Ok, sorry for the dad-joke-y pun. And ya ya ya, I know, RDC5 part 1509 is still waiting to be written. But hey, I just can’t help feeling upbeat about a new project happening. Right now in Manchester. And with the first BTS photos filtering from the various sets. After my little post from last night, Servetus posted another pic from the same location overnight. And when perusing that and thinking about the new, lighter wardrobe allowed for the man (I mean, let’s face it, in BS he was always rather darkly attired, too), I suddenly had visions of the past and I thought I should really pass on the info to our newer fandom members.
So, here’s The Stranger
Sorry for the pixellation – that is because the original images are just too small and the gallery view automatically enlarges the picture.
So – the coat. Let’s forget for the moment that Guylty would usually class coats of this length as Arschbetrüger or “bum cheaters”. But I find this actually really classy – the white shirt, dark trousers, brown brogues (?). Let’s ignore the suit jacket for the moment, because hello, this is a familiar look.
Forget the details – I can see for myself that this coat is grey rather than beige, there are buttons, and his trousers are dark grey not black/blue. But can we just agree that the look really does suit him? Maybe back in baby!RA times – the photo shoot from which the coat pictures stems, was done in 2008! – he hadn’t quite filled out his clothes yet. Actually, he looks almost skinny in the pictures. Definitely also a few years younger. But 10.5 years have passed since then, so there are bound to be a couple of physical changes.
The Canning shoot actually produced eight coat pictures, which I am including here for your convenience:
You definitely need to enlarge and look at the half-length picture – you will see that the coat is definitely too large for the slight, skinny 2008 RA. With his hands almost hidden in the sleeves, he looks a bit like mummie’s good boy, dressed for church on a Sunday 😂. But other than that – well, I wouldn’t have pushed him off the edge of my bed, let’s put it that way… Anyway, Justin Canning is still active. I checked his website but even though Armitage is basically the first tear sheet in the “studio” section of his website, Canning doesn’t show us any other pics from the archive.
However, good news for our young fandom friends at the end: There were more pictures where the ones above came from. The whole Canning shoot comprised several outfit changes. The coat pictures weren’t (and still aren’t) my favourites because I prefer casual RA. And the Canning shoot contains a few wonderful gems where RA finally allows his gorgeous smile to break through.
Ok, are you dead yet? If not, you can see the glory of a total of 101 (one hundred and one!) images from the same series on richardarmitagenet.com . I can only encourage you to go, have a look, and leave Ali a comment and some love for still keeping that website alive. Oh, and if you are still alive after perusing all that gorgeous, young, happy hotness, let me know which of the pics is *your* personal favourite.