While the WGA is striking, the Brits are handing out gongs: Doctor Who has won the Writers Guild of Great Britain award for Series Three over competitors Life On Mars and New Tricks. At the ceremony yesterday, Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat were in attendance to collect the award on behalf of the Series Three writing team which also included Russell T. Davies, Chris Chibnall, Helen Raynor, and Stephen Greenhorn, reports BBC.
The Thick Of It‘s Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche won the Writers Guild award for Comedy, besting Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant from Extras and Gavin and Stacey scribes James Corden and Ruth Jones.(The Stage)
The U.S. version of Little Britain has been delayed by the strike, Matt Lucas says. He and co-creator David Walliams are both members of the WGA. Lucas also said that the U.S. version is “effectively Series Four. But there’s a kind of way into it if you’ve never seen the show before.”(BBC)
After Dublin Airport workers declared him “unfit for travel” yesterday, Irish-born actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers went ballistic on staff, shouting “I will get on this flight, no matter what.” The “worse for wear” star was later arrested for “two public order offenses.”(The Sun)
Orlando Bloom has been linked to Aussie model Miranda Kerr. With that hideous moustache, she can have him.(The Sun)
Heather Mills got got testy during a phone interview with a radio host after he suggested she compares herself to Kate McCann. “No that’s rubbish,” she roared. “What a complete lie. I’m not getting dragged into that. I’ve never ever said that. And you’re making it up. Like you make a lot of things up. Do you want to talk about the subject or do you want to say goodbye now before I fall asleep?” (The Sun)
Report: Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell will go public with their romance at Harvey Weinstein‘s wedding next month.(Digital Spy)
The Sun interviews a model who claims she “romped” with race car driver Lewis Hamilton. Allegedly, he “BLINDFOLDED her before eating ripe bananas off her super-fit curves, BEGGED her for a sex session in one of his cars, and SENT saucy texts asking her to dress as a secretary for even more raunchy romps.” Does that make you horny, baybee?
The Mirror doesn’t beat around the bush: “Shamed Sophie Anderton has been dumped from her 100,000-pounds-a-year job as the face of a tanning firm…after she was exposed as a drug-snorting hooker.”
Michael Parkinson is planning an all-star series finale for his chat show, featuring Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Caine, Dame Edna, Sir David Attenborough, Billy Connolly, Peter Kay, Annie Lennox, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, and David Beckham. What no Meg Ryan?(Daily Mail)
James McAvoy will take some time out of his booming career to lay low in his home of Scotland.(Daily Record)
Jordan has slagged off everyone from Victoria Beckham to Heather Mills, but now, she dares to tangle with Jamelia: “Pete said he saw Jamelia laughing at me when I was on the red carpet posing for pictures. But then they [the photographers] started all calling my name and she stormed off in a huff! Jamelia, don’t be angry with me because you’ve been battered with the ugly stick.” Oh, I KNOW Jamelia is NOT gonna take that! Get her, girl! I’ll hold her while you knock Jordan in the head with her own boobs.(Digital Spy)
Coronation Street stars have been told “not to urinate” while filming a high-altitude, on-location scene (spoiler alert). “The cast have been told that they must always have ‘both hands free’ to keep themselves balanced on location.”(Digital Spy)
Sleuth stars Michael Caine and Jude Law sit down for a chat with The Times. Caine compares his time in the limelight to Law’s: “The Sixties were so much easier. I can remember we all used to go to the same restaurant on a Saturday lunchtime. Just about every actor in London would be there, and I never saw a photographer. These days there would be 100 outside, 24-7, and that’s the problem. What is the same is the British problem with success. I got hit when I was younger by the press for having the audacity to be a success, and so does [Jude].”
Actor/hunk Hugh Dancy has become a big up-and-comer here in America, but he hasn’t let it get to his head: “I’ve got work out of LA and it’s been great for me, but if you turn up on the back of something successful they get excited and you’re hot property, but that only lasts so long. It’s like dating – you have to play hard to get.'(The Times)
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.