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Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE (born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and film director.

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I just finished listening to The Daughter of Time narrated by Derek Jacobi.
Sir Derek Jacobi's plea for mumbling actors to speak up:
Good news Ian McKellen fans - Vicious to start shooting series two in January
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Did you read what Joanna Read said in response to Sir Derek Jacobi?
Good news and Derek Jacobi fans - s2 of ITV's Vicious starts filming in Jan
The second series of Vicious begins filming in January:
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi comedy Vicious to start shooting series two in January we reveal.
Yes! Ian McMillan and Derek Jacobi as Cain and Abel. And John Prescott as the voice of Matthew the raven.
There is no .gif of Derek Jacobi screaming "Simony!". The internet has failed me today.
I never much cared for Simm as the Master. He was totally upstaged by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Trying to think of an effective tongue twister involving the words 'Derek' and 'Jacobi'...
I think she was meant to be between Eric Roberts Master and Derek Jacobi . I don't think she regenerated after Jon Simm.
neither did Peter Pratt, Geoffrey beevers, Derek Jacobi or John Simm
Tooth & Claw, The girl who waited and Derek Jacobi. I'll have to watch it on iplayer now to check.
it's the expansion of Derek Jacobi's part - and the... more relaxed looser editing to the battle scenes...
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Talk about a trio of easy categories! Jonathan Price (or Derek Jacobi), Adric and "The *** s Lantern" for the win!
for the record my 3 answers are Matthew Waterhouse, Derek Jacobi and Tooth & Claw...
I wish Derek Jacobi's Master hasn't been much more then a cameo before getting binned for John Sim.
Derek Jacobi lampooning TREK run in this episode of Frasier is kinda amazing. ✨
Three civil questions about William and Edward De Vere for Sir Derek Jacobi -- and a dinner invitation
Watch "Breaking the Code,” A Film About the Life & Times of Alan Turing. Stars Derek Jacobi
I need to track that one down mostly for Derek Jacobi. Patrick Stewart is like icing on top.
happy birthday to Derek Jacobi who played Professor Yana/The Master in 'Utopia' 💕
Meanwhile at Sir Derek Jacobi, and more celebrate Oscar Wilde. Photos via
Dead Again with Kenneth Branagh, Andy Garcia, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi, more: --> (
Love this, but shame we didn't get more of Derek Jacobi's Master- Doctor Who The Master (REGENERATION!): via
The scene with Derek Jacobi where she’s trying to EMOTE while her botoxed face hardly moves is one of the greatest moments EVER.
happy birthday sir Derek Jacobi amazing man :)
Actually, Derek Jacobi would've been awesome in The A-Team as John "Hannibal" Smith!
I am an actor and I live in the world of pretend in my working capacity. I live in the world of my imagination. -Derek Jacobi
It's gotten to the point that life doesn't feel right unless I get my Derek Jacobi fix regularly.
she and Sarah Lancashire are fabulous as are the darling Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid.
Derek Jacobi expecting a big visa bill?
Derek Jacobi was, and still is, magnificent
Derek Jacobi. Oh wait, they wasted that chance. Grrr...
I can never remember if Derek Jacobi is a little elf of a man, or if I'm getting him mixed up with Watchmen.
Derek Jacobi manages to make The Master his own even though he's only him for a few minutes.
he has the Ronan haircut now, looks like Derek Jacobi in I Claudius.
Catching up on season one of and Derek Jacobi are hysterical together. Very funny scripts by
There is a sitcom on PBS starring Ian McKellan, Derek Jacobi, & Ramsey Snow as the wacky neighbor. Oddly jarring.
and Derek Jacobi are playing a couple in I'm in! I am seriously excited for this. *flails*
Filming for Sarah Lancashire and Derek Jacobi drama Last Tango in Halifax gets underway:
Oh right. Well if Sir Derek Jacobi is in it, it’s gonna be good :)
Watching Cadfael (I know, don't judge) - just realised Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench actually have the same voice, just at different pitches.
Anyone know if it's actually Sir Derek Jacobi inside the Iggle Piggle costume?
Life as a ghost: sometimes I stand right behind Sir Derek Jacobi and make faces.
relatoanship goals: and Derek Jacobi, both on- and off-screen
She seems not reading much of the book. And, Derek Jacobi (Cadfael) plays "Colonel Protheroe" in this episode.
Should have been writing but got waylaid by this morning's Frasier episodes--the Derek Jacobi one followed by the Sliding Doors one.Great :)
Watching the episode of Frasier with Derek Jacobi is a great way to start the day
Derek Jacobi on vicious reminds me of a more flamboyant Mr. Humphreys.
ICYMI - this is utterly hilarious. Clips from Derek Jacobi's appallingly awkward documentary about Charles Dickens
I'm imagining the whole thing read by Derek Jacobi
Poor old Derek Jacobi. There but for the grace of God...
25 "best" moments from Derek Jacobi's cringeworthy documentary on Charles Dickens. excellent work by
Was crying by the end! Best of Derek Jacobi's awkward documentary on Charles Dickens (Via
This is hilarious!! Derek Jacobi's woefully awkward documentary on Charles Dickens - highlights (via
Indeed! Also, anything relating to Derek Jacobi and Dickens just makes me think of this:
.and Derek Jacobi go clubbing tonight with on 10:30 on
I can't believe I forgot my celeb spots - Sarah Lancashire and Sir Derek Jacobi at Piccadilly Train Station on...
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Can't wait to be rich so I can pay Derek Jacobi to read me bedtime stories followed by James Morrison singing me to sleep
Should we now expect a modern remake of a TV classic? 'iCloud-ius' starring Derek Jacobi and - maybe - Jennifer Lawrence.
