Benedict, Prunella, and Martin news
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 26, 2018
Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to our television screens next Sunday in a new Masterpiece production; The Child in Time, which airs at 9pm. The 90-minute drama is an adaptation of a novel by Ian McEwan about a writer, played by Cumberbatch, whose child disappears without a trace.
In real-life Cumberbatch is father to two sons; Christopher, who was born in June of 2015 and Hal, who recently turned one. As well as being an actor and dad, Cumberbatch recently took on a new role - that of President of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the drama school from which he graduated in 2000. The position was previously held by actor Timothy West, who held the job for 31 years.
Prunella Scales and Timothy West
West, whose acting roles range from Shakespeare to EastEnders, is married to Prunella Scales, who played Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers. The couple have been together over fifty years and although West continues to perform at the age of 84, his beloved wife, who is now 85, hasn’t acted in a few years owing to her struggles with dementia. (See Tidbits article of April 14, 2014).
Despite what they call Scales’ "condition," West and Scales have continued to enjoy their shared love of canal journeys, which began over 25 years ago. Nowadays though, according to West, they need “much more preparation and support.” Those 4 mile an hour, meandering journeys along the canals of Britain, lead to a television series, which is now in its seventh season in the U.K., and a book called Our Great Canal Journeys, in which West not only tells of their travels, but also recounts stories of their acting careers and of the trials and the joys of aging.
Another British actor whose travels have been documented for television is Martin Clunes. Better known, of course, as Doc Martin. Clunes travelled through 16 of Australia’s 8,000 islands and his journey is documented in a three-part series called Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia, the second part of which you can see this Thursday evening at 8pm and Friday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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