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    RH Thomson on the re-imaging of Canadian classic

    Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:27

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with Order of Canada Recipient actor RH Thomson on the new CBC/Netflix co-pro ‘Anne’, his weakness for Single Malt Scotch, and the latest news on his ‘The World Remembers’ Project.

    CBC and Netflix have joined forces to create a version of Anne of Green Gables for a new generation.

    Of course, the story follows young Anne at the turn of the century; the precocious orphan who is desperate to find a loving home and end her misery working for unfeeling surrogate families. When a mistake is made through adoption channels, brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are delivered the young dreamer instead of their preferred boy. The mismatched trio begin an unorthodox path to discovery and healing.

    RH Thomson is the beloved actor and Order of Canada recipient who plays the kind-hearted and quiet farmer, Matthew Cuthbert in the series. And he’s no stranger to the author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s works. RH played Jasper Dale in the popular 1990s screen version of ‘Road to Avonlea’.

    By now, you have likely seen commercials or billboards for the bold retelling of the Anne of Green Gables story. The show is garnering rave reviews, and offers what many feel is a more realistic take on the tale, the characters being written with new depth. That’s much in part to the vision of Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Moira Walley-Beckett. She worked on another series you may have heard of, Breaking Bad.

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore sat down with RH Thomson in the JAZZ.FM91 studios to get his insider’s view into the making of this ambitious series.

    You can view a full rebroadcast of the first episode of Anne, Sunday April 2nd on CBC beginning at 5pm, with two more episodes at 7 and 8pm. Episodes and online content here.

    To learn more about RH Thomson’s “The World Remembers” visit theworldremembers.org.

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm.

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