I read today that Lionel Jeffries had died (The Telegraph: Lionel Jeffries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor dies). He will be remembered by many for playing Dick Van Dyke’s father in Ian Flemming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, here singing “POSH”:
He had a very broad acting career, from The Quatermass Experiment to television appearances in the likes of Boon and Lovejoy and the surreal science fiction of Lexx. What surprised me was to discover he had also directed, and written the screenplay for, The Railway Children which starred a young Jenny Agutter. He is a talent who will be sadly missed.