Happy International Day of Happiness from the Appreciation!
For St. Patrick’s Day, RFodchuk and I thought we’d take a look at one of our favorite Irish scenes featuring Patrick Malahide. In “A Man of No Importance” he plays the exceedingly unpleasant Inspector Carson. Despite his hyper-officious manner, he is not a police inspector, but rather a bus inspector. He takes his job very seriously and has a major problem with lovable bus conductor Alfred Byrne (Albert Finney) and the young driver Robbie Fay (Rufus Sewell).
In this scene, Carson stops the bus in order to make sure everything is in order, plus it gives him a chance to keep an eye on those two scoundrels Alfie and Robbie. It is a brilliant scene with a hilarious ending.
[The bus grinds to a halt as Inspector Carson leaps aboard.]
Admin: Carson is standing outside looking very official. He actually has a military bearing which is obviously massive overkill for a quiet bus manned by the kindly and friendly duo of Alfie and Robbie. There is something about the way Carson wears that long coat of his. It is gorgeous, but just adds to his overbearing aura.
RF: He’s a terror with a clipboard. You get the impression that he might spend his evenings posing in front of the mirror in his uniform and long coat, practicing for maximum effect. He’s the sort of guy who takes a teensy bit of authority and milks it for all it’s worth, and then some. No wonder Robbie warns Alfie when he sees Carson waiting to get on the bus.
Admin: I like the image of him posing in front of the mirror. Indeed, there aren’t many who can work a long coat with such draconian elan.
RF: I love “draconian elan”. 😀
Carson: All tickets, please. [Pulls the window shut as both Alfie and Robbie look on nervously]
Admin: Once on board Carson immediately kills the lighthearted mood. The way his hat is pulled down over his eyes makes him look incredibly serious. It just makes his determinedly jutted jaw look all the more fierce. Robbie, Alfie and even the passengers all look very nervous and intimidated. It soon becomes apparent why. Continue reading
As Bonnie Tyler once said, “I need a hero; I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night.” Well, Patrick Malahide has played more than few hero roles, but, he’s also played some equally dashing rogues. Heroes and rogues balance each other perfectly well, so we’ll take look at some of those dashing gents from both sides of the romantic coin that we all enjoy watching so very much.
Admin: My choices are…
Guy de Glastonbury
(“The Black Adder: The Black Seal“, 1983)
A terribly polite but homicidal highway man. He’s also one of the Six Most Evil Men in the Land. His manners are absolutely impeccable, but he can’t commit a simple robbery without having to kill someone. It starts out optimistically enough, “Your money or your life,” he says. But, then we find out that unlike the rest of him, his memory isn’t that hot. “Damn. Always doing that. Sorry, slip of the tongue. Your money and your life.” Ooops!
As mentioned above, his manners are beyond reproach. He is well spoken, charming and effortlessly polite. He is also an absolutely stunning fashion plate. His gorgeous russet outfit, which matches his horse, is absurdly gorgeous. He wears a very cool leather belt with his deadly sword. His chaperon headgear decorated with a romantic hint of the woodland suits him to a tee. Edmund, Baldrick, and the other Most Evil Men have absolutely nothing on him. Everything he does is with a style and panache that must have been rare in the days of rat-on-a-stick. Continue reading
For Valentine’s, RFodchuk and I thought it would be fun to do a slightly different spin for the special day. Taking inspiration from the less-than-romantic Victorian “vinegar Valentine” we’ve chosen to celebrate that conniving courting couple Robert Dangerfield and Charlotte Collard of “The Blackheath Poisonings“.
No, they aren’t nearly as vindictive as the portrayals shown in genuine vinegar Valentines of the time, but certain aspects of their personality are certainly ripe for satire. On first glance it looks like a known cad and adventurer is wooing a soppy spinster (both prime subjects for vinegar Valentines) for her money. But is she as soppy as he thinks? In this post we look at three scenes from episode one chronicling their courtship.
Robert Dangerfield, Charlotte’s former lover, had disappeared to India for several years, leaving her heartbroken. Suddenly he is back on the scene in England ready to pounce back into her life and rekindle…something.
Dangerfield: [grabbing Charlotte by her arm as she walks by a tree he was loitering under] Good evening, Miss Collard.
Charlotte: [shocked] Mr. Dangerfield. Robert.
Dangerfield: Calm yourself, Charlotte. I’m not a demon or even a ghost.
Admin: The way he suddenly springs on her very nearly scares her to death. That is most certainly not the best way to regain someone’s trust, but I think Robert has somehow decided shock and awe is the way to go. I like the way he immediately alludes to demons and ghosts. That is not terribly romantic, but it is very fitting.
RF: We also see Robert lurking outside the Vandervent-Collard house before waiting for Charlotte, so he’s evidently put at least some planning into it. And just springing out at her like that doesn’t give her much chance to react, so he seems to have been relying on an element of surprise, though she knows him well enough recognize him on sight. As for “I’m not a demon or even a ghost”, there’s already a hint that they might not have parted on the best of terms.
