Monday, December 29, 2008
Captain Kell is the head of the Secret Service Bureau, an organisation that is contactable via the operator apparently! A few screen grabs:
Alex doesn't feature in this too much; my best advice would be not to blink!
The film is available here on the iPlayer until the 4th of January.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The rehearsed reading of T.S. Eliot's "The Cocktail Party" was reviewed by Nicholas De Jongh in the Evening Standard:
"Adultery, favourite pastime in plays of the period, rears an indiscreet head when Alex Jennings’s Edward, absolutely superb in his shuttered anguish, after romancing Rosamund Pike’s Celia, and Chancellor’s Lavinia own up to sexual dallying. The play shifts with mesmerising stealth into terrain of suffering and death."
Full story: Evening Standard.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Alex will participate along with: Rosamund Pike, Anna Chancellor, Charlie Cox, Rosalie Craig, Nicky Henson, Paul Phys and Una Stubbs. Jamie Lloyd is directing. Tickets cost £10.
Friday, December 12, 2008
How To Be An Internee With No Previous Experience
By Colin Shindler
In 1944, Wodehouse was questioned by MI5 after broadcasting to America from a German internment camp. One of the interrogators was an up-and-coming journalist called Malcolm Muggeridge. The other was Major EJP Cussen, who later became a high court judge. The stakes were high: one of Britain’s best loved authors was facing the possibility of the death penalty.
Wodehouse .....Tim McInnerny
Muggeridge ...... Alex Jennings
Cussen ..... Anton Lesser
Connor ..... Stephen Critchlow
Flannery ..... Gunnar Cauthery
Producer/director Peter Leslie Wild.
It will be available on the BBC iPlayer until Tuesday, 23rd December.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The People's Princess
By Shelagh Stephenson
Facing financial ruin George, Prince of Wales is obliged to marry his first cousin - Princess Caroline of Brunswick. But if he had been expecting a docile partner with whom he could maintain appearances, George has seriously underestimated his wife-to-be.
George IV ...... Alex Jennings,
Caroline of Brunswick ...... Rebecca Saire
Henry Brougham ...... Julian Rhind Tutt
Lord Sidmouth ...... Chris McHallem
Lord Liverpool ...... Richard Howard
Sir Robert Gifford ...... Mark Lambert
Lady Jersey ...... Jill Cardo
Mr Majoucci ...... Nial Cusack
Director Eoin O’Callaghan.
Available on the BBC iPlayer until Thursday 18th December.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The evening is described as follows:
“Hosted by Julia McKenzie (the new Miss Marple) and featuring Brian Kay, Alex Jennings, The Classic Buskers and the A-Cappella Company, this evening will be jolly, friendly and a nice event for a local good cause. Join us for a wonderful evening - singing and enjoying the music, readings and refreshments - to raise funds for The HOPE Appeal for Cambridge Veterinary School’s Cancer Therapy Unit,” says Meredith Lloyd-Evans, a Hope Appeal Trustee and local businessman.
Suitable for company outings, families and anyone who would like to have a good time and raise money at the same time!"
For more information check: Cambridge Network
My Year Off
By Robert McCrum
At the age of 42, Robert McCrum, the chief editor of Faber and Faber suffered a devastating stroke. This is a searingly honest account of his experience which includes extracts from his diary and that of his wife Sarah.
Robert McCrum ...... Alex Jennings
Sarah Lyall ...... Madeleine Potter
Occupational Therapist ...... Richard Laing
Paramedic/Speech Therapist/Physiotherapist……Rachel Atkins
Sound design by David Thomas; producer Karen Rose.
You can listen on the BBC iPlayer until Wednesday!
Thanks to Penny!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
"Bravo to the Old Vic for presenting one of the most weird and wonderful British premieres I've seen in quite some time.
Drama Queens, the brainchild of German artists Elmgreen and Dragset, presented five remote-controlled sculptures on stage with the actors providing a live voiceover from the sidelines.
Joseph Fiennes played an abstract, angular sculpture by Sol Lewitt flirting monstrously with a Barbara Hepworth sculpture played by Lesley Manville.
