Sounds Familiar

“No, no, no, let them. I’ve never had men fight over me before.” – Margo Durrell (Daisy Waterstone), as her brother Larry moves to break up a rather subdued scuffle between two suitors, The Durrells In Corfu

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Monday Montage

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

Explore the remarkable, two-year, 25,000-mile attempt to retrace Marco Polo’s legendary trek from Venice, Italy to China. Tune in and travel In the Footsteps of Marco Polo – Tuesday night at 8 on the Explorer Channel.

Doctor Who fans may already know that David Tennant is voicing Scrooge McDuck on the Disney remake of Ducktales. But did you know Tennant will soon be joined by former companion Catherine Tate? Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Last week’s Father Brown offered a few guest stars you might know from other shows UNC-TV broadcasts. The episode (“The Curse of Amenhotep”) found the investigatory vicar unmasking a killer amid among Egyptian antiquities. But did you recognize all the guest stars?

David Bamber played Walter Hubble. He’s one of those actors whose name you may not immediately know but whose face you should because he’s popped up in dozens of shows like Brass, Poirot, Murder Most Horrid, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks, Doc Martin, just to name a few. However, Bamber has played major roles in some Masterpiece presentations of note. He was P. Frobisher Pilbeam in Heavy Weather, Doctor Forrest in The Railway Children, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Lush in Daniel Deronda, Reverend Ford in Pollyanna, Sidney Norris in Collision and the Duke of Sussex on Victoria.

Nicholas Farrell portrayed Egyptologist Sir Raleigh Beresford. Like Bamber, the veteran actor has been in several Masterpiece roles. He was Teddy Bingham on The Jewel in the Crown, David Mycroft in To Play the King, Leo Beckford in The Choir, Jeremy Crawford on The Jury, Mr. Musgrove in Persuasion, Albert Dussel on The Diary of Anne Frank and Guy Pearson in Collision. Along the way, he’s had the requisite beaucoup of guest appearances in everything from Call the Midwife and Death in Paradise to Lovejoy and MI-5. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Checking back in with The Durrells on Masterpiece this week. Some new characters have popped up, a couple played by actors you may recognize.

The Countess Mavrodaki first appeared in the series’ third episode. As Margot’s employer, the Countess will be a recurring character. The actress, however, should be well familiar to cine-philes – she’s French performer Leslie Caron. Best known for films like Gigi and Lili, Caron has acted since the early 1950s. Her first film was An American In Paris – a movie UNC-TV broadcast as part of our Movies Worth Taping series back in the 90s.

Dennis, the Countess’s manservant, is played by Jeremy Swift. Swift has been seen as Glenvil Harris on Foyle’s War and QMS Reggie Soper on The Crimson Field. Yet I think it’s safe to say he will be best known to UNC-TV viewers for playing another servant – he was Spratt on Downton Abbey.

The Durrells In Corfu continues Sunday night on UNC-TV.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.