Analysis of a Scene XV: Patrick Malahide as Colin in “Comfort and Joy”

Contentment wrapped up in a sweater  Patrick Malahide as Colin in "Comfort and Joy"

Contentment wrapped up in a sweater

Christmas is fast approaching, so Admin and I thought it would be fun to examine a scene from one of Mr. Malahide’s more Christmassy movies (for certain definitions of “Christmassy”), 1984’s “Comfort and Joy“.  In this scene, radio host Alan “Dickie” Bird (Bill Paterson, who also starred with Mr. Malahide in “The Singing Detective” and “The Killing Fields“), despondent over being dumped by his long-time significant other Maddy (Eleanor David, who also appeared with Mr. Malahide in the “Dead Water” episode of the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries“), has inadvertently become involved in a Glaswegian ice cream gang turf war, so he visits his friend Colin (who also happens to be a doctor) to get his perspective on ice cream – and other things.

[Alan is staring at an X-Files-style diagram trying to figure out the connection between ice cream (“Raspberry?”), the mystery girl he’s infatuated with, and the man in the mask who attacked her ice cream truck while he was there.  He seems to realize he’s in over his head.]

It's an ice cream conspiracy!

It’s an ice cream conspiracy!

RF:  I’m really not sure how he thinks that chart will help him, since it looks pretty nonsensical.  Maybe it needs an entry for UFOs or something.

Admin:  And the word “ice” in the diagram has an arrow pointing to nothing, unless you count the thumb tack.  Alan covers that arrow up with his hand though, so even he realizes it is superfluous.

Alan [on phone]:  Hello Colin, this is Alan.  This is an SOS.  Can I come over?
[Alan listens to one of his own radio ads for some kind of chewy mint bar on the way over.]

RF:  The movie does a great job of capturing the absolute inanity of early Eighties radio with the jingles and ads.  Of course, none of Alan’s ads can even come close to approaching the insufferability of Mr. Bunny’s insidious “Hullo, folks!” jingle.  Ugh, that thing still makes me shudder!

Admin:  Mr. Bunny’s catchphrase is irritating beyond belief, and the bunny they perch on the motor is weird too.  I’d be a Mr. McCool patron for those reasons on their own, never mind the ice cream.

[At Colin’s house]
Alan:  How was the operation yesterday?
Colin [poking the fire and not really paying attention]:  Eh?
Alan:  The operation.
Colin:  Oh yeah, it was fine… um… The bugger had eaten a sandwich the night before and not told us.  Very nearly sewed his new kidney onto a piece of tomato.
[They laugh]

Asking Colin how the operation went

Asking Colin how the operation went

RF:  Colin already looks like the epitome of relaxation, kicking back with his whiskey glass.  He also seems remarkably calm and in a good mood for nearly having an operation go wrong on him, but the scene does illustrate his laid-back sense of humour and unflappableness.

Admin:  I don’t think they could make the scene look more cozy if they tried.  It is maximum coziness.  And Colin very much looks 100% accustomed to it.
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Something Neat XXIV: Patrick Malahide’s Favorite Books


What a bookworm might look like.

Looking in Google Books, I found this neat entry:  Celebrities’ Favourite Books: In Aid of the Alzheimer’s Society by Jeff Thorburn. The book features letters from well-known personalities about their favourite books, and Patrick Malahide shares his.  The book is available on Amazon UK Amazon Canada and Amazon US.

So what is Mr. Malahide’s favorite?  Well, here’s the screen grab from Google Books:



Working on H-1, the first marine clock.

I bet Aubrey and Maturin were grateful for John Harrison. ;-)

So now you know he loves the Aubrey/Maturin naval novels by Patrick O’Brian.  I like the “detail, detail, detail,” bit especially as from that you can see  Patrick Malahide must have a deep appreciation of naval history.


