he liked the sound of 'Bill Maynard'. The BBC were also happy with it and so it was. [awaiting exact date]

Bill's first TV appearance came in 1953 when he performed on Henry Hall's 'Face the Music' show, but the show was stolen that night by a new comedienne named Sally Barnes. Determined not to be upstaged again, Bill brought out a chimpanzee, at the end of his performance of 'My Son, My Son...?', for his appearance on 'Garrison Theatre', another live TV show (taken from radio), and overnight he became a national star.

Bill and Muriel had their second child, Jane in 1954 and by this time Bill had helped his parents move to a pub, The Bower Inn, 81 Coventry Street, Leicester, England, UK. (!)

When you think of catchphrases you probably think Sir Bruce Forsyth (also born in 1928), but did you know that Bill Maynard coined the phrase, 'When you're in, you're in', which was repeated over and over again by members of the public up and down the country for over a decade. He came-up with his catchphrase while working with his old friend Terry Scott on their TV show Great Scott, It's Maynard in 1955-56 - A comedy show made-up of individual sketches and acts, with Bill and Terry as the presenters as well as contributors of their own unique styles. At the time some thought/hoped that Bill and Terry would become a double act, but both entertainers were keen to pursue their own paths rather than amalgamate into one. Bill was now at the very top of the ladder, earning an incredible £1000 (GBP) a week. The money wasn't all from the TV show, in fact he was only paid £40 (GBP) by the BBC (later £60 GBP), but the rest of the money was certainly as a direct result of the show, which helped bring in those lucrative bookings.

Bill & Terry Scott were featured in the April 6, 1956 issue of the Radio Times magazine.
Bill & Terry Scott were also featured in the December 15, 1956 issue of TV Mirror magazine, along with Ted Heath, Jean Carson and other stars of the day.
In 1957 Bill & Terry were featured, along with Shirley Eaton, on the cover of the very first T.V. Fun Annual, published by the same London publisher as the T.V. Fun weekly.

Sometime in the late 1950s Bill bought a house (bungalow) in Fleet Road (near the railway station), Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK. [awaiting dates, address, photos] The home is remembered by Richard Barker (a former pupil at All Saints C of E Junior School and brief acquaintance of Bill's son Martin) as one of the first in the area to have a shower. (!)
Also in the late 1950s Bill's son, Martin, briefly attended All Saints C of E Junior School, Leawood Road, Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK, (!) before starting St Paul's School, Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincolnshire, England, UK. [awaiting dates]
Three years later daughter Jane started Morcott Hall School, Morcott, Leicestershire, England, UK. [awaiting dates]

Connaught Theatre Victoria Palace Theatre
Wanting to go-it-alone, it was Bill who pulled the plug on Great Scott, It's Maynard and persuaded the BBC to make his new show Mostly Maynard. Unfortunately Bill's new show was a disaster, for a variety of reasons, and it was axed after the first series. By this time Bill wanted to move-on from being a comedian to pursue his ambition of becoming an actor, so he demanded that his agent Richard Stone find him a role in a play. Believing that Bill was best suited to stand-up Richard sent him the worst possible play he could find, You Too Can Have a Body, but in collaboration with the plays writer, Fred Robinson, they turned the play into a smash hit. The play opened at the Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, East Sussex, England, UK and was quickly asked to be performed in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, England, UK.

Bill has owned many motorcars throughout his life, at his home in Fleet, Bill had a Studebaker President, an Austin Healey Le Mans drophead, and a Standard 10 saloon (for Muriel). [awaiting years/colours]
In 1956, after braking down on the way to his summer show in Waymouth, Bill met garage owner John Sussex of Hursley, Hampshire, England, UK. Bill later asked John to build him a tailor-made sports car. Known as the 'Maynard Special' (reg./lic. plate: BM 11), the car was only ever used for publicity purposes as it was unsafe on the roads. (In 1975 John Sussex founded: JJ Sussex (Hursley) Limited, whom were still in business until 2010 at 105 St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK) [awaiting further information]

While appearing at the Empire Theatre in Glasgow, Bill was invited to be guest of honour at the Glasgow Masonic Ball, but after an evening of being pestered by a woman who had taken a fancy to his extravagant hat, Bill was arrested for assault after punching her husband.

In the early 1960s most of Bill's better paid gigs dried up in the UK, so he headed out to Australia, initially for three weeks, but ended up staying five months after falling for the redheaded Australian jazz singer ????. In Australia Bill appeared at the Embers Club, Toorak Road, Melbourne, South Yarra, Victoria, and on the TV show 'In Melbourne Tonight'. He also presented You Too Can Have a Body on Australian TV. {1/96-103}

Nottingham Playhouse
After returning from Australia Bill did several small gigs, including playing Lord Lister in The Chiltern Hundreds, before being offered a permanent spot at the old Nottingham Playhouse, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, England, UK, where he performed in various roles.

In 1962 the Inland Revenue demanded a payment of around £70,000 (GBP) for unpaid taxes - an amount Bill simply didn't have. While Bill had been on top and earning huge amounts he had been spending on cars, gambling and living the high life. More recently his gigs hadn't even been covering his expenses, so his savings had all but evaporated. First Bill sold his cars, the Studebaker, Austin Healey and Muriel's Standard 10 were all sold. Then all their other possessions and finally the house. Bill and Muriel had nothing and they still owed the Inland Revenue £17,000 (GBP). It was looking like bankruptcy was the only option for Bill, but Muriel was determined that they would pay off the debt. The Inland Revenue agreed that Bill could pay the rest of the money in installments, so Bill and Muriel moved-in with Muriel's aunt Elsie back in Leicester and started to work like they had never worked before. Not wanting to upset their children, Bill and Muriel took-on as much work as they could to scrape together enough money for a deposit on a house before their children came home from boarding school. After months of hard work Bill and Muriel had saved £300 (GBP), which they used as a deposit to buy a small semi-detached house in Cook's Lane, Sapcote, Leicestershire, England, UK, from Muriel's cousin for £2,600 (GBP).

Bill continued to work at the old Nottingham Playhouse appearing in plays such as:
- The Taming of the Shrew as Grumio
- Loot as Inspector Truscott
- The Bashful Genius as Frank Harris
- The Caretaker as Davie
- Harvey as Elwood P Dowd
- The Entertainer as Archie Rice

Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse
On December 11, 1963 the new Nottingham Playhouse, East Circus Street, Nottingham, England, UK opened and for a while Bill continued to appear there. After a short time Bill went to Canterbury to appear in Semi-Detached, a play which he later brought back to the new Nottingham Playhouse. After that Bill was cast in The Mayor of Zalamea at the new Nottingham Playhouse. Today, the new Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, England, UK has a new address, but it is still the same building that was opened in 1963.

In 1966 Bill played Justice Squeezum in Lock Up Your Daughters at the Palace Court Theatre, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, England, UK. He left the show in protest of the poor acting skills of former Miss World (1964) Ann Sidney who had been cast as Hilaret, Politic's daughter.

