Comedienne Dawn French says she knows she’s going to die soon, despite having no (physical) ailment to speak of. She has even bought a house in Cornwall to be her final resting place. “I’ve never thought I’d live to be very old,” she says to The Times. “I’ve always felt that. So by 50 I want to be down there. I’m not ill. I’m very fit, in fact… I don’t feel gloomy about it. I’m resigned to it. I don’t know why I feel so sure. I said it to my brother when I was about six.”
French and Saunders are ending their 20-year-long comedic partnership, and they talk to The Times about it. Jennifer Saunders says, “We are much closer friends than we were at the beginning and we understand each other more. We’ve never had a big argument, ever. Our working relationship works well because we see each other a lot when we are working and we don’t see each other much when we are not. We are not competitive. We both think our personal life is more important. You work to have nice things, a great life, a happy family. And now we’ve found that I like to do more writing and she does more performing.”
Steve Coogan compares British TV comedies to their American counterparts in an interview with The Independent: “In Britain sometimes, if the program controller likes something it gets commissioned. That would be anathema to the Americans, because ultimately it’s all about the bottom dollar. This country’s comedy at its best, at its absolute best, is better than theirs, to be honest, because you have these almost aberrations, where events conspire every now and then to make these programs where someone likes it and gives them a break, and you get something like Little Britain or The Office. But America does have rigorousness and they’re just more organized.”
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.