Want to Sit Next to Patrick Malahide?

OK, I have no idea if you’ll ever get to sit next to him or any other famous supporters of the Bristol Old Vic, but the theatre is currently running a fund raiser called Sponsor a Seat.  Information here.

In 2018, Bristol Old Vic will see the realisation of our £25m redevelopment plan and building work has begun in earnest. In celebration, we have released, for naming, the final seats in our historic auditorium – allowing individuals to own a piece of the Theatre’s unique history and secure it for the future.

The brand new Studio, currently under construction, is also available for seat sponsorship and provides an opportunity to support directly the development of new writing, performers and artists – many of whom will begin their careers in this intimate and nurturing space from 2018 onwards.

So you can sponsor a seat along with familiar faces such as Patrick Malahide, Sir Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters,  Jeremy Irons & Sinéad Cusack, and others.  How cool is that?  I will admit, I felt sad seeing Alan Rickman’s name in the list, but it is obvious he too loved good theatre.

And here is a lovely portrait of Patrick Malahide preparing for his role as King George III by Rachel Hemming Bray. I’ve posted this before, but it really is gorgeous, so I’ll post it again. 🙂


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Analysis of a Scene XXIX: Alleyn and Troy’s Romantic Interlude in “Dead Water”

Our favourite mystery-solving couple Troy and Alleyn have a Romantic Interlude in "Dead Water"

Our favourite mystery-solving couple

It’s a wee bit late for Valentine’s Day, but still, Admin and I thought it would be fun to analyze one of our favourite scenes from S02E03 of the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries“, “Dead Water“.  In the concluding scene, Alleyn (with Agatha Troy (Belinda Lang) along for the ride) has solved the mystery.  He’s managed to figure out that his old teacher, Miss Emily Pride (Margaret Tyzack), was never the murderer’s intended target as he had thought; the intended victim was village busybody Miss Elspeth Cost (Janet Lapotaire) all along.  *BUT*… that doesn’t mean that Miss Emily can resist poking her nose into her old pupil’s romantic business as a parting shot, especially with Troy there as part of her captive audience.

Seeing Miss Emily off at the quay Troy and Alleyn have a Romantic Interlude in "Dead Water"

Seeing Miss Emily off at the quay

[Alleyn and Troy are helping Miss Emily into the launch which will take her to the boat leaving Portacarrick.  Alleyn, who was shot in the arm by the culprit while trying to escape, is wearing a fetching white sling.]
Miss Emily:  Do you know, Roderick, I’m not convinced I should have come here at all.  I think perhaps I should have done it all through my solicitors.  What do you think?
Alleyn [nonplussed]:  Ahhh… 

Miss Emily: “You know, Roderick, I’m not convinced I should’ve come here at all. I think perhaps I should’ve done it all through my solicitors. What do you think?”<br> Alleyn: "Ahhh..."

Miss Emily: “You know, Roderick, I’m not convinced I should’ve come here at all. I think perhaps I should’ve done it all through my solicitors. What do you think?”
Alleyn: “Ahhh…”

RF:  Alleyn is trying his hardest to be very diplomatic here.  Several days, one murder, and one bullet wound ago, he suggested this very thing to Miss Emily in her London flat, and she insisted on coming to Portacarrick anyway, thereby guaranteeing his nice, romantic getaway with Troy was ruined.  So he’s being very polite and not saying what he actually thinks.

Admin:  Is Miss Emily trolling them?   Yes, Alleyn is trying to be very diplomatic and all he can muster is a very awkward “ahhhh” 😀   It is actually a nice bit of comedy following what was a very dramatic and tragic situation.

RF:  I hadn’t thought of it that way, but you’re right, she might very well be trolling them.  She certainly seems to be going out of her way to say things designed to push Alleyn’s buttons, especially after a murder and getting shot and all.  But you’re also right that it’s a nice way to relieve the tension from the previous drama.

Admin:  And it is so cute watching him squirm a wee bit. 🙂
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It’s a Meme! 43 – Valentine’s Day Edition

Admin: Happy Valentine’s Day from the Appreciation!


RFodchuk:  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  🙂


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Goodbye Sailor and Chisholm’s Moments of Win

Goodbye Sailor

The infamous raft!

Minder S05E01 “Goodbye Sailor” aired 5 Sept. 1984. It is infamous for the raft gag which actually could have injured Patrick Malahide. The stunt is discussed in some detail in the Minder episode of “Drama Connections” recapped here.

The basic plot has Arthur Daley (George Cole) investing in tobacco smuggled from France. Daley has a posh retired Naval officer chum, Commander Hawksly (Moray Watson), who has been illegally importing the tobacco. Daley, eager to get in the action, convinces a newsagent, Larry Patel (Rashid Karapiet), to place a sizable order. All seems to be going fine, except Daley can’t make the drop-off, so he sends Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) and Arnie (Ray Winstone) in his stead. Of course things go quickly pear shaped.

