Sounds Familiar

“It is not honest food. Everything’s covered in sauces – who knows what’s underneath. Give me a wholesome plate of boiled mutton and turnips.” – Duchess of Buccleuch (Diana Rigg), referring to French Cuisine, Victoria

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Wednesday Trivia Question

What series was James Parker talking about when he said in the January/February 2013 issue of The Atlantic: “Preposterous as history, preposterous as drama, the show succeeds magnificently as bad television. The dialogue spins light-operatically along in the service of multiplying plotlets, not too hard on the ear, although now and again a line lands like a tray of dropped spoons. The acting is superb—it has to be.” Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Another week, another MIDSOMER MURDERS. This time, the episode in question (“Not In My Back Yard” Part One – in which members of the Midsomer Conservation Society are hunted by a mysterious killer) saw no less than nine special guest stars. Let’s get to them, shall we?

Peter Egan played retired accountant Norman Swanscombe. Going back to the late 1970s, Egan portrayed Oscar Wilde on Lillie, a Masterpiece Theatre presentation. In the 80s, he was Fothergill on Reilly: Ace Of Spies, Henry Simcox on Paradise Postponed, Magnus Pym on A Perfect Spy and David Braithwaite on Ever Decreasing Circles. There were some guest spots here and there (My Family, Grantchester, Inspector Lynley) but, more recently, Egan has been seen as Martin Hughes on Unforgotten and Hugh “Shrimpie” MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire on Downton Abbey. Continue reading

Monday Montage

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

Twenty years ago, a woman sat on a jury ago that handed down the death penalty to a man convicted in a double homicide. Now, living with an unbearable feeling of guilt, she commits to tracking down her fellow jurors to tackle past demons. Tune in as POV presents LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2 – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

The DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE is a go! By all reports, the hit MASTERPIECE series will make it to the big screen with most, if not all, of the original cast. Is it too early to Fandango that? [Update: Looks like Lily James is not part of the film.] Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

On Saturday night, MIDSOMER MURDERS wrapped up a two-parter (“The Noble Art”) in which the residents of Midsomer Morchard celebrated the success of a local boxer. Along the way, there were the usual shenanigans and a handful of guest stars (well, handful if you have six fingers) that UNC-TV viewers might have recognized from other shows. Let’s meet them, shall we?

Kevin McNally was avuncular manor owner Gerald Farquaharson. About ten years ago, he played Mr. Earnshaw on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Going back a few more decades, McNally was Drake Crane on the original run of Poldark and Castor on I, Claudius.

Daniela Denby-Ashe played Camilla Farquaharson. If you recognize the name, I guarantee it’s from one of two shows: Denby-Ashe was Sarah Hills on EastEnders and Janey Harper on the Britcom My Family. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Saturday night’s episode of DEATH IN PARADISE (in which the leader of a spiritual retreat met an untimely end) presented a few guest stars worth mentioning. By no means are these household names but that’s the point – you see a face on a TV show you vaguely recognize from somewhere and you ask yourself, “Where do I know that actor?”

Sam Hoare played Daniel Friend, the owner of the spiritual retreat. (And, yes, that’s the same Sam Hoare who’s having a birthday this week.) Hoare has appeared as James Robinson in Dark Angel, he was Eric in Dancing on the Edge and played Lynn Brother in a 2007 Masterpiece adaptation of Jane Eyre. Continue reading

Sounds Familiar

“It’s murder, all of them. I don’t know how. But they’re not suicides, they’re killings, serial killings. We’ve got ourselves a serial killer. I love those. There’s always something to look forward to. ” – Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), SHERLOCK (“A Study In Pink”)