Wished for Roles 9: Carnacki the Ghost Finder Narrations!

We're dealing with cunning inviduals. Spies, socialists, anarchists (oh my)

It’s Halloween, so break out the Hastymite pics

Halloween is approaching, so I’ve been reading creepy tales.  (Like I need an excuse.) As was the case last year with the Victorian horror tales, I’ve found some cool stories that would be perfect for Patrick Malahide’s narrational skills: Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson.  Hodgson primarily wrote fantastic tales, many with nautical settings, but it is his Carnacki series I’ll focus on.  Carnacki is part consulting detective, part ghost buster and despite his continental name is every bit the Edwardian English gentleman.  I can’t think of anyone better to narrate his adventures than Patrick Malahide, so I’ll make this a Wished for Role.

Aww, a nice little smile.

It’s Horrid Holmes and Wicked Watson.

The stories have their own mythos with Carnacki using ancient (fictional) texts and rites such as the Sigsand Manuscript and the peculiar “Saaamaaa Ritual”.  He also has an Electric Pentacle that he sets up around himself for protection.  Electricity plays a big part in the stories, giving them a slight sci-fi edge.  Unsurprisingly, Hodgson’s work influenced H. P. Lovecraft.

Some of the stories have a “Scooby Doo” ending with the “haunting” being the result of human trickery, others are purely supernatural, and some combine human chicanery with spectral  influence.

Spooky Spoilers Below

  • The Gateway of the Monster
    Patrick Malahide in Dramarama: Mr Stabs

    The Visitor wouldn’t care about Electric Pentacles.

    Carnacki investigates a deadly haunted room and finds a lost ring that appears to be a gateway for a murderous entity.  His Electric Pentacle is put to good use here.

  • The House Among the Laurels
    Preparing to lead the funeral.

    Sorleyson is kind of gothic looking too. Awwwww :-(

    Carnacki investigates a haunted mansion in Ireland…when the ceiling drips blood murder usually follows.

  • The Whistling Room
    A pre-Lovecraftian horror in which Carnacki discovers the room’s weird whistling is actually being made by the floor as it forms into a grotesque pair of gigantic, blistered lips.  Eeeeek!
  • The Horse of the Invisible
    A “cursed” young woman and her fiance are tormented by a phantom horse.  (This was dramatized in The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes featuring the delightful Donald Pleasence as Carnacki.)
  • The Searcher of the End House
    An early Carnacki case.  It involves a ghost Woman, a (mega creepy) ghost Child, and some hairy non-ghost sea captain who carries a rotten mutton chop.
  • The Thing Invisible
    Patrick Malahide as Uncle Ebenezer : Kidnapped

    Uncle Ebenezer would just scare the ghosts away.

    A cursed family dagger is said to kill of its own accord.

  • The Hog
    Another pre-Lovecraftian tale.  A man has dreadful nightmares about a HOG (all caps because it is that big).  Naturally the HOG tries to rip a fabric through time and space to enter our world, but Carnacki has his colored lights and a rubber suit, so he won’t let it!
  • The Haunted Jarvee
    This is one of Hodgson’s nautical tales.  A ship acts as a “focus” for dark, supernatural forces at sea.
  • The Find
    This is a completely non-supernatural story, but it is good fun in a Sherlock Holmes light kind of way.  Carnacki uncovers how a supposedly unforgeable book was forged.
Patrick Malahide as Uncle Ebenezer : Kidnapped

Happy Halloween!

I would love to hear Mr. Malahide bring these weird fantasy stories to life and draw attention to the somewhat under-rated William Hope Hodgson.  But, for right now I’ll make do with his awesome thriller narrations: Classic Tales of HorrorClassic Railway Murders, Classic Crime Short Stories, and the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery Five Red Herrings.  All make for a fantastic auditory experience.


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Patrick Malahide as John Poole in Five Days S01E05

Five Days S01E05

In a mental health facility.

In a mental health facility.

Admin: It is now day seventy-nine since Leanne went missing. Her body has been found and the police have a strong suspect with Kyle Betts (Rory Kinnear).  In the previous episode, John Poole insisted on viewing the body.  Seeing Leanne’s corpse, which had been in water for some time, took its toll on him.  He is now in a mental facility after harming himself.  His granddaughter Tanya (Lucinda Dryzek) seems to be the only person who visits him, even if it means ditching school and taking a very long bus journey.

