Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

About Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

A Brief Guide to British Cheeses

Before we start, we should mention the scale of the undertaking. There are over 700 different cheeses made in the U.K.

Catherine Tate and David Tennant are Looking for a New Project

Catherine Tate has recently admitted that she and David Tennant so enjoyed working together on Doctor Who, and subsquently on their production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing that they are both actively searching for ...

10 Things You May Not Know About the Puritans

As we look towards Thanksgiving, here are a few interesting facts about those plucky English settlers who established the second major settlement in North America, and what customs, traditions and other cultural baggage they brought ...

Whatever This ‘Sherlock’ Picture Means, We’re In

Yesterday, the BBC One Twitter feed published this enigmatic picture of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson together with the hashtags #221back and #notkidding.

WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Poodle Impression

Because of COURSE you’re going to want to see Benedict Cumberbatch larking about with the rest of the cast of The Penguins of Madagascar—including John Malkovitch and Ken Jeoung—in a mock-documentary about their working ...

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Who Ho Ho!

Having seen the Doctor and Santa exchange flinty pleasantries on a rooftop in the preview clip of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, we have been waiting expectantly to find out exactly what is going on.

J.K Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Starts Filming in 2015

For fans of Harry Potter, and the general magical universe of wands, wizards and quidditch, news of a movie that seeks to revisit those unearthly places is a mixed delight.

Five Things to Know About Alan Turing

As The Imitation Game continues to win fans and plaudits, and critics slyly nudge one another and hold pretend Academy Awards whenever Benedict Cumberbatch delivers an interview on the subject of the film’s subject, Alan Turing, ...

Martin Freeman, Is That You?

In case you missed them, these startling images were released late last week to promote the BBC mock-rock comedy Brian Pern: A Life in Rock, which is the sequel to BBC Four’s The Life of Rock with Brian Pern.

How To Discuss the Weather Like a Brit

First of all, don’t scoff. You may think you know how to talk about things that should apparent to everyone. You just point at the thing, say what it is, and commence a conversation.