Marc Bolan Documentary Set For September. Also: More on Victoria Beckham’s Special

  • ITV will celebrate what would have been Marc Bolan‘s 60th birthday with a documentary in September. Bolan’s much-maligned partner Gloria Jones, who was driving the car that killed Bolan in 1977, will be featured in the special.(The Sun)
  • ITV admits to faking scenes in the Victoria Beckham documentary, er, excuse me, entertainment special. “We wanted to ensure viewers were aware that some of the sequences were created for dramatic effect in this entertainment special,” said an ITV spokesperson. (The Sun)
  • The Guardian serves up two posts (here and here) about how dreadful Victoria Beckham‘s special was.
  • Just Jared has three galleries of Beckham family photos: The Beckman boys at soccer practice, Romeo Beckham inciting a water fight, and the Beckhams leaving T.G.I. Fridays.
  • Lauren “Am I bovvered?” Cooper will be killed off from The Catherine Tate Show, say sources. And the killer is rumored to be singer George Michael, reports The Sun, which basically confirms Lauren’s death will involve cannabis and a wayward Mercedes.
  • Mel. B says boyfriend Stephen Belafonte packs more heat than the “Beverly Hills C**k,” a.k.a. her baby-daddy Eddie Murphy(The Sun)
  • Lee Mead‘s performance in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat doesn’t quite reach Connie Fisher heights, say critics. Fisher, who also won an Andrew Lloyd Webber reality show, received raves playing Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. The BBC has a selection of review excerpts for Mead’s first run as Joseph; most say Mead is charming and amiable, and more than one reviewer mentions how nicely he “fills out a loincloth.”
  • Robert Carlyle will star in the spy film I Know You Know, written and directed by Justin Kerrigan (Human Traffic).(Guardian)
  • Amy Winehouse *finally* plays a show.(NME)
  • Popjustice reveals the shortlist for the 20 Quid Music Prize, their anti-Mercury Prize.
  • Arjan Writes has a two-part interview with Siobhan Donaghy.
  • The View are covering a Libertines song for the 50th anniversary of Radio One. Entertainmentwise speculates that the band will remake “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun.”

Kevin Wicks

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.

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