RF:  Tanya seems to have made it up with her friend Jamie from S01E01, relying on her and her family for some moral support.  I’d also note that she’s showing a huge amount of bravery and devotion in undertaking to visit John in such a daunting place with such regularity.

Tanya Visits John

"No, No....I don't want you coming all this way."

“No, No….I don’t want you coming all this way.”

Admin: John is extremely distressed when Tanya arrives.  He immediately leaps from his chair, “No, no– I don’t want you coming all this way….a child your age exposed to this.”  Tanya ignores his anguish and remains cheerful.  She has the newspaper and a pen so he can do the crossword.

RF:   Oooohhh, it’s such a huge and complete change for John from when we left him.  :-(  He’s covering his face with his hand and visibly trembling when we first see him, unshaven and clad in a bathrobe, and has obviously been in the facility for quite some time.  It’s a great contrast from the confident man we saw in the previous episode who insisted on seeing his daughter as his last duty to her.  Yet his instinct is still to try to protect Tanya by sending her away.  For her part, Tanya seems to have happened upon a remarkably effective way of handling John’s despair by behaving as cheerfully and ordinarily towards him as possible.

Admin: He’s still vexed though referring to himself as “daft, yes….selfish…stupid.”  Granted, I’m more than a little obsessed with The Pickwick PapersMr. Alfred Jingle, but that bit reminds me of his Fleet scene.  Not that the characters are in any way similar (they totally aren’t); it’s just that one moment reminds me of him.

"Daft....yes, selfish stupid."

“Daft….yes, selfish stupid.”

RF:  I hadn’t thought of Jingle before when watching this scene (and I’ll join you in that obsession), but you’re right that there are some similarities between this and the Fleet scene.  Both characters are despairing and in distress, at the end of their emotional ropes, and castigating themselves bitterly for their current situations.

Admin:  Absolutely.  And thankfully they have their supporters, in this case John has Tanya.

Admin: Tanya thinks his distress is because Grandma, Barbara Poole, still hasn’t visited.  “Well, she’s fed up with me.  No change there, then.”  John gives a small rueful laugh after that line which I rather like.  Oh, that Barbara…we wish she would change.  Tanya is pretty fed up with Barbara for saying that John had an “accident”.  Tanya wonders how that is supposed to help things.  Tanya is really ready for everyone to just be honest with one another.

RF:  Notice how Tanya offers John a tissue to blow his nose much like a parent would a child, making it even more obvious that they’ve exchanged caregiver/cared-for roles since we last saw them.  Even in his current state, John is still playing peacemaker, telling Tanya that she shouldn’t blame Barbara for lying about his condition and not coming to see him (no points for Barbara, as far as I’m concerned).  But John is enough himself to be ever so slightly cynically amused that Barbara hasn’t changed. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide’s Deleted Scene in Brideshead Revisited

Patrick Malahide as Mr. Ryder in Brideshead Revisited

Such a handsome Edwardian relic.

In her Brideshead Revisted review, RFodchuk mentioned a deleted scene featuring Patrick Malahide.  It is largely the same as the “goodbye” scene in the film where Charles leaves for Oxford, but there are a few differences.  As RFodchuk noted, Mr. Ryder (Patrick Malahide’s character) is more openly warm.

The Deleted Scene:

Mr. Ryder:[Eating soup] You’re wearing a coat.
Charles: Yes, Father, I am.
Mr. Ryder: Why?
Charles: I’m going up to Oxford.

I wanted to talk about Etruscan notions of immortality.

“I wanted to talk about Etruscan notions of immortality.”  How exciting!

Mr. Ryder: Ah, yes.  I was talking about you just the other day with a colleague at the athenaeum. I wanted to talk about Etruscan notions of immortality. He wanted to talk about lectures for the working classes. So, we compromised and talked about you. Remind me. What allowance have I given you?
Charles: A hundred pounds.
Mr. Ryder: Oh! How very indulgent of me. Mind you, it all comes out of capital. Aren’t you eating?
Charles: I’m not hungry. Thank you, Father.

 You’re mother was always so good at that.

Your mother was always so good at that.

