Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you turned on Midsomer Murders on Saturday night (“Secrets and Spies” part one) you saw DCI Barnaby encounter a family of former espionage agents. You also caught sight of several familiar faces you may have recognized from other British programming we’ve aired on UNC-TV. Let’s see who’s who, shall we?

Veteran actor Benjamin Whitrow played eccentric, retired spymaster Sir Malcolm Frazer. His decades-long career (which sadly ended a few weeks ago when he passed away at 80) boasted guest roles in dozens of shows (Wolf Hall, Doc Martin, The Pallisers, Danger UXB, Poirot and Partners in Crime, just to name a few) but he had larger roles in a few Masterpiece Theatre presentations – he was Bailiff Francis la Palotte on Island at War and Thomas Boleyn on Henry VIII.

Peter Davison played Sir Malcolm’s son, Nicky Frazer. He should be immediately known for two roles – that of veterinarian Tristan Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and that of the fifth Doctor on Doctor Who. However, he too has appeared in a bevy of other roles. Going back to the late 1970s, Davison was Tom Holland on the Masterpiece Theatre series Love for Lydia. In the 1980s, he played Margery Allingham’s gentleman detective Albert Campion on Mystery! In the late 1990s, he portrayed Joseph Lockwood on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. About that time, Davison played Inspector Christmas on the Diana Rigg vehicle The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. More recently, he starred as Dr. Bill Shore on the delightful fish-out-of-water series Distant Shores. Continue reading

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

Explore the remarkable, two-year, 25,000-mile attempt to retrace Marco Polo’s legendary trek from Venice, Italy to China. Tune in and travel In the Footsteps of Marco Polo – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Doctor Who fans may already know that David Tennant is voicing Scrooge McDuck on the Disney remake of Ducktales. But did you know Tennant will soon be joined by former companion Catherine Tate? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Last week’s Father Brown offered a few guest stars you might know from other shows UNC-TV broadcasts. The episode (“The Curse of Amenhotep”) found the investigatory vicar unmasking a killer amid among Egyptian antiquities. But did you recognize all the guest stars?

David Bamber played Walter Hubble. He’s one of those actors whose name you may not immediately know but whose face you should because he’s popped up in dozens of shows like Brass, Poirot, Murder Most Horrid, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks, Doc Martin, just to name a few. However, Bamber has played major roles in some Masterpiece presentations of note. He was P. Frobisher Pilbeam in Heavy Weather, Doctor Forrest in The Railway Children, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Lush in Daniel Deronda, Reverend Ford in Pollyanna, Sidney Norris in Collision and the Duke of Sussex on Victoria.

Nicholas Farrell portrayed Egyptologist Sir Raleigh Beresford. Like Bamber, the veteran actor has been in several Masterpiece roles. He was Teddy Bingham on The Jewel in the Crown, David Mycroft in To Play the King, Leo Beckford in The Choir, Jeremy Crawford on The Jury, Mr. Musgrove in Persuasion, Albert Dussel on The Diary of Anne Frank and Guy Pearson in Collision. Along the way, he’s had the requisite beaucoup of guest appearances in everything from Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise to Lovejoy and MI-5. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Built in 1925 in the mountains of North Carolina, the John C. Campbell Folk School preserves the everyday traditions, skills and knowledge of Appalachian communities. Discover the incredible story of this Tar Heel treasure on a UNC-TV classic. Don’t miss Sing Behind the Plow – Thursday night at 8 on the North Carolina Channel.

Bill Nye the Science Guy wants you to join him for lunch! Well, technically, he wants you to donate to the Planetary Society and one lucky donor will get to dine with Nye and view the launch of the Planetary Society’s LightSail 2. Bowtie optional, I’m guessing. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Last week’s Father Brown saw G. K. Chesterton’s prying padre investigating the murder of a Colonial Postal Service officer. It also allowed keen-eyed viewers to spot a trio of familiar (well, familiar-ish) faces seen elsewhere on programs UNC-TV has aired.

First, Richard Huw played Aldous Kemp, the former colonial postal worker who meets an untimely end. The veteran actor has been working for decades and has appeared in guest roles on Inspector Miorse, Dalgliesh, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Midsomer Muirders and The Coroner, just to name a few. However, he has appeared in more substantial roles on some old Masterpiece Theatre fare from the 1990s. He was Rochfort Maquire on Rhodes, Hector Robinson on The Buccaneers and Igor Kostov on Sleepers

Next, Shaun Prendergast was George Murray. He played D.C.I. Mike Evans on Collision, a Masterpiece Contemporary presentation. More recently, he was seen as Sergeant Hutchinson on Masterpiece Mystery‘s Dark Angel.

Finally, Miles Jupp portrayed Wynford Collins. He will be best known for playing Marcus’s social worker Owen on the Britcom Spy.

Father Brown continues to solve all the mysteries that Kembleford can dish out every Friday at 10pm 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 sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.