Every day I go online and I feel that Derek Jacobi's speech on Gladiator about Rome being "the mob" is more applicable to the internet.
I Claudius on TV, for years I though Derek Jacobi had a real stutter! We're never far from the Classics
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi discussing Doctor Who on Vicious on
Random thought of my day: Derek Jacobi really is a brilliant actor.
so far I'm getting the sense that the only talent on xfactor this year is Sir Derek Jacobi voicing the talktalk add!
I vividly recall Derek Jacobi on stage as Alan Turing in Breaking the Code. Looking forward to
Yes, that's what I meant. We saw The Master's watch (Derek Jacobi) in Utopia.
Just binge watched S1 of and I haven't laughed that hard in so long! Sir and Derek Jacobi are GENIUS!
Nightmare last night: Rick Perry replaced Derek Jacobi as Ian McKellen's husband in VICIOUS. Christ, I've never been so happy to wake up.
Derek Jacobi is ridiculously adorable in Last Tango in Halifax. Oh my goodness. I just want to pinch his cheeks.
set in Yorkshire, not Nova Scotia. Derek Jacobi and Ann something are fabulous. Ruth from MI5
1 of my favorite moments in The 2005 Doctor Who series is the reveal where we find out Professor Yana is the Master. Derek Jacobi owns that!
I'm curious, Derek Jacobi, he seems a kind man, very proper, was he when you were in Underworld Evolution?
the detective is a monk played by Derek Jacobi
Well, I SAY, I certainly don't mind the classist british accent so eloquently delivered forcefully by Derek Jacobi!
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi at university together... oh how darlings!
"Dead Again" with Kenneth Branaugh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi, and Robin Williams. Great movie. Why did I wait so long…
My favourite rider so far was Derek Jacobi
i've just bought them all, I'm enjoying the derek jacobi one at the moment
he fell off a balcony after being pushed by Derek Jeter dressed as Hitler, riding a horse
.Try Last Tango in Halifax. Also starring Lancashire (and Derek Jacobi) and written by Sally Wainwright. Much gentler show.
Has anyone told Derek Jacobi? I hope he doesn't get taken in to 'care'.
And now, Revengers Tragedy. Because I've missed someone and that is not Derek Jacobi
When I said Derek Jacobi I meant Timothy apologies to Mr Jacobi!
Lovely morning on set. Sir Derek of Jacobi is being rather naughty. We love it!!
Hi Eva, I was just wondering if you are part of the The Birmingham Stage Company with Amanda Donohoe and Sir Derek Jacobi? Xx
Increasingly convinced In The Night Garden is some bizarre exercise in trolling parents and Derek Jacobi.
Dead Again (Ken Branagh/Emma Thompson/Derek Jacobi, and a really excellent almost-cameo by Robin Williams)
Ian McKellen has accepted the challenge of George Takei and Luke Evans, Laura Linney and indicated, Derek Jacobi...
What do you mean " who?"? That's like saying Whose Robert Mitchim, or William Holden or Gregory Peck or Derek Jacobi for bloody sakes!!
It's a little slow in parts, but Derek Jacobi and Ann Reid are delightful.
The story of partners Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for 50 years.
Ash introduces his girlfriend Chloe to Freddie and Stuart. From episode 5 Season 1 of Vicious, starring Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Iwan Rheon and Alexandra ...
For fans - see Iwan Rheon with Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi tonight on PBS “Vicious tonight!
Review: Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen star in Noel Coward-esque "Vicious," about a feuding *** couple.
'Last Tango in Halifax' lets Derek Jacobi exult in playing 'an ordinary bloke,' alongside Anne Reid: It’s half...
Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi seemed to be enjoying it too!
And I think and I both enjoyed sitting next to Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi.
Derek Jacobi and Maggie Smith are on a date in the theatre I'm in. Am looking across for Dame M's judgement at every joke.
Derek Jacobi - a dramatic photo is a good basis for a sketch
Watched Gosford Park last night. It's how Downton Abbey would be if it had a good story and a great cast. Such a good cast in fact; Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Richard E Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Clive Owen, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance, Ryan Phillipe, Kelly McDonald
“Blockbuster FRIDY” This week 2nd Hollywood movie Grace of Monaco IDIL Rating: * * ½ Stars Cast: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Geraldine Somerville, Derek Jacobi, Nicholas Farrell, Roger Ashton-Griffiths Direction: Olivier Dahan Genre: Biopic Duration: 1 hour 42 minutes Story: Hollywood actress Grace Kelly marries into royalty. The film looks at how she manages her own identity amidst a political crisis between Monaco and France. Review: The idea of Hollywood screen legend Grace Kelly (Kidman) marrying into European royalty seems like a fairytale come true. As with most things that are too good to be true, however, all is not well in this royal household. There are murmurs of intrigue, shadows of suspicion and dollops of doubt. In short, the royal affair seems riven with various undercurrents and enough fodder, seemingly, for a meaty story. Set in the early '60s and a few years after she gave up her career, Grace has kids and lives the cosseted life of a princess. As she was not ...
In the last week, I have seen Derek Jacobi in my vets, Steve MacLaren in a hotel bar, Misha from T4 and Billie Piper in my local petrol station, Nigel Havers in a dance studio and Michael Palin walking down our high street. When is this economic depression going to end, it's affecting all strata of society? Poor celebs...
In December 2008, Derek Jacobi played Malvolio in Michael Grandage's Twelfth Night in the West End ht…
Rowan Atkinson, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Fry, Parky & Ricky Gervais at the Chelsea Flower Show today. Source …
Game of Thrones is this generation's "I, Claudius" and Peter Dinklage is its Derek Jacobi.
