From The Daily Telegraph: Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will portray Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, in a new radio play written by David Hare. It will air in the UK on February 20th. In 2004, Murray spoke out on the UK’s use of torture before becoming embroiled in scandal himself. You can watch a video of the real Mr. Murray in action here. Luckily for Mr. Tennant, he doesn’t actually have to look like the guy:
Matthew Macfadyen will flex his comic muscles opposite Kim Cattrall in a production of Noël Coward‘s Private Lives. He tells The Daily Telegraph: “Ever since [MI-5], this perception of me as solemn, lantern-jawed and unsmiling has lingered, but that buttoned-up Englishness is only one facet of what I can do. I’m always surprised when people say, ‘Crikey, we didn’t know you could do comedy!'”
Is theater legend Elaine Paige an admirable truth-teller, or is she really good at throwing her peers under the bus? Last week, she got in a dig at Susan Boyle‘s insta-success. And now, amid industry cries for more roles for older actresses, Paige plays devil’s advocate in an interview with The Stage: “As an audience member myself, watching a film, let’s say, I don’t want to see a lot of old people waffling on really. I want to see youth and beauty, because, like any art form, you want it to be beautiful and wonderful, and to inspire you.”
With DADT under scrutiny in this country, BBC NEWS looks at what happened when gays entered the UK military: “Some 10% said they would leave the armed forces if gays were allowed to serve openly. Large-scale resignations from the UK armed forces were widely expected in some quarters, when the ban on gays was lifted – but in practice they did not materialize.”
He kissed a boy and he liked it: Katy Perry‘s British fiancé, Russell Brand, made out with How I Met You Mother star Jason Segel at a Haiti benefit concert.(US Magazine)
Katie Price and Alex Reid eloped in Vegas last night. Peter Andre responded to the news in a live TV interview earlier today. Andre broke down in tears when his interviewer suggested that Price and Reid would take his kids away. That’s just cruel.(The Sun)
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.