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Classic Cads (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Since Fearless Admin and I had such a good time discussing Mr. Malahide’s Modern-Day Cads, we thought it would be interesting (and only fair) to give equal time to those untrustworthy, slightly less than savoury, yet devilishly charming individuals he’s played from different periods of history:  the Classic Cads.  I don’t want to say it’s a trend or anything, but there are enough of them for two blog posts.  So here, without further ado, is Part Two of our two-part examination of… Cads.

Alfred Jingle  |  Robert Dangerfield  |  Sir John Conroy  |  Mark Binney  |  One Cad to Rule Them All

Alfred Jingle
(The Pickwick Papers, 1985)

Type of Cad:

<i>Caddus opportunis</i>, doing a bit of posing   Classic Cads Played by Patrick Malahide

Caddus opportunis, doing a bit of posing

RF:  Strolling *AHC*-tor, confidence man, charlatan, incredibly effective charmer of ladies.  Extremely good at reading the personalities of his quarry, understanding their weaknesses, and exploiting them.

Admin: A lighthearted, spontaneous and frothy cad who just happens to be more dangerous than he looks. He might look like butter can’t melt, but he’s always living on the edge.

Why Is He a Cad?

RF:  You can’t expect him to live on what he makes as a strolling actor, can you?  Also, he’s found something he’s really good at – namely, charming a gradually upgraded selection of ladies into helping him live the lifestyle he’s surely entitled to.

Admin: Plus, he just can’t help it. It is obvious he is naturally inquisitive as well as highly observant, not to mention devilishly attractive,  so he may as well use it all to his advantage.

What Has He Got in His Pockets?

He simply couldn't express himself properly without the enormously large hanky.

He simply couldn’t express himself properly without
the enormously large hanky.

RF:  A selection of tear-stained love letters passed to him after his performances, numerous calling cards of various ladies inviting him to lunch, tea, dinner, or breakfast, and perhaps, for the more risqué, certain… usually unseen ladies’ undergarments, stealthily tossed on stage.  Also, an enormously large hanky.

Admin: And sometimes a carefully wrapped courting shirt. He probably keeps the odd filched cigar too.

RF:  Yes, he doesn’t deploy the shirt (which is just a wee bit the worse for wear) until he’s really going into battle.  ;-)

Favourite Cad Techniques and Targets:

Targets of opportunity

Targets of opportunity

RF:  Mr. Jingle is pretty equal opportunity.  It doesn’t matter who you are, within a few minutes of chatting with you, he’ll figure out your main interests and how best to approach you.  That said, he does seem to prefer the ladies to other targets, gradually working his way up from somewhat desperate widows or spinsters of limited means to rich young ladies with inheritances in the offing.  But it doesn’t really matter who they are, all are equally susceptible to his charms.

Admin: Anyone can be a target at any time. He’ll play one unwitting target against the other, with neither knowing what has happened until it is too late and the damage has been done.

RF:  …And someone’s £10 poorer with no girlfriend.
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Patrick Malahide as Inspector Alleyn in “Dead Water”, S02E03

Solving crimes in a fedora, just as he should.   Patrick Malahide as Inspector Alleyn in "Dead Water"

Solving crimes in a fedora, just as he should.

In 1994, Patrick Malahide starred as Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn in “Dead Water“, the third and penultimate episode of the second (and sadly, final) “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries” series.  Based on Ngaio Marsh’s 1964 novel by the same name, the episode finds Alleyn called away from a long-anticipated vacation to solve a Scottish murder mystery, surrounded by miracle cures, Highland steers, Scottish pixies, Celtic cultists, and his old French teacher, with Troy (Belinda Lang) along for the ride.  No cigarette cases or paintings this time, I swear!  Okay, there’s one watercolour, and it’s part of a relevant plot point.  But other than that, it’s just adventure, mystery, and a nice dollop of romance, with a distinct change in store for our detective.

