I hope you watched Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS (Ring Out Your Dead, Part One) because we have a veritable who’s who of guest stars you’ve seen before from other programs aired on UNC-TV. I was practically giddy with all the familiar faces. See if you spotted them.
Let’s start with Reggie Barton, played by Graham Crowden. You know him best as Tom Ballard on Waiting for God but longtime Doctor Who fans may remember him as Soldeed from the classic Tom Baker serial The Horns of Nimon. (Now that’s going way back.) Crowden also portrayed Marquis of Auld Reekie on The Way We Live Now and Lord Chancellor on a 1985 Bleak House (both on Masterpiece).Continue reading →
I spied this poster in a hallway a few months back (I think there was a bit of clearing out when some folks were moving offices). It was used during a past on-air fundraiser to celebrate one of our community partners, the North Carolina EastEnders Fan Club. I know the club is a great supporter of their beloved series and of UNC-TV in general. Each year, they actively help us raise the funds to pay for the British soap they so crave and, as such, stand as a model of fan support for public broadcasting. Kudos, EE Fans!
I’ve received reports that many EASTENDERS fans missed some of this week’s episodes due to rain fade and other problems caused by the tremendous storms plaguing our state Sunday night. The good news is we always repeat the previous week’s episodes in the wee hours of Sunday morning (3am on UNC-TV). However, I’ve been told by some of the folks with the NC EastEnders Club that the early morning repeat is inconvenient for those without recording devices. I get that however I warn you that these are a couple of not-to-miss episodes so I personally would suggest going to sleep an hour early Saturday night at setting the alarm for 3am to catch these two shows. Of course, I don’t think for a second that’s a remedy which will suit every single viewer so I’ve taken it upon myself to write up detailed synopses for the two eps. It won’t make up for missing them but it will get you ready for the next two episodes Sunday at 11pm.
“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
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 →
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 →