Fans of Midsomer Murders may have noticed a bevy of special guest stars on the most recent episodes. Saturday night’s two-part mystery (“Death In Chorus”) featured a handful of actors you may know from shows seen on UNC-TV’s airwaves in the past. Let’s see how many you noticed.
We’ll start with Patrick Drury who played Connor Simpson in the episode. His acting credits and public broadcasting association go back to the 1970s since his first imdb.com credit is listed as “Courier” in I, Claudius. Drury has since been seen on Masterpiece Theatre as Montagu Corry in Disraeli and as Ian Ruby Smith in The Politician’s Wife.
Annabelle Apsion, who portrayed Ellen Barker, has guest starred in several series of note (My Uncle Silas, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, MI-5, Foyle’s War) but she’s probably best known as Jennifer Cardew in Doc Martin or Violet Buckle on Call The Midwife.
Ronan Vibert was Giles Armitage on the Midsomer Murders in question. He’s guested in programs like Lovejoy, Jeeves And Wooster and Cadfael. However, going back a bit, Vibert was in the Masterpiece Theatre series Traffik as Lee and The Buccanners as Lord Richard Marabel.
John Shrapnel, who played Leo Clarke, is a veteran actor whose credits go back to the 1960s. Aside from popping up on the likes of Inspector Morse and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, you may recognize him from several Masterpiece appearances. He was Earl of Sussex in Elizabeth R, Major Alexander Hardinge in Edward & Mrs. Simpson, Thomas Roland in Sorrell And Son and Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman In White.
Finally, I need to mention the guest star who is probably the most famous of the lot: Peter Capaldi. The Scottish actor was Ken Cracken in Titmuss Regained and Mr. Vladimir in The Secret Agent, both seen on Masterpiece Theatre. He also had guest starring roles of note as Vera Reynolds in Prime Suspect 3 and Tristan Campbell in The Vicar Of Dibley. However, Capaldi will be best known as the twelfth and current Doctor on Doctor Who. Sadly, UNC-TV has yet to air those episodes (fingers crossed, someday) but he did appear as Caecilius in the David Tennant episode “The Fires Of Pompei” which UNC-TV did air so he’s fair game as far as I’m concerned.
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.