“What do you think? I have given my life to Downton. I was born here and I hope to die here. I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It’s my third parent and my fourth child.” – Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Downton Abbey
Shakespeare fans no doubt enjoyed Sunday night’s Great Performances – The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part I. And keen-eyed viewers no doubt recognized quite a few faces familiar from other series UNC-TV has aired. Let’s go over some of them.
I think it’s safe to say Hugh Bonneville may be the most well-known of the actors. He played Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Henry VI’s uncle and Lord Protector of England. Bonneville was, of course, Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey. He has also appeared in other Masterpiece offerings in the past. He was Charles Bovary in a 2000 adaptation of Madame Bovary and, a few years later, he was Hugh Cazalet in The Cazalets. Also, Bonneville portrayed Henleigh Grancourt in Daniel Deronda and Andrey Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago.
Sophie Okonedo was Queen Margaret, Henry’s betrothed. Okonedo portrayed Nancy in a 2009 presentation of Oliver Twist on Masterpiece. She was also Maggie Gardner on The Escape Artist, which aired on Masterpiece Mystery in 2014.
Michael Gambon was Mortimer, Earl of March. Granted, Gambon may be more famous for his role as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise but he’s well known to public television fans as Chief Inspector Maigret on Mystery! Continue reading
What’s happening, what’s on and what’s interesting this week …
In advance of the 75th anniversary, we remember the “date which will live in infamy” with a trio of Pearl Harbor specials on UNC-TV and UNC-EX. Tune in Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel for Remembering Pearl Harbor, followed by Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and then Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona. Catch Pearl Harbor: USS Oklahoma – The Final Story and Pearl Harbor: Into The Arizona on UNC-TV, beginning at 8 that same evening.
Masterpiece Mystery! host Alan Cumming was the special guest on NPR’s current events quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me this week. He shared an unforgettable tattoo anecdote and tackled the show’s Not My Job segment.
Thursday night, our North Carolina Channel presents the debut of a new series featuring fresh views from student filmmakers. Tune in for Envision: UNC School of the Arts – Thursday night at 9.
Apparently, Benedict Cumberbatch donated a coat to charity. Why? Because he really is that awesome.
Speaking of Sherlock, in preparation for season four of the Masterpiece Mystery! hit series (premieres January 1st!), relive some of the previous Holmes & Watson cases Saturday nights on UNC-TV. On 12/10, catch The Empty Hearse and The Sign of Three and it’s His Last Vow and The Abominable Bride the following week.
Fans of the Bard of Avon will be pleased to know that Great Performances’ fantastic series “The Hollow Crown” returns with the War of the Roses trilogy. The action starts Sunday night at 9 with Henry VI, Part One. Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville stars along with Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge.
There’s an online quiz called Which Downton Abbey Character Are You? (Actually, it splits the characters into upstairs and downstairs.) No doubt it’s fun to take the quiz as a fan… but what could be more fun than watching the stars of the show take the quiz?
Tune in for the Downton Abbey season six marathon, beginning Sunday at 11am on UNC-TV. Celebrate the televisual phenomenon with BAFTA Salutes Downton Abbey at 8 and don’t miss the gripping series conclusion at 9pm.
[By the way, I took the quizzes. Upstairs, I’m Lady Mary. Downstairs, I’m Mrs. Patmore. Not entirely sure what to make of that.]
Who played Cora’s brash, outspoken American mother on Downton Abbey? Continue reading
“Let us raise a glass and drink the health of the newlyweds, still to be known in this house, at any rate, as Carson and Mrs. Hughes!” – Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Downton Abbey
Speaking of Downton Abbey …
If you missed it, several cast members recently appeared as guests on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote the show’s final season. Aside from having more than a wee bit of fun, they gamely demonstrated why Downton Abbey works so well – it’s the accents, of course!