Questions We’d Like to Ask Mr. Malahide

So Fearless Admin and I have been pondering…  if we ever got the chance, by some amazing stroke of luck, and once we recovered from swooning, what are some questions we’d like to ask Mr. Malahide?  Nothing weird, we promise!

RFodchuk:  Okay, I’ll start.

I’d like to know… what induces him to accept a role.  Is it a quality of the story, or the character, or both?  The chance to work with a certain director and/or co-stars?  Or is it just evaluating whatever comes down the pike and deciding if it interests him enough to take it on?  By those lights (and maybe this counts as two questions) what induces him to turn down a role?  Has he ever turned down a role he’s later wished he accepted, or vice versa?

He's still one of our favourites.  :-)   Patrick Malahide as Alfred Jingle - Questions We'd Like to Ask Mr. Malahide

He’s still one of our favourites. :-)

Is Alfred Jingle still his favourite role?  ;-)

What sort of inspirations or models does he draw on for deciding how he approaches characters?  Okay, that’s pretty open-ended…  I imagine the answer could vary from historical to literary to current real-life figures and everything in between.  A better question might be… when he looks at a character he’s going to play, how does he decide what inspirations or models would suit that character best, and what facets to incorporate?

Clothes make the man - or the man makes the clothes.

Clothes make the man – or the man makes the clothes.

Does he prefer period and/or costume drama to contemporary or the other way around, and why?  Or are all jobs simply jobs, with the costuming only a tool?  Does the costume (if the character has a specific way of dressing) help him get a better handle on the character and inhabit the role?  Or does it not matter at all, whatever the character might be wearing?

Admin: And my would-be questions

A meeting of minds, maybe

Become an actor and enjoy gorgeous filming locations.

He has worked in a lot of amazingly beautiful locations as evidenced in projects like December Bride and the upcoming Indian Summers, so what are the places that really stood out for him and was he able to get a chance to enjoy his surroundings or is it all work, work, work, waiting for shoots and focusing on the character at hand?

What actors or actresses inspire him?  Who does he enjoy watching and analyzing?


Balon has feelings too, you know.

He often plays villains, but most of his villains have a very sympathetic side.  Uncle Ebenezer, Balon Greyjoy (not really a villain, imo, but he’s often considered one), and Jack Turner could have all been played as straight-up bad or one-dimensional goons but instead they have massive amounts of emotional depth often conveyed simply by facial expressions.  Does all that come through because he’s decided they are to have real human emotions as opposed to a directorial decision? Or perhaps it is a bit of both.

If the money falls into the wrong hands, it would be put to the most terrible, horrible purposes.

He makes Gomez Addams look like Mr. Bean.

Is he going to narrate any more vintage horror stories?  I love those things. :-)  Also, would he like to appear in a gothic horror film or television program in any capacity (hero or villain)?  That genre  isn’t  everyone’s cup of poisoned tea and might not be his, but I think he would rock it to perfection.

RF:  I think it’s very likely that we may come up with more questions, so this might be part one of a series.

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Analysis of a Scene XVI: DS Chisholm’s Interpol Assignment

As has been mentioned before, Chisholm sometimes has his moments of boyish enthusiasm, and his scene with Superintendent Mason (Garfield Morgan) in Minder on the Orient Express is a perfect example.  The way he is sincerely proud to serve his country is very fetching, but the scene is intermingled with a bit of sadness, as you’ll see.

What exactly will my duties be, sir?

Chisholm: Interpol?
Superintendent Mason: Yes, Sergeant. I’ve been through the duty roster…over and over. What with the flu epidemic and the overtime situation I have no choice but to send you.
Chisholm: [looks briefly disappointed, but then brightens up] What exactly will my duties be, sir?

Admin: Poor Chisholm.  Patrick Malahide’s expressions throughout this scene are 100% on point.  You see the brief look of confused disappointment as he realizes he wasn’t the Super’s ideal choice at all, but then he bucks up like a Boy Scout and gets straight to work.  You can practically see him setting the slight aside so he can move forward and begin his exciting new mission.

Mason: "I have no choice but to send you."

Mason: “I have no choice but to send you.”

