Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you caught the most recent Midsomer Murders, you may have spied a trio of familiar faces from elsewhere on UNC-TV. The episode in question (“Blood Wedding” – part two) saw Barnaby investigating the death of a bridesmaid while getting caught up in the drama of his own daughter’s impending nuptials.

We’ll start with Charles Edwards, who portrayed newlywed Sir Edward “Ned” Fitzroy, and Mark Umbers, who was his younger brother Henry “Harry” Fitzroy.

Edwards most recently was seen as Alfred Wood in the Masterpiece presentation Arthur & George where he played a pal of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Interestingly enough, Edwards also played Doyle in a 2001 series called Murder Rooms: Mysteries Of The Real Sherlock Holmes.) He also played Lady Edith’s love interest Michael Gregson on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, has revealed a disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of our aging drinking water infrastructure. NOVA discovers the chemistry, biology and engineering that led to this disaster. Tune in Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV for Poisoned Water.

Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman and Last Tango In Halifax‘s Sarah Lancashire team up for Labour Of Love, a political play to be staged in London’s West End.

Celebrate the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media as Rashida Jones hosts The 76th Annual Peabody Awards – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Here’s a sight you honestly don’t see much anymore at a TV station – a videotape cassette. Specifically, one of Brain Maker with David Perlmutter, MD. If you’ve ever seen this pledge special, it’s entirely possible it was broadcast from this source.

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In the early days of television, all programming was broadcast live but the introduction of magnetic tape in the broadcast industry allowed programs to be recorded and shown later. Over the years, the videotape sources have changed and this is probably one of the last to be used here at the station. Most of the shows you watch on the services of UNC-TV these days air from digital or satellite sources and not from tapes like the one seen above.

Bath & Beyond

Did you know that today – May 25 – is TOWEL DAY?

Probably not. Many don’t. But it’s got something to do with the late, great Douglas Adams and his fantastic sci fi comedy The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (which the BBC made into an excellent series in 1981 and UNC-TV aired shortly thereafter) so I thought I’d pass it along.

“Listen. It’s a tough universe. There’s all sorts of people and things trying to do you, kill you, rip you off, everything. If you’re going to survive out there, you’ve really got to know where your towel is.” – Ford Prefect

Find out more about TOWEL DAY, all you hoopy froods.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Another week, another Masterpiece – and some familiar faces I bet you’ve seen before.

Joanne Froggatt starred in Dark Angel, a dramatization of real-life Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton. Of course, Froggatt should be immediately recognizable as Anna Bates from Downton Abbey. Going back about a decade, she played Angelique Mahy in Island At War, another Masterpiece offering. More recently, Joanne Froggatt has supplied the voice of Wendy on the kids series Bob The Builder.

Alun Armstrong co-starred as Mary Ann’s stepfather George Stott. Armstrong has also been seen in a few Masterpiece presentations over the years. He was Flintwinch in Little Dorrit, Henry Fox in Aristocrats, Mr. Fleming in Oliver Twist, Dan Peggoty in David Copperfield and Bucket in Bleak House. Along the way, Armstrong played retired copper Brian Lane in the series New Tricks. Look for him in June on the upcoming Prime Suspect prequel, Prime Suspect: Tennison. Continue reading