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Today I am watching this 2008 episode, of the Agatha Christie series.

Russell Tovey appears in it,too.

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Ben was very appealing in “Murder Is Easy”, and it was very droll to see Russell Tovey playing a constable.  I don’t suppose either guy imagined that four years later they would be working together again on the case of the Hound.  
 

Unfortunately, I did not care for Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple at all. I wished that Geraldine McEwan could have had that case.

Besley, I would be interested to know if you have seen a little indie project Ben did with Claire Foy and Shaun Evans called “Wreckers”.  It was released in 2011, after the first season of Sherlock had aired, but I think it was shot at least two years prior on a shoestring and there were some problems getting it distributed earlier. It was a labor of love project with a very small budget and largely unknown cast. Benedict sports his own natural curly red hair and I think since the black dye is so very difficult to get out, It’s unlikely this movie was made after Sherlock premiered.  They wouldn’t have been able to afford him after that. It tells the story of two brothers with a very dysfunctional childhood and how it echoes in the present of the older brother’s new marriage.  Claire Foy and Shaun Evans have of course gone onto brilliant respective careers starring in their own series on TV.  The role Ben plays is as unlike Sherlock Holmes as can be imagined. I wish he would do more of these kinds of diverse dramas instead of playing silly buggers in the Marvel universe but that’s my own personal taste. Playing Khan and Doctor Strange has made him very wealthy but I don’t think it stretches him at all.  

 

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Having not seen "The Hounds of Baskerville" for some time, I had to check the cast listing.  Russell Tovey had a major role as Henry Knight, Sherlock's client.

 

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I have had the pleasure of seeing him on the live stage, in just his underpants...

true for Ian, too!

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On 6/25/2023 at 11:35 PM, besleybean said:

I have had the pleasure of seeing him on the live stage, in just his underpants...

true for Ian, too!

Who's been cavorting on stage in his underpants?  :)

Daniel Radcliffe of course shook up the post-Harry Potter world when he played the lead role in "Equus" sans culottes . . sans everything to announce his arrival as a fully fledged adult actor.  Boy did he ever announce his adultness.  Nothing by halves.

Henry Knight was the first thing I'd seen Russell T. of the distinctive ears in; the exchange in Baker Street prior to setting off for the moor is one of my top series moments.  Having had an uninspiring breakfast sandwich on the Amtrak once, I can vouch for train breakfasts being disappointing.  Surprisingly decent coffee on the Amtrak . . much better than I had expected.

After I ran out of Sherlock episodes, I tried to find every role that every cast member with a regular or meaningful guest role had done prior.  That's when I found Starter for 10, a number of Benedict's indie UK films and The History Boys.  Mr. Tovey had a role in that ensemble on stage and in the subsequent film.  The kid playing young Henry in the flashback sequence at the top of Hounds of Baskerville is actually Russell's nephew and his uncle joked that he was cast for those ears that run in the family.

Another of my very favorite moments features young Adam Greaves-Neal as the young Sherlock prototype who Sherlock tries to school in ringbearer etiquette in the Sign of Three episode.  "Archie" would go on to the title role of The Young Messiah in 2016.  He was only 5 when Sherlock 3 was in production so I call that darned impressive.  

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