Send in the Clowns, by Gabriel Hershman

Send In the Clowns'The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry'by Gabriel Hershman
Send In the Clowns'The Yo Yo Life of Ian Hendry'by Gabriel Hershman

Recommended by Ralph Mellon

If you’re over 45 or more, you may well recollect Ian Hendry, a very fine British actor who gave a series of compelling, menacingly watchable performances. This new biog is a welcome appraisal of his perhaps under-appreciated gifts, and fan/author Gabriel Hershman believes we should be reminded of them. Hendry – who died on Christmas Eve in 1984, aged just 53 – was in such TV series as ‘Police Surgeon’, ‘The Informer’, ‘The Avengers’, ‘The Lotus Eaters’ and ‘For Maddie With Love’, with memorable turns in films like ‘Live Now – Pay Later’, ‘The Hill’, ‘Repulsion’, ‘Get Carter’, ‘The Internecine Project’ and a final, ill-looking, uncredited cameo in ‘McVicar’.

Dominant features in his life included alcoholism, which rarely seemed to affect his work, and a stormy marriage to the late Janet Munro.

It’s a good, fondly-researched piece of work, but Hershman’s a little too fond of reminding us it’s all down to him. The book’s first word is ‘I’, when it should be ‘Ian’, while he repeats “told me” of his interviewees ad nauseam, when “said” would have been a bit less indulgent.