Mr. Ryder: Well, I dare say Cook could warm it up. Oh, I suppose this is the time I should give you advice. Your mother was always so good at that. Who’s meeting you?
Charles: Cousin Jasper offered to show me around.
Mr. Ryder: Cousin Jasper! [chuckles] Most entertaining. [Resumes eating his soup]

The final version of the scene is very similar, but it replaces the comments where he chats about his son with a colleague at the anthnaeum with him asking Charles what his subject will be.  History.  It also removes the part where he asks Charles if he’ll be eating.  I can see why the filmmakers made their choices, but it is nice seeing Mr. Ryder be more attentive.  And, as RFodchuk noted, his interest in “Etruscan notions of immortality” make a charming, albeit likely unintentional, call back to Casaubon.  It is a pity those two never met. ;-)

Filmmaker Praise for Patrick Malahide

Looking pensive.

He makes it clear why Charles is as he is.

Director Julian Jarrold, producer Kevin Loader and screenwriter Jeremy Brock provide the filmmakers’ audio commentary and were very impressed with Mr. Malahide’s performance.  “I don’t think I’ve ever known an actor who takes every nuance of a line and lays it in and textures it quite as Patrick does.”  They noted that since he had very little dialogue, it was essential Mr. Malahide use every line to help us understand why Charles was so besotted with his new life away from home.

Looking forlorn.  Awwww :-(

Looking forlorn with his soup. Awwww :-(

The filmmakers thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Malahide’s silent reaction when Charles shuts the door leaving home.  He gives such a forlorn look that illustrates he will miss his son, even though he never gives such an obvious indication of that love when his son is with him.

Not quite buying the gravely injured part.

Not quite buying the gravely injured part.

RFodchuk, in another post, covered how well Mr. Ryder’s wry humor went over in  the cinemas.  The filmmakers’ commentary mentioned the scene where Mr. Ryder reads a letter from a “gravely-injured” Sebastian imploring Charles to see him at Brideshead.  Mr. Ryder is, in truth, hurt at being abandoned by his son to see someone who isn’t so gravely injured that he can’t send a telegram.  The filmmakers noted how “beautifully and delicately” Mr. Ryder manages to humiliate his son by both regularly beating him at chess and quickly seeing through Sebastian’s ruse.  They were very pleased at how well those scenes were received in the cinemas.


Brideshead Revisited is good film which I enjoyed watching.  Mr. Malahide truly does standout as Mr. Ryder, giving him a warmth that is well hidden (but not completely hidden) behind a puzzling exterior.  Is he dotty or is he sharp?  You can’t always tell.  But in all of his scenes the enigmatic Mr. Ryder is so compelling and showcases Mr. Malahide’s ability to create a bittersweet comedic character with the perfect doses of mystery and humanity.


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Malahide Characters We’d Like to Date (Who’d Make Awful Boyfriends)

So I was roaming the internet late one night when I happened across this post and was inspired.  What characters of Mr. Malahide’s are out there that we’d like to date, even though we know (with some certainty) that they’d make awful boyfriends?  Admin and I have narrowed it down to a select few.  In no particular order:

Derek “Chopper” Hadley  |  Ebenezer Balfour  |  Mr. Hastymite  |  Balon Greyjoy  |
D.S. Albert Chisholm  |  Who’s the Most Awful?

Derek “Chopper” Hadley
(New Tricks, “Diamond Geezers“, 2006)

Who Is He?

Chopper Hadley:  He's very nice as long as you stay on his good side.  Malahide Characters Who'd Make Awful Boyfriends

Chopper Hadley: He’s very nice as long as you stay on his good side.

RF:  Devoted family man and medium-sized crim.  Amateur gemologist and fine lumberjacking and woodworking tools aficionado.  Does a little dabbling in real estate.  Has a neat nickname.

Admin:  He’s the best son a father could wish for.  A chip off the old block and a diamond geezer in his own right.

RF:  That’s right.  Chopper seemed to know his old dad wouldn’t resent being dug up at all, if it meant pulling off one last diabolical stroke.  ;-)

Admin:  I just love that phrase “diabolical stroke”. Chopper has a way with words.

Current Occupation:

RF:  Convicted felon and literal axe murderer, unfortunately.  Not really his fault, though.  He’d have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling UCOS guys!

Admin:  Pity really, he’d make an excellent estate agent.

Why Would You Date Him in the First Place?

A charmer with the ladies

A charmer with the ladies

RF:  Uhmm…  Lessee…  He dresses well and can be quite charming and personable when he’s in the mood for it.  He’s got a great sense of humour, a lovely smile, tons of money, likes the good things in life,  and would doubtless show a girl an entertaining time.  He might even take you to his villa in Spain, providing there weren’t any warrants currently out for his arrest or anything like that.

