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

WATCH: David Tennant Pulling Faces for Comic Relief

The BBC’s Comic Relief has always managed to convince even the most unlikely celebrities to drop the armor of cool and lark about in order to raise money for charity, and David Tennant has already demonstrated that he is more than …

Ed Sheeran’s First Driving Lesson, with the Stig

Tonight sees the return of Top Gear to BBC AMERICA (8:30pm ET) and as usual, they have put a star in their reasonably priced car. This week, the singer-songwriter-popstar Ed Sheeran has the chance to show what he can do around their …

Personality Quiz: Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

Long before Lena Dunham and her sharp-eyed take on the social problems, vanities, weaknesses, loves and losses facing (some) young women in the modern world, there was Jane Austen doing the same thing, but, like, 200 years beforehand. …

Benedict Cumberbatch: “I Wanted to be a Barrister”

We’re quite used to the idea of some of our major acting talents falling on the wrong side of the law, but according to Benedict Cumberbatch, his tumble was less into the murky worlds of excess, and more away from a chance to …

3 Stars Who Came Out of 'Foyle's War'

Sponsored by Foyle's War on Acorn TV

The TV drama Foyle’s War—currently available on Acorn TV with its final season premiering in February—occupies a unique place in British TV. It’s a fusion, taking the tension and suspense of a police procedural and placing it …

10 Things You May Not Know About Sir Winston Churchill

January 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, undoubtedly one of the giants of 20th century world politics and an enormously popular figure in Britain.

WATCH: David Tennant Honored by His Dad at the National TV Awards

Last night’s annual National Television Awards was especially noteworthy for one very lovely moment indeed: when David Tennant, who seemed utterly suprised to be winning a Special Achievement prize, was faced with not only a …

10 Things About a British Home That Will Confuse Americans

Wherever you may go around the world, it’s easy to conclude that if a home has four walls and a ceiling, everything else must be broadly the same. Well, even if that were true (and it’s not) there are still tiny differences …

There’s a U.S. Version of ‘Luther’ on the Way, Possibly

As we’ve been talking recently about hit American TV shows that started out as hit British TV shows, it seems timely that news should once again circulate about Fox’s plans to make a U.S.

LOOK: Young Eddie Redmayne Modeling Knitwear

There are many wonderful and potentially embarrassing things that happen to young actors as they make their way from being completely unknown to their first Oscar nomination. The time spent dressed up as an item of food or a cute …