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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 14

December 14th, 2018

christmas2018bChristmas 2006, Toyah was interviewed in Somerfield magazine. Somerfield was a supermarket chain which traded for almost 140 years before closing in 2011 after being bought over by the Co-op.

Toyah Willcox gets into the festive spirit

What does Christmas mean to you?
For the last 15 years, I’ve been doing panto. So to me, Christmas means entertaining families. On Christmas Day itself, I eat from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep. It’s the only time of the year where I’ll eat for 12 hours!

Do you have the works on Christmas Day?
Yes we do. I have a restaurant prepare all the food the day before because what I don’t want to do on my one day off is cook. All I have to do is put it all in the Aga!

Do you enjoy cooking?
I do. I think it’s good to make yourself cook.

Your dream dining companion?
It would have to be John Lennon. If he could see the world today, he’d have more to say than ever before.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 13

December 13th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2001, Toyah festively featured in the December/Christmas issue of Woman & Home magazine, in a one-page article.

My Christmas Wish… My wish is that every calorie consumed is calorie-free and that we all have at least three wishes come true – as long as we all have the sense to wish our lives to be lived to our full abilities, and to be kind and honourable to all our fellow men.”  Toyah Willcox, Actress

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 12

December 12th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2002, Toyah was the cover star of Festival City Theatres brochure, in anticipation of Calamity Jane playing at The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh in January 2003.

Calamity Jane was a great success for Toyah in the early 2000s. The musical toured the UK from September to November 2002, and January to June 2003 (with a break in late April/early May for Toyah’s stint in the second series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!), then transferred to London West End’s Shaftsebury Theatre from June to September of 2003. There was speculation that Toyah would reprise her role as Jane for a further tour but this never happened.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 11

December 11th, 2018

christmas2018cA selection of Toyah on TV this festive season. Of particular interest are Celebrity Mastermind. airing on BBC1 on Saturday 22nd December, and the Fleetwood Mac documentary A Musical History, airing on BBC Four on a number of occasions just before Christmas.

Celebrity Fantasy Homes: Home:
Friday 14th December: 1.50am

Toyah (Series 2, Episode 2). Celebrities hunt for a new home. Gaby Roslin helps the original punk-pop princess Toyah Willcox search for a second home, in Richmond upon Thames, with a budget of £650,000.

Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: Channel 5:
Monday 17th December: 10pm

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 Eamonn Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read.

Fleetwood Mac – A Musical History: BBC4: Friday 21st December: 8pm
Fleetwood Mac – A Musical History: BBC4: Saturday 22nd December: 1.25am
Fleetwood Mac – A Musical History: BBC4: Christmas Eve: 00.25am
Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac fan Edith Bowman provides a narrative overview alongside other celebrity fans who all pay tribute to the band in this hit-filled hour. Contributors include KT Tunstall, Travis’ frontman Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri.

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Celebrity Mastermind: BBC1: Saturday 22nd December: 5.20pm
Series 13, Episode 2. John Humphrys puts four celebrities to the test in another episode of the classic quiz. Taking part are comedian Joe Pasquale, Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto, singer Toyah Willcox and Olympian Jeanette Kwakye. They answer questions on werewolf films, 1990s number one singles, Boudica and Disney animations.

The 100 Greatest Musicals: More4: Christmas Day: 12.20pm
Part One. Denise Van Outen kicks off a sumptuous two-part celebration of the great songs and performers from the best classic and contemporary musicals – as voted for by the British public. From Astaire to Zellweger, from 42nd Street to 8 Mile, Moulin Rouge! and The Sound of Music, The 100 Greatest Musicals is the definitive guide to the musicals that have both stood the test of time and had a lasting impact on viewers’ lives. The first show counts down from 100 to 51 and features memorable clips from film, stage and TV, interspersed with interviews given by performers, directors, writers and choreographers. Also airing on More4 +1 and HD.

The 100 Greatest Musicals: More4: New Year’s Day: Time TBC
Part Two. Denise Van Outen concludes the rundown of viewers’ favourite musicals, counting down from 50 to number one. Including memorable clips from film, stage and TV productions, plus contributions by celebrity fans, Hollywood movers and shakers, critics and journalists. Also airing on More4 +1 and HD.

Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 10

December 10th, 2018

christmas2018aChristmas 2010, was an incredibly busy time for Toyah. As well as starring in the panto Sleeping Beauty at the Festival Theatre, Malvern (with great reviews from The Stage and Malvern Gazette: “This is as near the perfect pantomime as can be“), being part of The Hazel O’Connor Collective and the Christmas charity single Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Midwinter), and appearing all over the TV and radio schedules – Toyah also found time to take part in a variety of festive events.

In early December Toyah switched on Bidford Upon Avon’s Christmas lights on a wintery Sunday evening; took part in The Big Switch On in Malvern, turning on the Worcestershire town’s Christmas lights and performing some Christmas classics; and later in December Toyah and her panto co-stars helped launch the Oxfam Unwrapped gift scheme in Malvern. A great festive month!

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 9

December 9th, 2018

christmas2018bChristmas 1981, 82, 83 & 84. In the early eighties Toyah’s Official Fanclub – Intergalactic Ranch House – sent out Christmas cards to subscribing members each December.

Toyah took the time to sign each and every card, which numbered around 6,000 at the height of the fanclub’s popularity.

