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 →
As you might imagine, working at a TV station like UNC-TV allows a person to meet any number of celebrities, big and small. Some have appeared as guests on original programming we produce, others have assisted with on-air fund drives to promote their own shows. Some have stopped by to take part in events and others were just passing through. Regardless of how they got here, an encounter with someone whose name recognition far exceeds my own can range from run-of-the-mill to downright thrilling.
So I thought I’d put together My Top Five Public Television Celebrity Encounters. These only include folks I met in person – someone I talked with face to face, rather than just stood with in the same room (otherwise Julia Child and Bill Nye would be on the list). Also, the list does not include people with public broadcasting connections whom I met outside of work at, say, a Doctor Who convention (Elisabeth Sladen and Jon Pertwee, for example). And I obviously do not include celebrities that stopped by UNC-TV if I did not meet them in person (oh so close, James Taylor and Nathan Lane!).
Regardless, it’s a fun list. All these lovely people I did get to say hello to at least once. So enjoy MY TOP FIVE: PUBLIC TELEVISION CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS. Continue reading →
A two-fer this week as I tackle the star of a new series and a guest star on a regular series.
First, let’s talk The Durrells In Corfu, the newest addition to Sunday’s Masterpiece line-up. If you’re not watching this program, you’re missing a fish-out-of-water tale about an eccentric family of English expats making a new life on a Greek island in the 1930s.
The Durrells In Corfu stars Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, a widow raising four children. Hawes has been, it appears, a semi-regular presence on UNC-TV since the late 1990s. Among the roles you may have seen her in include Suze Beaumont in The Tunnel and Zoe Reynolds in MI-5. She has also been in a handful of Masterpiece series like Upstairs Downstairs (Lady Agnes), Under The Greenwood Tree (Fancy Day), Lucky Jim (Christine Callaghan), Wives And Daughters (Cynthia Kirkpatrick) and Our Mutual Friend (Lizzie Hexam). Continue reading →