Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS was back after a two-week hiatus due to our Neighbor By Neighbor fundraiser and Saturday’s episode – “Master Class” (part one) – saw DCI Barnaby investigating a possible drowning at a prestigious music academy. It also presented viewers with a chance to spot eight guest stars recognizable from other UNC-TV fare. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Lydia Wilson was shy prodigy Zoe Stock. The actress hasn’t been seen in much on our airwaves but she did play Monday on Any Human Heart and Muriel Hart on South Riding (both on Masterpiece). Continue reading


Sounds Familiar

“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H. G. Wells novel.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey

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

Where Do I Know That Actor?

My guess is fans of MASTERPIECE MYSTERY will be enjoying the new police procedural UNFORGOTTEN which debuted Sunday night. The program chronicles police detectives investigating a very cold case while weaving in the lives of suspects and other characters that may or may not be connected. One of the more intriguing aspects of the show for me was the many recognizable faces I saw. Maybe you spotted them too. Let’s see (and heads up – this is a long list).

Nicola Walker stars as DCI Cassie Stuart. The actress has appeared in quite a few shows UNC-TV has aired over the years so she should be well known to viewers. In fact, it’s not her first time portraying someone on the right side of the law – she was DC Sue Upton on A Mother’s Son, DI Susan Taylor on Touching Evil and Ruth Evershed on MI-5. More recently, Walker played Gillian in Last Tango In Halifax. She also had a memorable turn as Helen Bailey in the third series of Scott & Bailey and, in 2009, Walker played Sally in a Masterpiece adaptation of Oliver Twist. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

In 1764, Leopold Mozart moved his family to London. The city was the ultimate destination for musicians and his son Wolfgang’s time in London would prove to be fruitful. Historian and author Lucy Worsley traces this pivotal time in the young composer’s exceptional career on MOZART IN LONDON – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Director Terry Gilliam’s struggle to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is legendary. For decades, the filmmaker’s attempts to bring his story to life have seemed almost cursed. But now the project appears destined for cinemas and the very first trailer for the film has been released.

Discover the profound and remarkable story of the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in World War II. See how these brave servicemen and women fought for equality and tolerance around the world on GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II – Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Felicity Kendal (Rosemary & Thyme, Good Neighbors) will appear in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever in London this summer. But ahead of the play’s opening, the veteran actress talks to The Telegraph about her life, loves and long career.

Meet the members of the only breast cancer survivors’ dragon boat racing team in Miami on ALL IN THE SAME BOAT – Sunday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

And Dan Stevens was a recent guest on NPR’s Fresh Air. The Downton Abbey alum talked about his time on the PBS hit series and his starring role in the current FX series Legion.

Now here are some familiar faces celebrating birthdays this week…

April 9

Richenda Carey (The Choir) celebrates 70

Arsher Ali (The Guilty) has his 34th

Hannah Gordon (My Family And Other Animals) is 77

Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) turns 69

April 10

Stephen Churchett (EastEnders) marks 81

April 11

Bill Irwin (Sesame Street) has his 68th

Dakota Blue Richards (Endeavour) turns 24

Ron Pember (Rumpole Of The Bailey) is 84

Derek Martin (EastEnders) celebrates 85

April 12

James Alexandrou (EastEnders) marks 33

April 13

Peter Davison (Doctor Who) has his 67th

Edward Fox (Edward & Mrs. Simpson) is 81

Marjorie Yates (A Very British Coup) turns 77

Christopher Strauli (Fortunes of War) marks 72

April 14

Peter Capaldi (The Secret Agent) celebrates 60

Robert Carlyle (The Last Enemy) has his 57th

Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga) turns 54

April 15

Emma Thompson (Fortunes of War) is 59

Sally Dexter (Poldark) has her 58th

Monday Montage

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

DOWNTON ABBEY – one of the most beloved, fan favorite, acclaimed series of the century is back! Catch every betrayal, every bon mot, every tear and every romantic glance from the very beginning. Don’t miss DOWNTON ABBEY – starting tonight at 8 (with back-to-back episodes on the Explorer Channel.

Speaking of DOWNTON ABBEY, Dan Stevens’ series LEGION begins its second season this week on FX. Not familiar with the show? NPR has a review. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

See how Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. Catch part one of JACKIE ROBINSON – a two-part, four-hour film directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV.

The onetime host of Reading Rainbow wants you to read his favorite short stories. Check out the podcast LeVar Burton Reads. Continue reading