This tradition was carried on for an extra year, in 1984, when the IRH became simply the Toyah Fanclub after Toyah’s Safari Records contract ended and she signed to the CBS/Portrait.

All four cards featured photos of Toyah, showcasing great early eighties imagery and creating a unique set of fanclub memorabilia that became collector’s items.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 8

December 8th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2011, ITV’s This Morning got into the festive spirit with their Big Fat Panto Quiz.

Paul Ross was Quizmaster, with Bonnie Langford, The Krankies, Timmy Mallet, Lynda Bellingham, Kevin Cruise and Toyah, all in full panto dress/character, answering the questions.

Panto is a huge Christmas tradition here in the UK. Oh yes it is! A short clip from The Big Fat Panto Quiz is still available online here. Please click on the caps to view larger versions.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 7

December 7th, 2018

christmas2018aChristmas 1984. Toyah guested on the Pop Quiz Christmas Special on BBC1. The programme aired at 4.15pm on Christmas Eve.

This was the penultimate edition of the original Pop Quiz. There were four series, plus five specials, 48 episodes in total, with Toyah guesting four times. The final Pop Quiz Special aired a few days later on 28th December 1984. Though there have been a number of revivals since.

Pop Quiz was a British television quiz programme that originally aired on BBC1 from 4th July 1981 to 28th December 1984 with a Top of the Pops special on 4th January 1994 hosted by Mike Read. It was then revived from 21st May to 9th July 1994 on the same channel but this time hosted by Chris Tarrant (Toyah also guested on this series, alongside Pete Burns). It was revived again on Red TV from 14th June to 30th August 2008 with Mike Read returning as host. He also hosted two specials on BBC Four in December 2016 and January 2017 – Please click on the caps below for larger versions.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 6

December 6th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2012, BBC Radio 4 aired Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas on 20th December. An interesting look back at the golden years of the UK’s biggest pop magazine of the Eighties. The programme included contributions from Tennant, various Smash Hits editors and writers, and Toyah, talking about Smash Hits in general and her Brave New World cover from the Summer of 1982.

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. The half-hour programme isn’t currently available at BBC iPlayer but you can click below to listen to a recording of the programme at You Tube.

Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 5: Christmas 2018 Blog

December 5th, 2018

Toyah’s December/Christmas 2018 blog is available to read at toyahwillcox.com.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 4

December 4th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2016, Toyah attended a ceremony to be inducted into the Birmingham Walk Of Stars.

Toyah said: I am thrilled to be receiving a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars. Having spent my childhood and teenage years in this great city, I developed my love of music and theatre here, thanks to all the great music venues and theatres available within the one city.

• See news on Toyah attending the Birmingham Walk Of Stars event here and here. (Photo © Birmingham Mail)

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 3

December 3rd, 2018

christmas2018aChristmas Eve 1981, Toyah played the final date of the Good Morning Universe European Tour, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. This was Toyah’s third tour of the year, following the College Tour at the beginning of 1981 and the Anthem Tour in the middle of the year.

The gig was broadcast live on BBC2 on The Old Grey Whistle Test as their annual Christmas Eve concert for 1981. Others who were gifted the festive accolade over the years included Elton John (1974), Queen (1975), Rod Stewart (1976), The Kinks (1977), 10CC (1978), Ian Dury & The Blockheads (1980), Elton John (1982), Paul Young (1983).

Toyah would later recall:I spent one Christmas in complete euphoria after doing the Drury Lane Whistle Test. I can remember driving home to Birmingham that night and it was snowing. Everything was just wonderful and I remained on a high after doing that show for about ten days.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 2

December 2nd, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2018. Photos of Toyah onstage at last night’s All Star Christmas Special, with The SAS Band, at GLive in Guildford, including a fantastic shot of Toyah and the band in festive headgear to get Christmas 2018 off to a great start!

Toyah performed Suffragette City, It’s A Mystery and Sweet Child O’ Mine, as well as I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday in the medley at the end of the concert.

Click below to see larger versions of both of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape’s Toyah Gallery. (Thanks to Angus | Photos © Angus Turner)

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 1

December 1st, 2018

christmas2018fWelcome to December, and to Dreamscape’s 19th consecutive year of celebrating Christmas, and Toyah at Christmas, online.

We will be adding a festive update each day in the count down/run up to Christmas, right through until Christmas Eve.

As well as news on any TV appearances for Toyah during December.

It had become something of a tradition to see Toyah on Vintage TV each December, spreading Yuletide cheer and festive tunes, but unfortunately the music channel is currently not included in the television schedules but could be returning soon according to their website.

Christmas 2014, and Dreamscape’s Toyah fanzine produced a couple of festive issues, including a mini-issue dedicated to Toyah’s appearance on ITV’s Pop Goes Christmas back in 1982, when I Believe In Father Christmas was performed by Toyah, Joel Bogen and Keith Hale.

Of course the song – Toyah’s cover of Greg Lake’s classic Christmas single originally released in 1975 – would go on to be included on the Mayhem compilation album, released by, Toyah’s former record label, Safari Records in 1985 and also made available as a digital single in December 2012.  Toyah’s rendition of I Believe In Father Christmas is now as much a part of a Toyah fan’s Christmas as the tree and fairy lights!

Below is the cover and a selection of pages from the aforementioned Christmas 2014 fanzine.

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