Patrick Malahide as Patrick Brontë in “In Search of the Brontës”, Part 2

"Finally got around to recapping part 2, did you?"  Patrick Malahide as Patrick Brontë in "In Search of the Brontës", Part 2

“Finally got around to recapping part 2, did you?”

Okay, so… a while ago (*ahem*2013*ahem*) I reviewed Part 1 of “In Search of the Brontës” (2003), in which Patrick Malahide portrayed the Reverend Patrick Brontë, father of the famous writing siblings.  Admin, who had recently read Bertram White’s The Miracle at Haworth at the time, was kind enough to provide some of her own extremely insightful contributions to that post.  So here, now, only two years later and without further ado, is Part 2!

Haworth’s New Parson

The parson and his family arrive at Haworth

The parson and his family arrive at Haworth

Well, perhaps just a little ado first – a brief recap.  Part 1 of this excellent docudrama covered the Brontës’ lives upon their arrival in Haworth, Yorkshire, in 1820, where the Rev. Brontë assumed a post as parson.  Using a combination of personal “interviews” and reminiscences, quoted writings, and dramatic reconstructions, we become acquainted with the Brontës’ life in Yorkshire in their first real family home.  Sadly, their happiness was to be tested when Maria Brontë perished from uterine cancer only a few months later, leaving Rev. Brontë as a single father to six small children, all under seven years of age.

Educating his children using current events

Educating his children using current events

Unsuccessful in his attempts to remarry (for some reason, a penniless parson with six children wasn’t considered the best catch by the eligible local ladies), Brontë raised and educated the children on his own, employing  unconventional methods designed to enhance his children’s critical, independent thinking.  Once they’d reached an age for higher education, the two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, were eventually sent to the Cowan Bridge School , immortalized as the deplorable “Lowood School” in Jane Eyre.  Poor conditions at the school likely contributed to their deaths from consumption (tuberculosis) not long after their mother’s.  The remaining siblings – Branwell, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne – were deeply affected by these deaths, and took comfort in creating stories set in elaborate, shared fantasy worlds as a form of refuge.  Later, the girls tried to find employment as governesses or teachers while their brother Branwell, fired from his railway job, became a tutor.

The Brontës in Upheaval

As Part 2, “Gone Like Dreams”, opens, it’s now 1844.  Charlotte (Victoria Hamilton) and Emily (Elizabeth Hurran) have been studying French in Belgium under a Monsieur Héger (Ed Stoppard) in an attempt to make themselves more desirable as teachers, with the unintended consequence that Charlotte has developed an intense but unrequited crush on her teacher.  Disliking the entire experience and suffering from homesickness, Emily soon returns to Yorkshire.  Meanwhile, Anne (Alexandra Milman) has been governessing for a wealthy family, the Robinsons, while her brother Branwell (Jonathan McGuinness) tutors their children – and rashly embarks upon an affair with his employer’s wife.  Already unhappy with her job, Anne quits in disgust when she finds out what her brother’s been up to.
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Random Malahide Picture 12

Found on Ebay (link goes to seller’s listings):  A really interesting photo of Patrick Malahide in front of what appears to be a pub.  I don’t know if this is from a film, television show or  even a candid.  I wondered if it might be from a 1984 series he appeared in with David Warner called Charlie, but I have no idea.


Charlie by Nigel Williams

Speaking of which, I recently acquired a copy of the novelized version of Charlie by Nigel Williams, so I’ll find out what Saul (Mr. Malahide’s character) is all about and will recap that. I think it is another series that ITV needs to get out on DVD.


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Something Neat XXVIII: “Indian Summers” Publicity Stills

You find the most interesting things when you peruse the internet late at night!  Here are four new (to me) “Indian Summers” publicity and/or behind-the-scenes stills.  I suspect they’re actually behind-the-scenes shots because they don’t look as formally posed as most publicity stills do.

First, we have a couple of glimpses of the Viceroy in episode four, from an Estonian site.  It’s a slightly different angle on the gamebird plucking scene, in which we got a sense of Lord Willingdon’s fatherly/avuncular relationship with Ralph (Henry Lloyd-Hughes).  Note the huge cleaver off to one side (eeeuuuwww…) which I’m almost certain wasn’t visible in the scene as it was broadcast, as well as the poor, teeny-weeny plucked bird!  :-(  Also note the attendant holding Lord W’s coat at the ready.  No coathangers, wire or otherwise, for the Viceroy!

