However, just as it was fascinating to see Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” or in “Mamma Mia,” I’ve been curious to watch Matthew in some of his other acting roles, which I hadn’t yet had the pleasure of seeing. I mean, c’mon — it’s pretty easy to love a man when he’s portraying Darcy (!!), but what about when he’s playing a different character altogether? A modern spy with a gun, perhaps?
Well, for years, I’ve heard about the long-running British series “Spooks,” aka “MI-5.” Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been watching episodes from the show’s first and second seasons — devouring them one at a time, like chocolate truffles — and falling hopelessly in love with Matthew all over again!
I know, I know, I’m a decade behind the times on this, but you have to understand something about me and TV shows: I’m not quick to jump on series bandwagons. I didn’t start watching “ER” until the episode at the end of the 5th season when George Clooney’s character was leaving the show. I didn’t so much as allow myself to watch those (scary!) commercials for “The X-Files” (let alone an entire episode) until late in the 7th season when I heard David Duchovny’s character would be leaving as a regular cast member. I didn’t begin watching any of “The Vampire Diaries” until the 3rd season finale because…well, no major character was leaving, but I just didn’t think I’d like a teen vampire show. And in every single case, I wished I would have flipped on my TV years earlier so I could start enjoying these programs sooner.
Believe me, I’ve since caught up on nearly every missed episode of ”ER,” “The X-Files” and “The Vampire Diaries.” (Can’t wait for TVD 4th season’s premiere on October 11th and more of Ian Somerhalder’s intense/hilarious vampire Damon Salvatore…swoon!) And, though I may not make it through all 10 seasons of “MI-5,” I’m definitely going to watch the ones that Matthew was in because, while there are a number of terrific actors in this series, I’m surprised by how emotionally moved I am by his portrayal of Tom Quinn. From the very first episode, he made me care about that character. And, from what I understand — and I don’t doubt it – Richard Armitage is an excellent addition to the cast as Lucas North in seasons 7 – 9. I just saw a few scenes from season 3 with the outstanding Rupert Penry-Jones as Adam Carter (who else enjoyed his portrayal of Captain Wentworth in the 2007 Persuasion?), and I can’t wait to see more. So, well, okay, maybe I will watch every episode…
In any case, I’d love to know the names of the actors/shows that you all find especially compelling. What should I be watching now?! What’s a series you can’t wait to see when the new TV season gets underway? Please let me in on the best ones out there, so I don’t wait until it’s been on for 5 or 10 years before I finally start watching it, LOL.
By the way, if you haven’t yet seen “Spooks”/”MI-5,” below is the link to the full first episode. Enjoy!!
Marilyn Brant has a long list of actors she loves to see on the large and small screens and she uses a lot of film and TV references in her books. (If only she could get her favorite stars to take on the roles of her characters in the movies!) Her next contemporary romance, Holiday Man, will be out this holiday season. You can find out more about it on her website: www.marilynbrant.com — and look for her next Austen-inspired novel, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, to be released in early 2013!