Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

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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.

Are Famous British Surnames on the Verge of Extinction?

There’s a fascinating history of declining British surnames on the website Ancestry.co.uk, in which they explain some of the reasons why previously common family names wither on the vine and can even die.

Is Benedict Cumberbatch Romantic Lead Material?

Oh now here’s a question.

During one of the astonishingly huge amount of press interviews Benedict Cumberbatch has given to promote his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, he expressed the thought that he hasn’t ever played the romantic lead in a ...

‘Luther’ Returns: “We’re Putting the Band Back Together”

In case you Luther fans were concerned that all the talk of further action from our troubled detective friend (including a mooted Luther movie prequel and a remake of the show on Fox) had died off in the wake of Idris Elba’s ...

The ‘Sherlock’ One-Off Special Starts Shooting Soon

Radio Times has a beautifully poised little interviewette with Mark Gatiss on the subject of Sherlock, when it will be back on TV screens and what will happen when it is.

The Brits and Cross-Dressing: A History

Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, has been faced with a puzzle this week. It seems that the movie of his most famous creation has been rated PG (for parental guidance) by the British Board of Film Categorization, for what they ...

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Tennant vs. Ferguson

Having been spoiled with a brand new Doctor Who episode every week for the past couple of months, this week the residents of the Whoniverse have had to go back to making their own entertainment and finding Time Lord fun wherever they ...

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Step Out in NYC

Just in case there were any die-hard Cumbergangers who refused to believe in Benedict’s engagement to the award-winning director, playwright, actress and singer Sophie Hunter on the grounds that they have very, very rarely been ...

WATCH: Third Teaser Arrives for ‘Broadchurch’ Season 2

After the enigmatic sweep of the first two teasers for Broadchurch’s return, comes a third from ITV, and this time there is just a little bit of meat on the bones, information-wise.