A Miracle Cure

However, we have a bit of a prologue before getting to the really good stuff.  It’s 1947 in Portacarrick, Argyll, and Walter McNabb (Ewen Bremner), a mentally challenged youth, is fleeing a bunch of children calling him names and flinging things at him.  They don’t like him because he’s different, chiefly because his hands are badly afflicted with warts.  He gets in a boat and rows across to a nearby island where there’s a natural spring and waterfall.  In his distress, Walter hears a woman’s voice calling him by name and sees a vision of a beautiful lady in green at the top of the falls.  She asks what’s wrong and still sobbing, he replies that his hands are all warty and “manky”.  The Green Lady tells him washing his hands in the water will make them “clean”, “if [he] believe[s]”.  Then, she vanishes.

The Indomitable Miss Emily Pride

Miss Emily Pride, Alleyn's old French tutor. Don't mess with her!

Miss Emily Pride, Alleyn’s old French tutor. Don’t mess with her!

Before we can find out if the miracle worked, it’s now three years later in Miss Emily Pride’s (Margaret Tyzack) London home.  She has a table full of interesting memorabilia, including a framed medal and a picture of a woman (likely herself?) in a World War I-style nursing uniform.  She comes across as very no-nonsense and direct; when we first see her she’s in the midst of dictating a stern letter to her solicitors about the “unwarranted commercial exploitation” taking place at Portacarrick.  Miss Emily and the spring are evidently connected somehow; she has a collection of newspaper clippings about the “Scottish Lourdes” and “miraculous waterfall” (aha, so the cure did work), so we can guess where her disgust over “commercial exploitation” comes from.  She’s interrupted by a delivery which her secretary, Miss Godwin (Lynsey Beauchamp),  goes to receive.  The package is postmarked from Portacarrick, coincidentally enough – and Miss Godwin opens it, only to find something so terrible she recoils in horrified shock (we never do get to see what it is).  However, Miss Emily merely purses her lips in determination, boding nothing good for the sender once she tracks him (or her) down.

On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Back home and admiring the scenery

Back home and admiring the scenery

Our next stop is Waterloo Station, where Alleyn, wearing his usual homburg and an improbably clean cream-coloured overcoat, has just returned from what looks to be a protracted trip overseas.  He’s under military escort, sporting a flattering tan, and smiling appreciatively at the scenery as if he hasn’t seen it for ages.   But he doesn’t get too much time to enjoy it, because he’s immediately hustled into a military vehicle and taken to Whitehall.  Evidently he’s spent the past few months seconded from his usual job with Scotland Yard in order to do something super-sneaky for the Ministry of Defence in Egypt (we catch a brief glimpse of a map),  hearkening back to his work with the British Foreign Service after World War I (or II, depending on how the series re-arranged the timelines).
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Random Malahide Picture 9: Balon Greyjoy of House Greyjoy

Greyjoy Family Tree: Source HBO

There appear to have been some changes made to the House Greyjoy page on HBO’s official site.  We’re certain HBO used to list Balon’s brothers Euron, Aeron, and Victarion, but now they are missing from the tree.  It still seems a given that Balon is alive and kicking (or at least sulking by his fire) despite the leeches’ best efforts.  Hopefully, this bodes well for future Balon appearances in the series.

I love their Balon photo.  It is so artistic, and just look at the wistful but intense expression.  If  only we could see him and Yara inflict some vengeful damage on Stannis, a certain Red Lady, and the Bolton Boys.  Oh,  how beautiful that would be! ;-)

Balon Greyjoy: Wistful, batty, and intense.

Balon Greyjoy: Wistful,yet intense. Source: HBO


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Analysis of a Scene XIV: Minder – Around the Corner

Patrick Malahide: Sgt. Chisholm in Minder

Top moment from Around the Corner.  Poor Jones.

