Random Malahide Picture 19

Here is a lovely photo I found of Patrick Malahide being fit for his gorgeous “Indian Summers” formal suit.   I found it on a site for DeePee Tailor and Collections of Penang.  There are photos of other “Indian Summers” stars and characters, including a gorgeous one of Mr. Malahide’s character Lord Willingdon in his pith helmet.

I’m pretty sure Lord W. wouldn’t wear a red and white check shirt with the suit, but Patrick Malahide looks *very* trim and ever youthful in the combo.  He’s worse (or rather better) than Dorian Gray 😉

 

 

 

 

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Something Neat XXXV: Lost UK Shows Database

Crumbs! I better get home or I’ll miss “Dear Enemy”!

It is always exciting for fans of older television when “lost” programs are suddenly found again.  Imagine the thrill of looking in an old cupboard and finding some exceedingly rare “Doctor Who” episodes.  Well, the recent discovery of some lost programs, including the first ever  recovered episode of 1962’s “Just William” (starring Minder‘s Dennis Waterman as William) might not be quite in Doctor Who’s league, but it is still pretty cool.  You can read all about the latest discoveries at the British Comedy Guide.

Sandy and Sallie from “Dear Enemy”.  Swooooon!

Anyway, linked in the article is a very interesting database called Kaleidoscope’s Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine.  It basically tells you if a particularly show exists in archive or not.  While they give the disclaimer “Our information is good, but it’s not perfect. There will be mistakes in it, and we know it’s incomplete,” it is still a remarkable tool.  Naturally RFodchuk and I have been searching some of Patrick Malahide’s earlier IMDB credits with it, and fortunately most of them seem to exist.  Hooray!

We’ve discovered that “The Standard” (first episode reviewed here) has one missing episode, “A Fair Exchange”.  That’s a pity, but perhaps there is some hope that the rest of the episodes may someday see the light of day on DVD.

Other shows we’d love to see such as “John Macnab” (based on an excellent book by John Buchan recapped here) ITV Playhouse: “Love-Lies-Bleeding“, and most importantly “Dear Enemy” all seem to exist complete.

Why do I say “most importantly” for “Dear Enemy”?  Well, our blog post on it has gotten quite a few comments from fans eager to see Sallie McBride and Robin “Sandy” MacRae brought to life.  Little wonder.  Anyone who has read the Jean Webster novel has surely fallen in love with those two characters.  And, based on a Granada press photo I got off Ebay, Mr. Malahide and Vanessa Knox-Mawr do them both justice!

So, if there are any older programs that you are curious about and can’t find on DVD or even YouTube ;), take a look at the Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine and see if you at least have reason to hope.

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Guys With Terrible Game (Played by Patrick Malahide)

It’s hard to believe, but for a gentleman who’s played all manner of cads (both Classic and Modern) in his career, Mr. Malahide has also played a few gentlemen who… let’s face it… have terrible game.  By this, we mean that they have strategies they’ve come up with for wooing the opposite sex, and either their strategies are terrible or the way they go about using them is terrible – with oddly fascinating results.  So, here are some Guys With Terrible Game that Admin and I have found strangely compelling and/or entertaining to watch.

Mr. Quarles  |  Sir Hugo Carey-Holden  |  Sir Richard Lovell  |  Jeremy Boynton  |  Magnus  |  The Most Terrible Game of All


RF:  My choices for Guys With Terrible Game:

Mr. Quarles
(“After the War“, 1989)

Who Is His Usual Quarry?

Scoping out Mrs. Hirsch upon her arrival at the school. Note raised eyebrow Guys With Terrible Game (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Scoping out Mrs. Hirsch upon her arrival at the school.
Note raised eyebrow.

Mr. Quarles is an embittered schoolteacher, reluctantly invalided out of army service in World War II.  In this case, his quarry is the mother of a new boy at his school, Mrs. Hirsch (Haydn Gwynne).  She’s a Jewish refugee and is working as a “skivvy” at the school, which automatically seems to set some boundaries in Quarles’ mind along class lines – and therefore, how he can acceptably treat her.  She also doesn’t seem to be the slightest bit interested in him, which appears to sting a bit since he’s already comparing himself to men who have been judged fit to fight.

