Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS strikes again with a three-fer of guest actors with a PBS connection. If you watched part one of “Death and Dreams” over the weekend then you may have recognized a few faces. Who were they?

Let’s start with Isla Blair, who played Dr. Jane Moore. Blair has guest starred in many series we’ve broadcast over the years (Inspector MorseThe Darling Buds of MayDoctor FinlayGrantchester, The Mrs. Bradley MysteriesBlake’s 7Doctor Who) but she may be best known for portraying Claire Carlsen in The Final Cut (the second part of the original BBC House of Cards trilogy). She also played Laura Miles on the Peter Bowles Britcom The Bounder and Isabella on the Peter Davision Doctor Who two-parter The King’s Demons.

Next, June Watson was Mary May, the housekeeper for the first victim. Again, she’s been seen here and there in various shows (Inspector Lynley MysteriesWallander, Last of the Summer WineEastEnders, Prime Suspect) – she was even in the aforementioned Doctor Finlay with Isla Blair – but I recognized her immediately as Carol’s grandmother Mary from a lovely little Britcom called The Café. Watson also played Tabby Aykroyd on To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters.

Lastly, Perdita Weeks played Hannah, the daughter of Isla Blair’s character. She’s been in Great Expectations and Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Silk Stocking, both on Masterpiece, but that’s not the connection I noticed. See, Perdita Weeks is the sister of Honeysuckle Weeks, who played Sam on Foyle’s War. They have some of the same mannerisms, I think, for when I saw Perdita I thought she looked familiar. Turns out, I was just seeing her sister in her. (By the way, the Weeks sisters have a younger brother, Rollo, who is also an actor. He was in The Lost Prince on Masterpiece Theatre.)

So there it is. Three actors you may know from elsewhere on UNC-TV. Part two of “Death and Dreams” airs Saturday, December 8, at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.


Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Explore the cultural history and present-day economy of Hickory. Don’t miss CATAWBANS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV (repeating Thursday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel and Thursday at 10pm on UNC-TV).

Good Liar, a new film starring Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) and Ian McKellen (Vicious), is due this time next year. The Bill Condon-directed movie has a release date of November 15, 2019. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Looking through a cache of old photos I discovered a while back, I found a folder of publicity stills used to promote the children’s series LAMB CHOP’S PLAY-ALONG. The show, which ran for four seasons from 1992 to 1995, featured puppeteer Shari Lewis and her beloved creations – sassy Lamb Chop, shy Hush Puppy and goofball Charlie Horse. The program was designed to get kids up and moving and not simply be couch potatoes.

Here are a few photos PBS sent out to help sell the series…

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Monday Montage

What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …

Join Ann Curry for a new series of dramatic reunions featuring people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. Don’t miss the season premiere of WE’LL MEET AGAIN – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Bad news for fans of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and the North Carolina economy – Dockery’s series Good Behavior (which is filmed in the Tar Heel State) has been cancelled by TNT after two seasons. Continue reading