A holiday TV advertisement for British department store Marks & Spencer features a veritable who’s who of BBC AMERICA talent. There’s AbFab‘s Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, Occupation‘s James Nesbitt, and Life On Mars‘ Philip Glenister. Also, you’ll see perennial British favorites Stephen Fry, Twiggy, Myleene Klass, and yes, even Wallace & Gromit. Watch it – and then ask yourself, “How could this ad possibly be sexist?”
Lily Allen, wearing a horrible black-and-white streaked wig, fell on stage in high heels during a show.(Daily Mail)
Jedward will be singing Wham! songs on this weekend’s X Factor.(Daily Mail)
Every time you go away, I rob you blind: a current UK reality star served time in prison for burglarizing singer Paul Young‘s house.(Daily Mail)
Muse singer Matt Bellamy says that the band has brought humor back to British rock: “People really appreciate that slightly mad, eccentric English tradition around the world. Bands in the Nineties seem to forget the entertainment aspect of rock music. We are aware that at any point we are one step away from a Spinal Tap moment, especially if you have a complicated stage show like ours.”(Telegraph)
Rod Stewart won’t join the Faces reunion, but Simply Red‘s Mick Hucknall is being bandied about as a replacement.(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.