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 Sat 30th June, 2007: Dreamscape Announcement
The response to my decision to close Dreamscape (20th June) has been absolutely overwhelming. The announcement 10 days ago wasn't about attention-seeking or similar. I am being completely honest when I say I was oblivious to how much some people appreciate/enjoy this website. Some of the emails I've received have been amazing (particularly one that REALLY made me think) and I would really love to reproduce them here but have to respect the privacy of the individuals. One very succinct mesage simply said: "Intergalactic Ranchouse and Dreamscape... the two staples of Toyah fandom!" To even have Dreamscape mentioned in the same sentence as IR is very flattering.

So... In response to the responses(!!) I do feel that I would be acting in a really selfish way if I, at this point in time anyway, just removed this resource. Especially at such an interesting time in Toyah's music and acting career. 

I have added an end of June catch-up update and there are going to be some changes made to the site, but as of 1st August Dreamscape will continue!

Have a great Summer. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch.

 Sat 30th June, 2007: 'The Sunday Times' - Moving On
[ Sunday Times - 24th June 2007 ]Toyah Willcox, the singer turned actress and keen gardener, is thrilled with her latest purchase: a 19th-century home near Nice, on the French-Italian border. She bought the two-bed place for about 500,000 a few months ago, and says that it has already risen in value by 50,000; she plans to renovate and add two more bedrooms. Willcox, 49, is coy about the precise location, saying only that it is “in a very old town overlooking a harbour”. “I didn’t mean to buy it, but it’s a property that’s so rare, I just had to have it,” she explains. 

[ News Source: www.property.timesonline.co.uk - 24th June 2007 ]

 Sat 30th June, 2007: Jack & The Beanstalk 2007
[ Jack & The Beanstalk 2007 ]A brand new publicity pic of the cast of Jack & The Beanstalk. Toyah's panto for Christmas 2007.

Saturday 8th Dec 2007 - Sunday 6th Jan 2008
The Proper Pantomime Company follow the success of Aladdin with the spectacular children's favourite Jack and The Beanstalk. Starring Toyah and Chris Lillicrap with Harvey James returning after his crowd pleasing antics as Wishee Washee in Aladdin.

Starring:
Toyah Willcox as Jack
Christopher Lillicrap as Dame Daisy 
Simon Ludders from Young Dracula as Burp
Tanya Whatley as  Enchantress
Harvey James as Silly Billy 

Tickets: Early Bird Family rate 12 a ticket (4 tickets max 2 adults)available until 1 August 2007
Off Peak performances: 12 - 18
Peak Performances: 12 - 19.50
All January performances all tickets 10

The Hexagon
Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA 
Telephone: 0118 960 6060
Email boxoffice@readingarts.com

 Sat 30th June, 2007: Secrets of Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes
• A few screen caps from Toyah's brief appearance on last Saturday's Secrets of Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes, broadcast on ITV1.

[ Sectrets of Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes ]

 Sat 30th June, 2007: Toyah on TV - Saving Planet Earth
Saving Planet Earth : BBC1 West Midlands - Wednesday 4th July : 7.00pm
Toyah Willcox finds out about conservation projects set up to help struggling local wildlife, including the water vole, the slow worm, the salmon and even the common swan.

Saving Planet Earth UK : BBC2 - Tuesday 10th July : 7.00pm
Michaela Strachan leads a group of celebrities campaigning to save the UK's endangered wildlife. Tom Conti searches for a sea eagle on the Isle of Mull, Sean Hughes goes looking for otters in London, Cheryl Baker tries to find hazel dormice in Kent and Toyah Willcox helps out with a salmon release programme in the Midlands.

 Sat 30th June, 2007: Toyah on TV
The Most Fertile Man In Ireland : Sky Movies Comedy - Sunday 1st July : 4.00pm
Twenty-four year old virgin, Eamonn Manley, lives with his mother in Belfast and is painfully shy with the ladies. Things change for Eamonn when Mary Malloy decides to make the first move and soon Mary realises that she is pregnant even though she was using birth control. The doctor discovers that Eamonn has an unusually high sperm count... His mother has the idea that he can help the local ladies who have had problems conceiving a baby... Director: Dudi Appleton. Starring: Kris Marshall, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt, Kenneth Cranham, Toyah Willcox and Olivia Nash. 

In Your Dreams : Channel 4 - Friday 6th July : 11.40am
In Your Dreams sees acclaimed dream analyst and psychotherapist Brenda Mallon in conversation with personalities discussing their dream life. Toyah Willcox has had an eclectic career spanning four decades and is renowned for her rebellious spirit. She's always had an extremely dramatic dream life and, in this episode, discovers one particular dream that has significantly altered the course of her life.

