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- Doctor Who stars David Tennant and John Barrowman both chat with the Aussie paper The Courier Mail. Tennant plays coy about his future on the show. “The thing is if we all say how long we are staying, it takes all the suspense out of it. We are trying to keep it as mysterious as possible about who or why may not be there at the end of episode 13. So, series four has not started shooting yet and no one knows who will be in it. It’s a thriller, you shouldn’t know who is going to survive.” In his interview, Barrowman promotes the spin-off Torchwood, which airs on BBC AMERICA in September.
- Ricky Gervais says he felt guilty about the wealth he reaped after his Office success. “I went through a period of guilt just having a nice life. It was just, ‘Why can’t everyone have what I’ve got?’.”(Daily Express)
- BBC2 has unveiled their fall schedule, which includes British Film Forever, which features interviews with power players in the UK film industry; the Stephen Poliakoff drama Capturing Mary, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Little Britain‘s David Walliams, and a new season of Steve Coogan‘s Saxondale.(The Stage)
- A documentary featuring the first interview in 35 years with music legend-turned-murder suspect Phil Spector will air on BBC, reports Variety. Director Vikram Jayanti says, “Spector is a tortured genius, a deeply troubled man, who speaks openly about his pain – the pain of his father killing himself and the pain of his own son dying. But he is also a very funny man and a brilliant mimic. He does a brilliant impersonation of John Lennon who he regarded as a special friend. He has a reputation for being reclusive. I found him candid, civilized, and courteous.”
- It’s like a Blighty Baywatch: ex-soap stars Jason Donovan and Martine McCutcheon have signed on for Echo Beach, a Cornwall-set surfing drama for the BBC. Also: the Beeb has picked up the Aussie soap All Saints to fill in the Neighbours-shaped hole in their daytime schedule.(BBC)
- Tim Henman battled his way through a marathon first-round Wimbledon match that spanned the course of two days. He defeated Carlos Moyá in five sets. “Henman’s victory was sealed on his seventh match point when Moyá, who in truth had looked the more likely victor, hit a double fault long. The British No. 2′s delight was obvious but his famous fist pump was understandably weary: the match had lasted four hours and 11 minutes, and the final set an astonishing one hour and 52 minutes.”(Guardian)
- As David Beckham prepares to join the LA Galaxy, The Guardian surveys relations between U.S. and British sports.
- Prince Charles and his Highgrove Farm have been dropped as suppliers to UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s because his vegetables weren’t up to snuff. (Guardian)
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.