Tag Archives: Jamie Bamber

Not just a pretty face

It’s amazing how coming face-to-face with someone off television makes you feel as if you’re meeting an old friend. And in this instance I don’t mean in the street, but seeing them on a different television screen. Like the Christmas University Challenge.

Now, I do know a few people who’ve been on the ‘celebrity’ teams anyway. But then the other day, Daughter and I were taken aback to find Bishop’s screen ex-husband (the snake..!) Jake on one of the Cambridge teams, as himself; Jamie Bamber.

We did always like Jake on NCIS. At least until he cheated on Bishop and had to be escorted off the premises by Gibbs.

Anyway, it was nice to see him again, and even nicer to find he’s a knowledgeable and intelligent man. Somehow you suspect actors and musicians of being a bit substandard in a general educational way. Here I have to say that without Jamie his team would have done a lot worse.

In the semi-finals they were up against an Oxford team, on which we were very happy to find Frank Cottrell Boyce, and happier still to hear him describe himself as a children’s author (and not the man responsible for having the Queen fling herself out of a helicopter in the company of James Bond). Frank is a very educated and intelligent man, and more than a credit to his team.

There have also been a few musicians this year, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what they know.

And then you tend to be equally surprised by how little some others know. But as Jeremy Paxman says, they did not have to do this.

My feeling is that more women would make for better teams. And more authors, preferably children’s authors. I can provide a list of suggestions, should the BBC require help.

NCIS – Spinning Wheel

Ahh, that was sweet. And it’d be churlish for me to pick holes in the Christmas episode, so I won’t. Much. Let’s hope Nicholas turns up some more, and that he won’t have to suffer more health issues. I’d even thought about model Mallard trains a couple of days before.

There’s one good thing about it being Christmas. We know it has to end well for most, but a token corpse or two. Although Bishop’s marital problems don’t seem to be going the way I’d have expected. Perhaps they feel her being married is a burden, so Jake has to be got rid of?

Ducky

It was nice of them to give Ducky an outing of his own, despite the improbability of so much happening to the team members. I suppose they realise they have officially made their ME over 70 now? Less than David McCallum’s age, but don’t they have to retire?

And I’m feeling so Christmassy I will let the state of Ducky’s father’s home alone, as I will the London streets, the double decker bus and the luxurious looking hospital corridor.

Was intrigued about seeing Angus Clarke again. I do understand them wanting to have him and the young Ducky, because they are just so Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. But last time we were told they never saw each other again. (Which is no worse than the discrepancies between Gibbs and Fornell then and now.)

Young Ducky and Nicholas

Let’s hope this was a Christmas episode of goodwill that will last longer than just Christmas. A bit like the new puppy that is for life.

NCIS – Troll

Palmer

It was about time we had a ‘to be continued,’ although I didn’t see it until we were actually there. At first it looked like they would go with the obvious ending for this type of scenario, but I came to the conclusion they’d done it too many times. I’m guessing they did too.

McGee and DiNozzo

The Bishop marital issues were perhaps a little tiresome, but necessary for the plot. Rather sweet that ‘Mr Bishop’ is getting on quite so well with Gibbs. The others just haven’t tried; I’m sure he’s dead easy to get on with.

Dorneget

Great to have Dorneget back, even with his unlikely change of career path within NCIS. Nice to have the scene of the first death back, too. You sort of feel at home when they re-use sets. And when I am thin and younger and more beautiful I’ll have a dress like Abby’s, with that very necklace.

Abby

We’re nearing the end of season 12. Has anyone not signed a contract for season 13?

Gibbs

(Photos © CBS)