By the late 1960s Bill's career had reached its lowest ebb and Bill was forced to return to doing stand-up in the working men's clubs for his bread and butter. The plays and cabaret gigs had all but dried up. Bill's career as an entertainer was looking like it was over. Bill and his wife Muriel were offered jobs in New England, New Hampshire, USA, as butler, cook and housekeeper, after they had advertised for the position in an American newspaper. Just as they were about to leave the country, and entertaining, for good, a call came for Bill to appear at an audition to play the part of Bert in the film version of Till Death Us Do Part. Bill was offered the part putting an end to his plans of going to America to become a butler.

While filming Till Death Us Do Part Bill managed to scrape together enough money to buy an old battered van. [awaiting make, model, etc] {1/170}

During the time of the late 1960s early 1970s, at the lowest point of his career, Bill found great inspiration from Norman Vincent Peale's best selling book The Power of Positive Thinking. From Norman's book, Bill strives to do each day one thing which he fears, no matter how small. He has also taught this philosophy to his family, friends and acquaintances. Bill isn't a religious person, per say, but he is a great believer in the old adage "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

The Christmas season of 1972 had Bill in the role of Jasper Snatchem in the pantomime Babes in the Wood at the London Palladium. The pantomime stared Edward Woodward as Robin Hood and Rod Hull and Emu. Bill hated this play and when more and more TV work started to roll in he got an old acquaintance ? to replace him.

The success of the 1969 film version of Till Death Us Do Part brought Bill lots of new TV and Film appearances in the early 1970s. One of the biggest boosts to his floundering career came with the success of the 1971 show Paper Roses. In 1973 Bill was finally back at the top with his appearance in Kisses At Fifty. Also in 1973 he worked with television actor and comedian Ronnie Barker in Spanner's Eleven which was part of a series called Seven of One.

Despite appearing in several of the Carry On films, Bill is said to be baffled by their popularity.

1973 was also the year Bill appeared as the Baker in the Ridley Scott directed Hovis commercial, Bike Ride. A commercial which in 2006 was voted the favourite commercial of all time by the British public.

While working on the pilot for The Life of Riley, which was named Happy Days and was never aired, Bill suggested calling the series Policy of Being Frank. At the time Bill's character Frank had no surname, but once the character became Frank Riley the title, The Life of Riley, was born.

Bill came up with the idea to create a show set around a working men's club and he based his character, Selwyn Froggitt, on his close friend, Peter Wright, from his home village of Sapcote, Leicestershire. Peter with all his energy and exuberance had also inspired Bill's performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Nottingham Playhouse. Peter was the man who, in real life, shouted the catchphrase 'Magic!' while sticking two thumbs up. A catchphrase which Bill used for Selwyn and then the whole country used for half a decade.

Bill finally paid off his debt to the Inland Revenue in 1975/6. [awaiting exact date]

In 1976 Bill appeared as the guest of honour for the celebrity switch-on of the foreshore illuminations in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England, UK. An event which had been started in 1953 - partly to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and partly to emulate the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK, which already had a similar event.

Bill turned down the lead role of Arthur in the 1978 BBC TV series Pennies from Heaven, because of the amount of foul language in the original script, a role which was taken on by Bob Hoskins.

Bill setup his own film company (around 1980), Charterhouse Films Limited, to allow him to make corporate videos and TV commercials for large companies such as Walkers, the crisp manufactures in Leicester, and Holt's, the motor spares manufacturer. This also give Bill the chance to have a go at editing, producing and directing and add yet another feather to his cap.

After having worked successfully with Yorkshire Television on Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt, Bill returned for the role of Fred Moffat in The Gaffer. Before taking the role however, Bill had one or two conditions - He wanted to meet the writer, Graham White, and he wanted to use a freeze frame technique which had never been used before on a British comedy series.
The opening scene of each episode shows Bill's character, Fred Moffat, get into his car and throw a parking ticket onto the back seat which is filled with hundreds of other parking tickets, an idea which Bill had got from his son Martin who used to do a similar thing in real life.

In The News
Here are some newspaper and magazine stories we have found for Bill Maynard. Please let us know if you have any others and we will add them here:

1989 - Hinckley - MAYNARD HITS AT HOLLYWOOD ROMOURS OVER TONIA; Love rift? Rubbish, says Bill.
Monday, April 20, 1998 - The Daily Mail (London, England) - Our sham of a marriage is over says Mrs Bill Maynard.
Thursday, February 22, 1990 - unknown - Actor denies romours over his marriage.
Saturday, July 22, 2000 - The Mirror (London, England) - ILL TV STAR QUITS HOME; Stroke victim Bill selling cottage.
Monday, April 9, 2001 - The Northern Echo - Bill distances himself from his love-nest home.
Thursday, August 21, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Grin and bear it.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - It is not the time for play-acting.
Thursday, August 28, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Bill's badge replaced in quick time.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Former TV star Greengrass is given a parking ticket because his blue badge had faded.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Forgetfulness comes to us all.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Is this the Elizabeth Lambert Times?
Thursday, September 18, 2008 - The Hinckley Times - Thanks for writing.
Thursday, July 23, 2009 - The Hinckley Times - Bill Maynard is honoured with a degree.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 - The Hinckley Times - New-look Concordia Theatre has the wow factor.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 - The Hinckley Times - Kirstin takes Miss Hinckley crown.
Friday, July 29 2011 - The Hinckley Times - Grass is greener across the card table for Burbage's Bill Maynard.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Leicester Mercury - I'd love to be back on telly.
Friday, May 11, 2012 - Leicester Mercury - Parking ticket victory for taxi boss who took stand.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - The Hinckley Times - Burbage cab driver to take on UK mobility scooter trek.
Monday, September 16, 2013 - Leicester Mercury - THE BIG INTERVIEW: After 60 years, Bill Maynard has last laugh on his critics.


Politician
In 1984, Maynard stood against Tony Benn in the by-election at Chesterfield as an Independent Labour candidate. It was his only foray into politics and it was purely to try and prevent Benn winning the seat and thus re-entering Parliament. Benn won the seat; Bill took fourth place.

Later in Life
After his marriage, and honeymoon, to Tonia Bern-Campbell in 1989, Bill went to South Africa to make the movie Oddball Hall. A movie which was never released in UK cinemas and a movie which Bill thinks is atrocious.

In 1990 Bill was contacted once again by Yorkshire Television, asking him to take a supporting role as a local rogue, poacher and petty villain in a new drama series called Heartbeat. Bill accepted the role of Claude Jeremiah Greengrass and set to work on creating the character. The trademark blinking, twitching and stuttering Bill replicated from an old acquaintance back in Leicester, while the clothes for Greengrass were copied from a guy Bill used to see on his visits to the greyhound track.

Bill was forced to retire, temporarily, from acting in July 2000 after suffering a number of strokes, the latest one being while he was filming for Heartbeat. His character Claude Greengrass was written out, mid-series, in such a way that he could return if his health improved: in the story, Claude moved to the West Indies to live with his sister, who won a lot of money and wanted to share it with him (Heartbeat: Safe House (S10E12) 2001). He returned to acting in 2003, playing the same character in The Royal, a spin-off from Heartbeat. It was set in a hospital and he was in bed a lot, but appeared to have recovered.

Also in 2003 Bill was awarded the Yorkshire Arts and Entertainment Personality of the Year Award.

