Where Do I Know That Actor? (Mamma Mia! Edition)

Every now and then, I like to veer slightly away from the small screen to make a big screen connection and, right now, there seems only one film deserving of such a look. The ABBA-inspired sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again took in around $34 million in its opening weekend, placing it number two at the box office. Although I’ve not seen it myself I couldn’t help but be taken by all the familiar names and faces I spied viewing the trailer during a recent cinematic outing. Some may be obvious, but let’s take note of them all as best we can.

The hit movie stars Lilly James in the role of Young Donna in 1979. James may not be the biggest name in the cast but she should be among the best well-known of PBS-related stars since she played Lady Rose on Downton Abbey.

Meryl Streep, of course, plays Donna, reprising her role from the first film. Offhand, you might think Streep hasn’t been a presence on public broadcasting and, for the most part, you’d be right. However, imdb.com credits her with two roles on Great Performances – Edith Varney on Secret Service (1977) and Leilah on Uncommon Women… and Others (1979). Moreover, the acclaimed actress had appeared on American Masters, Live From Lincoln Center, the documentary series Freedom: A History of Us and the Ken Burns’ series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, among others. So I think it’s safe to say Meryl Streep has a long and healthy PBS association. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

What does it mean to be American? What holds us together in turbulent times? Watch as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and historian David M. Kennedy investigate the idea of a unifying AMERICAN CREED. Tune in Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Very sad news. Actress Emma Chambers has passed away at the age of 53. She will best known to public broadcasting fans as Alice Horton on THE VICAR OF DIBLEY.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked Hollywood and even sparked a wider social movement. See how the now-disgraced mogul allegedly sexually harassed and abused dozens of women over four decades as FRONTLINE presents Weinstein – Friday at 9pm on UNC-TV.

Did  you know actress Celia Imrie (Kingdom, After You’ve Gone) calls herself the Happy Hoofer and still grabs life by every second? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

On UNC-EX, UNC-TV’s Explorer Channel, Friday nights is now a night for British drama. (Well, British and Australian drama – but we all know how Down Under got its start as a nation.) A few faces of note on this week’s programs. See if you spotted them.

On Doc Martin (the very first episode, by the way), Celia Imrie guest starred as Susan Brading. Imrie seems to be a regular face on UNC-TV and I’ve mentioned her before because she pops up all over the place. She may be best known as Gloria on Kingdom or Diana on After You’ve Gone. She was also Anna Gromyko on Masterpiece Theatre‘s Doctor Zhivago and had a stint on Bergerac in 1983 as Marianne. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I just caught the season premiere of Vicious and thought it might be worth a mention to point out that the episode guest-starred Celia Imrie as Violet’s sister.

Celia Imrie has been described as one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades – and with good reason. She’s been in feature films – everything from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to Bridget Jones’s Diary – but UNC-TV viewers may best know her as Nicholas Lyndhurst’s former mother-in-law in After You’ve Gone or Stephen Fry’s receptionist in Kingdom.

Imrie was the subject of a “Where Do I Know That Actor?” back in June when she appeared on a Midsomer Murders that UNC-TV aired. This may be rehashing old news, but I think it’s always worth pointing out who’s who in case it’s on anyone’s mind.

The season premiere of Vicious re-airs Friday at 10:30pm and Saturday at 3:30am on UNC-TV (also on UNC-MX Saturday at 4am).

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Did you catch Midsomer Murders on Saturday night? It was part one of a two-parter called Dark Autumn, wherein DCI Barnaby investigates the death of a postman with a few secretsWell, like most episodes of Midsomer Murders, it featured a guest role by an actor better known for other series that we’ve aired on UNC-TV.

This week, it’s Celia Imrie. She’s not a household name, to be sure, but Imrie (who played Louise August on Midsomer) has been described as one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades – and with good reason. She’s been in feature films – everything from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to Bridget Jones’s Diary – but UNC-TV viewers may best know her as Nicholas Lyndhurst’s former mother-in-law in After You’ve Gone or Stephen Fry’s receptionist in Kingdom. A more interesting role is when she acted on eight episodes of the TV series Bergerac. Bergerac was a 1980s crime drama starring John Nettles as the titular Bergerac. Now John Nettles is DCI Barnaby on Midsomer Murders, so he’s worked with Celia Imrie before. In fact, on Bergerac, she played one of Jim Bergerac’s girlfriends. How neat is that?

Midsomer Murders, Dark Autumn (part one) repeats Wednesday, June 17, at 4pm on UNC-TV and Thursday, June 18, at 8pm on UNC-MX. Part two (because you have to find out whodunnit) airs Saturday, June 20, at 8pm on UNC-TV.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.