Admin:  He respects his step-mother even though she’s orange and not even  half his age.  That has to be a good sign.  I’m not keen on the ear jewelry, but he works it well.  His accent is fetching, and he has a great smile.

His Secret Passion/Hobby/Weakness?

Chopper's little chopper.

Chopper’s little chopper.

RF:  Not sure if it’s that much of a secret, but he did seem rather devoted to always having a hatchet on his person,  in a nice, small, portable size for ease of carrying and use, and he did seem to like showing it off to the ladies.  Kind of a shame that Tina wasn’t more impressed than she was, but perhaps she was so overwhelmed she didn’t know what to say.

Admin:  I think girls like Tina are also a secret weakness.  She winkled a lot out of him in one night.  Such a pity she didn’t get to keep him, imagine all the romantic walks they could have had in the graveyard.
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Patrick Malahide as David Sinclair in The Mourning Brooch (novel)

Mourning Brooch novel

Mourning Brooch novel

The Mourning Brooch continues our theme of intriguing yet frustratingly obscure early Patrick Malahide projects.  RFodchuk wrote a  blog post about its recent appearance on Mr. Malahide’s IMDB which inspired me to order the novel by Bill Craig (who also wrote the screenplay) and Hugh Miller off Amazon.  It arrived quickly from the UK, and I’ve already finished it.  It’s only 127 pages; I’m no speed reader. :-)

It is a solid thriller, tightly written and *very* fast paced.  Patrick Malahide’s character is David Sinclair.  He describes himself as an investigative journalist.  He is young (“youthfully mature”) with angular features.  Basically as far appearance goes that is all we are told: youthful and angular.  Hmmm…sounds about right.  I don’t want to write a full recap, so I’ll mostly cover Sinclair.

David Sinclair:  Angular Scottish Reporter

The protagonist is London property developer Ray Campion.  He is in Glasgow looking for a man named John Balfour (no relation to Uncle Ebenezer) who is to inherit some property from his late Aunt Winnie.  Campion is desperate to buy the property off him.  However, a few others are interested in the whereabouts of Balfour, including the police, because he is wanted for murder.  To make things worse, the man he is accused of murdering, Michael Bannerman, is the son of powerful Scottish “legitimate businessman” Gowrie Bannerman.

This is a thriller, so Campion regularly finds himself in sticky situations.  At one point he is in a derelict and near abandoned street being chased by thugs.  Fortunately, there is a mysterious stranger  on a motorcycle who rescues him being fileted via flick knife.  That stranger is David Sinclair.

Refuses to back off.

From The Standard, but youthfully mature and with nice angles ;)

David Sinclair tells Campion that John Balfour is dead.  He used to be John’s flatmate and is very close to Balfour’s sister Jean, actually he is in love with her, but she is only “very fond” of him.  Much to my annoyance Jean finds herself being drawn closer to Campion who, based on the cover, is blocky featured.  Why would anyone prefer that over Mr. Youthfully Mature with his angles and motorcycle?  Campion isn’t even a very nice person.  Well, it is a fiction.

Anyway, Sinclair is at least a well-intentioned guy.  Any mistakes he makes, and he makes  a big one, are only made because he wants to protect those he loves: Jean and John.  The question of whether John Balfour is dead or alive is a key one and is the reason Sinclair acts as he does.

As mentioned earlier, Sinclair loves Jean, even though it is mostly unrequited.   When he learns that Campion and Jean spent a night together he is very hurt.  At least he gets to punch Campion hard in the gut for that.  I shouldn’t condone violence, but I felt Campion deserved it if only for prying so deeply into things that may have been best left secret.


In her post, RFodchuk wondered if the mourning brooch was a literal or figurative aspect of the story.  Well, it is literal.  There are photos of John and Jean Balfour as children in Aunt Winnie’s mourning brooch.  The photo of young John is very important indeed.

Patrick Malahide on a motorbike.  Any excuse will do ;-)

Patrick Malahide on a motorbike. Any excuse will do ;-)

After reading the book, I certainly want to see the series.  David Sinclair is a sympathetic and loyal man and also very bold and just think of his lovely Scottish accent.  The scene where he rescues Campion sounds exciting too.  It reminds me of The One Game with the whole abandoned street aspect.

