tempestsarekind: (posner and scripps)
So I happened to turn on PBS to find an episode of DCI Banks on, and who should run up - and spill coffee all over the main character - but Samuel Anderson as a new detective constable joining the unit!

Then Vicious aired after that - not the episode Sam Barnett is in, but there was still a millisecond of him in the behind-the-scenes featurette that followed the episode.

I decided then to watch the beginning of one of the DVDs I got from the library: the second season of Silk (the first season aired ages back on PBS; I honestly can't remember if they ever got around to airing the second season in my neck of the woods). I couldn't really remember much about the show, except liking Maxine Peake, but I watched the first episode contentedly enough. And then, in the preview for the next episode, a split second of a familiar face: Jamie Parker! It seems to me that at some point I must have been informed that he was in an episode of Silk, but this is not information that I could have previously retrieved without seeing him in the preview.

That's nearly half the set in one evening - and all of them accidents!

(Also, Indira Varma is obviously not a History Boy, but I didn't know she was in the second season of Silk either, yet there she was as well.)
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The pictures of Jamie Parker from various productions (including a rather nice one of him and Samuel Barnett in the barrel from Rosencrantz and Guldenstern Are Dead) are delightful.


(What is his face even doing in that one from The History Boys?)
tempestsarekind: (all the world's a stage)
Just posting so I can find it later: All of the Guardian's Shakespeare Solos videos on YouTube:


(Incidentally, listening to Riz Ahmed doing Edmund's "Thou, Nature, art my goddess" soliloquy has made me annoyed all over again with the liberal hand most editors use in applying exclamation marks to the text - precisely because he doesn't exclaim the last line - "Now, gods, stand up for bastards" - but gets quiet instead, and I think it's a very effective choice…but one that a reader who sees an exclamation point might not even consider.)

(I checked, just to be sure - although I have yet to question an exclamation mark in a Shakespeare text and find it there in the earliest editions, but I look forward to that day - and there is no exclamation mark in either the First Quarto or the Folio text. There is an exclamation mark in the Pelican and Folger Digital editions, which are the two that I have on hand at the moment.)
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Hattie Morahan has apparently recently been in not one, but two Sherlock Holmes-related properties: Mr. Holmes, the film starring Ian McKellen; and Arthur and George, the miniseries starring Martin Clunes (and also featuring Charles Edwards, who has played Benedick and Richard II for Shakespeare's Globe, and was also on Downton Abbey).

Looking up Hattie Morahan led me to a 2013 film I hadn't heard of (in which she has a role) called Summer in February, starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper - both of whom were in the Andrew Davies adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, in which Hattie Morahan played Elinor Dashwood.

Looking up Dominic Cooper led me to The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith (the third Downton alum in this update, along with Charles Edwards and Dan Stevens). Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the film was written by Alan Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner, the cast also includes - along with Dominic Cooper - Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, James Corden, Samuel Anderson, and Samuel Barnett, all of whom were in The History Boys. (I knew Samuel Barnett was in the film, thanks to Twitter, but didn't know about all of the other History Boys alums.) Jamie Parker does not seem to be in the film, but Roger Allam, who played Falstaff to his Hal at the Globe, is.

ETA: Just to bring this whole thing full circle, IMDb says that Frances de la Tour is also in Mr. Holmes…along with Hattie Morahan.
tempestsarekind: (hamlet/horatio OTP)
Jamie Parker's Hamlet recording (BBC Radio 4), which I tragically missed when it was available on BBC iPlayer, is now available for purchase on audible.com and iTunes!!!

There are no words for how excited I am to listen to this. Of course, I have to wait until I do all of my quarter grading and comments, but what a lovely reward it will be...
tempestsarekind: (clara/tea OTP)
god why am I up?