Spacey himself gave voice to an infuriatingly chatty silver rabbit based on the famous work by the American Jeff Koons. Jeremy Irons played Giacometti's tall thin walking man while Alex Jennings voiced a solid granite oh-so-Germanic untitled block inspired by the German artist Ulrick Ruckriem. [u umlaut]"
Full story at: Evening Standard
Saturday, October 11, 2008
BBC Radio 7
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Book at Bedtime
Thanks to Penny!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
"When the affable, if somewhat foolish, Major Sinclair Yeates leaves the British Army and opts to become a Resident Magistrate in turn-of-the-century Ireland, he has no idea what adventures await him. As he tries to get on with his job, he finds the locals are out-thinking and out-manoeuvring him every step of the way. He plods on, trying his very best to do his job, but finds himself frustrated by a people whose every waking moment seems dedicated to thwarting the poor man.
The Experiences Of An Irish RM stars Alex Jennings as The Irish RM and Mark Lambert as Flurry Knox. Other cast members include Marion O'Dwyer, Cathy Belton, John Hewitt, Ingrid Craigie and Miche Doherty. The Experiences Of An Irish RM was dramatised by Christopher Fitz-Simon."
"From the opening bars of the overture, the scintillating score and succession of brilliant and witty numbers, Leonard Bernstein's Candide is an enthralling, breathtaking, roller-coaster of a piece. With its affectionate parodies of operatic conventions and forms, it was a personal favourite of Bernstein's and, from its 1956 première, he tinkered with it, on and off, for three decades.
Candide is based on Voltaire's savage satire on 18th-century institutions and manners, whose ridiculously optimistic dictum "All's for the best in the best of all possible worlds" is relentlessly disproved by an unending sequence of misfortunes and disasters, death and destruction.
In this controversial production, recorded at the English National Opera in July, director Robert Carsen triumphantly updates the often surreal action from 18th-century Europe to Fifties America, and beyond, revealing the dystopian reality of the American Dream. Westphalia becomes West-Failure; the Spanish Inquisition is transformed into Senator Joe McCarthy and the Ku Klux Klan; Venice is Vegas; Eldorado, Texas. And, in a move that nearly caused the cancellation of the show in Milan, Voltaire's five deposed kings become Blair, Chirac, Bush, Putin and Berlusconi.
The acclaimed cast comes from the worlds of musical theatre and opera: the multi-talented Alex Jennings plays Voltaire, Pangloss and Martin; Beverly Klein is the Old Lady; Soprano Marnie Breckenridge is a sparkling Cunegonde; and the title role is taken by leading British tenor Toby Spence. Rumon Gamba conducts them and the Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera."
Opera On 3 – Candide
Saturday 4 October
6.00-9.30pm BBC RADIO 3
Radio 3 - Candide
Thanks again to Penny!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Listen at: BBC7
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Alex's latest film, "The Disappeared", will be shown at the Frightfest Film Festival in London on 25 August at 3.40 p.m. The festival takes place at the Odeon West End.
For more information see the Frightfest website.
There is a picture gallery at the film's website now, which has some pictures of Alex. See: Disappeared Picture Gallery.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Alex is back reading Ashenden, Gentleman Spy on BBC7: Alex Jennings reads Somerset Maugham's series of short stories, based on his own experiences during the First World War and featuring Ashenden, recruited by the British Secret Service as a spy. Abridged by Neville Teller the producer was Eoin O'Callaghan and it was an original BBC 7 commission.
Monday to Friday at 9.30am 8.30pm and 1.30am
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
They also have the first picture!
Full review: Musical Criticism
More mixed feelings about the production from Edward Seckerson in The Independent, but again only praise for Alex: "It was Bernstein and Hellman’s idea that Candide’s tutor, the philosopher Dr. Pangloss, should, as a re-embodiment of Voltaire, become our master of ceremonies. Subsequent rewrites have made this more explicit and here we have the brilliant Alex Jennings slipping nonchalantly between the two – not to mention Pangloss’s alter ego, the cynic Martin, whose belief in “the worst of all possible worlds” achieves greater resonance in this production with his bitter laughing song “Words, Words, Words”. Jennings nails that."
Full review: The Independent
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Full review: Timesonline
Fiona Maddocks on Thisislondon.co.uk has mixed feelings about the production, but "We're tuned to Volt-Air TV with the French Enlightenment philosopher himself as the channel-flicking narrator - played superbly by Alex Jennings who, doubling as the perfectly flossed optimist Pangloss and the old tramp-pessimist Martin, stole the show."
