Colin Fish, an actor-director
like so many of his contemporaries, played the role of Mother in
the Sonovision version of The Avengers. It is also
believed that he may well have directed the unbroadcast pilots
for the series, made at AFS Studios.
He was born on 19th January
1929 in Blackburn, Lancashire, and married the actress Elizabeth
Hamilton in 1952. He commenced his career in his native England.
His early credits included the BBC serial
Abigail and Roger (1956) and a single episode of another BBC
production, Captain Moonlight - Man of Mystery, which was
transmitted in 1958.
Among his directing credits were the Sonovision drama series
Squad Cars and a play with visiting diva, Marlene Dietrich.
It was reputed that Dietrich was less than co-operative. One of
her co-stars in the play recounted how Colin Fish gave the
instruction: "Please approach the mike slowly, Miss Dietrich"
(so that her approaching footsteps could be recorded), to which
Dietrich replied: "Can you not bring the mike to me?" - Fish
however, denies this. "That's absolute rubbish. She was a
delight to work with. She even wrote me a letter saying it was
some of the best work she had ever done."
Outside of The Avengers, Colin worked for the South
African Broadcasting Corporation for many years, as the Senior
Drama Producer for the English Service in Johannesburg.
Colin Fish sadly died on 28th October 2006 in Johannesburg,
South Africa, after a long illness.
by Donald Monat with Alan
with thanks to Denis Kirsanov