So, tacky Photoshop of Derek Jacobi passing the laurels to Peter Dinklage, anyone? Or the Tyrian purple cloak, if you prefer...
Oh, got it. I'll pass it on to Derek Jacobi when we next meet :)
Thanks for letting me join. I love the show and so enjoy watching Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne.
Watching the Utopia episode of Dr Who. Derek Jacobi really is phenomenal.
I can't lie: my favorite part of Gladiator is the fact that Derek Jacobi is in it. Tickles me to no end.
Yet another day, during which no credible evidence has been presented to refute my theory --that either through some slow and curious magic or subtle thespian spell, Sir Derek Jacobi is gradually becoming Dame Judy Dench.
**Season 8 Doctor Who Actor / Character Return Spoiler** .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Um... so... Charles Dance / Tywin Lannister as the next Master in Doctor Who? Wow. Yes, please. Please, yes. This is supposedly an official leaked promo poster. Note: It is possible that it isn't the Master. That's just the most likely assumption, that its an incarnation of the Master that was stranded on Gallifrey between the classic Who versions and the Derek Jacobi version of Utopia (where he escaped from the Gallifrey of the Time War to the ends of the universe... Which would place this version as from during the Time War, which we deal with in Day of the Doctor.) I will be thrilled to see this happen. I originally wouldn't have wanted many other people than John Simm's return to be the Master, but Charles Dance was definitely on my list of those I would have accepted.
that's no way to talk about Sir Derek Jacobi
I wish I'd seen that. Derek Jacobi was pretty amazing too.
Derek Jacobi was a brilliant Prospero, also love Prospero's Books for Gielgud and grandiose madness
'Soft Centres' by Carl Chetty starring Joanna Lumley & Derek Jacobi is on ABR from noon today. See website for repeat shows.
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Breaking the Code: Biography of Alan Turing (Derek Jacobi, BBC, 1996) - full movie eng
Doesn’t make Derek Jacobi or Ian McKellan feel uncomfortable does it?
New schedule from noon today features 'Grace' by James Joyce read by T.P. McKenna and 'Mad' by Guy de Maupassant read by Derek Jacobi.
I know what the general consensus was but is that Derek Jacobi/Ian McKellan sitcom worth getting? I shouldn't even ask with the *** pedigree
I Wonder how Sir Derek Jacobi is doing god speed .
other Rutger Hauer film, 'Inside the food lines,' or something, with the Derek Jacobi 'Hamlet' with attitude speech:
Derek Jacobi sounds like he's scuba diving!
Derek Jacobi is kind of crazy, I love it
It is a great series, isn't it? I love Derek Jacobi. I haven't read the books - couldn't find e-versions. Need to re-check
*** comedy starring and Derek Jacobi will premiere this June! More via
Sir Derek Jacobi is the king of all audiobook narrators.
Can't really like but Derek Jacobi's voice compels attention. Sheer
Claudiuses are David Warner and Derek Jacobi of course.
Derek Jacobi. Now there's an actor that's been wearing a robe for his entire career
Any good? and from 1977 starring Derek Jacobi
If you sign this photo of Derek Jacobi my friend will give me his spare ticket to the X-Men premiere
Sir Derek Jacobi rushed to hospital by speedboat after terror fall left him unable to walk.
Angles Theatre is backed by many leading names including Derek Jacobi, Jo Brand and Cameron Mackintosh.
Derek Jacobi raced to hospital by speedboat after fall at £1,000 a night hotel .
These "Fun Facts" are about the 1996 Disney film, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame:" (1) The "Hellfire" song was almost cut from the film due to its dark themes. (2) Blue and red were used to signify good and evil. Both Quasimodo and Esmeralda wore blue and Frollo's face was red in the fire. (3) Two of the gargoyles are named Victor and Hugo after Victor Hugo, the author of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." (4) Patrick Stewart, Derek Jacobi and Ian "Gandalf" McKellan were considered to voice the role of Frollo, before they cast Tony Jay. (5) In the original novel, Frollo was an Archdeacon, not a judge. And in the book, he was a compassionate, intelligent man alienated from society, undone by his obsession with Esmerelda.
So, if Derek Jacobi had just let Gary Oldman choke on that cherry the movie would have been so short!
From a listserv I follow: 'Looking for a great FREE promo for summer reading? Try SYNC, an outreach from the Audio Publishers Association! Each week during the summer, SYNC provides two FREE audiobooks - one classic, one current YA - for anyone to download. Plus, there are lots of great promotional materials for teachers & librarians on the SYNC website. Post the titles on your website, hand out bookmarks at the desk, collaborate between schools & public libraries, and load up your own device with tons of great listening. Sign up for email or text alerts and learn more at's the complete line up: SUMMER 2014 SYNC TITLE LINEUP May 15 - May 21 WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library) THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library) May 22 - May 28 CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowleden (Harper Audio) OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Na ...
Either Patrick Stewart or Ian McKellen as the MC. Derek Jacobi as Jim Bowen. Zac Efron as Keith Deller.
seriously needs to hurry up with a second series...I cant laugh at Derek Jacobi anymore! Waaa! :'(
It's 8.30pm on a Thursday and watching a rerun of Cadfael with the peerless Sir Derek Jacobi
Had the pleasure of chatting to the talent that is Derek Jacobi yesterday and had jokes with Miriam Margolyes! GREAT DAY!
Directed by Otto Preminger. With Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi, Joop Doderer. When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him -to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moskow, and...
Bravely facing Underworld: Evolution with niece. The *** Derek Jacobi is doing here??
