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

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Wednesday Trivia Question

The only time Fred Rogers appeared on television as someone other than himself was in 1996 when he played a preacher on one episode of what series? 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.