Thursday, October 2, 2008

That Old Familiar Face...

Two nights ago I finished watching a Tommy & Tuppence DVD that I received from Netflix. It contained the stories 'The Clergyman's Daughter', 'Finessing the King' [I love this title], and 'The House of Lurking Death'. They were all fabulous, of course.

In 'The House of Lurking Death', I saw a familiar face in that of Joan Sanderson, who played the character Rachel Logan. Hers is an unforgettable face, and the first and perhaps only time I had seen it before Tommy & Tuppence was in the John Cleese vehicle Fawlty Towers. She played that unforgettable character whose name I can't recall, but who seemed to suffer from selective hearing, according to Basil anyway, at the hands of her faulty hearing aid.

Another face I recognized from that story, but couldn't put a finger on where I had seen it, was Michael Cochrane's who played Captain Dennis Radcliffe. So I needed the help of my trusty ally The Internet for research help and support. Thank you, IMDB. I had seen Cochrane before in one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes of all time, 'Black Orchid', as Lord Cranleigh, Nyssa-look-alike's significant other. He also played Tony, the helpful and gentlemanly Ship's Officer, who gave Hyacinth and Richard a tour onboard the QE2 in an episode of Keeping Up Appearances. I had also seen him, 20 years older, in an episode of Rosemary & Thyme [which I love love love and can't wait to jabber on about in a later post], called 'The Tree of Death'.

The last person I recognized but couldn't remember from where was Jane Booker, who played Monica Deane, the clergyman's daughter in 'The Clergyman's Daughter'. Apparently Booker was married at one time to James Fleet, who is famous for his roles as Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley and as Tom in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Referring to my friend IMDB yet again, I found out that I had seen her in Joan Hickson's 'Miss Marple: Nemesis'. But I don't remember her character Miss Cooke, as it's been a while since I've seen that particular 'Nemesis'. I may have also seen her in Midsomer Murders, episode 'Written in Blood', but I can't be sure that I actually saw this particular episode.

*sigh* What a poor memory I have. Thank goodness for The Internet.

[Photo of Joan Sanderson is from Leonard Rossiter, photo of Michael Cochrane is from the BBC, and photo of James Fleet, because I couldn't find one of Jane Booker, is from Telegraph]

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