The Crown

The Crown
Alex as the Duke of Windsor

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dombey and Son

Alex is described as a "paternalistic Dickens" in the new adaptation of "Dombey and Son", being broadcast from today on BBC4's "Woman's Hour". It is a 20-part adaptation, and the episodes are available for a week after the original broadcast:

Woman's Hour

Cranford, Episode 1

The first episode of Cranford was shown on BBC1 last night. An interesting, and sometimes funny view of nineteenth century English village life. I quite enjoyed it, but I only caught a glimpse of Alex in a couple of scenes. I hope that he will play a larger part in the next episodes. The reviews of the series I've read so far were good, and a lot of people watched it as well. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cranford Schedule

The first episode of Cranford will be broadcast this Sunday, 18 Nov, from 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm on BBC 1.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Penny's Review

Penny saw "Present Laughter" on Saturday, and her review is on her weblog "Penny For Your Dreams". She's also put up a few new pictures. I think she liked the production, and the lead actor....

"The energy level increased quite dramatically once Alex Jennings made his entrance as Garry. His huge stage filling presence really lifts the production and from that moment, you miss Garry when he's not on stage, because he is making the play tick and providing the intensity and dynamism that's required to make the play work."

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"Sarah Woodward was great and of course Alex Jennings was utterly marvellous as Garry. He brought out the inherent comedy in lines that are barely comic in the text and is so charismatic that you forgive Garry his womanising, vanity and self importance. He shows you the human under the handsome veneer, the lonely man in his ivory tower (though it leaks a bit in the rain)."

To read Penny's full review: Penny For Your Dreams

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Another PL Review

Ray Bennett for Reuters doesn't much like the production, but: "It's left to Jennings to carry the evening as Essendine, and he does it with great flair. Flouncing, sighing or raining down invective, he pays Coward the highest compliment of acting as if his slick and empty words really mean something."

BBC7, Yet Again

BBC7 is broadcasting a repeat of Midwich Cuckoos, John Wyndham's sci-fi classic about alien impregnation overturning the world of a sleepy English village, which was originally dramatised for radio in 3 parts by William Ingram in 1982. The production stars Charles Kay, Pauline Yates, William Gaunt, Rosalind Adams, Ronald Baddiley, Peter Tuddenham and Alex and was directed by Gordon House for the World Service.

The repeat will be broadcast this Wednesday - Friday at 6pm and midnight in the 7th dimension slot.