Ronald Gordon Honeycombe (27 September 1936 – 9 October 2015) was a British newscaster, author, playwright and stage actor.
|Born||Ronald Gordon Honeycombe
27 September 1936
Karachi, British Raj
|Died||9 October 2015(aged 79)|
University College, Oxford,
|Occupation||Broadcaster, author, playwright, actor|
Gordon Honeycombe was born in Karachi, in the British Raj, and educated at the Edinburgh Academy and read English at University College, Oxford. (His degree was later raised (automatically) to an MA). He completed National Service with the Royal Artillery, mainly in Hong Kong, where he was also an announcer with Radio Hong Kong. Returning to the UK, he embarked on an acting career which led to television and public prominence as a national newscaster with ITN.
He later settled in Perth, Western Australia, where he continued to work in radio, television and theatre, and was regularly engaged in voice-over work for radio and television, and in documentary narrations.
Honeycombe joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, working from 1962 to 1964 as an actor at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Aldwych Theatre, London. From 1965 to 1977 at ITN, he became nationally known as a newscaster. He was twice voted the most popular newscaster in Britain, by readers of the Daily Mirror and of The Sun. From 1977 to 1984, he concentrated on writing, while continuing many other activities, such as presenting television shows for Scottish Television, Southern Television and for the BBC. He returned to regular newsreading from 1984 to 1989 as chief newsreader at TV-am. He was voted the most popular male TV newscaster by readers of Woman's Own magazine in 1986, and received the Television and Radio Industries Club Newscaster of the Year Award in 1989. While appearing on British television, he also recorded voice-overs or narrations of many television and other documentaries, training films, commercials and cinema shorts, and was involved in many industrial presentations, conferences, in-house videos and fund-raising charity events.
He produced and directed his own play The Redemption for the Festival of Perth in Western Australia, in March 1990, and settled in that area.
Beside the appearances listed below, Honeycombe also presented, appeared in and narrated many television programmes and appeared in many television plays and series. He has also sung at major fund-raising events for various charities.
- Blood of the Vampire (1958) - Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
- Ransom (1974) - newsreader (uncredited)
- The Medusa Touch (1978) - TV Newscaster
- Castaway (1986) - TV Newscaster
- The Fourth Protocol (1987) - Television Announcer
- Bullseye! (1990) - TV Announcer
- Let's Get Skase (2001) - Murray Bishop
- The Sculptor (2008) - Gordon
- Then She Was Gone (2010) - Seymour (final film role)
The Physicists in 1963. Aldwych Theatre
- Suspects, in 1989 at Swansea
- Run for Your Wife, in 1990 touring with Les Dawson
- Aladdin in 1989–90 at the Wimbledon Theatre, with Cilla Black
- Aladdin in 1990–91 at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, with Su Pollard.
From 1965, as well as his own books, Honeycombe wrote for television, radio, stage and films. One of his best-known books is the horror novel Neither the Sea Nor the Sand. Early in his career, Honeycombe wrote two horror novels, described by horror historian Stefan R Dziemianowicz as "atmospheric modern gothics whose rugged natural northern English settings resonate with their unsparing supernatural horrors." The first of these, Neither the Sea Nor the Sand, tells the story of a woman whose dead lover returns to life. It was followed by Dragon Under the Hill, where a history professor in Northumberland finds himself re-enacting a tragedy that took place in the Viking era. Dziemianowicz noted that since Honeycombe's books were published before the horror boom of the 1970s, they have been "greatly overlooked as a result".
- Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1969)
- Dragon Under the Hill (1972)
- Adam's Tale (1974)
- Red Watch (1976) an account of the Worsley Hotel Fire
- Royal Wedding (1981)
- Nagasaki 1945 (1981)
- The Edge of Heaven (1981)
- The Year of the Princess (1982)
- The Murders of the Black Museum (1982)
- Selfridges (1984)
- The TV-AM Celebration of the Royal Wedding (1986)
- Siren Song (1992)
- More Murders of the Black Museum (1995)
- The Complete Murders of the Black Museum (1995)
Stage and radio dramatisationsEdit
- The Redemption
- Lancelot and Guinevere
- Paradise Lost
- The Golden Vision (BBC1, 1968),
- Time and Again (Westward Television, 1974)
- The Thirteenth Day of Christmas (Granada Television, 1985)
- The Princess and the Goblins (both book and lyrics: staged in 1994)
- "Gordon Honeycombe: Former ITN newscaster dies, aged 79". ITV News. 9 October 2015.
- White, Ian (9 October 2015). "Newsreader Gordon Honeycombe dies aged 79". TV-am. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015.
- "The Sculptor". Skyview Films. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16.
- Stefan R Dziemianowicz, "Honeycombe, Gordon" , in S. T. Joshi and Dziemianowicz, (ed.) Supernatural literature of the world : an encyclopedia. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005. ISBN 0313327742 (p. 562).
- Chris Morgan, "Honeycombe, Gordon", in David Pringle, ed., St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers. London: St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 1558622063 (p.280-1)