Patrick Malahide Supports the Bristol Old Vic

Supporting the Bristol Old Vic

Finally! A Patrick Malahide sighting. Mr. Malahide has recently appeared in a video supporting the Bristol Old Vic theatre.  As you can see, he looks and sounds great and is sporting a jaunty blue mask to help protect him and others from Covid-19.  Text below copied from the YouTube video information section:

Like so many theatres across the country, Covid-19 has delivered a hammer blow to our business. In March, we lost 75% of our income overnight. Following the government’s rescue package for the arts, we are working closely with Arts Council England to understand the process and hope that we are eligible to apply, but at this moment in time, we have no guarantees. We need to raise £500,000 in order to reopen our building.
But we remain optimistic and ambitious. Bristol is renowned for its creative economy and Bristol Old Vic will continue to play a significant role in it by continuing to produce internationally acclaimed productions, develop up and coming talent and transform the lives of others through our community engagement activities. Our work is essential to the future of our wonderful city and all who call it home.
A Bristol without Bristol Old Vic is unthinkable. Please help us to ensure that what was started in 1766 is able to continue. Thank you.

Thank you also to Sir Patrick Stewart, Trudie Styler, Toby Jones, Patrick Malahide, Lesley Manville, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Samuel West, Malaika Kegode, Ruth Ramsay and Jenny Davies.

And here is the video itself

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Something Neat 23: The Times TV Special: Best Adaptations of Hit Novels

"Hmm. Perhaps I should start taking the Times."

“Hmm. Perhaps I should start taking the Times.”

Hello out there!  Admin and I are still here!  We’ve just taken a bit of a break, and we’re still stuck mostly at home like everyone else.  But this May 24th, 2020 article in The Times  on the best television adaptations of “hit novels” happened to catch my eye, because it mentioned a character near and dear to our hearts, the Rev. Edward Casaubon:

Middlemarch (1994)
The novel is rarely adapted for TV, but this is a winner, with Rufus Sewell as young Will Ladislaw, Juliet Aubrey as the bookish Dorothea Brooke and Patrick Malahide as her dry-as-dust husband Edward Casaubon.

I’ve written elsewhere as to why I don’t think Casaubon is quite as “dry-as-dust” as he appears, although he certainly goes out of his way to conform to that perception.    But I do have to agree (yes, I’m biased) that the 1994 “Middlemarch” is one of the best tv adaptations out there.  I find it hard to imagine anyone else besides Mr. Malahide as Casaubon.  “Game of Thrones” gets a mention in the article too, but since it’s not due to Balon Greyjoy, I think we can safely skip over that part.  😉

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Malahide Characters: The Stuck At Home Edition

Well, like most of the globe right now, Admin and I are stuck at home.   It’s a very strange and surreal situation to be in, and more than a little worrying.    We also hope that Mr. Malahide is keeping himself safe and healthy during this time.  BUT…  nonetheless, we got to wondering how various Malahide characters would handle the situation we’re facing now, and we thought it might be a good distraction to post about them.

RF:  My choices are:

Jack Turner
(“Hunted“, 2012)

Stomping around his eerily green-lit basement just to get some exercise

Stomping around his eerily green-lit basement
just to get some exercise

This is a bit of a no-brainer as we already have ample evidence as to what crimelord Jack Turner is like when he’s cooped up.  The words “caged tiger” spring to mind.  Even though Jack had a pretty big house for just him, his son Stevie (Stephen Campbell Moore), and grandson Eddie (Oscar Kennedy) – okay, and a few henchmen plus his right-hand man, Bingham (Tom Beard)  – it seemed like any amount of confinement was unendurable for Jack.   He’s very naturally an active guy, and staying at home all day just isn’t his thing.  In the early part of the series, it seemed like he was stomping around his basement just to work off some tension.   He’s the kind of guy who likes to be out and about so he be aware of what’s going on in his universe and be “hands-on” when he thinks it’s needed.  So I think he’d definitely go a little stir-crazy if he was forced to stay inside for any length of time.  Certainly after we’d seen Jack cooped up for a while in the first couple of episodes, it was something of a relief to see him finally let outside to get into some action.  He’s not much of an online/tech-savvy guy either, so it’s not like he can Skype with all of his criminal contacts and do business that way.

