The Crown

The Crown
Alex as the Duke of Windsor

Monday, November 27, 2006

The State Within, Episode 4

I'm still not sure I understand anything about what is going on, but I like Alex's performance, as well as some of the others. Two more episodes to go.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Second State Within

The reviewer at The Stage is a fan of "The State Within" and mentions a possible second series:
The Stage

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Murray and Sinclair

There is an unusual new angle on the character of James Sinclair. On the "Atlantic Free Press" website there is a piece by former British ambassador Craig Murray who claims that the character of James Sinclair was based on him.

See: Atlantic Free Press

Friday, November 17, 2006

State Within, Episode 3

The third episode of "The State Within" had more Alex, and Alex, or James Sinclair in trouble. I don't want to go into the series too much or post any spoilers for people who will watch it later.

Monday, November 13, 2006

More State Within

A little more Alex in the second episode, just wondering in how many more he will be.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sound of Alex

Apparently, the new production of "The Sound of Music" has lost its leading man. "The Stage" has a suggestion for a possible replacement:

"Intriguingly, Alexander Hanson who has now gone into the role of Captain von Trapp appeared in a workshop of the show earlier this year. So he was obviously always in the frame, but didn’t quite have the telly credits that Shepherd has. Pity, of course, that another Alex – Jennings – is otherwise engaged at the National, since he too might make an ideal von Trapp….."

see: The Stage

Monday, November 06, 2006

The State Within, Episode 1

The first reviews of "The State Within" that I've been able to find so far are pretty favourable. Not much about Alex in there though. He did appear in a few scenes in the first episode but I have a feeling there is much more to come. The pace of the piece does seem to get some people confused. Contrary to what Julia said on the reviews page of the official BBC website, it wasn't Alex having "a gay snog", but two other characters, neither of whom looked remotely like Alex.

The BBC has updated the official website to include the viewers review page and a synopsis of episode one. There also are interviews with some of the actors, but Alex isn't in there (yet). For anyone hoping to catch the series later, reading the reviews might not be a good idea, there are a few spoilers in there.

Friday, November 03, 2006


The IMDb credits Alex with a part in "Babel", and he mentions the film himself in the "Time Out" interview (see 29 October). The film opened in the Netherlands on November 2, and got very good reviews.

I went to see it and liked it very much. The announcement said the film lasts 143 minutes, but it was over before I realised. You get to live through four different stories, more or less related, and you need to keep your concentration, but it is worth it. The film is beautifully made, you can relate to the characters and even though it moves through continents, histories, languages and generations it all seems part of the same story, somehow.

As for Alex, I am glad he mentioned in the interview he would be in the helicopter scene, because the tiny bit turned out to be very tiny. I got a glimpse of him twice, just a few frames and not a single line. What a waste to use a wonderful actor as an extra. But that is my only criticism of the film.

Or maybe just one more, maybe I wasn't concentrated enough, but didn't the bullet come from the wrong