To mark Kenny’s birthday on September 20th, we are extremely pleased to welcome acclaimed actor of stage and screen, Ronald Pickup, to shares his fond memories of working with Kenny, on the Father Brown episode, The Eye of Apollo.
“I remember being high up on this balcony in Finsbury Square doing this weird scene at the start of that episode…I was supposed to be preaching to the public as this leader of a bogus religious cult….a sun worshipper.
For me though, working with Kenny was just such a joy. He was one of my generation’s favourites…and there was something completely seamless from the personality I knew of on screen from both cinema and television, to the one I worked with…
I had met him previously working on TV series, The Dragon’s Opponent where Angela Douglas was working with me on one of the episodes. I remember him coming to the set and taking us all out for dinner. He was very generous and sweet like that…When I met him again on Father Brown, he was very jovial, easy, and just so relaxed behind the camera…. A natural performer and an education watching him act. To be in a series of Father Brown was great too, having known of GK Chesterton’s books since I was a boy.
Kenny though as Father brown was just great. I was lucky to work with him. But I think he was more versatile than people think. I remember seeing him in the film version of The Deep Blue Sea. He was excellent and his performance is very unapologetic. The dark side of him was wonderful to see, especially for someone so popular – I think that character was more of a risk to to do than people would think of now.”
Our founder’s hero, is of course Kenny, but Nick Pourgourides was keen to know who Ronald Pickup held in the same regard. I had many heroes in our business, including Kenny, but my biggest had to be Laurence Olivier!”
Funnily enough, Kenny held him in the same regard! Order the Father Brown box set here
With special thanks to Ronald Pickup
Father Brown image credit to Acorn media