Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s episode of MIDSOMER MURDERS (“The Sword of Guillame”) 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. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

Uncover the challenges of climate change, sea level rise and other weather extremes with local and national implications. Tune in for SEA CHANGE – Tuesday at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Billie Piper (Doctor Who) makes her directorial debut with the film RARE BEASTS, set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. The film also features Lily James (Downton Abbey), David Thewlis (Dandelion Dead) and Kerry Fox (The Crimson Field). Continue reading

Wednesday Trivia Question

What actor – who didn’t play a Time Lord – made the most appearances on DOCTOR WHO?

The British series DOCTOR WHO is considered the longest-running sci fi program in history. It started in 1963 and ended in 1989 after 26 seasons. There was a 1996 TV movie and then the show returned with renewed vigor in 2005. Even though the current series is technically separate from the original, creators and fans consider the it part of the same television universe as it continues the stories and characters of the cult favorite that started over 50 years ago. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of DEATH IN PARADISE may have noticed a few intriguing guest stars on Saturday’s episode, The Impossible Murder (in which Humphrey’s plans for a romantic weekend backfire). Let see if you recognized them all.

The first was Jason Hughes, who played Elliot Taylor. Interestingly enough, I could only find one role he’s done that you would have seen on UNC-TV (and it’s not that he’s new to acting – his credits go back about 25 years) but it’s a major one. In fact, you would have seen it had you been watching UNC-TV’s entire Saturday evening line-up since Jason Hughes is DS Ben Jones on Midsomer Murders. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Thirty years ago, the world watched as a Chinese student-led pro-democracy demonstration ended in violence, leaving thousands dead and laying the foundation for the nation’s future. Relive seven weeks that changed China forever on TIANANMEN – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Jenna Coleman brought the glamour to the V&A Summer Party, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum last week. The VICTORIA star attended the soiree with boyfriend and co-star Tom Hughes. Continue reading

My Top Five: Science Fiction Shows

Last week, I tackled MY TOP FIVE SCIENCE SHOWS so I thought it might be fun to look at Science Fiction this week. Granted, public broadcasting hasn’t traditionally been home to loads of science fiction but there have been a few quite memorable programs over the years. Keep in mind that “science fiction” covers a host of sins (technically, MARTHA SPEAKS fits the bill) but I tried to keep it close to the genre we all know and love.

And so, without further ado, here are MY TOP FIVE SCIENCE FICTION SHOWS …

5) MY HERO. This clever Britcom with the fish-out-of-water premise was loads of fun from the start. Ardal O’Hanlan’s George Sunday was the heart of the series as a superhero from the planet Ultron struggling to adapt to the customs of our world but Emily Joyce’s Janet Dawkins grounded him as the nurse who captured his heart.

4) TWILIGHT ZONE. Yep, if you can believe it, there was actually a time when UNC-TV ran Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. We were called the UNC Center for Public Television back then but, for a while in the early 1980s, viewers were treated to back-to-back episodes each weeknight at 11. And while the series covered everything from psychological horror to the supernatural and fantasy, classic episodes involving ESP, time travel, immortality and alien cookbooks let us know TWILIGHT ZONE was pure science fiction at its core. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

As development encroaches on the community, a colony of tent residents rallies to defend its provisional homes against the forces of gentrification. Tune in as REEL SOUTH presents SAINT CLOUD HILL – Thursday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Good news for the Tenth and Fifth Doctors – Georgia Moffett is pregnant with her fifth child. That means David Tennant (Doctor Who, The Escape Artist) will be a proud father once more and Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who) will once again be a grandfather! Continue reading