Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s episode of MIDSOMER MURDERS (“The Sword of Guillame”) saw a seaside outing turn deadly. It also featured a bevy of guest stars that may just be familiar from other fare UNC-TV has offered. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Tim McInnerny played property developer Hugh Dalgliesh. True Anglophiles may know him from his work in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder series but, sadly, UNC-TV has never aired that wonderful program. McInnerny has, however, appeared as Terry Shields in the 1980s thriller Edge of Darkness and he was Fiennes on A Very British Coup on Masterpiece Theatre in 1989. Other roles of note include Oliver Mace on MI-5 and Sir Eustace Carmichael on Sherlock. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS supplied us with a sextet of special guest stars in this week’s outing (The Made-to-Measure Murders, Part One – in which a tailor’s widow makes a confession). Keen-eyed viewers may have spotted these familiar faces alongside DCI Barnaby and DS Jones. See how many you recognized.

Maureen Beattie played Sonia Woodley, the tailor’s widow. She also played Alice Costigan on the Masterpiece Theatre presentation Bramwell.

Philip Bretherton was the late tailor’s brother Matthew. Now, it’s entirely possible you recognized Bretherton from his guest role on Miss Marple, Inspector Morse or Rumpole of the Bailey. But I’m guessing if his face rings a bell it’s solely because you know him as the affable Alistair Deacon on the fan favorite As Time Goes By. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS featured a very familiar face to viewers of UNC-TV’s programming. In “Shot At Dawn” (part one), Samantha Bond played Arabella “Bella” Hammond, daughter of a military family engaged in a longtime feud over a WWI incident.

Samantha Bond might be best known for playing Moneypenny in the James Bond films (featuring Pierce Brosnan in the 007 role) but her public television presence goes back to the 1980s. While she may not be the household name Helen Mirren or Judi Dench is, you’d have to be a poor public television viewer to not to have seen her in something. Certainly there have been guest roles aplenty in shows such as Poirot, Marple, Inspector Lynley and Inspector Morse (Bond has also been featured in three separate roles on MIDSOMER MURDERS over the years) but the actress has been seen in several series UNC-TV has aired. Bond played Liz Probert in Rumpole Of The Bailey on Mystery and Mary MacKenzie in The Ginger Tree on Masterpiece Theatre. She was Peter Davison’s wife, Lisa, on Distant Shores and Aunt Angela on the Britcom Outnumbered. On Downton Abbey, Samantha Bond was Lord Grantham’s sister, Lady Rosamund Painswick, and she played Great Paxford Women’s Institute leader Frances Barden on Home Fires.

MIDSOMER MURDERS continues with part two of “Shot At Dawn” Saturday night 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.

Albert Finney (1936-2019)

Actor Albert Finney has passed away at the age of 82. The five time Oscar nominee died February 7 after a short illness.

The talented performer, considered one of the foremost of the postwar period, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and later transitioned from the stage to the big screen to appear in films like Tom Jones, The Dresser, Big Fish and Erin Brockovich.

Public television viewers may recall his roles in the Masterpiece Theatre presentations Nostromo, A Rather English Marriage and My Uncle Silas.

Albert Finney was born in Salford, Greater Manchester, England on May 9, 1936. He was the recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Finney reportedly declined a Commander of the order of the British Empire in 1980 and a knighthood in 2000.