Where Do I Know That Actor?

My guess is fans of MASTERPIECE MYSTERY will be enjoying the new police procedural UNFORGOTTEN which debuted Sunday night. The program chronicles police detectives investigating a very cold case while weaving in the lives of suspects and other characters that may or may not be connected. One of the more intriguing aspects of the show for me was the many recognizable faces I saw. Maybe you spotted them too. Let’s see (and heads up – this is a long list).

Nicola Walker stars as DCI Cassie Stuart. The actress has appeared in quite a few shows UNC-TV has aired over the years so she should be well known to viewers. In fact, it’s not her first time portraying someone on the right side of the law – she was DC Sue Upton on A Mother’s Son, DI Susan Taylor on Touching Evil and Ruth Evershed on MI-5. More recently, Walker played Gillian in Last Tango In Halifax. She also had a memorable turn as Helen Bailey in the third series of Scott & Bailey and, in 2009, Walker played Sally in a Masterpiece adaptation of Oliver Twist. Continue reading

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Monday Montage

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

It’s finally here! Join host Michael Keaton as he pays tribute to the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally 50 years ago. Celebrities, cast members and Joanne Rogers reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE – Tuesday night at 8 on UNC-TV.

Derek Jacobi confirms there will be no more Last Tango in Halifax. Last year’s two-part Christmas special finishes the series. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

The renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates the holidays with the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon. Tune in for seasonal favorites and more on CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR – Friday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

John Cleese lent a hand at a UK event to benefit homeless charities by reading the attendees a bedtime story. Very cool. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Just a quick two-fer this week regarding guest actors on Father Brown (Fridays on UNC-EX) and Luther (Saturdays on UNC-TV).

Last week’s Father Brown (“The Penitent Man”) saw the prying padre aiding his old adversary Flambeau when the latter is incarcerated for murder. It also featured Ian Reddington as Samuel Jacobs. Reddington is not a household name by any means but he had a memorable run in the 1990s on EastEnders as Richard Cole, one of the soap’s leading heels. Going back a bit, Reddington played one of Doctor Who‘s finest villains (at least, as voted by readers of Doctor Who Magazine) – the Chief Clown on the Sylvester McCoy 25th anniversary serial “The Greatest Show In The Galaxy.”

On the Idris Elba detective series Luther, Nicola Walker guest starred as Linda Shand. Walker, too, may not be a household name but I guarantee you’ve spotted her if you’ve been watching UNC-TV programs long enough. Most recently, she played Gillian, Derek Jacobi’s daughter on Last Tango in Halifax. However, I think many people first noticed her for her regular role as Ruth Evershed on MI-5. Along the way, she was DC Sue Upton on A Mother’s Son, Sally on Oliver Twist, DI Susan Taylor on Touching Evil and Lucy Diver on Moll Flanders.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Sir Derek Jacobi is an actor who just seems to elevate any project he’s involved with. You may know him from Vicious or Last Tango In Halifax but his public broadcasting appearances go back decades to the 1970s and I, Claudius. However, one of Jacobi’s more interesting roles was as a sleuthing monk on the Mystery! presentation Cadfael. Here’s a shot of a promotional poster for that series that somehow made it’s way to my office after a colleague retired. My best guess is this was from the 1996-1997 season.

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

In this week’s Midsomer Murders (part one of “A Tale Of Two Hamlets”), an actor meets an untimely end and Barnaby investigates bad blood in the villages of Upper Warden and Lower Warden. If you caught the episode Saturday night, you may have spotted two women you’ll know from elsewhere on UNC-TV.

The first is Phoebe Nicholls who plays Laura Smythe-Webster. Nicholls has guest-starred in far too many series to name but, most recently, she was Susan MacClare, Marchioness of Flintshire on Downton Abbey. That ‘s Rose’s mother, if the character name doesn’t strike a chord. Also of interest – and going way back – she portrayed Cordelia Flyte on Brideshead Revisited, a popular serial aired on Great Performances in the early 1980s.

Next, Anne Reid was Lower Warden museum curator Sarah Proudie. I think it is safe to assume you’ll know her best as Celia on Last Tango in Halifax.

So there you have it. Two guests actors you’ve seen on other favorite UNC-TV series. Part one of “A Tale Of Two Hamlets” encores Wednesday at 4pm on UNC-TV and Thursday at 8pm on UNC-MX. Part two airs Saturday at 8 on UNC-TV.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Another week, another Doctor Who, another guest star.

If you caught Saturday’s episode on UNC-TV, you may have noticed actress Sarah Lancashire in the role of Miss Foster, the head of Adipose Industries. She’s been on UNC-TV a lot recently and throughout her career. Let us start with the most recent and head backwards, shall we?

Sarah Lancashire plays Caroline on Last Tango In Halifax (that’s probably where most viewers have seen her). She was Miss Audrey in The Paradise on Masterpiece. Speaking of Masterpiece, she popped up on Upstairs Downstairs as Miss Whisset. Where you heard her but did not see her was Lark Rise To Candleford, as she provided the voice of Adult Laura there. She was Nelly on Wuthering Heights, which aired on Masterpiece in 2009. Lancashire also portrayed Coral Atkins on Seeing Red (Masterpiece Theatre, circa 2000). She even had a guest role on the Britcom Murder Most Horrid.

So there you have it. Sarah Lancashire in the various places you may have seen her on UNC-TV.

The Doctor Who adventure “Partners In Crime” encores Thursday at noon and Saturday at 4pm on UNC-MX.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.