Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you’re a fan of Midsomer Murders, I hope you know that UNC-TV is now presenting two episodes of the fan favorite every Saturday night (one at 8pm and one at 9pm). That means you don’t have to wait a whole week to discover whodunit – just stay tuned.

And speaking of Midsomer Murders, if you caught Saturday’s two-parter (“The Creeper”) then you saw DCI Barnaby out to catch a highly skilled cat burglar. You may also have spied quite a few special guest stars that may have been recognizable from other shows we’ve broadcast. Let’s see who’s who.

Paul Shelley portrayed Chief Constable Richard Lovell. The veteran actor has guested in dozens of series over the decades (Blake’s 7 and Inspector Morse, for example) but I think if you know him it’s from one of several roles. Shelley played Fred Simcox on Paradise Postponed, a 1980s Masterpiece Theatre series. He was also Persuasion on the classic Peter Davison Doctor Who serial “Four To Doomsday” and was Duncan on a Great Performances presentation of Macbeth (starring Patrick Stewart). Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

Once again, this week’s Midsomer Murders did not disappoint, featuring a half dozen actors who might be familiar to viewers from other roles. In the episode (part one of “Small Mercies”), Barnaby investigated a murder in a miniature world. He also encountered the following guest stars of note.

David Ryall played caretaker Bob Moss. The veteran actor passed away in 2014 (the Midsomer Murders episode in question originally aired in 2009) but his career spanned five decades. Most recently, he was Grandad on the Britcom Outnumbered. About fifteen years ago, he appeared on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation Bertie & Elizabeth as Winston Churchill. Ryall also appeared on a few other Masterpiece offerings: he portrayed Oscar Bream in Prime Suspect, Sir Bruce Bullerby in the UK House of Cards trilogy, Wurme in The Secret Agent and Bretherton in Love for Lydia. Going back to the late 1970s, Ryall played Billy Buzzle on the situation comedy Bless Me Father. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Once again, Midsomer Murders presents a few notable and noticeable guest stars. Arguably not A-list celebs but that’s the fun, isn’t it – seeing that face and asking yourself, “Where do I know that actor?”

Saturday night’s episode (“The Glitch” part one) saw Barnaby and Jones investigating the Bucketman of Midsomer. It also featured a trio of actors you may recognize from elsewhere.

First, there was Shaughan Seymour who portrayed Norman Wayland-Smith. The veteran actor has appeared in numerous Masterpiece Theatre offerings. He was Lewis Eliot in Strangers and Brothers (1985), Benedict Bligh in After the War (1989), Lord Hollingford in Wives and Daughters (2001) and the Judge in The Jury (2003).

Next, Philip Jackson played garage boss Daniel Snape. Although Jackson has appeared in numerous guest roles (DCI Banks, Death in Paradise, Foyle’s War, Murder Most Horrid, to name a few), he will be best known for the role of Inspector Japp on Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Masterpiece have a full slate these days as Sunday nights offer a triple play of this PBS staple. Capping off the evening is a new series titled The Collection chronicling the French fashion scene in post-war Paris. Several actors who’ve appeared in this program should be familiar to UNC-TV and Masterpiece viewers. Let’s meet a few.

Richard Coyle, who plays fashion entrepreneur Paul Sabine, has been seen in a couple of Masterpiece Theatre presentations around the turn of the century. In 2001, he was Mr. Coxe on Wives & Daughters and the following year he was Michael Cass on Othello.

Frances de la Tour portrays Sabine family matriarch Yvette Sabine. She’s probably best known for playing Violet on the sitcom Vicious but way back in the early 1980s, de la Tour played Maud in Flickers on Masterpiece Theatre. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you turned on Midsomer Murders on Saturday night (“Secrets and Spies” part one) you saw DCI Barnaby encounter a family of former espionage agents. You also caught sight of several familiar faces you may have recognized from other British programming we’ve aired on UNC-TV. Let’s see who’s who, shall we?

Veteran actor Benjamin Whitrow played eccentric, retired spymaster Sir Malcolm Frazer. His decades-long career (which sadly ended a few weeks ago when he passed away at 80) boasted guest roles in dozens of shows (Wolf Hall, Doc Martin, The Pallisers, Danger UXB, Poirot and Partners in Crime, just to name a few) but he had larger roles in a few Masterpiece Theatre presentations – he was Bailiff Francis la Palotte on Island at War and Thomas Boleyn on Henry VIII.

Peter Davison played Sir Malcolm’s son, Nicky Frazer. He should be immediately known for two roles – that of veterinarian Tristan Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and that of the fifth Doctor on Doctor Who. However, he too has appeared in a bevy of other roles. Going back to the late 1970s, Davison was Tom Holland on the Masterpiece Theatre series Love for Lydia. In the 1980s, he played Margery Allingham’s gentleman detective Albert Campion on Mystery! In the late 1990s, he portrayed Joseph Lockwood on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. About that time, Davison played Inspector Christmas on the Diana Rigg vehicle The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. More recently, he starred as Dr. Bill Shore on the delightful fish-out-of-water series Distant Shores. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Saturday’s Midsomer Murders (part one of “The Black Book”) saw Barnaby investigating the world of shady art dealings. Viewers also got a glimpse of some actors recognizable from other shows UNC-TV airs. Let’s meet them, shall we?

David Bamber played greedy art dealer Anthony Prideaux. If the name sounds familiar, it should – I mentioned him last week when he guest starred on Father Brown. He’s popped up in dozens of shows like Brass, Poirot, Murder Most Horrid, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks, Doc Martin, just to name a few. However, Bamber has played major roles in some Masterpiece presentations of note. He was P. Frobisher Pilbeam in Heavy Weather, Doctor Forrest in The Railway Children, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Lush in Daniel Deronda, Reverend Ford in Pollyanna, Sidney Norris in Collision and the Duke of Sussex on Victoria.

Susannah Harker was Arnold Simm’s daughter, Matilda. Perhaps keen-eyed viewers may know her from the Mystery! mini-series Heat of the Sun in which she played Emma Fitzgerald. However, a more notable role is that of reporter and Francis Urquhart confidante Mattie Storin on House of Cards (the original UK series, of course). Continue reading