Mr. Armitage . . . again.

What treats in amongst the drech of manuscript revision, the upsets with my dogs and the copious cooking required for shearing.

Last night I sat down for my regular hit of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple on ABC-TV.  It was, of course, a repeat.  But there, lo, in a secondary role, was Richard Armitage.  The first time I watched this series a couple of years ago, I didn’t know who Richard Armitage was and so his role passed me by.  I think the production date was 2007 which may have been on the cusp of his rise.  His face had less expression lines and his voice hadn’t quite the depth of later roles.  And he was confined to a wheel-chair which reduced the expressiveness of his role even more.  Having said that, the thing that I find most fascinating is watching how he has matured as an actor.  This may well have been pre the seminal North and South.

Then, when I came home from the Animal Hospital with my drugged-out JRT, I sat with her draped over my toes and checked through my favourite blogs.  There was M G’s RA Friday ( )and I sat laughing at the turn she has taken in what could almost (but not quite) be considered an obsession.  Where does she find all this information?  She must surely be related to Monsieur Poirot.

Finally after dinner tonight and sitting with my husband having a glass of wine, we watched the Meg episode of Robin Hood 3.  I had seen a spoiler on blogs elsewhere which was a shame as it reduced the impact of a crucial moment in Gisborne’s changing persona.  But never mind, next week we get a hastily cobbled back-story about Guy and his Dad.  Privately, it just seems to me that the writers have so many sub-plots hatching all over the place, that anything that concentrates on Gisborne alone would be welcome.  My husband made the comment: ‘When is the la-de -da-de-da sheriff coming back?’ (we know he is alive, we saw his fingers move a couple of weeks ago).

Anyway, back to Guy in the Meg episode . . . in amongst Hood trying to sort out just who his amours shall be, Gisborne’s self-realisation, as opposed to the self-flagellation of the first episode of Series 3,  was a touching and exceptionally real portrayal.  As I watched Mr.Armitage portray this new phase in Guy’s life, it occurred to me how far the man himself has come since the Miss Marple episode.  And it makes me wonder just how much further he can push himself.  I look forward to watching.