Monday, March 25, 2013


"Love is the bread of life"

Feeling a little romantic. A photo/vid with my three favorite men these days. Mostly Richard Armitage, some Aidan Turner, and a dash of Dean O'Gorman in their pre-Hobbit roles.

Music: Obsession - Bebo Valdes and El Cigala

Richard Armitage images from Richard Armitage Central, vid clips my own. Aidan and Dean from Google Images.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

More Dean O'Gorman About The Hobbit from Dunedin Armageddon 2013 Event

More of Dean O'Gorman at a Hobbit Fan Event recently. He is truly a natural at this, very relaxed, funny and charming. 

Beware, there is one spoiler if you haven't read the book.

According to Dean he thinks none of the Dwarves would win a Mr. Sexy Middle Earth contest.  I disagree!

I think the Durin males would win by a landslide!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sean Bean Wins Best Actor Royal Television Society Programme Award

Sean Bean with the RTS Award for Best Actor

Congratulations Sean Bean on winning the Best Actor award from the Royal Television Society (RTS) this week. Well deserved, and Sean was long overdue for a top acting awards.

 Judges said of his role: “The winner’s performance was fresh and intelligent with real heart and was both 
accessible and totally convincing.”

From The Star:

Sean Bean as Tracie in the role that won him the award

 The Royal Television Society (commonly known in the television industry as the RTS) is a British-based educational charity for the discussion, and analysis of television in all its forms, past, present and future. It is the oldest television society in the world. It currently has fourteen regional and national centres in the UK, as well as branches in the Republic of Ireland, Canada and the United States. (From Wikipedia)

Sean Bean and daughter Molly Bean at RTS Awards

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Armitage Hobbit Humor - FanstRAvaganza 4

For a man who is almost always described as shy and reserved, Richard Armitage has a witty, wacky, wild and wonderful sense of humor. 

He is very funny, often in unexpected ways and unplanned moments. His humor is  "of the moment" in response to what he's been asked or what he observes happening around him. He sneaks it in at a surprising moment and then often is back to being thoughtful and serious. You could describe it as a dry sense of humor. I think that's why fans sometimes miss the fact that he's joking.  

But if you observe Richard Armitage well you can sometimes tell the funny moment is coming by the twinkle in his eyes, or the slightly naughty look and smile on his face. 

What a gift to all his fans that this Adonis of a man has a "Woody Allen-ish" comic mind. 

So in the belief that it is even more fun to see and hear some of these moments all together, I've made the video below for FanstRA4:

Armitage Hobbit Humor

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Inside Joke

Saw this product on a grocery shelf and just had to buy it.

Yes, all your fault darling

Screencaps thanks to Richard Armitage Central

 (Not an advertising for Trader Joe's)

Monday, March 11, 2013

FanstRAvaganza 4 - A Week of Celebrating Richard Armitage and Armitage Fans

 Today is the first day of FanstRAvaganza 4 - a week of celebrating our favorite actor

Richard Armitage

If you are a new Armitage fan, this is a great opportunity to find out what your fellow fans are up to and to support your fellow fans' creative endeavors inspired by our multi-talented, intelligent, charming, and lovely lad from Leicester.

I understand there are 30 participants this year - my how we are growing.

To find out each day who is posting, and what is going on this FanstRA Week go to the link below at any time:

This will be my third year of participating in FanstRA and I will post this Saturday,  Hope you come back then and check it out.

To see what I've posted during FanstRA in the past, see the tabs on top of of my blog. 

While I work on my Saturday post, I'll also be checking out my fellow Armitage Army recruits and their FanstRA posts and also commenting as I make the rounds. 

In case we all need a reminder of why we have this special week each year, here is one of the wonderful photos just discovered by today:

Richard Armitage by Robert Ascroft

A special Thank You to Traxy from The Squee for organizing FanstRAvaganza this year.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

UK Detective Series Worth Watching on WETA UK

Richard Armitage in the First Episode of George Gently

Richard Armitage - George Gently Series

British TV crime drama, detective, mystery, police procedurals, whatever you want to call them are some of the best in the world. They have some of the best actors in the world, high production values, and great locations to work with. Many of the great crime/mystery fiction novels in the world are also set in the UK, and not always written by British writers. WETA UK seems to be specializing in bringing these great series to viewers in the Washington DC area.

