Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you’re a fan of the Inspector Morse series, which originally ran on Mystery! from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, I hope you’ve discovered our Friday night repeats. Yes, The Explorer Channel is airing back-to-back episodes (one full mystery) of Inspector Morse each Friday at 6.

Last week’s two-parter (“Driven To Distraction”) saw Morse investigating a car salesman for the murder of two women. It also featured a handful of faces familiar to keen-eyed UNC-TV viewers. Let’s see which ones you spotted.

First, let’s talk about Mary Jo Randle who played Detective Sergeant Maitland, a specialist in crimes against women that butts heads with Morse. Randle hasn’t been a major presence in shows aired on UNC-TV but her most recent role was as Mercy Pryor in Wolf Hall – a fantastic series that encores in April on Masterpiece.

Next, Patrick Malahide portrayed  Jeremy Boynton, the owner of the dealership where the victims purchased vehicles and Morse’s prime suspect. If the name sounds familiar, it should – I mentioned him yesterday in “Monday Montage” as Malahide is celebrating a birthday this week (he’s turning 72). The veteran actor may be best known to a non-public-television audience as Balon Greyjoy on Game of Thrones but he’s been appearing on our airwaves for decades. Most recently, he’s played Lord Willingdon on Indian Summers. A few years back, Malahide was Lord Glendenning in The Paradise. A few other notable roles include Assistant Commissioner in A Secret Agent, Reverend Edward Casaubon in Middlemarch, Captain Claude Howlett in All The King’s Men and Ralston in Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Christopher Fulford, who played Tim Ablett, has been seen in guest roles in everything from Grantchester to Foyle’s War but you may remember him best as Daniel Dawkins on Moll Flanders, George Gibbon on The Last Enemy or DCI Stephen Maitland on Collision. He was also seen as Metcalf in the aforementioned Goodbye, Mr. Chips.

Malcolm Raeburn was Martin Kass in the episode. You may have seen him as Inspector turned Superintendent Sleeth in the various Prime Suspect series. He was also Parfitt in The Forsyte Saga.

Finally, Jake Wood played a character named Jimmy (no last name). A minor character perhaps but Wood is a current more-major character on a series you may be watching – he plays Max Branning (Jim’s son, Bradley’s dad) on EastEnders. And in the “obscure but worth a mention” category, Jake Wood portrayed the aptly named Kill Crazy on a few episodes of Red Dwarf series VIII.

Inspector Morse continues – Friday nights at 6 on UNC-TV’s Explorer Channel.

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.

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