News

December 2003

Another of Richard's recent radio interviews has been archived for you to listen to. Click here to hear the interview.

"Shogun" will be released on DVD in the U.K. & Europe on 01 March 2004. Below is detailed information about the DVD extras.

DVD additional material (minutes:seconds)

SHOGUN -THE MAKING OF SHOGUN- A NOVEL ADVENTURE
Total Running Time 79m 6s
04:58 SHOGUN -THE MAKING OF SHOGUN- A NOVEL ADVENTURE
17:48 THE CAST
03:09 NAGASHIMA
05:29 TOHO STUDIOS
10:11 CULTURES COLLIDE
03:14 THE ART OF SHOGUN
08:11 THE ERASMUS AND THE GALLEY
04:11 CONTROVERSY
05:30 THE EARTHQUAKE
02:11 ESCAPE FROM OSAKA CASTLE
04:08 THE BLOCKADE
04:06 POST PRODUCTION
04:00 SHOGUN MAKES HISTORY
01:54 SPECIAL FEATURES CREDITS

SHOGUN -HISTORY PIECES
Total Running Time 15m 0s
05:32 SHOGUN -THE SAMURAI
04:33 SHOGUN -THE TEA CEREMONY
04:54 SHOGUN -THE GEISHA

SHOGUN -DIRECTOR'S AUDIO COMMENTARY
Total Running Time 11m 44s
01:30 BLACKTHORNE'S ARRIVAL AT CASTLE
01:01 BLACKTHORNE AT OCHIBA'S PARTY
01:18 THE CRAZY DANCE
03:17 LORD BUNTARO SHOOTS ARROWS
02:14 BLASTING OF THE FISHING BOATS
01:11 THE ARRIVAL OF LORD TORANAGA
01:09 BLACKTHORNE REBUILDS HIS SHIP

More of Richard's films are going to be released in the next few months on DVD (Region 2 U.K. & Europe). "King Solomon's Mines" and "Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold".

Richard will be a guest on "One On One With Paul Costello" shown on PBS Hawaii on Thursday December 04 at 7:30pm, repeated Saturday December 06 at 6:30pm. For more details click here.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Towering Inferno Saturday 27th @ 16:05 Channel 4
Allan Quatermain... Wednesday 24th @ 18:15 Sky Movies 2
Allan Quatermain... Wednesday 24th @ 11:35 Sky Movies 2
All The Winters That Have Been Friday 12th @ 10:15 Sky One Mix
All The Winters That Have Been Thursday 11th @ 14:15 Sky One

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain December TV Guide for the U.S.A.

November 2003

Richard attended a tree planting in his honor at the Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu on Friday, November 14 at 11:00am. Click here for details and pictures.

More of Richard's films have been, or are going to be in the next few months, released on DVD (Region 1). "Aftermath", "King Solomon's Mines", "Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold", and "The Thorn Birds" which are all available from Amazon.com.

The Thorn Birds DVD Box Set

The Thorn Birds DVD Box Set can now be ordered from Amazon.com

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The box set will include many extras including newly filmed interviews with Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward and Bryon Brown in a documentary entitled "The Thorn Birds: Old Friends New Stories"

Richard will be guest narrator (subject to change) for the "The Gilded Age: From Rags to Riches" being performed at Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA, (USA) on Saturday, May 29 at 6:00pm.
Dvorák, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky paid visits to our young nation as Wharton, Twain, and Henry James chronicled the period's cultural currents and fashions in their novels. A celebration of the Berkshire link to this glittering age (1880-1920) when America began to assert musical independence from Europe, and its first families built their palatial "cottages." An all-star evening featuring Dvorák's American Quartet, Mahler songs, Tchaikovsky's Andante for Strings, and works by Zez Confrey, Amy Beach, the best of ragtime-and readings weaving it all together.
Artists: Cho-Liang Lin (violin), John Musto (piano), Amy Burton (soprano), Yehuda Hanani (cello), Richard Chamberlain (guest narrator).
Bookings can be made via the Close Encounters With Music website.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Four Musketeers Sunday 23rd @ 13:55 BBC 1
All The Winters That Have Been Friday 07th @ 14:35 Channel 5

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain November TV Guide for the U.S.A.