George Gently

Richard Armitage and Hobbit fans make sure to catch the first episode, really the pilot episode, of this series with guest star Richard Armitage.  According to the WETA UK schedule it starts this Monday, March 11, at 10:00pm.

The story is set in the 1960's in Northumberland and our two police detectives are seasoned and jaded Inspector Gently, played by Martin Shaw, and weaselly and ambitious young Detective Sergeant Bacchus, played by Lee Ingleby.  The 1960's setting is perfect, and fun to watch for those of us that remember that time, and the two leads and their interaction with each other are often as interesting, or more, than the crimes they are investigating. Tough and gritty stories, great cast and great guest stars as well.  

Check the WETA UK program schedule:


A series about veteran Detective Chief Inspector Stanhope played by Brenda Blethyn. This series was new to me, had not seen it on PBS before, or BBCAmerica, or other cable channels. I really enjoyed seeing a woman detective who has been around for a while in life and is balancing her personal loneliness with dedication to her job.Vera is not always likeable and I do cringe a bit whenever she calls someone "pet", and she calls everyone, especially younger  suspects "pet". It is a clue to the character though, and Blethyn is not afraid to make Vera difficult to like at times. The Chief Inspector has a young and very handsome partner, DS Ashworth, played by David Leon. The series is set in Northumberland.

The series is not currently playing on WETA UK, but I'm sure it will be back:

Dalziel and Pascoe

A show that has been on Cable TV in various channels, but hasn't been around for a while I think. It takes a well known premise, think of Morse and Lewis, one detective from the North, who came up through the ranks, and one university educated detective from the South join forces and hilarity and crime solving follows.  In this case Detective Superintendent Dalziel (pronounced Deal)  played by Warren Clarke is the up from the ranks senior officer, and Detective Inspector Pascoe, played by the perfectly groomed Colin Buchanan, is the intellectual college graduate.  The great fun in this series is watching veteran British character actor Warren Clarke take center stage in this series. 

The series is currently playing on Wednesdays at 10:00pm on WETA UK and also repeats at other times. Check link below:


I confess it took me a while to warm up to actor Stephen Tompkinson as DCI Banks, but once I did I became a loyal viewer of this series. This is another series that is new to me, and I watch lots of UK TV in addition to what is on PBS. Another gritty series, this one set in Yorkshire, that explores the process of solving crimes and the personal lives of the police who solve those crimes. Banks has an efficient team to support him, especially DS Annie Cabbot played by Andrea Lowe.  There's a possible romantic relationship between the older Banks and the younger Cabbot, a nice twist for the viewers as we wonder "will they, or won't they?".  Lowe was later replaced I think by Caroline Catz (Doc Martin) as DI Morton I believe, but I haven't seen those episodes yet, only the previews.

DCI Banks is now playing on Saturday nights at 8:00pm on WETA UK, and repeats at other times. Check schedule at the link:


For those outside the Washington DC Metro Area, check your local PBS stations for these mystery/crime series. 

WETA UK still remains I believe the only PBS station in the US with all UK programming.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#AndySerkis, #RichardArmitage, & #JamesNesbitt have arrived! Follow along today as they answer your questions.

#AndySerkis, #RichardArmitage, & #JamesNesbitt have arrived! Follow along today as they answer your questions.: #AndySerkis, #RichardArmitage, & #JamesNesbitt have arrived! Follow along today as they answer your questions right now on Twitter.

Update 3:33pm EST: Magic Tweet Chat is over - but you can follow today's tweets at link below for now at least:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Screen Talk Interview with Dean O'Gorman from 2012

Found this lovely interview with Dean O'Gorman posted in 2012. He talks about different roles he's played on film and TV since the age of 17, mostly in Australian and New Zealand productions.  Don't know when the interview was recorded, maybe before he was cast in The Hobbit, but he doesn't mention the film, so that might be the case.

Interview from NZ On Screen:

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