Hello everyone and welcome to my weekly round up of news (some not so new(s) 😉 ) from those that inhabit that rarefied universe of Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.
The above painting is The High Street, Oxford (1810) by JMW Turner. I use the painting in the background of my blog.
So, as always let us start with the world of Twitter.
Jack Bannon (Sam Thursday). @jactorbannon
Jack Bannon will be starring in the above new show as James Buxton.
Laurence Fox on Twitter and Instagram. @LozzaFox
From Yesterday’s Daily Mail Online (God, I hate advertising the Daily Mail but…)
‘Laurence Fox and me? He was single and so was I’: Vogue Williams on her split from Brian McFadden and that dalliance with Billie Piper’s ex’
I’m sure most of you have seen these videos but for those who haven’t:
From the Endeavour/Hathaway Twitter account. @LF_Hathaway This fan account is dedicated to the work of @LozzaFox and Shaun Evans. On here I will keep you up to date with the latest news including Pictures & Video’s.
Don’t worry those people outside the UK as I will record and upload the above show to my blog. Don’t say I don’t do anything nice for you. 😉
From the Arenapal website.
All the above: Tis Pity She’s a Whore – John Ford Nevertheless at Southwark Playhouse, London 10/06 Soranzo – Laurence Fox Director – Edward Dick Lighting Designer – Rick Fisher Choreography: Jane Gibson Credit: Clive Barda / ArenaPAL
The above are from THE PATRIOTIC TRAITOR by Lynn ; Tom Conti (as Philippe Petain) ; Laurence Fox (as Charles de Gaulle) ; Directed by Lynn ; at Park Theatre, London, UK ; 18 Feburary 2016 ; Credit : Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL ; http://www.arenapal.com
The above is from STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Ackerman ; Myanna Buring as Miriam and Laurence Fox as Guy ; at the Gielgud Theatre, London, UK ; 19 November 2013 ; Credit : Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL ; http://www.arenapal.com
The above two are from OUR BOYS ; Cian Barry (Keith) and Laurence Fox (Joe) ; at the Duchess Theatre, London, UK ; 2012 ; Credit : Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL ; http://www.arenapal.com
Rebecca Front on Twitter. @RebeccaFront
From the CamdenNewJournal
Running from Saturday February 25 to Sunday March 5, Jewish Book Week is much more than just a celebration of literature that is linked in some way to Judaism. ‘It is a festival of arts and ideas,’ says the event’s director Lucy Silver. The likes of Rebecca Front, Hugh Dennis, Henry Goodman, Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood will appear at the two venues – Kings Place in King’s Cross and the JW3 centre in Finchley Road.
Angela Griffin on Twitter and Instagram. @Angela_Griffin
Dakota Blue Richards on Twitter and Instagram. @DakotaBlueR
Here is that interview which I uploaded a few days ago.
From the Huffington Post dated 29/01/2017
WISE WORDS: ‘Endeavour’ Star Roger Allam On The Joy Of A Good Glass Of Red.
For the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series – where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons they’ve learned along the way – we’re posing some of the big questions to ROGER ALLAM.
A long-time stage actor, Roger Allam’s face has become familiar to TV audiences in ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.
He showed a darker side in recent crime drama ‘The Missing’ and can currently be seen, Trilby to hand, in period crime show ‘Endeavour’, where he plays young Morse’s senior colleague, DI Fred Thursday. As his character continues to worry about his missing daughter, Roger Allam sat down for a chat with Huffington Post UK…
I have a glass of wine. Red. Generally when I’m cooking.How do you deal with negativity?
Ignore it.When and where are you happiest?
Probably having the glass of wine while cooking.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
When someone asked Jimmy Cagney what the secret to acting was, he said, ‘Never relax and mean what you say.’ I think that’s quite good.
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
Your mind makes appointments that your body can’t keep.
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Work harder and try to know what you want. I could be wrong.
What 3 things are at the top of your to-do list?
I’ve never been to Barcelona, I’d like to go there; also South America.
