Bits and Bobs (Vol. 12 ½): Breaking new 'Masterpiece Contemporary' host Matthew Goode

Matthewgoode_lMasterpiece Classic’s got Gillian Anderson.  Mystery! has Alan Cumming. And now Contemporary has nabbed Watchmen star Matthew Goode to do their intros and outros for the upcoming season (which begins October 5th with the totally addictive, futuristic political thriller The Last Enemy). For my money, you can’t get any more contemporary than the star of a highly anticipated and controversial comic book film that basically took over this year’s Comic-Con.  On the other hand, you can’t get any more Masterpiece than the guy who played Brooke Burgess in He Knew He Was Right, Larry Durrell in My Family and Other Animals, and Inspector Lynley’s little bro. Oh, he was also Charles Ryder in this year’s big screen Brideshead Revisited. (And just between you and me, a smidgen better than Jeremy Irons — I’m a heathen, I know.)   

So, Anglophiles, what do you think? Will Matthew get you cozying up on the couch for some Brit drama (God on Trial and Filth follow Enemy on the sked) every Sunday this fall? Have you been pleased with Masterpiece‘s new makeover? Has it finally gotten your hater friends watching?

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  • Cath

    I love Matthew Goode! You missed a couple of his best roles in Woody Allen’s Matchpoint and as the adorable cuckolded groom in Imagine Me and You (but then who wouldn’t dump him for Lena Headey!)

  • anne

    Matthew is a very good choice. I am loving Alan Cummings! he’s perfect for Msaterpiece mystery – as for getting my friends to watch?? Not a chance in hell.

  • tamsin

    I read last winter that the Masterpiece hosts will each have only a single season stint introducing their respective programs. I wonder who will be replacing Anderson and Cumming? I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

  • Jessica

    I’ve really been enjoying Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming as hosts, and I’m thrilled with the addition of Matthew Goode (although maybe not the line-up of shows). But I am really sad that they’ve done away with the extended Edward Gorey introduction for Mystery.

  • Amelia

    I’m looking forward to the Mastepiece Contemporary especially since I understand that my fave, Robert Carlyle, will appear.
    Matthew Goode was a wonderful surprise in the new Brideshead; the original was pivotal in my anglophile life and I was prepared to be disappointed in the new adaptation but Goode won me over.
    Just FYI: Simon Pegg will be in a skit on the Soup (on E) this Friday according to his blog on

  • emery

    I’ll have to wait and see on Mr. Goode, but I absolutely love Mr. Cumming’s intros. Sometimes, sadly, he’s the best thing about the show. Ms. Anderson appears to be heavily medicated or a zombie.

  • אינדקס גני אירועים וודינג בוק

    מערכת פורטל וודינג בוק נוצר בדיוק ל צורך זה !

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