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I know there are quite a few people out there like myself who, once they 'discover' an actor, begin tracking down every other project the person has ever worked on. What people did in the dark days before IMDB, I do not know. As you are catching up on this backlog of performances, you may stumble upon another actor you like, or writer, or director, or even song that played in the final minutes of an episode. So the topic for this inaugural Friday Forum is how did being a fan of Jamie lead you to other discoveries? For example, here are a couple of my discoveries:

For much of my life, I pretty much hated war related movies or TV series. There were a few exceptions, but I mostly flipped by any station that was playing something from that genre. I wasn’t thrilled to learn Jamie had appeared in Band of Brothers. Fortunately, IMDB helped me zero in on the episodes he appeared in - ‘The Breaking Point’ and ‘The Last Patrol’. IMDB also (now) lists him in a third episode, ‘Why We Fight’. If that is true, it must be a literal blink and you miss him moment because it took me a minute to realize he was onscreen in ‘The Breaking Point’. First lesson learned, sleep deprived, dirty, unshaven soldiers all look alike.



In lieu of photos (since I have none for this post), the pivotal scene in 'The Breaking Point'.
Conveniently, it includes most of Jamie's screen time in Band of Brothers.


After getting through the two episodes, I found myself rather interested in what happened to these people, leading me to watch the episodes that followed. Then I went back and watched the series from the beginning. Then I got the boxed set on DVD. It’s really awesome! I’ll go into detail in a future post. ;)

But getting back to why I mention Band of Brothers and tying it to the topic at hand, it led me to discover Damien Lewis, which encouraged me to give Life a try. Another star, Michael Cudlitz, was one selling point to get me to watch Southland. I've never been a huge fan of cop dramas, but the actors and characters make the series and I highly recommend everyone check it out when it returns to TNT later this year. :)

Jamie’s involvement in Law & Order: UK, coupled with my interest in finding out what goes into the making of a series, led me to follow some of the writers on Twitter. @chibnall (who moved on after the first series), @terrycafolla and @EmiliaDG. There are others, but these are the individuals who tweet regularly and find very knowledgeable and entertaining. Emilia would occasionally tweet about her husband, singer, songwriter and producer, @chapman. A few weeks ago, she linked to his new album, or I should say albums, as he has released the album, Mr. Ballad as a trilogy – the same songs interpreted in three different styles. As a fan of acoustic music, it’s the ‘Bare Bones’ version I immediately took a liking too. You can sample (and purchase) his music at The Mr. Ballad website.

There are more discoveries I could talk about, but what about everyone else? Who did you discover thanks to Jamie’s work? Who, or what, would you like to pimp? Think of this as six degrees of separation or, more likely, two or three. :)

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 21st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Definitely a thumbs up to the L&O:UK writers, who seem like such charming people. Also Emilia's tweets about her very bright 2-year old are hilarious. And sometimes include awesomely adorable video evidence. ;)

This wasn't so much a discovery as a jarring re-discovery - when I finally watched Jamie's episode of "The Last Detective" I did a open-mawed double take when I realized his skeezy dead father was Jeff Rawle:



Now, Jeff Rawle is one of those actors that if you watch enough British TV, he turns up a lot; he's a charter member of the UK chapter of "Hey, it's That Guy!" ;) Thing is, the thing I most closely associate him with is Faith In the Future, which was an innocous mid-90's sitcom about a mother and daughter living together and having charming life lessons and romantic brouhahas, in which he was the love interest of Lynda Bellingham's mum and couldn't be further removed from the truly despicable douchebag he plays in The Last Detective. He's kind, witty, gentle and pretty much exactly the kind of guy you'd like to see your mother hook up with if your dad was out of the picture. And that's what makes a great character actor, peeps.

FitF is a pretty pedestrian sitcom, but it's worth checking out if you can get your hands on it; it's not on DVD but it does *cough* make the rounds. Usually due to the fact that daughter Julia Sawalha (Who sports an unfortunate set of white-girl dreadlocks in Series 2 - oh, Nineties, you wacky kid!) has a hapless suitor who is played in S2-S3 by a very, very young Simon Pegg. And he's quite genius even that early on in his career, as a refreshingly male spin on the classic ditzy blonde. See Pegg n' Rawle in action...



End of pimping line.

Now, for the picspamming portion of the program. ;) Click to embiggen:


asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 22nd, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I should have known there would be a Simon Pegg connection in there somewhere! ;p
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 22nd, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm nothing if not loyal to the bone. XD
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: May 21st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Don't hold me to this, but I'm fairly sure Jamie's one of the soldiers on the back of the truck in Why We Fight, although granted that could be from any episdoe of Band of Brothers.

