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PostSubject: Derek Fowlds (Oscar Blaketon)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:22 pm

Fowlds was born in Balham, London, the son of Ketha Muriel (née Treacher) and James Witney Fowlds.

Fowlds had appeared in minor British films before he became familiar to British television viewers as 'Mr Derek' in the children's series The Basil Brush Show, replacing Rodney Bewes as presenter. Probably his most famous role however was that of Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister and its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, alongside Paul Eddington and Nigel Hawthorne.

Fowlds plays Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama nostalgia series, Heartbeat. The character has retired from the police force and turned publican. Prior to this he played the lead role in the sitcom Affairs of the Heart.

Fowlds was previously married to actress Adrienne Corri and Blue Peter presenter and dancer Lesley Judd.

Derek as Oscar:

A crotchety sergeant with a particular loathing for Claude Greengrass, whom he was perpetually trying to put behind bars. Often appearing cynical, suspicious and bad-tempered, he has mellowed somewhat with age. His softer side is occasionally apparent, and at various times he has been a voice of wisdom or shoulder to cry on for younger policemen facing moral dilemmas or personal traumas. After a near-fatal heart attack forced him to retire from the police force, Blaketon became proprietor of Aidensfield Post Office and General Stores. However, the writers found this hard to tie in to the plots, and to bring him back to the fore of the stories he was made owner of the Aidensfield Arms (pub), where he is now usually to be seen serving behind the bar with landlady and licensee Gina Ward. Blaketon was once married, but divorced some years before the series began. He has a son called Graham who is rarely mentioned but has appeared in a few episodes. Blaketon is also a local councillor and, since retirement, an occasional private investigator.

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