Malahide Characters’ Ideal Christmas

As we approach Christmas, RFodchuk and I thought it would be fun to think about what sort of Christmas activities and traditions our favourite Patrick Malahide characters might indulge in.  Are they as jolly and loving as Saint Nick himself or perhaps they might be a little closer to the Grinch.  We shall see.

Admin:  My choices are….

Lord Glendenning
(“The Paradise”, 2012)

What Type of Christmas Party Does He Throw?

Patrick Malahide as Lord Glendenning in The Paradise

What might be a nice little Christmas get together.

Making this guy squirm will get you a Christmas bonus.

Being lord of the manor and a very important and influential member of the community, Lord Glendenning likely hosts multiple parties. He might be expected to help fund and participate in a boisterous event for local children, but you know he would make sure that such an event would be held on the The Paradise floors while he takes as much credit as possible. No reason why his estate should risk ruination when Moray has a perfectly good department store to destroy.

But, his main party, the one he hosts on his own estate, would be a stately affair with sumptuous food, decadent desserts and the finest booze. He’d have all his nearest and dearest around with special care taken to ensure there are guests who would be certain to say something to embarrass Moray and cause him as much discomfort as possible.

What is His Favorite Christmas Tradition?

Hopefully not this pudding. Source: Tower Project Blog

Lord Glendenning seems like the sort who loves the traditional Christmas pudding the best. You know, the kind filled up with little trinkets, charms and coins. While not an especially greedy man (for a banker at any rate) Lord G. probably appreciates the value of silver coins especially when found by a small child. And you know he is generous enough to provide a cake that is absolutely riddled with treasures.

We know he used to “hypnotize” Katherine when she was small with his lovely pocket watch, so he clearly has a way of attaching sentimentality to objects. He can probably invent a fantastic tale connected to each  found object without hesitation to the delight of all the young treasure hunting guests. Continue reading

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Mortal Engines Teaser Trailer

Finally! The teaser trailer has been released on YouTube.  It can also be seen at some showings of the new “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” film, but that seems hit and miss.  Right now it is just a teaser trailer, so there are no sightings of Patrick Malahide’s Magnus Crome character.

The trailers shows Municipal Darwinism in action as traction city London gobbles up the much smaller Salthook.  The only main character we see is Hester Shaw…who already looks somewhat different than she did in the book.  We really want to know what Magnus Crome and Thadeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) will look like.  Hopefully we’ll soon find out now the promotion has begun.

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Happy International Tea Day!

Happy International Tea Day from the Appreciation!

Alleyn enjoying bikkies and tea while cracking a case.

Alleyn enjoying bikkies and tea while cracking a case.

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Analysis of a Scene XXXV Remembering Meic Povey

Chisholm Jones "A man's best friend is his Druid" memeRFodchuk and I were very saddened to hear that the lovely Meic Povey passed away December 5th. His portrayal of DC Jones was perfect, and his chemistry with Patrick Malahide’s DS Chisholm is always a joy to watch. After leaving Minder, Mr. Povey went on to a highly successful and acclaimed career as a playwright, often writing in his native Welsh language. He will be missed very, very much.

In honor of his contribution to Minder, we’ve decided to pick a couple of our favorite DC Jones moments. This is no easy task as Jones provided many excellent Minder moments with his guv DS Chisholm.

Admin’s choice: The Return of the Invincible Man

Chisholm and Jones doing a little stakeout behind a white van.

Admin: My choice is their closing scene in “Return of the Invincible Man” (recapped here). Chisholm is determined to nab Arthur for a robbery at tailor Solly Solomon’s business but nothing is coming together. After main witness/suspect Scotch Harry (who managed to get himself injured while blowing up Solly’s safe) has escaped from the hospital our intrepid duo are left with very little to go on.

[A white van is parked outside Solly’s. Chisholm and Jones can be seen through its windows standing on the other side.]

Admin:  I love the set up which is funny from the get go.  The sight of Chisholm and Jones loitering around that squalid place in miserable weather immediately lets you know how seriously Chisholm is taking this.  But is Jones taking it quite as seriously?

