Category Archives: television

The Bisexual (2018)

Rupert appears as James, a reporter, in the first episode of 6-part comedy-drama The Bisexual.

  • episode: #1.1 (10 October 2018)
  • director: Desiree Akhavan
  • links: IMDB; All 4

Alas, Rupert is only in a couple of scenes in the early parts of the episode. James is interviewing Leila (Desiree Akhavan) and Sadie (Maxine Peake) about their personal and professional relationships with each other.

The interview seems pleasant enough, but once James starts directing the photo shoot, things start getting a bit weird … and come to think of it, perhaps it’s just as well that we don’t see him again!

Leila does accuse him of being “so fucking pretty”, so obviously Rupert was cast for more than one reason!

Unicorn (2018)

On 19 February, Rupert took part in a ‘table read’ for Sky Drama of Unicorn, a sitcom script written by Ria Lina and directed by Chloe Thomas. … Judging by the photo, it looks like my kind of thing!

Links:

  • Tweet from Ria Lina including the photo.
  • Related Tweet from Chloe Thomas.

Judge Rinder’s Crown Court (2017)

Rupert appeared as the defendant, James Byron, in this first episode (shown in two parts) of Judge Rinder’s Crown Court. This is the ‘pilot’ for a return of the long-running drama Crown Court, which aired on ITV from 1972 to 1984. The idea is that a ‘real life’ court case is explored through the show, and we can then form our own opinions on the guilt or innocence of the accused, and on whether the verdict and sentence were appropriate.

In this case, James Byron was accused of murdering his wife, Anna Byron, with poison. More than that, I will not say! And I haven’t looked up the original case. I’m just enjoying the sheer drama of it all at the moment.

  • Episode: 1
  • Broadcast: 8 and 15 December 2017
  • Director: Vicky Thomas
  • Links: ITV Hub

There are a number of ‘flashback’ scenes in the first episode, which are lovely, of course – though I always find them a bit problematic. Are we meant to take them as the truth, or are they dramatised versions of the current testimony?

Anyway, Rupert does a lovely job, and also looks superbly handsome in the court room. But, you know, this impression may well change once we learn more in the second part of the ep!

I’ve taken the liberty of capturing some screenshots below (with great respect, but without permission). The episode is available to play on the ITV Hub for the next thirty days.

Happier times for Anna and James Byron (Rosina Carbone and Rupert).

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Will

Rupert plays Sir Walter Raleigh in one episode of Will, a 10-episode TV series on Shakespeare with a rock n’ roll aesthetic. It looks like the sort of thing you’ll either love or hate – and I’m hoping I’ll love it!

  • episode: Brave New World (24 July 2017)
  • director: Elliott Lester

For more details, check out the IMDB page. The series is now available in the US and UK via Amazon Prime Video. Let’s hope for a DVD soon!

The Good Karma Hospital (2017)

Rupert appeared as Sunshine ‘Sunny’ Macintosh in an episode of The Good Karma Hospital, a six-episode tv series created by Dan Sefton. The character’s unusual first name can be explained by the fact that his father is an artist – and of course Sunny was a lovely baby!

The series is set in a coastal town in South India, but I understand that filming took place in Sri Lanka. Wherever it is, that’s one beautiful beach!

Sunny has come to India to find his estranged father Desmond (an excellent turn from Clive Russell), who wrote to Sunny, apparently unwell and asking to see him. Dr Fonseca (Amanda Redman) drives Sunny through the town’s Holi celebrations (hence the random scatterings of colour!) to track down Desmond in his artist’s lair.

Here’s some screen captures from the episode, which I copy here with the greatest respect but without permission. (All rights remain with Tiger Aspect Productions and ITV.)

Clive Russell and Rupert Young as father and son. I thought this was excellent casting!

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People Just Do Nothing (2016)

Rupert plays record exec Joshua in this episode of People Just Do Nothing, in which he is basically ambushed in his office and forced to listen to awful music.

  • Episode: 302 Record Deal
  • Broadcast: 24 August 2016
  • Director: Jack Clough
  • Links: BBC Three; IMDB; Wikipedia.

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer.

The following screen captures were taken without permission, but with a whole lot of love.

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He’s allowed to break the fourth wall, as this is all being filmed reality-tv style.
Mostly added for the shoes! Love the shoes and jeans... Not so sure about the cardigan...
Mostly added for the shoes! Love the shoes and jeans… Not so sure about the cardigan…

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No, he really doesn't think so... 'Security!'
No, he really doesn’t think so… ‘Security!’
Just a bit of lip-smacking goodness there...
Just a bit of lip-smacking goodness there…

The White Queen (2013)

Rupert appeared as Sir William Herbert in this adaptation of The White Queen, a novel by Philippa Gregory. The tv series runs for ten episodes, but alas Rupert was only in one of them. Filming took place in Bruges and Ghent, Belgium.

And here’s a delicious promotional still from the production, which I copy here with respect but without permission. (All rights remain with the photographer and BBC One.)

Rupert in The White Queen
Rupert as Sir William Herbert in The White Queen

Rowr…

Goths (2010)

Rupert featured in the pilot episode of Goths, directed by Jeremy Webb for Merlin producers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy of Shine. The episode was written by Jack Thorne and Ben Schiffer.

Unfortunately nothing has (yet?) come of this, but it seems obvious to me that we need more Rupert on our television screens, so let’s hope there are other producers who agree!

When I had the chance once, I commented to Jeremy that I could see Rupert as a Goth.

‘No,’ he replied, ‘he was the chartered surveyor.’

LOL! I got that wrong! Sounds like Rupert was the straight man of the show!

If anyone has any more info about this, we’d love to hear it.

P.S. The attached date of 1 November is approximate, but it was definitely filmed in 2010.

Shameless (2010)

Rupert played the character Marc Arlington in the following episode of Shameless:

  • Episode #7.15 (4 May 2010)
  • Directed by Metin Huseyin

This episode is currently available to watch online courtesy of 4oD (Channel 4 on Demand). It’s well worth it for Rupert’s story, and the gay soccer tournament story, but I have to say the main story left me rather cold.

Rupert as Marc Arlington in Shameless
Rupert as Marc Arlington in Shameless
  • This screenshot was nicely captured by a friend (thank you!) and is shared here with respect but without permission. All rights remain with Channel 4 for Shameless.