• It’s the question on everyone’s minds: what happens to Michael Jackson‘s stake in The Beatles‘ song catalog? Well, that depends on who is appointed to handle Jackson’s assets, a matter that won’t be settled anytime soon, it appears. Well, we can count out Sir Paul McCartney, who composed most of the 251 Beatles songs up for grabs. Even though rumors had sprung up that Jackson had bequeathed McCartney his stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sir Paul was not actually listed in the will. McCartney says this was no shocker to him: “Some time ago, the media came up with the idea that Michael Jackson was going to leave his share in the Beatles songs to me in his will which was completely made up and something I didn’t believe for a second.”

  • BBC coverage of the Jackson memorial beat an episode of EastEnders in the UK.(Mirror)
  • Harry Pothead: little Vincent Crabbe (Jamie Waylett) is growing cannabis?(Telegraph)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen showed up on Letterman without the Bruno drag.(The Sun)
  • The third and final season of Mistresses could get the Torchwood treatment, with four episodes airing over a week. The BBC has released a statement: “Mistresses – The Last Act is a final four-part special event that will bring the stories of the four mistresses to a dramatic conclusion on BBC1 next year. Simply and elegantly book ended by a mysterious glimpse into the future, all the four women will be returning – Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica – with new and sometimes shocking stories.”(Guardian)
  • Doctor Who star David Tennant, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, and Ashes To Ashes star Montserrat Lombard have all signed on to the new St. Trinian’s movie.(BBC)
  • The Guardian‘s Stuart Heritage disses the idea of a prequel to the classic Britcom Only Fools and Horses, comparing it to George Lucas‘s Phantom Menace: “That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Unless you’re not a huge fan of disappointing, lazily thought-out, utterly needless prequels that were made with one eye firmly on the cash register. In which case, yes, it probably is a fairly bad thing.”
  • Speaking of Only Fools and Horses, will star Sir David Jason leave A Touch of Frost in dramatic fashion?(Daily Mail)
  • Ronnie Wood and his Russian girlfriend ignore their meal and attempt to devour each other’s faces off during dinner.(Daily Mail)
  • The top 10 hiking trails in Britain.(Telegraph)
  • Could an American counterpart to the BBC be in the works?(Guardian)
  • Blur‘s comeback at Hyde Park was a success. Shame that the crowd behaved like drunken, boorish idiots, according to The Daily Telegraph‘s Neil McCormick, who says, “The level of public inebriation seemed an almost stereotypical fit for boozy Britain. Plastic beer bottles were constantly hurled skywards, often still half full of beer, raining down on hapless crowd members. I was struck twice before resorting to wearing my bicycle helmet (not a great sartorial statement but a better look than beer drenched concussion). Anyone foolish enough to clamber on a friend’s shoulders for a better view came under sustained attack by bottle throwers. A man who turned up after work still wearing a suit was subjected to constant barracking and abuse (by thirtysomethings who probably wear suits to work themselves). It was embarrassing.”
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.