RF:  What makes it even better is knowing that Chisholm is suffering from a crashing hangover at the time (having gotten completely snockered in the Winchester the night before) and is miserably freezing his butt off, while Jones appears impervious to the weather.  I also love that Chisholm’s feet are so plainly visible behind the van.  Perhaps he needs a little help with the “hiding” thing.

Admin:  That is sweet the way the feet are showing there. 🙂 Continue reading

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The Reporter by Peter May — Review

Turns out he’s as hard as he looks.

Time to review Peter May’s “The Reporter”, the novel based on the television series “The Standard“. It is a fun, entertaining and snappy book. “The Reporter” is very much a straight up thriller which makes it a quick and enjoyable read.

Action Thriller

I wasn’t actually expecting it to be such a action-packed thriller. I thought it would be more of a newspaper/office politics drama with action taking place in the Standard’s office, but actually there was very little taking place there. Felicity and Peter Dawson, characters who have front and center roles in the first episode of “The Standard” which RFodchuk and I have been lucky enough to see and review, make only cursory appearances in the novel. Alex Forsyth, a character who is sort of Colin’s rival, figures more heavily, but even he isn’t seen or heard from much.

Peter Dawson barely figures in the novel.

Instead, Colin conducts some very intense investigative reporting which takes him and his research assistant Janis Sinclair all over Europe. He is looking into a string of North Sea disasters that have been giving the UK’s oil industry loads of grief.

I won’t go into details about the investigation since it is all very convoluted, and I’d rather focus on Colin’s character development. But, some of his discoveries remind me of the television series “Hunted“. Colin falls foul of a mysterious company ran by an even more mysterious character named Grebbs. Little is known about this shadowy German, but when he is finally revealed he is described (in my opinion) as being a dead ringer for Ronald Lacey. You know, the melting Nazi in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and a slimy crim on “Minder on the Orient Express“.

Gotta have at least a couple of henchmen around

Jack Turner could probably relate to Colin.

Well, Grebbs’ company has been subtly bought out and infiltrated by various Arab interests. They are looking to destroy British oil independence by orchestrating oil rig disasters and creating various other economic shenanigans via blackmail and deceit. It reminds me of Polyhedrus, the secretive conglomerate in “Hunted” who were doing their level best to destroy our hero (yes, our hero) Jack Turner and thwart his plan of dominating international water rights via his company Turner Holdings. Just swap oil for water and you’re there. 😉 Continue reading

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The Coppers (Played by Patrick Malahide)

Back in July we covered some of the London gangsters Patrick Malahide has played.  Well, this time around we’ll discuss the guys on the right side of the law:  The Coppers!  Mr. Malahide is just as likely to play the person making the arrests as he is to play the guy under arrest, and that is one of the many reasons we admire him so much.

D.I. Brennan | D.S. Chisholm | Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn | Assistant Commissioner Henry | An Honorable Mention | The Top Guv

Admin:  My coppers are….

D.I. Brennan
(“Amnesia“, 2004)

Style of Copper

...with the "dad" glasses on.

D.I. Brennan, hands on copper.

D.I. Brennan is a very hands on guv.  He doesn’t just sit at a desk demanding status reports from his subordinates.  Brennan is far more likely to get out there and do a bit of investigating himself.  He brilliantly defies the “your job is on the line” trope, despite the fact that some of his officers’ jobs actually are on the line, by lending massive support to those he respects and trusts.   With his compassion, daring and intuitiveness,  he’s the sort of copper who could carry his own show.  A “D.I. Brennan” spinoff would have been excellent.

What Is His Average Day Like?

Doing a little b&e... just as a sort of hobby...

Breaking and entering is just a normal part of the job, right?

His average day is…complicated.  It is awfully hard trusting your officers when you’re kind of suspecting one (or maybe even two) of them of murder.  That is why he has to be such a hands on Inspector.  He never knows when he might have to do a little breaking and entering into one of his sergeant’s homes, looking for any possible evidence that might clear him of or suggest his guilt of murdering his missing wife.  But, being evidently prepared for such uncertainties, he has the skills of a master lockpick.  If he wasn’t fighting the good fight, he’d make a stellar cat burglar.  His preparedness also comes through via his sensible pair of wellies as they search for D.S. Stone’s wife.  He’s ready for any eventuality.

