Albert Finney (1936-2019)

Actor Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82. The five time Oscar nominee died February 7 after a short illness.

The talented performer, considered one of the foremost of the postwar period, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later transitioned from the stage to the big screen to appear in films like Tom Jones, The Dresser, Big Fish and Erin Brockovich.

Public television viewers may recall his roles in the Masterpiece Theatre presentations Nostromo, A Rather English Marriage and My Uncle Silas.

Albert Finney was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England on May 9, 1936. He was the recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Finney reportedly declined a Commander of the order of the British Empire in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.


Monday Montage

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

Travel back to 1793 Philadelphia, when America’s first circus was established, and witness its crash into American culture. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the rise and fall of THE CIRCUS – beginning tonight at 9 (and concluding Tuesday at 9) on UNC-TV.

The extremely versatile Alan Cumming (Masterpiece Mystery) is mounting a one-man show tackling anti-immigration sentiment in the US. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Ken Burns explores the life of Samuel Clemens, from his early days along the Mississippi to his evolution as a writer and American icon. Don’t miss part one of MARK TWAIN – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Great news for Whovians: A TARDIS-full of DOCTOR WHO actors will team up for a series of audio plays next year. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Big Finish will offer six new hour-long stories featuring characters from the entire history of Doctor Who. Continue reading

Remembering Siegfried

I have just heard news of the death of Robert Hardy. Sadly, this is not current news as the beloved English actor passed away in early August. However, for whatever reason, I missed the notice. Still, I wanted to mention it because Hardy has had a long presence on UNC-TV.

Robert Hardy was born Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy in 1925 and he enjoyed a long career in theatre, film and television. The veteran performer may be best known to international audiences for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series but public broadcasting viewers will perhaps remember him most fondly as veterinarian Siegfried Farnon on the series All Creatures Great And Small, adapted from the books by James Herriot.

Aside from memorable guest appearances on many familiar programs (Lewis, Foyle’s War, MI-5, Inspector Morse, The Duchess of Duke Street), Hardy has also played roles on several series seen on Masterpiece including Elizabeth R (Robert Dudley), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (Winston Churchill), Northanger Abbey (General Tilney), Middlemarch (Mr. Brooke) and Little Dorrit (Tite Barnacle [Sr]). He was also appointed a Commander of the British Empire in the 1981 Birthday Honours.

Robert Hardy died on August 3 at the age of 91.