A few years,there was a one off awards ceremony about thew greatest television actor in the history of the media.
Two of the most obvious candidates was Alec Guinness in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Derek Jacobi in I Claudius. However,guess who was voted bythe people as the greatest actor in the history of British television - Colin Firth as Mr D'Arcy in Pride and Prejudice.
Now,I am not deriding Colin Firth's acting talents,but Alec Guinness' performance in Tinker... was a yardstick for acting and in the late great man,you are talking about one of the greatest actors...ever!
When actors and actresses win an award voted by the viewers,they always say "this was given to me by the people who really matter". It is often won by people who are the flavour of the month,or the best looking ones on television,or the ones who are forever in the media for various antics.
I think Colin Firth only won because he was flavour of the month and it took the shine of the title "greatest actor" in television history.
Has anyone else got any favourites?
(PS:Actually I preferred Smiley's People - I understood it a bit better!)