Paul Copley

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National Cat Awards

National Cat Awards

Cats Protection's National Cat Awards 2018 - now an annual event - was held at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday 2nd August sponsored once again by Purina.
Linda Upson, chairman of the trustees, welcomed the owners of the cats nominated in five cat-egories that celebrate the special qualities of cats and the unique bond they share with their owners.
Paul was on the panel of judges for the overall winner - National Cat of the Year. Fellow judges included Chizzy Akudolu, Deborah Meaden, Bob Mortimer, Andrew Collins, Peter Egan and Rick Wakeman. Master of Ceremonies was Alan Dedicoat.
Paul is proud to support the exceptional work of Cats Protection.

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Fretwork - The World Encompassed

Fretwork - The World Encompassed

On Sunday 22nd July at the Helmsley Arts Centre as part of the Ryedale Music Festival, a further performance by Fretwork -“the finest viol consort on the planet" (Evening Standard) of composer Orlando Gough’s The World Encompassed - Paul narrating.

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Faith, Hope & Charity

Faith, Hope & Charity

A week long workshop completed on Friday 25th May for a new play by Alexander Zeldin with the working title Faith, Hope and Charity. The action takes place in a community centre/food bank serving a wide community of people in need of food/solace/comfort. Paul participated in the workshop exploring the part of Bernard.

King Street Junior

King Street Junior

Currently re-running on BBC Radio 4 extra - ‘King Street Junior’ series 9 in which Paul wrote episode 3 ‘A Bridge to Afar’ with guests Ronald Hines and John Hollis, and episode 7 ‘Financial Times’ with guests Tilly Vosburgh and Danny Webb.
A comedy/drama set in a London junior school, KSJ ran between 1985 and 1998. The follow-up series ‘King Street Junior Revisited’ ran from 2002 to 2005.
Paul played teacher Mr Long in this long running series created by Jim Eldridge who also wrote the vast majority of the episodes. Paul wrote 4 episodes during series 8,9 & 10.

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National Cat Awards

The National Cat Awards

Cats Protection's National Cat Awards 2018 - entries are now open.
Now in its tenth year, the National Cat Awards celebrate the difference cats make to our lives by highlighting heart-warming stories of devotion, companionship and courage. Paul who has been judging the entries for the awards for several years was chatting recently to Radio Jackie's Simone Halfin.

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Fretwork - The World Encompassed

Fretwork - The World Encompassed

On Friday 2nd March at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, as part of the Halifax Philharmonic Club’s 73rd season, Fretwork performed “The World Encompassed” – composer Orlando Gough – Paul narrating.
Fretwork – “the finest viol consort on the planet” (Evening Standard) – commissioned Orlando Gough to recreate in music Sir Francis Drake’s epic circumnavigation of the Globe Nov 1577 to Sept 1580. Drake took with him a viol consort of four players as cultural diplomats and to accompany prayers as well as providing entertainment for the ship’s company and their occasional guests along the way.
Emily Ashton, Asako Morikawa, Joanna Levine, David Hatcher, Sam Stadlen and leader Richard Boothby make up the viol consort - Fretwork.
The music is inspired by events and ports of call during this remarkable feat of navigation and the narration derives largely from descriptions in ‘The World Encompassed’, Drake’s nephew’s account of the voyage.
Square Chapel is adjacent to the newly renovated Grade I listed Piece Hall dating from 1779, sole survivor of the great northern cloth halls for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth.

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Thousand Yesterdays

Thousand Yesterdays

Block 2 of the shoot for ‘Thousand Yesterdays’ took place on location in the Elham Valley near Folkestone, Kent - 22nd to 24th Feb.
Paul, playing the elder Charlie Rainbird, completed his contribution to the filming of this poignant and atmospheric tale on the first day of this Block. Tim Innes plays the younger Charlie R embroiled in trench warfare.
The remarkable set - an impressive system of trenches dug and dressed with meticulous attention to detail to replicate a WWI battlefield - seems certain to lend gritty authenticity and chilling atmosphere to the sequences filmed here.
Impossible not to admire the skill and dedication of everyone involved in this production.
Writer/director Robbie Bryant, producer Fred Bonham Carter
Trench image courtesy of Bex Palmer.

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Tom Wrigglesworth: Ladhood

Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups

Tom Wrigglesworth phones home for his weekly check-in, giving listeners a glimpse into his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament, opinions and hang-ups.
Series 3 is currently being repeated on BBC Radio 4.
Paul plays Dad (Richard Wrigglesworth).
If you missed an episode you can listen again on BBC iPlayer

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Thousand Yesterdays

Thousand Yesterdays

Paul has recently been filming a time travel love story that explores the ephemeral nature of life.
Set in 1982, ‘Thousand Yesterdays’, shot on 16mm black and white film stock, shows the strange meeting between an elderly military veteran and his younger self. As Charlie Rainbird tries to explain to his younger self how to survive the trenches of WWI he inevitably revisits aspects of his eventful subsequent life.
Paul plays Charlie Rainbird, Timothy Innes is Young Charlie.

