Stories retold: ‘Professor T’ on PBS an adaptation of Belgian series, after French and German remakes – Albuquerque Journal

Stories retold: ‘Professor T’ on PBS an adaptation of Belgian series, after French and German remakes

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?

Ben Miller stars as Professor T in the PBS series of the same name. (Thomas Dhanens/PBS)

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?

Ralf Little stars in “Death in Paradise.” (BBC/Red Planet/Denis Guyenon)

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.

K.T. Oslin died in 2020 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19. (Douglas C. Pizac/Associated Press)

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.”

 

Do you have a question or comment about entertainment past, present and future? Write to Rich Heldenfels, P.O. Box 417, Mogadore, OH 44260, or brenfels@gmail.com. Letters may be edited. Individual replies are not guaranteed.

 


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

Ad Tango

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Way Out West Film Fest features 88 movies with ...
Entertainment
Twenty-two feature-length films.Sixty-six short films shown ... Twenty-two feature-length films.Sixty-six short films shown in 10 shorts programs. ...
2
'A sense of pride': Film festival aims to give ...
Entertainment
When he was growing up Chinese ... When he was growing up Chinese American, most of the films Paul Jew would watch presented stereotypi ...
3
NM film industry braces for Monday strike
ABQnews Seeker
Governor backs union members, hopes for ... Governor backs union members, hopes for 'productive dialogue'
4
In the pink: Three breweries host virtual 5K to ...
Albuquerque News
Three local breweries are teaming up ... Three local breweries are teaming up to help women battling breast cancer with their Dash & Drin ...
5
'Incredible machine': Ben Mehl thrilled to join cast for ...
Entertainment
Ben Mehl didn't know much about ... Ben Mehl didn't know much about the TV series "You" before he auditioned for the third season. ...
6
Fruitful reunion: Former classmates at Santa Fe University of ...
Entertainment
It's been nearly 20 years since ... It's been nearly 20 years since Sam Quinn and Connor McLean met as theater students at the Santa Fe ...
7
Just for laughs: Albuquerque Funny Fiesta features local and ...
Albuquerque News
Albuquerque's comedy scene is full of ... Albuquerque's comedy scene is full of talent.For the second year, Albuquerque Funny Fi ...
8
Humans vs. nature: 'Thunder Rises' explores conflict between wilderness ...
Blogs
Evan Curtis began filming the stop-motion ... Evan Curtis began filming the stop-motion animated film "Thunder Rises" in fall 2019.H ...
9
'A good space to be in': Singer-songwriter Jonathan Foster ...
Entertainment
It's a chilly day in Portland, ... It's a chilly day in Portland, Oregon, and Jonathan Foster is taking part of the day for himself.

10
Street smarts: Thai Street eatery offers tasty, spicy Southeast ...
Dining Reviews
As restaurateurs go, Michelle Waterson ... As restaurateurs go, Michelle Waterson and Joshua Gomez have unorthodox backgrounds.< ...