Whenever you see a spectacular view, or just when you’re out in nature. I live near a beautiful park, and when I walk around it, the beauty of it can take your breath away. It makes you realise there is something bigger, certainly bigger than me.What do you try to bring to your relationships?
What keeps you grounded?
The weight of my body.
What was the last good deed or act of kindness you received?
Something terribly simple, somebody opening a door, asking me if I’d like to sit down, offering a chair. That’s all I need. I remember once about 10 years ago when I was injured, having to rehearse, and I was walking with a stick. And I was terribly touched by the amount of people willing to give up a seat. You often hear that London is so brusque and rude, but the grace with which people negotiate incredibly crowded spaces is something rather nice.
From The Official Website of Actor Roger Allam
Posted on 19 February 2017 by Margaux
One Sunday morning in 1981, four prominent Labour politicians gather in private at Owen’s home in Limehouse, east London. The ‘Gang of Four’ are desperate to find a political alternative after the Labour Party committed to unilateral nuclear disarmament and withdrawal from the European Economic Community. Labour had become too left-wing, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s austere economic and public-spending policies were disastrous. Despite the risk of undermining the Labour Party (to say nothing of the whole political system), the Gang made the monumental decision to break away and form the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The Gang of Four: who are they?
Roy Jenkins (1920 – 2003): First and so far only British president of the European Commission. He was the prime mover in the creation of the SDP, and its first leader. Though he never became prime minister, his brief incumbency in the Home Office during the late Sixties coincided with a series of reforms to the laws concerning homosexuality, divorce, abortion and race relations that changed the nature of Britain almost overnight. Jenkins became chancellor of Oxford University, and was awarded the Order of Merit. He was also an accomplished writer and award-winning journalist: best known for his autobiography A Life At The Centre, and his biographies Gladstone and Churchill. He liked good wine, good food, good talk, good books and fiercely competitive croquet.
Bill Rodgers (1928 -): In 1971 Rodgers acted as whip for the pro-European group of Labour MPs, led by Roy Jenkins, and played a leading part in the Yes Campaign in the 1975 Referendum on Europe. In 1987 he was appointed Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Although less in the public eye than the others, he was a crucial member of the Gang of Four.
Shirley Williams (1930 -) : Began her career as a journalist with the Daily Mirror and Financial Times before becoming General Secretary of the Fabian Society, a post which she held until being elected as Labour MP in 1964. Increasingly in a small minority on policy issues on which she felt particularly strongly – Europe, defence, internal party democracy – she resigned to become one of the Gang of Four. In 1982 she became SDP President, a position she held throughout the party’s independent existence. An early supporter of the Alliance with the Liberal Party, she was at odds with the style and substance of David Owen’s leadership and their relationship became one of open hostility. Her interest in employment policy, particularly youth unemployment, is reflected in her many publications on the topic.
David Owen (1938 -) : Educated as a physician, he nevertheless chose to pursue a political career and was member of Parliament for Plymouth from 1966-92. Under Labour Governments, he served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. Owen was the leader of SDF from 1983-87 and 1988-90. He was Chairman of New Europe from 1999-2005, a cross party organisation that successfully campaigned against the UK adopting the euro and campaigned for Vote Leave in the EU referendum, believing that the EU had become dysfunctional. Owen was Chancellor of Liverpool University from 1996-2009 and is the author of numerous publications in the field of health and politics.
Roger Allam, Nathalie Armin and Debra Gillett in rehearsal for Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse © Jack Sain 2017Cast and crew
Renowned for his documentary-style theatre, Steve Waters’ new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of modern political history. Cast includes Roger Allam as Roy Jenkins and Tom Goodman-Hill as David Owen, Paul Chahidi as Bill Rogers and Debra Gillett as Shirley Williams. Nathalie Armin will play Debbie Owen, wife of David Owen and co-host of that momentous day in east London. The production is directed by Olivier Award-winning Polly Findlay, who makes her Donmar debut.
Limehouse is part of the Donmar Warehouse’s potently pertinent themed Power Season, and is almost sold out, but some tickets will be made available every week from 20 February via KLAXON tickets. The play runs from 2 March to 15 April 2017.