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Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

Every issue is packed with features that celebrate classic entertainment, transport, food and drink, and the great British countryside. Our readers are at the heart of what we do. As well as taking their suggestions on board, their voices are heard through our Yesterday Remembered memoir section, along with the Postbag and Question Time pages.

We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon

Six Degrees of Frazer Hines
So prolific is the American actor Kevin Bacon that he can be linked to almost every professional actor within six steps. Known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, subjects are given a “Bacon number (B #)” to represent their degrees of separation from him.

For instance, Dame Joan Plowright, whose career we celebrate this issue has a Bacon number of 2 – thanks to appearing in The Scarlet Letter with Gary Oldman, who in turn was in Criminal Law with Kevin Bacon. Peter O’Toole, one of the subjects of our feature on famous postmen, was also a B #2, having been in The Nutcracker Prince with Bacon’s Flatliners co-star Kiefer Sutherland.

However, having made his film debut in 1955, the UK’s very own Frazer Hines can easily outdo Bacon with his degrees of separation from Hollywood’s finest. As a young actor, he appeared in films starring Joan Crawford and Judy Garland (a pair of B #2s). He also worked with Bernard Lee (another B #2) on the Whitstable set TV series King of the River, as well as appearing in You Only Live Twice.

That latter role, where he was called in to revoice the actor playing Mr Osato’s secretary, created plenty more links through stars such as Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray. However, the most impressive pairing has got to be appearing with Charlie Chaplin in 1957’s A King in New York. There, you can see Frazer laughing his head off at Chaplin’s antics.

Both Frazer and Chaplin have a Bacon number of 3 but perhaps it’s time for Frazer and Bacon to work together. After all, it would improve the ranking of the Footloose and Tremors star no end.