On July 16, 2009 Bill received a Doctorate (honorary Doctor of Arts) from De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, England, UK, and he is hoping to soon receive a Professorship.

Singer
Bill's recording career started around 1953 when he recorded a song called Wolf On The Prowl with the B-Side Tani, but a week before the record was due to be released the record company, Planet Recordings, went bankrupt.
Between 1954 and 1956 Bill was featured on sheet music titles such as Mobile, Mambo Italiano, My Boy-Flat Top, Davy Crockett Is Helping Santa Claus and Hey Liley, Liley Lo.
In 1956 Bill recorded the song Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, but before its release it was also recorded as Hey Lilly, which was finally changed to Hey Liley, Liley, Lo. The flip-side was Who Needs You. According to Decca catalogue records, 'Who Needs You' is listed as the A-Side and 'Hey Liley, Liley, Lo' as the B-Side. The record failed to chart in the UK, but in South America Hey Liley, Liley, Lo was very popular and Bill was asked to record Lonely Road for the B-Side of the South American single.
In 1959 The Beverley Sisters released the single The Little Drummer Boy. In the UK the record was released with "Strawberry Fair" on the B-Side, but in Germany the record was released with the song Riding Down From Bangor on the B-Side, which featured Bill Maynard. The credit on the record reads: "The Beverley Sisters and Bill Maynard and his Guitar with the Ronald Shaw Orchestra".
In 1970, along with his appearance in the British TV soup Coronation Street, Bill recorded the songs Dreaming Time (A-Side) and Moments Of Pleasure (B-Side), which featured in the show.
In 1972 Bill performed two songs at the "Green Man" public house, 383 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AU, England, UK. Bill sang the old music hall songs: My Old Dutch and With My Little Wigge-Wagge In My Hand. Other performers that evening included: Annabelle Lee, Davilia David, John O'Flynn, Jean Wren, Betty Gilmore and Roy Kean, all performing old music hall numbers which were later released on the live Hallmark LP Old Tyme Music Hall. Bill was also the chairman for the evening, entertaining the crowd with his unmistakable humor between acts.
Pheasant Pluckers Son

In 1975 Bill recorded the single Pheasant Pluckers Son, with the B-Side She Was - a song written by his son Martin under his professional name Maynard Williams.
In March 1977 Bill recorded and released the single Without Someone To Love, which also appeared on the B-Side of The Gaffer soundtrack single in 1982. The B-Side of the original single was Move A Little Closer - another song written by Bill's son.
Next came Stock Car Racing Is "Magic" in 1979, backed by Symphony For Stocks on the flip-side. Bill loved stock car racing and was a huge fan of Brisca F1, particularly at the Long Eaton Stadium, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England, UK. Bill was Master of Ceremonies for the Yorkshire Nationals in 1979 [awaiting exact date and location].
In 1980 Bill appeared on The Worzel Gummidge Christmas Maxi Single, singing A Cup Of Tea And A Slice Of Cake, along with Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs.
In 1994 Bill released the CD single Heartbeat Country, a country version of the classic Montgomery/Petty single 'Heartbeat'. One of the producers on the CD was his son Maynard Williams. He then did a follow-up in 2009, releasing a DVD single containing the songs 'Hearbeat' and the Rolling Stones classic 'Walking the Dog', again, produced by his son.
More recently, on December 1, 2013, at the age of 85, Bill released a CD of songs titled The Wonderful World of Bill Maynard. To accompany the CD Bill also released a DVD of the same title An Interview with Bill Maynard, where he talks passionately and humorously about the making of the album and his 77 years in show business and 60 years on television.

Eurovision
Bill Maynard entered the Festival Of British Popular Songs on Tuesday, February 12, 1957 at The King's Theatre Hammersmith, London, hosted by David Jacobs. This was the final contest to decide the UK song for the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.
This was the first year that the United Kingdom had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, which started in 1956. The BBC had wanted to take part in the first Eurovision Song Contest a year earlier, but were too late in submitting their entry to the European Broadcasting Union.
Prior to the final event at the King's Theatre there had been three previously televised heats on Tuesday, January 22, Tuesday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 5.
Each song was performed by two different artists and voting was done by 10 regional juries of 12 members with 1 vote each, located in Bangor, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Newcastle & Nottingham. Bill's song 'Don't Cry Little Doll', also performed by The Keynotes, came 4th taking 14 points. The winner was Patricia Bredin singing 'All' scoring 39 points. Patricia went on to take seventh place in the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest, the winner was Corry Brokken from the Netherlands singing 'Net als toen' (Just like then).
In 1986 Bill's son Maynard Williams, with has band Ryder, had more success, winning A Song For Europe with their song 'Runner In The Night' and going on to take seventh place at the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest in Norway. That year the winner of Eurovision was Sandra Kim from Belgium with her song 'J'aime la vie' (I Love Life). Bill was at the Eurovision Song Contest on May 3, 1986 in the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway to cheer his son on. Maynard Williams had also entered A Song For Europe in 1985, but only reached the final 24. [awaiting song title/mp3 from 1985]

Author
Bill's first known book was a kind of textbook for budding comics entitled 'You're Joking?, It's Serious!' [awaiting further information]
Bill Maynard published his first autobiography The Yo-Yo Man November 13, 1975 (Golden Eagle Press, London, England, UK) - Typing errors in this book (hard back first edition)
His second, Stand Up... And Be Counted: The Other Side of Greengrass was published in August 1997 (Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd, Derby, England, UK) - Typing errors in this book (hard back first edition)
Unfortunately there are some factual discrepancies between the two books which leaves the reader wondering which facts are correct and which are mistakes.
In 2003 Toontoons published a revised copy of Gary Hogg's book entitled fairly Truthful Tales - As broadcast by Bill Maynard - Comedy monologues from the North of England.
In September 2005 Bill penned a foreword in Sue Ablett's book, Telling 'Tails' Leicester Animal Aid: The First 50 Years 1956-2006, published by Leicester & Leicestershire Animal Aid Association (LAA), The Huncote Pet Rescue Centre, Elmwood Farm, Forest Road, Huncote, Leicester, Leicestershire LE9 3LE, England, UK. November 1, 2005.
In 2007 Bill penned another foreword, this time in Ann Moore's book, Beginners Please - how to set up, run and enjoy an amateur drama group, published by Eyelevel Books, England, UK.
In the spring of 2014 Bill became the Agony Uncle for Retirement Times magazine.


Bill Maynard
Disc Jockey
Bill made a comeback to radio presenting in March 2003 for BBC Radio Leicester where he had last worked in 1967. His show, called Maynard's Bill of Fare, aired every Sunday afternoon from 2–4 pm for nearly five years, until he was dismissed without notice on February 5, 2008.


Entrepreneur
Bill Maynard Advertising Limited, Company Number: 01397788, Status: Dissolved [awaiting info on this company]

More Recent
In October 2009 he made a return to the stage when he appeared as the main Guest of Honour at the Pride of Bridlington Awards held in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Bill was introduced to the audience by British politician the Rt Hon Greg Knight MP, who praised his work and described the actor as 'one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars'. He made an entertaining and amusing speech and was mobbed by the audience, showing, even at 81, that he was still held in great affection by the public.

