Monday Montage

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

Travel through 15,000-years and rediscover a past whose splendor and sophistication is only now being realized and whose story has for too long remained untold. Witness the world made by America’s first peoples on the new four-part series NATIVE AMERICA – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Dame Judi Dench (As Time Goes By) is the latest addition to the cast of the star-studded Cats movie. Dench joins Idris Elba (Luther) and Ian McKellen (Vicious) in the upcoming cinematic adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Meet the planet’s ultimate cats – cheetahs, snow leopards, Canada lynxes, African leopards and more – as NATURE kicks off a new three-part series. Roar with the SUPERCATS – Wednesday night at 8 on UNC-TV Continue reading

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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?

Last week’s Father Brown saw G. K. Chesterton’s prying padre investigating the murder of a Colonial Postal Service officer. It also allowed keen-eyed viewers to spot a trio of familiar (well, familiar-ish) faces seen elsewhere on programs UNC-TV has aired.

First, Richard Huw played Aldous Kemp, the former colonial postal worker who meets an untimely end. The veteran actor has been working for decades and has appeared in guest roles on Inspector Miorse, Dalgliesh, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Midsomer Muirders and The Coroner, just to name a few. However, he has appeared in more substantial roles on some old Masterpiece Theatre fare from the 1990s. He was Rochfort Maquire on Rhodes, Hector Robinson on The Buccaneers and Igor Kostov on Sleepers. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Father Brown on the Explorer Channel may have noticed some familiar-ish faces on last Friday’s episode (“The Star Of Jacob” – in which a mysterious stranger, a missing donkey and a kidnapped baby threaten to spoil Christmas festivities). Let’s meet them, shall we?

Raymond Coulthard, who played John Langdon in the episode, will be best known as Miles Edgerton on Mr. Selfridge. Aside from guest roles in programs like Is It Legal? and Foyle’s War, Coulthard has been seen in several other Masterpiece series. He was Mr. Glascock in He Knew He Was Right, Prince of Arragon in Merchant Of Venice and the Venetian Ambassador in Casanova. Continue reading

My Top Five: Detectives

There are loads of private investigators to choose from on the many series UNC-TV has broadcast over the decades. One series alone (Mystery!) is pretty much devoted to the genre. So I started thinking: who are my personal favorite detectives?

I tried to gravitate towards characters that are sleuths first and foremost rather than police constables who utilize procedure to apprehend criminals. A fine line, I agree – but it narrowed the focus a bit.

As always, these are MY TOP FIVE. Not the best, not the most popular – just my personal favorites. Thus, without further ado, here are MY TOP FIVE: DETECTIVES…

5) The Gumshoes of ACME, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? – The sleuths of ACME come perilously close to falling under the “police” category since they are part of an organization, but they are gumshoes (it’s in their name) so I had to include them. Throw in Special Agent Greg Lee and Lynne Thigpen as The Chief and the WITWICS gumshoes will always be cool. Continue reading