Monday Montage

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

INDEPENDENT LENS presents Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Samuel L. Jackson narrates I Am Not Your Negro – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and encoring Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

The second season of Victoria has just started but Jenna Coleman is already eyeing her next role: Coleman will star as a mother whose baby is abducted on a new BBC drama called The Cry.

America’s opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Trace the history of how the nation got into this situation and explore possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis. Don’t miss UNDERSTANDING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Aidan Turner (Poldark) is set to appear in Michael Grandage’s summer production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. The play will open at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre July 4 following previews that begin June 23.

Saturday night on UNC-EX, tour the Emerald Isle with cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson and folksinger Tommy Makem. First, travel along IRELAND’S WILD COAST at 9 and then visits pubs, churches, castles and cliffs from Dublin to the Dingle Peninsula on TOMMY MAKEM’S IRELAND at 10. Tune in for an evening of Irish discovery – Saturday night on the Explorer Channel.

And could the Downton Abbey movie feature an appearance by Mike Tyson? The boxer says he’s a fan and would love to be cast.

Now, let’s see who’s celebrating a birthday this week…

15 January

Andrea Martin (Act One) turns 71

James Nesbitt (Ballykissangel) has his 53rd

Richard Franklin (Doctor Who) celebrates 82

16 January

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton’s America) is 37

17 January

James Earl Jones (Driving Miss Daisy) marks 87

18 January

Mark Rylamce (Wolf Hall) has his 58th

Jane Horrocks (Amazing Mrs Pritchard) turns 54

Paul Angelis (Father’s Day) celebrates 75

19 January

Oliver Maltman (Death Comes To Pemberley) is 42

20 January

Sophie Thompson (EastEnders) marks 56

Liza Goddard (Yes, Honestly) has her 68th

Ray Panthaki (EastEnders) turns 39

Tom Baker (Doctor Who) marks 84 years

Joe Swash (EastEnders) celebrates 36

21 January

Plácido Domingo (The Three Tenors) is 77

Martin Shaw (Rhodes) has his 73rd


Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’ll never tire of the set for The Woodwright’s Shop With Roy Underhill. It’s a weird, wacky, wonderful trove of assorted miscellany collected from Roy’s years as the classic cut up.

For instance, here’s a rooster mask that hangs from the wall. What does it have to do with woodworking? Only Underhill knows!


What? No Singing?

Les Misérables is coming to Masterpiece! Earlier this week, Masterpiece and BBC One announced the ensemble cast for a new epic adaptation of Les Misérables.

Andrew Davies (House of Cards, Mr Selfridge) will write the series, exploring the many layers of Victor Hugo’s original novel. Dominic West (The Affair) will star as Jean Valjean and David Oyelowo (MI-5) as Javert. Other players include Lily Collins, Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Colman, Ellie Bamber, Josh O’Connor and Erin Kellyman.

The series is scheduled to begin production next month. No air date is set as yet but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Death In Paradise featured a trio of guests worthy of mention.

In the episode (“Lost Identity”), DI Goodman receives a little help from his visiting Aunt Mary, played by Wendy Craig. Craig was most recently seen as Aunt Juley in The Forsyte Saga (UNC-EX aired the series within the last few years) however a generation of UNC-TV viewers may best remember her as dissatisfied housewife Ria Parkinson in the bittersweet sitcom Butterflies. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe. Tune in as NOVA presents BLACK HOLE APOCALYPSE – Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Speaking of astrophysicists … former NOVA SCIENCENOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson is apparently Stephen Colbert’s most frequent if not favorite guest. And why not? Continue reading