(ps DDL lost out to Anthony Hopkins to the part of Hannibal Lecter)
Lol watching derek jacobi dancing and singing on Last Tango epic tv history :-)
Wonder how many parents agree -There is definitely something about The Night Garden that the 'Little People' connect with! Calms them down immediately! Can't work out what it is, but whatever it is-we owe Derek Jacobi a high 5! Lol
Derek Jacobi's narration of Sherlock Holmes is exactly how I imagine a dog would sound if it could talk. PERFECT.
The brilliant Janis Kelly with the brilliant Emma Thompson and the brilliant Derek Jacobi at the Barbican.
It was truly weird. Derek Jacobi's Lord of the Manor, lounging about & Ollie plays this sinister butler. Probably makes a good cuppa tho
JUST A BIT OF INFORMATION I THOUGHT MIGHT HELP IN UNDERSTANDING THE MAN PLEASE ENJOY!!! Date of Birth 18 April 1971 , Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, UK Birth Name David John McDonald Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Mini Bio (1) David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to a father who was a Presbyterian minister. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of the BBC show "Doctor Who." He was brought up in Bathgate, West Lothian and Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland and was a huge fan of the band The Proclaimers. He attended Paisley Grammar school and while there he wrote about how he wanted to become a professional actor and play the role of the Doctor in "Doctor Who." He made his first television appearance (which was also his first professional acting job) when he was 16, after his father sent some photos of him to a casting director at Scottish television. He also attended a youth theatre group at weekends run by the Royal Scottish Acade . ...
Sir Derek Jacobi on the street, Noam Chomsky in the chair plus a 'what if?' John Lennon drama. Audio Book Radio from Feb 19-21
Performing with Derek Jacobi on Thursday in the Inner Temple :-)
I so agree!! But it's already repeating 3.30 on Drama Ch on Saturdays here in UK!! Ah, Derek Godly!! So kind!!
Now I want to see Derek Jacobi and fight over in character as Stuart and Freddie from Vicious.
R is Rats of NIMH Book Series: read these as a kid, pretty good film with Derek Jacobi as well.
What did Derek Jacobi say when Iggle Piggle asked over what time period are pension contributions assessed against the annual allowance?
A tribute to a fantastic series and its splendid leading actor, Derek Jacobi. Wikipedia: "I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC T...
My new favourite show, 'Vicious' - from the writers of 'Will & Grace' starring Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi - check it out! (thanks Terri Tebbutt, you got me on to another good thing!)
Have you watched the Mystery! TV series from the '90s starring Derek Jacobi as Brother Cadfael?
And listening to Derek Jacobi read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader really makes the miles fly by.
Derek Jacobi is so good he even kills it in the second UNDERWORLD movie.
Derek Jacobi has a tiny party in GLADIATOR but he kills it.
Michael Gambon is the Storyteller in that series. The first episode stars Derek Jacobi as Daedalus.
Words and music from Keaton Henson's "You" performed by Derek Jacobi for Channel 4's Random Acts. Directed and Produced by William Williamson Director of Pho...
In this *** world of youth and ridiculous beauty awesome to see Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as two, bitter, twisted classic old queens in this awesome sitcom Vicious
What am I doing today? Boasting shamelessly about yesterday. What did I do yesterday? I'm glad you asked. I was at a party with some names including Daniel Radcliffe, Sheridan Smith, David Walliams, Simon Russell Beale, Derek Jacobi, Ron Cook, amongst some other amazing theatre peeps who work behind the scenes like Michael Grandage, Chris Oram, Penny Dyer, Neil Austin and yanno some awesome people from Michael Grandage Futures Company :) p.s. JUDE LAW HAS SOFT HANDS.
Derek Jacobi, for an elderly gent you are quite dashing.
The Tao of 'Last Tango in Halifax' (my guilty pleasure!); homespun wisdom from Alan, played by the wonderful Derek Jacobi. 'Life's all about confidence. And the only way you gain confidence is by putting yourself into situations where you do feel a little bit out of your depth...where you do feel uncomfortable; you do have to deal with people who you might not naturally be drawn to'
Derek Jacobi in vicious, now on 7two
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Sir Derek Jacobi doing a female voice is a vaguely disturbing thing to listen to.
What's better than watching Derek Jacobi? Watching him w/ Ian McKellen in
Listening to Sir Derek Jacobi read The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. I do so love his voice.
I just saw a quick glimpse of Derek Jacobi!
I will watch in tribute to Sir Derek Jacobi when the day comes. Upsy Daisy is a questionable female role model though...
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Joan Reid PIN UP of the YEAR has some photos of "DEREK JACOBI & me clutching hot water bottles"
It's great, isn't it? Such a fab cast too. I love Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as a couple
"Vicious" with Ian McKellan, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour and Iwan Rheon (who plays the very vicious Ramsay Snow on Game of Thrones)- OMG - have not laughed like this since AB FAB- watch it- only 6 episodes and a special now- but they are doing Season 2
Watching National Theatre 50th Anniversary. PBS is by FAR the best free station related channel on Roku. BY FAR. I now know whose face Nepenthe's face reminds me of: Derek Jacobi.
