Life On Mars Creators Developing New Show. Also: Pics From Simm and Glenister’s New Movie

  • Life On Mars creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are developing a “sexy, accessible, and exciting” drama about archaeologists titled Bone Kickers.(BBC)
  • Look what I found: exclusive photos from John Simm and Philip Glenister‘s new bank robber flick, Tuesday. And they have a surprise co-star: ever wondered what became of Jason Turner from Footballers Wive$? Well, actor Cristian Solimeno has been cast as a fellow thief in the film, and from the photos, it appears that he’s shaved off his goatee. He looks hot.
  • Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer set for a British spinoff? Now Magazine says Anthony Head “will reprise his role as Giles to battle monsters in England” in the Joss Whedon-created series. And Whedon wants Pete Doherty to play a zombie, which is a real stretch these days.
  • Faux-Brit Buffy star James Marsters, who is set to appear on Torchwood next season, says Joss Whedon never really liked the character of Spike. “I don’t think the character of Spike really sparked Joss’ imagination. I think that he was designed to be a throwaway character that got popular with the fans. Personally, he never really got into him.”(TV Scoop)
  • Naomi Campbell played a game of peek-a-boob with Nelson Mandela. Who says this woman has no shame?(Daily Mail)
  • Chef Marco Pierre White explains to The Mirror how his Hell’s Kitchen will be different from his rival Gordon Ramsay‘s: “I won’t scream and shout and swear,” he declares. “I won’t make a fool of myself. I don’t take advantage of other people, their weaknesses, their misfortunes or their failings. If you shout and scream, in the end people just ignore you.”
  • Dawn French has been dropped as the face of Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the UK. Kraft Foods says it was a “difficult decision,” according to Life Style Extra, but denies it “was influenced by Dawn’s curvy figure amid a national obesity crisis.” Imagine, too fat to promote chocolate?
  • The Brits have four big shots for a prize at the Venice Film Festival: Joe Wright‘s Atonement, Kenneth Branagh‘s remake of Sleuth, Peter Greenaway‘s Nightwatching, and Ken Loach‘s It’s a Free World.(Guardian)
  • New York Press critic Armond White doesn’t really care for the new British comedy, Death at a Funeral. “You’d have to be a shameless Anglophile to tolerate this sub-BBC twaddle…It’s a fallacy that British actors are inherently better than American actors. Death at a Funeral is full of performers you regret having to watch and never want to see again.”
  • While doing press junkets for The Valley of Elah, Casino Royale screenwriter Paul Haggis hinted at the next Bond villain.
  • Jekyll sex god Michelle Ryan has been named one of the New York Daily News‘ five “sexy sirens of September”: “As bartender-turned-
    technologically-enhanced-wonder woman Jamie Sommers on NBC’s Bionic Woman, Michelle Ryan fills the void Jennifer Garner left behind when Alias ended in 2006. She’s got a smoldering green-eyed glare and that tomboy appeal that works to her advantage when she’s kicking major bad-guy butt.”
  • A new London photo exhibition reveals the faces behind Britain’s most recognizable voices. Photographer Laurie Fletcher tells The Independent: “I was sitting on the Tube imagining what the woman behind the precise voice of London Underground’s ‘Please mind the gap between the train and the platform’ looked like. “When I went to meet Emma Clarke – the voice of London Underground – she was worried about people’s perceptions of her if I took a photograph, because voice-over work is often ageless.”

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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