Geraldine McEwan ~ A Career in Theatre, Film & Television
1950's - 1960's
The Wind and the Rain 1959 with Alan Bates, director: Peter Wood
Tess 1960 (Play of the Week) based on Thomas Hardy novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles, with Jeremy Brett, Julia Foster, Maurice Kaufmann; director, Michael Currer-Briggs
The Tycoons 1962 (Mary Jones) story by Arthur Sellings, with Charles Gray, Ronald Fraser, Director-Charles Jarrot
Profiles in Courage 1964 NBC: The Thomas Hart Benton Story with Brian Keith
The Man Without Papers 1965 - The Wednesday Play with James Maxwell
Diary of An Encounter 1968 - Thirty Minute Theatre, directed by David Giles, with Keith Michell.
(BBC 1) March 15, 1970 - Play of the Month: Director: Alan Cooke, with Eric Porter, Annette Crosbie, Robert Harris, Hazel Hunt, Cathleen Nesbitt Pauline James. Script editor: Rosemary Hill, Costumes: Joyce Macken, Producer: Cedrick Messina
Candida, by Bernard Shaw, February 21, 1971 (BBC 1) Play of the Month, with Timothy Dalton, Clive Revill, George Baker, Priscilla Morgan, Jeremy Bullogh. Costumes: Robin Fraser Paye, Script Editor: Rosemary Hill, Producer: Cedric Messina, Director: Alan Cooke
The Magistrate (BBC) 1972 - Play for Today with Michael Hordern, Leonard Rossiter, Ken Jones, Anna Calder-Marshall, Peter Firth
Mill Hill 1972 Thirty Minute Theatre, written by John Mortimer, wtih Peter Cook, Clive Revill
On Such A Night 1973 - Play for Today
Three Months Gone (ITV)
We Are Strangers Here (ITV)
Hopcraft Into Europe (ITV)
Dear Love (ITV)
Private Affairs (ITV)
Fat: A Story for Today (BBC) 1979 (Georgette)
Tears Before Bedtime (BBC) 1983 (Anne Dickens) with Francis Matthews, Director: Harold Snoad
Come Into the Garden Maude (BBC) with Paul Scofield
Barchester Chronicles 1984 (Mrs. Proudie) Based on the novels by Trollope,with Donald Pleasence,Alan Rickman, Nigel Hawthorne, Clive Swift, Susan Hampshire, director David Giles
L'Elegance (All for Love) 1985 Masterpiece Theatre, with Jean Francois Stevenin, Director- Jack Gould
Check out the separate page for Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit with links to articles, show times, and biographical information on the author.
Springing Lenin 1992 (Flora) Director Andrei Nekrosov
Mulberry 1992 BBC (Miss Rose Farnaby) with Karl Howman, Tony Selby, Mary Healy, John Bennett, writers: John Esmonde & Bob Larbey, director- John Hobbs
Red Dwarf 1999 (Cassandra) Series VIII "Cassandra" with Chris Barrie, Craig Charles
Victoria Wood: With All The Trimmings 2000 with Alan Rickman, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Derek Jacobi, Hugh Laurie, Lindsay Duncan, Imelda Staunton
Thin Ice 2000 (Mrs. Violet Jerome) with Nicholas Lyndhurst, Director - Ian White
Carrie's War 2003 BBC (Mrs. Gotobed) with Pauline Quirke
Geraldine's television career stretches from the 1950's to her recently completed series, Agatha Christie's Marple. The 1984 Barchester Chronicles helped launch the film career of Alan Rickman due in part to the scene-chewing moments with McEwan's Mrs. Proudie. The enchanting 1992 Mulberry continues to capture American viewers with PBS repeats. McEwan's Cassandra, the all-knowing computer hologram on Red Dwarf is proof enough that this actress embraces new challenges and really freaky makeup!