Who Is His Watson?

D.C. Reid, not the most trustworthy of Watsons.

He doesn’t have the best Watson, I’m afraid.  He’s stuck with the somewhat weaselly D.C. Reid (Brendan Coyle) who suspects the emotionally shattered D.S. Mackenzie Stone (John Hannah) of having killed his wife.  Stone’s wife that is, not Reid’s.  Later we learn, much to the old-school Brennan’s disgust, that Reid had been having an affair with lady in question before her disappearance.  Brennan frowns upon blokes who sleep with their best mates’ wives.  Anyway, it all throws something of a spanner in the works when Brennan realizes his Watson might actually be closer to his Moriarty.  Thankfully, that wasn’t the case.  By the end of drama, Stone is fully exonerated (his wife wasn’t dead after all, hooray) and Reid is shown for the louse he is.

Is He a People Policeman?

...and wondering what happened to Dean/West after he jumped.

Brennan really does care about his team.

You better believe he is.  He isn’t the slightest bit afraid to get entrenched in the private lives of his officers if that is what it takes.  He isn’t nosy or controlling or anything nor does his concern stem from micro-managing.  He genuinely sees them as men and women who sometimes need his help.  It is almost a paternal type of concern but not in a condescending or sickly sweet sort of way.  That is not to say he treats everyone with kid gloves.  He has no problem grilling D.C. Reid and letting him know what he thinks about his behavior.  Again, though, unvarnished honesty is sometimes part of being a people person….or rather policeman. Continue reading

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Something Neat XXXIX: The Reporter by Peter May Pt 2


Back in 2014, RFodchuk posted (link here) a Something Neat about Peter May‘s novel “The Reporter”, based on the television series “The Standard“.  “The Standard” has been a bit of fixation around here as it is a series we both truly want to see.  We were lucky enough to watch the first episode, recapped here, but lets just say we want more!

Well, I’ve finally managed to get more.  I was able to find “The Reporter” at a reasonable price.  It is usually prohibitively expensive, so I was delighted to find a very affordable copy.

I’ve just started reading it and am enjoying it very much.  I’ll do a full recap later.  I’ve already learned some interesting things about Colin Anderson’s background, but I have no idea if these were ever detailed in the series because BBC hasn’t put it on DVD.  Tsk, tsk!

A determined investigative reporter.

Anyway, here is a nice close up of the newspaper portion of the cover, so you can enjoy a good clear look at the dashing Colin looking all intense and investigative.

And just for a taste, here is a brief description of Colin from the unpleasant vantage point of Alex Forsyth, The Standard’s industrial correspondent, a character who is jealous of the confident Colin.

He was not particularly tall.  Perhaps five feet ten or eleven, a lean figure that embodied a strange sense of power.  His dark hair was cut short, thinning on top, blown by the wind.  Lips were a little too full, and his nose a little too pointed, blue eyes set a little too deep.  Forsyth thought him ugly and wondered what Janis saw in him.”

Jealousy is even uglier, Forsyth!  Janis is Janis Sinclair, a young research assistant who likes (more like fancies) Colin quite a bit.

As I mentioned before, I’ll do a full recap later after I’ve read it.  By the way, this will actually be the second Peter May book I’ve read.  I also read his novel “Coffin Road” which I enjoyed immensely.  I really recommend it.  It draws somewhat upon the real life tragedy of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse where three keepers vanished in 1900.  “The Reporter,” with its graphic description of the dangers of oil rigging in the North Sea reminded me once again of that horrific lighthouse tragedy.

But, I’ll close on a brighter note.  I also have a 1978 issue of the Radio Times featuring “The Standard” on its front cover.  It is a very cool cover, so enjoy!