Full review:This is London
Rupert Christiansen in the Telegraph calls Alex's performance "deliciously wry".
Full review: Telegraph
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
"In this production the actor Alex Jennings will play Pangloss. Can he sing? "Yes – he did My Fair Lady – but when you ask me a question like that, I have to ask you, what is singing?" OK, what is singing? "It's projecting words through music. Which is why actors often make fantastic singers." But has he a voice? "It's quite annoying – he can't read music, but he sings on pitch, and he's got a good ear. He's a really good Pangloss.""
Saturday, June 21, 2008
"Spence obviously can't wait. He thrives on Carsen's brand of aggressive theatricality, and is keen to work with stage actors (Alex Jennings plays Pangloss). “Every day I see him adding something, or taking something out. Whereas we opera singers arrive having made a lot of decisions, he's putty, and that's fascinating for me.”"
For the full interview see: Times Online
Monday, June 16, 2008
There is a short trailer on their weblog, which does not feature Alex but has information on the production. This is the first instalment. You can find it at English National Opera's Weblog.
Then there is a podcast with director Robert Carsen, conductor Rumon Gamba, Jamie Bernstein, Alex and Toby Spence discussing Candide. You can download it from: ENO podcasts.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
This also stars Charles Kay, Pauline Yates, William Gaunt, Rosalind Adams, Ronald Baddiley and Peter Tuddenham. Wednesday – Friday at 6pm and Midnight, with a chance to "listen again" for 7 days after the original broadcast.
Friday, April 25, 2008
First, on Saturday he can be heard in "Small Gods", which is part of the mini-season celebrating Terry Pratchett’s 60th birthday. Small Gods is dramatised in 4 parts by Robin Brooks and the cast features Anton Lesser, Patrick Barlow, Carl Prekopp, Alex and Michael Kilgarriff. It will be broadcast on Saturday at 6.30pm and 00.30am
Then, he can be heard in "Stolen" by Ray Jenkins. The short play is about a German archaeologist who gets involved in a race to steal Buddhist treasures from ancient lost towns along the Silk Road. With Siobhan Redmond, Sean Baker and David Tse, it was directed by Janet Whitaker and first heard in 1999. The programme will be broadcast on Monday at 10.15am, 9.15pm and 2.15am
As usual the programmes can be heard for seven days after the original broadcast on the "Listen Again" page at
For more information see the Tricycle Theatre.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"As she nears her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, where she has spent the best part of her adult life, is soon to close. In the weeks leading up to this upheaval, Roseanne talks with her psychiatrist, Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and becomes increasingly complicated.
The story is told through Roseanne and Dr Grene's fictional journals, and it is at once both shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through a haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love, passion and hope.
Roseanne's journal is read by Doreen Keogh and Dr Grene's by Alex Jennings."
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thanks to Penny for all the radio news!
Friday, March 28, 2008
David Belcher in The Herald was less impressed by Alex: "John Le Mesurier was the good old boy whom Joan married but didn't truly fall for, unluckily for him. Unluckily for us, Alex Jennings didn't get very far beyond providing a pallid impersonation of the languid Dad's Army star, an innate gentleman who chose not to kick up a bally fuss about having his heart broken by his best pal's theft of his wife because he simply loved them both, don't you know."
"What if you couldn't remember a single minute of the 10 years you'd spent with the love of your life? Goldfish Girl, by Peter Souter, is a romantic and tender play. A husband slowly leads his amnesiac wife, who is lying in a hospital bed recovering from a brain injury, through the story of their passionate love affair and on to the terrible and tragic reason that they are no longer together.
The journey he takes her on, day after day, is to help her recover – but he knows that recovery will inevitably lead to his ultimate rejection."
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The ENO have also set up a website for the production. There is an image gallery with images from earlier productions and there is a competition to win tickets to the opening night.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Alex plays the role of John Le Mesurier in a BBC4 drama on the relationship between Joan Le Mesurier and Tony Hancock. It's an episode in the series "The Curse of Comedy" called "Hancock and Joan". Broadcast date is Wednesday March 26, Ken Stott plays Hancock, Maxine Peake plays Joan. More information on:
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The programme is available on the website for 7 days after the broadcast at Listen Again.
Monday, March 03, 2008
More information on:BBC website