Bill's son, Maynard Williams (formally Martin Williams), lived in France for twenty years and while there Bill helped him buy a country house (Maison de Maitre) in the Charente region (possibly Jarnac), the former home of President François Mitterand's grandmother. Bill would spend quite a bit of his spare time there. The rest of his time would be spent either at his semi in Sapcote or at his daughters house just down the road.

Bill Maynard

While recovering from his strokes Bill became interested in the game of poker after seeing televised events of Texas Hold 'em on TV. Bill had played poker in the passed. While filming the Carry-On films, Bill, Sid James and other members of the cast would play Seven-Card Stud between set changes. Once he was well enough, Bill joined Maxims Casino, Fletchampstead Highway, Coventry, England, UK (now Genting Casino) and he now plays poker on a regular basis, usually three or four times a week.

Bill moved from Sapcote to Burbage, Leicestershire, England, UK. [awaiting dates and addresses]

Bill joined "Facebook" on June 28, 2012.


Stage Credits (Theatre, Pantomime, Variety, Cabaret)

Date Title Role Theatre
December 1951 Aladdin   Regent Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex
1952-1955 Variety Show Himself Windmill Theatre, Soho, London
1952 Variety Show Himself Prince of Wales Theatre, London
1952 Variety Show Himself Astor Club, Mayfair, London
1953 Variety Show Himself Hippodrome, Norwich
1953? Tear 'Em Up Himself Various (Germany)
      Theatre Royal, Exeter
? Piccadilly Hayride Himself Various
24 October 1954 Deep River Boys Concert Himself Odeon, Plymouth
14 February 1955 Variety Show Himself Palace Theatre, Leicester
12 December 1955 Paris by Night   Prince of Wales Theatre, London
1956 Showtime Himself Alexandra Gardens Theatre, Waymouth
1956 Variety Show Himself Empress Theatre, Brixton, London
1956 Variety Show Himself Guernsey
1956 Aladdin   Granada Theatre, Sutton
18 August 1957 ?   Floral Hall, Scarborough
August 1957 Music for the Millions Himself Pavilion Theatre, Torquay
27 February 1958 Variety Show Himself Savoy, Lincoln
1958 Variety Show Himself Hippodrome, Birmingham
1958 You, Too, Can Have a Body Chick Wade Connaught Theatre, Worthing
1958 You, Too, Can Have a Body Chick Wade The Coventry Theatre, Coventry
14 April 1958 You, Too, Can Have a Body Chick Wade Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
September 1958 You, Too, Can Have a Body Chick Wade Victoria Palace Theatre, London
9 August 1959 Sunday Celebrity Concert Himself Wellington Pier Pavilion, Great Yarmouth
1959 Let's Make A Night Of It!   Floral Hall, Scarborough
      Empire Theatre, Glasgow
    Himself Embers Club, Melbourne
December 1960 - January 1961 Cinderella Buttons Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
  The Chiltern Hundreds Lord Lister Castle Theatre, Farnham
6 February 1962 The Taming of the Shrew Grumio Nottingham Playhouse
  Loot Inspector Truscott Nottingham Playhouse
  The Caretaker Davies Nottingham Playhouse
  Harvey Elwood P Dowd Nottingham Playhouse
20 November 1963 - 30 November 1963 Semi-Detached Fred Midway Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
  Semi-Detached Fred Midway Nottingham Playhouse
11 March 1964 The Mayor of Zalamea Rebolledo Nottingham Playhouse
1964 The Bashful Genius Frank Harris Nottingham Playhouse
  cabaret Himself Leeds
  Measure for Measure   Newcastle Playhouse
  400? Years of Comedy    
  Forty? Years of Comedy    
1965 The Bill Maynard Show Himself Lido Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate
1966 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning The Publican (unbilled) Prince of Wales Theatre, London
11 July 1966 Lock Up Your Daughters Justice Squeezum Palace Court Theatre, Bournemouth
18 December 1967 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom Nottingham Playhouse
  Stand Up and Retreat Onwards   Edinburgh
  Plaza Suite Sam Torquay
  The Long and the Short and the Tall Bamforth Windsor
  Joking Apart the husband Castle Theatre, Farnham
1969 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Derby Playhouse
Spring 1969 The Entertainer Archie Rice Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
  The Odd Couple Oscar  
  A Face for All Occasions Charles Dickens  
  Make It Tonight Himself Lido Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate
16-21 October Loot Inspector Truscott Hippodrome, Bristol
27 November 1971 Loot Inspector Truscott Theatre Royal, Nottingham
December 1971 - January 1972 Cinderella The Baroness (His Wife) Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool
May 1972 Crete and Sergeant Pepper Sergeant Pepper Royal Court Theatre, London
1972-73 Babes in the Wood Jasper Snatchem London Palladium
22 December 1973 - 19 January 1974 Aladdin   Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
1976 The Bill Maynard Show Himself Granville Theatre, Ramsgate
  Cat in the Bag   Palace Theatre, Manchester
14 August 1977 Sunday Concert Himself ABC Theatre, Blackpool
1977 One for the Pot   Various
1977 One for the Pot   Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
19 December 1977 Jack and the "Magic" Beanstalk Simple Simon Theatre Royal, Norwich
16 December 1982 - 22 January 1983 Dick Whittington King Rat Palace Theatre, Machester
1983 Die Fledermaus   Opera North
1983-86 Annie Daddy Warbucks Various
1984 There's a Girl in my Soup Derek Nimmo Various (Middle and Far East)
1984 Mother Goose   Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
1984 Strippers   Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
1984-85 Strippers   Palace Theatre, Manchester
1985 Strippers   Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London
  The Two Gentlemen of Verona Launce Various
1986 When We Are Married Orminroyd (The Photographer) Whitehall Theatre, London
21 April 1987 -
2 May 1987
Annie Daddy Warbucks Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
June 1987 Annie Daddy Warbucks Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
1988 A Man for All Seasons The Common Man Swansea
1988 The Creation / The Passion God Dartford
1988 The Creation / The Passion God Malvern Festival Theatre
27 February 1989 Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
1989 Hobson's Choice Henry Horatio Hobson Various
  Sleeping Beauty   Sunderland
  Dick Whittington   Bradford
  Dick Whittington   Inverness
  Dick Whittington   Sunderland
  Mother Goose   Southsea
  Cinderella   Leicester
  Cinderella   Guildford
1990 The Merry Wives of Windsor Sir John Falstaff Chichester Festival Theatre
7 December 1990 Aladdin Widow Twankey Kings Theatre, Southsea
13 December 1991 - 11 January 1992 Jack & The Beanstalk Dame Trot Civic Hall, Guildford
13 December 1996 - 4 January 1997 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Herman the Henchman Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

 

Radio

Date Show Station Other
December 1952 Up & Coming BBC Radio  
  Midday Music Hall BBC Radio  
  Variety Playhouse BBC Radio  
  Variety Bandbox BBC Radio  
  Workers' Playtime BBC Radio  
  Garrison Theatre BBC Radio  
  Late Night Extra    
  The Bill Maynard Show    
March 2003 - 5 February 2008 Maynard's Bill of Fare BBC Radio Leicester  
2006 Esterhazy BBC Radio 4  
2007 Peacefully in Their Sleeps BBC Radio 4  
13 January 2008 Ed Doolan Interviews... BBC Radio 7 Interview (1 hour show)
14 May 2012 Jane Garvey BBC Radio 2 Interview
23 December 2013 ? 103 The Eye Interview

