Where Do I Know That Actor?

I hope you watched Saturday’s MIDSOMER MURDERS (Ring Out Your Dead, Part One) because we have a veritable who’s who of guest stars you’ve seen before from other programs aired on UNC-TV. I was practically giddy with all the familiar faces. See if you spotted them.

Let’s start with Reggie Barton, played by Graham Crowden. You know him best as Tom Ballard on Waiting for God but longtime Doctor Who fans may remember him as Soldeed from the classic Tom Baker serial The Horns of Nimon. (Now that’s going way back.) Crowden also portrayed Marquis of Auld Reekie on The Way We Live Now and Lord Chancellor on a 1985 Bleak House (both on Masterpiece). Continue reading

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Where Do I Know That Actor?

MIDSOMER MURDERS strikes again. If you caught this week’s episode (part two of “Tainted Fruit”), you got a glimpse of several actors who’ve been seen elsewhere on UNC-TV. See if you spotted them.

We’ll start with Lucy Punch who played spoiled, rich Melissa Townsend. UNC-TV viewers first met her as Elaine, one of Dr. Martin Ellingham’s many receptionists. In fact, she was his first, playing that role in season one of Doc Martin. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

For a change of pace we’ll eschew MIDSOMER MURDERS for a week and focus on another whodunit series with a high guest star quotient: DEATH IN PARADISE. (Hey, I guess when your agent calls with a job offer on a sunny Caribbean island, only a fool declines.) This week’s episode saw the isle of Saint Marie’s Day of the Dead celebrations interrupted by the usual murder and mayhem. It also gave DI Jack Mooney and team a chance to meet a trio of guest stars you might have recognized.

Danny Rahim played Finn Anderson, husband of the victim. He’ll best be known to UNC-TV viewers for his role as DC Tariq Lang on DCI Banks. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

And once again, as the thirteenth season nears its conclusion, MIDSOMER MURDERS shows us you can’t be a real actor in the UK if you don’t guest star at least once on this series. This week’s episode (“Fit for Murder” part one) saw the Barnabys taking in a spa weekend at upmarket Swavely Manor. Of course, the bodies pile up quickly (else the story wouldn’t last long) and we get to see a bounty of guest stars, some immediately recognizable, others less so. Let’s meet them, shall we?

We’ll start with Lesley Manville who was spa owner Phoebe Archbold. The Oscar-nominated Manville has appeared on two Masterpiece presentations worth noting – she portrayed Mrs. Rose on Cranford and Villy on The Cazalets.

Geraldine James, who played spa neighbor Miranda Bedford, has deeper PBS roots. She’s been seen as Sarah Layton on The Jewel in the Crown, Beatrice on Rebecca, Joyce Malfin on White Teeth, Lady Rowley on He Knew He Was Right, Hilary Rees-Benton on The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard and Barbara Turney on The Last Enemy. 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

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?

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