Dickinson's Celebrity Deals : ITV1 - Wednesday 11th July : 2.00pm
David Dickinson presents a series in which celebrities sell treasured family heirlooms to raise cash for charity. In this episode, Sherrie Hewson discovers sentimental value doesn't necessarily translate into cold hard cash when her grandmother's scent bottle comes up for sale, Toyah Willcox proves she knows more than the Real Deal dealers when her print hits the sale room, and sports commentator Jim Rosenthal battles with dealer Mike Melody over his train set.

 Sat 30th June, 2007: 'New Toyah "Facelift" interview - Listen Online
[ Diary Of A Facelift ]Toyah Willcox: `I Plan To Have More Cosmetic Surgery`
In an exclusive interview with Maggie Philbin, Toyah Willcox reveals her next procedure, past regrets

London – 18 June, 2007 - ‘Looking Good’ BuyAssociation, the website dedicated to providing the public with unbiased, On Demand and free information about the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures, today announced their latest weekly radio show featuring Toyah Willcox, famous musician and author of ‘Diary of a Facelift’, and consultant plastic surgeon Norman Waterhouse, will air on Thursday 21 June on One Word (digital) Radio at 11:30am and 7pm as well as being available for free download via the BuyAssociation.co.uk site and iTunes. The Radio Show reveals Toyah’s plans for future cosmetic surgery as well as the best procedures for women in their 50’s, and highlights an entirely new technique by facelift specialist Norman Waterhouse, spelling the end of the giveaway ‘wind tunnel’ look. 

The interviewees were quizzed by well-known presenter Maggie Philbin, of 'Tomorrow’s World' and QED fame, who asked Mr. Waterhouse just how invisible his famous ‘invisible stitches’ were – to which he replied;

"I can hide a facelift from your lover, but not from your hairdresser!"

During the show, Toyah spoke of her decision to get a facelift four years ago and outlines which procedures she is considering having done in the future. She says 

"I’ve had a facelift in my 40’s and I plan on being refreshed again in my 50’s"

When asked if she had any regrets, she admitted that, although delighted with the results, she wishes that she hadn’t gone to Paris for the procedure, saying there are many fantastic surgeons in the UK, and said her next surgery will definitely be performed here. 

The show further highlighted the different types of facelifts available including the new 'Waterhouse' technique recently published in a medical journal, and pinpointed the sort of people who may be ineligible for plastic surgery, such as heavy smokers.

According to Maggie Philbin; "Toyah gave us a very frank account of her own experiences and is one of an increasing number of women who has chosen to have aesthetic surgery – and talk about it. But there are a bewildering number of procedures and new techniques and some make-over programmes can present a misleading picture of what’s actually involved. Surgery isn’t for everyone. On "Looking Good" we provide straight down the line, unbiased and honest advice. We don’t gloss over how long it can take to recover from procedures or what can go wrong."

This radio show can be found On Demand at BuyAssociation.co.uk along with other Podcasts, Fact Sheets and Radio Shows all providing advice on cosmetic surgery and procedures.

You can listen or download the interview here. Toyah appears 7:30 in. 

[ Source: www.consultingroom.co.uk - 18th June 2007 ]

 Sat 30th June, 2007: 'York Press' - Magic of the Eighties
The Magic Of The Eighties casts its spell anew in Here And Now, tomorrow's nostalgic picnic concert at Harewood House, near Leeds.

From 7.30pm, two-and-a-half hours of hits will be rolled out by Midge Ure, ABC, Paul Young, Toyah Willcox, Belinda Carlisle, Go West and Limahl. Expect to hear such Eighties' party favourites as Vienna, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home), Heaven Is A Place On Earth, The Look Of Love, Too Shy, It's A Mystery, Every Time You Go Away, Never Ending Story, If I Was, We Close Our Eyes, Leave A Light On and I Want To Be Free, all leading up to a fireworks finale.

Gates open at 6pm. Tickets cost 32.50 in advance, 40 on the night; children aged five to 15, 20/25. Box office: 01603 660444, 0113 218 1000 or 0113 224 3801; online at www.imlconcerts.co.uk.

[ Source: www.thisisyork.co.uk - Friday 29th June 2007 ]

 Wed 20th June, 2007: Dreamscape
I've been told today, by Safari Records, to remove the downloads that contain songs/material they own the copyright to. The Downloads section has been removed as they requested.

As of today Dreamscape will no longer be updated. Apologies to everyone who has enjoyed visiting the site but I think it will only now be a matter of time before I'm "asked" to remove copyrighted photographs etc. 

The site will stay online until my hosting package runs out later this year so if there is anything (aside from the Downloads) you want to save please feel free to do so. Unlike the last time the site almost closed (back in 2003 - not "frequently" as someone at a Yahoo group stated a couple of years back) I have to say I won't change my decision. 

The internet has changed a lot over the last four years, with MySpace etc, so there are plenty of alternative ways to keep up with what Toyah is doing these days. 

Thanks to everyone who has contributed news/info over the years... 

