Monday Montage

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

See how the family photo album enlarges our understanding of history, our diversity and our shared values. Join Thomas Allen Harris as he explores neighborhoods and cities through the lens of FAMILY PICTURES USA – tonight at 9 and Tuesday at 8 on UNC-TV.

It’s hard to picture anyone other than Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. But that didn’t stop the MASTERPIECE star from initially worrying that people wouldn’t buy an Irish actor in the role of the Cornish swashbuckler. Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS is back with new episodes, new cases and a new Barnaby. With cousin John (Neil Dudgeon) taking over for Tom (John Nettles), the killers and criminals of the county of Midsomer will get zero rest. But his first episode as DCI featured more than a pouty and petulant Jones – there were a few guest stars of note. Let’s see who they were.

First, I’ll tackle the new star of the series, Neil Dudgeon. Has he ever appeared on shows UNC-TV has broadcast? Most definitely. He had a guest spot on Kingdom and Inspector Morse but it’s most likely you will recognize Dudgeon (if you do) from his role as chauffeur George Moody on The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries starring Diana Rigg. He also played Gibbons on Sharpe’s Eagle and Lestrade on Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, both on Masterpiece Theatre. His imdb.com page also lists a credit of Brink on a 1990 episode of Alive From Off Center. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Four women who worked as wartime codebreakers reunite to track down a serial killer on THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE. Catch this gripping mystery drama from the very beginning – starting tonight at 9 on the Explorer Channel.

Derek Jacobi (Vicious) and Diana Rigg (Victoria) have been cast in a BBC Radio4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. The one-off drama airs Boxing Day. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Discover the many sides of a baseball legend as AMERICAN MASTERS profiles TED WILLIAMS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

According to recently-released files, Penelope Keith, Derek Jacobi and the Two Ronnies were just a few of the people who were personae non gratae at No. 10 Downing Street during the Thatcher administration. Continue reading

Tony! Tony! Tony!

The Tony Awards are Sunday night and although PBS is not airing the ceremony (I believe we carried the first hour for a few years around the turn of the century) a drama geek like me will always find a connection. As I peruse the nominees for this year’s Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, I am taken by the names I recognize from series I’ve seen on public broadcasting. No surprise, really, as Broadway attracts some of the best actors. The same can be said for the shows on UNC-TV.

So I thought I’d look over a few of the nominees (acting categories only). Consider this a sort of Where Do I Know That Actor (Tony Edition).

Let’s start with Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Two names stand out: Renée Fleming (nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel) and Diana Rigg (nominated for My Fair Lady). Fleming is a world-renowned soprano who has appeared in many operas and other musical performances we’ve shown. She’s been seen on Great Performances and The Metropolitan Opera Presents in numerous roles. Rigg, who’s had a longer career, has been a presence on our airwaves for decades. Currently, she’s the Duchess of Buccleuch on Victoria. She’s also played Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, Mrs. Golightly in Moll Flanders and Lady Honoria Dedlock in Bleak House. For years, she was the host of Mystery! and, of course, she was Emma Peel on the 1960s spy series The Avengers. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

The thirteenth season of Midsomer Murders kicked off earlier this month and this week’s episode (“The Sword of Guillame” part one) saw a seaside outing turn deadly. It also featured a bevy of guest stars that may just be familiar from other fare UNC-TV has offered. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Tim McInnerny played property developer Hugh Dalgliesh. True Anglophiles may know him from his work in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder series but, sadly, UNC-TV has never aired that wonderful program. McInnerny has, however, appeared as Terry Shields in the 1980s thriller Edge of Darkness and he was Fiennes on A Very British Coup on Masterpiece Theatre in 1989. Other roles of note include Oliver Mace on MI-5 and Sir Eustace Carmichael on Sherlock.

Janet Suzman was Lady Matilda William. She played Margaret, Duchess of Chester, on The Secret Agent and Lady Edwina Mountbatten on Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, both on Masterpiece Theatre. Continue reading