Russell T. Davies thinks Doctor Who could run for 20 years. “It’s no good looking at that American pattern of making seven years if you’re lucky – that’s just not going to work. Who wants it to die after seven years? It’s much bigger than that.”(Contact Music)
James Nesbitt says he won’t be the next Doctor Who: “I could never follow Christopher Eccleston or David [Tennant] as they’re just so good. It would be career suicide…” (The Sun)
Jeremy Clarkson could face charges for driving while yapping on his mobile? A young couple snapped a photo of the Top Gear host behind the wheel with cell phone in hand. They delivered the photos to the Daily Mirror, who later gave the damning shots to the police. Police told reporters, “We have been handed the photograph and we will be looking at it with a view to a possible prosecution.” Ironic, considering he’s done far more reckless things on camera on Top Gear.(BBC)
Who knew Samantha Morton was so scandalous? Let’s see: she had a secret stroke, performed a ninja disembowelment on a unsuspecting journalist, and now she’s battling a stalker in court. (BBC)
Bionic Woman has premiered to record ratings in the UK. If you recall, the pilot episode got mega ratings here in the States, and we all know how that turned out.(BBC)
Rhys Ifans and Sienna Miller plan a Mexican wedding.(Daily Mail)
Lucy Lumsden, Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, speaks out about criticisms that the network isn’t nurturing black and Asian comedy writers. “The majority of all our ideas are male-led, single camera shows and they are usually white male-led. It is still a very white male industry and white males tend to write about their own lives. Just as it is difficult for women to break through into comedy because they feel it is not their domain, I am sure it is incredibly difficult for black and Asian writers. But if you have a show that speaks to them, suddenly that changes that. They then feel it is a show they can contribute to and not that they are working within this white male world.”(The Stage)
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.