I think I’ve said before, there’s times when you see an actor in something, and they’re just so perfect they get cemented in that role for all time. No matter what else they do, or how good they are, they’re always going to be that other character to you. Or maybe not ‘you’. Could be just ‘me’; I have a tendency to stereotype people cause it’s so much easier than getting to know them as individuals.
That’s the case with me and Joss Ackland. I don’t know the gentleman personally, but I’m sure he’s good and kind and helps little old ladies across the street, and lord knows he’s been in everything. Trouble is, a couple of years ago I saw him in Hogfather, the BBC adaptation of the novel of the same name, where he played Ridcully, the blustering head of Discworld’s top (and only) wizard university. As a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s books, Ackland was exactly how I pictured Ridcully. Which means, as effective as he is as the tyrannical head of the Barrett clan, I’m always wondering where his pointy hat is.
Also his hair is a bit silly.