(Funny thing is that actually Derek Jacobi was in Doctor Who. Ian McKellen was only in the Fiveish Reboot, but that was later than
Best of Rape and Revenge Movies - 69 Revengers Tragedy (2002) A great mix of dementia, dialogue and dam fine scouse Storyline From cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man; Sid and Nancy) comes this modernised adaptation of Thomas Middleton's celebrated play from 1607. It tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered on their wedding day and his desire to exact revenge on the murderer. Set in a post-apocalyptic Liverpool of the future, Vindici (Christopher Eccleston - Let Him have It; Elizabeth; 28 Days Later; Tv's Dr Who) returns from a self-imposed exile to bring down those responsible for his wife's murder. While his family have fallen on hard times, the murderer - known as The Duke (Derek Jacobi - Day of the Jackal; Gosford Park; Tv's- I Claudius) - has become rich. Director: Alex Cox Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce (adaptation), Thomas Middleton (play) Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kevin Knapman, Michael Ryan
I've never wanted to see much more of Harold Pinter than a bit here or there, until last night, watching Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon brilliantly perform a scene from "No Man's Land," during the 50th anniversary celebration of Britain's National Theatre that PBS aired as part of their Great Performances series. Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job with the coin-tossing scene from "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," as well. Unfortunately I had to stop there. Fortunately it's still on the DVR for later. :) The only thing better would be a complete performance of Rosencrantz.
"Valentine's Day Lore" by Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Historian, John Copeland   It’s Valentine’s Day.  Here in America and in many other parts of the world, Valentine’s Day, is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship, all in the name of St. Valentine.  But who was this guy who became the saint of love?  And why do we celebrate his holiday?  For 1700 years, until 1969 the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven St. Valentine’s Days over the course of the year.  There were actually two Christian Valentines who were martyred on February 14th.   I know, two, really?  The Valentines honored on February 14th are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.  Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred on February 14th, 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia.  If you’re interested, his relics [bones - very romantic] can be found in the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome and also in the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.   Valentine ...
Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Penelope Wilton and many more are part of National...
"I... Am... The Master" Derek Jacobi striking fear into my very core!
Maggie Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Derek Jacobi and many more celebrate the Royal National Theatre's 50th year on Great Performances at 8.
Ah man, Derek Jacobi was so great as The Master!
Reminder that Derek Jacobi loves me more than DickMad.
Sir Derek Jacobi has spent 43.2% of his entire acting life in a toga.
Yeah, I'm going in two weeks. NTLive is great. I saw Derek Jacobi as King Lear once.
I love Derek Jacobi..he plays Shakespearean character era exceptionally well
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Derek Jacobi and more stars celebrate 50 years of the National Theatre -- a Valentine for you: Friday night at 9 on WGTE TV.
Was that McKellen? Think he stripped off. Saw T Courteney and Jacobi play it much preferred Sir Derek.
Derek Jacobi, Grethe Fox, Richard Clifford and our amazing supporting cast rehearsing!
AMY: Can you tape this - then we can delete the rest and just play the Cumberbatch part over and over and over National Theatre: 50 Years On Stage (Duration: 1:56:46 SRND51 TV14 Founded in 1963, the Royal National Theatre has not simply provided lucky London residents and visitors with some the most thrilling productions in contemporary theater, but served as an influential wellspring of talent and creativity, breathing new life into theater classics as well as launching new plays, playwrights, directors and stars on an international stage. In November 2013, the NT celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special gala performance, welcoming home an all-star cast of NT alumni to perform excerpts from landmark productions, complemented by archival excerpts from the NT's many groundbreaking productions. Subject to availability, Jim Broadbent, James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Hugh Jackman, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Simon Russell Beale, Maggie Smith a ...
Actually,loved the Trevor Nunn film of it esp Nigel Hawthorne as Malvolio. Also,Derek Jacobi in same role :-)
I never saw that. But Derek Jacobi was great in Lear. After that I wondered if I would ever need to see another.
Brilliant shoot with Sir Derek Jacobi today. :) He was really really nice. And had a stunning home xx
Sharing a wall with Mr. Blondey is fun when he plays movies with Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi in them.
It will be interesting (and tempting to compare). Did you see Derek Jacobi in the role at BAM? That was memorable.
Okay it's taken me a while to get round to another blog - but then Hamlet is bloody long... Take a look and see what you think of what I thought of Derek Jacobi as the Dane. Would love to hear what people think!
Lmao Derek Jacobi saying "i am the master" savvy sat staring at the telly.another whovian in the house :-)
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It's the Finale Wednesday at 10pm Derek Jacobi and Olivia Colman in a glorious double bill.
Great exhibition Shoot with Sir Derek Jacobi today thank you
Ok, maybe it's been a while since UK TV was really good. Vicious is on ITV, Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi as an old *** couple :)
Hmmm... The new "Dark Eyes" set from Big Finish seems to imply that Alex McQueen's version of the Master falls between the Eric Roberts TV movie version and the Derek Jacobi version from "Utopia." How interesting.
Right - so - what do you have to remember tonight? 8pm - Channel 4 - The Restoration Man 10pm - 11pm - Sky Atlantic - This Is Jinsy with guest appearances from Sir Derek Jacobi, Olivia Colman and Phil Taylor Davis That's it y'all!
Sir Derek Jacobi came to see The White Carnation last night... officially living the dream at the moment!
A pearl before more than swine Nancy Banks-Smith Thursday 25 July 2002 Guardian Weekly "Comfort me with apples" - The Song of Solomon The pig, a large pied pig with floppy ears, was surrounded by a sea of rose and gold apples. It did not wait for grace but got stuck in straight away. The ciderous sound of scrunching filled the air. Like an old Roman senator exiled to the sticks, Winston Churchill sat watching it and said: "Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you, but pigs treat you as equals." The pig and I had much in common, treated as we were to such a scrumptious windfall. The Gathering Storm (BBC2) credited Albert Finney, Ronnie Barker, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent and Derek Jacobi. Only the pig went unsung. American money, of course, went without saying. If I weren't so knee-deep in this apple thing, I'd say they had over-egged the pudding. Hugh Whitemore's play was about Churchill the man, not the statesman. Derided and discounted in the House, he kept himself busy at home. Built a wall, cons ...