October 2003

In the U.K. it was voted that the most sizzling TV romance was between Rachel Ward and Richard Chamberlain, aka Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph, in 1980's mini-series "The Thorn Birds."

Bonnie has kindly donated an original TV Guide magazine to raise maintenance funds for the Richard Chamberlain Online website. The magazine is from 1963 (the week of March 16-22) with Richard on the front cover and a four-page story on him inside. If you would like to bid on this item then please email me at dazney@yahoo.com or birkoff@excite.com. Thanks.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Count Of Monte Cristo Saturday 04th @ 16:05 Channel 4
The Three Musketeers Sunday 26th @ 13:00 BBC1

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain October TV Guide for the U.S.A.

September 2003

"" was released on DVD Region 1 (U.S.A. & Canada) on September, 23 2003. You can buy a copy from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
DVD Features: Complete miniseries on five discs with remastered sound, "The Making Of Shogun" a 13-segment documentary, 3 historical perspective featurettes, commentary by director Jerry London on selected scenes, and more.
The miniseries itself, which ran 12 hours with commercials, is nine hours without, and is presented as four episodes across four discs. The fifth disc is an excellent collection of bonus features, including an 80-minute presentation on the making of the film that includes interviews with Richard Chamberlain, director Jerry London and others.
The story of the making of "Shogun" is at times more exciting than the miniseries, which followed English navigator John Blackthorne (played by Richard Chamberlain), who gets tangled in the politics and culture of Japan at the turn of the 17th century.
The miniseries took some bold steps to convey Blackthorne's situation, among them not letting the audience understand the Japanese dialogue any better than Blackthorne did. That carries over to the DVD, which comes with English subtitles but does not subtitle the Japanese dialogue in the early going.
The making-of material makes clear that the American filmmakers ran into language and cultural problems of their own while shooting in Japan. The clash of cultures is quite interesting, although there are times when I would have liked to have heard what the Japanese crew thought as well.
The limitations of the Japanese production facilities also go some way toward explaining some of the tackier scenes in the film itself, including an opening shipwreck that is quite hokey. Of course, it may also look bad because we've become accustomed to better effects on TV in the ensuing decades.

Richard Chamberlain will be signing copies of the new DVD boxset of "Shogun" at the Los Angeles Virgin Megastore, located at 8000 Sunset Blvd, on September 23 at 7:00pm. He will also be signing copies of his new book, Shattered Love: A Memoir.

Richard Chamberlain will be taking part in the Celebrity Power Walk, which will be benefiting the American Cancer Society, on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 7:30am-8:30am as part of the LifeFest Maui at Wailea, September 12-14, 2003, Hawaii’s premier health and wellness event. The walk begins and ends at The Shops at Wailea.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Swarm Tuesday 30th @ 19:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Tuesday 30th @ 12:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Thursday 18th @ 20:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1

Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain will be guesting on Larry King Live, Monday, September 1 at 9-10 p.m. ET (U.S.A.). See the 'Interviews' section for a transcript and pictures.

Richard is also scheduled (but not yet confirmed) to be a speaker at the American Association of Retired Persons’ national event, September 5-7, at McCormick Place, Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE), based in New York.

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain September TV Guide for the U.S.A.

August 2003

Richard will be signing copies of his book at Borders Books, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HW 96814 on Saturday, August 23, 2003, at 2:00pm

The Thorn Birds 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Set
The Thorn Birds 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Set

Richard has filmed a special bonus footage featurette for "The Thorn Birds" 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Set due for release later this year. Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown will film their segments in Australia especially for the DVD release. Other unreleased footage and out-takes will also be included on the DVD's.

Richard has now returned to Hawaii after his performance in Stockbridge, MA, U.S.A.

