Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and power.
Just a quick heads-up that Ken Branagh and Alex Kingston will be reprising their roles as Antony and Cleopatra tonight on BBC Radio 3. You can listen live online using the link above anywhere in the world. It starts at 7.30pm and is roughly 2.5 hours long. If you miss it tonight, you should be able to “listen again” online afterwards.
I hereby give notice that I have scheduled a dozen posts to appear on Wednesday about Shakespeare - accounts of his plays I’ve seen/heard; various of the Sonnets; and my witterings about related books.
They are intended to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. I don’t claim to possess any superior knowledge of the Bard; I certainly possess no great scholarly authority.
But I’ve been a fan of the playwright and poet for more than 34 years, and, as you’ll have noticed if you’ve been following me for more than 5 minutes, I’m passionate about Shakespeare and his work.
If you’re not, or if you’re uninterested in my ramblings, feel free to unfollow me. Otherwise be prepared for hourly Shakespeare posts from 7am on April 23!
I will ALWAYS love Martha’s sarcastic knock…
She is just such a badass, and she pwns so hard.
You know you are
The queen of my heart
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey…
When Daniel Craig debuted as James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, critics and fans praised the the return of a grittier, more grounded 007. It was a far cry from the previous film, Die Another Day, which counted an ice palace, an invisible car, and a gratuitous Madonna cameo among its many excesses.
But if you prefer Daniel Craig’s human-sized take on 007 to Pierce Brosnan’s bombastic cartoon version, you’re in good company: Pierce Brosnan couldn’t agree more.
"I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]," said Brosnan, who starred in four consecutive James Bond movies from 1995 to 2002, in an interview with The Telegraph. “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”
Brosnan also admitted that despite the pleas of his wife and children, he refuses to watch his 007 movies with them. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling.”
- I admire him for admitting that. I don’t think his Bond was very good - but he’s a great actor in things like Mrs Doubtfire, Mama Mia, and The Love Punch.
The last lot of caps from The Constant Gardener which, alas, I did not finish watching…
Still, I note that Rachel Weisz is in neither The Reader nor Quiz Show, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish watching either of those…
I thought this would be the last set of caps from The Constant Gardener but, in actual fact, there’ll be one more set after this…
Ralph Fiennes looking sexy… UNF!
Judi Dench with her family at Olivier Awards
Does anyone know who the dude is on Sammy’s left? I’m guessing it’s Finty’s fella, but wondering… (Bear in mind, it could be someone fairly well-known and I’d be none the wiser…)
(I over-analyse fiction and I’m not ashamed to admit it)
The Pilot and Series 1 are set in 1965, Year Zero, shall we say. We know he was at police training college for 2 years before that, and in the army for an unspecified period before joining the police.
Just FYI - in 1945, following the Second World War, the then Government brought in National Service in Britain, which required healthy males aged 17 - 21 to serve for a minimum of 18 months in the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, RAF) and to remain on the reserve list for four years thereafter in the event of there being another armed conflict. This is where Morse’s period in the Army comes into play. Hope that helps you sort out the timeline thing.
endeavour s2e3 sway
THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY IS THERE SOME MESSAGE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE STEMS IN THE POPPIES??
Morse and Thursday’s are at 8 o’clock, Morse’s not-girlfriend’s is at 7, and the older DI’s HAS NO STEM. The women shopping (“victim ?”) had theirs at something like 2 and 3 o’clock.)
ALSO: Can some brits weight in on why this show is acting like racism didn’t happen in England in the 60s? I know it wasn’t Selma, Alabama, but NO ONE has asked anyone if anyone’s a fish or a bird.
Because some people were open-minded enough not to make a big deal of having non-whites around… Same as today. Just as some people are never open-minded about such matters. Oxford then (and now) is a fairly diverse place thanks to the University (well two of them these days) bringing people into the city from all over the world both as students and professors.
And as far as I know, there’s no message in the angle of the poppy stems.
Fred Thursday / Endeavour Morse, Endeavour ITV
These two!!! They are just so absolutely brilliant - I love them to teeny tiny bits! Everyone should be watching Endeavour - the prequel to the much loved (and missed) Inspector Morse series.
Spotted Colin Dexter making his usual cameo in Endeavour s02e03.
I love spotting Colin doing his Hitchcock - and get all concerned if I *don’t* spot him. (I think I only once missed him in an episode of Lewis.)