Post by jno on May 8, 2015 7:33:27 GMT
Having met Meic a few times I have to say, he is a top top bloke who is always a very good laugh to be around and is extremely helpful when it comes to Minder.
He has a substantial role as Superintendent Jack Bevan in A Mind To Kill with Philip Madoc. I have only seen a few episodes of this and to be honest find it very hard to get through from start to finish as it just goes on way too long as for me Philip Madoc is hard going as the lead. He just has no humour in the part at all and just seems so awkward in the role to me.
I asked Meic about this show when I met him and he told me they basically filmed the whole thing in English, then again in Welsh as it was intended to go out in both languages. He tsort of agreed that it didn't really come across well and like me thought it was a bit too stretched out for the viewer. He also told me an interesting story about John Rhys-Davies coming on the show - he was so lacking in the Welsh language department he was given a language trainer and despite the few lines he had to deliver, still fluffed them and just couldn't hack it when it came to the Welsh version. The producers wanted him as he was a name though.
I asked Meic about Philip Madoc and what is was like working with him. He told me he Madoc was one of the cleverest people he has ever met, so clever it was off the scale, but at the same time was a very selfish actor i.e. the camera on me and only me for this scene please. Meic had the drop on him as Madoc was a Welsh language learner (a very good one Meic said) where as Meic was the native speaker, so Madoc respected this and left Meic alone. Meic compared him to George and Dennis and said working with these too was the complete opposite - they worked unselfishly as part of an excellent team and were concerned only with making sure the final product was great even if it wasn't about them.
I always like watching stuff with Meic in it - he is so unlike Jones in everything else he does you would think it is a different person.
Here's his final acting role on TV - a hardly seen taxi driver in the Christopher Eccleston 2005 Doctor Who episode 'The Unquiet Dead' set in 1860 - blink and you'll miss him! (you might have to suffer a 'dailymotion' ad first though)
Here is an early picture