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RIP Phillip Madoc

I was dismayed to hear last week about the death of the actor Phillip Madoc.  I first remember seeing him in the ITV wartime drama Manhunt, in which he played a German officer.  The last work of his that I saw was the TV drama “A Mind to Kill”, in which he played the detective Noel Bain.  He played that role superlatively well throughout that series.   It did not make South Wales seem an attractive place to visit, but at least the central character was someone that one could imagine to be a real person.  In between a lot of great stuff, though for some reason the BBC focussed on his cameo role in Dad’s Army in their news reports.

 Reading through his obituary, I was surprised to discover that he spoke 7 languages, and worked as a translator before joining RADA (which yet again makes me think that I should speak at least more than 1).  I particularly liked his comment on his time as a political translator: “You get to despise politicians when you have to translate the rubbish they spout”.

 That is my kind of guy.