Horizon: To Infinity and Beyond
Berkoff presents this
documentary on numbers, including a googol which is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
I liked the children being asked what is the biggest number- answer: 120. Berkoff appears in arty black and white with shadows, and sometime his voice is
Words of the Blitz
A documentary, Words of the
Blitz. Actors Dominic West, Romola Garai, Sheila Hancock, Russell Tovey,
Alex Jennings, Joseph Beattie and Steven Berkoff read from diaries and letters
who were in the blitz in the second world war.
The Road to Coronation Street
Coronation Street is the
world's longest-running TV soap opera currently in production, having started in
1960 and still going bold. This drama look at the struggle to get the
show started. It is directed by Charles Sturridge in 2010. Berkoff plays
Sidney Bernstein, the head of Granada Television who has to be convinced the
series is worth doing. Berkoff is good in the role.
Neil Jordan's series on The
Borgias with a prime British cast- Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, 2011. Steven
Berkoff plays the priest Savonarola, the same role he played in A Season of
Giants from 1991.
Berkoff appears in the episodes
Lucrezia's Wedding, The Borgias in Love and Death, on a Pale Horse. Again
Berkoff is in good form.
Who: The Power of Three
Doctor Who and his two companions
investigate after mysterious small cubes land all over the
Earth and no-one knows what they are.
initially seem innocuous, and the people collect them as ornaments or
paperweights. Everybody seems to have one.
Suddenly a number
appears on each and slowly counts down. What will happen when
they reach zero? And a small girl reacts to the doctor.
Shakri, the controller of the attack on Earth- well actually he is a
hologram. He wears heavy make-up, but does have a very small number of
lines- his role was cut a lot.
The title refers to a cube
(the power of three) but also something Shakri will never
understand, the power of three friends namely the Doctor and his two
Directed by Douglas
Mackinnon and written by Chris Chibnall in 2012. The doctor is
Matt Smith and his companions are Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Berkoff's previous television role was in The
Borgias and Selva Rasalingam was also in both. Behind the
screens Julia Ankerson (foley artist) and Martin Marty
McLaughlin (special effects) worked on Rancid Aluminium and The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo respectively.
Dave Allen: God's own Comedian
A documentary about
Irish comedian Dave Allen. The director is Verity Maitlow.
Steven Berkoff appears a few
times, and is credited as a friend of Allen. The documentary
covers Allen's stand-up comedy, and also his documentaries and acting
roles. What do people remember of Allen as a comedian- Berkoff
answers "Sitting on a stool, telling stories". And
later Berkoff says "He just sat there, attractive, beautifully
Irish, and told the most outrageous jokes" and "There's
something about him which was eternally young. Even when he got
into his 50s, 55, 60s, he was a vital comedian".
Steven Berkoff plays King Olaf the Stout
in 11 episodes of Vikings. A massive force of Vikings threaten
Wessex and the interlocked stories cover the stuggles within both
sides. The vikings have three brothers Ubbe, Hvitserk and Ivar
each plotting. Ivar has imposed himself King of Kattegat in
The episode Baldur, series 5 episode 18 in
2019, by director (and formee actress) Helen Shaver introduces Kimg Okaf
Hvitserk visits Olaf to persuade him to help fight against Ivar.
To meet Olaf he has to strip naked and cross the snow.
Olaf initilly supports Ivar and has Hvitserk tortured, but when
Hvitserk does not falter under torture Ivar agrees to join forces
against Ivar. Meanwhile in Kattegar Ivor shows his reign of
people burned at the stake. The
flames are reflected in an eye.
Best credit is Ancient Norse instruments
and vocals performed by Einar Selvik, Wardruna. From an
interview "Einar Selvik was involved in several well-known metal bands
before starting Wardruna, going on to contribute music to the hit TV
series Vikings, which has occupied him for the last five years."
(interview Kjersti Jåstad, translation: Francine Gorman and Daniel
Nordgård from nordvegenculture.no (here).
Vikings: What Happens in the Cave
The episode What Happens in the Cave, series 5 episode 19 in
2019, by director David Wellington.
Hvitserk and Olaf (Steven Berkoff) have joined forces and are marching
to Kattegat to fight Ivar. Elsewhere one of the three brothers,
Ubbe, is wounded in a duel and lies dying. And in Kattegat Ivar
is preparing his defences.
starts to doubt he has made the right decision, but decides to
continue to Kattegat anyway.
The episode Ragnarok, series 5 episode 20 in
2019, by director David Wellington who also directed the previous
Ivar (Alex Høgh) hears that
Hvitserk has teamed up with King Olaf (Steven Berkoff) and
their armies are approaching Kattegat. "Now all my
brothers are against me".
The armies approach "Soon we will reach Kattegat where
brother will fight with brother".
Berkoff gives a Shakespearean speech "That will be the death of
Odin... It's only a story, stories that's all we have".
The warriors prepare and the assault of Kattegat begins.
Ivar has prepared well and various traps are in place and the assault
has failed. The attackers decide Kattegat cannot be entered, but
inside Kattegat someone open the gates and the warriors enter and
capture the fortress. Berkff shares in the victory celebrations.
Ivar escapes to exile and Kattegat has new leaders as series 5 ends.
Best name from the credits Dialogue Coach Poll Moussoulides. He
says on speaking the ancient languages Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon "We
use linguistic historians around the world to make sure we're
authentic. There is enormous documentation about Anglo-Saxon; it's the
root of many of the words that we use in English today. We know that
Old Norse is very close to Old Icelandic. The Parisian [characters']
language, Old Low Franconian, is based on words collected from old
psalms and poems. It's the first time the language has been heard in
1,000 years." (from interview by Ileane Rudolph, TV Insider, 16 Apr