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2000s later


 

 

Das Jüngste Gericht

Das Jüngste Gericht

Berkoff in a double episode Austrian tv thriller.  The films borrows a lot from from Silence of the Lambs.   The film stars Tobias Moretti- who's next film would be the promisingly titled 1½ Knights - In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde, Christoph Waltz and Silke Bodenbender.  Berkoff plays Conrad, but he is dubbed into German, so what is the point of using Berkoff?  Did they intend to dub the other actors into English and try and sell it abroard?  Directed by Urs Egger in 2008.

Das Jüngste Gericht with Steven Berkoff

 

 

The 10th Man

Not Graham Greene's late novel about France under the occupation but a short ten minute Jewish comedy in the East End.  Directed by newcomer Sam Leifer in 2006.   Berkoff plays Red Jack Weinbaum.  You can see the film here.

Steven Berkoff in The Tenth Man

 

 

Steven Berkoff New Tricks New Tricks 2006

New Tricks

A police informant comes back to town after 18 years, and an old case is reopened.  Berkoff is the guest star playing Ray Cook, a best selling author (his book is titled Hardest Geezer in Town) who talks in cockney rhyming slang.  Is he the actual criminal?  Berkoff does his standard working-class-henchman-made-good-through-crime role.  Series 3 episode 6.

 

Steven Berkoff Hotel Babylon Hotel Babylon 2006

Hotel Babylon Berkoff

The BBC series about the problems in a five star hotel.  Berkoff is to testify against gangsters so is kept in the hotel under guard by the police.  A hit-man comes after him.  The writer is Tony Basgallop.  Series 1 episode 8.   Predictable but fun.

 

Alive - Back to the Andes

Alive - Back to the Andes

Alive: Back to the Andes, a Channel 5 documentary with Berkoff the voice narrator from 2006.  The three part documentary recreates the journey of survivors after the Andes plane crash.

Alive Back in the Andes

 

 

 

 

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb - title 

By The Pricking of My Thumbs, part of an Agatha Christie Miss Maples series. The title comes from Shakespeare's Macbeth, by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes, and there are a number of Macbeth references in the film.

"An old woman in a nursing home speaks of a child buried behind the fireplace… When Tommy and Tuppence visited an elderly aunt in her gothic nursing home, they thought nothing of her mistrust of the doctors; after all, Ada was a very difficult old lady. But when Mrs Lockett mentioned a poisoned mushroom stew and Mrs Lancaster talked about ‘something behind the fireplace’, Tommy and Tuppence found themselves caught up in an unexpected adventure" (Agatha Christie official website, click here).

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb - Tommy (Anthony Andrews) and Tuppence (Greta Scacchi)

Marples teams up with Agatha Christie regulars husband and wife team .

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb

Geraldine McEwan plays Miss Marple.

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb

And in Agatha Christie style there is a murder to investigate. and a host of characters some genial and some nasty- not difficult to work out which category the surprise murderer comes from.

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb

And the only clue seems to be a house in a pantimg.

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb

Berkoff plays Freddie Eccles, a solicitor, who of course is one of the suspects.

The script is by Stewart Harcourt and the director is Peter Medak.  Berkoff worked with Medak on The Krays previously.  Geraldine McEwan plays Miss Marple and the cast also includes Claire Bloom and Charles Dance.

Steven Berkoff - Miss Marples - By The Pricking of my Thumb - credit

All images from the DVD of  the film.

 

 

 

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Title

It'sa Boy fro 2005.  A cartoon film made by a Christian charity to tell the story of Jesus to schoolchildren.  It was sent free to 26,000 schools in the UK.  The director is Julian Tewkesbury and screenplay is by Alexa Tewkesbury.  The film is 30 minutes long and cost £200,000.  The bible story is told by three birds (quails).


"When three quails overhear an angel telling Mary she is going to give birth to the Son of God, they are surprised and bewildered. Soon afterwards, they are captured by King Herod’s bird-catcher and thrown into a cage in the palace for fattening up. As three strangers arrive looking for a new king, the quails realise it is Mary’s baby they are talking about. To their horror, the birds then learn that Herod wants Him dead. The race is on to find Mary and the baby before Herod can carry out his dreadful plan. But first, the quails have to escape from the evil King... The quarrelsome threesome – who are usually only bothered about finding a decent breakfast – find that life is never the same again as they embark on their daring mission".

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Mary

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Quail

Mary feeds the three quails every day.

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Angel

Then the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and tells her she is with a child, the son of God.

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Three Wise Men

The three wise men looking for the child.

Steven Berkoff - It's a Boy - Herod

However King Herod, with Berkoff providing the voice, plots to kill the child.  Can the quails thwart his plan?.

Inevitably the title song is performed by Cliff Richard.  The advert says "Some quails only dream... others dare to believe".

Steven Berkoff - Its a Boy  Steven Berkoff - Its a Boy

The original DVD cover misspells Berkoff's name, it is corrected on the re-release.

Steven Berkoff - Its a Boy 

All images from the DVD of the film.

 

 

 

Happy the Man 2003

Berkoff provides the voice-over.  Any other information is welcome.

 

Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Seven Wonders of the Industrial World 2003

Steven Berkoff in Seven Wonders

A dramatised documentary series, Berkoff appears in the episode about the Brooklyn Bridge as John A. Roeblinh, the architect and man behind the bridge.  But just as building was about to start, he died, and his son continued the work.  Berkoff used the knowledge he gained from doing the documentary to update his play Sit and Shiver, where one character talks of the building of the bridge.

 

 

Dune Children of Dune 2003

Children of Dune Steven Berkoff

Berkoff plays Stilgar in the six hour television mini-series based on Frank Herbert's Dune novels.  Filming was in Prague.  Directed by Greg Yaitanes.

 

Broken Morning 2003

A South Bank Show dramatised documentary with Ciarán Hinds as Albert Camus.  Catherine McCormack,  Freddie Jones and Struan Rodger appear alongside Berkoff playing the mayor.  Directed by Jack Bond.

 

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