RF:  Aaawww!  Chisholm looks so hopeful when he says “Interpol?”, like he’s finally getting the chance to do some real policing for once.  Then his hopes are dashed when he realizes he hasn’t been selected due to his own merits, but because he’s the only one with a valid passport who’s still available.  He’s the best of what’s left.  ;-)  But you’re right, he decides to be professional about it when he asks what his duties will be.

Mason: You will rendezvous in Boulogne with Francois LaBlanc from Interpol, and then the two of you will observe the movements of this man. [hands Chisholm a folder] Remember the Securimat bullion robbery?
Chisholm: [smiling slightly] Oh, yes indeed, sir.

Swaggers as he takes the folder.

Admin:  There is a nice bit of intensity and even a slight shoulder swagger as he takes the folder.  You can tell he is taking this very, very seriously indeed. He seems rather proud of himself that he remembers the bullion robbery.

RF:  Indeed, there’s a shoulder swagger, and we can almost see him planting his feet a little farther apart and more firmly.  He’s ready to sink his teeth into this.  I don’t doubt that Chisholm remembers the bullion robbery because, despite his other failings as a copper (mostly due to the writers’ whims), if there’s one thing he does know, it’s all the villains who’ve ever been through his territory.  To his credit, he later proves on the train that he studied everything about the robbery very thoroughly, knowing something about all the crims involved. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Prisoner Number Five

Patrick Malahide’s wonderful performance as the title character in Albert Speer’s Walk Around the World will be airing again on BBC Radio 4 Extra, January 20 11:15am UK time.  The broadcast will be available worldwide on their website for 7 days shortly after the broadcast.

It is a really good radio drama and has been reviewed here.  The 2013 broadcast became briefly infamous (well, The Daily Mail picked up on it) after the BBC  presenter accidentally said that Albert Speer had spent 20 years in Spandau Ballet  :-)

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Something Neat XXV: “Children of the North” Publicity Still

In 1991, Patrick Malahide starred in “Children of the North“, one of those series about which maddeningly little information is available.  However, I did manage to stumble across a publicity still:

Patrick Malahide as Col. Mailer (left), Michael Gough as Mr. Apple in "Children of the North"

Patrick Malahide as Col. Mailer (left) and Michael Gough as Arthur Apple in “Children of the North”

A little more digging revealed that Mr. Malahide’s character, Colonel Mailer, is an MI5 agent whose chauffeur is killed during an IRA assassination attempt on Mailer himself.  According to a Sydney Morning Herald review, Mailer is “nearing retirement from a shattering life in military intelligence”, while Arthur Apple (Michael Gough) “runs a bookie’s shop and launders money for the IRA”.

I also discovered that the four-episode miniseries was based on a book by the same name by M.S. Power, consisting of three volumes:  The Killing of Yesterday’s Children, Lonely the Man Without Heroes, and A Darkness in the Eye.  The story deals with characters caught up in the conflict in Northern Ireland among the IRA, RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), and the British Army – and, it seems, MI5 as well – during “The Troubles“.  People who’ve seen the series describe it as a complex political drama with many interconnected plots;  some go on to speculate that its hard-hitting, violent storylines might be why the BBC has never re-broadcast it, nor made it available on DVD.

I don’t know why the BBC never re-released the series, but just based on that photo, I wish they would.  It looks as if a very intense conversation is taking place between Mailer and Apple; I’d like to find out what that conversation is about and how the two are involved with each other.  I’m especially interested in Mr. Malahide’s performance, since it looks like it was a somewhat different role for him.  What sort of man is Col. Mailer?  Why did the IRA try to kill him (besides the obvious)? How does he affect the story as a whole?  And did he manage to emerge from the conflict alive?  I would love to see this series remastered on DVD so we could find out.

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Media Anticipation for Indian Summers

Patrick Malahide as Lord Glendenning in The Paradise

“I don’t know who this Viceroy chappie is, but he looks devilishly handsome.”

It looks like 2015 will be a great year for television viewers, and Channel 4’s  Indian Summers (it will also air on PBS’ Masterpiece in the US) is one of the reasons why.

Christopher Stevens for  The Daily Mail: Is 2015 the Best Year for Telly Ever

She (Julie Walters) plays Cynthia , a grand British society lady in Simla, northern India, during the last days of the Raj. Set in 1932 against Himalayan scenery, Indian Summers is a ten-part saga in the tradition of The Jewel In The Crown. Patrick Malahide, Lord Glendenning in the BBC1 costume drama The Paradise, co-stars as the Viceroy.