MUCH ADO ABOUT THEATRE on 90.1 Hope FM on Monday, 17th February 9-11pm: Ian McKellen (pictured here as Richard III) recently said that Britain is not producing any more actors of the caliber of Judy Dench or Derek Jacobi. We'll take a look at the full interview and discuss if he's right. Studio guest will be exciting young actress Alicia Shore who's busy proving Sir Ian wrong. This and so much more on next week's edition of MUCH ADO ABOUT THEATRE. Don't forget to tune in. ;-)
A question for ye.I was recently told by a male friend that I should give a chance to the English comedy called "Vicious'. With its stars being Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi - both respected actors - I thought I was in for a treat. I was quite perturbed that I felt the comedy 'lame' and 'old'.I know that both these actors have appeared in fine films of late - so why accept this laborious script and scenario?. It also has a backtrack of canned laughter. Sad
Just had a terrific evening at The Jermyn street theatre watching White Carnation. Seeing my mate Tom Richardson being great as usual. Sir Derek Jacobi was in the audience. What a lovely guy. Night night all!
Today’s movie is a political drama with a scene that happens today – February 11. I hope you will enjoy this film and watch it tonight. END GAME Michael Young, who works for Consolidated Goldfields, with the behind the scenes support of its president, Rudolf Agnew, tries to arrange meetings between prominent Afrikaners and the African National Congress, with an eye to ending the political stalemate in South Africa in order to avoid a civil war that would lead to economic collapse. After initially refusing, Professor Willie Esterhuyse agrees to be an Afrikaner representative. The South African President begins talks with the imprisoned leader of the ANC, Nelson Mandela. They hope to get Mandela to denounce the ANC’s violence in return for his freedom. Dr Niel Barnard, head of the South African security service meets with Esterhuyse and tells him he is to be a government spy at the talks. At the first meeting between Willie Esterhuyse and Thabo Mbeki, an ANC leader, Mbeki says that power sharing is no ...
Bed time homework. Sir Derek Jacobi narrating with an all star cast Ian McKellen, Donald Wolfit, Adrian Lester, Emilia Fox and Benedict Cumberbatch
Baron Hardup returns to Emporium in March with his one man show 'Didn't you used to be Derek Jacobi?' Tickets on sale soon
Busy day. Had lunch with Laurie Fenster and Emma Abraham, met up for a drink with Mary Roane (not nearly enough time to catch up), and capped the day off by trucking out to BAM to see King Lear, starring Frank Langella as Lear and Stephen Pacey as Kent. Great show. This is my third LEAR, the others being Ian McKellan in Stratford and Derek Jacobi at the Donmar Warehouse. I'd rank this one just below McKellan's and just above Jacobi's. Catherine Siemann wisely decided that it was too *** cold to wait at a stage door; Emma Abraham, Janet Sherman and I were a bit more intrepid. We had a nice (if brief) chat with Stephen Pacey, who is struggling with a nasty cold. And Frank Langella was kind enough to stop and sign for us, even taking some time to chat about the storm scene. Now, time to get some sleep. Up in 6 hours to go and queue up for day tickets for WAITING FOR GODOT. Ugh.
How pathetically "little England" is the commentary on Radio 5 about the Winter Olympics opening ceremony led by a moronic Adrian Chiles showing his utter ignorance at the identity of a world famous ballet star, asking if it is Derek Jacobi ! Pathetic coverage
Flattered today by being recommended for a role once played by Derek Jacobi!
Today's Claudio Abbado was blind as a fledermaus and Jerry Hayes is mistaken for Derek Jacobi.
Lucky fella, your first radio play and you got to see Sir Derek Jacobi bring it to life!
it's not in the commentary so idk what reminded me but ugh Ian McKellen talking abt his crush on derek jacobi SOB
So I thought I'd throw on a movie to keep myself awake while I read, as I am wont to do (especially when I'm a bit jetlagged). Generally I try to find something fluffy with lots of fighting and/or explosions - the noise is good for keeping you awake. So I chose Ironclad, thinking that it was going to be fluffy. Didn't check the cast list first. Anything with Brian Cox and Derek Jacobi in it is not going to be super fluffy... dammit, now I've got to actually watch it! Oh and I spent a day once rambling around the castle in question, which was a lot of fun. I'm waiting for the siege engines in the car park...
I think Derek Jacobi did, while stammering.
If you want to enter a world of comedic awesomeness & brilliance, you should watch Vicious! and Derek Jacobi are mind-boggling!
unfortunately NOT "the odessa file=die akte odessa" yes, films are a waste of time, but this one is not. ronald neame uk 1974, i.e. NOT hollywood cashing in on "useful *** (THE OTHER WAY ROUND THIS TIME OF COURSE, apologies2all u great+dead ones from the west coast, no offence intended) who pay for tickets and see their dreams come true on the big screen, british cinema always looked more "honest" to me when treating stuff like that, most likely a continental european prejudice (because the brits, rumour has it, don't REALLY think of themselves as europeans, decades ago my beloved wife and myself were having dinner with a girl/young lady from somerset, she was really british, mum english, dad scottish, a redhead and charming to take your breath away, my wife really liked her, too, and asked me "have you fallen in love?" and i refused to answer but i digress, in the course of our conversazione she said "i'm leaving europe next week" and we asked "wow, where are you going?" and she, slightly surprised, ...
Ainley is my second favorite, then Geoffrey Beevers, then Derek Jacobi and then John Simm.
So proud of my friend for his stunning monologue Didn't You Used to be Derek Jacobi at
Derek Jacobi was good but he turned in to John Simm before he got going. Simm wonderfully manic. Delgado by far the best.
