Something Neat XXXVII: More Alleyn Publicity Pics

Here are a couple more “Inspector Alleyn” publicity pictures I found while browsing around.  Just when I think I’ve seen them all, I find a new one – or in this case, two.  Click for a larger size, because they’re gorgeous:

Patrick Malahide Inspector Alleyn publicity photoPatrick Malahide Inspector Alleyn publicity photo2













I happened across these a while ago, so unfortunately I can’t remember exactly where online I originally found them.  However, they’re both by photographer John Green.  I’m not quite sure what episode they’re from either, but I think it might be “Death at the Bar“.  You can also just make out William Simons as Inspector Br’er Fox in the background of the first one.  In any case, Mr. Malahide looks wonderful in Alleyn’s homburg and pinstriped suits, with the black and white photography lending a film noir atmosphere.  He’s every inch the gentleman detective.  🙂

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day from the Appreciation!  🙂

Lord Glendenning knows he's being got around by daughter Katherine, but somehow doesn't protest too much.

Lord Glendenning knows he’s being got around by daughter Katherine,
but somehow doesn’t protest too much.

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Favouritest Grabs Ever – Seventh Edition

Fearless Admin and I are back with another set of our Favouritest Grabs Ever!  As usual, these are grabs of Mr. Malahide’s work that we found particularly entertaining, appealing, amusing, or just plain interesting, and why.

RF’s Picks:

Mark Binney lights up a cigar in the most stylish way possible Favouritest Grabs Ever - Seventh Edition

Mark Binney lights up a cigar in the most stylish way possible

What’s Going On in This Picture?

RF:  It’s from “Singing Detective’s” second episode, “Heat” (1986), and all I can say is… *whoah*!  😮  War profiteer, likely traitor and spy, and all-around Bad Dude to Know™ Mark Binney (Mr. Malahide) invites Russian prostitute Sonia (Kate McKenzie) back to his flat for sex.  The encounter seems to be more about Binney’s ego and insecurity than anything else, since he watches himself in the mirror the entire time with an air of disgusted fascination.  Once finished, Binney gets out of bed still mostly clothed, smooths his hair – you can see him resuming his usual personality after losing a bit of control during sex – and lights up a cigar in the most stylish, hottest way possible (no pun intended!) in front of his perfectly film-noir, venetian-blinded window.

Why Is This One a Favourite?

RF:  Just look at it!  😀  Yes, Binney is mad, bad, and dangerous to know, but he’s decidedly gorgeous for all of that.  I can’t remember ever seeing someone light up a cigar so attractively before.  That and every thing about the scene perfectly suggests a film noir – probably a much better one than Marlow (Michael Gambon) is supposed to have written.  Everything about the scene  is perfect, from Binney’s clothes, to the lighting, to the glow from the flame of his match, which suggests an air of menace.  I also thought that the fact Binney had sex while clothed was an interesting reference to Marlow’s severe psoriasis, since Marlow (and indeed, author Dennis Potter himself) was so concerned about his skin’s appearance he would rarely allow himself to be fully unclothed.  So, the scene (and this grab) is both strikingly filmed and provides an insight into Binney’s character and the series itself.

Admin: I really like the combination of smoke and flame.  Binney often has a demonic aura about him and the smoke and fire combo add to it.  He looks like he’s paying a great deal of attention too, suggesting he likes the intimidating quality the flame exudes.  You can certainly see him working with winning effect to regain his self-control and poise in this grab.  And yes, he looks pretty darn gorgeous indeed.

RF:  It’s just too bad he turns out to be such a bad ‘un.  A noir/espionage caper featuring Binney as a sort of anti-hero, mostly concerned with his own profit, could’ve been very entertaining.

Admin:  When watching The Singing Detective, I sometimes found myself kind of wishing the whole thing could be the pulp story.  Your chosen grab encapsulates why I felt that way.
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Analysis of a Scene XXXI: Chisholm Gets Heavy On a Grass

A very scary Chisholm.

DS Chisholm is generally a dour, albeit witty, copper with an unhealthy Quixotic obsession with nabbing Arthur Daley.  But, sometimes, he bucks that trend and displays a more confident outlook.  In this beautifully shot scene from Minder S04E10 “Get Daley!”  (recap here) he menaces an informant named Dermott, or DerMOTT as Chisholm says it.  Dermott may have information concerning a possible manslaughter case, and it is up to Chisholm to find out.

RF:  It’s a lot of fun (and a bit scary) to see a much more confident Chisholm in action.  This version of Chisholm would nail Arthur Daley within a week and be onto his next promotion in a month.

“Out back, now.”

