Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS is back with its fifteenth season! And as DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigated an aristocratic family plagued by a headless horseman in “The Dark Rider” (parts one and two), viewers were also treated to a trio of guests known for other shows UNC-TV has broadcast. See how many you spotted.

Raquel Cassidy played Diana, widow of Julian DeQuetteville. Keen-eyed viewers may recognize her as Dr. Elizabeth Waring from the DCI Banks episode “Friend of the Devil” but I think it’s far more likely that she’s known for portraying Baxter on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s episode of MIDSOMER MURDERS (“The Sword of Guillame”) saw a seaside outing turn deadly. It also featured a bevy of guest stars that may just be familiar from other fare UNC-TV has offered. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Tim McInnerny played property developer Hugh Dalgliesh. True Anglophiles may know him from his work in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder series but, sadly, UNC-TV has never aired that wonderful program. McInnerny has, however, appeared as Terry Shields in the 1980s thriller Edge of Darkness and he was Fiennes on A Very British Coup on Masterpiece Theatre in 1989. Other roles of note include Oliver Mace on MI-5 and Sir Eustace Carmichael on Sherlock. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS supplied us with a sextet of special guest stars in this week’s outing (The Made-to-Measure Murders, Part One – in which a tailor’s widow makes a confession). Keen-eyed viewers may have spotted these familiar faces alongside DCI Barnaby and DS Jones. See how many you recognized.

Maureen Beattie played Sonia Woodley, the tailor’s widow. She also played Alice Costigan on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation Bramwell.

Philip Bretherton was the late tailor’s brother Matthew. Now, it’s entirely possible you recognized Bretherton from his guest role on Miss Marple, Inspector Morse or Rumpole of the Bailey. But I’m guessing if his face rings a bell it’s solely because you know him as the affable Alistair Deacon on the fan favorite As Time Goes By. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Emmy Edition)

Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced last week and, while PBS only scored one nod (ANTIQUES ROADSHOW for Outstanding Structured Reality Program), several actors recognizable from shows we’ve aired on UNC-TV got some appreciation. While public broadcasting can’t take the win should any of these fine thespians take home a statue, viewers can take heart in the knowledge that the people cast in shows on our channels are pretty impressive at their craft.

Let’s see who earned recognition this year from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences…

Olivia Colman is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the Amazon series Fleabag. That increases the potential for an absolutely stellar year for this talented performer since she won an Oscar in February. While UNC-TV viewers may recognize her from guest roles on Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders, it’s far more likely she’s known for playing Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables on Masterpiece.

Rufus Sewell is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, another Amazon series. Sewell played Will Ladislaw in Middlemarch on Masterpiece Theatre and Aurelio Zen on Masterpiece Mystery. Most recently, he was Lord Melbourne in Victoria. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

That old reliable, MIDSOMER MURDERS, is back with more guest stars to keep us on our toes. In the latest episode (“A Rare Bird” part one), Barnaby and Jones investigate whether competition between ornithology enthusiasts led to murder. Along the way, they encountered some familiar faces – at least familiar to keen-eyed UNC-TV viewers.

Paul Bigley played birdwatcher Tim Whitley. Going back 30 years, Bigley portrayed Stan Laurel in the Wonderworks presentation Young Charlie Chaplin. Along the way, he’s had guest roles on the likes of My Hero, Inspector Lewis, Maigret and Rumpole of the Bailey.

Genevieve O’Reilly portrayed former Russian prima ballerina Nina Morgan. She also played Sarah Caulfield on series eight of MI-5. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Yesterday Edition)

Every now and again I like to venture away from the programs UNC-TV offers and look outward to pop culture. Since the actors who perform on MASTERPIECE and your favorite Britcoms have careers beyond public broadcasting, it’s fun to seek them out and see what they are up to on the big screen, whether it’s the latest summer blockbuster or indie smash.

This week, I shine the spotlight on director Danny Boyle’s latest film, YESTERDAY. Unfortunately, the movie (which is #3 at the domestic box office) has gotten mixed reviews but I love the premise: after an accident, a musician realizes he is the only one who remembers the Beatles. The screenplay is by Richard Curtis, a man known for his successful rom coms. However, Curtis has written for a few shows we’ve aired in the past like Not The Nine O’Clock News, Mr. Bean and The Vicar Of Dibley. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of DEATH IN PARADISE may have noticed a few intriguing guest stars on Saturday’s episode, The Impossible Murder (in which Humphrey’s plans for a romantic weekend backfire). Let see if you recognized them all.

The first was Jason Hughes, who played Elliot Taylor. Interestingly enough, I could only find one role he’s done that you would have seen on UNC-TV (and it’s not that he’s new to acting – his credits go back about 25 years) but it’s a major one. In fact, you would have seen it had you been watching UNC-TV’s entire Saturday evening line-up since Jason Hughes is DS Ben Jones on Midsomer Murders. Continue reading