Episode 5 – Character Actors and Abandoned Books

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In Culture Catch Up this episode: the songs of Scottish singer/songwriter Jackie Leven, a tip for the Christmas number one (it’s not Adele), recommendations for The Dig, and TV series Ted Lasso and Criminal: UK, plus a brief review of American Dirt, by Janine Cummins. The Hidden Life of Trees, Cloud Atlas, Catch 22 and The Luminaries are just some of the books we’ve given up on. Find out which ones our readers abandoned and why!

Talfryn Thomas, Harry Andrews, Imogen Hassall, Brian Glover and more: we tell some stories of character actors in film, theatre and advertisements. Their names you might not know, their faces may be much more familiar.

And one factual error.. five OAP bonus points if you spot it!

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Top ten Jackie Leven songs, by Andrew Shields (@pangurdubh3) at Toppermost

The Dig trailer

Ted Lasso trailer

Criminal: UK trailer

American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins (Guardian review)

A Christmas number 1?   Abba – Little Things

Some abandoned books:

The Hidden Life of Trees trailer

Cloud Atlas trailer

Catch 22 trailer

The Luminaries trailer

Some character actors:

Brian Glover, as Sugden the sports teacher, in Kes

Harry Andrews (with Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Sims and John Mills), in Ice Cold in Alex

Valerie Leon – Hai Karate commercial

Caroline Munro – Naomi, in The Spy Who Loved Me


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