Davie 

 Sun 17th June, 2007: Saving Planet Earth
[ Saving Planet Earth ]Saving Planet Earth begins next weekend, with Toyah's programme, focusing on UK wildlife, airing on the 4th July:

Saving Planet Earth : BBC1 - Sunday 24th June : 7.00pm
Celebrities investigate the issues, search out solutions and see how we can all be involved in saving planet earth's wildlife.

BBC Press Office
As part of the Saving Planet Earth season, 14 specially tailored local programmes are being shown on Wednesday 4 July focusing on the plight of the UK's endangered wildlife. 

Each programme gives details of how viewers can get involved in local conservation projects.

Wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan fronts a five-part series on BBC Two, featuring highlights from the 14 local Saving Planet Earth programmes.

[ BBC Saving Planet Earth website ]Saving Planet Earth – West Midlands
The plight of the region's wildlife comes under the microscope as Toyah Willcox takes a look at some of the unlikely creatures living in one of England's most densely populated areas. She discovers that all kinds of animals are struggling to survive in the West Midlands.

Toyah travels to Staffordshire for a scarce sighting of salmon returning to the River Trent. She lends a hand with the re-introduction of the fish to the waterways – something that has not been seen in the Trent for nearly 80 years.

From there, Toyah rummages around in the undergrowth of Worcester to help re-house the extremely rare slow worm – a species that is coming under further threat due to the destruction of their natural habitat.

Toyah's final destination on her eco-journey is to seek out the water vole in Herefordshire. Once a common sight on the river banks of England, their numbers have dwindled rapidly from around seven million at the end of the Eighties down to fewer than 900,000 by the mid-Nineties.

[ News Source: www.bbc.co.uk/savingplanetearth - June 2007 ]

 Sun 17th June, 2007: 'Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde' - DVD
[ Jekyll & Hyde DVD ]Delayed twice from earlier this year, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is available from Monday 18th June, although some online retailers are listing 25th June.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s chilling exploration into the good versus evil side of human nature was brought dramatically to the screen in this classic BBC adaptation. 

It will be released for the first time ever courtesy of Second Sight on 18 June 2007. The release coincides with a brand new BBC six-part adaptation starring James Nesbitt, due to be screened this spring.

David Hemmings (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Gangs Of New York) stars as the virtuous Dr Jekyll who discovers a formula to unleash the dark side of man. The result is Mr Edward Hyde, his depraved inner demon who is let loose to enjoy the more decadent side of Victorian society. As his experiments continue Mr Hyde grows stronger as his creator struggles to control him.

The excellent supporting cast features Ian Bannen (Waking Ned), British legend Diana Dors and eighties pop star Toyah Willcox (Quadrophenia).

This is classic British drama at it’s best!

[ Click on the image for a review of this drama ]

 Sun 17th June, 2007: 'Tiswas Reunited' - Screen caps
• A selection of screen captures from lst night's Tiswas Reunited.

 Sun 17th June, 2007: 'Belle De Jour' - More Reports
[ Marie Claire ]Although still, as yet, unconfirmed by Toyah, numerous sources are now running stories on her joining the Belle De Jour cast.

Marie Claire (13th June 2007): 
Toyah Willcox cast in Belle De Jour
NEW! TOYAH WILLCOX has been cast as Billie Piper's mother in ITV's big autumn call-girl drama, Belle de Jour. 

The singer-turned-actress who made her name as a rock star in the early 80s with hits such as I Want To Be Free and It's A Mystery, will join Piper in an eight-part adaptation of a book based on the infamous blog. 

Belle de Jour - whose identity is only known to a handful of people - was a high-class call girl who made a fortune from chronicling her exploits on the internet. Her on-line diary about her sexual adventures earned her a six-figure book deal, after drawing thousands of readers to her daily site. ITV then picked up on its popularity and decided to turn it into a prime-time drama. 

Cherie Lunghi who recently starred in Hotel Babylon will take up the role of Piper's 'agent' or her madam by another name. Filming starts on the drama this week and with ITV director of television, Simon Shaps, describing it as 'a Moll Flanders for the 21st century', expect addictive viewing.

The Guardian (13th June 2007): ITV seduces stars for Belle de Jour
Toyah Willcox is to play Billie Piper's mother in ITV's call-girl drama Belle de Jour. In March, the ITV director of television, Simon Shaps, revealed that Piper is to go from Doctor Who's assistant to high-class call girl, playing the main role of anonymous blogger Belle de Jour. Now it has emerged that she will be joined by fellow former-singer-turned actress Willcox in the drama...

Billie-Piper.net (13th June 2007): Belle De Jour Update
Billie has started fiming her role in Belle De Jour this week. It will be an 8 part series made by Tiger Aspect and Silver Apples and should be screened on ITV2 later this year. Toyah Willcox has been signed up to play her mother and Cherie Lunghi is thought to be playing the role of her 'madam'.

Jews Like News (14th June 2006): Toyah becomes Jewish mother 
Singer and actress Toyah Willcox is to play the mother of a high-class Jewish prostitute in ITV’s dramatisation of Belle de Jour.

