22 thoughts on “WCW: Diana Rigg

  1. Besides Mrs Peel, my favourites are Mrs Bradley, Baroness Lehzen, Duchess of Buccleugh, Lady Deadlock, Sonya Winter and Mrs Danvers. I also love her nun in In This House of Brede. Also Christine Vole.

  2. It’s a shame Broadway roles aren’t included here. I saw her a few months ago in My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center, playing Mrs. Higgins, and she was glorious in all her late Edwardian splendour. And for anyone who hasn’t seen the Mrs. Bradley mysteries, go look for them! Adela Bradley will give Phryne Fisher a run for her money any day of the week.

  3. Hazard of Hearts is on YouTube. It’s a pretty crappy quality video, but I was strangely compelled to watch it all.

    1. It’s also got some of the best one liners ever. The writers clearly were having a huge amount of fun not taking it seriously. “Lord Vulcan is so…unemotional.”

  4. I watched The Avengers with great devotion at age 8. Had no idea what was going on, except for the fact that Mrs. Peel was my idol. And, of course, Mrs. Bradley. When I grow up, I want to be her (except I don’t look at good in helmet cloches).

  5. Yay, you included Mrs Gillyflower! Ioved that episode. (it’s even funnier when you live a couple of miles from Saltaire, which the housing and factory were blatantly based on! The description of Bradford as the Babylon of the North had me hooting) .
    Lots of little nods to her Avengers role too iirc.

  6. Just read the synopsis for Escape in Time. It is time travel, but she’s apparently sent back to the sixteenth century. I see a #SnarkWeek mention on the horizon….

    1. Off the top of my head, there isn’t actual time travel, but a guy has rigged his mansion so through various spinning mirrors / trick corridors / drugs (I can’t remember which trick goes with which weird house episode!) you think you’ve gone back in time to various periods. One’s C16th and one’s C18th. It’s the period when Avengers is very excited to be in colour so everything is incredibly lurid and trippy even before rooms start spinning around.

  7. She was wonderful in the new “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center, and resplendent in Edwardian finery. Much more so than the horrible costumes they put on her in “Victoria.” And if anyone is wondering she has been replaced by Rosemary Harris, I believe, as Mrs. Higgins.

  8. A Hazard of Hearts definitely is a candidate for Snark Week… some very dodgy fabric choices going on! Must have been the first thing I saw her in if I remeber right.

  9. She’s fabulous in everything she’s in but I LOVED her in Evil Under the Sun! She’s so wonderfully b*tchy as Arlena Marshall – it’s one of my favorite movies.

  10. I was terrified of her as a child, because I knew her as Ms Hardbroom in The Worst Witch movie. Since I always think of her as a more mature woman, I only recently realized how much her daughter resembles her (Rachael Stirling, currently in The Bletchley Circle).

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