Patrick Malahide in "Indian Summers" Publicity Stills

And here’s everyone at dinner that evening.  Or not quite at dinner, since all the plates are spotlessly clean, although the food (including those teeny-weeny gamebirds) is ready and waiting.  I would’ve expected more silverware, though.  Naturally, Lord W. gets the best spot at the head of the table.

Patrick Malahide in "Indian Summers" Publicity Stills2
And from the DESIblitz site, we have a couple of shots of the Viceroy’s meeting with the Nawab of Jaffran (Silas Carson) in episode nine.  I wish they’d left this rather grand-looking procession in the episode; the entire entourage is arranged strictly by hierarchy, with the Nawab and Lord W. out in front, Viceregal bodyguard Captain Percy close behind, and a rather grim-looking undersecretary following the Viceregal attendants.  Not to be outdone, the Nawab’s stalwart Pekinese bearers, with the Pekes in formal wear for the occasion, bring up the rear.

Patrick Malahide in "Indian Summers" Publicity Stills3
And finally, we have a somewhat perplexed Lord W. wondering what to make of the (very tall) Nawab, perhaps just after the latter’s remark about what Ralph (and the rest of the British) should do “once [they] are all finished here”.  Or maybe it’s after Lord W. has been abandoned by Ralph and is just realizing he’ll have to do all the negotiating on his own.

Patrick Malahide in "Indian Summers" Publicity Stills4
Well, Lord W. did say the Nawab was “an entertaining fellow”.  😉  Perhaps he would’ve had a less stressful time if he’d called in Mrs. Viceroy to handle the negotiations.  Anyway, it was very interesting to see these scenes from a slightly different vantage point; hopefully more behind-the-scenes pictures (and perhaps videos?) will pop up for series 1 and 2.

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National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools – Hamlet

"I have to write a report on Hamlet and I still haven't read it."

“Man! I have to turn in that report on Hamlet tomorrow, and I still haven’t read it.”

Found on YouTube, From the National Theatre:

From September 2015, classrooms across the UK will be able to stream the National Theatre’s smash-hit productions of Hamlet, Othello and Frankenstein, for education purposes.

Each play is curriculum-linked and will be supported by comprehensive learning resources produced by teachers and leading artists.

The streaming service for UK schools is free to use and available on demand. No special software is required to watch the streams, and streams can be viewed on multiple devices.

Productions are recorded in high definition in front of a live theatre audience by National Theatre Live. Recordings are chaptered so you can jump straight to the scene you need, and you can watch the production as many times as you wish.

This service is available exclusively to UK teachers and schools.

Cool!  Doesn’t do me much good here in the States.  That’s OK, I read Hamlet in high school any old how.  Of course, in the National Theatre adaptation, Patrick Malahide plays dear old, long suffering Uncle Claudius who has to put up with Rory Kinnear’s bratty emo kid Hamlet.  At least I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes. :-)

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A Month in the Country on Blu-Ray


“Oh great!  Now I suppose I have to buy a Blu-Ray player.”

Screen Archives has pre-orders available for an upcoming July 14, 2015 Blu-Ray edition of A Month in the Country.  You can read RFodchuk’s recap of this most excellent film here.

Patrick Malahide plays the seemingly morose, but rather more complex, Reverend Keach.  He gives a wonderful performance, and it is such an overall brilliant and engaging film.  I highly recommend it.

The Blu-Ray addition will have Special Features: Isolated Music & Effects Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman / Original Theatrical Trailer and is a limited edition of 3,000 units.

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Patrick Malahide as George Bucsan in Two Deaths

"Newspaper man....I'm a bookworm employed by a newspaper."

“Newspaper man….I’m a bookworm employed by a newspaper.”

Patrick Malahide played George Bucsan, an anxious, somewhat cowardly book reviewer (he describes himself as a “bookworm employed by a newspaper”), in the 1995 film Two Deaths. It is a very dark, complex film set during an annual gathering of old friends. This night, their 19th year, they gather in the large house of Dr. Daniel Pavenic (Michael Gambon).

