Axing Philosophical

Wow. Where does the time go? For those of us who have been with UNC-TV for an appreciable amount of time, numbers like this hit us hard. However, it may surprise more than a few to know The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill begins its 35th season this weekend.

Thirty-five years. That’s longer than I’ve been alive (don’t fact check that – my ego can’t take the blow). But that’s a fantastic milestone for any series. That The Woodwright’s Shop is a UNC-TV production only adds pride to the mix.

For my money, a successful how-to show has to appeal to viewers that have absolutely no interest in the technique being shown. And for three and a half decades, Roy has crafted traditional woodworking projects with skill and humor, making exceptional TV for anyone who works with wood or just enjoys a skillfully constructed half hour of television.

Join public television’s classic cut-up, Roy Underhill, as he celebrates 35 years in The Woodwright’s Shop. Saturdays at 4 on UNC-TV.

The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill begins its 35th season on UNC-TV.

The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill celebrates 35 years on UNC-TV.

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Where Do I Know That Actor? (Part Two)

What does it take for an actor to get a mention in “Where Do I Know That Actor?” Well, I think the criteria is pretty simple: as I watch a program, if I see someone and remember them from another popular series or honestly ask myself where I should recall them from, then I make a note of it. When the show airs, I’ll pass it along.

So I’ll readily admit there may be an actor or two I missed that you might recognize or an actor I noticed that is a complete stranger to you. That’s fine. It’s all part of the fun of watching UNC-TV and I invite anyone to email me at any time and point out someone who deserves space in this regular feature.

Okay, the next recognizable face was seen on this week’s Father Brown mystery (“The Upcott Fraternity”). In this episode, Father Brown suspects foul play when he visits a seminary. His old rector, Father Francis Palfreyman, is played by veteran character actor Dudley Sutton. Sutton may not be a household name but I guarantee you’ve seen him before if you’ve watched UNC-TV long enough. The highlights? Sutton played Mr. Carter in The Beiderbecke Affair, a lovely little mini-series we aired in the mid-1980s. He was Tinker on Lovejoy, another series we probably haven’t run since the late ’80s. More recently, he portrayed Wilfred, Nana Moon’s fiancée, on EastEnders (UNC-TV broadcast those particular episodes in late 2013). He’s been in film and television for decades and his imdb entry, which is longer than most actors could ever dream of, goes back to the late 1950s.

This episode of Father Brown re-airs Wednesday at noon and Thursday at 9pm on UNC-MX.

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Part One)

Viewers of UNC-TV over the weekend may have spotted more than a few familiar faces. By my count, there were three shows where you might have said to yourself, “Where do I know that actor?” I’m going to address each one, in turn, over the course of the day, so please stay tuned.

The first is Midsomer Murders. I’ve talked so much of the cameos and guest stars on this series, I’m honestly surprised when I see an episode where I don’t recognize someone I’ve seen before elsewhere. This week, it’s Anna Maxwell Martin. The actress had a bit part as a young student named Arabella. This threw me for a moment because I’m used to seeing her in more mature roles (and sure enough – as many actors do – she was in her early 20s playing a teenager when this show was made in 2002) but I eventually recognized her.

Where have you seen her? Well, Anna Maxwell Martin played Susan in The Bletchley Circle, (2012 – 2014), Elizabeth Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), Sarah Burton in South Riding (2011) and Esther Summerson in Bleak House (2005), so she’s been around for a while and has been well-represented on shows UNC-TV has aired.

This episode of Midsomer Murders (“Market For Murder, Part One”) encores Wednesday at 4pm on UNC-TV and Thursday at 8pm on UNC-MX. Part Two airs Saturday night at 8 on UNC-TV.