Wednesday Trivia Question

Before he played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, actor Dan Stevens appeared on several Masterpiece presentations. Name one. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

Life Born of Fire, the episode of Lewis which ran on Saturday night on UNC-EX, featured a couple of actors from other programs UNC-TV airs. You may have spotted them if you watched. If not, here are the details.

The character of Reverend King was played by Ian McNiece. A household name? Definitely not. But fans of Doc Martin surely know him as Bert Lange, Portwenn’s plumber turned restaurateur. He’s also guested in everything from Inspector Morse to Cadfael. Plus, he was Mayor Sapsea in The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Masterpiece Classic, Gustave in the sitcom Chef and even Winston Churchill in Doctor Who!

Also, Rachael Stirling was in the Lewis episode, playing Zoë Kenneth. She may not have as extensive a career as McNiece but she portrays Millie in The Bletchley Circle – so she’s definitely a UNC-TV presence.

Lewis continues Saturdays at 10pm on UNC-EX. Doc Martin airs Saturday nights on UNC-TV and the new season begins January 9. You can catch The Bletchley Circle in its entirety beginning in February on UNC-EX.

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

Where Do I Know That Actor? (Day Four)

Welcome back! Familiar faces all week. Today? The Guilty.

I meant to mention this last week after the first episode but it’s still not too late to get on board this drama. (The Guilty is a 3-part mini-series.)

Tamsin Greig stars as DCI Maggie Brand. You may know her from the 2009 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank on Masterpiece Classic. She played Edith Frank in that.

Katherine Kelly is Claire Reid on The Guilty. Recently, she was Lady Mae on Mr. Selfridge.

But the face that made me do the biggest double take is Darren Boyd, who plays Daniel Reid on the series. He was Tite Barnacle Jr. in Masterpiece Classic‘s Little Dorrit back in 2009 but the place I knew him from almost immediately was Spy. In that Britcom, Boyd played well-meaning dad and bumbling MI5 agent Tim. That’s quite a different role than the one he has on The Guilty, that’s for sure.

The second episode of The Guilty encores Saturday morning at 4am on UNC-TV. Part three airs Sunday at 10pm on UNC-TV and Tuesday at 10pm 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 and I’ll try to help out.