Patrick Malahide in “The Invention of Dr. Cake”

Poet John Keats Source: Wikipedia

In 2007, Patrick Malahide appeared on Channel 4 radio as Dr. Tabor in the 2007 Afternoon Play “The Invention of Dr. Cake” adapted by Jonathan Holloway from Andrew Motion’s 2003 novel. Richard McCabe portrays Dr. Cake (if indeed that is his real name…he might actually be a certain Romantic poet) and Claire Higgins is Dr. Cake’s housekeeper, the enigmatic Mrs. Reilly.  Since this is a radio play illustrations are ably provided by Wikipedia and a few guest stars. 🙂

Dr. Tabor Visits Woodham

Narrated from Dr. Tabor’s perspective, it tells the story of how in the 1840s he travels to the village of Woodham in Essex to meet with Dr. Cake, a physician with considerable success in the treatment of consumption. Dr. Tabor notices how cozy the villagers’ cottages are, their windows open allowing the free flow of air. He finds little of the miserable miasma normally found in small working class villages rife with consumption. This is the work of Dr. Cake who has worked with area farmers to ensure healthy living conditions for the locals.

Very dramatically.

Dr. Tabor is poetically inclined.

When he reaches his destination, Dr. Tabor finds that Dr. Cake himself is afflicted with the deadly disease and is reaching the end of his life. However, Dr. Cake is lively in his conversation, and the two men strike up an immediate bond. This is largely due to their shared love of the arts, particularly poetry. Dr. Tabor, we learn, is a huge fan of the Lake District poets, especially John Keats, who died (hmmm?) in 1821 of consumption. Dr. Cake has read and compliments Tabor’s own early efforts in poetry which Tabor humbly dismisses as the romantic fancies of a young man. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in “Luther” S05E04

Be prepared for anything

Be prepared for anything

On the previous episode of  “Luther”, as recapped by Fearless Admin, absolutely everyone was in trouble.  Luther’s colleague Benny Silver (Michael Smiley) survived kidnapping and torture at George Cornelius’ (Mr. Malahide) hands only to be shot dead by the fearsome Mr. Palmer (Anthony Howell), a grimly efficient hitman hired by George to kill Luther.  George still believes Luther had something to do with Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) kidnapping and later killing his son Alistair (Andrew Mullan), after brazenly walking into his (George’s) house disguised as a Russian hooker.  George was warned off hassling Luther by Luther’s boss, DSU Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley), in a charmingly nostalgic scene in the back of George’s Jaguar, but it’s safe to say that George doesn’t appear to have taken the warning all that seriously.  And Alice is still stuck on her “Option 2”, wanting to kill George for reasons which are a little vague, if not strictly motivated by revenge.  Mostly she appears to believe killing George will remove any obstacles to her and Luther running off together.  Oh, and serial killer Jeremy Lake (Enzo Cilenti) is still on the loose; his wife Vivien (Hermione Norris) is now in police custody. but refusing to cooperate.

A Meeting with a Hitman

Mark and Alice are alive, but on ice - literally.

Mark and Alice are alive, but on ice – literally.

And now, on to the finale!  The episode opens with Mr. Palmer giving Luther directions to an out-of-the-way spot where Luther is to exchange himself in return for Alice and Mark’s (Paul McGann) safety.  Poor Mark was roped into the whole mess when Luther turned up on his doorstep with Alice and Benny in tow.  Palmer is holding Alice and Mark in a warehouse freezer; he seems willing to let Mark go, but not Alice.  Luther demands proof that Alice and Mark are still alive, and Palmer sends him a cell phone shot.  What did all of these people do before cell phones?  And where do they keep finding these abandoned warehouses?
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Something Neat! Patrick Malahide / Meic Povey Article

Here is another great article from Cathode Ray’s vintage television listings Twitter feed.  The first can be found here.  This is from 1985 and gives some insight into Patrick Malahide’s and Meic Povey’s relationship on Minder. It is a fantastic read.  You can easily see why they had such amazing on-screen chemistry.

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It’s a Meme! 60 – Birthday Edition

Admin:  Happy Birthday to Patrick Malahide from The Apprecation

RF:  Happy birthday, Mr. Malahide!  🙂

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Favouritest Grabs Ever – Twelfth Edition

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.

RF’s Picks:

Flt Lt. Mike Kelly is not enjoying being at a dance

Flt. Lt. Mike Kelly is not enjoying being at a dance

What’s Going On in This Picture?

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.
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Something Neat! Patrick Malahide / Lovejoy Article

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. 🙂

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Mortal Engines DVD & Blu-Ray Release

They should have had more scenes together.

Mortal Engines which has Patrick Malahide as post-apocalyptic London’s Mayor Magnus Crome will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on March 12.  If you’d like to read our cinema recap, click here.

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Analysis of a Scene XLIII: Remembering Albert Finney in “A Man of No Importance”


Patrick Malahide and Albert Finney

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

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Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius in “Luther” S05E03

I’d hate to see his Instagram.

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.

George Needs His Kip

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.

“John, it’s getting late, I need to get my kip.”

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

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Analysis of a Scene XLII: Remembering Clive Swift in “The Pickwick Papers”

Clive Swift as the unlucky in love Tracy Tupman

Clive Swift as the unlucky in love Tracy Tupman

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”.

Taking the romantic plunge

Taking the romantic plunge

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).

Warning Miss Rachel of Tuppy's nefarious intentions

Warning Miss Rachel of Tuppy’s nefarious intentions

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.
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