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  • Check out the new British Bachelor, Cambridge-educated “global financier” Matt Grant: he sounds like a total twat and has no lips. Some say he has a Hugh Grant quality, but I’ve never found Hugh hot so there ya go. I guess anyone would seem like Prince Charming coming after that Kentucky-fried jackass Brad Womack, but at least he was sexy.

  • Ashes To Ashes star Keeley Hawes, at 31, says she’s too young to remember 1981, the year in which the show is set. “I have vague memories of street parties for the wedding of Charles and Lady Diana, and that’s about it.” (Daily Record)
  • The Stage chats with Marshall Lancaster (who plays his character from Life On Mars, Chris Skelton) and newbie Montserrat Lombard , who plays a brand new character, WPC Shaz Grainger.
  • The Times isn’t quite sold on Ashes To Ashes: “It’s no longer depressing, threatening Seventies Manchester, but bright, brash Eighties London, and – in 200 miles, eight years and one sequel – Gene has gone from being a complex antihero to a cartoon hero.”
  • In an apparent rebuttal to that article about scuzz-tastic British women, Laura Nolan writes in The Times. “Where have all the men gone? Instead, we have an overload of man-boys – which leaves a generation of single, thirtysomething women who are their natural mates bewildered. I am one of those women.”
  • Heather Mills gives the Evil Eye as she prepares to face off in divorce court with Sir Paul McCartney.(Mirror)
  • Thought EastEnders was treading Days of Our Lives territory when they resurrected Dirty Den from the dead? Now, the UK soap will have a wife bury her husband alive (shades of Days‘ Vivian/Carly and All My Children‘s Tad/Dr. Greg Madden – yes, I know far too much about soaps).(The Sun)
  • Top Gear host and Hugh Jackman lookalike Richard Hammond may score his own chat show to replace the legendary Richard and Judy.(Guardian)
  • Will Jonas Armstrong leave Robin Hood to pursue a movie career? By the way: DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW A SPOILER!(Mirror)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.