 

Discography

Decca Records
Date Title Label Catalogue #
1953 (78 RPM) Side A: Wolf On The Prowl
Side B: Tani
Planet E1010
1956 (45 RPM) Side A: Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Side B: -
Decca DRF 23160
1956 (45 RPM) Side A: Hey Lilly
Side B: -
Decca DRF. 23368
1956 (78 RPM) Side A: Who Needs You
Side B: Hey Liley, Liley, Lo
Decca F 46505 (Germany)
1956 (45 RPM) Side A: Who Needs You
Side B: Hey Liley, Liley, Lo
Decca 45-F 10868
1956/7 (78 RPM) Side A: Hey Liley, Liley, Lo
Side B: Lonely Road
Decca F.10902
1957 (45 RPM) Side A: Hey Liley, Liley, Lo
Side B: Lonely Road
Decca 45-F 10902
1957 (45 RPM) Side A: Hey Liley, Liley Lo
Side B: Lonely Road
London 45-1745 (USA)
1959 Side A: The Little Drummer Boy
Side B: Riding Down From Bangor
Decca DL 25 013 (Germany)
20 March 1970 Side A: Dreaming Time
Side B: Moments Of Pleasure
Decca F 13010
1972 Old Tyme Music Hall
Side A - Track 1: Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy
Side A - Track 2: Two Lovely Black Eyes
Side A - Track 3: Goodbye, Dolly Gray
Side A - Track 4: Marie Lloyd Melody - A Little Of What You Fancy, The Boy I Love (Is Up In The Gallery)
Side A - Track 5: Don't Dilly Dally On The Way
Side A - Track 6: My Old Dutch
Side B - Track 1: Oh, Oh Antonio
Side B - Track 2: Mother Kelly's Doorstep
Side B - Track 3: The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
Side B - Track 4: It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Side B - Track 5: With My Little Wigge-Wagge In My Hand
Side B - Track 6: Down At The Old Bull And Bush
Hallmark SHM 772
24 January 1975 Side A: Pheasant Pluckers Son
Side B: She Was
EMI EMI 2257
March 1977 Side A: Without Someone To Love
Side B: Move A Little Closer
WAIF STRAY 1
1979 Side A: Stock Car Racing Is "Magic"
Side B: Symphony For Stocks
Denman DD 109
1980 The Worzel Gummidge Christmas Maxi Single
Side A - Track 1: Christmas Isn't Christmas
Side A - Track 2: Aunt Sally's Song
Side B - Track 1: A Cup Of Tea And A Slice Of Cake
Side B - Track 2: Scarecrows Carol
Decca F.13899
1982 Side A: The Gaffer
Side B: Without Someone To Love
Eagle BSB 017
1994 Heartbeat Country
Track 1: Heartbeat
Track 2: Heartbeat (Karaoke)
MMM MMM 01 CD
2009 Track 1: Heartbeat
Track 2: Walking the Dog
1 December 2013 The Wonderful World of Bill Maynard
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: What A Wonderful World
Track 3: You Are So Beautiful To Me
Track 4: If You Go Away
Track 5: Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Track 6: Once, Twice, Three Times A Lady
Track 7: September Song
Track 8: Happy Days Are Here Again
Track 9: Who Can I Turn To
Track 10: Stardust
Track 11: The Christmas Song
Blain Associates BM1001
NOTE: Songs in italics not performed by Bill Maynard

 

Television & Video Roles

Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt
The Gaffer
Heartbeat
Date Title Role Other
1953 Face the Music Himself BBC
12 July 1955 Garrison Theatre Himself BBC
1955-56
- 4 October 1955
- 18 October 1955
- 1 November 1955
- 15 November 1955
- 29 November 1955
- 13 December 1955
- 10 April 1956
- 17 April 1956
- 24 April 1956
- 1 May 1956
- 8 May 1956
- 15 May 1956
- 25 October 1956
- 8 November 1956
- 22 November 1956
- 6 December 1956
- 20 December 1956
Great Scott, It's Maynard
- Series 1, Episode 1
- Series 1, Episode 2
- Series 1, Episode 3
- Series 1, Episode 4
- Series 1, Episode 5
- Series 1, Episode 6
- Series 2, Episode 1
- Series 2, Episode 2
- Series 2, Episode 3
- Series 2, Episode 4
- Series 2, Episode 5
- Series 2, Episode 6
- Series 3, Episode 1
- Series 3, Episode 2
- Series 3, Episode 3
- Series 3, Episode 4
- Series 3, Episode 5
Himself BBC
17 Episodes
1957
- 26 February
- 5 March
- 12 March
- 19 March
- 26 March
Mostly Maynard
- Episode 1
- Episode 2
- Episode 3
- Episode 4
- Episode 5
Actor BBC
5 Episodes
1957
- 6 April
- 14 September
Six-Five Special
- Episode 8
- Episode 31
Himself  
1957
- December
Pantomania
- Babes in the Wood
Babe/Wilhelminha BBC
5 January 1959
20 April 1959
The Anne Shelton Show Actor  
1959 One O'Clock Show Bill  
? Showband Himself BBC
5 March 1960 Dial for Music Himself  
1960
- 12 May
No Hiding Place
- The Head Case
Vic Wilson
Series 2, Episode 2
196? In Melbourne Tonight Himself  
196? You Too Can Have a Body   Australian TV
1970
- 2 March
- 4 March
- 9 March
- 11 March
- 16 March
- 18 March
Coronation Street
- Episode 958
- Episode 959
- Episode 960
- Episode 961
- Episode 962
- Episode 963
Mickie Malone Granada Television
1970
- 27 April
Up Pompeii
- The Actors
Parcantus
Series 1, Episode 5