[ Various other online news/gossip/TV websites are reporting this too ]

 Sun 17th June, 2007: Toyah newsy bits & pieces!
• Toyah is namechecked in an interview with Hazel O'Connor at the This Is Wiltshire website, on 14th June... There are more dates with The Subterraneans to come, talk of a reunion with Cormac and his harp, and you shouldn't be surprised, either, if you see Hazel and her friend Toyah Willcox teaming up for a bit or a tour in the near future soon.

• Various online and print articles have been appearing about tonight's Tiswas Reunited on ITV1. Some of these, including the Daily Record's They Can't Tame Tiswas, mention Toyah as an audience guest.

 Sun 17th June, 2007: 'Tiswas Reunited' - Picture
• Toyah and John, pictured at the Tiswas Reunited special, broadcast last night.

[ Toyah & John @ Tiswas Reunted ]

[ Picture Source: www.reunited.tiswasonline.com - June 2007 ]

 Sun 17th June, 2007: Fame - The Creative Industries Show
[ LSEP Newsletter - June 2007 ]You may recall that Toyah was a Guest Speaker at Fame - The Creative Industries Show, back in march this year, at Montfort University in Leicestershire.

The Leicestershire Economic Partnership Newsletter for June 2007 has ran a small article on the event, including a picture and quote from Toyah.

Annual Creative Event - FAME:
LSEP supported the annual FAME (Fashion, Arts, Media Eastmidlands) event which attracts 1,000 visitors to De Montfort University. It is a flagship event for the creative industries and is endorsed by celebrities and scores of national and regional employers.

The keynote speakers at this year’s event were singer Toyah Willcox and Nick Pickard from Hollyoaks TV soap opera. Creative employers from companies such as the BBC, Adobe, Next and Avid gave help and advice on how to get in to and succeed in the industry. There was a networking lounge for businesses, presentation and seminar opportunities on subjects ranging from fashion and journalism to web design and e-games.

Toyah Willcox said, "It was a fantastic opportunity to get information to the people who count from the people who count. The audience at FAME was the industry’s future and they need to have direct contact with people like me who have not only got a rich history but are still working in the heart of the industry.

"There is so much to share, from the importance of self confidence to the necessity
of individuality within a team. FAME isn’t about being a celebrity and being a size zero it’s about being informed."

[ Source: www.lsep.co.uk - June 2007 Newsletter ]

 Sun 17th June, 2007: More Toyah on TV
Brum : CBeebies - Thursday 21st June : 4.45pm
Brum and The Airport Adventure. The adventures of a little car who lives in a motor museum, narrated by Toyah Willcox. When precious gems are stolen from a famous celebrity at the airport, Brum is soon on the trail of the two thieves.

Top Of The Pops 2 : UKTV G2 - Thursday 28th June : 9.30am
Top Of The Pops 2 : UKTV G2 - Thursday 28th June : 4.30pm
More pop nostalgia and current music, introduced by Radio 2 stalwart Steve Wright. This edition includes a specially-recorded performance by Steve Balsamo. Plus Elvis Costello with 'Oliver's Army', Toyah performing 'It's a Mystery', Blur's 'Girls and Boys', and the camp classic 'It's Raining Men' by The Weather Girls.

 Fri 15th June, 2007: 'SFX' - My Sci-Fi
• Toyah is interviewed in the July 2007 issue of the, frankly excellent, 'SFX' magazine.

[ SFX - July 2007 ]

After training as an actress, Birmingham-born Toyah became one of Britain's most successful solo singers in the early '80s. She's since been a regular on the UK's TV screens, plying her trade on programmes ranging from Holiday to Teletubbies.

FAVOURITE SF MOVIE
"I like all the Aliens, I like Pitch Black, and I'm a big fan of Chronicles of Riddick. I actually think it's a superb film and I get very angry when I read bad reviews about it. I think all the cast are stunning in it, and the effects are stunning."

"I like sci-fi horror, so Alien Vs Predator is for me. Anything with monsters in I absolutely adore. In fact, on Sunday afternoons my hubby and I like to go to bed and have sci-fi to watch on DVD, and there's just not enough made. I have a personal ambition myself to be in a sci-fi horror film. I'd love it. I beg my agent daily, find me a sci-fi horror."

FAVOURITE SF TV PROGRAMME
"I watch very little TV because I'm always working in the evenings.  I loved Christopher Eccleston's Doctor Who, but I'm not quite sure about the latest Doctor. I like my Doctor Who to be a little more adult orientated. But I'm absolutely addicted to Medium. I've probably seen every episode at least six times. I'm enjoying Heroes and I always loved Buffy. I always tend to watch sci-fi on TV - that's my passion."

FAVOURITE SF BOOK/COMIC
"I love books. That said, I haven't really got round to reading many lately. The one I'm still ploughing through is Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, because I love his writing. But then I love Michael Faber who is a very light science fiction writer - he's a surrealist writer and I enjoy him immensely."

