Much loved British character actor Clifford Rose has died after a long illness aged 92. Rose was popularly known for his role as Nazi Kessler in 70s resistance smash hit Secret Army, which is currently being replayed on Talking Pictures. Indeed, Talking Pictures put up a visual tribute to the actor while we were waiting for the newspapers to follow suit. Rose was a regular with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and a regular on TV, appearing in Crown Court, Wallis and Edward and opposite Inspector Morse. He was also a Doctor Who villain in Tom Baker’s final season as the Time Lord, as the impatient slave trader Rorvik in Warriors Gate. His cry of “I’m finally getting something done” as he doomed his entire crew to death has echoed through the ages in the actions of politicians who need to be seen to be doing something, regardless of the consequences. Clifford Rose was likely going to be a top pick in 2022, but instead he has to cope with being a unique hit for Times Up Team.
24 October 1929 – 6 November 2021