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And we don’t mean “emotionally powerful” – we mean cha-ching! The Guardian just released their British version of the Forbes list, the Media 100 power list. (A Media Guardian registration is required to access it.) Eric Schmidt, the American chief executive of Google, was No. 1 this year, replacing the BBC’s own Mark Thompson atop the list. Doctor Who exec Russell T. Davies rose to No. 15, and lo and behold, at No. 24 is the Doctor himself, David Tennant. How does Tennant rise above such media heavy-hitters like Simon Fuller (No. 39), the man behind the Spice Girls and American Idol, or Richard Curtis (No. 64), world-famous director and Comic Relief founder? The Guardian explains:
David Tennant is the most powerful actor intelevision. The MediaGuardian 100 definition of a staris someone who can get a project off the ground simplyby agreeing to be in it. Tennant is that man.
Well done, Davey Boy! Unfortunately, he has the foul distinction of coming four places below Simon Cowell (No. 20), who coasts in on his recent Britain’s Got Talent success. Bleh. Other entertainers making the list include Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec (No. 65), Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson (No. 72), comedian and international playboy Russell Brand (No. 75 – that boy’s gonna get so much punani after this, as if he needs anymore), radio host Chris Evans (No. 82), and yes, BBC AMERICA’s own Gordon Ramsay (No. 90), host of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
In other news:
- Billie Piper and boyfriend Laurence Fox are planning a late July wedding.(Mirror)
- A photo spread of Daniel Radcliffe in “darkly erotic poses” is featured in Details magazine.(Mirror)
- The BBC has been fined £50,000 ($100,000) for faking a contest winner on the children’s show Blue Peter. Apparently, the phone lines cut out, but instead of alerting audiences to technical difficulties, a staffer simply pulled aside a child visiting the Blue Peter studio and had her pretend to call in and win. “The decision to involve the child in the deception for the sake of expediency demonstrated a casual lack of regard for the welfare of that child,” says Ofcom. (BBC)
- Former Doctor Who Peter Davison will replace Simon Russell Beale in the London staging of Spamalot.(BBC)
- J.K. Rowling says Harry Potter may not be over just yet.(BBC)
- As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to hate her: Danielle Lloyd says she dated racer Lewis Hamilton as a teenager. (Daily Mail)
- A few errors forced Hamilton into a third-place finish at yesterday’s British Grand Prix.(The Sun)
- Scientists agree: Lewis Hamilton’s lips are the most kissable on Earth.
- The Beckhams wore matching biker jackets for the Grand Prix.(Daily Mail)
- A tarantula-browed Sienna Miller fugs herself in a Valentino ad. Just Jared has the photos.
- Keith Allen, Jr. goes after easy target Paris Hilton, whom she calls “hideous” but “amazing.” OK, fine. But how dare she claim Amy Winehouse‘s sound is an affectation! “I think she has a cool voice. But saying that, I don’t think it’s her real voice.” What, is this pissing match over authenticity? You know I love you, Lily, but I very seriously don’t think you want to go there, Miss Thang… (The Sun)
- Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli is debuting a new reality series to find “a group of dancers who can sing.” It’s titled Dance X and will surely provide Tonioli many opportunities to be scandalous. (Digital Spy)
- Look how little it takes to make the British teatime ladies go buckwild. At one performance of the London production of Dirty Dancing, “The Post‘s James Pratt reports that every sight of Josef Brown‘s ripped torso elicited sighs and chatter from the women in the audience, who carried on as if they were at a Chippendales show.” It’s a damn fine torso, though. I’d stick a tenner in his G-string.
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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.