• His former career as an ’80s pop star aside, who knew Ricky Gervais was a bit of a golden boy? It’s appears life once came a bit too easily for him, he says in an interview with The Guardian. “I never tried hard at anything. I was born smart on a very working-class estate. A couple of people I knew went to university apart from me, but all the way through I was the smartest kid in the school. That’s luck, but I was proud of it. And I was also proud of doing well without trying.” However, the actor/comedian has seen the error of his erstwhile ways: “As you get older, and it took me a long time to realize it, that’s a disgusting attitude, revolting. It’s ignorant and it’s a tragic waste, and I realized that the work itself is the reward. The struggle itself is the reward.” Forget those children’s books, Ricky: the real money’s in the self-help section.

  • Coupling and This Life star Jack Davenport talks to The Daily Telegraph about his role on ABC’s new hit drama, FlashForward, on which he co-stars with that hot POA, Joseph Fiennes. Like Jamie Bamber and Dominic West before him, Davenport feels the view’s much better from this side of the pond: “Somewhere in the last 10 years, somewhere around The Sopranos or Six Feet Under on HBO, American [TV] drama became – easily – the best in the world,” he said “[Britain really is] at the sharp end of multiculturalism: it’s a tiny country and people from all over the world now live in the UK. From a dramatist’s point of view, what a brilliant stew of stuff to explore. And yet, you know, it’s all about The X Factor. We can mine Charles Dickens‘ back catalog for a little while longer, but there’s a reluctance to commission things that hold a mirror up to nature. I think we’re missing a trick.”
  • Speaking of literally holding a mirror up to nature: tons of BBC wildlife content has been placed online – but only for UK viewers. (Guardian)
  • Gordon Ramsay is gonna get really animated. (Variety)
  • British pop singer La Roux says standards have fallen in the British music scene. “George Michael wrote ‘Careless Whisper’ when he was 17. I didn’t see Tinchy Stryder writing a song like that when he was 17, but he still gets the same praise.” (Guardian)
  • George Michael‘s Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, is all grown up and sporting quite a haircut. (Daily Mail)
  • Kelly Osbourne keeps on shedding the pounds due to her Dancing with the Stars regimen. (Daily Mail)
  • You had to know it was coming: Robbie Williams has reportedly recorded some songs with Take That. Tail-between-the-legs much, Robster? (Guardian)
  • Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy got hitched earlier this month. So, does having Ms. Danes finally “contained” make up for Mr. Dancy being off the market?(Just Jared)
  • 10-year-old Paul McCartney on the young Queen Elizabeth II: “present day royalty rules with affection rather than force.” (The Times)
  • The Lucy behind The Beatles‘ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” has died at age 46. (Daily Mail)
  • One of Katie Price‘s ex-boyfriends – the father of her son Harvey is kissing and telling. Footballer Dwight Yorke says, ‘I’m not by nature a bitter person, but no one’s driven me quite so close to that as Katie. The woman is infuriating.” (Daily Mail)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.