Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby Wolesley » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:50 am

Coming to PBS in May:
A 2016 Tony nominee for Best Play, the drama imagines Prince Charles’ ascension to the throne following Queen Elizabeth’s death.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sho ... arles-iii/

Sounds fascinating!

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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby starlight » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:23 am

It does - particularly after reading the plot summary on Wikipedia. The subject is a row over freedom of the press. Very topical :cool: . And the blurb says it's written in blank verse, as a short clip on iPlayer will confirm (apparently the stage production was broadcast on Radio 3 last November)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b061fmty
Scroll down for the clip.

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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby marigold » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:12 am

I saw it when it was in New York roughly a year and a half ago (date unclear, sorry all). Excellent theater. Not the deepest work ever but well done all around; Pigott-Smith was wonderful as was the rest of the cast. It will be interesting to see how it's done on PBS.
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby starlight » Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:12 am

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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby HarrietVane » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:16 pm

Oooh! So pleased that this was filmed. I saw the posters when my wife and I were in NYC to see Helen Mirren in The Audience and I hoped to see it but we never managed it.
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby hazeleyes57 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:10 am

Just found out Tim passed away on 7 April 2017, aged 70.

He always seemed so vigorously alive I can't quite believe he's gone.
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby Wolesley » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:22 pm

Yes, very sad and a great loss to drama. He was about to open in Death of a Salesman, along with his wife Pamela Miles. Pamela broke her arm during rehearsals and had to withdraw. This article features an image of Tim in the role of Willy Loman which is quite haunting.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/actor-tim-p ... story.html

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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby starlight » Tue May 02, 2017 7:30 am

Drama provokes drama. :eek:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/ ... nger-drama

Airs on BBC2 on May 10th at 9pm.
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby Wolesley » Wed May 03, 2017 5:26 am

Oh dear. It does sound like it may be crossing the line into bad taste, but let's wait until we've seen it. :-? :shock:

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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby Sunshine » Fri May 05, 2017 9:44 pm

Well "To Play the King" got a lot of criticism for being too close to home, but then again, there were no corpses or ghosts..... :-?
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby dcfoylefan » Thu May 11, 2017 7:39 pm

Anybody watching this? I'm wondering if casting preference was given to FW alum... I guess there really are only 400 actors on the island.
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby HarrietVane » Thu May 11, 2017 8:29 pm

dcfoylefan wrote:Anybody watching this? I'm wondering if casting preference was given to FW alum... I guess there really are only 400 actors on the island.


I would like to! Will probably catch it on pbs.org this weekend. :foyle1:
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Re: Tim Pigott-Smith as King Charles III

Postby starlight » Wed May 17, 2017 6:22 pm

At last I got around to watching this. A great, affecting drama, to be sure, with many of the Foyle's War cast decanted into it - one great omission being the obvious choice for King . He would've nailed it with a special kind of authenticity :sad: . Oh well.

A year ago, I would've said that a head of state's refusal to restrict press freedom was a bizarre choice as the catalyst for a popular uprising in a drama :puzzled: . But things have moved on since then :awkward: .

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