Sounds Familiar

“Now, look here, O’Reilly, I want my dining room door put back in and this other one taken away by one o’clock, do you understand? No, no, no, I don’t want to debate about it. If you’re not over here in 20 minutes with my door, I shall come over there and insert a large garden gnome in you. Good day.” – Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), talking to a contractor after discovering he’s botched a job, FAWLTY TOWERS (“The Builders”)

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Wednesday Trivia Question

What Academy Award-nominated actor starred in the title role of The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket on American Playhouse? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

On Saturday night, MIDSOMER MURDERS wrapped up a two-parter (“The Noble Art”) in which the residents of Midsomer Morchard celebrated the success of a local boxer. Along the way, there were the usual shenanigans and a handful of guest stars (well, handful if you have six fingers) that UNC-TV viewers might have recognized from other shows. Let’s meet them, shall we?

Kevin McNally was avuncular manor owner Gerald Farquaharson. About ten years ago, he played Mr. Earnshaw on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Going back a few more decades, McNally was Drake Crane on the original run of Poldark and Castor on I, Claudius.

Daniela Denby-Ashe played Camilla Farquaharson. If you recognize the name, I guarantee it’s from one of two shows: Denby-Ashe was Sarah Hills on EastEnders and Janey Harper on the Britcom My Family. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million African and Asian migrant workers. POV explores THE WORKERS CUP – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

The Muppets are taking over London’s O2 with at least two Doctors in tow. David Tennant and Peter Davison are among the announced guests for the three-show Muppet extravaganza scheduled for later in the week. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

This appeared on a table in our break room recently. Centerpiece? Pop art? Or simply a ceramic chicken? I’ve no idea – and I prefer the mystery to an investigation of its origins or purpose. Yes, this has nothing to do with television per se, however I find the porcelain poultry piece intriguing in its non sequitur nature and thought I’d share.

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