Sounds Familiar

“No one wants you, Pat! Frank left you, your boys left you… and now Roy’s left you!” “You think Frank wants YOU – mutton dressed as lamb?” – Peggy Mitchell and Pat Butcher, during one of their infamous rows, EASTENDERS


Where Do I Know That Actor?

Another week, another MIDSOMER MURDERS. This time, the episode in question (“Not In My Back Yard” Part One – in which members of the Midsomer Conservation Society are hunted by a mysterious killer) saw no less than nine special guest stars. Let’s get to them, shall we?

Peter Egan played retired accountant Norman Swanscombe. Going back to the late 1970s, Egan portrayed Oscar Wilde on Lillie, a Masterpiece Theatre presentation. In the 80s, he was Fothergill on Reilly: Ace Of Spies, Henry Simcox on Paradise Postponed, Magnus Pym on A Perfect Spy and David Braithwaite on Ever Decreasing Circles. There were some guest spots here and there (My Family, Grantchester, Inspector Lynley) but, more recently, Egan has been seen as Martin Hughes on Unforgotten and Hugh “Shrimpie” MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

On Saturday night, MIDSOMER MURDERS wrapped up a two-parter (“The Noble Art”) in which the residents of Midsomer Morchard celebrated the success of a local boxer. Along the way, there were the usual shenanigans and a handful of guest stars (well, handful if you have six fingers) that UNC-TV viewers might have recognized from other shows. Let’s meet them, shall we?

Kevin McNally was avuncular manor owner Gerald Farquaharson. About ten years ago, he played Mr. Earnshaw on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Going back a few more decades, McNally was Drake Crane on the original run of Poldark and Castor on I, Claudius.

Daniela Denby-Ashe played Camilla Farquaharson. If you recognize the name, I guarantee it’s from one of two shows: Denby-Ashe was Sarah Hills on EastEnders and Janey Harper on the Britcom My Family. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of ENDEAVOUR on MASTERPIECE MYSTERY may have noticed a few familiar faces while watching this week’s episode – “Cartouche” (in which the investigation of a poisoning leads Morse and Thursday to a local cinema). Let’s see if you noticed them all.

We’ll start with the regulars.  Some have a heftier public television presence than others but let’s see where you may have spotted them all.

Shaun Evans stars as DS Endeavour Morse. He played the Earl of Southampton on The Virgin Queen, a Masterpiece Theatre presentation circa 2006.

Roger Allam is Morse’s superior DCI Fred Thursday. Allam has appeared in guest roles a-plenty over the years on programs like The Old Guys, MI-5, Inspector Lynley, Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War. He even had one on the original Inspector Morse. However, I found it most interesting that he played Javert from the 1985 cast on a Les Miserables in Concert 25th Anniversary Special. Continue reading

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

UNC-TV will occasionally host events, screenings, meetings and the like within our RTP facilities. Often, these guests are greeted with a sign that reflects their organization. Here’s one I recently spotted in our lobby welcoming the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club.

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

Death In Paradise (season five) is currently airing Saturday nights on UNC-TV. Kris Marshall stars as DI Humphrey Goodman in this wonderful fish-out-of-water procedural series. One of the great things about the program is the constant influx of weekly guest stars.

This week’s episode (“The Blood Red Sea”) saw Goodman’s island team investigating the death of a treasure hunter. There were also a few faces that might be familiar to viewers of British fare on UNC-TV. Let’s see if you spotted them.

Lorcan Cranitch was Tosh Walker, the leader of a Marine Salvage team in search of a rare treasure. The Irish actor may be best known for playing Sean Dillon on the series Ballykissangel. Going back a bit more, Cranitch played Timothy Healy on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation Parnell & the Englishwoman. Continue reading