Alexandra Afryea – Silent Witness

Alexandra will feature as Kate Riley in an episode of BBC’s Silent Witness airing early in 2019.

The longest-running crime drama on TV today having first gracing our screens back in 1996 and currently starring Emilia Fox, David Caves, Liz Carr and Richard Lintern, it follows a crack team of forensic pathologists and their various assignments, helping the police solving often rather grizzly crimes by investigating the murder victims themselves, the titular Silent Witness. 

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Robin Kingsland – Call the Midwife

Robin will be co-starring in an episode of the upcoming eighth season of BBC’s Call the Midwife. 

Set in the East End in the late 1960s and early 1960s, this period drama tells the story of nurse midwives in the poverty-stricken neighbourhood of Poplar in East London and is based off the trilogy of memoirs written by Jennifer Worth, the first book being the series’ namesake.

The post-World War II baby boom, the wave of immigration from the Commonwealth Nations following the Second World War, the foundation of the NHS in 1948, unexploded bombs left over from the Blitz, the threat of nuclear war and the introduction of contraceptive medication have all been featured in the show’s seven-series history.  

Robin will be playing Mr Macallister, a surgeon specialising in cleft pallet surgery who is brought in to consult with a worried mother about an operation her newborn requires. 

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Ian Houghton – The Wider Earth

Ian co-stars as Robert Darwin and Richard Matthews in Trish Wadley Productions’ The Wider Earth, in association with The Dead Puppet Society and The Natural History Museum. 

Written, directed and co-designed by David Morton, it follows the life of a 22-year old freshly-graduated Charles Darwin as he embarks upon arguably the most significant expedition in scientific history, the voyage of the HMS Beagle.

Although he originally enlisted as the crew’s geologist, Darwin would use the experiences he had and the detailed observations of the flora and fauna he encountered to lay the foundations for a revolutionary new theory, that species were not fixed but ever-changing. Once he got back to England after circumnavigating the globe in the space of almost 5 years, he would commit these ideas to paper where they evolved into the Theory of Natural Selection. 

Robert Darwin was Charles’ father, a highly successful and respected doctor who was deeply frustrated by his son’s lack of direction. He expected that Charles would find some kind of acceptable occupation but this has brought him into conflict with his young son’s obsession with natural history. 

Richard Matthews was a missionary charged by the Beagle’s captain Robert FitzRoy to escort a native Patagonian known to the British as “Jemmy Button” (real name Orundellico) to his family in Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America and to open a Christian mission there. He was a deeply devout man who initially served as an emotional ballast for Charles before their relationship was foundered by Darwin’s insistence on questioning the origins of the natural world. 

Featuring spectacular puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations, it opens at the brand-new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery at the Natural History Museum in London on the 13th of October with previews running from the 2nd. 

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Mo Chara – The Team

Mo will be appearing in the next season of the upcoming Nordic crime drama The Team, coming to Amazon Prime later this year. 

Which had its Danish Premiere last week in Copenhagen.

Directed by Kasper Gaardsøe and produced by Nordisk Film, it’s about a small and flexible cross-border investigation. Entering around Harald Bjørn from Denmark, Jackie Mueller from Germany and Alicia Verbeek from Belgium, they unravel an unscrupulous criminal organisation in Europe.

Their world is no devoid of personal cost though. Old wounds are ripped up. New wounds are caused. In their investigation they often find themselves staring into an abyss of death and destruction. But that is also where they find the truth. And their friendship.

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Jenny Gayner – Entanglement

Jenny stars as Elysse in Alexander Miguel’s Entanglement and is nominated for Best Actress at The Queen Palm International Film Festival.

In this short film, a successful businesswoman is waiting for her date at her regular bar when she receives a mysterious coded message leading her to a room in the hotel above. Instead of a surprise rendezvous, she finds herself transported to a surreal world full of strange characters from which there is no escape. 

Written by Sophie Armatas and produced in association with Lakeside Pictures, it has been selected by four different international film festivals so far: the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, the Cult Critic Movie Awards, the Portobello Film Festival and the Queen Palm International Film Festival. In the latter, Jenny has also been nominated for best actress! 

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Brian Caspe & Sinéad Phelps – Lore

Both Brian and Sinéad will be guest-starring in separate episodes of the second season of the Amazon Prime horror anthology Lore, debuting on the 19th of October.

Originally a podcast helmed by Aaron Mahnke (who now acts as the narrator for the series), it tells spine-chilling tales of supernatural goings-on based on real-life accounts using a mixture of documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell these stories.

Season 2 will be more of the same: the recounting of real-life episodes of human history that beggars belief and proves that truth is often stranger than fiction. 

Brian will be playing aeronautical engineer and painter Frank Malina in the 5th episode “Jack Parsons”. Born Marvel Whiteside Parsons, Jack Parsons is considered one of the fore-fathers of our forays into space, being one of the principal founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory which would be one of the progenitors of NASA. He was also a devout member of the religious movement Thelema, founded by infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley, and would go on to be the leader of the Californian branch of the Thelemite brotherhood Ordo Templi Orientis.

Frank Malina was a close friend of Parsons, both graduating from Caltech together where they both would make major breakthroughs in rocketry, garnering the nickname “The Suicide Squad” because of their dangerous experiments. Malina will be the chief antagonist for the episode, fighting tooth-and-nail against Parson’s descent into the dark esoteric world of the occult. 

Sinéad stars in the 4th episodes of the series entitled “Burke and Hare”. The episode focuses on the infamous Penny Dreadful tale of William Burke and William Hare, two down-and-out Irishmen working the dockyard of Edinburgh in 1828  who are lured into the lucrative underground trade of grave-digging. The two friends would get a pretty penny for their grizzly harvests by selling them to a doctor named Robert Knox for dissection. However, the greed and ambition of the two Irishmen quickly makes them descend into more insidious ways of procuring fresh cadavers and Burke and Hare would commit 16 murders over 10 months throughout Edinburgh.

Sinéad plays their last victim named Margaret Docherty, a young 28-year old Scotswoman who pretends to be Burke’s cousin. After their other lodgers found Margaret’s body, Burke and Hare were arrested and brought before a judge but by revealing information to the details of the 16 deaths to the count in a process known as turning King’s evidence, Hare was given immunity. Burke was convicted of murder and hanged and, rather ironically, his body was dissected and his skeleton is still on display at the Anatomical Museum of the Edinburgh Medical School. 

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Robin Kingsland – Fiddler on the Roof

Robin features as the jolly innkeeper Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof at the Frinton Summer Theatre, running from the 14th to the 19th of August.

Headed by director Edward Max, Frinton Summer Theatre is the oldest still active Repertory theatre in the country and has had actors such as Vanessa Redgrave, David Suchet, Timothy West and Gary Oldman walk through its doors in the past on their way to stardom. 

For the first time since the theatre’s beginnings in 1937 they are staging a production on Frinton’s gorgeous Greensward, a stretch of greenery along the seafront. 

This now-iconic musical takes place in the Pale of Settlement, the region in the western Russian Empire where Jews were allowed to have permanent residence, and centres on Tevye, a Jewish father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the his family’s lives. 

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