Wearing off some energy by driving around at night. Watch out for that cyclist, Jack!

Wearing off some energy by driving around at night.
Watch out for that cyclist, Jack!

That said, I’m not sure Jack would just passively obey the rules, even if it was for his own good.  I have the feeling he’d sneak out after hours whenever possible and get some take-away, or perhaps just drive around on the now-deserted carriageways a little (or a lot) too fast.  He might get nabbed by CCTV and speed cameras, but we already know that Jack  has connections on the police force that would surely be only too happy to rip up any tickets he might get.  All of this is assuming he’d prefer to stay in London and he doesn’t have a nice country estate being held in reserve.  But I think Jack would go even more stir-crazy on a country estate than he would in self-isolation in London.
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It’s a Meme! 63 – Birthday Edition

Admin:  Happy Birthday to Patrick Malahide from The Apprecation.  It is a weird and scary year, but hopefully through perseverance, diligence, kindness, patience, and a little bit of humour, there will be countless blessed birthdays the world over.

RF:  Happy birthday to Mr. Malahide and we sincerely hope he stays healthy and safe.   As Admin said, it’s a very strange and scary time right now, but here’s hoping we can all keep ourselves safe until some solutions are found.

Casaubon birthday memeLord Willingdon birthday meme


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It’s a Meme! 62 – Valentine’s Day Edition

RF:  Happy Valentine’s Day from the Appreciation!

Chisholm Valentine's Day meme

Admin:  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Random Malahide Picture(s) 25

It’s Colin Anderson of “The Standard” in living colour.  He certainly liked his loud, wide power ties.  I love the signet ring in the top photo featuring him using a nice late ’70s phone.  He looks like he’s been put on hold listening to the instrumental of “Evergreen”  for a while.

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Best Wardrobes (Worn By Patrick Malahide)

It’s a whole new decade and it’s a really cold January outside (at least, where I am), so Admin and I thought it might be fun to consider some of the very best clothing ensembles worn by Mr. Malahide.  Because “best” could mean a lot of things, for our purposes we’ve decided that it will refer to the character trying to look good and succeeding at it, as opposed to merely standing out in a crowd (looking at you, Uncle Ebenezer!) or making some more exotic, outlandish wardrobe choices.

RF:  So without further ado, my Best Wardrobe choices are:

Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn
(“The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries“, 1992 – 1994)

Inspector Alleyn: Impeccably attired as always

Inspector Alleyn: Impeccably attired as always

Alleyn’s the sort of guy who’s always impeccably attired, no matter where he is.  His clothes are bespoke tailored, exquisitely selected to flatter him, are coordinated to a T, and he’s always ready for any emergency rain shows with his ever-present brolley.   He’s such a gent that he’s never without a hat or pair of gloves, either.  And yet, he also exudes understated elegance in his double-breasted pinstripes, waistcoats, and silk ties; he’s not a show-off or a dandy, he just seems to appreciate having the best wardrobe he can afford.  He didn’t get the baronetcy – that’s his older brother, George – but just because he’s a working stiff as a Chief Inspector, that doesn’t mean he can’t dress well.  And he does.  When he takes his jacket off and rolls up his sleeves to get to work – revealing a pair of sleeve garters, because of course he would – he even does that neatly.

Looking resplendent in white tie and tails

Looking resplendent in white tie and tails

For an extra treat, we also got to see Alleyn in white tie and tails (“Death in a White Tie“, appropriately enough) and a tux a couple of times in the course of his investigations, which suited him perfectly.  As part of an aristocratic family, Alleyn tends to rub elbows with the gentry quite often; as Inspector Br’er Fox (William Simons) notes, many of Alleyn’s friends are among “that lot”.  So it only makes sense that Alleyn would have the appropriate clothes for the occasion.  And we found out in “Death at the Bar” that he even brings a tux with him on investigations, just in case he needs it.
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Malahide Characters’ Ideal Christmas Part II

For Christmas 2019 RFodchuk and I decided to once again imagine what sort of Christmases our favourite Patrick Malahide characters would celebrate. Do they go the traditional route, or are they a little more unconventional in their tidings? Let’s find out!