The Peculiar Puzzle of the Purloined Plimsolls

I love the single-handed frog march.

Chisholm is mostly involved with the episode’s subplot about stolen “athletic footwear.” He and his partner DC Jones (Meic Povey) are patiently waiting, as they often are, at Arthur’s lock-up. Chisholm is casually yet menacingly lounging on the hood of their cop car. He elegantly swans over the second Daley and Terry pull up.

“Daley, time for a word,” he begins politely. Daley stutteringly attempts to fob him off, but Chisholm decisively grabs Daley’s elbow, “Inside,” single-handedly frog-marching Daley into the lock-up. I really like confident assertive Chisholm.

“Less lip, McCann, you’re in the frame as well.” Ha!

For some reason Terry is very rude to Jones, making fun of his Welsh ethnicity. “I tell you what, Taff, give us a song, hey?” Honestly, I wouldn’t have blamed Jones in the least if he’d given Terry a little slap across his gormless jowls. Police brutality be damned, there is no reason for that kind of bigotry, Terry! RFodchuk wickedly pointed out that the only person likely to bust out a jolly old (feem) “toon” would be Terry himself. Ha-ha! 😀

Jones for his part doesn’t seem too fussed and shoots Terry a less than impressed look. Chisholm steps in, “Less lip, McCann, you’re in the frame too.” You tell him! Chisholm isn’t always the best boss to have, in fact he very seldom is, but he won’t let Terry cheek his DC like that. He then immediately chivvies a dithering Daley to hurry up and let them in. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Peter Teller in “Fortress 2: Re-Entry”

How did I end up running a space prison, again? Patrick Malahide as Peter Teller in "Fortress 2: Re-Entry"

How did I end up running a space prison, again?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… okay, this galaxy in the year 2000… Patrick Malahide played Peter Teller, director of a space-based prison orbiting the Earth in “Fortress 2: Re-Entry“.  Apparently “Fortress 2” was the sequel to the somewhat modestly successful “Fortress” (1992), in which Kurtwood Smith (a familiar and reliable baddie from such movies as original flavour “RoboCop“)  played “Prison Director Poe”, although his prison was Earth-based.  Now, I haven’t seen the first “Fortress”, but I’m guessing that Poe met some kind of gruesome end at the hands of protagonist John Henry Brennick (Christopher Lambert), thereby requiring that he be replaced for the sequel.  And from a brief look at IMDB, the storylines are extremely similar, except that they’ve upped the ante by putting the prison on an orbital platform this time.  (Oops, that’s a spoiler.)

The original movie takes place in the near-future of 2027. Due to strict population controls, Brennick and his wife Karen (Beth Toussaint) were arrested for the crime of having an unauthorized child.  Brennick was thrown into the Fortress, a futuristic prison run by the evil Men-tel corporation (yes, it’s a silly name) and Director Poe, from which Brennick escaped in what I’ll assume was some kind of showy, explode-y fashion.  This movie opens seven years later, with Brennick and Karen still on the run with their son Danny (Aidan Ostrogovich), who’s now ten years old instead of seven, but whatever.  That’s a minor thing compared to the other plot points coming up.

Captured by Men-tel

Brennick wakes up in prison

Brennick wakes up in prison

Brennick and his family have settled into an idyllic, isolated  cabin in the woods, when they’re approached by some other Men-tel escapees, asking for Brennick’s help in smuggling a former Men-tel executive, who has the plans for the company’s new power station, to “Resistance HQ”.   They also want Brennick to help them take out the power station, because Men-tel apparently  only has the one.  But before any of that can come to anything, there’s a raid on the cabin (not so secret as Brennick thought) by Men-tel militia, who expend a lot of ordinance to blow open doors on a relatively flimsy wooden cabin.  After ensuring his wife and son’s escape (so he thinks), Brennick is taken alive.  He’s knocked out with gas and wakes up in prison, freshly barcoded and awaiting processing.
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Random Malahide Picture 19

Here is a lovely photo I found of Patrick Malahide being fit for his gorgeous “Indian Summers” formal suit.   I found it on a site for DeePee Tailor and Collections of Penang.  There are photos of other “Indian Summers” stars and characters, including a gorgeous one of Mr. Malahide’s character Lord Willingdon in his pith helmet.

I’m pretty sure Lord W. wouldn’t wear a red and white check shirt with the suit, but Patrick Malahide looks *very* trim and ever youthful in the combo.  He’s worse (or rather better) than Dorian Gray 😉





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Something Neat XXXV: Lost UK Shows Database

Crumbs! I better get home or I’ll miss “Dear Enemy”!

It is always exciting for fans of older television when “lost” programs are suddenly found again.  Imagine the thrill of looking in an old cupboard and finding some exceedingly rare “Doctor Who” episodes.  Well, the recent discovery of some lost programs, including the first ever  recovered episode of 1962’s “Just William” (starring Minder‘s Dennis Waterman as William) might not be quite in Doctor Who’s league, but it is still pretty cool.  You can read all about the latest discoveries at the British Comedy Guide.