How Terrible is His Game?

Ill-met by moonlight: Quarles treats Mrs. Hirsch to a speculative leer

Ill-met by moonlight: Quarles treats Mrs. Hirsch
to a speculative leer

Pretty terrible.  It mostly seems to consist of a lot of creepy leering and staring, and lots of innuendo-laden remarks delivered with an overall air of infuriating superiority.  Quarles makes sure to let Mrs. Hirsch know that she’s beneath him in every way, while at the same time insulting her character for spending time with American G.I.s – which suggests he keeps a closer eye on her activities than might be expected, and also suggests his bitterness over being invalided out of active service.  It all serves to make him incredibly unappealing to her – or indeed, likely to any woman.

Does He Ever Realize How Badly He’s Blowing it?

Checking out Mrs. Hirsch as she serves lunch, while carrying on a conversation with someone else.

Checking out Mrs. Hirsch as she serves lunch, while carrying on a conversation with someone else.

Nope.  But on the other hand, he doesn’t seem to expect much from it, beyond asserting some sense of dominance and trying to make Mrs. Hirsch feel acutely self-conscious, ashamed, and uncomfortable. [Spoiler:  It doesn’t work.]  Quarles seems attracted to her, but in his mind the class divide requires him to treat her with as little respect as possible.  It would never occur to him to treat Mrs. Hirsch as he might treat a woman he perceived to be of his own class and background.
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It’s a Meme! 42 – New Year’s Edition

Admin: Happy New Year from the Appreciation.  May your 2017 be a happy and hearty one.


RFodchuk:  Happy New Year, everyone!  🙂

 

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It’s a Meme! 41 – Christmas Edition

RFodchuk:  Merry Christmas and Season’s Memeings, everyone!  🙂

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Admin: Have a very Merry Christmas! Here are my memes 🙂


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Analysis of Scene XXVIII: Robert Dangerfield Helps Isabel

Rushing through the station.

A happy and hope-filled Victorian train station is the perfect setting to celebrate Christmas on the Appreciation.   This scene from “The Blackheath Poisonings” is just the ticket.  Beautiful romantic Isabel Collard (Christine Kavanagh) has finally been acquitted of murder.  Her brother-in-law Robert Dangerfield is now helping her plot a new future in India.

[Isabel and Robert are hurrying through the train station]
Isabel: Yes, Robert, I’m quite clear.  When I disembark at Bombay I shall be met by the senior Indian servant….
Robert: ….the Head Bearer… [hands porter pushing the luggage some change]
Isabel:  …of your friend Mr. George Dollivan Coates.  The Head Bearer will escort me to Mr. Coates….
Robert: Coates Sahib or Coates Huzoor…
Isabel: …will escort me to his estate near Mysore where Coates Sahib who is in need of a wife…
Robert: Memsahib!
Isabel: ….his own having recently deceased will do me the honor of marrying me.

Coaching Isabel on what to say when she reaches Bombay.

Admin:  Rush, rush, rush!  They waste no time getting her on the train.  Dangerfield is very elegantly dressed in a long coat with fur collar, a smart topper, and an absolutely gorgeous cane with an  ivory (poor elephant) carved handle.  He now has little in common with the shabbily dressed man who appeared in the first episode.  He has grown considerably during his murder-filled tenure in the Collard-Vandervent toy firm.

RF:  Oh yes, Mr. Malahide has some great wardrobe in that scene, and he wears it wonderfully.  Those former

From episode 1, Robert’s shabbier days.

creditors of Dangerfield’s who were mashing him up against walls and dunning him for cash would hardly recognize him!  He’s also very practical in terms of helping Isabel get away.  You’d think he might have had to arrange more than one hurried departure in his life.

Admin:  He’s a former cad, and maybe not 100% former at that, so I’m sure he’s had considerable experience in the art.

Admin:  I like how Dangerfield gives her some quick lessons in colonial India’s culture.  It isn’t servant; it is “head bearer.” And you should say “sahib” or “huzoor” rather than “mister”.  He almost barks (but in a nice firm way) the phrases at her which further emphasizes how assertive and in control he has become.