--no, I know why I'm up, it's because I watched "Listen" and I can't get it out of my head, and spoilers for Robot of Sherwood and Listen )
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Dispatch from the Department of Stuff No One Else Cares About, "Eight Actors in Britain" edition: In yesterday's episode of the most recent season of Endeavour (the prequel series to Inspector Morse), I did not spot any actors from Doctor Who, but there were four actors who had been in Globe productions. Two of these are series regulars: Jack Laskey (Orlando in the Thea Sharrock-directed AYLI), and Roger Allam (Falstaff in 1 and 2 Henry IV; also Prospero in last summer's production of The Tempest). The amusing thing was that the other two actors had also been in those same productions: I was of course thrilled to note Jamie Parker's name in the opening credits; he played Oliver opposite Jack Laskey's Orlando, and Hal to Roger Allam's Falstaff. And then Jessie Buckley was Roger Allam's Miranda! (They filmed this production of The Tempest, but who knows if they'll ever get their act together for US screenings; they never did for last year's, as far as I know - which was not a terrible hardship, I suppose, since I'd always planned to buy the DVDs for Jamie's Henry V and Sam Barnett's Twelfth Night anyway, but I still would have loved to see Jamie cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George on a big screen too.)

(Jamie played an utterly obnoxious Oxford tutor of medieval history, clipped upper-crust accent and all - but his voice was still so lovely that I kind of just wanted him to keep being obnoxious forever...)
tempestsarekind: (corset pout)
So I guess I missed Jamie Parker's BBC Radio Hamlet, and it's not up on iPlayer?

Is life really worth living, now?
tempestsarekind: (bored history boys)
Quite some time ago, I read this blog post about dreamcasting Good Omens, if a TV version of it should ever actually come to pass:


At the time I had two reactions: 1) amusement that every pick for Aziraphale had been on Doctor Who; and 2) a sudden need for a TV show in which Russell Tovey plays an angel.

I just finished rereading Good Omens, and this post came to mind. I agree that he's probably too young for Aziraphale, but...can't you picture him as an angel, anyway? An earthbound angel, sarcastic and tightly wound and touchingly, tremblingly brave; exasperated and in love with humanity in equal measure? Yes, okay, I know - a lot of that is just George from Being Human with wings, but that is partly my point: he'd be so good at it.

(I never did watch his last season of Being Human. I got enough of a sense from the internet, without reading any real spoilers, that it was not something I wanted to see, given that I had signed on to the show for "snarky supernatural flatmates" and not "an all-the-bad-things buffet.")


Jun. 13th, 2013 10:26 pm
tempestsarekind: (posner and scripps)
...someone has written fic of Sam Barnett as Twelve, and Jamie Parker as the companion. So, you know, that is a thing.


(It is a bit adorable. Link via fyjpshakespeare.tumblr.com.)

la la la

Apr. 3rd, 2013 09:36 pm
tempestsarekind: (all the world's a stage)
Just doing that thing where I croon Jamie Parker and Samuel Barnett's names obnoxiously, no big deal:

The Globe seems to have done this much faster this year than last year, yay! No real information up about when or where the screenings will be, beyond a blanket "from June 2013," but if they do happen this summer, that will be great.
tempestsarekind: (posner and scripps)
Jamie Parker and James Garnon as Bolingbroke doing the deposition scene, from the Richard II episode of Shakespeare Uncovered:


I think there's actually some footage here - a few lines, at least - that didn't make it into tonight's broadcast of the episode.
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Is anyone else watching Shakespeare Uncovered on PBS? I saw the first two episodes on Friday night (...and may have watched them again since in repeats. Shut up, it's not that often that there's Shakespeare on my television). Of course, because for some reason PBS doesn't advertise its Shakespeare offerings very well, all the commercials were only for the Ethan Hawke Macbeth episode, even though they showed two of them back-to-back (I get the monthly members' guide, so I was prepared for this, at least), but I suppose I should just be glad that there *were* commercials, since I never saw a single one for David Tennant's Hamlet.

