Sounds Familiar

“I will not make any deals with you. I’ve resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.” – Number Six (Patrick McGoohan), The Prisoner

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Monday Montage

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

Travel back to a time when the materialistic extravagance of the wealthy contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. Meet the titans and barons of The Gilded Age on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Tuesday night at 9 on UNC-TV.

Laura Linney is headed to the London stage. The Masterpiece host will star in My Name Is Lucy Barton beginning in June at London’s Bridge Theatre.

Examine the challenges of living authentically in the face of deeply held beliefs as director Diana Newton chronicles her own journey toward acceptance alongside her sister Christine, a trans woman navigating the emotional and physical perils of coming out. Don’t miss THE TIES THAT BIND – Wednesday night at 10 on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

If you turned on Midsomer Murders on Saturday night (“Secrets and Spies” part one) you saw DCI Barnaby encounter a family of former espionage agents. You also caught sight of several familiar faces you may have recognized from other British programming we’ve aired on UNC-TV. Let’s see who’s who, shall we?

Veteran actor Benjamin Whitrow played eccentric, retired spymaster Sir Malcolm Frazer. His decades-long career (which sadly ended a few weeks ago when he passed away at 80) boasted guest roles in dozens of shows (Wolf Hall, Doc Martin, The Pallisers, Danger UXB, Poirot and Partners in Crime, just to name a few) but he had larger roles in a few Masterpiece Theatre presentations – he was Bailiff Francis la Palotte on Island at War and Thomas Boleyn on Henry VIII.

Peter Davison played Sir Malcolm’s son, Nicky Frazer. He should be immediately known for two roles – that of veterinarian Tristan Farnon on All Creatures Great and Small and that of the fifth Doctor on Doctor Who. However, he too has appeared in a bevy of other roles. Going back to the late 1970s, Davison was Tom Holland on the Masterpiece Theatre series Love for Lydia. In the 1980s, he played Margery Allingham’s gentleman detective Albert Campion on Mystery! In the late 1990s, he portrayed Joseph Lockwood on a Masterpiece adaptation of Wuthering Heights. About that time, Davison played Inspector Christmas on the Diana Rigg vehicle The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. More recently, he starred as Dr. Bill Shore on the delightful fish-out-of-water series Distant Shores. Continue reading