There was a rare appearance of Richard Chamberlain in a U.K. magazine this weekend.
Playing it straight: How Hollywood favourite Richard Chamberlain broke a million female hearts
Very brief abstracts: "No one will ever look as good in a cassock as Richard Chamberlain. Maybe it is the lean figure, or the beatific smile, but he somehow seems built for ecclesiastical garments. So it is a thrill when he greets me, if not in a cassock, then at least in a robe - a white towelling gown...", "If I kick the bucket, Martin will have to sell our home in Hawaii to pay the duties."

The first eBay auction item sold to benefit The Outdoor Circle in honor of Richard Chamberlain raised $102.

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain August TV Guide for the U.S.A.

July 2003

Richard's film "River Made To Drown In" was released on July 01, 2003 on both DVD and Video in the U.S.A. and Canada.

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(Click the thumbnails above to see a larger version of the cover artwork)

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Amazon.co.uk (U.K. & Europe)
Amazon.ca (Canada)

The Yahoo! Chamberlainfans group will be conducting eBay auctions for the benefit of The Outdoor Circle, an environmental group based in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is supported by Richard Chamberlain. The first auction is for an autographed ticket stub from the preview night, July 8, 2003 of the limited engagement of the play "The Stillborn Lover" at the Berkshire Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. Mr. Chamberlain signed this specifically for the Chamberlainfans group to be auctioned for The Outdoor Circle. Click here to go to the auction.

Sean Connery

Sean Connery is the 19th-century hero Allan Quatermain, played by Richard Chamberlain in "King Solomon's Mines" (1985) and "Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold" (1987), in the new cinema movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" opposite amongst others Peta Wilson from TV's "La Femme Nikita."

"River Made To Drown In" DVD is now also available from Amazon.ca (Canada) as well as Amazon.com (U.S.A.). You can now pre-order "Shogun" on DVD from Amazon.ca (Canada) as well as Amazon.com (U.S.A.).

Hollywood mourns demise of Katharine Hepburn
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Hollywood on Monday mourned the death of Katharine Hepburn, the screen legend who ironically went out of her way to shun Tinseltown's spotlight throughout her 60-year career.
Actor Richard Chamberlain, who co-starred with Hepburn in 1969's "The Madwoman Of Chaillot," said she was a unique personality with a biting sense of humor." "She was one of the last great personalities that our culture created some time ago," he said on CNN's Larry King Live. "I don't think our society creates those people any more. There was something so huge about her."

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Richard at ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration, 16 March, 2003

According to the tabloids (so it must be true! ) "Macho Mel Lashes Back At Richard Chamberlain." Allegedly Mel Gibson is furious that in an interview, Richard made a crack that Mel thinks was a sly insinuation he might be gay. Mel fired off a letter blasting Richard for dragging his good name into "your sordid life" and warned him never to use his name again!
Having listened to the interview myself, as usual the tabloids have taken out of context what was said and what Richard was referring to. I took it that Richard was saying that most people do not know the 'real' Mel Gibson as a person (i.e. like Mel's friends and family know him) compared to the 'actor' Mel Gibson (i.e. the way the viewing public know Mel from the characters he portrays onscreen).

Richard Chamberlain returns to the Berkshire Theatre Festival for the season's second production, the American premiere of acclaimed Canadian novelist and playwright Timothy Findley's The Stillborn Lover. The play opens July 8 and runs until July 26 and will be directed by Martin Rabbett. See the Theatre section for more details.

The play is set in 1972 Canada where Harry Raymond, a career diplomat and the ambassador to Russia, has been recalled to a safe house under suspicion of murdering a young male prostitute in Moscow. His wife Marian is sinking into Alzheimer's, his best friend is betraying him and his daughter is confused about who her real father is underneath all his impervious, uptight, pin-striped restraint. Perched on the far edge of denial, Harry is confronting the painful reality of his stillborn life. Martin Rabbett directs this tense, literate mystery, a superb drama and an unforgettable and forbidden tale of love.

Berkshire Theatre Festival
Main Stage
6 East Main Street
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Info: 413-298-5576
Tickets: 866-811-4111
Price $25.00-$60.00
To book tickets click here.