Anyway. The first episode was on Macbeth, and the second on "the comedies." (In practice this was basically just Twelfth Night and As You Like It, but that was the title of the episode.) I rather liked the Macbeth one, particularly because they interviewed Antony Sher and Harriet Walter, who played Macbeth and Lady M opposite one another in 2001, so we got some lovely little details of how they played that relationship. I found Ethan Hawke a much more engaging host than I had expected; he was earnest and a little clueless, but that's not a bad thing for an introductory look at the play. Joely Richardson, on the other hand, seemed to be trying a little too hard to impress - or maybe I'm just miffed that she kept interrupting the Globe rehearsal scenes to talk about how much she loved some theme in Twelfth Night. And I didn't come to this episode with the best grace, anyway, precisely because of the decision to treat any comedy as every comedy, as so often happens: you'd never see someone cram Macbeth and Hamlet into one episode because they both deal with the murder of kings, but Twelfth Night and As You Like It both have heroines who dress up as boys, so they're obviously completely the same and couldn't possibly each deserve an episode. (I'm not saying they both should have gotten an episode, necessarily. I just think they should have picked one play and really concentrated on that one, instead of forcing everyone to talk in vague generalizations about how Shakespeare does the same things in so many of his comedies, and they have great, strong heroines, and are about the difficulties of love.)

This week we get Richard II, which I am greatly looking forward to even if Derek Jacobi does apparently get all anti-Stratfordian in spots*, and Henries IV and V, hosted by Jeremy Irons.

*I may have spent some time crooning "Jaaaaamie" in an unseemly way during the commercials for this episode, even though I have already seen his clips as Richard II thanks to the Jamie Parker Shakespeare tumblr. You'll have to guess, because I'm not telling.


Dec. 27th, 2012 01:13 am
tempestsarekind: (hamlet/horatio OTP)

Of course, my brain just went "Maybe he's actually going to play Marcellus!" because sometimes my brain is a useless smartass, but oh well.

Okay, back to plying myself with herbal tea and stubbornly muttering, "I am NOT getting sick." How do other humans keep from getting sick every time they travel, seriously?
tempestsarekind: (globe)
Looking for YouTube clips of 1 Henry IV to put up on the course website somehow led me to this:


It is a Tumblr devoted to Jamie Parker doing Shakespeare. Yup.

As you were.
tempestsarekind: (posner)
Or, as I said out loud to my computer when I saw this on Twitter, "Saaaaaaaaaam. BABY":

You can't quite tell just how high-pitched this exclamation was, but you're better off for that, I'm sure.

He actually winds up talking a fair bit about what it's like to be doing two plays at the Globe, since it's still early days for Twelfth Night. Anyway, I'm looking forward to keeping an eye on these as they get farther into rehearsal, because I have LOTS of Sebastian feelings, and no one ever really talks about him much. Plus, you know, Sam.
tempestsarekind: (eleven and amy)
I'd forgotten that I put together a "year in review" post about things I loved in 2011, and then never posted it because the list seemed so short, and I wanted to see if anything else came to mind. It wasn't a fantastic year for falling in love with new things, I guess. I read 38 books, which I know is barely a sneeze to some of you speed-readers out there, but is a decent sum for me. And I quite enjoyed quite a few of them. 2011 was the year that I finally read A Room With a View (which I liked, but perhaps not as much as Howards End) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle; and I read the odd little book The Brontes Go to Woolworths, and I liked Connie Willis' Blackout and All Clear, and Cat Valente's Fairyland. But I didn't read or watch anything much new that I felt the need to buttonhole people about, and that's generally my standard for a good media year. I didn't have a due South this year, or a Tamsin. Still, what there is, come see. (I have been spending *way* too much time with As You Like It lately, seriously.)

Year in review 2011

--THE PONDS. I've found myself saying lately that "all of my feelings are Pond feelings," and it's perfectly true. Doctor Who is beloved to me generally, of course, but this year has especially belonged to Amy and Rory. I love that their relationship has developed in s6, that Amy is more comfortable showing tenderness to Rory, that they are a love story in every universe. And I love that their relationship with the Doctor has grown and changed, too, that their bonds have deepened and been tested, and that they remain a strange, wonderful family. (*Christmas special flail*)

--honorable mention to Matt Smith, of course, whose face still exists and therefore has delighted me all season. Special kudos for his double act in "The Almost People," which I'm pretty sure I referred to at the time as giddy-making. And oh, that scene with Alfie (aka Stormageddon) in "Closing Time"...I don't want always to have Beat Up on Ten Corner, and that isn't really even how I mean it. But Eleven faces his death with the ability to focus on the good, to remember what he's loved as well as - or more than - what he's lost, and I'm so grateful for that. It's become a commonplace to talk about the way that Matt can suddenly turn so old in scenes like that one, but I think it's partly to do with the way he manages to make one believe that he's actually capable of reflecting on hundreds of years of experiences - sometimes to be made weary by them, but more often to be grateful, even if that gratitude comes with a tearful edge.

