Sounds Familiar

“Eldrad must live.” – Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), being possessed by an alien criminal on DOCTOR WHO (“The Hand Of Fear”)

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Monday Montage

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

Climb into Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce for a musical road trip that traces the rise and fall of a rock legend as a metaphor for the country he left behind. Travel with THE KING on INDEPENDENT LENS – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

Actor Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall) has a lot to say about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you are an EASTENDERS fan, you know that the narrative nature of the series doesn’t invite special guests like, say, a DEATH IN PARADISE or FATHER BROWN does. Nonetheless, every now and again, an actor will pop up you may know from elsewhere. Often, this means the performer got his or her start on the English soap and is best known from another, more recent program (the EASTENDERS currently airing on UNC-TV originally aired on the BBC in 2007). However, there was a guest in some recent episodes whom keen-eyed viewers should know from a long-running Britcom.

EASTENDERS viewers know that one of the more interesting additions to the cast is Shirley’s pal, Heather (played to great comic relief by Cheryl Fergison). In order to alleviate some of Shirley’s financial woes, Heather decides to move in with her – but first Heather must break the news to her manipulative mother. If you didn’t immediately recognize the actress who played Heather’s mother, Queenie, you can be forgiven since there’s a time gap of about a dozen years between her EASTENDERS appearance and the role you’ll definitely know her from. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Uncover the stories behind six dictators, from Mussolini to Noriega. How did they seize and lose power? What forces were against them? Learn the answers in six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power. Discover THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK – beginning Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Check out Helen Mirren in her new role as Catherine the Great in the Sky Atlantic drama of the same name. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

A new nun and four Chinese orphans arrive unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, causing both joy and chaos. Join the celebrations on the CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Good news if you’re in the City of Brotherly Love on January 26. Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) will join the Philadelphia Orchestra next month for the Academy of Music 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball fundraiser. Continue reading