I missed Digging for Britain - I was looking for it on Thursday and it wasn't on. Will catch up via i player, thanks!
Ah, that's because they showed it on Friday. I remember a time when the BBC didn't move programmes around the schedules the way they do now. Ah well....
I have always had a soft spot for Alfred Molina - he's got a complicated, interesting look.
It's nice that he came home to do this. He was Dawn French's first choice for the role, but they never thought he'd sign up- what with being a big Hollywood name and all.
But he falls into the 'character actor' slot, which means Hollywood will deploy him to add weight to a vehicle for one of its own, rather than give him the lead role (the near-exception being Spider-Man 2, which - at a reported $3m - was no doubt his biggest pay packet, too). Peter Postlethwaite and Jim Broadbent fall into the same category.
Did you catch Molina in last year's An Education? It was a subtle, beautifully-judged performance, and I considered him rather unlucky to lose the BAFTA to John Henshaw.
No, I missed that.
Success of the kind he has enjoyed often means that the roles get less interesting.
That might even beat the Vindolanda tablets.
I've thoroughly enjoyed Digging for Britain - best archaeology programme since Down to Earth, from years and years and years ago. It was lovely to see a round up of the 'best of' from the UK's recent digs.
I particularly liked the episode about the Anglo-Saxons. I love how archaeology is lighting up "the Dark Ages".
I hope the show gets recommissioned.
So do I.
An annual roundup like that every year would be excellent...
As far as I'm concerned there can't be too much archaeology on TV.
Especially if it's GOOD archaeological TV!!
Like Time Signs, Down to Earth, Chronicle, Meet the Ancestors, Secrets of the Dead, the Bettany Hughes stuff, Castle, etecetera. (Eyes glazing over at the thought...)
Shame Alice Roberts didn't tack a modern programme onto the end, with 17th to 19th century stuff... And one programme dedicated to prehistory wasn't really enough. Should've been one for Paleo to Neo, and one for BA/IA...
Perhaps next time they'll give her a longer series
I loved Bonekickers. It was so totally bonkers.
I enjoyed Digging for Britain too - though I boggled not once but twice yesterday, when her talking head referred to Anne of Cleves first as Henry VIII's last wife, and then (in a separate segment) as his fifth. What do they teach them in these schools!
I missed that.
But I thought her commentary was full of the sort of loose, journalistic statements one longs to take issue with. Is Romeo and Juliet really the world's greatest love story? Personally, I think it's half-baked.
I was just relieved that she didn't say, "Wherefore is he Romeo? Why, right here!"
The parts set in the remains of The Theatre were my favourite, having said that. I'd not even heard about the excavation, and things like the green glazed goblet and the Bellarmine jug were marvellous to see, even without the "OMG Shakespeare may actually have touched this!!!" fetishization.
I love Bellarmines.
I'm looking forward to them opening the Mary Rose museum.
Yeah, the fetishisation was a bit much...
She's a bit too 'oh my golly gosh!!!' at times...