Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Need My Fix!

Ah, things haven't been too active here lately in terms of things British, mysteries or otherwise. But I felt that I needed to post something, after this two-week absence.

I revisited an old favorite when I watched Joan Hickson's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985). In my modest opinion, I think this adaptation is the best - the casting in particular is just inspired. My favorites among many are Elaine Ives-Cameron as cook Hannah (ever-boastful of her cake-baking skills), Ursula Howells as Letitia Blacklock, Renee Asherson as Letty's friend Dora Bunner, John Castle as Inspector Craddock, and Kevin Whately as Detective Sergeant Fletcher.

As you can see, there are some recognizable names in this cast, as well as faces. Kevin Whately is well-known for his long-standing role as Detective Sergeant (now Inspector) Lewis in Inspector Morse, as well as its spin-off Lewis. Whately also appeared in The English Patient. David Collings, who played the Reverend Harmon in A Murder is Announced, may be recognizable (sort of as he appears in face paint) as Mawdryn in Peter Davison's Doctor Who episode Mawdryn Undead, as well as Poul in Tom Baker/Leela's episode The Robots of Death and as Vorus in Tom Baker/Sarah Jane Smith's episode Revenge of the Cybermen.

Joan Sims, who played Miss Murgatroyd, is instantly recognizable as Rocky's wife Madge Hardcastle (Rock On!) in As Time Goes By. Samantha Bond, who played Julia Simmons, is coincidentally the latest incarnation of Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise, during Pierce Brosnan's era.

I've also been watching my British comedies on television - Last of the Summer Wine, As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, and Are You Being Served. Next up for me, movie-by-mail-wise, is the second half of Patrick Troughton's Doctor Who episode The Invasion. I don't see much in the way of movies opening this holiday weekend - perhaps if you are a Jason Statham and/or action film fan, you can check out Transporter 3.

That's all for right now. It's nice to start blogging again.

[Photo of Kevin Whately is from The Sun, photo of David Collings is from Monkey Dubbing, photo of Joan Sims is from Musical, and photo of Samantha Bond is from James Bond 007::MI6 - The Home of James Bond]

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