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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Monday Montage

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

Discover why the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a festival unlike any other in the world. POV presents BRIMSTONE & GLORY – tonight at 10 on UNC-TV.

Lily James (DOWNTON ABBEY) and Gillian Anderson (BLEAK HOUSE) are signed on to star in a stage adaptation of the Bette Davis film All About Eve next year in London.

Join Sue Perkins (THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW) as she travels from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal to explore THE GANGES. Don’t miss part one of this three-part adventure – Tuesday at 8pm on the Explorer Channel. 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

Monday Montage

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

Wednesday night on the North Carolina Channel, tune in for a night of special programming tackling the issue of drug abuse. The evening begins with DO NO HARM: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, followed by A CRISIS: NC’S OPIOID BATTLE, capped off with SECOND OPINION SPECIAL: OVERDOSE: INSIDE THE EPIDEMIC. It all starts Wednesday at 8pm on the North Carolina Channel. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

Once again, Midsomer Murders presents a few notable and noticeable guest stars. Arguably not A-list celebs but that’s the fun, isn’t it – seeing that face and asking yourself, “Where do I know that actor?”

Saturday night’s episode (“The Glitch” part one) saw Barnaby and Jones investigating the Bucketman of Midsomer. It also featured a trio of actors you may recognize from elsewhere.

First, there was Shaughan Seymour who portrayed Norman Wayland-Smith. The veteran actor has appeared in numerous Masterpiece Theatre offerings. He was Lewis Eliot in Strangers and Brothers (1985), Benedict Bligh in After the War (1989), Lord Hollingford in Wives and Daughters (2001) and the Judge in The Jury (2003).

Next, Philip Jackson played garage boss Daniel Snape. Although Jackson has appeared in numerous guest roles (DCI Banks, Death in Paradise, Foyle’s War, Murder Most Horrid, to name a few), he will be best known for the role of Inspector Japp on Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Continue reading

Where Do I Know That Actor?

I spotted a face I recognized on Saturday night’s Midsomer Murders and even though the actor is by far a household name I thought it worth mentioning for his appearances on some beloved British fare.

The episode in question (part one of “Vixen’s Run”) saw Barnaby on the case after the death of an eccentric aristocrat. One of the guest actors was Leslie Schofield in the role of Amos Brown. If you spotted him from programs that have aired on UNC-TV, you’re most likely a longtime fan of either Doctor Who or EastEnders.

Schofield may be best known to public television viewers as Jeff Healy on EastEnders. Jeff was the father of Alex (the local vicar) and Melanie (one of the many wives of Ian Beale). Jeff’s primary storyline was his brief and failed courtship with Pauline Fowler (he proposed; she declined). Schofield’s EastEnders run was in the late 90s although UNC-TV ran the episodes some years later. Continue reading

Who Day

52 years ago today, a television institution signed on the air in Great Britain. It later made its way to the States and became a public broadcasting staple. So grab your impossibly long scarf, slap on a stalk of celery or don your fez (fezzes are cool) and celebrate the world’s longest-running science fiction TV series, Doctor Who! 52 years may seem like a long time but, as every Time Lord knows, life doesn’t begin until 750.