Schedule
Monday 8:00pm
Tuesday 8:00pm
Wednesday 8:00pm
Thursday 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm & 8:00pm

Previews Start: July 8, 2003
Opening Date: July 9, 2003
Closing Date: July 26, 2003

There is a Talk-Back performance on Monday, July 14.

River Made To Drown In DVD

Richard's film "River Made To Drown In" is being released on July 01, 2003 on both DVD and Video in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Shogun DVD

Shogun will be released on DVD Region 1 (U.S.A. & Canada) on September, 23 2003. You can now pre-order a copy from Amazon.com.
DVD Features: Complete miniseries on five discs with remastered sound, "The Making Of Shogun" a 13-segment documentary, 3 historical perspective featurettes, commentary by director Jerry London on select scenes, and more.

Shogun

The Hallmark Channel will air a digitally remastered broadcast of "Shogun" starting July 13 through to July 19, at 9:00 PM ET.
James Clavell’s "Shogun," starring Richard Chamberlain, the six-part epic mini-series based on his best-selling novel, is a fascinating blend of politics, romance, history, culture, religion, and high adventure.
The story centers around John Blackthorne (Chamberlain), a shipwrecked English navigator who becomes a samurai in the mysterious - and often terrifying - world of Japan at the start of the 17th century.
It's also a classic romantic tragedy about Blackthorne's forbidden love affair with the beautiful wife of a samurai lord; a complex tale of political intrigue in feudal Japan; and the dramatic clash of cultures as seen through the eyes of a European Renaissance man "civilized" by his exposure to the Japanese way of life.

Unless new funding can be found the film "The Final Verdict" looks set not to be made.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Towering Inferno Sunday 27th @ 21:00 TCM
The Swarm Tuesday 22nd @ 20:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Towering Inferno Sunday 13th @ 21:00 TCM
The Swarm Wednesday 9th @ 17:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain July TV Guide for the U.S.A.

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Two more paintings have been added to Richard's Artworks website -ECCENTRIC PLUMERIA and WILD GRASSES, TRANQUIL STREAM.

June 2003

Three of Richard's recent radio interviews are still archived on the Internet:
KPCC-FM/Airtalk Pasadena, CA
John London KNBR-AM San Francisco, CA
Mornings on 2 (KTVU)

Shogun will be released on DVD Region 1 (U.S.A. & Canada) on September, 23 2003. You can now pre-order a copy from Amazon.com.

Richard will be interviewed about his book on the Steve Cochran show on WGN 720 Radio Chicago's News And Talk on Thursday June 12, 2003 at 1:35pm (Chicago time, 7:35pm U.K. time). To listen live click here.

Updated Richard Chamberlain's Promotional Events (see below).

You can listen live to Richard's interview on the Joan Hamburg Show New York on WOR AM Radio, June 04, 2003, 11:30am-12:00pm. Click here.

Richard Chamberlain's new book Shattered Love: A Memoir has now been released. Click here for a preview.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
Allan Quatermain... Thursday 26th @ 19:15 Sky Movies Max 4
Allan Quatermain... Thursday 26th @ 12:10 Sky Movies Max 4
The Swarm Monday 23rd @ 18:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Swarm Monday 23rd @ 11:45 Sky Movies Cinema 1
All The Winters That Have Been Thursday 19th @ 04:00 Hallmark
All The Winters That Have Been Wednesday 18th @ 13:00 Hallmark
The Swarm Tuesday 10th @ 07:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Sunday 1st @ 19:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Sunday 1st @ 09:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain June TV Guide for the U.S.A.

May 2003

Richard has now gone public about his homosexuality.

Dr Kildare star: I'm Gay
Friday 30 May, 2003

Richard Chamberlain, most famous for playing the role of Doctor Kildare in the 1960s, has talked to US television network NBC about being gay. His "Dateline" interview is being timed with the release of his autobiography, "Shattered Love: A Memoir." Richard also talks a little about his love life, alluding to his partner, Martin. "I just am more thankful for Martin's - this is gonna get me - love than anything else in my life," he says. The book talks about his experiences of being gay and closeted, and his belief that coming out at the height of his popularity would have been "career suicide."
In the interview, he told how growing up being homosexual or a "sissy" was socially unacceptable. "I disliked and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became 'Perfect Richard, All American Boy' as a place to hide. I'm not a romantic leading man any more so I don't need to nurture that public image." "I love my life just the way it is. I'm proud of my relationship. I'm actually proud of myself," he said.
See the 'Articles' and 'Interviews' section for more articles.

