Sounds Familiar

“It’s murder, all of them. I don’t know how. But they’re not suicides, they’re killings, serial killings. We’ve got ourselves a serial killer. I love those. There’s always something to look forward to. ” – Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), SHERLOCK (“A Study In Pink”)

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Monday Montage

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

Explore the life of North Carolina’s own John Coltrane, an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. Tune in as INDEPENDENT LENS present CHASING TRANE – Wednesday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

You may have heard that Stephen Hawking was interred last week in Westminster Abbey. But did you know Benedict Cumberbatch gave a reading at the service? The SHERLOCK star played Hawking in 2004 television movie. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Put on your cowboy boots, grab a longneck beer and get a toe-tappin’ tour of legendary Texas dancehall the Broken Spoke. Tune in as REEL SOUTH enters Honky Tonk Heaven – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has its first review. Sadly, it’s not the best.

What’s your favorite book? Easy enough question to answer perhaps – but what is America’s favorite book? THE GREAT AMERICAN READ endeavors to find out by examining the passion, power and joy of reading through the lens of 100 best-loved books as chosen by the public. THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Discover the role creative imagination has played in forging humanity as we survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale. Don’t miss CIVILIZATIONS, a new 9-part series – beginning Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Judi Dench (As Time Goes By), Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin) and Joan Plowright (And A Nightingale Sang) – all Dames in their own right – let the cameras in on a friendship that spans a half century in a new movie titled Nothing Like A Dame. The film hits cinemas in the UK next month and airs on BBC Two during the summer. No word on a debut in the States (either in theatres or telly) but I’ll be on the lookout. Continue reading

A Batch Of Cumber

If you watched Benedict Cumberbatch in the recent MASTERPIECE presentation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time, you may not have realized that it wasn’t Cumberbatch’s first time bringing McEwan’s work to life. Hear the actor talk about time, trauma and the “cinematic” qualities of McEwan’s novels on the MASTERPIECE STUDIO PODCAST.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Masterpiece featured a new TV movie titled The Child In Time. It starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald as parents forced to go on with their lives after their child goes missing. It was a heartrending tale that eschewed the usual police procedural aspect and ventured more into the psychological. There were also a few familiar faces that UNC-TV viewers may know from other shows we’ve broadcast.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the lead actor in the film (playing Stephen Lewis) and it should almost go without saying that while he is well known for his film roles (Doctor Strange, The Hobbit, The Imitation Game, The Fifth Estate, Star Trek: Into Darkness) the role that brought him recognition from most public television viewers is Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece‘s Sherlock. Cumberbatch has also played Richard III on The Hollow Crown, Stephen Ezard on The Last Enemy and Edmund Talbot on To The Ends of the Earth. Continue reading