RWA: Rolinda Sharples – Painted out of History

January 12th, 2018

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Join PJ Crook, Toyah Willcox and Friends in Bristol for a unique celebration of the life and works of the artist Rolinda Sharples.

Rolinda Sharples (1793-1838) was born in Bath and lived most of her life in Bristol.  She exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Society of British Artists, where she became an honorary member.  Her painting of The Cloak-Room at the Clifton Assembly Rooms, 1817 (see below) has become one of the most iconic images of the Regency period.

In 1998, Toyah Willcox (as Rolinda Sharples) and PJ Crook (as herself) made a short film for TV entitled Rolinda Sharples: Painted Out of History. For this special screening of the film, we will be joined by PJ and Toyah and also by the film’s director (Lee Cox) and screen-writer/animator (Hazel Gower), who will introduce it.

Ticket price includes entry to and an introduction to the current exhibition Women with Vision from RWA Director Alison Bevan.

• Further info/Book tickets at rwa.org.uk.

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Official Toyah: January 2018 Blog

January 12th, 2018

Toyah’s first blog of 2018 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah on TV: Top Of The Pops: 1981

January 9th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Friday 12th January: 0.00am
Mike Read presents. Duran Duran (Planet Earth), Talking Heads (Once In A Lifetime), Adam & The Ants (Kings Of The Wild Frontier), Toyah (It’s A Mystery), Shakin’ Stevens (This Ole House), Motorhead & Girlschool (Please Don’t Touch), Phil Collins (I Missed Again), Kool & The Gang (Jones Vs Jones), Teardrop Explodes (Reward), The Who (You Better You Bet), Joe Dolce (Shaddap Your Face). This originally aired on BBC1 on 5th March 1981. Toyah’s appearance is a repeat of their first studio performance which aired two weeks previously on 19th February 1981.

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Top Of The Pops: 1981: BBC Four: Tuesday 16th January: 1.40am
Peter Powell presents. The Jacksons (Can You Feel It?), Sharron Redd (Can You Handle It?), Shakin’ Stevens (This Ole House), Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone (What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?), The Who (You Better You Bet), Stevie Wonder (Lately), Phil Collins (I Missed Again), Bucks Fizz (Making Your Mind Up), Visage (Mind Of A Toy), Duran Duran (Planet Earth), Toyah (It’s A Mystery), Roxy Music (Jealous Guy). This originally aired on BBC1 on 19th March 1981 and was Toyah’s second studio appearance/performance (pictured above).

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Toyah on TV: Who’s Doing The Dishes?

January 9th, 2018

Who’s Doing The Dishes?: ITV2: Wednesday 10th January: 10.10am
Brian McFadden presents the dining challenge. Will it remain a mystery that Toyah Willcox is the celebrity host when she throws a dinner party for four complete strangers?

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Toyah on TV: Minder (All Mod Cons)

January 9th, 2018

Minder: ITV4: Monday 15th January: 2.55pm
Minder: ITV4: Tuesday 16th January: 9.40am
All Mod Cons. Drama series about the shady dealings of a spiv and his reluctant sidekick. While Terry is trying to evict two squatters, Arthur decides to sell Terry’s flat without his permission. Meanwhile, Terry gets a job minding at a local club and ends up getting into more trouble than he had planned for when he realises the club’s manager is on the fiddle. Starring: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Toyah Willcox, Simon Cadell, James Ottaway, and Tony Osaba. (Series 2, Episode 8, 1980). Also showing on ITV4 HD.