14 April 1971
4 December 1974
22 November 1978
This Is Your Life
- Jon Pertwee
- Bill Maynard
- Terry Scott
Himself
Series 11, Episode 22
Series 15, Episode 5
Series 19, Episode 5
1971
- 13 June
ITV Saturday Night Theatre
- Paper Roses
Clarence Hubbard Granada Television
1971
- 1 November
Thirty-Minute Theatre
- Psychological Warfare
Actor  
1972
- 20 September
Till Death Us Do Part
- Pigeon Fancier
Bert
Series 4, Episode 2
1972
- October
Play for Today
- Kisses At Fifty
Harry BBC
1972
- 14 December
Sykes
- Journey
Jim the Policeman BBC
Series 1, Episode 14
1973
- 18 January
Comedy Playhouse
- Elementary My Dear Watson
Frank Potter / Moriarty  
  Dora    
  Jokers Wild    
  The Orson Welles Mysteries    
  The Way of the World   Thames TV
  Bill Maynard in Person   Yorkshire Television
1973
- 19 March
Love Thy Neighbour
- Series 3, Episode 1
Police Sergeant  
1973
- 15 April
Seven of One
- Spanner's Eleven
Councilor Todd
Series 1, Episode 4
1973
- 11 September
Armchair Theatre
- The Death of Glory
Reg Turnbull
Series 15, Episode 1
1973 Bike Ride Baker Hovis Commercial
1 January 1974 The Boy with Two Heads
(aka: Chico the Rainmaker)
- The Mysterious Box
- The Secret Cave
- Chico Makes Magic
- Farewell to Chico
- The Magic Football
- Chase for Chico
- Chico makes the Rain
Farmer 7 Episodes
1974
- 5 January
Great Mysteries
- Where There Is a Will
Det. Superintendent Marker  
1974
- 4 March
Zodiac
- The Cool Aquarian
George Sutton  
26 March 1974 Des O'Connor Entertains Himself  
1974
- 27 May
Hunter's Walk
- Charlie
Charlie Mead  
1974
- 3 July
ITV Playhouse
- Love Affair
J.P. Powers Anglia Television
1974
- 15 August
- 5 September
- 12 September
- 19 September
The Inheritors
- Episode 1
- Far Be It for Me
- The Axeman Cometh
- Double, Double...
Sefton Garrett Harlech TV
4 Episodes
Unbroadcast Happy Days Frank Pilot episode to The Life Of Riley
1974–77

- 30 September 1974
- 7 January 1976
- 14 January 1976
- 21 January 1976
- 28 January 1976
- 4 February 1976
- 11 February 1976
- 21 February 1977
- 28 February 1977
- 7 March 1977
- 14 March 1977
- 21 March 1977
- 28 March 1977
- 4 April 1977
- 8 November 1977
- 15 November 1977
- 22 November 1977
- 29 November 1977
- 6 December 1977
- 13 December 1977
- 20 December 1977
- 27 December 1977
Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt

- Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt
- Three Fifths of the World Loves a Lover
- We Are the Masters Now
- There Are Several Businesses Like Show Business
- The Grand Outing
- The Master Builder
- Ladies' Desire
- Daze of Hope
- The Game of the Name
- Raffles
- Selwyn Rides Again
- Alphabetic Orders
- The Protection Racket
- Just Cause and Impediment
- Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place
- Gala Performance
- Boom Boom
- Occupational Hazard
- Sing Along with Selwyn
- A Little Learning
- Around the Houses
- On the Feast of Selwyn
Selwyn Froggitt Yorkshire Television
22 Episodes
Pilot
Series 1, Episode 1
Series 1, Episode 2
Series 1, Episode 3
Series 1, Episode 4
Series 1, Episode 5
Series 1, Episode 6
Series 2, Episode 1
Series 2, Episode 2
Series 2, Episode 3
Series 2, Episode 4
Series 2, Episode 5
Series 2, Episode 6
Series 2, Episode 7
Series 3, Episode 1
Series 3, Episode 2
Series 3, Episode 3
Series 3, Episode 4
Series 3, Episode 5
Series 3, Episode 6
Series 3, Episode 7
Series 3, Episode 8
1974
- 28 November
Father Brown
- The Man with Two Beards
Carver
Series 1, Episode 8
1975
- 6 January
- 13 January
- 20 January
- 27 January
- 3 February
- 10 February
- 17 February
The Life Of Riley
- The Arrival
- The Undead
- The Staff Dance
- Oh! Sister
- The Visitors
- Uneasy Riders
- Double Time
Frank Riley 7 Episodes
Series 1, Episode 1
Series 1, Episode 2
Series 1, Episode 3
Series 1, Episode 4
Series 1, Episode 5
Series 1, Episode 6
Series 1, Episode 7
1975
- 15 September
The Sweeney
- Supersnout
Det. Chief Insp. Stephen Quirk Thames TV
Series 2, Episode 3
7 November 1975 Look Who's Talking Himself  
1975
- 21 November
- 28 November
- 5 December
- 12 December
- 19 December
- 26 December
Trinity Tales
- The Driver's Tale
- The Fryer's Tale
- The Judy's Tale
- The Joiner's Tale
- The Wife of Batley's Tale
- The Man of Law's Tale
Stan the Fryer 6 Episodes
Series 1, Episode 1
Series 1, Episode 2
Series 1, Episode 3
Series 1, Episode 4
Series 1, Episode 5
Series 1, Episode 6
19 January 1976
6 May 1982
Looks Familiar Himself BBC
1976-78
- 9 April 1976
- 22 July 1977
- 1 July 1978
Those Wonderful TV Times
- Series 1, Episode 2
- Series 2, Episode 13
- Episode 01/07/78
Himself 3 Episodes
1977
- 21 April
- 28 April
- 5 May
- 12 May
- 19 May
- 26 May
- 18 July
Paradise Island
- Pilot
- A Stranger in Paradise
- Is Anybody There?
- Happy Birthday Cuthbert
- The Great Pig Hunt
- Who Do You Do...?
- Here Is the News
Rev. Alexander Goodwin Thames TV
7 Episodes
1978
- 10 April
Whodunnit?
- Which Eye, Jack?
Himself  
1978
- 5 September
- 12 September
- 19 September
- 26 September
- 3 October
- 10 October
- 17 October
Selwyn
- The Road to Paradise Valley
- Wish You Were Here
- Better Late Than Never
- Take a Tip from Selwyn
- I've Gotta Jockey
- Don't Make Waves
- A Man for One Season
Selwyn Froggitt 7 Episodes
Series 1, Episode 1
Series 1, Episode 2
Series 1, Episode 3
Series 1, Episode 4
Series 1, Episode 5
Series 1, Episode 6
Series 1, Episode 7
  Celebrity Squares    
  Play it Again   Tyne Tees
  Juno and the Paycock Boyle STV
  Spotlight   BBC
1979
- 25 December
3-2-1
- Dickens
Actor  
1980
- 27 January
- 24 February
- 27 December
Worzel Gummidge
- The Trial of Worzel Gummidge
- The Scarecrow Wedding
- A Cup O' Tea An' A Slice O' Cake
Sergeant Beetroot 3 Episodes
Series 2, Episode 4
Series 2, Episode 8
Christmas Special
1980
- 16 August
Tales of the Unexpected
- A Picture of a Place
Merv Pottinger Anglia Television
Series 3, Episode 2
1981–83
- 9 January 1981
- 16 January 1981
- 23 January 1981
- 30 January 1981
- 6 February 1981
- 13 February 1981
- 26 February 1982
- 5 March 1982
- 12 March 1982
- 19 March 1982
- 26 March 1982
- 2 April 1982
- 9 April 1982
- 24 May 1983
- 31 May 1983
- 7 June 1983
- 14 June 1983
- 21 June 1983
- 28 June 1983
- 5 July 1983
The Gaffer
- All in a Day's Strike
- A Seat on the Board
- Albert
- Dear Old Pals
- The Trouble with Women
- England Exports
- Flesh and Blood
- Take Your Partner
- Give Up
- A Day to Remember
- Wheeler-Dealer
- Unfit as a Fiddle
- The Candidate
- Blacking
- Spring
- Moonlight and Ruses
- Council of War
- There Goes the Bride
- Full of Eastern Promise
- Goodbye
Fred Moffat 20 Episodes
Series 1, Episode 1
Series 1, Episode 2
Series 1, Episode 3
Series 1, Episode 4
Series 1, Episode 5
Series 1, Episode 6
Series 2, Episode 1
Series 2, Episode 2
Series 2, Episode 3
Series 2, Episode 4
Series 2, Episode 5
Series 2, Episode 6
Series 2, Episode 7
Series 3, Episode 1
Series 3, Episode 2
Series 3, Episode 3
Series 3, Episode 4
Series 3, Episode 5
Series 3, Episode 6
Series 3, Episode 7
1981 Carry On Laughing   TV Series
1982
- 28 May
Pro-Celebrity Snooker
- Series 7, Episode 12
Himself  
  Dangerous Days   BBC Scotland
  The Tale of the Little Pig Robinson   Dreamscope Productions
1983-84 What a Carry On    
1983
- 24 July
Andy Robson
- Ringing the Changes
Sgt. Hogg Tyne Tees
29 September 1983 Whose Baby? Himself - along with Martin & Jane, his Son & Daughter Thames TV
1984
- 26 September
Minder
- The Second Time Around
Barney Todd
Series 5, Episode 4
1989
- 25 December
In Sickness and in Health
- Christmas Special
Bert Luscombe  
1990 Mike and Angelo   Thames Television
1991
- 15 September
Screen One
- Filipina Dreamgirls
George Trout BBC
1992–2000

