Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you missed episode one of Remember Me on Sunday night, you missed not only Michael Palin in a very interesting role but you missed the beginning an eerily spooky mystery series. However, if you did watch, you may have recognized a few familiar faces. Let’s see who they were and where you might know them.

Michael Palin starred as pensioner Tom Parfitt. Certainly Palin has made a name for himself as a globe-trekking adventurer in series like Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole and Brazil With Michael Palin. However, his claim to fame and the reason 99% of people who know his name do so is that he was a member of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He also starred in a fantastic program called Ripping Yarns (which even some die-hard Python fans have never seen) and we aired this show sometime in the late 70s or early 80s.

Mark Addy played police detective Rob Fairholme. Addy was the wonderfully-named Pumblechook in a 2012 Masterpiece Classic presentation of Great Expectations.

Julia Sawalha portrayed Hannah Ward’s mother, Jan. Sawalha may be best known for her role as Saffron on the Britcom Absolutely Fabulous (in full disclosure – UNC-TV has never aired this one) but public broadcasting audiences may remember her as Dorcas Lane on Lark Rise To Candleford, Jessie Brown on Cranford or Mercy Pecksniff on Martin Chuzzlewit.

Tony Pitts played DCI Grogan. He was also seen as Adrian Scott on the first two series of Scott & Bailey.

Rebekah Staton was Alison Denning. Going back about a decade, she was Bessie in a 2006 Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre and Marion in a 2009 presentation of Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. More recently, Staton played Kristina Albinsson in Wallander and Caitlin on the Britcom Spy.

Finally, Eileen Davies portrayed nursing home resident Nancy. She also played Anne Quarterback in season one of Home Fires and was Judy Smallweed in a mid-80s Bleak House on Masterpiece Theatre.

Remember Me continues Sunday night at 10 on UNC-TV. (Episode one repeats this Saturday at 4am on UNC-TV.)

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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