Admin: My choices are:

Robert Blair
(“The Franchise Affair”, 1988)

What Is His Favourite Christmas Entertainment?

Having a lovely, relaxing evening at home with his pipe and music on the wireless.

Time for the King’s Christmas message.

Well, with it being the 1940’s, he’s probably not watching any television, but there is always the wireless. I expect he listens to the traditional Christmas carols, the King’s Christmas Message, and maybe a radio play based on “A Christmas Carol”.

More than any of that though he would want to be surrounded with people he loves and spend time with them playing parlor games and swapping stories.  He might like a spot of adventure, but he also appreciates the comforts of home.

Does He Decorate His House?

Of course he does. He is almost certainly going to be the one responsible for placing any of the high decorations, so he’ll be there with his trusty step ladder. Again, his decorations are going to be pretty traditional. He’ll also be sure to get everything down fairly promptly after Christmas. No need to have decorations collecting dust well into New Years.

Does He Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Discovering a clue in the attic window's view

Is that mistletoe I spy?

Yes, he absolutely would.   Despite being somewhat reserved, Robert has a very affectionate nature.

Before Marion he would have cheerfully doled out some chaste kisses here and there if only out of gentlemanly duty.  However, with Marion, he would be a lot more enthusiastic and romantic about the whole deal. Either way, I expect Robert gets a few under-the-mistletoe kisses each year. Continue reading

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Happy National Sock Day!

Happy National Sock Day from the Appreciation!

Every day is Sock Day for Foreign Secretary George Wilkins.

Every day is Sock Day for Foreign Secretary George Wilkins.


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Lordy, Lordy…Minder is Forty!

Happy Birthday.  Let’s celebrate.

Admin: Happy Birthday to “Minder”.  It debuted October 29, 1979 and went strong until March 1994.  We here at the Appreciation are pretty much only concerned with the Chisholm episodes which ran sporadically from ’79 to ’88, but those 24 episodes give us a very good idea of what it is about “Minder” that made it last so long and have allowed it to remain popular 26 years after its finale.

“Minder” has a timelessness about.  While it is in many ways of its time, the central idea of a small man (Arthur Daley) trying to to make a successful living in a big city while avoiding all the pitfalls of bureaucracy (actually, avoiding bureaucracy itself) is a theme that will likely never die.  His mild disdain for the rule of law never goes into outright horrible criminality, so we wind up with a character who is easy to relate to.  Basically, wheelers and dealers will always be with us.

Don’t judge him too harshly, boys.

RF:  Daley is that rarity, a “lovable scamp” that actually manages to be lovable – or if not lovable, at least highly entertaining.  He’s the one who’s always trying to find a shortcut to vast wealth, except he isn’t totally clear on what an effective shortcut should be – goldfish being exchanged for clothes out of the back of a dodgy van?  Cleated football shoes being sold as stylish trainers?  Musical monkeys playing “Scotland the Brave”?  His schemes were always unique head-scratchers.  And yeah, his willingness to flout the law ensured that he’d always be under Chisholm’s watchful eye.

Admin:  The musical monkeys really should have hit off big.  🙂  And, yes, Daley is a very entertaining character.  You just can’t help but like the ol’ spiv.

RF:  It helped that Arthur never broke any heavy-duty laws and had no ambitions towards higher profile illegal activities.  A criminal mastermind, he wasn’t.   When someone once tried to suggest Arthur was fencing stolen jewelry, Chisholm knew that was far beyond his scope.

Patrick Malahide in Minder

Bootleg bills?

Admin: One of my favorite episodes, “What Makes Shamy Run“, deals with pirating VHS tapes of popular Bollywood movies.  Yeah, VHS is dead as the dodo, but piracy continues to be a burning issue, and Bollywood has only become increasingly popular, garnering followers from all over.  The details may have altered, but the general concept is daisy fresh.

RF:  True, and Daley’s scheme involving bootleg mobile phones was a form of piracy, too.  Only nowadays I suppose he would be stealing wifi, selling dodgy burner phones,  and/or hacking into people’s Cloud accounts.  Mind you, Arthur would have to get a talented nephew (or great-nephew) to help him with the latter. Continue reading

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