Set in Eastern Europe, a revolution is blazing outside. They are constantly interrupted by wounded soldiers requiring the doctor’s help.  Against this intense backdrop, the men discover each other’s dark secrets, with Dr. Pavenic’s being the most depraved.  It is a complex story, so I’ll essentially focus on Bucsan’s POV.

The Guests Arrive

George Bucsan first appears as he is being driven to the party.  As he goes through the street, there is gun fire and explosions. Eventually he arrives at Pavenic’s home and is let in by a somber but elegant housekeeper, Ana Puscasu (Sonia Braga). She tells him to make himself a drink. Eventually two other friends appear: Carl Dalakis (Ion Caramitru) and Marius Vernescu (Nickolas Grace).

"I've never known a man with more rumors about than Pavenic.."

“I’ve never known a man with more rumors about than Pavenic..”

They speculate that Pavenic must be corrupt because of his beautiful house. “I’ve never known a man with more rumors about him than Pavenic,” muses George, “only half of them are true.” As they talk, Ana is upstairs gently cleaning what appears to be an invalided man.

As the men catch up on their lives, we learn that George has been a widower for ten years. Marius, especially besotted with Pavenic’s lifestyle, grabs a photo of a beautiful young woman from the mantle, showing it to George who declares her “stunning.” Marius and Carl speculate on who she might be, unaware of the resemblance she has to Ana the housekeeper who is walking in and out of the room.

Growing uncomfortable over Marius' story.

Growing uncomfortable over Marius’ story.

Their assumptions are unpleasant. Marius thinks she might be a girl who was pregnant with Pavenic’s child and died during an abortion he performed. Carl thinks she might be Pavenic’s daughter who (not knowing he was her father) tried to seduce him. As they speculate, George appears extremely tense and ill-at-ease. It is clear he doesn’t like these sorts of conversations about Pavenic.

Secrets Begin to Be Revealed

Eventually Pavenic comes downstairs and greets his guests. He informs them that most of the guests will not be arriving because of the revolution. This more intimate gathering means that there will be plenty of opportunities for darker personal revelations. They ask Pavenic about the woman in the photograph, and he happily tells them it is of his housekeeper Ana Puscasu, the woman he “chose to destroy”. Continue reading

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And Balon’s Still Alive! How Does He Do It??

Ladies everywhere celebrate Balon's amazing staying power!<br />  (Source:, Thoughts: Ours) - Balon's still alive

Ladies everywhere celebrate Balon’s amazing staying power!
(Image source:, Thoughts: ours)

It’s true!  Against all expectations – including ours – and a last-minute flurry of internet rumours claiming we’d see an appearance by Patrick Malahide, or Gemma Whelan, or both, in the Game of Thrones finale for season 5 – which made us think Balon might finally be taking that long walk on one of Pyke’s bridges – Balon Greyjoy is actually the last of the original Five Kings left not only standing, but (apparently) still alive and breathing!  (Note:  These things are not always mutually exclusive on Game of Thrones.)  So naturally, Admin and I had to break out our ukeleles to celebrate.  😉

Admin:  Those rumors about Patrick Malahide appearing in the season 5 finale were so confusing.  I honestly didn’t know if I wanted Balon to appear or not.  It was the weirdest season yet and easily the most conflicting for me in terms of how I felt about it.

RF:  Yeah, I found it to be one of the bleaker seasons, with a lot of time spent on certain storylines and characters to the detriment of others.  I’m rather glad Mr. Malahide didn’t appear; I figured that if Balon did show up, it would be only to show him dying, and there were already more than enough crammed-in cliffhangers and character deaths to go around.  It wouldn’t have done him justice.

"Of course I'm still alive.  Who says I'm not?"

“Of course I’m still alive. Who says I’m not?”