GUILTIEST SF PLEASURE
"Probably Galaxy Quest, which is a brilliant film and puts a smile upon my face. I do love Space 1999 and Fireball XL5, as well. I suppose they probably count as guilty pleasures."

[ Thanks to Andrew MacDonald ]

 Fri 15th June, 2007: 'Power To The People' - Screen caps
• A selection of screen captures from 4Learning's Power To The People (see 6th June News update below for more info on this) which aired yesterday morning. Toyah was talking about Punk so it is likely this was; Programme 4: Punk; Queer; Riots; Stunts; Technology.

[ Thanks to Andi Westhorpe for the caps & info ]

 Fri 15th June, 2007: 'Newbury Today' - It's Festival Time
There are a few festivals to keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for in the south this summer. It’s good to keep your musical nose in the know, so here’s a little taster of what’s in the pipeline. 

WHAT IS IT? The Henley Festival:
Situated in Henley-on-Thames, in Oxon, it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and raises money for its local schools through the SHOUT! - Henley school’s OUTreach - project, promoting ‘music therapy’. 

WHEN? Wednesday July 11th to Sunday July 15th 

THE LINE-UP: I won’t go through it all as it’s a blend of jazz, folk, blues and pop, but it is noteworthy to say that the Thursday will feature Dionne Warwick, and Belinda Carlisle, Nick Heyward and Toyah will lead Saturday’s ‘80s Party Night. 
www.henley-festival.co.uk 

[ Source: www.newburytoday.co.uk - Thursday 14th June 2007 ]

 Fri 15th June, 2007: Quadrophenia Reunion 2007
• Reel Events is pleased to announce that a Quadrophenia Reunion will take place at this years London Film and Comic Convention on Sat 1st/Sun 2nd September 2007at Earls Court.

[ Quadrophenia 1979 - 2007 ]

Over the next few weeks we will be adding names to this reunion but we have pleasure in confirming that Phil Daniels, who played the starring role in the 1979 British classic, will be heading the guest list.

[ Source: www.myspace.com/reelevents & www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com ]

 Fri 15th June, 2007: Toyah on TV - Summary update
Look out for Toyah all over the TV schedules in the next 10 days or so. Here is a summary of what, where & when!

Loose Women : ITV1 - Weekdays : 12.30pm
Possible sporadic appearances from Toyah as a presenter.

Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 9.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 10.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 3.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 4.30pm
Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer Greg Wallace are looking for the country's top celebrity chef. Kristian Digby, Sue Perkins and Toyah Willcox take on three tests for a place in the quarter finals. They must invent two dishes from scratch in 50 minutes, using only ingredients they've been given. Then they must cook lunch for paying customers at London restaurant Addendum.

Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 7.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 8.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 10.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 11.30pm
Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer Greg Wallace are looking for the country's top celebrity chef. Toyah Willcox, Matt Dawson, Roger Black and Rowland Rivron compete for a place in the semi-finals.

Tiswas Reunited : ITV1 - Saturday 16th June : 9.15pm
For one night only, the original gang of Tiswas - Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees and John Gorman - reunite to recreate the fun and mayhem of the most groundbreaking Saturday morning kids' series in British television history. They look back at their favourite moments, and are joined by some of the special celebrity guests who began their careers on the show.

Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Mon 18th June : 9.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Mon 18th June : 10.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Mon 18th June : 3.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Mon 18th June : 4.30pm
Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer Greg Wallace are looking for the country's top celebrity chef. Toyah Willcox, Matt Dawson, Roger Black and Rowland Rivron compete for a place in the semi-finals.

The Wright Stuff : Five - Tuesday 19th June : 9.00am
The Wright Stuff : Five Life - Tuesday 19th June : 11.00am
Matthew Wright hosts the topical debate show. Expert Diana Moran will be doing a face gym. With guest Toyah Willcox and panellists Martin Lewis and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Top Of The Pops 2 : UKTV G2 - Sunday 24th June : 9.30am
More pop nostalgia and current music, introduced by Radio 2 stalwart Steve Wright. This edition includes a specially-recorded performance by Steve Balsamo. Plus Elvis Costello with 'Oliver's Army', Toyah performing 'It's a Mystery', Blur's 'Girls and Boys', and the camp classic 'It's Raining Men' by The Weather Girls.

Tales Of The Unexpected : ITV3 - Wednesday 27th June : 6.00am
Tales Of The Unexpected : ITV3 Plus 1 - Wednesday 27th June : 7.00am
Tales Of The Unexpected : ITV3 - Wednesday 27th June : 2.05pm
Tales Of The Unexpected : ITV3 Plus 1 - Wednesday 27th June : 3.05pm
Blue Marigold. Series 5, episode 1. At the height of her fame, Myra, a fashion model, is suddenly out of favour with her agencies and deserted by her boyfriend. Years later she sees an opportunity to win him back.

