Haven’t watched TV for weeks, probably since Christmas Eve, give or take, but I found myself eating quorn Vindaloo tonight, while watching NCIS.
What is it about that show that is so watchable? I find myself shedding all and any critical faculties and just enjoying the spectacle of Gibbs and company sorting out the bad guys. I love all the characters, which is the sign of a good show I guess, but David McCallum, who plays forensic expert ‘Ducky’ Mallard, is an absolute solid-gold star.
He’s been acting since the 1940s, and in the 1960’s, after starring in The Great Escape alongside Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, he played Ilya Kuryakin in classic series The Man From UNCLE (here’s a scene, an in-joke, from NCIS where they reference Ilya).
The son of a music conductor, in the 60’s he also composed and released some absolutely seminal music.
(thanks to NBC for the image)