You have questions. I have some answers, with much music in mind.
Q: I have been watching a show on PBS called “Professor T.” It takes place in England; the professor helps the police solve crimes, and his first name is Jasper. There is a show that comes on right after it also called “Professor T,” but that show takes place in Belgium, I think. It has English subtitles. The main character is in jail, his first name is Jasper, and he also helps the police solve crimes. Are these shows related somehow?
A: Yes. The Belgian series “Professor T” came first, originally airing from 2015 to 2018. The British series, which began showing this year, is an adaptation of the earlier show. There have also been French and German remakes.
Q: I am a longtime fan of Raymond Burr’s “Perry Mason” (1958-66). Was the executive producer, Gail Patrick Jackson, the same as the actress, Gail Patrick, who appeared in such movies as “My Man Godfrey” with William Powell and Carole Lombard?
A: Yes. Ephraim Katz’s “The Film Encyclopedia” notes that Patrick was “particularly effective in cold, often nasty ‘other woman’ roles.” She quit acting in the late 1940s after her (third) marriage to Thomas Cornwall Jackson, who was also the literary agent of Erle Stanley Gardner, the novelist who created the Perry Mason character. The Jacksons made a deal with Gardner for a “Perry Mason” TV series, where Gail Jackson was executive producer – the rare woman in that role in those days. The Jacksons divorced in 1969, the encyclopedia says. Gail Patrick Jackson died of leukemia in 1980.
Q: Where is the TV show “Death in Paradise” shot?
A: The fictional island of St. Marie on the show is played by the French overseas department Guadeloupe, which an MSN.com report described as “a French-speaking island group in the southern Caribbean Sea. Guadeloupe is 629 square miles in size and has a population of roughly 400,000 people.”
Q: What happened to K.T. Oslin? She was a beautiful singer.
A: Oslin died in December 2020 at age 78, reportedly after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and recent COVID-19 diagnosis. She was indeed a fine singer, songwriter and conveyer of humor, pathos and wisdom. (I am listening to my copy of her greatest hits collection “Songs From an Aging Sex Bomb” as I write this.) The winner of Grammys and other awards was “born Kay Toinette Oslin in Crossett, Arkansas, in 1942,” Billboard said, and “had an unusual path to country stardom. After performing in folk acts in the ’60s and starring in theatrical productions in the ’70s, she was well into her 40s when she found major success as a country singer, after her discovery in Nashville by producer Harold Shedd during the mid-’80s.” Hits followed, including “Hold Me,” “Hey Bobby,” “Come Next Monday” and her signature song, ” ’80s Ladies,” which made her the first female songwriter to win the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year. She also acted, including in the country-themed movie “The Thing Called Love.”
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