 Wed 13th June, 2007: Angel & Me
I don't often get personal on here but please forgive me this once...

I'd like to dedicate this update, and indeed this website, which I'm enormously proud of, to my mum, Isobel, who died 10 years ago today, and who would also have celebrated her 66th Birthday today... Big Love... X

 Wed 13th June, 2007: Official Toyah MySpace - June Playlist
[ Official MySpace June Playlist ]Toyah's Official MySpace has a new Playlist up and running for June 2007.

Official Toyah MySpace: Beneath Your Skin
June 2007 (Playlist Two):

1) Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You) -
2007 Brand new Willcox/Darlow produced composition (Clip 2)

2) This is Your Life (The Humans)
2007 Brand new demo preview clip 
from Toyah's new band project The Humans (Toyah + Bill Rieflin) 

3) I Explode (Live)
2005 official live version from Wasted Festival 2005 / previously unreleased.

4) Requite Me (Demo)
1992 Willcox/Darlow produced demo
unreleased until inclusion on Take the Leap! CD release (Sept 2006) 

5) Now And Then (Live)
1997 official live version recorded at Bourbon Street, Glasgow / previously unreleased.

[ Source: Official Toyah MySpace - Tuesday 12th June 2007 ]

 Wed 13th June, 2007: Toyah takes on Jewish role
Various websites, including Digital Spy, Something Jewish and Jewtastic are all reporting that Toyah has landed a role in the forthcoming ITV drama Belle de Jour.

Jewtastic: Toyah takes on Jewish role
Singer and actress Toyah Willcox is to play the mother of a high-class Jewish prostitute in ITV’s dramatisation of Belle de Jour.

The blog turned book which also spawned a sequel already has former Doctor Who actress Billie Piper in the lead role as the upscale Jewish prostitute which is due to be screened later this year on ITV2.

ITV describes the story of Belle as: “… a 21st-century Moll Flanders, an illuminating glimpse behind the scenes of the high-class sex trade. It is an insight into the secret life of an extraordinary young woman whose conventional family have no idea that she is leading a double life.”

The eight part drama is to start production shortly and Belle de Jour herself has expressed support for the TV adaptation.

“I couldn’t be more excited, and I know the writers and actors and everyone else will do a great job,” she said. 

[ News Sources: See above links ]

 Wed 13th June, 2007: Toyah @ The Club - More Pics
• More pictures of Toyah at 'The Club' in Stoke last Saturday night, including the "Toyah" drag queen who opened the PA, performing 'Ieya'.

[ Toyah @ The Club, 9th June 2007 ]

The Club - Saturday 9th June 2007: SetList:

Ieya (see above)
Are You Gonna Go My Way
Echo Beach
It's A Mystery
Sweet Child 'O' Mine
Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)
I Want To Be Free

[ Thanks to Paul Stephens (pic 1) & Merx (pics 2-4) ]

 Wed 13th June, 2007: Toyah on TV - Top Of The Pops 2
• A vintage Toyah clip, of a performance of 'It's A Mystery' in 1981, will be included in a forthcoming Top Of The Pops 2 on UKTV G2.

[ Top Of The Pops 2 - It's A Mystery ]

Top Of The Pops 2 : UKTV G2 - Sunday 24th June : 9.30am
More pop nostalgia and current music, introduced by Radio 2 stalwart Steve Wright. This edition includes a specially-recorded performance by Steve Balsamo. Plus Elvis Costello with 'Oliver's Army', Toyah performing 'It's a Mystery', Blur's 'Girls and Boys', and the camp classic 'It's Raining Men' by The Weather Girls.

 Sun 10th June, 2007: Toyah @ The Club - Pics
• A few great pics, I have "borrowed" from 'The Club' MySpace page, of Toyah last night in Stoke:

[ Toyah @ The Club, 9th June 2007 ]

[ Click on the pics to visit 'The Club' website ]

 Sun 10th June, 2007: The Humans - New picture
• A wonderful new picture (taken just Friday past) of Toyah and Bill, aka The Humans, by Dean Stockings. Please visit the Official Toyah MySpace or The Humans MySpace to view a larger version of this, plus a new picture of Toyah.

[ The Humans - Photo by Dean Stockings ]

[ Click on the picture to visit www.deanstockings.co.uk ]

 Sun 10th June, 2007: The Humans - New wallpaper
• A striking new photo of The Humans, by Dean Stockings, available at The Humans MySpace as a downloadable wallpaper for your desktop.

[ The Humans wallpaper ]

[ Please click on the picture to download the full version at The Humans MySpace ]

 Sat 9th June, 2007: 'Loose Women' - Screen caps
• A selection of screen caps from Toyah's first stint as a guest presenter on yesterday afternoon's Loose Women on ITV1, here in the UK.