In six degree confessions, I primarily watch Brothers and Sisters for Matthew Rhys, BFF of Ioan Gruffudd, from Hornblower fame, which I initially watched after seeing Jamie in BSG.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 22nd, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'm far too lazy to pull out my DVDs, but I thought the back of the truck scene was in 'The Last Patrol' and that was the last we see of Jamie. Either way, I only recall him in two episodes. And I know IMDB isn't entirely accurate. For awhile they had a film listed among his credits that I know he didn't appear in.

Hee. I've watched episodes of Brothers and Sisters for Matthew and Rachel Griffiths, who starred alongside Ioan in Very Annie Mary, which is one of the films of Ioan's I checked out after watching the Hornblower films.

Interesting sidenote, I'm friends with someone who went to school with Ioan's sister. She didn't know her well so no stories to tell. ;)
esmerelda_t From: esmerelda_t Date: May 22nd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's quite possible then that I'm thinking of that scene then.

*cough* I have my very own copy of Very Annie Mary purely for the ten minutes or so of Gruffudd and Rhys.

I'm friends with someone who went to school with Ioan's sister

Proving the six degress of seperation theory then!

*icon snap*
blade_and_roses From: blade_and_roses Date: May 21st, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I'll join in endorsing Band of Brothers to everyone, it's fantastic. Mainly Jamie was the reason I came to watch it -- having parents enamoured of The Duke (John Wayne) meant I'd grown up seeing every single Western and/or war movie Wayne was in and frankly, I wanted to see no more Westerns and/or war movies. Then I fell into the story of BOB, and that was it. It's on my list of top miniseries.

And I was NOT watching Battlestar Galactica, being a die-hard fan of the original series (and particularly the original Starbuck, which meant I so was not watching a female replacement!), but loyally followed Jamie to the show. The amazing performances made me stick around -- and led to my finally breaking down to watch Dances With Wolves, to see Mary McDonnell's performance. And then followed Tahmoh Penikett over to Dollhouse, another wonderful Whedonverse series.

Have just gotten my L&O:UK DVDs, so I'm looking forward to discovering more great performances!
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 21st, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Have just gotten my L&O:UK DVDs, so I'm looking forward to discovering more great performances!

If there's one thing L&O:UK has in spades, it's terrific actors.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 22nd, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
My dad was a huge fan of war movies so, of course, I refused to watch any of them. I even recall him watching Band of Brothers when it originally aired on HBO and I'd be in my room watching something else. I'm now so glad Jamie was in BoB because I would have missed out on seeing such an amazing mini series otherwise. I even gave The Pacific a try, but gave up after five episodes. I just wasn't able to connect with the characters, which is odd since it had a much smaller cast.

I watched the original Battlestar Galactica back in 1978. I loved it...as a six year old. I was also one of those people who was not happy about the changes Ron Moore made. Starbuck was suddenly a woman. The Cylons looked like humans. And it didn't help that the ad campaign focused on a former Victoria's Secret model in a slinky red dress. I skipped the mini series. But then I had a friend who had acquired Season 1 - which had aired in the UK prior to airing on SyFy - and she told me how I had to watch when it debuted here. It was awesome, she was sure I'd like it, blah, blah. So I watched an edited version of the mini that ran on NBC before SyFy launched the series, thought it was good enough that I'd watch some more, and the rest is history. ;)

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 22nd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
And it didn't help that the ad campaign focused on a former Victoria's Secret model in a slinky red dress.

Ha! That's one of the initial "issues" I had to. It seemed like the campaign was focusing so much on Six and I didn't understand why, it seemed like SciFi was trying to position Tricia as a Seven of Nine-esque pinup more than a character. That made it extra nice when I finally started watching and discovered that not only was the show amazing, but OMFG Tricia is awesome.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I watched L&OUK just for Jamie and surprisingly really enjoyed it, it's probably my favourite procedural right now (if it was actually on TV that is).
In more shameful news I bought "confessions of an economic hitman", because Jamie mentioned it and it sounded interesting (and it is). And I checked out explosions in the sky, because it was on Jamie's i-tunes list (i know that's kinda pathetic), I really liked it! It is perfect running music too.

Horatio Hornblower wasn't something I'd have normally watched either, but I really enjoyed that series and have since loosely followed Ioan Gruffudd's career.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 22nd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I had heard about the awesomeness of The Wire for years, but what pushed me to make it must see TV was Jamie's endorsement in several interviews. ;)
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