Vicious? There's a sitcom with and Derek Jacobi called Vicious and NO ONE TOLD ME
Why is Derek Jacobi hanging tofu at Stoke? Tbh, I thought he was dead.
When I watch 'in the nightgarden' I tend to imagine Derek Jacobi doing the voice-over wearing nothing but a dressing gown.
I really love Derek Jacobi as an actor, there's just something about him that's brilliant to watch
The more I see my neighbour the more convinced I am that it actually is Derek Jacobi! Although Im sure he could find a better street to live
Having to miss party today, but it's because Im in studio with Derek Jacobi. Tough life
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Derek Jacobi will be starring in a live action version of Disney's "Cinderella" playing 'The King', alongside Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, to be released March 2015! :D I don't know about you guys, but i'm like a kid around Disney classics, so this is made even more exciting by the fact that Derek (Alan) will have a part in it! I can't wait!
Well he is a strong rumour, they managed to afford Simon Callow, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Diana Rigg, Kylie Minogue ...
OMG! Derek Jacobi is going to be on it this series!!!
Saw the Derek Jacobi Lear at BAM. Best Shakespeare production ever.
I just read that BBC2 and HBO are remaking I, Claudius. Wow! How can you improve upon Siân Phillips, Derek Jacobi, and Brian Blessed?
My mum just will not believe me that oliver reed and Derek Jacobi are in gladiator she insists they're too old! Madness!!
As - perhaps - you have never seen them before. Sirs Anthony Hopkins and Derek Jacobi. The Old Vic 1967. As You Like It.
Great show! Great cast! Thank you and Derek Jacobi. I'm going to re-watch. No doubt.
//*shifty eyes* I *might* be persuaded to record my imitation of Derek Jacobi's regeneration monologue, one day soon.
Went along with to watch Sir Derek Jacobi become immortalised in clay
To all you history/Shakespeare/theater buffs, I give you a MUST WATCH: "Henry II: The Hollow Crown." Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear--all RADA trained and captivating as heck. The play is rare;y performed, let alone filmed, but Whishaw was hailed as surpassing Derek Jacobi for his performance! Need I say more?
Only bumped into two of the most known Shakespearean actors Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi...Starstruck!
Popular Scottish Forenames D to G (D.M) Here are the origins of around a 150 forenames or first names which are found in Scotland today. Many of the names have been in the "Top 100" lists - plus a lot more. Some are traditional - others have become popular in more recent times - and others have fallen by the wayside. They are often used in other parts of the world too, so you may find your own name here, whether or not you have Scottish roots. If you have a name which is not on this list but which has a Scottish connection, drop a note to Scottish Community and I'll try to find its origins. Daniel Daniel was originally a Hebrew biblical name (meaning "God is my judge") and the stories of Daniel in the lion's den gave the name a popularity all over Europe. It is synonymous with the Gaelic name Domhnall (though that name is really closer to Donald). Names derived from the bible have fallen out of favour in the 20th century. But Daniel has remained popular, remaining in the top 20 in recent years. Daniel Bo ...
Just managing to watch 2nd series of Still loving it and still loving Derek Jacobi
Sir Derek Jacobi is the 1st person to sign "The Silver Bo(x) Campaign". pls sign and forward via
I don't think, ever really grow up. I'm hoping that rejuvenating process applies 2 me, too. I've been very lucky. - Derek Jacobi
Dear Universe, please bestow upon me the gifts of diction that Derek Jacobi possesseth. Thx! xoxo
More coverage of the fundraiser and my Derek Jacobi this time on
Incredible result after just two hours of sculpting Sir Derek Jacobi
the Sherlock Holmes stories narrated by Derek Jacobi are great, as long as you like Sherlock Holmes.
will never forget derek jacobi BREAKING THE CODE west end london 1986
"In poetry, we are looking at and perhaps even living within, the langauge itself" ~ The History Of English Poetry read by Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi did not get the credit he deserved for Cadfael - superb, measured performances. I'm going to watch one now!
Been catching up on Series 2 today. Loving both Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid - they're brilliant.
Celebrated actor Sir Derek Jacobi surprised a room full of admirers by insisting there is no evidence that William Shakespeare wrote the great works which bear his name.
In honor of the Great Sir Derek Jacobi's continued public support of the Oxford Argument, I thought it would be worthwhile to share one of my favorite performances by the man, in this production of Richard II. A production that so happens to have Sir John Gielgud as John of Gaunt, the very man who - as Roger pointed out in a recent comment on a post by the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship page - introduced and encouraged Jacobi in the Oxford Argument.
Love the occasional line in In the Night Garden where you can hear Derek Jacobi audibly tiring of all this nonsense
“I'm finna do what I didn't do and still waking up like the rest do.”it's not complicated, it's simple...
Review - Frances Segelman sculpting Sir Derek Jacobi at the London Film Museum
Been watching Justin Chubb & Chris Bran's comedy returns for S2 with likes of Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman and Derek Jacobi!
Just updated my blog with photos, video and thoughts about Sir Derek Jacobi at the fundraiser.
Waltham Forest: Sir Derek Jacobi sculpted live in just two hours: A bust of Sir Derek Jacobi was sculpted in o...
Video of the Q&A session with me and Sir Derek Jacobi, after sculpting him at the fundraiser.
Shhh! Don't mention the Derek Jacobi! They'll think we're up to something!
The British sitcom Vicious, which will soon air in the U.S., focuses on the nearly 50-year relationship between two *** men and stars out actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.