Richard Chamberlain's new book Shattered Love: A Memoir will be released on Tuesday, June 03, 2003. Click here for a preview.

Richard Chamberlain's Promotional Events for his book Shattered Love: A Memoir.
(venues, dates and times are subject to change)

Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Appears in Advocate (summer picks)

Sunday, June 01, 2003, 3:00pm (7:00pm ET)
Appears on Dateline NBC

Monday, June 02, 2003
Appears in TV Guide (feature interview)

Wednesday, June 04, 2003, 10:00am-10:15am
Appears on First Light/Westwood One Radio, Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 04, 2003, 11:30am-12:00pm
Appears on WOR-AM/Joan Hamburg Show New York, NY

Thursday, June 05, 2003
Appears on Extra (Time-Warner) Check your local listings

Thursday, June 05, 2003, 7:00am
Appears on Today Show (NBC)

Thursday, June 05, 2003, 11:00am-12:00pm
Appears on The View! (ABC)

Thursday, June 05, 2003, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Appears at Out Professionals
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Community Center
208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY
Question & Answer and Book Signing

Friday, June 06, 2003, 7:50am-8:00am
Appear on Fox and Friends Fox News Channel

Friday, June 06, 2003, 8:40am-8:50am
Appears on WB Morning Show (WB 11)

Friday, June 06, 2003, 9:00am-11:00am
Appears on ABC Radio Network/Radio Satellite New York, NY

Friday, June 06, 2003, 1:00pm
Appears at Barnes & Noble
Book Signing
1972 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Saturday, June 07, 2003
Appears in Parade (personality report piece)

Monday, June 09, 2003, 9:00am-9:10am
Appears on Good Day Live (KTTV)

Monday, June 09, 2003, 10:00am-11:00am
Appears on KPCC-FM/Airtalk Pasadena, CA

Monday, June 09, 2003, 6:30pm
Appears at Book Soup
Discussion, Book Signing and Question & Answer
8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Friday, June 10, 2003, 7:20am-7:30am
Appears on John London KNBR-AM San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, June 10, 2003, 8:40am
Appears on Mornings on 2 (KTVU)

Tuesday, June 10, 2003, 12:30pm
Appears at Stacey's Bookstore
Talk, Book Signing and Question & Answer
581 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Thursday, June 12, 2003, 7:45am-8:00am
Appears on Morning News (WGN)

Thursday, June 12, 2003, 8:30am-8:45am
Appears on Fox News in the Morning (WFLD)

Thursday, June 12, 2003, 7:00pm
Appears at Borders Books
Talk, Book Signing and Question & Answer
830 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Friday, June 13, 2003, 6:50am-7:00am
Appears on ABC 7 News Morning Show (WLS)

Friday, June 13, 2003, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Appears at RJ Julia Booksellers
Book Signing and Reading
768 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Saturday, August 23, 2003, 2:00pm
Appears at Borders Books
1200 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HW 96814

Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Appears in Advocate (cover story)


Richard will be interviewed about his book on the Steve Cochran show on WGN 720 Radio Chicago's News And Talk on Thursday June 12, 2003 at 1:35pm (Chicago time, 7:35pm U.K. time). To listen live click here.

