Charles Dance OBE
Charles Dance OBE - Actor
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Tonight, courtesy of Two Paddocks Virtual Airways (Where Everyone Reclines, Like it or Not), all the way from Her Majesty's Sceptered Isle, another Old Pal, a great Thesp and superb Luvvie - a musical aficionado and ukulele player, Star of Stage, Screen and Radio - a DJ of distinction as we have ne'er seen the like of before. Or after. MR CHARLES DANCE!
You loved him in The Jewel in the Crown and have loved him ever since! Quiet Ladies! LADIES! Yes we know -- but really ... that is just, well, unseemly ... Latterly you loved him even more in Game of Thrones! Last warning I am not going to yell over you lot ... I AM NOT ... LISTEN ... oh well dammit, I give up. Charlie Dance fans you are just so... WRONG! Right, I'm going to carry on -- gritted teeth albeit. Charlie has worked with the Prop not once but three times! (Free virtual drink if you get all three.)
Here are some of Charlies' greatest hits other than that -- this takes 30 minutes, you up for it? No? Okay just a few highlights then -- Golden Child, Alien 3, Last Action Hero, The Imitation Game, White Mischief, Gosford Park, Underworld, Swimming Pool, etc, and on the telly Bleak House, Rebecca and -- I don't know dammit -- you asked. Oh you didn't ... moving right along, Charlie directed and wrote Ladies in Lavender with Dame Maggie and Dame Judy wildly successful. Watch this space. And on stage at the RSC the most leathered and lathered Coriolanus in theatrical history, Three Sisters, Long Day's Journey at the Lyric, Shadowlands in the West End nnngg nnngg nnngg ...
Never mind all that, it's time to get the Dayglo into gear -- Charlie -- our friend and ally - take it away Guv -- and LET'S ROCK with ... the great actor and utterly charming chappie - MR CHARLES DANCE!
Having made a reasonable living pretending to be an aristocrat, the secret is now out that in reality Charlie (as he is affectionately know to his more intimate acquaintances) is as common as muck.
State education, sporty but not in any way academic, he holds minimum qualifications, save an ability when the mood takes him to charm the birds out of the trees - it even worked on Her Majesty when she awarded him an Order of the (quaintly named) British Empire – one of around a hundred handed out that day, just to get it into perspective!.
He soldiers on getting work where he can, maintains a keen interest in combating the ageing process, and endeavours at all times to keep his rapidly balding head well below the parapet.
Occasionally he plays his ukulele well into the night, but more often than not is in bed by eleven with sadly usually no more than a good book to keep him company.
He is also known to be partial with the truth.
So, his music…
Top 10 Tunes
Rock Around The Clock - – Bill HaleyDespite being irreligious, my pre-adolescent years saw me as a not un-cute choirboy – blue cassock, white surplice etc, but with the addition of a 'kiss-curl' teased onto the forehead in homage to my first pop-idol Bill Haley, who had taken the UK by storm, distressing parents up and down Little Britain with Rock Around The Clock
Boots of Spanish Leather - – Bob DylanAfter having been thrown out of the church for behaviour unbecoming a choir-boy – actually nothing more serious than smoking behind the vestry, I grew my hair, got my first pair of Levis and heard Bob Dylan.
Honky Tonk Woman - – The Rolling StonesBoots Of Spanish Leather determined me to not only buy and learn to play a guitar, but years later be measured and fitted for a pair of boots from Madrid. The song like the boots is wonderful.
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude - Richard WagnerHaving been hugged by my rock ‘n roll god Keith Richard, after a Stones gig, he and the sentiments of the song are close to my heart.
River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina TurnerOne of the sexiest pieces of music ever written is the Overture to Tristan und Isolde. Wagner might not be everyone’s glass of schnapps, but it is best listened to while lying on ones back in a darkened room with or without company.
Chopin D Flat Nocturne - Rosey ChanThis is Tina at her very best -- nuff said.
I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl - Nina SimoneI could listen to this forever. I love the music and Rosey has stolen my heart!
Graceland - Paul SimonI had the pleasure of seeing Ms Simone on two occasions. The first, she arrived late in a foul mood and left early, the second, she stayed well over the allotted time and seemed to nearly orgasm when she played this song - didn’t we all!
Saving All My Love For You - Tom WaitsI defy anyone to keep still while listening to this. It has a line ‘there’s a girl in New York City, who calls herself a human trampoline…’ I have a feeling I’ve met her!
Pinball Wizard - The WhoAside from his unique voice, he has written some of the most beautifully well-crafted lyrics. Listen to these and wonder!
Many thanks Charlie, and let’s work again soon! Get the Prop out of the compost paddock, staff are begging! Ladies and Gentlemen -- an enormous, humungous, titanium tipped, silicone lined, 24 carat, sterling hand for this most excellent Officer of the Order of the British Empire... MR CHARLES DANCE!