Wednesday Trivia Question

What is the name of Freddie and Stuart’s dog on Vicious? Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

It’s finally here! Join host Michael Keaton as he pays tribute to the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Celebrities, cast members and Joanne Rogers reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Derek Jacobi confirms there will be no more Last Tango in Halifax. Last year’s two-part Christmas special finishes the series. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates the holidays with the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon. Tune in for seasonal favorites and more on CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

John Cleese lent a hand at a UK event to benefit homeless charities by reading the attendees a bedtime story. Very cool. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Sir Derek Jacobi is an actor who just seems to elevate any project he’s involved with. You may know him from Vicious or Last Tango In Halifax but his public broadcasting appearances go back decades to the 1970s and I, Claudius. However, one of Jacobi’s more interesting roles was as a sleuthing monk on the Mystery! presentation Cadfael. Here’s a shot of a promotional poster for that series that somehow made it’s way to my office after a colleague retired. My best guess is this was from the 1996-1997 season.

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

More Doctor Who this week. And why not? The episode that UNC-TV aired Saturday night (“Utopia”) guest starred none other than Sir Derek Jacobi.

I don’t think I necessarily need to but let’s discuss his PBS pedigree, shall we? That he stars as Stuart opposite Ian McKellen’s Freddie in Vicious is a given. Season two of that series just ended. Also, his stint as Alan in Last Tango In Halifax is no doubt well known to UNC-TV viewers since it may be fresh in mind. But let’s go back further.

Waaaay back in the late 1970s, Derek Jacobi was Claudius on Masterpiece Theatre‘s spectacular I, Claudius. I think it’s a good bet this is the series that first introduced him to American audiences.

Continuing the Masterpiece connection, Jacobi was Rudolph Agnew in Endgame on Masterpiece Contemporary in 2009. That same year, he was Grandfather Trent in The Old Curiosity Shop on Masterpiece Classic. He guest starred as Colonel Protheroe on Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and was, of course, the titular sleuthing monk on Cadfael, which aired on Mystery!

More obscurely, Jacobi was Master of Ceremonies for the “San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration” on Great Performances in 1997. He was also – to my surprise – one of the many voices heard on Ken Burns’ The Civil War. And finally he played a character by the name of Mr. Operatski on one episode of the kids series Angelina Ballerina. For the record, UNC-TV aired the show in the aughts yet I cannot verify 100% that we actually aired the episode in question where Sir Derek (or rather, his voice) appeared; nonetheless, it’s a neat PBS link.

And now in addition to all of the above, Derek Jacobi has guest starred on Doctor Who as the mysterious Professor Yana. Very cool indeed.

“Utopia” encores Thursday at noon and Saturday at 4pm on UNC-MX.

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.