Around the Corner (reviewed here) is probably best known for its infamous car crash between DS Chisholm and DS Rycott (Peter Childs).  It is an excellent episode because of all the great Chisholm vs Rycott scenes.  It is the crooked “grass” known as Tasty Tim who is the main source of their woes in this episode.  He has been feeding both coppers (bad) information, and since neither one is inclined to share the information wacky hijinks are bound to follow.  In this scene, they (along with Constables Jones and Melish) confront Tasty on his double (triple?) dealings.

RF:  Oh, and Rycott was totally at fault for the accident.  ;-)

“Oh no, he’s not. He’s mine!”

Rycott: (on the street with DC Melish; they are taking Tasty into custody) Charlie! What are you doing here?
Chisholm: What are you doing with this man, Rycott?
Rycott: Well, I don’t suppose it matters very much now, Charlie, but this is my grass: Tasty Tim.
Chisholm: Oh, no he’s not. He’s mine!
Tasty: I can explain everything.

Admin: Chisholm and Rycott have both been raked over the coals because of Tasty, so they are in incredibly bad moods.  Chisholm is very nearly scary as he approaches Rycott  looking him in the eye with a precise laser like stare.  His voice has a challenging menace when he says “he’s mine,” complete with an intense jaw flex.  Tasty is decidedly worried, and I don’t blame him.

RF:  Chisholm leans forward just a bit as he fixes Rycott with his gaze; he comes across as being in a much worse mood than Rycott even though they’ve had essentially the same treatment by their boss.  He’s decidedly more scary-looking than Rycott, who just seems to be very annoyed.  Melish and Jones wisely stay out of it for the moment.

It still doesn’t explain how you gave…this officer here the same information as you gave me without telling either of us.

Tasty: It’s the truth, Mr. Chisholm….Mr. Rycott. May I never see my poor, sick mother again, alone in her wheelchair…at the old folks’ home. Look it wasn’t my fault. The geezer with the videos didn’t show. I mean how was I supposed to know that would happen?
Chisholm: It still doesn’t explain how you gave…this officer here the same information as you gave me without telling either of us.

Admin:  Hmmmm….I think Tasty is mostly afraid of Mr. Chisholm. ;-)  He says “Mr. Rycott” as something of an afterthought and clearly finds it easier to make eye contact with Rycott than with Chisholm, especially when he’s talking a lot of flannel about his poor, sick mother.  And you can see why he is reluctant to look into Chisholm’s eyes.  He is not looking very cheerful at all.  Chisholm’s voice is seething with barely restrained anger, and I love his rude pause before “this officer here.”  I think Chisholm had a few other words in mind to describe Rycott that should never be heard by the ears of young, impressionable constables.

RF:  Chisholm leans in niiiiiice and close to Tasty as he’s protesting his innocence, violating Tasty’s personal space and using his height advantage to do a bit of looming.  It seems to be working as Tasty seems much more intimidated by Chisholm than Rycott.  Yeah, I don’t think he has a poor, sick mother at all, or if he does, she’s living in a nice flat somewhere paid for by ill-gotten VCRs.  I also liked “this officer here”.  :-D  Chisholm obviously did some quick calculating there for the least rude thing he could say in mixed company. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Ned in The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim

The Secret Pilgrim

In 2010, Patrick Malahide portrayed the central character Ned in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Secret Pilgrim. The entire production is absolutely magnificent with Mr. Malahide’s moodily introspective and rueful portrayal of Ned adding intense depth and warmth. That voice of his has never sounded better; it is mesmerizing.

It is currently available on iTunes USA for $9.95 and is available on iTunes and Amazon for several other countries as well.

2012 - Sir Richard Lovell in "Endeavour"

Looking  spy-ish here.  From Endeavour.

George Smiley (Simon Russell Beale) is giving talks to Ned’s pupils at the Sarratt training school about his life in espionage.  Smiley’s words, conversational in tone, make Ned reflect on his own career in “The Circus.” His memories are dramatized as short stories.  They run the gamut from sad, to depressing, to downright horrifying, some are even at times darkly amusing.