[ Loose Women - Friday 8th June 2007 ]

[ Thanks to Andi Westhorpe for the screen caps ]

 Sat 9th June, 2007: Toyah @ The Club - Tonight!
• Tonight sees Toyah return to her "favourite gay club", as she mentioned on yesterday's Loose Women, for a PA to celebrate her pal John's birthday.

[ Toyah @ The Club ]
[ Toyah @ The Club ]
[ Toyah @ The Club ]

If anyone is going along, have a great time, and please send Dreamscape a picture or two, and maybe even a short review of the PA ;)

 Sat 9th June, 2007: Official update
[ www.toyahwillcox.com ]The Offical Toyah website has been updated with Toyah's Webletter for June 2007.

Leap on over to www.toyahwillcox.com to read up on Toyah's latest happenings. There's interesting music news and a whole lot more.

Toyah mentions that The Humans have a photoshoot (scheduled to take place yesterday).

"We do the photo shoot for the project this Friday, Dean Stockings will be the Art director. Bill looks so angelic in my eyes, so the theme is Demonic Angels."

[ Source: www.toyahwillcox.com - Friday 8th June 2007 ]

 Sat 9th June, 2007: 'Loose Women' - Presenting Toyah
• Toyah is now a semi-permanent presenter on the ITV1 lunchtime talk-fest that is Loose Women.

[ Loose Women ]

This show is aired daily with a rota of around 10 female presenters, so expect Toyah to appear when you least expect. Her first stint was yesterday.

Loose Women : ITV1 - Weekdays : 12.30pm

[ Loose Women ]

[ Thanks to Andi for the screen cap ]

 Fri 8th June, 2007: Toyah on TV - The Wright Stuff
The Wright Stuff : Five - Tuesday 19th June : 9.00am
The Wright Stuff : Five Life - Tuesday 19th June : 11.00am
Matthew Wright hosts the topical debate show. Expert Diana Moran will be doing a face gym. With guest Toyah Willcox and panellists Martin Lewis and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
 Fri 8th June, 2007: Toyah on TV - Tiswas Reunited
[ Tiswas Reunited ]Tiswas Reunited : ITV1 - 
Saturday 16th June : 9.15pm
For one night only, the original gang of Tiswas - Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, Bob Carolgees and John Gorman - reunite to recreate the fun and mayhem of the most groundbreaking Saturday morning kids' series in British television history. 

They look back at their favourite moments, and are joined by some of the special celebrity guests who began their careers on the show.

 Thu 7th June, 2007: 'The Humans' ... are here!
• Toyah's new music project, with Bill Reiflin, The Humans are now at MySpace.

[ The Humans @ MySpace ]

 Thu 7th June, 2007: 'The Humans' - Short bio
[ The Humans ]THE HUMANS are two people, TOYAH WILLCOX and BILL RIEFLIN. Both come from opposite sides of the world and from radically different musical backgrounds, they are bringing together two life times of musical experience.

THE HUMANS live show is song based but the songs are deconstructed down to the bones of raw experience exposing human nature and irony. Comparisons are always misleading but if The White Stripes met with the vocal adventures of Lou Reed, Kate Bush, Gabriel and Beefheart then you might get a flavour of things to come... 

Three live dates are currently confirmed for Estonia in October 2007.

[ Source: www.myspace.com/wearethehumans ]

 Thu 7th June, 2007: 'The Humans' - Preview tracks
[ The Humans - MySpace Player ]Three song previews can be heard in the MySpace player on The Humans page. 

The songs are 'We Are The Humans', 'This belongs To You' and 'This Is Your Life'.

It seems likely these tracks, in full, will be available to download at some point soon, and that an album of material will be released.

More information will be available on the MySpace page soon.

[ Source: www.myspace.com/wearethehumans ]

 Wed 6th June, 2007: 'Latex Messiah' - Live!
• Toyah will perform 'Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You)' live for the first time at The Club PA, this Saturday (9th June). Click below to visit 'The Club' website.

[ Latex Messiah @ The Club ]

[ Source: Official Toyah MySpace - Tues 5th June 2007 ]

 Wed 6th June, 2007: Are you Esure?
[ esure ]Toyah has provided the voiceover for the latest 'Esure' TV advert, currently airing in the UK.

'Esure' are a Car/Home/Pet/Life/Travel insurance organisation, who boast "we’re cheaper because we’re online". Toyah previously voiced one of their commercials back in 2002.

[ Thanks To Paul & John @ Dreamscape's Forum ]

 Wed 6th June, 2007: '4 Learning' - Power To The People
[ 4Learning - Power To The People ]Can protests really make a difference? This series, narrated by Dermot O'Leary, takes an A to Z look at protests. Using archive footage, eyewitness accounts and expert opinions, it explores what motivates protestors, the methods they use and the impact they have. 

Expert contributors include Toyah Willcox (singer, actress and presenter), Peter Tatchell (human rights campaigner and member of gay rights group OutRage!), Dr Robert Beckford (theologian and filmmaker), John Robb (music journalist), Dr Linda Papadopolous (psychologist) and Nick Ferrari (radio presenter).