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Analysis of a Scene XXXIV: A Library Tryst in “Boon: In It for the Monet”

Enjoying a tryst between the shelves

Enjoying a tryst between the shelves

And now for something completely different!  In 1989, Patrick Malahide played the caddish Art History professor, Dr. Michael Harrison, in the S04E07 episode of “Boon”, titled “In It for the Monet“.   The eponymous Ken Boon (Michael Elphick), a retired firefighter turned private investigator, has been hired by the parents of art student Isobel Sheridan (Clare Holman) to figure out where, why, and how Isobel seems to have so much disposable cash lately.  Boon has set a couple of his associates, Rocky Cassidy (Neil Morrisey) and Laura Marsh (Elizabeth Carling), to tail Isobel around her university to find out what she does and who she meets with.  In the process, they discover that Isobel’s relationship with Dr. Harrison is rather more intimate than just that of student and teacher.

Isobel, who has been partying all night, has been in the library most of the day working on something,  By this time, both Rocky and Laura are convinced that she’s “on the game“, which is where they believe her money must be coming from, with Harrison involved as well.  However, Boon wants them to collect more conclusive evidence before he talks to Isobel’s parents, so Rocky has been staking out Isobel in the library for a few hours while trying to pass as a student.  It’s uneventful until Isobel meets Dr. Harrison between the shelves.

[Isobel is re-shelving a book when Dr. Harrison saunters up behind her.  It’s a definite saunter.  He leans over and plants a kiss on the back of her neck.  Rocky looks on with an expression of shocked horror.]

Isobel [whispering]:  Where were you until six o’clock this morning?

Sauntering up to Isobel and giving her a kiss on the back of the neck Patrick Malahide in "Boon: In It for the Monet"

Sauntering up to Isobel and giving her a kiss
on the back of the neck

RF:  Well, if we didn’t already suspect there was a lot more going on between them than met the eye, that familiar little kiss to the back of Isobel’s neck and her asking Harrison where he was until six o’clock in the morning (in a somewhat jealous and accusatory tone) would cement the deal.  😮  Hardly the usual sort of thing between a teacher and student!  But there’s a lot of familiarity to it, like they’ve done this a lot before.

Admin: Oh, I do love the way he casually saunters up.  He is so utterly confident and completely full of himself, but not in a swaggering way.  He’s like a smug cat. Isobel is very fetching with the very direct way she wonders what he has been up to.
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It’s a Meme! 47 – Halloween Edition

Admin:  Horrible Halloween everybody, from The Appreciation.

RF:  Happy Halloween, everyone!  🙂

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If Malahide Characters Went Halloweening…

Patrick Malahide as Uncle Ebenezer : Kidnapped

It was a dark and stormy night.

It’s almost Halloween, so Fearless Admin and I decided it was time for something a little silly:  how would various Malahide characters enjoy Halloween?  Or would they?    Or would they mostly use it as an opportunity to terrorize all the children and steal all the candy in their vicinity?  We like to think they’d approach it something like this…



Mr. Quarles  |  Mr. Hastymite  |  Robert “Limbo” Ridley  |  Ebenezer Balfour  |
Edward Casaubon  |  Best Halloweener of All

RF:  My choices are…

Mr. Quarles
(“After the War“, 1989)

Favourite Halloween Activity:

Tossing the students' dorm for contraband candy. If Malahlide Characters Went Halloweening

Tossing the students’ dorm for contraband candy.

Confiscating candy from students, natch.  It’s bad for his charges’ teeth and health, their hands get all sticky and leave smeary fingerprints everywhere, or they forget where they’ve left their chocolate bars and they melt or get sat on, or end up squished inside text books; and the wrappers turn the dormitories into a tip or make annoying rustling sounds when the little gremlins try to sneak it in class…  So on Halloween, no one gets any candy.  No exceptions.  But it wouldn’t be patriotic for all that candy to go to waste, so I think Admin is right that Mr. Quarles selflessly takes it upon himself to dispose of it in his room later, with a bottle of port and maybe a film star magazine or two (also confiscated) for entertainment.

What’s His Favourite Candy?

I suspect that Mr. Quarles is a licorice allsorts kind of guy.  They were probably a candy he grew up with, congealed into a solid lump in his nan’s candy bowl because they were rarely eaten and were mostly for show (“Those are for company!”).  But I also think he’d be equal opportunity for anything really sugary – because sugar is being rationed and shouldn’t go to waste, you know.  Plus he burns up lots of carbs supervising his charges.
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