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Toyah on Christmas TV: Festive TV & Radio 2017

December 20th, 2017

There’s a tinsel load of Toyah on TV and radio this festive season:

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Neil McCormick’s Needle Time: Vintage TV: Thursday 21st December: 4am
Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Saturday 23rd December: 7.30am
Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Saturday 23rd December 5.30pm
Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Christmas Eve: 5.30am
Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: My5: Christmas Eve: 10pm
A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt1): Vintage TV: Christmas Eve: 10pm
100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross: More 4: Christmas Day: 9.15am
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Boxing Day: 1pm
A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt2): Vintage TV: Boxing Day: 10.30pm
Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: My5: Thursday 28th December: 2am
The 100 Greatest Musicals (Pt1): More 4: Saturday 30th December: 9.55am
The 100 Greatest Musicals (Pt2): More 4: New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay: 9.45am
Quadrophenia: Film 4: New Years Day: 1.30am

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Toyah on Christmas TV: Neil McCormick’s Needle Time

December 17th, 2017

There’s another chance to catch Vintage TV’s Neil McCormick’s Needle Time with Toyah this coming week. A 60-minute special with Toyah talking about her career, music and life.

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Neil McCormick’s Needle Time: Vintage TV: Thursday 21st December: 4am
Toyah Willcox. Prolific artist and actor, who enjoyed hits with ‘It’s a Mystery’, ‘Thunder in the Mountains’ and ‘I Want to be Free’, shares the story behind her remarkable career – Running Time: 60 minutes. Vintage TV is available on Sky 369, Freeview 242, Virgin 343 and Freesat 505.

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Toyah on Christmas/New Year TV: Quadrophenia

December 17th, 2017

Quadrophenia: Film 4: New Years Day: 1.30am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

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Toyah on Christmas TV: Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments

December 17th, 2017

Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: My5: Christmas Eve: 10pm
Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: My5: Thursday 28th December: 2am
A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time. These are the kind of disastrous, ill-conceived and downright cringe-inducing moments that it’s a wonder ever made it to air. Among contributors ready to dissect the disasters – many of which they were involved in themselves – are Eamon Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read.

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Toyah on Christmas TV: A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt2)

December 14th, 2017

A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt2): Vintage TV: Boxing Day: 10.30pm
Snuggling up by the fireside with Toyah Willcox and Roy Wood for some Christmas chat and festive songs are pop rock act The Feeling and Imagination’s Leee John. (Photo © Vintage TV)

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Toyah on Christmas TV: A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt1)

December 14th, 2017

A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt1): Vintage TV: Tuesday 19th December: 10.30pm
A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt1): Vintage TV: Christmas Eve: 10pm
Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs.  (Photo © Vintage TV)

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Toyah on Christmas TV: Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo

December 14th, 2017

Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Boxing Day: 1pm
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.

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Official Toyah: December/Christmas 2017 Blog

December 14th, 2017

Toyah’s December/Christmas 2017 blog is available to read at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah’s December Adventures

December 14th, 2017

Check out Toyah’s December adventures at Twitter… (Photos © Toyah Willcox)

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Toyah on Christmas Radio: Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas

December 8th, 2017

ntshc12aAiring on BBC radio for the first time since it was originally broadcast in December 2012, Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas includes an interview with Toyah during this fascinating 30 minute special, discussing ‘Smash Hits’ in the early 1980s and also the memorable and iconic ‘Brave New World’ cover issue.

Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas:
BBC Radio 4 Extra:

Sat 23rd Dec: 7.30am/5.30pm | Xmas Eve: 5.30am

Neil Tennant had a life as a journalist before he became famous as a Pet Shop Boy. In fact, it was on a Smash Hits trip to New York that he had his big breakthrough with the record producer Bobby O.

Here, 30 years after his first stint on pop’s most successful and inventive magazine, Neil recalls the golden days of Smash Hits. We hear from founder and legendary magazine maker Nick Logan, editors David Hepworth and Mark Ellen, writers Miranda Sawyer and Sylvia Patterson, and from regular Smash Hits cover girl, Toyah.

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We also sample a rare recording from the 1982 Christmas Flexidisc (a message from the stars) and probably Neil Tennant’s first recording – the music for a trailer advertising Smash Hits stickers.

Producer: Susan Marling. A Just Radio Ltd. production for BBC Radio 4.

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