From Derek Jacobi to Frank Langella... allow us to present King Lear in pictures
Monday February 10, 2014, 5.30–7 PM Daniel Rosenthal & Frank Dunlop on The National Theatre Story. In Conversation, Q&A and Book Signing. Daniel Rosenthal, author of the definitive, 50th-anniversary history of the National Theatre – already acclaimed as "the best book on theatre that has been published in living memory" by British Theatre Guide – explores the British institution which has given Broadway Equus, Jumpers, Betrayal, Amadeus, Skylight, Closer, The History Boys, War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors. In conversation with Frank Dunlop, Associate Director with Laurence Olivier's NT Company from 1967–71 and founding Director of the Young Vic Theatre, Daniel Rosenthal will highlight previously unpublished treasures from the NT Archive – including nightly show reports documenting on-stage calamity, and letters from Olivier, Peter Shaffer, Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller and Stephen Sondheim. He will recall his interviews with Edward Albee, Judi Dench, Tony Kushner, Ian McKellen and Tom Stoppard, ...
Derek Jacobi talks to Al Senter about 'As Luck Would Have It', a book where he reflects on his career and life including working in the Old Vic alongside Lau...
". . . And that I am, besides, half-witted. Well, what can I say? Except that I have managed to survive to middle age with half my wits while thousands have died with all of theirs intact! Clearly, quality of wits is more important than quantity." -- Derek Jacobi as Claudius in "I, Claudius."
Yesterday I had the privilege to be part of a VIP audience to see the Royal sculptor, Frances Segelman sculpt the head of the English actor and stage director Sir Derek Jacobi. The event was held in the evening at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden and was to raise the profile of the Islington Ar...
He is renowned for tackling some of theatre’s toughest roles, but tonight Sir Derek Jacobi will make one of his less taxing appearances in front of an audience.
One of the most interesting dates in the diary next week will see Frances Segelman bring theatre to the world of sculpture. The artist is due to sculpt a bust of Sir Derek Jacobi in front of a live audience, in just two hours.
Well if that was "Vicious" I love it !! Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi are just an awesome couple of old queens lol lol
Watching the first episode of Vicious - Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellan are brilliant, of course!
Off topic...however.. Am getting ready to watch ep 1 of the Ian McKellen/Derek Jacobi comedy, Vicious. Is it any good?
‘Vicious’ the television comedy series starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi wil have it’s Australian premiere tonight on 7Two. McKellen...
Created by Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill. With Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon. Freddie and Stuart are an old *** couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every…
Actually can't wait to see Ian Mekellen and Derek Jacobi in that new sitcom Viscous...
FRIENDS: I'm just about to head off to the get in for Marlowe Society's DOCTOR FAUSTUS at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. In 1907, The Marlowe Society was founded after an inaugural production of Doctor Faustus. In 1960, Ian McKellen Derek Jacobi and Trevor Nunn were in the Marlowe production of Doctor Faustus at the Cambridge Arts. This play has a lot going for it - and the statistics currently suggest that you're going to want to have seen it in 50 years time. Solution? Here:
Have discovered the ITV series 'Cadfael' in the library, the detective monk starring Derek Jacobi. Excellent DVD's to get me through the weekend. :-)
. loved the Charles Dickens jigsaw, a Christmas gift from Elizabeth and Michael, but is struggling with 'The Old Curiosity Shop' DVD, Quilp, (Toby Jones), not menacing enough, Little Nell, (Sophie Vavasseur) too soppy, Derek Jacobi, (Grandfather) too handsome and not downtroden enough!! I've moved on to 'Martin Chuzzlewit', the book, Mr Pecksmith and daughters, Mercy and Charity, Tom Pinch and Mr Chevy Slyme!! Oh joy!!!
LOVE IS THE DEVIL (dir. John Maybury) The film concerns the Irish born English figurative painter Francis Bacon, and focuses on his life in the early 1960's when he was one of the central figures in a group of dissipated and debauched intellectuals at the Colony Room, a private drinking club in London's Soho district. Bacon's portrait style during this period is reminiscent of the work of contemporary American artist, Ralph Steadman in that both artists render their subjects in a bloated or garishly distorted manner. And, John Maybury, the director of LOVE IS THE DEVIL conveys this aspect of Bacon's painting style by shooting parts of the film using curious time-lapsed techniques, odd camera angles, and blurred optical abnormalities that really highlight Francis Bacon's cracked artistic vision. Derek Jacobi is note perfect as the dissolute, alcoholic painter, and Daniel Craig is surprisingly convincing as Bacon's thuggish lover, George Dyer. And, Tilda Swinton is positively devastating as Muriel Belcher, ...
Sir Derek Jacobi: ''I suppose the wind changed and I stayed like it.''
Thanks to everybody who sent birthday well-wishing! Caught "I, Frankenstein", which is sort of like "I, Claudius" if Derek Jacobi had spent an hour and a half fighting highly-combustible demons for reasons that made no sense. Fun fact - scientists in "I, Frankenstein" strongly imply (via Joules' law) that the resistance of a human corpse is no more than one ohm.
Yay my car insurance went down, down! I got Chinese food and I am doing a marathon of I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi followed by Macbeth with Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench. Have a great nigh/day to all! I'm here on FB all night. :)
WHOOGLE shared this story . --- The Doctor has faced a whole galaxy full of formidable foes. David Tennant and a host of stars including John Barrowman, Derek Jacobi, Zoe Wannamaker, Freema Agyeman and Sarah Parish look through the greatest moments of his deadliest enemies. (R)
Best known soliloquy ever? Thespian Derek Jacobi (pictured here as the brooding prince) played Hamlet for BBC TV in 1980, and evil uncle Claudius for Kenneth Branagh's movie version in 1996. Jacobi has even portrayed The Master in Doctor Who...
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