Sounds Familiar

“I know you didn’t grow up with pets, Martin, but I had a dog when I was younger and I’ve got a lot of good memories of it… and he is always around.”

“Well, so’s Penhale but we don’t have to adopt him.”

Louisa (Caroline Catz) to Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes), trying to persuade him to get a dog for James, DOC MARTIN

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Wednesday Trivia Question

Who killed Tiffany Mitchell on EASTENDERS?

Admittedly, it was an accident but the character of Tiffany Mitchell (nee Raymond) was hit by a car and killed in a January 1999 episode. Played by Martine McCutcheon, Tiffany was introduced on the soap in 1995 as a school friend of Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer). She took a job at the Queen Vic where she began a tumultuous relationship with Grant Mitchell (Ross Kemp). After breakups and affairs and and shouting matches and lies too numerous to mention, Tiffany planned to leave the country with her daughter Courtney while Grant was in jail (framed for domestic violence by Tiffany). However, Grant was released in time to grab his daughter and flee. Hysterical, Tiffany pursued him and ran in front of a car driven by another EASTENDERS character. The ensuing impact took her life, shocking the residents of Walford and viewers alike.

So who was it that was driving the vehicle which struck down Tiffany Mitchell? It was Frank Butcher (Mike Reid). Frank was a fan favorite character and his many ups and downs count as some of the long-running sudser’s best moments. Accidentally killing Tiffany Mitchell was definitely one of Frank’s many lows.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Ah, MIDSOMER MURDERS! What would this feature be without you? Eagle-eyed fans who tuned into Saturday’s “Birds Of Prey” may have caught a couple of faces they have spied before.

David Calder, who played George Hamilton, is the first worth mentioning. A longtime character actor, Calder has appeared in many feature films and on television in everything from MI-5 and Mr. Selfridge to DCI Banks and Inspector Lynley. However, he had major roles in several series UNC-TV has broadcast. He was Lord Cawston in The Last Enemy (which starred Benedict Cumberbatch). He played Dr. Robert Bramwell (the title character’s father) in the Masterpiece Theatre series Bramwell. He was Victor Chekhov in the 1991 series Sleepers, another Masterpiece Theatre presentation. And he portrayed Nathan Spring in the sci fi drama series Star Cops. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Explore the story of Florida’s Everglades, America’s greatest wetland, as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE enters THE SWAMP – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Historian Lucy Worsley (Tales from the Royal Bedchamber) talks about history, Queen Victoria and her new book. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Another dip into the archives for a look into UNC-TV’s past. This week, a vintage pic from the set of the UNC-TV original series ALMANAC GARDENER. I certainly recognize Mike Gray, host of the show. The others are not immediately known to me. One appears to be the host of a cooking segment and the others may be a producer, director or even a guest. I estimate the photograph to be from the early days of the series so this could be taken on a set from our old studios in Raleigh.

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Sounds Familiar

“Well, I can’t believe the stuff that is not I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is not I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. And I can’t believe that both I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and the stuff that I can’t believe is not I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter are both, in fact, not butter. And I believe… they both might be butter… in a cunning disguise. And, in fact, there’s a lot more butter around than we all thought there was.” – Alice Horton (Emma Chambers), THE VICAR OF DIBLEY