This week’s Saturday night British drama line-up on UNC-TV featured a few shows with actors you may recognize. Check them out and see if you noticed any.
We’ll start with Rosemary & Thyme. Actually, it was a double feature with two episodes of the gardening gumshoes. In the first episode (“The Gooseberry Bush”), Laura and Rosemary discovered an abandoned baby while working on a memorial garden intended as a wedding present. The bride, Penelope, was played by Beatie Edney. The actress has popped up here and there in various series (Inspector Morse, My Uncle Silas, Poirot, Wallander) but she was most recently seen as Prudie in Poldark. (FYI – the second series of Poldark begins on Masterpiece in September.)
The second Saturday night episode of Rosemary & Thyme (“In A Monastery Garden”) found our heroines restoring an old monastery garden to mark a cathedral’s millennium. In it, Jan Chappell played Elaine Bingham. Chappell has also guested in a few series you may have seen (Reilly: Ace Of Spies, After The War, Lovejoy, MI-5) but I made mention of her primarily because longtime fans may recall her as Cally from Blake’s 7. If the title Blake’s 7 doesn’t mean anything to you, it was a sci fi series from the late 70s/early 80s that UNC-TV (then the University of North Carolina Center For Public Television) aired in the 1980s. The program was created by Terry Nation, the man who created the Daleks for Doctor Who, and has developed a cult following among science fiction devotees.
Moving on from Rosemary & Thyme we go to DCI Banks. In the episode that aired Saturday (“Strange Affair”), a case turned personal when Banks discovered his brother was missing. I found two actresses of note in this one: Lisa Kay and Heidi Reed. Lisa Kay, who played Corinne, has been and will be seen as Stella Barham in Indian Summers (season two begins next month). Heidi Reed portrayed Carmen on DCI Banks but may be best known for her role as Elizabeth, Ross’ old sweetheart, on Poldark.
Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to help out.