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Morrisons

Morrisons

Paul voices the Morrisons television and radio adverts.
Watch the current Christmas adverts.

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What Does an Idea Sound Like?

What Does an Idea Sound Like?

Paul currently appears in a short film that encourages businesses to consider the value that the UK's 900,000 working-age veterans can bring to their businesses. What Does an Idea Sound Like which features on the VeteransWork.org.uk website features a cast of UK actors and celebrities: Paul, Matt Barber, Clare Balding OBE, Robert Rinder, Richard Wilson, Olivia Poulet, Michelle Collins, Nick Knowles, Larry Lamb and Joanna Lumley OBE

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Liam Williams: Ladhood

Liam Williams: Ladhood

Comedian Liam Williams recounts his youthful misadventures in this autobiographical sitcom. Episode one sees Liam anxiously awaiting A-Level results before trying to find his feet in a most alien of new environments, Cambridge University. Paul plays Dad/Kevin.
British Comedy Guide interview.
Thurs 5th Oct at 11pm on Radio 4

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What Does an Idea Sound Like?

What Does an Idea Sound Like?

On Sunday 24th Sept Paul was pleased to participate in a short film produced by The Drive Project team and directed by Jacob Perlmutter - part of the Veterans Work Campaign/Deloitte UK. Filmed at BT’s HQ in Newgate Street, London - What Does an Idea Sound Like? - is aimed at businesses big and small promoting careers for service veterans. Matt Barber links contributions from Richard Wilson, Olivia Poulet, Michelle Collins, Larry Lamb, Nick Knowles, Joanna Lumley, veteran Rav Wilding and Paul.

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Celebrity Taste of Italy

A Celebrity Taste of Italy

A gentle taste of la dolce vita as five senior celebrities embark on a cooking trip to Italy.
Judith Chalmers, Johnny Ball, Rula Lenska, Ian Lavender and Diana Moran set up home in a Tuscan villa, where they experience Italian life, learn a bit of the language and, most importantly, learn how to cook like an Italian.
Paul will narrate this weekly series in 4 episodes
Series 1 ep1, Friday 29th Sept 9pm Channel 5

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Doc Martin

Doc Martin

Paul will be appearing in ep5 of the latest series of Doc Martin which starts today on ITV.
This will be series 8 of the Martin Clunes drama in which Clunes plays the uptight but brilliant GP who has been relocated to the fictional Cornish village of Portwenn. Paul will play Walter O’Donnell.
Series 8 ep5, Wednesday 18th Oct 9pm ITV

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Doctors

Doctors

Paul recently recorded an episode of Doctors for transmission in January 2018.
In ‘Boisterous’ by Paul Campbell, Paul plays Douglas Harper, a retired lawyer living with his lawyer daughter Becky played by Pandora Colin, and his grandson Rufus - Zac Pile. Zac was a member of the von Trapp family in ’The Sound of Music - Live’ in which Paul played Franz the butler.
January 2018 BBC One.

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National Cat Awards

National Cat Awards

Thursday 3rd August brought round the annual Cats Protection National Cat Awards, held once more at the Savoy Hotel, London and sponsored again by Purina.
Paul was again involved, this year as one of the judges for overall winner. Watch the video (link below) for details of this amazingly supportive black-and-white puss Genie and her brave, inspirational 12 year old owner.
Much more information and videos of the all the winners and judges at www.cats.org.uk
Full list of overall winner judges at http://www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/nca/meet-the-nca-winner-judges

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Trust Me

Trust Me

Jodie Whittaker - soon to be the latest incarnation of Doctor Who - stars as NHS nurse Cath Hardacre in this new psychological thriller. Driven to impersonating a doctor after being fired for whistleblowing, Cath, a caring mother and daughter, struggles to maintain her deception under the increasing strain of her complex double life.
Paul plays Cath’s father, Arthur Hardacre, in this four part series - Red Productions for BBC TV
Tuesday 8th August, 9pm BBC One.

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Broken

Broken

Ep 2 of 6. Father Michael (Sean Bean) counsels an enigmatic woman, while a devoted mother is desperate for Father Michael's help when her mentally ill son experiences a psychotic episode. Paul plays Father Michaels brother Joe Kerrigan.
Tuesday 6 June, 9pm BBC One

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Broken

Broken

Following last night’s tragic events in Manchester, BBC1’s new drama series Broken will not start tonight as planned but has been rescheduled for next Tuesday 30 May.

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