RF: I also think it’s worth noting that while we already know Charlotte comes from a well-to-do family (the Vandervent – Collard mansion is huge), you can see by Robert’s clothes that he’s down on his luck. His hat brim is worn, his jacket is a bit too small, his suit has seen better days, and he needs a haircut. What could it mean?? 😉
Admin: He does look decidedly worn. Lucky for him it is still a rather a fetching look nonetheless. Continue reading
Admin: Happy Valentine’s Day from the Appreciation. Enjoy those chocolates!
RF: Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂
At long last, the “About Patrick Malahide” page has been updated with links to new reviews, upcoming projects, and some new grabs. Go take a look! 🙂
In 1996 a four part series titled “The Writing on the Wall” aired on BBC1 written by a certain P. G. Duggan. Of course, P. G. Duggan is in fact Patrick Malahide writing under his real name of P(atrick) G(erald) Duggan. Not only that, but he helped produce the series as well. RFodchuk and I were delighted to have a chance to watch this intense and captivating thriller.
Set in the 1990s after the days of the Cold War, “The Writing on the Wall” explores themes of terrorism, precarious international relations, the NATO alliance, and the US’s role within that organization verses the other member nations. I found much of it particularly prescient considering current events concerning President Donald Trump’s comments regarding NATO.
The story is about what at first seems an unlikely terrorist. Martina (Lena Stolze) is the very pretty and petite wife of a US Army sergeant. On the surface she appears completely sweet and unassuming, but she is very dangerous indeed. Trained years ago by a former Russian operative named Lopahkin (Herbert Knaup) she is reactivated into setting off a car bomb at an RAF base in Germany. Things escalate rapidly and dangerously from there.
MI5 terror specialist Bull (Bill Paterson) is called in to investigate. With his skills honed from years of dealing with the IRA and his
difficulty in coming to terms with the recent suicide of his son, he throws himself headfirst (as his name might suggest) into the case.
The Russian Lopahkin makes it looks like neo-nazis were responsible for the bombing which enrages the devoted communist Martina. She goes completely off the rails and begins acting on her own volition. She bombs a US Army football match injuring and killing innocent military dependents. This case is turning out to be unlike any other. Continue reading
With the very welcome news that Mr. Malahide will be returning as genial gangster George Cornelius in the new series of “Luther“, Admin and I thought we should revisit one of our favourite George C. scenes. In S04E02, DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) – who is searching for answers as to who might have killed his paramour/muse/homicidal-maniac-on-call Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) – realizes, after a somewhat clumsy attempt on his life, that he’s on someone’s kill list. He also realizes that the likely culprit is George Cornelius (Mr. Malahide), whom he kidnapped and handcuffed to a radiator for questioning in S04E01, in the mistaken belief that George C. had something to do with Alice’s murder. George C. is actually innocent of that deed, but he is in a rather bad mood after being kidnapped, handcuffed to a radiator, and left for hours with no food, water, or bathroom facilities. So in retaliation, George C. has “greenlit” Luther for elimination by any hitman in the area who can get him. In this scene, Luther phones up George C. to talk things over, and hopefully get the hitmen called off.
[George C. is getting ready to cook something in his brightly lit, well-appointed kitchen when his mobile goes off. He’s immaculately dressed in an expensive-looking white shirt and dark trousers, looking fresh as a daisy after his ordeal with the radiator, although one wrist is heavily bandaged.]
George C. [picking up his phone]: Wotcher?
George C.: All right, John? You still with us, then? [He puts the phone on speaker and continues cooking preparations.]
Luther: Eh, just about. One of your boys just had a pop at me.
George C.: Well, obviously I don’t know what you’re talking about, officer. But if I did, I’d probably say, “They wouldn’t be my boys, specifically.” See, if you’ve been greenlit, allegedly [he chuckles], every would-be hitman in London would be after you. How was he, by the way?
RF: I like George C’s casual “Wotcher?” and the way he shows only a little amused surprise that Luther is calling him: “You still with us, then?”. I also like how he puts the phone on speaker and continues with his cooking preparations, as if he isn’t discussing a hit contract on a cop. Of course, he takes care to deny everything – albeit not very convincingly – while at the same time letting Luther know exactly who “greenlit” him, and what’s going to happen. And he even asks for Luther’s review of the hitmen, like he’s compiling something for Yelp.
Admin: That has to be the world’s most charmingly roguish way for a gangster to answer his phone. Notice how it all conveys a sense of easy confidence too. George’s amusement over Luther’s predicament is fun. Little wonder they are bringing him back for a return visit in series 5. I like how he wasn’t at all surprised that the would-be hitmen were rubbish. No wonder he went to the trouble of letting Luther know they weren’t likely to be on his regular pay roll. He doesn’t want anyone thinking that is the level of help he has. The whole thing seems rather amusing to him. That said, there is a definite hint of steely menace when he said “every would-be hitman in London”. That is a very dangerous and determined look he has glinting in his eyes.
The Golden Globe and SAG Award-winner actor Idris Elba returns to his iconic role as DCI John Luther, for the fifth series created by Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross and produced by BBC Studios.
Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley and Patrick Malahide will return for the four-part series as DSU Martin Schenk, Benny Silver and George Cornelius; and Wunmi Mosaku, who won a Bafta for her performance in BBC One’s Damilola, Our Loved Boy in 2017, will join as new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday.
George is such a wonderful and fun character. His gleefully dark sense of humour makes him a true joy to watch. I can’t wait to see him back in action.