RF:  It’s just too bad he only has time for a quick lesson.  But yeah, it’s a nice reminder that he’s very familiar with colonial India.  Hmmm…  didn’t he run away there himself, after he dumped Charlotte the first time?  😉 Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide’s The Long Pursuit Recap

The Long Pursuit

Best voice ever!

I’ve now listened to all five installments of Patrick Malahide’s beautiful narration of “The Long Pursuit” by Richard Holmes. They are all on iPlayer at BBC Radio 4 for a limited time.   I’ll provide brief summaries for each one, but there is far more scope in Patrick Malahide’s narrations.

Episode One

Episode 1 is about following the biographical subject’s footsteps and keeping objective facts separate from personal feelings. Holmes uses his study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as an example. A couple of anecdotes stood out for me in particular. When Coleridge was young, he carved his initials into the soft sandstone at Pixie’s Parlor, Devon. Richard Holmes, a couple of centuries later, realized they must have been re-carved many times over keeping the romanticism of Coleridge’s youth alive long after the initials would have been erased.

Ralston would not approve!

Later Holmes went to what is now a girl’s boarding school to see the view Coleridge used for inspiration. On the ledge, Holmes discovered a concealed bottle of vodka. The school matron asked if he saw anything interesting, but before he could answer an angelic looking sixth former secretly motioned for him to keep silent. He kept quiet about the contraband, only speaking of the beauty and inspiration of the view. Though he suspected the matron probably knew more than she was letting on. 😉

Episode Two

Robert Cecil: "Brave indeed, to have defied Your Majesty so obviously." It's an unusually direct statement that gets him a double stink eye.

Walsingham is no stranger to headstrong charismatic women.

Episode 2 talked about the role of women  in science. Excluded from scientific learning, a few headstrong women still managed to make considerable contributions. Among them was the outrageous and charismatic Lady Margaret Cavendish. A royalist, she was temporarily exiled in France where she took on the manners of male cavalier. She dressed the part and mimicked their  theatrical bows. Later she became fascinated with the blending of science, art and ethics. She wrote one of the first science-fiction type works with “The Blazing World.”

What I found very interesting was her belief in upholding ethics in scientific study. She condemned animal vivisection particularly when animals were cut while still alive.  Lady Cavendish’s ethical arguments still resonate today. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Dr. Colworth in The Final Curtain (2002).

Dr. J. Colworth, eminent Harley Street physician.

In 2002, Patrick Malahide appeared as Dr. Colworth in the dark comedy-drama “The Final Curtain” (not to be confused with the Inspector Alleyn Mystery with the same name). Dr. Colworth is an eminent Harley Street physician who diagnoses aging game show host and “national treasure” JJ Curtis (Peter O’Toole) with cancer.

JJ is in the early stages of trying to break into the American television market and has also engaged the brilliant up-and-coming young writer Jonathan Stitch (Adrian Lester) to pen his memoirs. Matters are complicated by young and edgy rival game show host, Dave Turner (Aidan Gillen), who is starting to beat JJ in the ratings and is also making a play for the States. Obviously, Dr. Colworth’s diagnosis could not possibly come at a worse time.

Delivering Bad News

But he manages to spit it out “Jay….Jay.”

Dr. Colworth first appears while giving JJ the bad news. JJ starts out incredibly upbeat, even though it is painfully obvious from the start what is coming up. JJ charismatically implores Dr. Colworth to “call me JJ.” Dr. Colworth practically rallies himself to force out a very reluctant “Jay…..Jay.” He then tries to get to the point, describing how he’d hoped JJ’s loss of weight and chronic pain would have had some benign cause.

JJ then goes on about some family who didn’t make his show. Colworth is taken aback at such silliness.

JJ, no stranger to delivering bad news,  tells Dr. Colworth how he recently had to tell a family eager to appear on his game show that they just didn’t have star quality. JJ shakes his head in a mock shudder….”imagine” he whispers darkly.  Dr. Colworth is incredulous at such banality.  Obviously he has somewhat worse news to deliver. “I think this is a more serious matter. I’m very sorry to have to tell you, but it’s cancer.”