So, come on BBC-Scotland, release some of these earlier productions.  The Mourning Brooch, The Standard, and I fully expect John Macnab deserve to be seen.  And don’t get me started on ITV and Dear Enemy. ;-)



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Something Neat XXII: The Reporter by Peter May

The Reporter cover Peter MaySince Fearless Admin and I have been so intrigued by Colin Anderson lately, I’ve done some additional digging and discovered that “The Standard” inspired a tie-in novel called The Reporter by Peter May, writer and co-creator of “The Standard”.   If you look verrrry closely, you can see  Mr. Malahide’s picture featured on the cover.

The book itself is now out-of-print and only available at slightly steep prices, so we’re in the process of tracking down less expensive copies.  Until then, we’ll have to make do with this synopsis from a Peter May site:

The headline screamed the news of the latest in a string of North Sea disasters, this one was unusual only in that nobody had died. The Government claimed they were simply unfortunate ‘accidents'; but to Colin Anderson, investigative reporter for The Standard, the ‘accidents’ turned out to be leads to one of the biggest international sabotage stories of all time – a hell-raising exlusive [sic] that was to endanger not only his life but the life of Janis Sinclair, his attractive young research assistant who’d somehow ingratiated herself into both his work and his feelings.

Ooo, North Sea disasters!  Romance, danger, intrigue, and international sabotage!  Sounds like fun to me.   Are we entirely sure Colin isn’t James Bond?  ;-)

I’d never heard of Peter May before this, but he apparently had/has a prolific career writing mysteries, screenplays, and many other works.  In addition to “The Standard”, he wrote and co-created the BBC’s Falklands-era RAF drama “Squadron” (1982) , in which Mr. Malahide guest-starred as a character named Lewis Digby.  Like “The Standard”, this series has also become annoyingly hard to find, but I’d still very much like to see it.

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Patrick Malahide as Colin Anderson in The Standard E01

I love the red on red look.

Colin Anderson:  He’s every bit as intense as he looks.

In 1978 Patrick Malahide appeared as investigative reporter Colin Anderson in the BBC-Scotland series The Standard. I posted before about how good it sounds, which you can read here. Well, now we (RFodchuk and I) have finally watched the first episode Golden Boy. Sadly, there don’t appear to be any other episodes available and this one has a visible time stamp, but (aside from the time stamp) it looks and sounds excellent.

RF:  I was pleasantly surprised by how good the picture and colour quality was.  It looked far better than some “Minder” episodes I’ve seen!

The Standard S01E01: Golden Boy

Radio Times cover of The Standard.

Radio Times cover of The Standard.

Admin: If the first episode is anything to go by, we can safely say it is a very good series. It wastes no time in getting to the point; the acting is excellent and the story is interesting. It fully deserves a DVD release!

RF:  I totally agree.  Seeing the first episode just whetted my appetite to see the rest, especially after all those enticing episode descriptions on the Action TV page.  If they’re all as well written as the first, I’m in.

Admin: The Scottish Daily Standard is a struggling newspaper hemorrhaging money, hampered by over cautious, old fashioned editor James Kendal (Gerry Slevin) and an overzealous union head (albeit not overzealous in his reporting) Alex Forsythe (Tom Watson) who is more interested in calling mandatory chapel (union) meetings.



RF:  Our first look at The Standard shows us (1) that they still have paperboys selling them – okay, maybe that wasn’t all that uncommon at that point in time, and (2) that it’s featuring a rather staid and boring headline, which gives us most of the background we need to understand their current situation.  I’ve also never seen so many bakelite phones and manual typewriters in my life!  ;-)

Peter Dawson ruffling feathers.

Peter Dawson. Thunderbirds Are Go!

Admin: Enter Englishman “Golden Boy” Peter Dawson (Neil Stacy) who is sent from London with proposals to either close The Standard for good or to invest  £5 million for modernization. But, that will also mean changing the paper’s direction by intensifying the reporting and letting some people go.

RF:  I realize Dawson is the nominal “Golden Boy” (is there a possibility he was intended to be the series focus?), but I wonder if that title couldn’t  belong to Colin Anderson as well… foreshadowing the role he’s going to have in saving The Standard.

Admin:  Colin is the Platinum Boy.  ;-)

RF:  …which means he’ll have to invest in a silvery-white shirt and tie, unless he already has them.  ;-)

Admin: Dawson has a bit of an ally with news editor Felicity Grant (Collette O’Neil). She is a go getter and longs to give the paper bite. She was with a paper called The Newcastle Argus which Dawson was able to turn around to profit, but not without cutting a few jobs. He admires Felicity and wants her on his side.