I won’t give a full recap, but I’ll cover a few elements from some of my favorite parts.

Brief Recap:  Spoilers Below

Watching Marikka...and more eyes.

What a young Ned might look like.  From The Professionals.

The first couple of stories, prompted by Smiley’s talk on the difficulty of recognizing the truth in spies, illustrate some of Ned’s feelings of guilt, even though he isn’t to blame. A friend of his, Ben Cavendish (Dan Stevens) was accused of being a spy but was merely careless.  The big reveal is that Ben is gay and deeply in love with Ned.  Ned, who is straight, had no idea.  He remembers Ben telling him about his cousin Stephanie, and correctly guesses Ben is hiding out with her.  Ned’s guilt at inadvertently leading Smiley to Ben is genuine, but at least he learns that Ben never knowingly compromised agents.

In another, Ned is handling a sailor named Brandt while simultaneously having an affair with Brandt’s girlfriend Bella (Keeley Beresford).  Later he learns that Brandt was a double agent.  He wonders if Brandt was one from the start, fearing that meant he had helped kill agents by recruiting him.  The scenes with Ned and Bella are excellent.  It is obvious she finds him extremely attractive and actively enjoys the thought of him using Brandt’s personal belongings.

Smiley discusses the risks of being an agent.  Ned’s next memories are far more terrible and violent.  In one he is horribly tortured by Col. Jerzy (Alexander Morton), a Polish interrogator, although in excruciating pain Ned steadfastly maintains a Dutch cover identity.  The terror combined with intense stubbornness in Patrick Malahide’s performance is perfect.

Queenie asks if the Spanish might have poisoned her. Burghley: "We cannot say... with certainty." Aaaawww, those three look so cute together. :-D

The spymaster with Cyril (left), from Elizabeth

My favorite of all the stories is where Ned interrogates a cipher clerk named Cyril (Toby Jones).  Cyril is at first extremely cheerful, chirpy and very cute, until Ned reveals they know he’s been studying Russian language radio courses and working with a Russian agent.  We learn how emotionally damaged Cyril is.  He alternates between almost liking Ned, who is a very gentle and compassionate man, and hating him for what he sees as Ned’s typically mundane masculinity.

Cyril’s main fault is just being painfully lonely.  He is bullied at work and has no one to share his intellectual pursuits with.  The Russian agent gave him false friendship, but when he lost that friendship Cyril was willing to betray his country to get it back.

My favorite bit is how Ned reacts to Cyril the cipher clerk’s absolute hatred of his allegedly boorish, bullying co-workers.  Ned has definitely disliked people and can feel anger and disgust, but he has never actually truly hated anyone.  He didn’t even hate Col. Jerzy, the man who tortured him.  That tells us a lot about Ned.


Hannay [giving in]: "I tried to read it but it was in a code I couldn't understand, so I destroyed it." Fisher looks like a kindly uncle here.

At least he looks like a kindly spy.  From 39 Steps

Again, I really recommend this serial.  It is so well acted and Patrick Malahide brings Ned to life.

His voice is melancholic, but he doesn’t seem depressed so much as reflective of what he has seen, both good and bad.  The entire production is excellent.

And as you can see from the photos chosen, Patrick Malahide has played a fair number of spy types.  Hopefully, it is a theme he will soon return to because he is eminently suited for those sorts of complex and highly nuanced roles as he so adeptly proved with his portrayal of Ned.

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Patrick Malahide as Capt. Claude Howlett in All the King’s Men

All the Kings Men – The Sandringham Company

Battalion doctor Capt. Claude Howlett  Patrick Malahide in "All the King's Men"

Battalion doctor Captain Claude Howlett

Patrick Malahide played battalion doctor Capt. Claude Howlett in the 1999 television production of All the King’s Men.  It is based on the WWI tragedy of the men from the King’s estate at Sandringham House.   Back then it was common practice to keep men who knew and worked together in the same unit.  In this case, they all worked at or lived in the surrounding village at Sandringham House.  They were led by Captain Frank Beck (David Jason), who was the King’s land agent.   They suffered massive losses leading to a legend that a supernatural cloud formed and carried them away.  You can read more about the Sandringham battalion here.

