The Stage‘s Mark Wright says that Primeval (a.k.a. Dinosaur Chasey Chase) has upped its game in the new season: “It’s the only show that’s come along post Who that gets anywhere touching the BBC show. That might sound like damning with faint praise – not at all. This first episode is fun and fast, with everything we’ve come to love about Primeval, along with a couple of new characters and a fresh spin on the concept of the time portals that bring big nasties into the present.” Primeval‘s new season is set to premiere on BBC AMERICA sometime this summer.
Primeval writer Adrian Hodges wants product placement allowed in UK shows. “The state of [UK commercial broadcasters] ITV, Channel 4 and Five – and many independent companies – is now so alarming that I really think the time has come when, if it generates more income for both the broadcasters and ultimately the indies, we have to consider allowing it in some form.” (The Stage)
How could Channel 4 be in trouble when they have uplifting shows like Animal Autopsy?(BBC)
Can Robert Pattinson become a movie star? The Hollywood Reporter‘s Steven Zeitchik is not particularly optimistic.
Robert Pattinson has bad B.O. – and we don’t mean “box office.” (MTV)
Grieving mother Vanessa Redgrave has joined the cast of Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood film. (Guardian)
The Guardian‘s Michael Hann “loathed Spandau Ballet [the first time around]; I loathe them equally now. More than any other musical assembly with the possible exception of Stock Aitken and Waterman, they are Thatcherism on vinyl.”
Jade Goody‘s husband will avoid jail long enough to go to his wife’s funeral. (Sky News)
Girls Aloud recycle some Goodyear tires for outfits. (Daily Mail)
Jeremy Irons‘ new Broadway play is getting brutal reviews. (Gold Derby)
The new Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani: less procreating, more sleeping. (Contact Music)
The Guardian‘s Tom Clark explains why there won’t be a British Obama: “American residential segregation, together with districting rules that have encouraged the creation of majority-minority seats, is what underpins the difference. Most black congressmen represent predominantly black seats, but there is no comparable power base in the Commons, where barely one seat in 50 has a non-white majority.” A poster named Ellis adds in the comments section: “[African-American] roots in America are far deeper than those of all but a few whites. And theirs has been the single most important contribution to almost every form of US culture. It was on their backs that America was built.”
“Teenager draws penis on parents’ roof to lure Google Earth.” (Guardian)
It’s the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s “bed-in.”(Guardian)
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.