Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has been in ANOTHER car crash, this time escaping injury. He was racing a BMW 330 DTi Sport in a “24-hour LeMans-style race” on Saturday when he “skidded off track,” reports BBC. But once the car was repaired, he was back racing again. Later on, Hammond quipped, “Reports of my shunt this weekend have been greatly exaggerated.”
Kelly Osbourne explains how she lost the weight: “My best tip is to get rid of your microwave. It’s the easiest thing to chuck some three-minute meal in. If you don’t have one, you’ll pick up something fresh.”(Contact Music)
Jude Law‘s role in a West End production of Hamlet will reunite him with Sleuth director Kenneth Branagh.(BBC)
Did William Shakespeare really exist? That is the question for a group of British actors.(BBC)
Harry Potter is now the biggest-grossing movie franchise in history, topping James Bond and Star Wars.(BBC)
Michael Barrymore is viewed as “damaged goods” by the TV networks, reports The Mirror, even though the police investigation into his involvement with Stuart Lubbock‘s death turned up nada.
Inspector Rebus may be retiring, but author Ian Rankin tells The Daily Telegraph he may not be done with him yet. Asked if he will pen another Rebus novel, Rankin says, “It would depend on two things. Does the theme and the plot need these characters, and do I still have anything interesting to say about Rebus? Are there still parts of his character that I want to explore? I get the feeling in the back of my mind that there’s still quite a lot I don’t know about him.”
The Times‘ Dominic Maxwell says Billy Connolly is still Britain’s best comedian: “Every anecdote can call on a crack squad of rhythm, timbre, gesture, poise and infectious enjoyment to get it over. He is the complete comedian. So ordinary material becomes extraordinary; strong material simply soars.”
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.