December 2000
30 December
New Year Honour for Stewart
  Rounding off 2000 in a wonderful way, here's news that many fans have thought overdue for sometime....Patrick Stewart has been awarded the OBE  in the New Year's Honours List published today.

Three cheers from fans all over the world!

29 December
The 'Boss' in every sense...
  Patrick will continue to play leaders of one sort or another in a busy 2001 schedule.

After the short run as 'George' in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis finishes on April 1, it's off to Mexico for the lead role in the re-working of Shakespeare's King Lear. 'Boss Lear' sees the continued partnership of Robert Halmi Snr. of Hallmark Entertainment, and Stewart's 'Flying Freehold' in co-producing the TNT version. Set in 1800's Texas, the play has been adapted by Stephen Harrigan (Gates of the Alamo) and will be directed by Uli Edel.

A leader of a decidedly different sort will be voiced by Patrick in 'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius' an animated family film due for release mid 2001. 
The leader in question - King Gootbot - is an evil alien Yokian who despite resembling a rotting blob of egg yolk has managed to invade earth and kidnap 10 yr old Jimmy's parents!

Depending on the length and date of the looming US actors strike - probably around July - the year should also see Stewart back in front of the cameras again as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the 10th Star Trek film.

19 December
Scrooge airs Christmas Eve in UK 
A Christmas Carol Just to confirm that Patrick's 1999 version of 'A Christmas Carol' will be shown on Christmas Eve at 5.20 pm on Channel 4 television and not Christmas Day as previously though - something to do with Titanic showing on BBC1 no doubt caused the re-shuffle....

The welcome re-run of 'Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy' begins on BBC2 on Boxing Day and continues each evening - Stewart features as 'Karla' in episode 4 on Friday 29th at 7.30 pm.

Also showing on Thursday 28th December at 11.15 pm on BBC1 is  'Death Train' starring Stewart and Pierce Brosnan in a TV movie version based on the Alister Maclean novel - not quite in the Ice Station Zebra league, but still worth catching if you've never seen it.

So a great Christmas for all UK fans, and the New Year should see the long awaited 'Best of British' documentary about Patrick on BBC1 - watch this space for the date.... 

4 December
'Virginia Woolf' reprise for 2001
Guthrie Theater web site Friday saw confirmation that Patrick would star in next years production of Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from February 24 to April 1, 2001.

The production will re-unite Stewart with David Esbjornson who directed him in both the Broadway and Public Theatre stagings of Miller's 'Ride Down Mt. Morgan'.

Stewart last played the embittered 'George' in a highly successful 1986 London production of 'Woolf' - winning best actor from the London Fringe Awards. The role of 'Martha' his wife, will be played by Tony and Oscar award winning actress Mercedes Ruehl.

Subscription packages are on sale through Dec. 11. Single tickets go on 
sale after that. Call 612-377-2224 for ticket information or visit the Guthrie Theatre web site.

Read the full Minneapolis Star Tribune article

Thanks to US fans Karen and Marie for the news.

'Tis the season...
A Christmas Carol December sees several opportunities to catch Patrick on television, video and DVD, both in the UK and US.

Last week saw the UK video release of  'A Christmas Carol' which finally receives its UK terrestrial TV premiere on Christmas Day at 7pm on Channel 4. - Patrick appeared briefly on 'This Morning' with Richard and Judy (21/11) to talk about the 1999 version in which he stars as 'Scrooge'.

US fans can already purchase the video or Region 1 DVD of the film and catch this years repeat showings on TNT - Turner Television as follows:

Fri.  Dec  8  08:00P 
Fri.  Dec  8  10:00P 
Sat Dec 16  12:00P 
Back in the UK on Boxing Day on BBC2 starting at 7:10 pm the excellent 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' based on John Le Carré's spy novel is being re-shown. Stewart appears as the mysterious Karla - head of Russian Intelligence, who has a 'mole' within the British Secret Service which Alec Guiness's character of George Smiley must root out.

Also on the UK Hallmark channel on 16 & 17 December is another chance to see Patrick's powerful performance as Capt. Ahab in the multi award winning 'Moby Dick'.

Finally if you've not already bought the US video or Region 1 DVD of X-Men, now's your chance to put it on your Christmas list...

- A tip for UK buyers have the Region 1 DVD for £17.99 with no delivery cost - the extras include 2 deleted scenes of Prof. X with Jean Grey and loads more...

Thanks to Claire and Karen