We don’t see what follows immediately, but we soon learn JJ is not a co-operative patient. Despite the fact that the cancer is brutally painful, and Peter O’Toole truly conveys jarring pain, JJ proves a very difficult patient. Dr. Colworth can’t even get hold of him to discuss treatment options. Continue for spoilers and gallery

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Patrick Malahide Narrating Book of the Week for BBC Radio 4

Patrick Malahide as Sir John Conroy: Victoria & Albert

Queen Victoria and Sir John Conroy:  Fuel for biographers.

Starting December 12, Patrick Malahide will be narrating “The Long Pursuit” by biographer Richard Holmes, abridged for Radio 4 by Jill Waters. There will be five episodes, running Monday 12th – Friday 16th.   From the BBC Radio 4 information page

A meditation on the art of biography from a master of the genre. Ranging widely over art, science and poetry, Richard Holmes confesses to a lifetime’s obsession with his Romantic subjects – a pursuit and pilgrimage that takes him across three centuries, through much of Europe and into the lively company of many earlier biographers.

The diversity of Holmes’s material is testimony to his empathy, his erudition and his enquiring spirit – and also sometimes to his mischief. He offers a unique insider’s account of a biographer at work, travelling, teaching, researching, fantasising, remembering.

This sounds like a different sort of project for Mr. Malahide.  You get a lot of biographies, but this is about the art of researching and writing a biography.  I’m especially looking forward to hearing some of the “mischief” mentioned above.

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Patrick Malahide as George Wilkins in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” – The Grabs Edition

A few weeks ago, Fearless Admin was lucky enough to see Mr. Malahide as Foreign Secretary George Wilkins in “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (2016) in the theatre, and write a brief review.  I’ve since seen it for myself and thought I’d contribute a few grabs – since George Wilkins’ socks, for example, simply must be seen to believed.  But Admin is right, he’s much cuter than Boris Johnson.  😉

George Wilkins and his incredibly festive socks Patrick Malahide as George Wilkins in "Bridget Jones's Baby"

George Wilkins and his incredibly festive socks

Mr. Malahide is only on screen for a couple of minutes, but he makes the most of what he’s got.  Admin was completely right about George Wilkins’ socks; they are incredibly loud.  And as she also noted, very festive!  I guess you could say that the blue in his socks kind of matches his tie, sorta.  I also like that he’s wearing the socks completely without comment, and no one else comments on them, either.  They’re just undeniably there,  while the rest of his suit is nicely tailored and conservative.  I think we can guess that whatever kind of Foreign Secretary Mr. Wilkins is, he’s not boring.

Being asked an unexpected question

Being asked an unexpected question

Hijinks ensue when Bridget Jones’ (Renée Zellweger) friend, newscaster Miranda (Sarah Solemani) begins interviewing Wilkins about an ultra-serious topic, the recent death of a brutal African dictator, for some type of tv news magazine show.  However, Miranda is actually channeling questions from Bridget’s half of a phone conversation about the death of a ne’er-do-well ex-boyfriend of Bridget’s, which Miranda is overhearing in her earpiece.  The questions are (of course) highly inappropriate when applied to an African dictator, resulting in some startled double-takes and extremely quizzical looks from Mr. Wilkins.  But I have to give him credit for remaining unflappable and attempting to answer Miranda’s absurd questions as if they were normal.  When Miranda says “we’ll all miss him”, seeming to refer to the dictator, Mr. Wilkins diplomatically replies that while N’gotche was “a colourful character on the world stage”, the fact he was responsible for the murder of ten thousand of his own people, mostly women and children, “probably did rather put him on the wrong side of history.”  He’s a master of understatement.

Ever unflappable: "Let's hope so."

Ever unflappable: “Let’s hope so.”

By the time Bridget starts paying attention to the show again and directs a genuine question Miranda’s way (“Well now, that is an interesting question… finally,” Wilkins drily comments) time has run out and there’s only enough room for the briefest of soundbites – even though Wilkins looks like he’s warming up to the topic at last.  Asked whether he thinks the “spirit of democracy can carry over into West Africa” now that the dictator is dead, but forced to condense his answer into two seconds, Wilkins replies, “Let’s hope so.”  Short but sweet!

And that’s the last we see of him!  As mentioned, a very brief role for Mr. Malahide, but still a fun one.  We didn’t get much time to get to know George Wilkins, but we do admire his taste in men’s hosiery.  😉  As for the parentage of Bridget’s baby, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

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