I hope you got a chance to catch King Charles III on this week’s Masterpiece. Based on the hit play by Mike Bartlett, King Charles III is a fictional exploration of the political turmoil surrounding the early reign of Charles, Prince of Wales following the death of his mother, the long-serving Queen Elizabeth II. The film featured some actors reprising their roles from either Broadway or the West End, many of them having appeared in other UNC-TV fare. Let’s explore a few.
Tim Piggott-Smith played the titular monarch, King Charles III. The veteran actor (who sadly passed away last month after filming the Masterpiece presentation) had been acting for nearly fifty years. Back in the 1970s, Piggott-Smith played Marco in the classic Tom Baker Doctor Who adventure “The Masque Of Mandragora” (that’s where I first saw him). In the 80s, he was Brendan Bracken in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years and Ronald Merrick in The Jewel In The Crown (both on Masterpiece Theatre). Along the way, the actor popped up in guest roles on lots of shows you might have seen, including Foyle’s War, Downton Abbey, Danger UXB, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, MI-5, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, The Bletchley Circle, Inspector Lewis and, of course, Midsomer Murders. Continue reading