Thanks very much for the info re MOT.
I have to admit that when Onedin was first broadcast in England, I
didn't know Peter had been a singer previously and had had the lead
role in several London musicals. It was quite a bit later that I
found out. I think this was true for a lot of people.
Marianne has already answered your question re Peter's origins. I
read somewhere that his father was a travelling salesman or something
of that nature but whether this is true I really don't know.
I have seen in the Registry of Marriages that for each of his
marriages, Peter's surname is listed as Gilmore so this is his real
name and not a stage name (unless he changed his name by deed poll in
his early 20s).
Thanks again – any info always welcome!