Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS featured a very familiar face to viewers of UNC-TV’s programming. In “Shot At Dawn” (part one), Samantha Bond played Arabella “Bella” Hammond, daughter of a military family engaged in a longtime feud over a WWI incident.
Samantha Bond might be best known for playing Moneypenny in the James Bond films (featuring Pierce Brosnan in the 007 role) but her public television presence goes back to the 1980s. While she may not be the household name Helen Mirren or Judi Dench is, you’d have to be a poor public television viewer to not to have seen her in something. Certainly there have been guest roles aplenty in shows such as Poirot, Marple, Inspector Lynley and Inspector Morse (Bond has also been featured in three separate roles on MIDSOMER MURDERS over the years) but the actress has been seen in several series UNC-TV has aired. Bond played Liz Probert in Rumpole Of The Bailey on Mystery and Mary MacKenzie in The Ginger Tree on Masterpiece Theatre. She was Peter Davison’s wife, Lisa, on Distant Shores and Aunt Angela on the Britcom Outnumbered. On Downton Abbey, Samantha Bond was Lord Grantham’s sister, Lady Rosamund Painswick, and she played Great Paxford Women’s Institute leader Frances Barden on Home Fires.
MIDSOMER MURDERS continues with part two of “Shot At Dawn” Saturday night at 8 on UNC-TV.
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