Felicity Grant News Editor and Breck Girl.

Felicity Grant: News Editor and Breck Girl.

RF:  Felicity uses an alarming amount of hairspray, even by Rooolllahh Lenska standards!  I’m also bemused by her Seventies smock fashions.  ;-)  We’re told several times, by several characters, what an utter rarity it is that The Standard employs a female news editor (and such an attractive one!, as they take pains to point out), without the slightest hint of irony.  However, despite this one tiny smidgen of progressiveness,  The Standard appears to be well-mired in the practices of the past.  In a later scene, Felicity is in favour of “splashing” a story about an industrial fire that suggests something fishy at the company, but managing editor Kendal balks at the idea.  He really doesn’t want The Standard getting into anything sticky or being “[turned] into a campaigning paper again” because it’s not their “style” any more.

Meet Colin Anderson

Admin: As mentioned, Alex Forsythe is more interested in union matters than in reporting. He is at a press conference where industrialist Jeremy Longmuir (Jerome Willis) will be discussing plans for factory expansion. Colin Anderson, hot shot investigative reporter working for a paper called The Chronicle, is there also.

Colin spies Alex Forsythe.

Colin spies Alex Forsythe.

Admin: Clad in a bright red shirt, a necktie to match and a long blue coat, Colin stands out of the crowd. He greets Alex and is met with little enthusiasm. Colin reveals that he knows The Standard’s proprietors are ready to pull the plug being “cheesed off with disputes.” Alex plays dumb. Colin: “I thought you were the father of the chapel?” Alex reckons because of that the media company would make sure he was the last person to know. “Like me to make some inquiries for you,” asks Colin playfully. Alex calls him a “snide bastard” for his helpfulness.

Alex calls him a snide bastard.  "Only offering to help."

Alex calls him a snide bastard. “Only offering to help.”

RF:  Apparently Colin thinks you need a touch of red to go with red, sharing some sartorial sensibilities with other characters of Mr. Malahide’s.  ;-)  But hey, no one can argue that he doesn’t know how to match.  Seriously, he’s the most brightly clad person in the room (and perhaps the best dressed as well in a sea of polyester), giving us an idea of his brash nature.  And he is incredibly, delightfully brash as well as completely confident and outgoing.  He’s got his ear to the ground, knowing all the Standard dirt even before its employees do.  Like a certain other individual, he’s also good at reading people’s characters, knowing just where Alex is most vulnerable.

Admin: A young man, who Colin cheekily refers to as Andy Pandy, goes to the microphone to say that Longmuir has been delayed because of electric difficulties with his plane. We already knew that because “Golden Boy” Peter Dawson was traveling with him at the time which means he’s late for his meeting with The Standard.

RF:  The reporters – an exclusively male group, of course – are mollified by the offer of free drinks, though.  Colin’s already availing himself.  ;-) Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as John Poole in Five Days S01E04

Five Days S01E04

It is now day 33 and the entire family is in turmoil.  Sadly, things are only going to get worse.  For the previous episode recaps, please click here.

It’s a Bank Holiday

The Pooles open the episode in crowded, holiday traffic. John: “The best place to be on a bank holiday is in your own back garden.” Barbara says that they agreed they’d try and give the children the semblance of a normal, ordinary day, but John’s derisive snort indicates he probably just agreed to go with the flow.  Typical Granddad.

We agreed we're going to give those children the semblence of an ordinary day.

We agreed we’re going to give those children the semblence of an ordinary day.

RF:  John doesn’t seem very optimistic about the day being “ordinary”, but I think he knows it’s unlikely their days will ever be “ordinary” again for a long, long time.  Also, I suspect he still doesn’t like being around lots of people after the hairdressers’ incident, even though that was five days ago.

Admin: When they get to Matt’s everything goes pear-shaped. Ethan won’t let Barbara in because Matt is talking to a television reporter. Even worse, Sarah is there and rouses Barbara’s anger by trying to hug Ethan, “You get your hands off him; he’s not yours yet.” Barbara storms out with Matt behind her trying to explain.  Poor John, who was still by the car, is completely flummoxed. “What on earth is going on?” Sarah had organized a paid interview!  John: “Us paying the mortgage not good enough for you?” Ouch! Barbara tells John to take her home and he is back in that car like a rocket.