Sandy and Sallie from “Dear Enemy”.  Swooooon!

Anyway, linked in the article is a very interesting database called Kaleidoscope’s Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine.  It basically tells you if a particularly show exists in archive or not.  While they give the disclaimer “Our information is good, but it’s not perfect. There will be mistakes in it, and we know it’s incomplete,” it is still a remarkable tool.  Naturally RFodchuk and I have been searching some of Patrick Malahide’s earlier IMDB credits with it, and fortunately most of them seem to exist.  Hooray!

We’ve discovered that “The Standard” (first episode reviewed here) has one missing episode, “A Fair Exchange”.  That’s a pity, but perhaps there is some hope that the rest of the episodes may someday see the light of day on DVD.

Other shows we’d love to see such as “John Macnab” (based on an excellent book by John Buchan recapped here) ITV Playhouse: “Love-Lies-Bleeding“, and most importantly “Dear Enemy” all seem to exist complete.

Why do I say “most importantly” for “Dear Enemy”?  Well, our blog post on it has gotten quite a few comments from fans eager to see Sallie McBride and Robin “Sandy” MacRae brought to life.  Little wonder.  Anyone who has read the Jean Webster novel has surely fallen in love with those two characters.  And, based on a Granada press photo I got off Ebay, Mr. Malahide and Vanessa Knox-Mawr do them both justice!

So, if there are any older programs that you are curious about and can’t find on DVD or even YouTube ;), take a look at the Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine and see if you at least have reason to hope.

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Guys With Terrible Game (Played by Patrick Malahide)

It’s hard to believe, but for a gentleman who’s played all manner of cads (both Classic and Modern) in his career, Mr. Malahide has also played a few gentlemen who… let’s face it… have terrible game.  By this, we mean that they have strategies they’ve come up with for wooing the opposite sex, and either their strategies are terrible or the way they go about using them is terrible – with oddly fascinating results.  So, here are some Guys With Terrible Game that Admin and I have found strangely compelling and/or entertaining to watch.

Mr. Quarles  |  Sir Hugo Carey-Holden  |  Sir Richard Lovell  |  Jeremy Boynton  |  Magnus  |  The Most Terrible Game of All

RF:  My choices for Guys With Terrible Game:

Mr. Quarles
(“After the War“, 1989)

Who Is His Usual Quarry?

Scoping out Mrs. Hirsch upon her arrival at the school. Note raised eyebrow Guys With Terrible Game (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Scoping out Mrs. Hirsch upon her arrival at the school.
Note raised eyebrow.

Mr. Quarles is an embittered schoolteacher, reluctantly invalided out of army service in World War II.  In this case, his quarry is the mother of a new boy at his school, Mrs. Hirsch (Haydn Gwynne).  She’s a Jewish refugee and is working as a “skivvy” at the school, which automatically seems to set some boundaries in Quarles’ mind along class lines – and therefore, how he can acceptably treat her.  She also doesn’t seem to be the slightest bit interested in him, which appears to sting a bit since he’s already comparing himself to men who have been judged fit to fight.

How Terrible is His Game?

Ill-met by moonlight: Quarles treats Mrs. Hirsch to a speculative leer

Ill-met by moonlight: Quarles treats Mrs. Hirsch
to a speculative leer

Pretty terrible.  It mostly seems to consist of a lot of creepy leering and staring, and lots of innuendo-laden remarks delivered with an overall air of infuriating superiority.  Quarles makes sure to let Mrs. Hirsch know that she’s beneath him in every way, while at the same time insulting her character for spending time with American G.I.s – which suggests he keeps a closer eye on her activities than might be expected, and also suggests his bitterness over being invalided out of active service.  It all serves to make him incredibly unappealing to her – or indeed, likely to any woman.

Does He Ever Realize How Badly He’s Blowing it?

Checking out Mrs. Hirsch as she serves lunch, while carrying on a conversation with someone else.

Checking out Mrs. Hirsch as she serves lunch, while carrying on a conversation with someone else.

Nope.  But on the other hand, he doesn’t seem to expect much from it, beyond asserting some sense of dominance and trying to make Mrs. Hirsch feel acutely self-conscious, ashamed, and uncomfortable. [Spoiler:  It doesn’t work.]  Quarles seems attracted to her, but in his mind the class divide requires him to treat her with as little respect as possible.  It would never occur to him to treat Mrs. Hirsch as he might treat a woman he perceived to be of his own class and background.
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It’s a Meme! 42 – New Year’s Edition

Admin: Happy New Year from the Appreciation.  May your 2017 be a happy and hearty one.

RFodchuk:  Happy New Year, everyone!  🙂


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It’s a Meme! 41 – Christmas Edition

RFodchuk:  Merry Christmas and Season’s Memeings, everyone!  🙂




Admin: Have a very Merry Christmas! Here are my memes 🙂



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