Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you caught the most recent MIDSOMER MURDERS, you may have spied a trio of familiar faces from elsewhere on UNC-TV. The episode in question (“Blood Wedding” – part one) saw Barnaby investigating the death of a bridesmaid while getting caught up in the drama of his own daughter’s impending nuptials.

We’ll start with Charles Edwards, who portrayed newlywed Sir Edward “Ned” Fitzroy, and Mark Umbers, who was his younger brother Henry “Harry” Fitzroy.

Edwards most recently was seen as Alfred Wood in the Masterpiece presentation Arthur & George where he played a pal of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (Interestingly enough, Edwards also played Doyle in a 2001 series called Murder Rooms: Mysteries Of The Real Sherlock Holmes.) He also played Lady Edith’s love interest Michael Gregson on Downton Abbey. Continue reading


Where Do I Know That Actor?

The MASTERPIECE hit series VICTORIA is back for its sophomore season and, as the Queen finds herself in the midst of potential revolution, viewers find themselves introduced to new characters. Since new characters are sometimes played by familiar actors, let’s meet some of VICTORIA’s new faces.

First off, Kate Fleetwood is Victoria’s estranged sister, Princess Feodora. While she’s appeared in guest spots on Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and even EastEnders (she played someone named Karen on that soap for four episodes in 2001), UNC-TV viewers first spotted Fleetwood as Lady MacBeth opposite Patrick Stewart’s Thane of Cawdor in a 2010 Great Performances presentation. More recently, she played Felicity Webster in the mini-series The Widower. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Ah, MIDSOMER MURDERS! What would this feature be without you? Eagle-eyed fans who tuned into Saturday’s “Birds Of Prey” may have caught a couple of faces they have spied before.

David Calder, who played George Hamilton, is the first worth mentioning. A longtime character actor, Calder has appeared in many feature films and on television in everything from MI-5 and Mr. Selfridge to DCI Banks and Inspector Lynley. However, he had major roles in several series UNC-TV has broadcast. He was Lord Cawston in The Last Enemy (which starred Benedict Cumberbatch). He played Dr. Robert Bramwell (the title character’s father) in the Masterpiece Theatre series Bramwell. He was Victor Chekhov in the 1991 series Sleepers, another Masterpiece Theatre presentation. And he portrayed Nathan Spring in the sci fi drama series Star Cops. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Uncover the stories behind six dictators, from Mussolini to Noriega. How did they seize and lose power? What forces were against them? Learn the answers in six immersive hours, each a revealing portrait of brutality and power. Discover THE DICTATOR’S PLAYBOOK – beginning Wednesday night at 10 on UNC-TV.

Check out Helen Mirren in her new role as Catherine the Great in the Sky Atlantic drama of the same name. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE is supposed to be the mystery writer’s best-selling novel with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide. The classic mystery has been adapted for radio, stage, TV and film numerous times since its original publication. One of the more recent, a three-part 2016 BBC mini-series, debuted Saturday night on UNC-TV and featured a veritable who’s who of actors from other public broadcasting fare. Let’s meet them.

Aidan Turner portrays soldier of fortune Philip Lombard. Of course, Turner is best known as the dashing Ross Poldark on the hit Masterpiece series.

Sam Neill is General John MacArthur. The Jurassic Park actor has had a long and storied career but longtime PBS viewers may recall him as Sidney Reilly on Reilly: Ace Of Spies on Mystery! Neill also played Victor Komarovsky on an early-aughts Doctor Zhivago (starring Keira Knightly) and Mr. Prettiman on To The Ends of the Earth. Continue reading