Following the success of Craig Charles’s too-deadpan-for-some-but-bloody-funny-for-the-rest-of-us bloggery last week, Dave’s ever-expanding Dwarf section has gained a new blog entry – this one written by Chris Barrie. There are many interesting things here, most notably news of more guest cast members…
But first, Chris discusses his excitement as we wait patiently for Back To Earth to air (which is in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS NOW). Now, obviously it’s in Chris’s (and Dave’s) interest to big up the shows as much as possible, but the slightly understated nature of Chris’s praise is somehow very reassuring – it seems like we’re getting his genuine opinions rather than a regurgitated press release.
Chris also mentions his disappointment at the lack of studio audience, which for a comedy performer with his background and caliber, is not a surprise. But as Chris says, the audience was a sacrifice the production style demanded – there’s no doubt that a laughter track would have been completely out of place in Back To Earth, judging from what we’ve seen already. Whether this is a good or bad thing for the show is a matter for debate – most of the G&T bunch are behind the idea, but there are some reservations. More on this later today – in the In Depth section of the site, no less.
But anyway, enough of this chitter chatter. Chris has named three new guest stars! Obviously, we have no idea what kind of characters they’ll be playing yet, but we know their names, and we’re armed with Google, Wikipedia and IMDB…
Richard O’Callaghan (top left in the picture above) is a 69-year-old character actor, who seems to be best known for being in a couple of Carry On movies. I’m not a huge expert on those, but I know a couple of people who are – I’m sure John and/or Tanya will turn up in the comments soon with their opinions on the man.
Jeremy Swift (top right) has got one of those faces that everyone recognises, but nobody knows where from. His biggest role was as Barry – a nerdy, crossword-bothering singleton – in BBC Three’s quite good sitcom The Smoking Room, but he’s had guest roles in just about every long-running British series under the sun.
Richard Woo (bottom left) – who appears to be also known as Richard Ng – is another 69-year-old gentleman, who hails from Hong Kong. He appeared in seemingly hundreds of films in Hong Kong during the 70s, 80s and 90s, mostly in what Wikipedia assures me were comedic roles. Since moving to London in 1997 (the year Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule – probably no coincidence), he’s been semi-retired, but still turning up in adverts, roles that require generic Chinese people and, interestingly, the second Tomb Raider film.
Finally, Chris leaves us with the tantalising notion that most of the people involved on Back To Earth went away with the desire to do more of it – be it a special, a series, or a movie. Any one of these three, pls.