Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS was back after a two-week hiatus due to our Neighbor By Neighbor fundraiser and Saturday’s episode – “Master Class” (part one) – saw DCI Barnaby investigating a possible drowning at a prestigious music academy. It also presented viewers with a chance to spot eight guest stars recognizable from other UNC-TV fare. Let’s see if you noticed them all.

Lydia Wilson was shy prodigy Zoe Stock. The actress hasn’t been seen in much on our airwaves but she did play Monday on Any Human Heart and Muriel Hart on South Riding (both on Masterpiece). Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

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

Where Do I Know That Actor?

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

Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Masterpiece featured a new TV movie titled The Child In Time. It starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly Macdonald as parents forced to go on with their lives after their child goes missing. It was a heartrending tale that eschewed the usual police procedural aspect and ventured more into the psychological. There were also a few familiar faces that UNC-TV viewers may know from other shows we’ve broadcast.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the lead actor in the film (playing Stephen Lewis) and it should almost go without saying that while he is well known for his film roles (Doctor Strange, The Hobbit, The Imitation Game, The Fifth Estate, Star Trek: Into Darkness) the role that brought him recognition from most public television viewers is Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece‘s Sherlock. Cumberbatch has also played Richard III on The Hollow Crown, Stephen Ezard on The Last Enemy and Edmund Talbot on To The Ends of the Earth. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

This week’s Midsomer Murders (“The Animal Within”) featured a trio of recognizable guest stars that keen-eyed UNC-TV viewers may know from other fare. Let’s see if you spotted them.

We’ll start out with David Troughton, a man with a familiar surname to any Doctor Who fan (he’s the son of Patrick Troughton, Doctor #2). David Troughton played gardener Miles King in this episode. But where else have we seen him? Most recently, Troughton was Chief Inspector Benson on Grantchester. He also played Stan Astill on the charming Britcom The Café and Sergeant Clive Harvey on the Mystery series Jericho. And, yes, David Troughton has indeed made an appearance on Doctor Who – he was Professor Hobbes on the David Tennant adventure “Midnight.” Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Fans of Midsomer Murders may have noticed a bevy of special guest stars on the most recent episodes. Saturday night’s two-part mystery (“Death In Chorus”) featured a handful of actors you may know from shows seen on UNC-TV’s airwaves in the past. Let’s see how many you noticed.

We’ll start with Patrick Drury who played Connor Simpson in the episode. His acting credits and public broadcasting association go back to the 1970s since his first imdb.comcredit is listed as “Courier” in I, Claudius. Drury has since been seen on Masterpiece Theatre as Montagu Corry in Disraeli and as Ian Ruby Smith in The Politician’s Wife.

Annabelle Apsion, who portrayed Ellen Barker, has guest starred in several series of note (My Uncle SilasThe Mrs Bradley MysteriesMI-5Foyle’s War) but she’s probably best known as Jennifer Cardew in Doc Martin or Violet Buckle on Call The Midwife. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Midsomer Murders again? Of course! If you don’t know by now that guest starring in this series seems to be a must for any UK acting CV, then you haven’t been paying attention!

Saturday night’s episode (“The Great and the Good”) saw Barnaby and Jones searching for a killer in Badger’s Drift, uncovering jealous rivals, ruthless social climbers and a cottage with secrets along the way. There were also several guest stars of note. Let’s see if you spotted them.

Nancy Carroll played schoolteacher Connie Bishop. Carroll is well familiar to anyone who watches Father Brown since she’s Lady Felicia on that show. She was also Mary Collins on the recent Masterpiece series Prime Suspect: Tennison. Continue reading