Miranda Richardson, Patsy Byrne in Blackadder II
Patsy Byrne, who played Nursie on Season 2 of the BBC series Blackadder, has died. She was 80.
A warm thought for the deep chill of winter: Even in the doldrums of a miserable season, Gilmore Girls proves that its still capable of greatness. This weeks episode returned to its core, the electrifying dynamic among three generations of Gilmore women, balancing humor with searing flashes of drama in an episode incomparably illuminated by the welcome return of Kelly Bishops imperious, hilarious, monstrous yet ultimately oh-so-human Emily Gilmore.It seems like ages since weve seen Bishop at her best. And no mistake about it, she was at her best this week, rising to the occasion when Emilys husband, Richard (the estimable Edward Herrmann), is felled with a heart attack. Bossing around the hospital staff, railing against the incompetence of any poor health-club or service worker who has the bad luck to come up against her, she is a riot. And as Lorelai and Rory sit in amused horror, we know deep down all will be well because theyre all together aga...