Uncle Vanya stars Toby Jones and Richard Armitage BBC2 radio interview with Graham Norton, February 16, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1282)

What is better than having my favorite British entertainment interviewer Graham Norton host a BBC2 radio interview with Uncle Vanya stars Toby Jones and Richard Armitage?  Not much!

l to r: Richard Armitage, Graham Norton, & Toby Jones

And thanks to Mat Khal for sharing the RACentral resources link for this interview!


Graham Norton radio show

Loved Toby Jones’ and Richard Armitage’s insights into the play and their characters, Uncle Vanya and Dr. Mikhail Astrov, respectively!

Now if Graham Norton would also invite Toby Jones and Richard Armitage to his tv interview show!  Sighhh!


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Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!  February 14, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1281)

Valentine’s Day is one of those special holidays that makes you want to either corner the market on chocolate and flowers to bestow upon your loved one—or receive them yourself—or roll your eyes because of the holiday’s rampant commercialism.


I’m in the chocolate category—even though my eyes bulged at the $5.99 price for the mushy sentiments Valentine’s Day card that I bought for my hubby.  His chocolates that I gave him didn’t even cost that much.  Ha!


And chocolates can be tricky.  You see, my hubby has been given the strict low cal diet talk by his doctor—because my hubby is now considered pre-diabetic.  And he is really taking the watching his calories talk to heart.  Even though he has great blood sugars between 90 and 130 fasting, he some how thinks that going into the low triple digits on a blood sugar score is tantamount to disaster.  Well, he can be excused, he’s new to the blood sugar testing game—and it seems that his diabetes educator put the fear of God and carbohydrates into him.

Though seriously, it’s nice to finally have him being more selective with what he eats—including portion sizes, and limiting his fried foods intake.  Because now that he is eating smaller and less greasy portions, he is no longer extolling me to eat larger portions—so he didn’t feel sheepish about his eating, I presume.  However, my hubby his 6 foot  4 inches tall, so he can really chow down—and in no way would I ever want to eat as much as he consumes, even now.  Ha!   But he also rides his bike several times a week as exercise which helps him with improving his fitness.

And though I have been on a losing weight track for some time now—slow and steady, my having dropped four clothing sizes—I’m at my next plateau, before I start losing some more weight.  Basically, I’m within 30 pounds of my wedding weight from 30 years ago, which has been my initial target goal weight.  Though I might just keep going for my ideal weight—which would be another 30 pounds.


And despite my arthritis and herniated discs in my back–I am no one’s description of an athlete–try trudging a shopping cart through heavy snow in a parking lot and you’ll get a sense of the aerobic workout that I get going to and from the parking lot and my department’s building at the university with my rolling walker.  Both my legs and my arms are getting exercised.  Now I just need to get back to doing a kind of combination stomach muscle and tush clenching–that is just short of doing sit ups, due to the back pain—to tone up my tummy and tush.  Snap!


Of course Valentines Day chocolates from my wonderful Hubby don’t help with my own diabetes diet.  But it is all in moderation—and I do allow myself some treats, within my carb count boundaries.  Ha!   I ate three pieces from the chocolates box that he gave me—and he offered me one piece of chocolates that I gave him.   And I have always said that gifted treats do not contain calories/carbs.  *wink*


And I’m hoping that my Hubby and I might go out for lunch on Saturday to further celebrate Valentine’s Day—when the winter weather is supposed to be merely frigid, whereas Friday’s temps will be subzero windchill.  Ha!


So Dear Friends, I’m sending you good thoughts and all of my best wishes for your Valentine’s Day, across the miles.  And I’m hoping that you remember to pamper yourself, too—whether that means chocolate confections, flowers, or binge watching that handsome and talented British actor fella’s tv and films, etc.  Sighhhh!   Holiday Cheers!  Grati  ;->

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Sexy SatuRdAy!  Richard Armitage Smoulders Sexily in his new 2020 BW Portrait, February 01, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1280)


Many handsome portraits of the talented British actor Richard Armitage—well, most of them, actually—tend to set me to oohing and ahhing, right before sighing and thudding.

The man knows how to work those bedroom eyes of his and reach out to his audience via the camera lens.

Case in point, Richard Armitage’s newest 2020 portrait below is stunning, stirring, and sexily smouldering! Sighhhh!

And I’m not 100 percent certain, but I do think that my ovaries have regenerated.  And he is worth going through menopause—again—for.  Sighhh!  THUD!  Ha!

