“Well, we do know what to say, we just can’t stomach saying it. What we want to say is, ‘Thank Christ it wasn’t me.’” – DS Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans), at a colleague’s funeral on ENDEAVOUR (“Icarus”)
“No one wants you, Pat! Frank left you, your boys left you… and now Roy’s left you!” “You think Frank wants YOU – mutton dressed as lamb?” – Peggy Mitchell and Pat Butcher, during one of their infamous rows, EASTENDERS
And once again, as the thirteenth season nears its conclusion, MIDSOMER MURDERS shows us you can’t be a real actor in the UK if you don’t guest star at least once on this series. This week’s episode (“Fit for Murder” part one) saw the Barnabys taking in a spa weekend at upmarket Swavely Manor. Of course, the bodies pile up quickly (else the story wouldn’t last long) and we get to see a bounty of guest stars, some immediately recognizable, others less so. Let’s meet them, shall we?
We’ll start with Lesley Manville who was spa owner Phoebe Archbold. The Oscar-nominated Manville has appeared on two Masterpiece presentations worth noting – she portrayed Mrs. Rose on Cranford and Villy on The Cazalets.
Geraldine James, who played spa neighbor Miranda Bedford, has deeper PBS roots. She’s been seen as Sarah Layton on The Jewel in the Crown, Beatrice on Rebecca, Joyce Malfin on White Teeth, Lady Rowley on He Knew He Was Right, Hilary Rees-Benton on The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard and Barbara Turney on The Last Enemy. Continue reading
“Hey, this has been a really good day. I’ve eaten five times, I’ve slept six times, and I’ve made a lot of things mine. Tomorrow, I’m gonna see if I can’t have sex with something!” – The Cat (Danny John-Jules), RED DWARF
What was the name of Tom and Barbara Good’s goat on Good Neighbors? Continue reading
Another week, another MIDSOMER MURDERS. This time, the episode in question (“Not In My Back Yard” Part One – in which members of the Midsomer Conservation Society are hunted by a mysterious killer) saw no less than nine special guest stars. Let’s get to them, shall we?
Peter Egan played retired accountant Norman Swanscombe. Going back to the late 1970s, Egan portrayed Oscar Wilde on Lillie, a Masterpiece Theatre presentation. In the 80s, he was Fothergill on Reilly: Ace Of Spies, Henry Simcox on Paradise Postponed, Magnus Pym on A Perfect Spy and David Braithwaite on Ever Decreasing Circles. There were some guest spots here and there (My Family, Grantchester, Inspector Lynley) but, more recently, Egan has been seen as Martin Hughes on Unforgotten and Hugh “Shrimpie” MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire on Downton Abbey. Continue reading
“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 on the phone to a contractor after discovering he’s botched a job, FAWLTY TOWERS (“The Builders”)