“All lives end; all hearts are broken. Caring is not an advantage, Sherlock.” – Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss) to his brother Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch), Sherlock
“First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H. G. Wells novel.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith), Downton Abbey
Midsomer Murders’ thirteenth season is at it again. (Seriously, it’s like they upped the notable guest star quotient for this series.) Part one of “Blood on the Saddle” saw the arrival of a Wild West show in Ford Florey. Of course, the bodies pile up and Barnaby and Jones are there to investigate. Along the way, we meet the townsfolk, including the usual suspects and a nonet of actors in guest roles. Let’s meet them.
David Rintoul played farmer Jack Fincher. Rintoul was Mr. Darcy in an early 80s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on Masterpiece Theatre. However, he may be best remembered as Dr. John Finlay on 1990s series Doctor Finlay (also on Masterpiece Theatre).
Caroline Langrishe portrayed Jack’s wife Susan. She’s been seen on the Masterpiece series Sharpe’s Justice (as Lady Anne Camoynes), Fortunes of War (as Bella Niculesco) and a 1977 Anna Karenina (as Kitty). Plus, Langrishe played Charlotte Cavendish in the Ian McShane series Lovejoy. Continue reading
The thirteenth season of Midsomer Murders kicked off earlier this month and this week’s episode (“The Sword of Guillame” part one) 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.
Janet Suzman was Lady Matilda William. She played Margaret, Duchess of Chester, on The Secret Agent and Lady Edwina Mountbatten on Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, both on Masterpiece Theatre. Continue reading
If you watched Benedict Cumberbatch in the recent MASTERPIECE presentation of Ian McEwan’s The Child In Time, you may not have realized that it wasn’t Cumberbatch’s first time bringing McEwan’s work to life. Hear the actor talk about time, trauma and the “cinematic” qualities of McEwan’s novels on the MASTERPIECE STUDIO PODCAST.
My guess is fans of MASTERPIECE MYSTERY will be enjoying the new police procedural UNFORGOTTEN which debuted Sunday night. The program chronicles police detectives investigating a very cold case while weaving in the lives of suspects and other characters that may or may not be connected. One of the more intriguing aspects of the show for me was the many recognizable faces I saw. Maybe you spotted them too. Let’s see (and heads up – this is a long list).
Nicola Walker stars as DCI Cassie Stuart. The actress has appeared in quite a few shows UNC-TV has aired over the years so she should be well known to viewers. In fact, it’s not her first time portraying someone on the right side of the law – she was DC Sue Upton on A Mother’s Son, DI Susan Taylor on Touching Evil and Ruth Evershed on MI-5. More recently, Walker played Gillian in Last Tango In Halifax. She also had a memorable turn as Helen Bailey in the third series of Scott & Bailey and, in 2009, Walker played Sally in a Masterpiece adaptation of Oliver Twist. Continue reading
“You’ve been reading too many romantic novels. Men don’t give their hearts away – they merely lend them.” – Duchess of Buccleuch (Diana Rigg) to her lovelorn niece Wilhelmina (Bebe Cave), Victoria