P.S.  The Richard Armitage portrait was earlier shared by @RArmitageMex tweet, then shared by TeresaA.  Many thanks all around!

P.S. And here also is the direct Richard Armitage portrait link:

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Uncle Vanya—January 23, 2020 Press Night After Party pix, January 28, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1279)


Thanks to Mat Khal for sharing the Uncle Vanya January 23, 2020 Press Night After Party pix by David Benett Getty links!

Pasted below is a grouping of the would be lovers characters.

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L to R:  Rosalind Eleazar (portrays Yelena), Toby Jones (portrays Uncle Vanya), Aimee Lou Wood (portrays Sonya), and Richard Armitage (portrays Dr. Mikhail Astrov. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)


And the full cast pix:

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“Uncle Vanya” – Press Night – After Party

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: (L to R) Aimee Lou Wood, Richard Armitage, Peter Wight, Toby Jones, Ian Rickson, Rosalind Eleazar, Ciaran Hinds, Anna Calder-Marshall and Dearbhla Molloy attend the press night after party for “Uncle Vanya” at Sophie’s on January 23, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)”


To see more of these wonderful Uncle Vanya January 23, 2020 Press Night After Party images by David Benett at the Getty site, please visit: https://www.gettyimages.com/search/2/image?events=775468244&family=editorial&sort=newest#license

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Thespian Thursday! Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya is … THUD! January 23, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1278)


Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya is … THUD!  Another tour de force character portrayal in the making for Richard Armitage!

Richard Armitage as Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya 2020

Image thanks to Mat Khal.  And more Uncle Vanya play and cast pix may be found at www.unclevanyaplay.com

Cheers! Grati ;->

P.S. to @DigitalTheatre, Please film #UncleVanya for the 1,000s who can’t travel to see it!

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“The Stranger” new official trailer is suspenseful and riveting! January 17, 2020  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1277)

In the new Netflix original series “The Stranger”, based on Harlen Coben’s  book of the same name, the talented British actor Richard Armitage  portrays  a man whose marriage, family, and life, quickly  unravel due to his missing wife’s secrets,  lies, and deceit being revealed by a stranger.  And others are also victims of the same malicious stranger’s telling of previously unknown secrets and lies in their lives.

Will these victims  find out what is going on?  Or, are they better off not knowing?  We’ll find out beginning January 30, 2020 for this Netflix limited run series.



Thanks to TeresaA and the Institute for Armitage Studies  for sharing the poster image and the video link above!

P.S.  I’m so glad that I decided not to read the book before I watch the new Netflix series  “The Stranger” starring Richard Armitage that premieres January 30th, 2020!  The waiting is so much more suspenseful.

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Richard Armitage’s new clothing optional Sexy SatuRdAy Selfies,  January 11, 2020  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1276)


***facetious alert*

With the talented British actor Richard Armitage being only three days away from the January 14th, 2020 opening of his new play Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, England (below), we can only appreciate his generosity in taking the time and sharing two new Sexy SatuRdAy Selfies with his fans.

The first new selfie image (below) displays Richard Armitage’s lightly hirsute legs lounging beneath his much marked up Uncle Vanya script (image thanks to TeresaA)–with a tantalizing hint of a brief men’s briefs leg hem showing beneath the script.  The poor man has obviously worked himself to the bone—or to the bare in this case, with his muscular legs on display–in final rehearsals.  And he did not even have the energy to put his own pants back on after a dress rehearsal.  I’m not complaining, mind you—just appreciating.   Sighhh!

And the second new [edited by Mat Khal, Thanks to Mat for clarifying!] not a selfie image (below) goes even more bare with a discreetly towel attired Richard Armitage selfie in a traditional Russian banya sauna (steam bath)—thanks to Mat Khal for the history lesson.  In portraying a randy Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Richard Armitage has obviously striven to immerse himself in the culture and traditions of the Chekhov play’s setting.  And afterall, one must attend to one’s pores in cleansing away the heavy stage make-up—with a venik to massage and exfoliate his skin.  Sighhh!

Jan1220Grati–Mat Khal has clarified that this is her wallpaper edit, not an RASelfie. Thanks Mat!

Finally, I cannot help but be thankful—given Richard Armitage’s seeming wish to banish his heartthrob image—that he chose to burnish it with these new selfie images.  At least for this fan girl anyway (image thanks to Meryl Butler).  Sighhhh!  THUD!  Ha!

And finally,  wishing Richard Armitage and his castmates in Uncle Vanya a wonderful run!  Break a leg, as the theatre saying goes!

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