Us paying the mortgage not enough for you?

Us paying the mortgage not enough for you?

RF:  To add insult to injury, Matt (obviously knowing they’d disapprove) didn’t tell Barbara and John about the interview beforehand, even though they’d see it on television and realize what he’d done.  Barbara’s hurt and angry at what she sees as Matt’s betrayal (compounded by jealousy when Sarah hugs Ethan, which Barbara sees as a possessive gesture), even though her sobs don’t produce any tears.  John’s also angry and uncharacteristically vocal about it; his comment about the mortgage is one I doubt he’d make under normal circumstances.  He doesn’t waste any time trying to do his usual peace-making; he just ducks back into the car straight away instead.

Admin: It is obvious John didn’t want to be there in the first place. He doesn’t feel as betrayed as Barbara, but he lets fly his feelings about what he perceives as Matt’s general incompetence.

Admin: As they return home Barbara continues her rant. She says that John never liked Matt, and now she agrees with him. “Are you satisfied now,” she asks him. Is she blaming John? Then she drops a real clanger by saying she wants to call social services.  John doesn’t like Matt, but he certainly doesn’t want to tear the kids away from him. He’s so freaked out with Barbara that he nearly hits a bunch of charity runners.

Social services?!

Social services?!

RF:  Barbara always seems to have to turn her rage outward, finding anyone else to blame but herself, hence accusing John of not liking Matt even though she now agrees with him!  It’s rather topsy-turvy logic.  John gets in an “I told you so” or two, although he may not find it very satisfying since Barbara’s somehow blaming him for Matt’s misconduct as well.  However, John seems to understand the lasting repercussions of taking the kids away from their father far better than Barbara does.  She’s treating it more as revenge than anything else, while he knows it will only cause more trauma and pain to the kids, so soon after their mother’s loss.  John does look slightly upset when Barbara says, “All we do is wait.  Wait while life moves on without us,” giving the sense he feels their life is still in limbo without knowing what happened to Leanne. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide News: New Old Series Listings on IMDB

"I'm not sure when these listings appeared, sir.<br>I'd swear they weren't there a minute ago."

“I’m not sure when these listings appeared, sir.
I’d swear they weren’t there a minute ago.”

Or perhaps old new series listings…?  Admin and I have been intrigued lately by the recent addition of a couple of new (to us) older television series to Patrick Malahide’s IMDB page.  Not that we’re displeased to see them, far from it!  It’s great that someone’s finally gotten around to some long-overdue updating.  But we’d also like to be able to see these new old shows!

“John Macnab”

First, a three-episode series called “John Macnab” from 1976.   There’s an absolute dearth of information online about the series itself, but I’m guessing it’s based on the book by the same name by John Buchan, who also wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps  (often filmed and most recently remade in 2008 with Mr. Malahide as the delightfully evil Professor Fisher).  Wikipedia has a handy synopsis:

Three successful but bored friends in their mid-forties decide to turn to poaching. They are Sir Edward Leithen, lawyer, Tory Member of Parliament (MP), and ex-Attorney General; John Palliser-Yeates, banker and sportsman; and Charles, Earl of Lamancha, former adventurer and present Tory Cabinet Minister. Under the collective name of ‘John Macnab’, they set up in the Highland home of Sir Archie Roylance, a disabled war hero who wishes to be a Conservative MP.

They issue a challenge to three of Roylance’s neighbours: first the Radens, who are an old-established family, about to die out; next, the Bandicotts: an American archaeologist and his son, who are renting a grand estate for the summer; and lastly the Claybodys, vulgar, bekilted nouveaux riches. These neighbours are forewarned that ‘John Macnab’ will poach a salmon or a stag from their land and return it to them undetected. The outcome is that the men’s boredom is dispelled with the assistance of helpers (including a homeless waif, ‘Fish Benjie’ and an athletic journalist, Crossby), and Archie Roylance marries Janet Raden, daughter of the grandee.

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Random Malahide Picture 7

From the Heaven DVD.  I haven’t actually watched the film yet; I was checking to make sure the DVD functions fine. It does, so I’ll do a review soon.  One thing I’m pretty sure of is that it isn’t the sort of Paradise Lord G. would approve of.  :eek:

The Paradise :-D  From the Heaven DVD Menu

The Paradise :-D From the Heaven DVD Menu

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