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

First Look: Martin Freeman in ‘The Eichmann Show’

Earlier today, BBC Two’s Twitter feed posted the first picture of Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia from their forthcoming post-war drama The Eichmann Show, a 90-minute dramatic reconstruction of the events surrounding the ...

WATCH: How to Portray Your Dragon, by Benedict Cumberbatch

In preparation for the final part of Peter Jackson’s Tolkein trilogy—The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, which will hit cinemas on December 17—the multi-disc release of part two is imminent, and with it comes some ...

The Best of Tom Hiddleston and the Love Book App

There’s a fascinating interview in Radio Times today with Allie Esiri, the creator of the app The Love Book, which features prominent actors—including quite a few Anglophenia favorites, reading poems that they find ...

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Forest Grump

After seeing off invaders from a flatter dimension and having to rescue the TARDIS by dragging it off a rail-track with his fingers, this week, the Doctor arrives in the middle of a jungle. Except that jungle is also central London.

WATCH: The Making of the Wax Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s waxwork has been unveiled at London’s Madame Tussauds, allowing fans to get a little close to the Sherlock star, albeit a version of him that smells of candles.

25 Welsh Sayings To Live By

What it is, right…

To judge by popular culture alone—Gavin & Stacey, I am looking at you—the Welsh are presented as a largely cheery nation, fond of the rugby and the ale, with a few linguistic peculiarities that are all charm and whimsy, like ...

‘Doctor Who’ Recap: ‘Flatline’

Danny thinks Clara has finished traveling in time, and the Doctor thinks Danny doesn’t mind Clara staying on. All will be well, providing the Doctor can return her to the exact space and moment she left from, every time.

WATCH: Warwick Davis’ ‘Star Wars’ Announcement

Movie stars of all stripes, THIS is how you let people know that you’ll be appearing in a new film, and that you’re excited about it. Forget the enthusiastic press-release, shun the leaked information to a gossipy website or ...

10 British Actors Trying Their Hands at Pop Music

While there is some crossover between the disciplines of music and theatre—actors becoming singers, singers becoming actors—it’s fair to say that each makes very singular demands on the charisma of the performers.

Macman: Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs

Benedict Cumberbatch might be taking all the attention right now for his portrayal of the mathematical genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, but it looks as if another British actor is eyeing up a technical biopic of a more modern ...