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“My leg is hot and veering to the left. I want this cast off now!” – Lawrence Durrell (Josh O’Connor), THE DURRELLS IN CORFU on MASTERPIECE

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you missed episode one of REMEMBER ME Saturday night on UNC-TV then you missed not only Michael Palin in a very interesting role but you missed the beginning an eerily spooky mystery series. However, if you did watch, you may have recognized a few familiar faces. Let’s see who they were and from where you might know them.

Michael Palin starred as pensioner Tom Parfitt. Certainly Palin has made a name for himself as a globe-trekking adventurer in series like Around The World In 80 Days, Pole To Pole and Brazil With Michael Palin. However, his claim to fame and the reason 99% of people who recognize his name do so is that he was a member of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He also starred in a fantastic anthology program called Ripping Yarns (which even some die-hard Python fans have never seen) and we aired this show sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

At this point, MIDSOMER MURDERS is so rife with cameos and guest stars, I’m honestly surprised when I watch an episode and I don’t recognize someone I’ve seen before elsewhere. This week, it’s Anna Maxwell Martin. The actress had a bit part as a young student named Arabella. This threw me for a moment because I’m used to seeing her in more mature roles (sure enough – as many actors do – she was in her early 20s playing a teenager when this show was made in 2002) but I eventually recognized her.

Where have you seen her? Well, Martin has played Susan in The Bletchley Circle, (2012 – 2014), Elizabeth Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberley (2013), Sarah Burton in South Riding (2011), Gaoler’s Daughter in The Wind in the Willows (2007) and Esther Summerson in Bleak House (2005), so she’s been around for a while and has been well-represented on shows UNC-TV has aired.

That’s it! One person worth mentioning because that’s all it takes, isn’t it – one familiar face to make you ask yourself “Where do I know that actor?”

MIDSOMER MURDERS continues 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.

Monday Montage

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

Explore the little-known story of an immigrant whose building designs came to define LA and cities across America. Don’t miss ICONIC VISION: JOHN PARKINSON, ARCHITECT OF LOS ANGELES – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Congrats to the star of SHERLOCK! Although he didn’t win an Emmy last week, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed on the red carpet that he and wife Sophie Hunter are expecting their third child. Continue reading