Let us remember... Derek Francis, who passed away on this day (27 March) in 1984 aged 60 He was an English comedy and character actor.
He was a regular in the Carry On films, appearing in six of the of them in the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in 'The Tomb of Ligeia' (1964), the last film in Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe series. He also took roles in several BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. His last role was in the 1984 version of 'A Christmas Carol'. He was in many films from the 60s up to the early 80s.
Other roles included parts in televisions.. Rising Damp, Bless Me, Father, The Professionals, The Sweeney, Sherlock Holmes, The New Avengers, Danger Man, Jason King, Up Pompeii!, Wild, Wild Women, Coronation Street and Z-Cars.
He also appeared as the Emperor Nero, a comic turn in the early Doctor Who story entitled 'The Romans' opposite William Hartnell. Possibly his most prominent role was as the sub-prior in charge of novices in Oh Brother!.
Among his stage roles was the title character in Cymbeline for the Old Vic in 1957.
...but we remember him for being Inspector Pugh in the 4th episode of the second series of Catweazle.. 'The sign of the crab'.