Book Passage
Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, California, U.S.A.
Wednesday June 11
10:00am

Richard Chamberlain reads from his memoir "Shattered Love". With help from friends and spiritual teachers, Chamberlain began the painful but rewarding process of reconciling his deepest self with his public persona. Tracing a path through his meteoric rise to success, he chronicles not just career highlights, like Shogun and The Thorn Birds, but his personal struggle to come to terms with his own imperfections, and his yearning to live with an open heart.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York City, U.S.A. Thursday June 5, 2003
7:00pm-8:30pm

Out Professionals and the Publishing Triangle present award-winning actor Richard Chamberlain on the very day his new book, "Shattered Love: A Memoir" comes out. Chamberlain discusses his 40-year career in film, TV and theater with Newsweek's B.J. Sigesmund. A four-time Emmy nominee and a three-time winner of the Golden Globe Award, Chamberlain has starred in such television classics as Dr. Kildare, Centennial, Shogun and The Thorn Birds, now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Expected attendance: 75-95 people, book signing sales by Oscar Wilde Bookshop, Nonmembers $9.00 OP and PT Members $6.00

Richard's new book "Shattered Love: A Memoir" will be released Thursday June 5, 2003. For details of book signings see below.

Richard Chamberlain will be signing copies of his new book "Shattered Love: A Memoir" at the following venues (all subject to change).

Date Time Venue Address
June 06 7:00pm Barnes & Noble Broadway at 66th. New York, NY.
June 09 6:30pm Book Soup Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA.
June 10 12:30pm Stacey’s Bookstore Market St. San Francisco, CA.
June 11 10:00am Book Passage Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA.
June 12 7:00pm Borders Books N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL.
August 23 2:00pm Borders Books Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, HW.

River Made To Drown In

Richard's film "River Made To Drown In" is being released on June 24, 2003 on both DVD and Video in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
Petulia Wednesday 28th @ 00:55 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Swarm Friday 9th @ 19:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain May TV Guide for the U.S.A.

April 2003

The publisher's of Richard's autobiography are doing some last minute photo research for the book.

The film "The Final Verdict" looks set not to be made at all unless new funding can be found.

"The Thorn Birds" 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Sets that have been seen around are a batch of bare-bones, feature-only screener copies that were made up for the promotion of the recent airings of the series by the Hallmark TV channel. The miniseries is not currently on the schedule for DVD release. However, Warner Brothers does have the title in their sights and wants to get it into stores sooner rather than later.

Due to the schedule for the filming of "The Final Witness" being put back six months, Richard may not now be involved with this project.

Due to the cancellation of "The Thorn Birds" 20th Anniversary party in Los Angeles Richard was instead in New York to promote the re-release, but Rachel Ward remained at home Down Under in Australia. Richard appeared on the TV talk show The View! (see below).

Richard was his charming self but the ladies interviewing him gave him little opportunity to speak. They had advertised his spot as talking about the DVD set but the only thing that was mentioned about it was that the audience participants were all receiving a copy. The discussion focused around two shots in the film and the co-stars in it. Rachel Ward and the Matlock Island bed scene and Richard's nude scene. There was also a discussion about the actress that played Mary and Richard's experiences with the two women.
They also wished him a happy birthday and spoke about how young he looked, and he announced that he was 69.
Richard continues to live in the Oahu home he bought 26 years ago "when it was very affordable," he laughs. He's winding his autobiograpy for Regan Books, and will head back to the stage at the Berkshire Theatre Festival this summer in "The Stillborn Lover" by Timothy Findley.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
All The Winters That Have Been Monday 28th @ 06:00 Hallmark
All The Winters That Have Been Sunday 27th @ 15:00 Hallmark
Petulia Friday 25th @ 01:30 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Swarm Thursday 24th @ 19:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Friday 18th @ 14:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1
Petulia Sunday 13th @ 00:45 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Petulia Wednesday 9th @ 02:50 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Friday 4th @ 18:20 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Swarm Friday 4th @ 10:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain April TV Guide for the U.S.A.

March 2003

U.S.A. visitors will finally be able to see Richard's film "River Made To Drown In" when it is released on June 24, 2003 on both DVD and Video.

An interview with Richard Chamberlain on the TV talk show The View! (ABC) on Thursday, March 27 was preempted by news coverage of the war in Iraq. It is now scheduled to be shown on Monday March 31.

