David Collings as
the a doctor in Oscar (BBC 1985).
Gemma Jones as Louisa Trotter in Duchess of Duke Street.
Mystery and Imagination (ITV, 1968-70) came in the post today. I’ve only watched ten minutes of the 1970 ep “The Suicide Club”, but five minutes in David Collings turned up in a top hat and cape and started throwing cream tarts about the room.
But don’t worry. He’ll probably die or break down soon, I’m sure. This being cheerful lark can’t last, not when you’re in a horror (ish) story.
David Collings as Cromwell’s spymaster, John Thurloe, in By The Sword Divided (1985). I… find it very hard to take him seriously in this. I can’t think why.
David Collings as John Barsad in A Tale of Two Cities (BBC 1980).
David Collings as Sir Anthony Babington in Elizabeth R (1970/1). This is a costume appreciation post mainly.
I think in the third one the other two are wondering how come the traitor gets the purple outfit.
Before he turns up in France, a character describes John Barsad as forty, 5ft 9, handsome and blue-eyed. If I were the director, my first thought would not have been “Oh, David Collings, obviously…” But the director was Michael E. Briant and apparently his reaction to scripts is “Now, which character is going to be David Collings this time?”
(He also directed Revenge of the Cybermen and The Robots of Death, among other things. Looking at his IMBD, out of 27 directing credits, I spy at least 6 serials/episodes with David Collings.)
David Collings as John Barsad in A Tale of Two Cities (BBC 1980). Busy being the sort of person who cheats, gambles, runs up debts, spies for both sides and is so annoying that people want to kick him down the stairs, basically.
David Collings as Bob Cratchit in Scrooge (1970). This is a film that technically stars Albert Finney, but I prefer to think of it as that time the British film industry realised that David Collings’s hair needed to be filmed in glorious Technicolor for the sake of posterity.
In which I continue to bring all the cute animals:
Suzanne Neve and Richard Chamberlain with a dog in the 1968 BBC Portrait of a Lady.
"And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved. Ah, but, Isabel, adored!”
(I keep forgetting I need to watch cheerful things. I’m now all broken-hearted by ridiculously slow old BBC TV again.)