- 10 April 1992
- 24 April 1992
- 1 May 1992
- 15 May 1992
- 22 May 1992
- 29 May 1992
- 5 June 1992
- 12 June 1992
- 18 April 1993
- 25 April 1993
- 2 May 1993
- 9 May 1993
- 16 May 1993
- 23 May 1993
- 30 May 1993
- 6 June 1993
- 13 June 1993
- 20 June 1993
- 3 October 1993
- 10 October 1993
- 17 October 1993
- 24 October 1993
- 31 October 1993
- 7 November 1993
- 14 November 1993
- 21 November 1993
- 28 November 1993
- 5 December 1993
- 4 September 1994
- 11 September 1994
- 18 September 1994
- 25 September 1994
- 2 October 1994
- 9 October 1994
- 16 October 1994
- 23 October 1994
- 30 October 1994
- 6 November 1994
- 13 November 1994
- 20 November 1994
- 27 November 1994
- 6 December 1994
- 13 December 1994
- 25 December 1994
- 3 September 1995
- 10 September 1995
- 17 September 1995
- 24 September 1995
- 1 October 1995
- 8 October 1995
- 15 October 1995
- 22 October 1995
- 29 October 1995
- 5 November 1995
- 12 November 1995
- 19 November 1995
- 26 November 1995
- 3 December 1995
- 10 December 1995
- 1 September 1996
- 8 September 1996
- 15 September 1996
- 22 September 1996
- 29 September 1996
- 6 October 1996
- 13 October 1996
- 20 October 1996
- 27 October 1996
- 3 November 1996
- 10 November 1996
- 17 November 1996
- 1 December 1996
- 8 December 1996
- 15 December 1996
- 22 December 1996
- 25 December 1996
- 31 August 1997
- 7 September 1997
- 14 September 1997
- 21 September 1997
- 28 September 1997
- 5 October 1997
- 12 October 1997
- 19 October 1997
- 26 October 1997
- 2 November 1997
- 9 November 1997
- 16 November 1997
- 23 November 1997
- 30 November 1997
- 7 December 1997
- 21 December 1997
- 4 January 1998
- 11 January 1998
- 18 January 1998
- 25 January 1998
- 1 February 1998
- 8 February 1998
- 15 February 1998
- 22 February 1998
- 6 September 1998
- 13 September 1998
- 20 September 1998
- 27 September 1998
- 4 October 1998
- 11 October 1998
- 18 October 1998
- 25 October 1998
- 1 November 1998
- 8 November 1998
- 15 November 1998
- 22 November 1998
- 6 December 1998
- 13 December 1998
- 24 December 1998
- 10 January 1999
- 17 January 1999
- 24 January 1999
- 31 January 1999
- 7 February 1999
- 14 February 1999
- 21 February 1999
- 28 February 1999
- 26 September 1999
- 3 October 1999
- 10 October 1999
- 17 October 1999
- 24 October 1999
- 31 October 1999
- 7 November 1999
- 14 November 1999
- 21 November 1999
- 28 November 1999
- 5 December 1999
- 12 December 1999
- 19 December 1999
- 26 December 1999
- 2 January 2000
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Heartbeat

- Changing Places
- Rumours
- Playing with Fire
- Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
- Face Value
- Outsiders
- Primal Instinct
- Keep on Running
- Secrets
- End of the Line
- Manhunt
- Bitter Harvest
- Over the Hill
- Bang to Rights
- A Talent for Deception
- Baby Blues
- Wall of Silence
- Missing
- Speed Kills
- Riders of the Storm
- Dead Ringer
- Going Home
- A Chilly Reception
- The Frighteners
- Father's Day
- Endangered Species
- An American in Aidensfield
- Bringing It All Back Home
- Wild Thing
- Witch Hunt
- Mid Day Sun
- Turn of the Tide
- Love Child
- Nice Girls Don't
- Trouble in Mind
- Fair Game
- Red Herring
- Arms and the Man
- Treading Carefully
- Bad Blood
- Assault and Battery
- Lost and Found
- A Bird in the Hand
- A Winter's Tale
- Wishing Well
- Expectations
- Thief in the Night
- Domestic
- Vacant Possession
- We're All Allies Really
- Sophie's Choice
- Gone Tomorrow
- Toss Up
- It's All in the Game
- Vigilante
- Unfinished Business
- Saint Columba's Treasure
- Sitting Off the Dock of the Bay
- Blood Sports
- Kids
- Old Colonials
- Forget Me Not
- A Long Shot
- Something of Value
- Frail Mortality
- Snapped
- Catch Us If You Can
- Giving the Game Away
- The Championship
- Who Needs Enemies
- Thanks to Alfred
- Obsessions
- The Best Laid Plans
- Bygones Be Bygones
- Old Friends
- Charity Begins at Home
- Bad Apple
- Pig in the Middle
- Small Beer
- Closing Ranks
- Leaving Home
- Fool for Love
- The Family Way
- Friendly Fire
- Sons and Lovers
- Playing with Trains
- What the Butler Saw
- Affairs of the Heart
- Peace and Quiet
- Substitute
- In on the Act
- The Queen's Message
- Brainstorm
- Bad Penny
- Appearances
- Local Knowledge
- The Enemy Within
- Unconsidered Trifles
- Heroes and Villains
- Love Me Do
- Snake in the Grass
- Fall Out
- For Better or Worse
- Past Crimes
- Spellbound
- Baby Love
- Give a Dog a Bad Name
- Hello, Goodbye
- Pat-a-Cake
- Easy Rider
- Hot Rocks
- Shadows and Substances
- Where There's a Will
- Taking Sides
- Echoes of the Past
- Twists of Fate
- The Angry Brigade
- Fire and Ashes
- All in the Mind
- Friends Like You
- Old Ties
- David Stockwell's Ghost
- Testament
- Manoeuvres in the Dark
- Tricks of the Trade
- Intuition
- Puppet on a String
- Honour Among Thieves
- Shotgun Wedding
- Always a Copper
- Negative Vibes
- Kindness of Strangers
- Hollywood or Bust
- Flesh and Blood
- No Surrender
- Stag at Bay
- Full Circle
- The Seven Year Itch
- Weight of Evidence
- For Art's Sake
- A Shot in the Dark
- The Good Doctor
- Against the Odds
- Desperate Measures
- With This Ring
- Wise Guys
- The Son-In-Law
- Chalk and Cheese
- Smile for the Camera
- Dog Collar
- Gabriel's Last Stand
- War Stories
- The Fool on the Hill
- The Traveller
- Cold Turkey
Claude Jeremiah Greengrass Yorkshire Television
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9 December 1994 Pebble Mill at One Himself  
1995 Maynard's Bill Himself Yorkshire Television
1998 What's a Carry On? Bodkin  
1999 Heartbeat Chronicles Himself / Claude Jeremiah Greengrass  
2000
- 28 November
Live Talk
- Episode 47
Himself  
13 April 2002 10 Years of Heartbeat Himself  
2002
- 21 December
Dalziel and Pascoe
- Dialogues of the Dead (Part 1)
Councilor Cyril Steel BBC
Series 7, Episode 5 pt1
2003
- 19 January
- 26 January
- 2 February
- 9 February
- 16 February
- 2 March
- 25 May
The Royal
- First Impressions
- Second Time Around
- Coffin Fit
- Sister of Mercy
- Immediate Care
- Crash
- All at Sea
Claude Jeremiah Greengrass 7 Episodes
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Series 1, Episode 4
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Series 1, Episode 7
Series 2, Episode 1
6 February 2009 Cash in the Celebrity Attic Himself Series 2, Episode 15
15 October 2010 The Alan Titchmarsh Show Himself  
23 September 2013 ITV News Various ITV Central
1 December 2013 The Wonderful World of Bill Maynard
- An Interview with Bill Maynard
Himself Blain Associates DVD

