Since I love poetry and ...  "my one weakness" , Richard Armitage, yesterday someone who has known me for a little time but already knows me very well sent me a very pleasant gift : a short poem read by RA I had never heard before.

The life that I have

Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours.

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

A love poem, you'd say, wouldn't you? Not at all, instead. It is a code-poem from WWII, written by Leo Marks.
Marks was a cryptographer in World War II and he wrote this as a code-poem for Violette Szabo, an agent sent to work in France who was later captured and killed.
Who better then Lucas North / Richard Armitage in person could have recited this poem? Since he is the best secret agent/actor, he actually seems to recite a LOVE poem! But he did it disguised as Mr John Thornton.  A good spook has got at least 5 different identities! Listen and watch. ( I made this photo album from North and South 2004 adding a song I truly love, "I'm yours" - The Script)

Richard Armitage read this poem and others in A War Less Ordinary  for BBCRadio2 on 10th November 2007.
A War Less Ordinary was broadcast  as part of the BBC's range of programmes marking the weekend of Remembrance Day. Using poetry, song and archive recordings, it commemorated the work of those who did not fight in war-time, but who nonetheless contributed to the war effort in Britain during the two world wars.

By the way, SPOOKS is back next Wednesday 4th November on BBC 1 at 9.00 pm (it'll be 10 in Italy) and I 'm behaving very well, as a very good girl usually does,  and even better, hoping my little fairy will make another dream of mine come true: to see the new series 8 as soon as possible ... CAN'T WAIT!!! Please.
N.B. My little good fairy has already made one my dreams come true: to see BBC EMMA 2009 as soon as possible. Isn't she lovely?

There are plenty of new articles and interviews on line. Not so many new photos. Richard is still shooting STRIKE BACK in South Africa and , unfortunately, he won't be round for Spooks promotion and premiere. My favourite recent interviews with RA about SPOOKS and himself are on :


Anonymous said...

Brilliant video for a short but powerful - and wonderfully performed! - poem. Congrats MG!
KB, aka Merryweather ;)

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed hearing RA read this poem - great stuff, Maria. I wish I'd heard the whole programme. The interviews you linked to are also interesting - must admit I have never been a fan of 'Spooks', but maybe I'll give it a try. Judy

Maria Grazia said...

Thanks again, Merryweather!
Instead, I've always been a great fan of Spooks since the first series with Matthew McFadyen. Richard Armitage's arrival at MI5 has been ...sort of a blessed miracle... my favourite actor in one of my favourite series! What more?
Thanks to both for being so kind. A very special weekend !

Mulubinba said...

Maria - thank you! The video and poem are just lovely!! I too wish that I will be able to see Spooks ASAP!


Avalon said...

Beautiful clips. Thanks for posting.
I just finished Spooks 7 since I am in the states I had to purchase the DVD from England. It is sad because we will have to wait till next year to see Spooks 8 when the DVD comes out. I refuse to sneak peaks on you-tube, don't wanna ruin it.
If this post comes in twice, sorry, I had a problem with my speed.

Maria Grazia said...

I've seen all the series of Spooks so far, partly on satellite TV and partly on DVDs. But I don't know if I can resist and wait for series 8!

Luciana said...

Your video is very good! Congratulations! RA's voice is wonderful! I just wanted to know what is the real meaning of the poem!

Maria Grazia said...

Thank you!I'm afraid I can't reveal the real meaning of the poem, it's a spooks' matter, TOP SECRET. Though, the surface meaning is not that bad, isn't it? ;-)

JaneGS said...

Thanks so much for that lovely video--RA does read beautifully. V. touching. Perfect, really.

Maria Grazia said...

Thank you for being so kind, Jane! I'm glad you like it.