Programme 1: Anti-war; Boycott; Culture jamming; Direct action; Eco-warriors

Programme 2: Fan power; Globalisation; Human rights; Iconography; John and Yoko's 'bed in'

Programme 3: King, Martin Luther; Lyrics; Mahatma Gandhi; Naked; Occupation

Programme 4: Punk; Queer; Riots; Stunts; Technology

Programme 5: Unions; Vivisection; Women's Movement; X=vote; Youth; Zzz... apathy

Learning programmes are on air 9.30am – midday Monday to Friday, and 4am – 6am Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term times [as below].

Summer 2007:
8th May - 25th May 2007
Half term break - Mon 28th May - Friday 1st June 2007
4th June - 15th June 2007

Autumn 2007:
17th September - 19th October 2007
Half term break - 22 October - 26 October 2007.
29th October - 30th November 2007

[ Source: www.channel4learning.net ]

 Sat 2nd June, 2007: 'The Humans' ... are coming!
[ Bill Rieflin & Toyah ]"THE HUMANS is a project that fills my heart with light and happiness. The story behind this is the Estonian Embassy asked myself, the hubby, and Bill Reiflin to do a concert in Estonia around November, of course Robert said No...why say YES when a word like NO is so easy to say. BUT Bill and I said YES! And thus we became THE HUMANS."

That's what Toyah said about The Humans in her May 2007 Webletter. It looks like we are going to be hearing a lot about them over the coming months!

There are already Autumn 2007 dates booked in Estonia with the American/German band, Tuner:

Thursday 25th Oct 2007, 8.00pm: Tallinn, Estonia 
Friday 26th Oct 2007, 8.00pm: Tartu, Estonia 
Saturday 27th Oct 2007, 8.00pm: Viljandi, Estonia 

More info when it becomes available. I'd also keep an eye on Toyah's Official MySpace too ;)

[ Thanks to Dean, Owen & Mark @ the Dreamscape Forum ]

 Sat 2nd June, 2007: Toyah on TV - 'Celebrity Masterchef'
• Toyah's memorable appearances on last year's Celebrity Masterchef are being repeated on UKTV Food later this month. These were originally aired on BBC1 in September 2006:

[ Celebrity Masterchef ]

Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Thurs 14th June : 7.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Thurs 14th June : 8.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Thurs 14th June : 10.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Thurs 14th June : 11.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 9.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 10.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 3.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 4.30pm
Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer Greg Wallace are looking for the country's top celebrity chef. Kristian Digby, Sue Perkins and Toyah Willcox take on three tests for a place in the quarter finals. They must invent two dishes from scratch in 50 minutes, using only ingredients they've been given. Then they must cook lunch for paying customers at London restaurant Addendum.

[ Celebrity Masterchef ]

Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 7.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 8.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Fri 15th June : 10.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Fri 15th June : 11.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Mon 18th June : 9.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Mon 18th June : 10.30am
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food - Mon 18th June : 3.30pm
Celebrity Masterchef : UKTV Food Plus 1 - Mon 18th June : 4.30pm
Chef and restaurateur John Torode and food writer Greg Wallace are looking for the country's top celebrity chef. Toyah Willcox, Matt Dawson, Roger Black and Rowland Rivron compete for a place in the semi-finals.

 Sat 2nd June, 2007: Toyah newsy bits & pieces!
• "Tickets Going Fast" is the title of the news story at the 'Northumberland Gazette':

Almost half of the tickets for this summer's open-air gig at Alnwick Pastures have been snapped up. IML Concert, organisers of The Magic of the Eighties concert on Saturday, July 21, say more than 3,000 tickets have already been sold.

Event manager Chris Bailey said: "Last year we sold out the Jools Holland concert in advance and so we are pleased that so many people have already booked to see Magic of the Eighties. It is promising to be an exciting night to remember an era that brought us loud shirts, spandex and hairstyles we probably regret now."

The event will feature Midge Ure, Go West, ABC, T'pau, Belinda Carlisle, Toyah Willcox and Nick Heyward. 

For tickets, ring IML Concerts on 01603 660444, Alnwick Castle on 01665 511162, Alnwick Playhouse on 01665 510785, Berwick Maltings on 01289 330999 and Ticketline 0871 4244444 or on-line at www.imlconcerts.co.uk. Gates open at 5pm, the show starts at 7.30pm.

[ Source: www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk - 31st May 2007 ]

• Toyah is also mentioned in a recent interview with Limahl, at the 'Herts-Essex News' website. "I lived it up in the '80s with smoking and partying a lot - "too many sun beds!" He joked he was looking forward to quizzing Toyah Willcox about her facelift when they appear on the Here and Now tour, which comes to Audley End on July 28." Click on the link below to read the full interview.

[ Source: www.herts-essex-news.co.uk - 24th May 2007 ]

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