Admin:  It is the alt-verse Chisholm 😀

Dermott is enjoying a drink at the bar when Chisholm approaches.
Chisholm: [grabbing Dermott’s arm] Out back, now!
Dermott: Please, Mr. Chisholm, not here.
Chisholm: Be a good boy, Dermott.
Dermott: [sighs]
[back alley door flings open and Dermott is shoved unceremoniously outside]
Dermott: Bleedin’ hell, Mr. Chisholm, this is me local.
Chisholm: Oh, in which case let me congratulate you on your exquisite taste.
Dermott: Ahhh, do me a favor, will ya’.

Chisholm: “Oh, in which case let me congratulate you on your exquisite taste.”

Admin:  Chisholm’s initial appearance as he calmly slides silently up to Dermott is pretty much quintessential Chisholm, but everything after that is more intense.  He is far more intimidating than what we are used to. The way the door flings open as Dermott is shoved through is exactly what you’d expect to see in far grittier, hyper violent crime dramas.   The whole set-up has its own unique feel that seems out of the ordinary for Minder.

RF:  I like how Chisholm sidles up to Dermott soundlessly and Dermott isn’t aware of his presence until it’s far too late.  Obviously Chisholm has perfected the technique of buttonholing people who otherwise wouldn’t want to talk or even be seen with him.  He has a very predatory air to him as he stalks in, which continues as he talks to Dermott out in the alley. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide in Law & Order: UK, S03E04 “Confession”

Episode S03E04, “Confession”

He looks so evil, fetching, but evil 🙂

Patrick Malahide made his third and, sadly, final appearance as the slippery Robert “Limbo” Ridley, QC in Law & Order: UK S03E04 “Confession”.

Police detective Matt Devlin’s (Jamie Bamber) childhood friend and fellow officer Pete Garvey has been found dead from an apparent suicide. They learn Garvey had recently been suffering nightmares and mental anguish which likely resulted from being molested as a child by a man named Jonathan Nugent (Matthew Marsh), now a former Catholic priest, who worked at Devlin’s old parish.  Though it had been many years since the abuse, a chance encounter with the ex-priest reignited the trauma with disastrous consequences.

Detectives Devlin and Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) track down another childhood friend Harry Lucas (Johnny Harris) who was also molested by the same priest.  Lucas is willing to testify to seeing Garvey being molested but adamantly refuses to discuss his own experiences.

The prosecution charge Nugent with manslaughter, arguing his abuse led to Garvey’s PTSD which resulted in his taking his own life.  It is a very risky maneuver and will be difficult to prove, something that Nugent’s lawyer Robert Ridley is all too happy to let them know. Continue reading

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Happy World Whisky Day!

Happy World Whisky Day from the Appreciation!

I'm sure Lord Willingdon would encourage everyone to drink responsibly. ;-)

I’m sure Lord Willingdon would encourage everyone to drink responsibly. 😉

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Analysis of a Scene XXX: Sir Myles Throws Byrne and Strang Out of “The Abduction Club”

Before there was online dating, there was Sir Myles Patrick Malahide as Sir Myles in "The Abduction Club"

Before there was online dating, there was Sir Myles

Admin and I thought it was time to highlight one of our favourite Malahide characters, Sir Myles from 2002’s “The Abduction Club“, with an Analysis of a Scene that shows off his charisma and leadership.   Now, Sir Myles is just an all-around extremely dashing fellow with a keen sense of humour (he’d have to have one, to deal with his gang of second sons), but he also has a very strong sense of honour and propriety.  He helps his gang of impoverished second sons to kidnap heiresses for marriage, to keep them out of the army or the priesthood, but he’s also established strict rules of conduct – which James Strang (Matthew Rhys) and Garrett Byrne (Daniel Lapaine) have just broken.  They’ve abducted not only Miss Catherine Kennedy (Alice Evans), the intended quarry, but her underaged sister, Anne (Sophia Myles), as well.  Sir Myles is not happy.

Admin:  It is a wonderful production, and it is a delight to see Patrick Malahide playing such a dashing and swashbuckling character.  It is very obvious why he is the Abduction Club’s leader.

Sir Myles:  Gentlemen!  Will you please welcome Miss Catherine Kennedy!
[Toast glasses are handed around]

Sir Myles: "Gentlemen! Will you please welcome Miss Catherine Kennedy!"

Sir Myles: “Gentlemen! Will you please welcome
Miss Catherine Kennedy!”

RF:  Well, Sir Myles is at least very genial and friendly, even if Catherine looks a mite confused!  Can’t say as I blame her, though.  On the other hand, did she really want to be stuck listening to her intended fiancé, John Power (Liam Cunningham), instead?

Admin:  It is hard to believe that John Power is played by the same actor who plays Davos Seaworth.  I barely recognized him.  Sir Myles looks like a proud papa as he introduces the couple.  His expression is so warm and loving which helps explain why what happens next affects him so.