A reunion in Los Angeles was called off for "The Thorn Birds" cast due to the Iraq war. "The Thorn Birds" 20th Anniversary party, which the Hallmark Channel planned to throw in advance of re-airing the famous 1983 miniseries was cancelled at the last minute. Richard Chamberlain had flown in from Hawaii for the event and was sorry not to have seen Rachel Ward. They'd not seen one another since the filming 20 years ago. But while in Los Angeles he taped the intro for the mini-series segment on ABC's 50th anniversary show to air in May.

The Hallmark Channel and HallmarkChannel.com announce their 20th Anniversary Thorn Birds event. The event is made up of two key features. First, a digitally remastered broadcast of "The Thorn Birds" will be airing starting March 30. Also, at HallmarkChannel.com there is a Thorn Birds trivia contest/sweepstakes where players can test their knowledge of the Thorn Birds and win a walk-on role in an upcoming Hallmark Channel TV production. Further details, showtimes, and the contest can be found on Hallmark's site at www.hallmarkchannel.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Richard celebrates his 69th birthday on the 31 March.


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To honour Richard's forthcoming birthday, a small group of fans have adopted the Star 'Talitha' in the constellation of Ursa Major on behalf of Richard Chamberlain. For details of how to find the location of Richard's Star please refer to Star Map 1 and Star Map 2.

The Thorn Birds 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Set
The Thorn Birds 20th Anniversary Edition DVD Box Set

Based on Colleen McCullough's best-selling novel, this romantic saga spans 50 years and three generations. Winner of five Emmy Awards and digitally remastered for this special edition, "The Thorn Birds" was the second highest-rated miniseries in TV history. It contains 10 hours of the classic miniseries (all four parts) on two discs.

"The Final Verdict" filming will now take place around September 2003 in Virginia, U.S.A.

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Man In The Iron Mask Sunday 30th @ 14:45 Channel 4
Petulia Saturday 29th @ 01:10 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Night Of The Hunter Saturday 22nd @ 01:05 Carlton Cinema
The Swarm Monday 17th @ 18:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Swarm Monday 17th @ 10:00 Sky Movies Cinema 1
The Slipper And The Rose Friday 14th @ 11:00 Carlton Cinema
Petulia Tuesday 11th @ 02:35 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Petulia Sunday 2nd @ 03:45 Sky Movies Cinema 2

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain March TV Guide for the U.S.A.

February 2003

Richard Chamberlain will return to the Berkshire Theatre this summer in the American premiere of "The Stillborn Lover" by the late Canadian playwright and novelist Timothy Findley. Timothy was thrilled that Richard had agreed to do his play.

The play is set in 1972 Canada and Richard plays the part of a Harry Raymond, a career diplomat and the ambassador to Russia, who has been recalled to a safe house under suspicion of murdering a young male prostitute in Moscow. His wife Marian is sinking into Alzheimer’s, his best friend is betraying him and his daughter is confused about who her real father is underneath all his impervious, uptight, pin-striped restraint. Perched on the far edge of denial, Harry is confronting the painful reality of his stillborn life.

The play opens July 8 and runs until July 26 and will be directed by Martin Rabbett.

The Theatre can be contacted by:
Mail: BTF, PO Box 797, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413-298-3368
Telephone: (413) 298-5536 ext. 34 (administrative offices)

Dark Moments

Richard's film "River Made To Drown In" is now available on DVD Region 2 U.K. & Europe, under the alternative title "Dark Moments."

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
The Swarm Wednesday 26th @ 21:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
The Swarm Wednesday 26th @ 09:00 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Petulia Tuesday 18th @ 00:30 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Petulia Thursday 13th @ 00:50 Sky Movies Cinema 2
All The Winters That Have Been Saturday 8th @ 06:00 Hallmark
All The Winters That Have Been Friday 7th @ 15:00 Hallmark

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain February TV Guide for the U.S.A.

January 2003

Richard Chamberlain U.K. TV Guide

Film Day, Date, Time Channel
Petulia Thursday 16th @ 01:50 Sky Movies Cinema 1
Petulia Saturday 11th @ 02:55 Sky Movies Cinema 2
Petulia Sunday 5th @ 02:45 Sky Movies Cinema 2

Click here for the Richard Chamberlain January TV Guide for the U.S.A.

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