Sounds Familiar

“You’ve been reading too many romantic novels. Men don’t give their hearts away – they merely lend them.” – Duchess of Buccleuch (Diana Rigg) to her lovelorn niece Wilhelmina (Bebe Cave), Victoria

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Sounds Familiar

“Sounds like the noise a deer makes when it is being slaughtered.” – Prince Albert (Tom Hughes), after being awakened by the sound of bagpipes while on holiday in Scotland, Victoria

Monday Montage

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

INDEPENDENT LENS presents Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary inspired by James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Samuel L. Jackson narrates I Am Not Your Negro – tonight at 9 on UNC-TV and encoring Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel.

The second season of Victoria has just started but Jenna Coleman is already eyeing her next role: Coleman will star as a mother whose baby is abducted on a new BBC drama called The Cry. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Join astrophysicist and novelist Janna Levin on a mind-blowing voyage to the frontiers of black hole science, which is shining new light on the most powerful and mysterious objects in the universe. Tune in as NOVA presents BLACK HOLE APOCALYPSE – Wednesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Speaking of astrophysicists … former NOVA SCIENCENOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson is apparently Stephen Colbert’s most frequent if not favorite guest. And why not? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I hope you’ve been enjoying Victoria on Masterpiece. It’s a fantastic story and could be the perfect salve (though, sadly, not a replacement) for those missing the likes of Downton Abbey. And lots of familiar faces, some well known, some a wee bit more obscure. Let’s meet a few.

Jenna Coleman stars in the title role as the young queen. She’s probably best known as Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald (although UNC-TV has yet to air those particular episodes). PBS viewers will have seen her playing Lydia Wickham in Death Comes To Pemberley and Rosie in Dancing On The Edge.

Rufus Sewell is Lord Melbourne. He played Will Ladislaw on a mid-90s Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Middlemarch. He was, more recently, Aurelio Zen on the Zen series which ran on Masterpiece Mystery.

Tom Hughes portrays Victoria’s beloved Prince Albert. Hughes was seen most recently as the troubled Julian in Dancing On The Edge and played Nick Slade on the legal drama Silk. Continue reading