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Three Maltese acting legends perform together

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This hilarious footage from the PBS archives shows three of Malta’s best-known actors performing together in the Maltese comedy drama ‘Meta jonfoh ix-Xlokk’.

Josephine Zammit Cordina plays the Baroness while Lino Grech and Charles Thake are the hapless guards.

The series was written especially for television by Professor Joe Friggieri, the poet, playwright and theatre director.

Josephine retired at the age of 80 in 2015 after spending more than half a decade in broadcasting.

The veteran actress started her media career at the age of 29, presenting programmes for schools. She was also a well-known stage performer and worked in various dramas on radio and television, including most recently ‘Dejjem Tieghek Becky’.

But her name is probably most closely linked with the long-running TVM show Waltzing Matilda, featuring the lives of Maltese people living in Australia.

Lino Grech was one of Malta’s foremost theatre actors and directors.

Born in Sliema in 1930, he became one of the most prolific playwrights and directors in Maltese theatre and is best remembered for the popular radio and television drama f’Bahar Wiehed. He sadly died in 2013.

Charles Thake was also a household name in Malta, after appearing in dozens of productions over the years.

Born in Senglea in 1927, he started his acting career at the age of 15 and went on to appear in numerous plays produced by the Atturi Theatre Group, the MADC and Maleth.

He also had acting roles in the film Midnight Express and the British TV series The Protectors in the 1970s. He passed away in 2018.

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