Capt. Claude Howlett and Lady Frances

Patrick Malahide’s portrayal of the embittered and cynical but also brave and caring  Howlett is an emotional study of contrasts.

"Yes, sir, for my sins. I managed to help put pay to the Boer."

“Yes, sir, for my sins. I managed to help put pay to the Boer.”

Capt. Howlett is first seen at a formal dinner at the estate.  King George V (David Troughton), after noticing the doctor help himself to another drink, points out it will be his second campaign.  “Yes, Sir, for my sins. I managed to help put pay to the Boer.”  The King asks him how should they put pay to the Turks.  “Act quickly, Sir, under precise and detailed orders from a well-informed and farsighted high command, just as we did in South Africa.”  There is more than a hint of rueful sarcasm there.

Always a bit apart, but paying attention to Lady Frances and Lt. Radley

Always a bit apart, but paying attention to Lady Frances
and Lt. Radley

RF:  I think it’s worth noting that even before they’ve all gathered for drinks, Howlett is always somewhat apart from the rest of the group as they tour the grounds (in their evening wear, natch).   He also seems to be paying a tiny smidge of attention to Lady Frances and Lt. Radley, but we don’t find out why until later.  Actually, it was so subtly done I only noticed it on re-viewing.

RF:  You’re also right that Howlett’s barely masked cynicism makes him a notable exception while everyone else is expressing enthusiastic patriotism.  He seems vastly more experienced (one could even say “jaded”) about the whole thing, saying all the right words but with a distinct edge to them.  Also, Howlett is plowing through his drinks pretty quickly.

Subtle communication with Lady Frances

Subtle communication with Lady Frances

Admin: One person who takes a particular interest in Howlett is Lady Frances (Sonya Walger),  Queen Alexandria’s (Maggie Smith) Lady in Waiting.  She is engaged to 2nd Lt. Frederick Radley (Stuart Bunce).  The engaged couple look outwardly perfect, but it is very obvious that Lady Frances and Capt. Howlett are immensely attracted to one another.

RF:  I love this part of the scene.  She sidles over to Howlett and the two of them very pointedly do not make eye contact at first, making it all the more obvious they’re not making eye contact – which in turn makes it even more obvious, even to the casual observer, that there’s something going on.  There’s a ton of non-verbal communication.  Can’t say as I blame Lady Frances for preferring the doctor;  Radley’s quoting The Iliad marks him as more of the intellectual, philosophical type, whereas Howlett is more direct and down to earth.

Admin:  That’s right.  The forced way they stand slightly apart looking away from one another only heightens the attraction they clearly feel.

Howlett: "When do you marry, Lady Frances? Hmmm?" Lady Frances: "After the war." Howlett: "Howwww... sensible."

Howlett: “When do you marry, Lady Frances? Hmmm?”
Lady Frances: “After the war.”
Howlett: “Howwww… sensible.”

Admin:  She asks him why he drinks.  He asks her why is she a Lady in Waiting.  “It is my occupation.” “Ditto the drink,” he quips.  He tells her his wife Alice has left him.  His expression is sad but, again, rueful.  He seems to feel guilty.  Suddenly he turns to her, “When do you marry, Lady Frances? Hmmm?”  She tells him after the war.  His response is oddly angry, “Howwww…..sensible.”  It is a very intense moment; he’d love nothing more than to have Lady Frances for himself.

RF:  Again, this whole bit is just marvelous.  They’re having an incredibly intimate conversation while everyone around them is completely unaware, using the sort of verbal shorthand that established couples use.   In fact, Lady Frances converses far more personally and deeply with Howlett than she ever does with Radley.

