Actors and Actresses

British Acting Rites of Passage: 'Midsomer Murders' Guest Stars

DCI Barnaby (John Nettles) and DS Jones (Jason Hughes) | Credit: APT

As a telly addict, one of my favorite things to do when watching an older TV series is to try to spot familiar actors in guest starring roles. I find this activity yields the best results when the program is one of the popular mystery genre as they require a fresh supply of victims and suspects for each episode. I deduced then that the UK’s longest running contemporary detective drama, Midsomer Murders, would be the perfect vehicle to launch a new series of before-they-were-famous type of posts.

Let’s take a look at just a sampling of the many familiar faces who paid a visit to the pastoral but deadly Midsomer County.

Limited Showing for Brits at this Year's Golden Globes

As I sat down Sunday night to watch the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, I expected to see plenty of black on the red carpet and hear statements of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment. It was defiant and joyous and culminated in a stirring speech by Oprah Winfrey.

However if I'm honest, my main purpose for tuning in was to see how many Brits would snag those gleaming orbs that signify excellence in the television and film industries. By my count there were six actresses and eight actors from the UK and Ireland competing in eight different performance categories. Eight chances to demonstrate the superiority of British thespians!

Alas, only three were victorious. Let's take a look at the winners and the roles that earned them this particular accolade.

In Memoriam 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we here at Telly Visions pause to remember those we have lost in the British entertainment industry over the past twelve months.

These losses have touched the fields of television, film and literature equally. As fans we have mourned the deaths of people who brought thrills, tears and laughter into our lives. We thank them for sharing their talents with the world and they will continue to live on in our memories through the work they left behind.

A New Detective for 'Death in Paradise'

No doubt many PBS viewers are familiar with the charming BBC mystery/dramedy Death in Paradise. Every episode provides a not-so-gruesome murder or two, a display board full of suspects, a few red herrings and a conundrum. Our hero suddenly has a eureka moment – and gathers everybody together to explain exactly how the murder went down, Agatha Christie style. And all this in a breathtaking tropical island setting no less.

But now the popular series seems to be taking a page from The Doctor Who playbook. After a few seasons of six month location shoots and time away from family, the lead actor makes the difficult but necessary decision to move on to other pastures only to be replaced by another Brit with a comedy background. It appears the DI torch has been passed yet again and right in the middle of Season 6 which just finished airing on BBC1 last week.

Read on to find out who's the new sheriff of Saint Marie.

In Memoriam: 2016

Few people would dispute that 2016 has been a tough year. It's been particularly devasting in regards to the number of entertainment icons who have passed away with upsetting regularity over the past twelve months. Please join me in honoring the memory of many of the British actors, musicians and broadcasters who have shared their talents with us over the years. 

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In Memoriam 2015

Another year has flown by and with it some of our favorite icons of the arts and entertainment world have gone as well. Please join me in honoring the memory of many of the British actors, musicians and authors who have shared their talents with us over the years. 

The cast of "Downton Abbey" during the Season 6 press tour. (Photo: Stephanie Berger/PBS_

‘Downton Abbey’ Actor Role Reversals

The final series of Downton Abbey may still be a little bit away, but they already have us thinking about what the end will bring for the Crawleys and all the staff we’ve come to know on the estate.

So while we endure the wait, I started to scout out how often the actors who inhabit these well-known characters have actually reversed roles – you know upstairs people playing servants, downstairs folks playing the privileged. Here’s what I found.

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