 

Filmography (only about 30 listed, but by the mid 1970s he had appeared in over 50, so if you know of any others please get in touch)

Carry On Matron
Man About The House
Signature
Date Title Role Other
2 November 1957 The World Our Stage Himself TV Movie
1960 You Too Can Have a Body   TV Movie
1967 The Magnificent Six and ½: Ghosts and Ghoulies   Short Film
1969 The Magnificent Six and ½: The Magician The Magician  
1969 It All Goes to Show Mike Sago Short Film
1969 Till Death Us Do Part Bert  
May 1970 One More Time Jenson  
21 September 1970 Carry On Loving Mr. Dreery  
31 January 1971 A Hole Lot of Trouble Bill Short Film (B Movie)
February 1971 Carry On Henry Guy Fawkes 21st film in the Carry On series
December 1971 Carry On At Your Convenience Fred Moore  
1972 Bless This House Oldham  
1972 Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall Sergeant Ellis  
23 May 1972 Four Dimensions of Greta Big Danny  
May 1972 Carry On Matron Freddy  
3 January 1973 Never Mind the Quality: Feel the Width Larkin  
July 1973 Steptoe and Son Ride Again George  
1973 You'd Better Go in Disguise    
July 1974 Carry On Dick Bodkin  
8 November 1974 Confessions of a Window Cleaner Mr. Lea  
22 December 1974 Man About the House Chef  
1 April 1975 A Journey to London Sir Francis Headpiece TV Movie
July 1975 Confessions of a Pop Performer Mr. Lea  
11 March 1976 Robin and Marian Mercadier (The Kings bodyguard)  
1976 It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet
(aka: All Things Bright and Beautiful)
Hinchcliffe  
1976 Confessions of a Driving Instructor Mr. Lea  
1977 Confessions from a Holiday Camp
(aka: Confessions of a Summer Camp Counselor)
Mr. Lea  
1977 Sky Pirates Charlie  
4 January 1981 Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective Mod (Modesty) Lewis TV Movie
1982 The Plague Dogs Editor (voice)  
1990 Oddball Hall Copperthwaite  

 

 

Maynard Williams (Son)

Maynard Williams Maynard Williams
Date Title Role Other
July 1975 Confessions of a Pop Performer Eric (Kipper)  
17 December 1978 As You Like It Silvius  
1971 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat    
1979 Follow the Star Angel / Soldier  
1980
- 7 July
Can We Get on Now, Please?
- Trial by Television
  Episode 6
21 May 1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Various  
3 May 1986 The Eurovision Song Contest Ryder (lead singer) 7th Place
7 June 1986 The Keith Harris Show Himself with Ryder (his band) Series 3, Episode 5
1987
- 8 September
- 6 October
- 13 October
- 27 October
Truckers
- Hired Guns
- Stinking Fish
- Rollo Solo
- Going Under
Rollo 4 Episodes
Episode 1
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 8
1989
- 16 November
The Bill
- By the Book
Jimmy Harris Series 5, Episode 92
1996
- 15 December
Heartbeat
- Bygones Be Bygones
Mr. Gibson Series 6, Episode 15

As a boy Maynard briefly attended All Saints C of E Junior School, Leawood Road, Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK - Even back then Maynard had his father's passion for entertaining, performing for a group of old aged pensioners with the school choir. The choir sang first world war songs, such as ‘There’s a Long, Long Trail’, for the veterans. Maynard performed a few solos, including the old monologue Little Rosa (memorable for his excellent Italian accent), as performed by his father all those years earlier. (!)

As a youngster Martin was a member of a band called the Sugar Machine.

Around 1974 Maynard (still Martin Williams) was a singer with the Ken Macintosh band appearing at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK.

Maynard Williams has also appeared in various Andrew Lloyd Weber performances in the West End (including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1971 !) and has recorded a couple of tracks on some Lloyd Weber compilation albums. In 1975 he recorded an album called "Ten Songs" for MCA, which contained ten songs written by Tim Rice.

Maynard Williams has a son from his first marriage, Jake Williams (who himself is now married), and two children (son and daughter) from his second marriage, Luke and Jenna. Jenna has had a child of her own making Bill a great grandfather. [awaiting dates, names and photos] (!)

If you have any further information about Maynard Williams we would like to add it to this site.

 

Jane Maynard

Jane Greenaway {née: Williams} (Daughter)

There is very little information available for Jane, if you know anything about her please tell us and we'll add it here.

Jane was part of the redcoat team at Butlins Holiday Camp, Bognor Regis in 1974 (front row, fourth from left).

She is also thought to have lived in the Bedford area at some time. [awaiting address and dates]

She now lives in a luxury converted farmhouse in Leicestershire. [awaiting address and dates]

Jane married Peter J Greenaway (son of the famous jockey H.J. 'Johnny' Geenaway - a dear friend of Bill's) Jul-Aug-Sep 1980 [awaiting exact date] in Hinckley, Leicestershire. (!) They have two children, Sarah-Jane Louise Greenaway (born February 3, 1984) and Jonathan William Greenaway (born December 10, 1985). (!)

 

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