RF:  But now, what can we expect since Balon’s won the War of the Five Kings (albeit by default – but don’t tell him that, because he’ll just get cranky), and is, in fact, the very last of the original Westeros kings left alive?  Admittedly, we’re not expecting very much because showrunners Benioff and Weiss seem only too happy to leave the Greyjoy storyline languishing on the back burner, along with many others.  Still, we have a few thoughts on the matter.  Please note:  spoilers ahead for the series up to and including season 5, and the books up to A Dance with Dragons.
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Random Malahide Picture 11: Lord Willingdon

I found this on a Swedish site:  It looks like he is showing off his Viceregal outift.  I don’t blame him; he looks fantastic.


Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon. Source:



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Patrick Malahide as DS Chisholm in A Number of Old Wives Tales, Minder S05E03

“OI!” Wives might confuse him, but he can always handle Terry.

The basic plot to this episode revolves around a casual business acquaintance of Arthur Daley’s, Clive “Confident” Cosgrove (Patrick Mower).  Confident is a bigamist!  Neither Arthur nor Terry have any idea of this, but they find themselves deeply involved after being photographed in the paper during a fracas at Confident’s latest wedding to a lady called Angie (Vivienne Ritchie).  Chisholm is on the case and seems completely out of his depth dealing with Confident’s five (!) wives.


Stealthy Entrance

Making his usual stoat-like entrance into the Winchester.

Making his usual stoat-like entrance into the Winchester.

Chisholm (with Jones in tow) makes his trademark stealthy stoat-like entrance into the Winchester as Arthur is having a moan about the embarrassment of being in the newspaper.  The wedding at the registry office went horribly wrong when Angie’s ex showed up drunk.  Arthur has taken a lot of stick because of this and ‘Er Indoors is being blanked by the neighbors.  “And the laugh we all down in the station, Arthur,” says Chisholm as he sneaks up.

Arthur offers them a drink, but Chisholm refuses in case Arthur misconstrues it as an “overture of friendship.”  Good thinking.  Dave foolishly interrupts asking why Chisholm is honoring the Winchester with his presence.  Honoring is right.  Chisholm always adds a touch of beauty and class to that gross, dingy place.  Chisholm does not like being questioned though.  “Just making the rounds of low-life establishments, observing who is mingling with whom.”  Chisholm says that with a nice intense stare and tight jaw.

Chisholm orders “a pint of bitter for Mr. Jones and a bottle of light ale down at the other end of the bar if you wouldn’t mind, please.”  See?  I said he adds class.  He has nice manners.

OI! the arrival of one of Confident Cosgrove's wives - so of course Jones is sent in first, with a wordless head twitch. the arrival of one of Confident Cosgrove’s wives – so of course Jones is sent in first, with a wordless head twitch.

So, Confident is a bigamist.  He marries unwitting women and sets them up running  his many business establishments.  He doesn’t appear to be doing it out of malice or anything.  He actually seems to have some of sort of weird addiction to getting married.  But, after the story in the newspaper the other four wives are going to find out.  The first is Mary who runs their cafe.  She storms into the Winchester, “Clive Cosgrove you bastard.”  “Mary, darling.”  Mary isn’t feeling very darling and attacks him (and anyone who happens to be in her way).  Chisholm nods at Jones towards the action and they intervene. Continue reading

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The Singing Detective at the British Film Institute

Patrick Malahide as Mark Finney in Singing Detective 08

“Hey, Mark. Want to celebrate with a cinema?”

The British Film Institute will be airing The Singing Detective on Sunday 26 July 2015 11:00.  Click here for more information.

This is your chance to experience the series that’s widely regarded as Potter’s finest achievement, screened over the course of one day. The Singing Detective blends elements of psychological thriller and film noir with familiar Potter themes of sexual guilt and writer’s block as we’re taken on the most incredible journey of the inner psyche of Philip Marlow (Gambon) as he lies stricken by extreme psoriasis, a debilitating condition from which Potter himself suffered. In entering Marlow’s feverish mind, Potter creates some of the most memorable images and routines ever realised in TV drama.
+ Q&A with Alison Steadman, Janet Suzman, Jon Amiel (via Skype), writer Peter Bowker and Kenith Trodd

It's a wascally wabbit.

“Sorry, I can’t afford the BFI so this will have to do.”

I know Patrick Malahide has taken part in other The Singing Detective panels, but, unfortunately, he doesn’t appear to be in this one.  Still, it ought to be a fascinating discussion.

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