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

10 Britpop-Era Bands Still Around in 2014

Earlier this year the British music press was full of features about the 20th anniversary of Britpop—the British musical renaissance kicked off by Suede, given shape by Blur and then puffed up beyond all recognition by Oasis. But one ...

Will Peter Jackson Direct 'Doctor Who'?

So hands up everyone who thought the often-repeated story about Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who was just too good to be true?

WATCH: Karen Gillan in 'A Touch of Cloth'

Comedy cop shows are quite the thing these days, aren’t they? Although Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth is less of a comedy set in a police precinct—like Brooklyn Nine-Nine—and more of a spoof of the entire genre of ...

Beetles Eat George Harrison's Memorial Tree

George Harrison was not a man to be overly impressed by ceremony, and he did have a definite soft spot for comedy, so you have to assume he’d have loved the story doing the rounds of the internet right now about the fate of a tree ...

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Return of the Cybermen

Welcome to another Doctor Who’s Day Roundup, gathering up a week’s worth of Gallifreyan delights.

WATCH: Taylor Lautner Replaces Andy Samberg In The U.K.’s ‘Cuckoo’

At the end of last week we were talking about American actors appearing in British TV shows and mentioned the sterling work (pun intended) Andy Samberg had done in BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a show in which a free-thinking hippy marries ...

Junk Food Day: 5 Salty British Snacks Every American Should Try

Often the most exciting thing about a trip to another country isn’t the scenery or culturally enriching buildings, but a trip to the supermarket to find out what the locals enjoy eating when they’re watching TV.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Waxwork Fitting: a Feast for the Eyes

There aren’t many people that can spend the run-up to their birthday having their eyeballs matched, but such is the increasingly surreal life of Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star has been visiting the London waxwork museum ...

10 American Actors Who’ve Done British TV

At the moment, it is relatively commonplace to see British stars infiltrate American TV shows—from Damian Lewis in Homeland to Hugh Laurie in House to Karen Gillan in Selfie—but it’s rarer to come across an actual famous ...

WATCH: Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in the Trailer for ‘The Fall’ Season Two

Season One of The Fall was one of BBC2′s biggest success stories of 2013. A tense crime drama set in Northern Ireland, it stars Gillian Anderson as DS Stella Gibson, who has to try and find a manipulative and sadistic serial ...