--another honorable mention for "The Doctor's Wife." Because Neil Gaiman wrote a love letter to the TARDIS, and it was beautiful. Hello, TARDIS. It was so very nice to meet you.

--And just one more for "Good Night," one of the minisodes on the S6 DVDs (aka the one where Amy and Eleven go get timey-wimey ice cream). This encapsulated so much of what I love about the Moffat era so far: its insistence on the benevolence of time, even in the face of its tragedies, but a benevolence that stems from the way that people orient themselves toward others, and choose to care for each other, as much as from time itself. (I still love the fact that ultimately they don't go back in time to save Vincent van Gogh, but to befriend him. Even though they can't change his fate, they can change his life.) The Doctor can't fix Amy's life; he can't make time travel make any sense. But he can give her the gift of perspective, a little touch of reparation for a childhood sorrow that becomes an answer for her current dilemma. In the face of the inexplicable and the unfathomable, this Doctor puts his faith in the grace of the moment. "Cheer up. Have an ice cream."

--going to London this summer with my friend. Also, theater-stalking several favorite actors: David Tennant, Samuel Barnett and Jamie Parker, and Arthur Darvill.

--(this gets its own line) the Summer of Jamie. This began in London, watching him and Sam in R&G Are Dead, which was like magic (oh, my boys). Then his brilliant turn as Hal in 1 and 2H4, which made me feel so much for Hal for maybe the first time: he was so immediate and in the moment, really piecing together his princehood through the course of the plays. And it's no exaggeration to say that the knowledge that he's playing Henry in H5 has brightened my life so much over the last few months: I so want to know where that journey will have taken him.

--very honorable mention for Roger Allam, who made me enjoy Falstaff. I did not know such a thing was possible.

--Passenger by Lisa Hannigan. I discovered this CD during the lees of the year, and it's quirky and enveloping. (I also bought a copy for my high-school Spanish teacher, as a Christmas present.)

--The Hour. Despite a sad paucity of Jamie Parker, this series was engrossing, and I rather fell in love with the rich textures of cloth it put up on the screen. (so much tweed. <3) /shallow There's also the relationship between Bel and Freddie, which I loved: I don't even necessarily need them to get together romantically (though because I have seen television before, I'm pretty sure they will), so long as they remain so important to each other. They're comfortable together, in a way they can't be with anyone else - particularly Bel, who spends so much time protecting herself emotionally, for all that she's reckless sexually when it comes to Hector, wanting to play by the same rules as men, who can have affairs and not be thought the worse for it. With Freddie, she gets to be both playful and childlike, and motherly and nurturing - because it's also always clear that Freddie couldn't make it without her; he's completely fearless, and he also doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain: he's got no instinct for self-preservation, literal or social. They've grown up together: she's proud of how she's molded him, and exasperated by his stubborn obliviousness; he knows her intimate habits, and can be scathing and unfair when he thinks she's playing it safe. It's interesting to watch them both try to grow past that old relationship they share, and yet to continue to need to come back to it. And it occurs to me, incidentally, that the way I respond to their relationship, especially when compared to my response to Bel/Hector, is completely telling about my priorities: the relationship that's supposed to be hot-and-heavy, all passion first and foremost, never interests me like the ones where two people find a resting place or haven in each other.

--Luther s2. I didn't love it quite as much as s1 (needs more Alice!), but I would watch the "Luther does domestic and awkwardly protective" show all day, every day. He's so bad at caring for himself that it's startling to see that he knows the offhand, ordinary routine of caring for someone else - not just protecting someone else, because that's part of his job, but the daily activities of cooking breakfast and nagging someone to go to the job center. It makes me wonder about or imagine the possibility of some occluded history of kindness in his life: who took care of him, when he was young and needed it? Did anyone?


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