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PostSubject: Bill Maynard (Claude Jeremiah Greengrass)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:20 pm

Walter Frederick George Williams (born 8 October 1928 in Heath End, Farnham, Surrey) more commonly known as Bill Maynard, is a British comedian and actor.

He attended Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School and started as a variety performer, taking his professional surname from an advertising board (billboard) for Maynard's Wine Gums, a popular British confectionery. He placed fourth in the UK heat of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest. With Terry Scott he appeared at Butlins Holiday Camp in Skegness and was teamed with him in the TV series Great Scott, It's Maynard!.

He was at first best known on TV for his role as Selwyn Froggitt in the sitcom Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt! and for playing Fred Moffatt in The Gaffer. In 1973, Maynard teamed up with BBC television actor and comedian Ronnie Barker in the (original) 'Football Blues' which aired as Spanners Eleven and was part of a series called Seven of One. In 1992, he played Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the popular and long running television series Heartbeat until 2001, and its spinoff series The Royal until about 2004. He is also known for small roles in some of the Carry On Films.

In the 1980s, Maynard stood against Tony Benn in a by-election at Chesterfield as an Independent Labour candidate. It was his only foray into politics and was purely to try to prevent Benn winning the seat and thus reentering Parliament as an MP. Benn won the seat; Maynard took fourth place.

Maynard wrote his autobiography 'The Yo-Yo Man' and having originally retired from acting in 2001 following a series of strokes he made a return and comeback to radio presenting in March 2003 for BBC Radio Leicester where he had last worked in 1968. His show airs every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm. Unfortunately Bill was unceremouniously sacked from this show on 5th Feb 2008. Although no reason was given by BBC Radio Leicester the general feeling of Leicestershire folk was Bill's unwillingness to conform to the PC Brigade and his honest outspokeness.

He is a vegetarian. His son is Maynard Williams.

Bill as Greengrass:

Dishevelled and curmudgeonly yet lovable old rogue, always getting into scrapes. He apparently had some sort of farm or smallholding, but seemed to spend little time working this, preferring instead to poach game from Lord Ashfordly's estate and engage in dubious dealings with local low-life. Although he often had troubles with the police, he did come to have a (slightly grudging) respect for Nick Rowan who would often warn him in advance to keep a low profile if his arch-nemesis, Sergeant Blaketon was on the warpath. He had a brother called Cyril, played by Stratford Johns, who has appeared a couple of times. Bill Maynard reluctantly left the series due to poor health, with the producers unwilling to take the risk of insuring him to be on set. The producers offered to have a departing episode written for him, but he declined and so the character's exit (to join his sister on a cruise in the Caribbean) was explained without his appearing. Maynard went on to reprise his popular role of Greengrass in the first series of The Royal.


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