Posts by Carmen Croghan

British Actresses You Should Know: Miranda Hart

Though actress Miranda Hart is not yet a household name in the United States, for those of us who faithfully watch Call the Midwife, we’ll never forget when we met Camilla Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne for the first time.

It’s interesting to note that although Hart has become known to American audiences for her dramatic work, in the UK she is recognized first and foremost as a beloved and accomplished British comedic actress and writer. Seeing as Hart is so much more than Chummy (and someone I not-so-secretly would like to be my BFF) I wanted to let you in how you can witness the chaotic, awkward and fun-loving nature that, for me, is the essence of Miranda Hart.

Call the Midwife Series 3: Episode 1 Recap

Welcome Carmen to the fabulous and fun world of Telly Visions recaps! She'll be handling Call the Midwife this season, as we thought it'd be fun to finally give fans of that show a space to talk about the new episodes, same as we've done for Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Mr. Selfridge fans. Or, you know, just for any of you that don't want to slog through my several thousand word missives on those other shows. (For those of you that are wondering, I'm still on duty for Mr. Selfridge recaps but as some of you might have already guessed, I'm out of town at the moment, so that'll be going up in the morning. I'm sure it'll still be predictably massive.) Enjoy!

I am happy to be here to share the return of Call the Midwife with the many fans of this dramatic, touching, and dare I say it, life-affirming show. It has come back in fine form and includes all the elements avid viewers have come to expect.

This first episode of the new series is very much about change. The midwives are finally reuniting and settling into the new and improved Nonnatus House. In fact, the place is quite luxurious compared to their previous digs.

Irish Films on the Horizon

As I was thinking about what I wanted to write for Saint Patrick’s Day, my internet searches kept bringing me back to the compelling Irish offerings that have been making the film festival circuit in recent months. The signs were there so I had no choice but to share some Emerald Isle film magic and highlight the actors to look out for in these productions.

Each of these films has multiple nominations for the 2014 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards. But if you’re expecting tales of The Troubles, famine or leprechauns among this list, think again. I’ve gathered a variety of intriguing stories that I wager feature a fair bit of masterful acting.

Missing ‘Call the Midwife’? Here’s What You Should Watch Instead

It won’t be too long now for fans of the heartwarming period drama, Call the Midwife. Episode one of Series 3 is set to air on March 30. However, if the appetizer that was the Christmas special whet your appetite, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit for more medical drama and strong female bonding.

Never fear, we at Telly Visions are here to bridge that gap and find you something to watch while you wait for the return of the midwives and nuns, formerly of Nonnatus House.

For You on St. David’s Day - Actors You May Not Know Are Welsh

March first is St. David’s Day, a Welsh national holiday and a day to remember the death of the country’s patron saint. Festivals and parades are held across Wales and in other countries as well. Celebrants can be seen sporting daffodils and leeks on their lapels and yummy Welsh cakes are happily consumed.

Since I can’t exactly stage a festival here on the blog, I thought the next best thing might be a parade of Welsh actors to bring the spirit of Wales to Telly Visions. Of course we are all familiar with acting legends like Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins. Others have names that hint pretty strongly at their land of origin – Rhys Ifans and Ioan Gruffudd are just two examples. And, finally, let’s not forget the outstanding Wales-based sitcom, Gavin and Stacey and its many talented Welsh cast members such as Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Joanna Page.

What follows is a cavalcade of talented actors that you may not have known have Welsh roots. Today, let’s find out what’s occurring with this lush group from Wales…

Some Highlights from the BAFTA 2014 Film Awards

With two weeks to go until the Oscars are presented, the British Academy Film Awards had their say this past weekend at London’s Royal Opera House with resident host Stephen Fry presiding. While you can check out the entire list of winners here, it would be a bit dull to go through each and every award and appearance of note. Therefore I have condensed the event into a few of my favorite moments.

Read on for more.

The Challenges of British Telly Love

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching so of course that signals the obligatory loving couples of television; Musing over my own marriage of two and half decades, I decided I wanted to highlight British telly relationships that had some barriers to their success.

Staying in love long term is hard work after all and overcoming hardship can bring a couple closer. And after reading this list you may thank your lucky stars living with a slob or a neat freak is your biggest complaint.

'Top Gear' Series 21 Set to Premiere in America on February 10

Believe or not, the twenty-first series of modern classic automotive show, Top Gear, is airing this month. (It started this week in the UK and will make its way Stateside beginning February 10 on BBC America. And, yes,Top Gear is really that old.)

According to the 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records,the series is “the most widely watched factual TV programme”; however; the Top Gear of today is a far cry from its regional motoring magazine beginnings. Did you know, for example, that the show originally began in 1977? And that it used to look quite a bit different from it current incarnation?

In fact, you might be surprised by just how much has changed

Read on for a bit of a history lesson - and a look at some of the show's best moments!

 

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