 Howlett: "Alice has left me."

Howlett: “Alice has left me.”

RF:  Howlett’s referring to his wife as “Alice” again suggests their deep involvement; Frances is already well acquainted with his private life and marital troubles.  Howlett does seem genuinely regretful that his wife has left him, but resigned; it’s left to the viewer to wonder if his wife found out about Lady Frances or if it was something else.  He becomes more intense in an eyeblink, making direct eye contact with Frances, their faces inches apart as if they might kiss, when he asks when she’s to marry.  Even his little “hmm?” adds a bit of an extra push.  Obviously this is something he cares about a great deal;  he’s telling her without telling her what he really thinks, calling it “sensible” when he really means it’s the worst possible thing.  Or perhaps he’s obliquely suggesting she has less desire for Radley (if she has any; I rather doubt it) than she does for him.  Radley is a “good” catch on paper and Howlett simply is not.  But I completely agree:  he’d far rather be with Frances himself than see her married to Radley. Continue reading

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Analysis of a Scene XVIII: Minder – The Balance of Power

"And in order to show how reasonably I am, going to take you down to the station in one of our nice big cars with the flashing blue lights." Sugar makes him friendly!

He really is cheerful for  once.

The Balance of Power (click link for episode recap) is one of our favorite Minder episodes because it actually turns out rather well for Chisholm.  Every scene he is in is pure gold, but the chocolates raid swoop is a great favorite.  So lets analyze it:

Arthur, who is running for political office,  enters his lockup and sees police carrying boxes away and Chisholm at the desk.

Shopping.  Wife instructed me to look for some chocolates.

Daley: Mr. Chisholm! What are you doing here?
Chisholm: Shopping. Wife instructed me to look for some chocolates.

Admin:  Chisholm isn’t ordinarily this cheerful.  Is he looking looking forward to sampling the chocolates?  And what is the deal with a wife.  I was under the impression he was single, but it seems he might not be.  Minder wasn’t always consistent in such matters.  But, his chipper, amused attitude is fetching beyond belief.

Singleton scene from Orient Express

RF:  I refuse to believe that anyone who occupies this bedroom actually has a wife, but I’m sure you’re right that it was a continuity thing.  Or maybe Mrs. Chisholm didn’t stick around too long because her Significant Other was married to his job.  ;-)  In any case, Chisholm is certainly looking uncharacteristically happy and pleased with himself, which should be Arthur’s first sign of serious trouble.

Admin:  Oh, he was certainly single on Orient Express:-)  Continuity issue or secret backstory?  The world may never know. :-)

RF:  Chisholm would have to get *reeeeeeaallly* drunk again before he’d ever spill any details.  ;-)

Ewww….so are these.

Daley: That is a diabolical liberty.
Chisholm: [Taking a bite of chocolate.] Ewww….so are these.

Admin:  That’s what you get for picking a soft one.  Of course the chocolates turn out to be a big plot point for the episode.  I love how witty and fresh Chisholm is being here.  He’s certainly fresher than the chocolates.

RF:  Given the disgusted face Chisholm’s making, one can only imagine how horrible those chocolates must taste; maybe Arthur got them from the Wizzo Chocolate Company (of Monty Python fame).  But note that  Chisholm doesn’t actually stop eating it or anything.  He must’ve not had his tea break before coming over. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as The Viceroy – First Glimpse

Channel 4 have finally put up the first glimpses of Indian Summers and with it we get our first look at the Viceroy.  It looks like Olivia Grant’s character is being introduced to him.  Lucky lady. ;-)

Meeting the Viceroy

Meeting a charming Viceroy.

And here is a little animated gif of it.




And below is the clip itself.  Patrick Malahide appears around the 10 second mark.  Note:  While there is nothing particularly graphic, some elements of the programs highlighted are adult themed.  Just thought I’d mention it :-)

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