Admin: Happy Birthday to Patrick Malahide from The Apprecation
RF: Happy birthday, Mr. Malahide! 🙂
Time for another edition of our Favouritest Grabs Ever. As usual, these are grabs of Mr. Malahide’s performances that Admin and I found especially interesting, appealing, or entertaining and why.
It’s from the “Dead Letter” episode of the series, “Danger UXB” (1979). recapped here. Mr. Malahide plays Flt. Lt. Mike Kelly, who is sitting very morosely and tensely at a dance amidst all the music and merriment – and it’s not just because of the “No Jitterbugging” sign. In fact, he and his entire crew (I’m guessing F/L Kelly is a bomber pilot) are all very sombre, for reasons which aren’t explained until Royal Engineers Lieutenant Brian Ash (Anthony Andrews) shows up. Ash is with the Bomb Disposal Unit (hence the “Danger UXB” of the title: “unexploded bomb”) and meets a woman named Elspeth (Deborah Grant) at the dance, to whom he is quickly attracted. However, Elspeth is also the target of many angry glares across the dance floor from Kelly – not because he’s jealous, but because he regards her as somehow responsible for the death of one of his fellow pilots, as a sort of jinx. Kelly ends up confronting Ash and Elspeth, warning Ash (without knowing he’s in Bomb Disposal) that he won’t be long for the world if he keeps hanging around with Elspeth.
I recently found this great article from 1991 on Twitter courtesy of Cathode Ray’s vintage television listings feed. The article references Patrick Malahide’s wonderful portrayal as Sir Hugo Carey-Holden in “Lovejoy” (recapped here) among several other roles he is famous for. Of course, they have to mention “that scene” from “The Singing Detective.” There is more to that brilliant groundbreaking drama than that scene folks! Mr. Malahide’s quip “It’s a measure of my progress that I’m now getting to play the parts with hair,” is great. Of course, he later went on to play Inspector Alleyn who is indeed a far cry from the bald headed (more like receding a little, surely) and steely eyed Chisholm. But, we love them both equally. 🙂
RFodchuk and I were very saddened by the death on February 17 of the great Albert Finney. His beautiful performance as Alfred Byrne alongside Patrick Malahide’s deliciously and wickedly officious Inspector Carson in “A Man of No Importance” is a real gem. This touching film about a closeted gay man in 1960’s Ireland is truly recommended viewing. You can read our full recap of the film here.
But now we’ll focus on the final confrontation between bus conductor Alfie and his boss Inspector Carson. Alfie had a bad night after being attacked by some thugs outside a gay bar. It seems his world is now falling apart around him. He has been outed as gay in a homophobic world, his dreams of putting on a production of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” crumble, and he is terribly afraid of losing the trust of his young friend bus driver Robbie “Bosie” Fay (Rufus Sewell). But, we see that Alfie actually has an incredible inner strength that now comes to life. Continue reading
In Luther S05E03 the stakes which are already up a burning tree as RFodchuk has described get even higher and hotter. In the previous episode, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) had just murdered Alastair Cornelius (Andrew Mullan) despite there being an entire posse watching over him at George’s sumptuous gaff. George, still unaware of Alastair’s fate, had kidnapped and tortured Luther’s co-worker Benny Silver (Michael Smiley) in an attempt to cajole the titular detective into handing Alice over. Oh, and that serial killer and his wife are still hard at work, so there is literally no rest for Luther these days.
DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is out hunting for Alice who in the previous episode had left a lipstick written message indicating she favored “option 2” (ie, offing George) on her mirror when he receives yet another badgering phone call from George.
George: “John, it’s getting late. I need to get my kip. I do hope you’re not playing for time.” Even when he’s in the middle of torture, George manages to be amusing. The torture itself though isn’t at all amusing. Benny, a genuinely nice character, is a bloodied mess. George cruelly takes another snap of the broken Benny and sends it via smart phone to chivvy Luther on. Continue reading
Admin and I were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Clive Swift at age 82. He made such an indelible impression on us in his co-starring roles with Patrick Malahide, both as the hapless-in-love Tracy Tupman in “The Pickwick Papers” (1985) and Chisholm’s harried boss in “An Officer and a Car Salesman” (1988), that we felt we should remember him with an analysis of one of our favourite scenes from episode 3 of “The Pickwick Papers”.
First, a little background. The Pickwick Club, consisting of Mr. Samuel Pickwick (Nigel Stock), Tracy Tupman (Clive Swift), Nathaniel Winkle (Jeremy Nicholas), and Augustus Snodgrass (Alan Parnaby) have just been on a shooting party with their friend, Mr. Wardle (Colin Douglas) at Dingley Dell. However, while Mr. Winkle purports to be a great sportsman, in truth, guns make him very nervous – so nervous that he manages to wing Mr. Tupman with a stray shot. The wound is entirely superficial, but Mr. Tupman milks it for maximum effect, using it to elicit sympathy – and a blossoming romantic interest! – from Mr. Wardle’s spinster sister, Miss Rachel (Freda Dowie).
Of course, complications ensue. Charming con man, sometime actor, and all-around rogue Mr. Alfred Jingle (Mr. Malahide) catches wind of the romance – and Old Mrs. Wardle’s objection to it – and decides to make a little mischief while enriching himself at the same time. Despite Mr. Tupman’s perfect flood of romantic feelings and gallantry towards Miss Rachel, Jingle warns her that Mr. Tupman will soon begin cutting her dead, paying more attention to her much younger and prettier niece, Emily. In fact – horror of horrors! – the only reason Mr. Tupman got romantic in the first place is because he’s only interested in Miss Rachel’s money. Indeed, Mr. Tupman’s behaviour seems to bear this out. He ignores Miss Rachel in favour of Emily, doting on the latter at dinner and asking her to play draughts while Miss Rachel fumes, ignored. Whatever can have happened to change his mind?? Well, this scene is where we find out.
And after a slight interval, we’re back with episode 2 of Mr. Malahide as George Cornelius in “Luther”! You can read Admin’s recap of episode 1 here. To briefly summarize, DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) already has a number of problems to contend with in this series: firstly, that George believes he might have information about the kidnapping of his (George’s) son Alistair (Andrew Mullan); secondly, that Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), Luther’s psychopathic paramour, has miraculously returned from the dead and landed right on Luther’s doorstep; and thirdly, that there’s a gruesome serial killer, Jeremy Lake (Enzo Cilenti), currently on the loose.
But first, we start out with a little flashback to Antwerp, Belgium, two years ago. George has evidently enlisted Alice to sell some diamonds on his behalf. He gives her directions as to where she’s to go, pronouncing Belgian location names (“Spitsenstraat and Houtdok-Noordkai”) as only a Cockney crim can while a faithful lackey holds an umbrella over his head (not that George seems to mind the rain that much). Of course, we quickly find out that it’s all a double-cross; George plans on keeping the money and the diamonds (as he freely admits, he’s a thief, remember?). He’s arranged for some of his men to grab Alice as soon as the buy is made so they can take the merchandise. However, he doesn’t reckon with Alice’s complete ruthlessness and viciousness; she’s more than a match for the three goons and disposes of them in short order (as George described to Luther while handcuffed to a radiator in S04E02). Alice even gets to keep the diamonds, once she sorts them out from all the broken glass in the kidnappers’ car. As she tells Luther, she then faked her own death (even producing a convincing look-alike corpse) to escape George’s revenge.