The story traces the collapse of British rule and the emergence of Indian independence, seen from both sides, and opens with an assassination attempt — a dramatic beginning to a torrid tale.

and Kathy Griffiths for the South Wales Evening Post New on TV in 2015 – 10 of the best

Ten lavish episodes see this story of the final days of the Indian Raj unfold under the watchful eye of Julie Walters who heads the cast as Cynthia, the doyenne of the Royal Club. Set against a magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas and the tea plantations of Northern India in 1932 Simla, prides itself as ‘little England’ but it seems that the British hold on power is getting weaker as unrest grows among those seeking independence. Also starring Patrick Malahide.

 I can’t wait to see the Viceroy in action! :-)


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It’s a Meme! 29 — New Year’s Edition

Another year is upon us.  Let it be a happy one with some exciting new Patrick Malahide projects to appreciate :-)

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  Happy New Year, everyone!  :-)

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Are We Sure They’re Played by the Same Guy? III

Patrick Malahide’s ability to completely transform himself through his acting is always amazing, so RFodchuk and I feel it is time for another installment of Are We Sure They’re Played by the Same Guy?

DS Chisholm / DCI AlleynSir Myles / Uncle Ebenezer

DS Chisholm and DCI Alleyn


Well….they are both London coppers at least.

Admin:  My picks this time are DS Albert “Cheerful Charlie” Chisholm of Minder fame and DCI Roderick “Rory” Alleyn of Inspector Alleyn Mysteries.  Could two policemen be more different, and yet played by the same guy?

Brief Background

Well, we’ve rather covered their backgrounds in loads of posts, but here we go again:  Chisholm is London’s much put upon Detective Sergeant who has made it his life’s mission to put Arthur Daley behind bars.  We can probably assume he was born sometime in the 1940’s and, based on his very fetching Cockney accent, has most likely lived in London his whole life.

Inspector Alleyn is the brother of a baronet, but has risen to the high ranks of Scotland Yard on his own merit.  No Cockney accent for Alleyn.  He has the smooth, cultured (but not affected) tones reflective of his station.   As far as the television series goes, he was probably born sometime in the early 1900’s.  He is worldly and has served his country in the army and the British Foreign Service as well as the police force.

Personal Style

He looks like such a detective.

He looks like such a detective.

Chisholm takes a very conventional and somewhat old fashioned approach to his personal style.   He seems to wear the same outfits over and over again, and often has his trusty brown trilby on.  He seems more interested in the practicality of his wardrobe rather than in making any sort of fashion statement.  Still, he looks very attractive even though that is never acknowledged in the series.   His limited wardrobe has been known to let him down.  He doesn’t seem to have a warm coat which causes him a lot of discomfort on bitterly cold days.  And, he doesn’t have evening wear….or if he does he didn’t think to pack it before going on board the Orient Express…a mistake that did not escape the notice of a French Interpol agent.

Campbell: "And Miss Pride's accident, no accident, you think." Alleyn: "Sir, I tried the trolley. Someone must have aimed it at her."

Dirt wouldn’t dare sully that coat.

Inspector Alleyn clearly takes great pride in his appearance, though not to the point of being flashy or vain.  He wears tailored suits that are all beautifully structured and nipped in at the waist.  Whereas Chisholm tends to wear a plain, thin mac, Alleyn can be seen in a beautiful cream coat which RFodchuk has astutely noticed seems to repel any speck of dirt that might dare look its way.  And he always has the perfect outfit for every situation, so he’d never find himself in the same position Chisholm did on the Orient Express.


He really does look an annoyed cat.

Chisholm: A man obsessed.

Well, technically Chisholm’s demeanor can change depending on how he is being written, but for the most part he is usually only missing a little black raincloud.   On the plus side, he is tremendously witty and has a deliciously sarcastic streak running through him.   The Cockney accent really comes in useful when delivering his bon mots.  He is also a man obsessed which, again, is something that has been discussed several times on this blog.  Chisholm’s spirit animal could well be the stoat:  he is inquisitive, alert, tenacious and always after his quarry.  Also, like the stoat, he is super cute and  slinky, but that doesn’t really fall under demeanor.  ;-) Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide in Murphy’s Stroke

Why does he have to be in such a rush?

