More than running from someone, Lucas North (Richard Armitage) seems being chasing someone. Look at his arms and hands. They are ready to attack, catch and hold tight. This is a still of an action scene from SPOOKS 9 (crew and cast are shooting in London), from a snippet published in THE SUN last 31st March with a cryptic comment which has already stirred hypothesis, claims, perplexities, anxiety, fears, tremors, restlessness in various RA dedicated forums. The comment to the picture says: "SPOOKS star Richard Armitage returns for the drama's ninth series and becomes embroiled in what bosses say is a "dark secret that leads to the ultimate betrayal".
Who is Rich (as The Sun and friends of mine call him) running after , then? My answer is... Spooks scriptwriters!
After what other scriptwriters did to his character and a whole successful BBC show (namely, Guy of Gisborne and Robin Hood 3), he can't bear running the same risk with Spooks! So, run, Lucas/Richard, run! Catch and strangle them! Guy of Gisborne and John Porter are with you!
While Richard runs and gives their comeuppance to crazy scriptwriters, we can get ready to listen to him in BBC 4 Clarissa next Sunday. The epilogue of the unfortunate never-born (or one-sided?) love story between the heroine and the rake, Robert Lovelace, can be but a tragic one. Let's get ready to face the inevitable and be brave. It is said that the 18th century readers of Richardson's novel cried a lot on Clarissa's sad ending. What about us next Sunday? I'm curious to read the different reactions all over the blogosphere.
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For all the admirers of the winning combination Georgette Heyer's Regency novels/Richard Armitage's voice, there's another precious audiobook coming out for Naxos : THE CONVENIENT MARRIAGE. It will be released on 2nd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.UK. I haven't read the book yet. So, first step, get a copy of The Convenient Marriage. Second step, pre-order the audiobook. Third step, start hoping to receive it before the publication date, as it happened for Sylvester and Venetia.
Finally, if I had been a fond admirer of talented Mr Armitage - which I definitely AM, I know, but wait for the rest of it! - living in London (so, you see, that can't be me), I wouldn't have missed the chance to see the preview of the first two episodes of Strike Back at BAFTA premises in Piccadilly on Monday 19th April at 6.15pm. . But I live in Italy and I'll be working on that Monday. Sigh! I'll have to wait till... when? Sky 1 starts airing Strike Back in the week between 1st/7th May . And - again - since I live in Italy - but even worse - my Sky 1 channel speaks Italian and broadcasts different programmes!
BTW, even if you live in London, it's too late for the preview. Tickets are sold out for that event. Let's hope we can read the enthusiastic comments of the lucky ones, at least.
(Once again thanks to Annette for keeping us well informed and updated with her site http://www.richardarmitageonline.com/)