French and Saunders Christmas Special: L_R: Geraldine Mcewan, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Richard Briers
L-R Lucia, Mapp, Diva and Susan: Mapp and Lucia
IC Berkshire ----- Slough and Windsor
July 29, 2004
Our Own Star Becomes Christie's Super Sleuth
by Daniel Lyons
POLICE have been left baffled by the murder of retired colonel found with a bullet in his head at the vicarage. In a last-ditch effort to discover the murderer's identity, they have turned to an elderly spinster, Miss Marple, whose intimate knowledge of village life may provide the key to the mystery.Agatha Christie's most unlikely sleuth is returning to our screens this year, with Old Windsor-born actor Geraldine McEwan breathing new life into the role. And she returned to the picturesque streets behind the Guildhall this week on location for Christie's first Miss Marple mystery, The Murder at the Vicarage, which is being filmed at studios in nearby Bray.McEwan, who is following in the footsteps of Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury and Joan Hickson, said: "I feel that I have been entrusted with a national treasure of whom I already feel both protective and extremely fond." The renowned actor was attending Windsor County Girls School when she made her theatre debut at the age of 14 at Windsor's Theatre Royal. By 18 she was starring in the West End and had stints with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961.In the 1960s and 70s she was a member of the Royal National Theatre, acting alongside Laurence Olivier and Albert Finney Among her numerous TV appearances are The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, her Bafta-winning performance in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, and her role as Lucia in the cult series Mapp and Lucia. She has also appeared many times on the big screen, most recently in the powerful The Magdalene Sisters.Curious tourists and patient motorists were kept at bay on Sunday morning as production staff turned modern Windsor into 1950s Melchester. In the scene being filmed, the soon-to-be deceased Colonel Protheroe, played by Sir Derek Jacobi, is involved in a near miss with a masked motorcyclist. Matthew Read, the film's producer, told the Express why Windsor was an ideal location for the scene. "People see Miss Marple and they conjure up a nostalgic idea of small English villages and towns. There are quieter places to come to than Windsor but the production value is brilliant, and it is very close to our studios in Bray," he said.The Murder in the Vicarage, plus three other Miss Marple mysteries, are due to be screened on ITV later in the year.
TV Land: Stars dying to be in Miss Marple.
7/24/2004; The Mirror (London, England); Nicola Methven and Polly Hudson
SHE'S just a little old lady with grey hair and a twinset. But ITV1 sleuth Miss Marple seems to have extraordinary pulling power...
The cast list for the new series, which hits screens in December, reads like a who's who of acting.
Take The Murder At The Vicarage. In it, you'll find Blackadder star Tim McInnery as the vicar, with Tipping The Velvet's Rachael Stirling as his glamorous young wife and League Of Gentleman's Mark Gattis as the nervous curate.
Lock Stock's Jason Flemyng pops up as a dashing artist while veteran Sir Derek Jacobi takes the role of odious Colonel Protheroe, who wakes up one morning to find that he's dead.
The murder is investigated by Ballykissangel hunk Stephen Tompkinson - Inspector Slack - and along the way viewers will spot cake star Jane Asher rubbing shoulders with Pink Panther legend Herbert Lom.
Then we come to A Murder Is Announced... This time, the sharp-witted spinster, played by 72-year-old Geraldine McEwan, is surrounded by other terribly famous women.
My Family's Zoe Wanamaker becomes posh Letitia Blacklock, whose home is the venue for a murder advertised in the local paper. Singing star Elaine Paige
and Spooks beauty Keeley Hawes play pals who live with her, while actresses Frances Barber and Claire Skinner are Marple's mates. And Cherie Lunghi plays a nosy villager.
Meanwhile, comedian Catherine Tate is an angry Jewish refugee servant and Love Actually's Sienna Guillory is Letitia's distant cousin.
After the murder occurs at the appointed time, funnyman Alexander Armstrong arrives in the guise of DI Craddock to investigate.
We already know that Body In The Library, which was filmed first, features Jamie Theakston, Little Britain's David Walliams and Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley. Now it just remains to be seen who in the world of acting is left to be cast in the final film, The 4.50 From Paddington.
"People are falling over themselves to appear in the series," says our insider. "They want to be in something they know will be remembered as a classic."
French and Saunders Christmas Special with McEwan
and Richard Briers
Separate Tables: March 15, 1970, with Eric Porter
From TV Times Magazine, 6-12 November 1982
D.A.N. Jones introduces BBC2's serialization of Trollope and meets its adapter, Alan Plater.
Geraldine McEwan looking marvelous in a dress from the Victoria and Albert Collection, plays that virago, Mrs. Proudie. "She doesn't look very masculine," I remarked to Alan Plater. "No," he said. "I thought at first she might be too pretty. But it makes sense: Mrs. Proudie can twist her husband round her little finger and Trollope suggests that her power is exerted most strongly in the bedroom. Lord Olivier remarks in his new memoir that 'Geraldine McEwan, as everybody knows, is a sublimely funny and delicious comedienne, but I was anxious to enhance her career by finding a dramatic role for her.' So, he partnered her in Strindberg's The Dance of Death.
The Primeof Miss Jean Brodie
With Keeley Fawcett as Carrie
Barchester Chronicles with Alan Rickman