Why does he have to be in such a rush?

In 1980, Patrick Malahide appeared in the 1980 Thames made for television film Murphy’s Stroke as the title character’s lawyer Mr. Parker.  For some reason, the role is not (currently) listed on Mr. Malahide’s IMDB, though his name appears in the beginning film credits so it was certainly a credited role.

Actually, his name appears this way:  Patrick Malahide as Parker and v/o. Which must mean he did some voice over work for the production, but I didn’t recognize his voice anywhere else in the film, so I have no idea where it might appear.  There were some scenes where it seemed like voices were being dubbed in at the main race, but I couldn’t identify his.

Patrick Malahide as Parker & v/o

Patrick Malahide as Parker & v/o

The film isn’t currently in print, but  I got my copy off of Ebay.  It was originally a free DVD in the Daily Mail.   It sometimes pops up on Ebay at a reasonable price if you look often enough.   Just be sure you can play Region 2 (UK) dvds before buying.

Anyway, the film is based on the real life 1974  Gay Future racing fraud.  I won’t bother with a recap, since you can read about it in the Wiki link which isn’t long, but it is a very good movie.   It stars Niall Toibin as Tony Murphy, the ring leader and a very young Pierce Brosnan as Edward O’Grady, the trainer who secretly trained Gay Future.  It has a lot of subtle humour and it is very, very Irish in feel with reels playing throughout.  It certainly has a low-budget, slightly dated feel to it, but in a nice way.  It is a cozy, fun, gentle film, and I like it.

Patrick Malahide appears towards the end of the film as Murphy’s lawyer Mr. Parker.  He looks so dashing and composed, especially when compared to the more rumpled Murphy.  Unfortunately, he is in something of a hurry, being on his way to Hammersmith Court.  What a pity. Come back, Mr. Parker!

"I'll give you a call tomorrow."

“I’ll give you a call tomorrow.”

Basically, he just tells Murphy that the bookies have a right to withhold payment until there has been an inquiry.  I kind of get the feeling he knows darn well there has been a massive stroke played because he gives Murphy some very fetching, but somewhat knowing smiles.  He’s a cute one, that Mr. Parker. :-)

Then with a polite, “I’ll give you a call tomorrow, must dash,” he practically runs away.   And that’s it.  Not much screen time, but he looks absolutely gorgeous and it really is a nice film, so I’m happy.   I’d be happier still if I knew where his voice over work is though. ;-)

Video clip and gallery below



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It’s a Meme! 28 – Christmas Edition

RFodchuk:  Season’s memeings from both of us at the Appreciation!  :-)

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



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‘Twas the Night Before… Something

It’s that time of year again, when Fearless Admin and I get into the eggnog and let our imaginations run rampant!   Hot on the heels of last year’s “Twelve Days of Chisholm“, and with our deepest apologies to Clement Clarke Moore (and some indifference to rhyming), we bring you our versions of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, featuring… certain familiar individuals.

RFodchuk:  I thought Jack Turner might have a particularly interesting night before Christmas.

No creature would <i>dare</i> stir in his house.  Patrick Malahide as Jack Turner in "'Twas the Night Before..."

No creature would dare stir in his house.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through Jack Turner’s house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Hasan tied up in the basement.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Bingham soon would be there.

All snug in his bed... probably wearing footie pyjamas, too.

All snug in his bed… probably wearing footie pyjamas, too.


Stevie and Eddie nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugary cereal and ice cream danced in their heads.
And Sam in her knit cap and Jack in his trilby,
Had just settled in after a long-distance chase across London by BMX and Range Rover.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
Jack sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and pulled out a cosh.

Reindeer?  In Regent's Park?

Reindeer? In Regent’s Park?

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave lustre of mid-day to bloodstains below.
When what to Jack’s wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
Jack thought it might be Dave Ryder, but it was really St. Nick.
More rapid than the Old Bill his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted, and called them by name!

"Keep my eyes peeled for a jolly old elf with a belly like a bowlful of jelly.  Yes, of course, sir."

“Keep my eyes peeled for a jolly old elf with a belly like
a bowlful of jelly. Yes, of course, sir.”

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
We’ve got to get in there quick before we’re spotted by Bingham.
O’er all the defences and to the top of the wall,
Before the mobster inside splats us all over his hall.”
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