Thursday, 31 December 2009

Emma Fielding, that hat lady from Cranford

To me the most interesting thing about Cranford is the hat lady, sorry milliner lady, Miss Galindo played by Emma Fielding. Her story is the interesting one. Until now I thought the only way for early 19th century ladies to make their way independently in the world was to be come a governess (e.g. Jane Eyre). But now a second occupation opens up: making hats.

There needs to be a spin-off show about Miss Galindo and the adversity she faces in the hat-making world. Will the new railway increase the opportunities for her to market the hats? How will the industrialisation of hat-making affect her business? Will she find love with someone who doesn't look down on hat-making?

I did fear for Miss Galindo over the Christmas episodes recently shown on the BBC. They killed off Francesca Annis as Lady Ludlow and I thought a hat-making accident would be on the cards. Fortunately Miss Galindo survived and my hopes for a spin-off stay alive.

Failing that I would like to see Emma Fielding on TV more frequently. She was in that Ghost Squad thing about a secret police investigation unit a few years back, A Respectable Trade and one episode of Waking the Dead. Other than that I can't think of anything else I have seen her in.

Here's to more Emma Fielding/Miss Galindo in 2010!

Monday, 28 December 2009

Felicity Jones Cemetery Junction Photos

There's a few photos of Felicity Jones from her new movie, Cemetery Junction, at

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Ruth Wilson in Sunday Times Magazine

Today's Sunday Times Magazine has a 16-page photographic special on the stars of British theater. I'm happy to report that Ruth Wilson is included. I have scanned in the four Ruth-flavoured pages.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Felicity Jones in Vanity Fair

Felicity Jones is in the January 2010 issue of Vanity Fair magazine pictured with her Cemetery Junction co-stars Christian Cooke and Tom Hughes.

Photo credit to the Ricky Gervais' website:

And many thanks to Tim for letting me know about the article.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Ruth Wilson and Small Island Update

There's an interview with Ruth in the Scotsman newspaper. It's a good long article. You can read it at

Small Island part 1 was broadcast on Sunday night. It was a solid piece of work and if the two lead actresses are not nominated for everything next year I will be very surprised. I am looking forward to part 2 next Sunday.

The following article has word on the healthy viewing figures:

Thanks to Barbie.

Masterpiece Theater will be showing Small Island in April 2010:

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

FlashForward Mid-Season Finale

FlashForward has turned into quite a good show. Good enough that I'll miss it now that it's gone away for a while. Some of the last few episodes were solidly entertaining.

Of particular interest is the fact that the future is not set, it can be changed. There was a wonderful irony that the characters were given hope from the suicide of one of the FBI agents who had seen his future and discovered he caused the death of a mother.

Last week's episode was very "Lost" in style with flashbacks explaining why the young doctor dude was about to kill himself on the pier just before the flash forward and why he changed his mind. There was another nice irony in the fact that he couldn't find his Japanese gal in Japan but she has travelled to LA, at least in part to look for him.

I guess with the abduction of Jack Davenport Penny, sorry, Olivia will end up looking after his kid and that puts things in place for the Penny, sorry, Olivia-Joe Fiennes split-up.

And will Joe Feinnes really shoot Mr Sulu? I bet someone else uses his gun. He doesn't even have it anymore.

I have my own theory on what is going on: Everyone has had the flash forward to the specific date in April 2010 because on that date the experiment is going to be repeated. Most of the inspiration for that idea is from a movie I saw on TV years ago, The Philadelphia Experiment, where a tunnel in time is created when an experiment is attempted in the 1940s and then again in the 1980s. So, we'll see.

Final note, I had assumed actress Sonya Walger was American, despite her turn as Penny in Lost. However in the show Channel Five had on after this week's episode there she is talking in an English accent. Is everyone on that show English?

Darcey Bussell in Radio Times

I'm not remotely interested in ballet dancing and I don't follow Strictly Come Dancing, but I do have a lot of time for Darcey Bussell. Here she is looking typically lovely in the current issue of the Radio Times...

Small Island article in Radio Times

Here are the four Small Island pages from the current issue of the Radio Times. I've actually been meaning to scan this since the weekend but kept putting it off due to the less than expected Ruth content. Small Island is also covered in most of the other TV listings mags this week. Anyway, here are the scans...

Remember, part 1 is on next Sunday!

Felicity Jones Albatross synopsis and Wonderland photos

Thanks to Enrique for sending in a Felicity Fix. First of all here is a synopsis of her new movie Albatross:

Seventeen year old force-of-nature Emelia starts a new job at The Cliff House, a small hotel run by the dysfunctional Fischer family. Beth Fischer, also seventeen, is cramming for her exams in a desperate bid to escape to University. Dad Jonathan is an author. Once the bright young thing of the literary establishment, he is now suffering interminable writer's block. Wife Joa runs the hotel Jonathan bought with earnings from his first book. She resents it, him, and everyone around her as she gave up her 'promising career as an actress' for this.

Emelia is an aspiring writer; believing she is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Jonathan sees promise in Emelia and begins to tutor her, but their relationship quickly crosses the pupil-teacher line and they embark on a love affair. At the same time, Emelia and Beth strike up a surprise friendship: Emelia's free-spirit helps Beth learn to let her hair down and Emelia is inspired by Beth's determination and focus.

Secrets are revealed as the threads of the story collide and unravel. Can Emelia get rid of the Albatross that hangs round her neck and rewrite herself?


And here are eight photos of Felicity Jones in WONDERLAND magazine. I believe it is the November 2009 British talent special.