RF:  I didn’t recognize Davos either.  He looked very different with no beard and wearing a powdered white wig.  Catherine would be a lot better off marrying Davos rather than John Power, though.
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Something Neat XXXVI: “Drawing on Life for a ‘Topper’ Role” as Rev. Patrick Brontë

Definitely a formidable cleric. Patrick Malahide as Patrick Brontë in "In Search of the Brontës"

Rev. Patrick Brontë:
Definitely a formidable cleric

Here’s a little blast from the past I found a while ago.  In 2003, Patrick Malahide was interviewed by The Journal about his role as Rev. Patrick Brontë in “In Search of the Brontës” (I’ve previously recapped part 1 and part 2), in an article titled “Drawing on Life for a ‘Topper’ Role“.  The article is no longer available on The Journal’s online site, but I found it archived on The FreeLibrary site.

The entire article is well worth a look, but I found the snippets about filming the miniseries particularly interesting.  Author Jane Hall mentions that Mr. Malahide “harbour[s] several formidable clerics within his portfolio” (Admin and I would have to agree), but that he took the role because he felt he had something in common with Rev. Brontë:

“I’m a father, I’m Irish, I was a teacher and I had a very strict education that was informed by religion,” explains Patrick. “All these things help. They don’t determine what you do with a role, but they are ways of understanding it. I read the part and I thought, `If I’d been born 200 years ago, I could perhaps have had a life like his’.”

You play one Nazi...

You play one Nazi…

It’s fascinating to find out some of the thinking that goes into how Mr. Malahide approaches a role like that of Rev. Brontë, especially the way he relates to him as a real person.  Hall also notes that Mr. Malahide has played a number of authority figures (hmm, we’ve noticed that, too), of which Rev. Brontë is no exception:

“Why do I play these authority figures? I don’t think it’s anything hard-wired in who I am!” Patrick exclaims. “I play them because I’ve played them effectively before and the casting director is in a hurry and wants to know you’ll deliver and wants a name that producers have heard of.

“That’s just the way the world works. I suppose I’ve always been quite reserved and I’m also quite cautious. But, basically, if you’ve played one Nazi, you’ll be asked to play them all””

And in recent years, Mr. Malahide has kept up with the trend of playing authority figures, though there haven’t been any Nazis among them: Lords Willingdon, Glendenning, and Balon Greyjoy are some of our favourites, and I suppose you could include mobsters Jack Turner and George Cornelius in that group as well.  They’re pretty authoritative in their own right… or at least, no one (still alive) is willing to disagree with them.
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Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day from the Appreciation!

Alleyn enjoying a little light reading about ancient embalming techniques.

Alleyn enjoying a little light reading about ancient embalming techniques.

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Patrick Malahide News: “Mortal Engines”!

Mortal Engines cover art Image source:

Image source:

Patrick Malahide has a new project coming up!  Fearless Admin discovered that he’s been cast in the film version of “Mortal Engines” (be forewarned, spoilers at that link), the first book of a four-book YA series by Philip ReeveThe Hollywood Reporter provides a few more details:

Game of Thrones actor Patrick Malahide, Arrow actor Colin Salmon and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the cast of Mortal Engines, the Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of the YA book series by Philip Reeve.


Robert Sheehan (Misfits) leads a cast of rising actors (such as Hera Hilmar with Hugo Weaving and Stephen Lang thrown in for good measure). The story is set in a future world devastated ecologically and technologically, where certain cities such as London are run by engines and move about Earth, giving them the ability to prey on other smaller towns for resources.

The plot centers on a teen named Tom Natsworthy who, along with a young woman from a territory known as the Outlands, uncovers a mystery that could change the world order.

What a steampunk Hugo Weaving could look like

What a steampunk Hugo Weaving could look like

We still don’t have any information about who is playing what just yet, but the premise sounds fascinating.  There’s a steampunk environment with cities roaming the Earth (I’m picturing lots of clanking, turning cogs and gears, and perhaps mechanical Baba Yaga legs), and best of all… I’m absolutely delighted that one of my fondest “Wished For Co-Stars” wishes is coming true: Mr. Malahide will be co-starring with Hugo Weaving!  Eeeeeeee!! (Yes, I actually did squee when I read it.)  Admin and I have long thought that Mr. Malahide would be great in a steampunk setting, and we’re already hoping he and Mr. Weaving get lots of scenes together.  😉

He could be a steampunk scientist, couldn't he?

He could be a steampunk scientist, couldn’t he?

The film is being produced by Peter Jackson of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” fame and directed by Christian Rivers (visual effects director for the 2005 “King Kong” remake under Jackson’s auspices), which suggests that it’s likely to be a big, sprawling epic rich with effects and world-building.  Presumably the production company is hoping sequels will follow from the other novels, so depending on their characters’ fates in the first book, Mr. Malahide and Mr. Weaving could be very busy for a while.  Production is already underway in New Zealand, with the film scheduled for release on December 14, 2018 (according to Heroic Hollywood).  We can hardly wait!  🙂

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