Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

Posts by Fraser McAlpine

Should We Read Douglas Adams’ Unpublished Manuscripts?

Now here’s a test of ultimate fandom. If an artist, writer, performer or director is particular about which versions of their work should be made available to the public and which should not—and let’s face it, they all ...

‘Doctor Who’ Recap: ‘Kill The Moon’

In which the Doctor takes off his caretaker coat and puts on a space-suit for a touch of lunarachnophobia.

10 Very British Boys' Names

Clive Owen is a lucky man. Not only is today his 50th birthday, but he’s been given the gift of double first names, like Elton John, Ben Elton, and Daniel Craig.

5 Underwhelming British Musical TV Spinoffs

Look, we love Downton Abbey as much as anyone. And Elizabeth McGovern’s (Lady Cora) musical activities are always worth a listen.

Michael Caine is Retiring, Sort of…

I guess now is as good a time as any to prepare ourselves for Michael Caine‘s inevitable retreat from front line movie making. And if his most recent interview on the BBC’s Newsnight is anything to go by, he’s been ...

Poetry Day: 10 British Actors Read 10 British Poems

Today is National Poetry Day (October 2) in the UK, and the Brits have always done pretty well at providing the world with poems and people who are good at reading poems, here are 10 poetic moments, provided by some of our favorite ...

How Tom Hiddleston Transformed Into Hank Williams

Stories of the extreme lengths actors go to in order to physically and mentally change themselves for a new role are often surprisingly harrowing. And it’s not just at the extreme method end of things—where Robert De Niro or ...

First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III

The BBC have just revealed further details of the cast of their sequel to The Hollow Crown, in which Shakespeare’s history plays have been adapted for TV with some of the finest acting talent the British Isles—and therefore the ...

WATCH: Karen Gillan (+ Wig) Riding a Bike in the Desert

Here’s a curious thing. Paul Reubens starring as a racing driver called Racer Steven, in a promotional video for the TV On The Radio song “Happy Idiot”, and as he hurtles around the track in the desert, he sees a ...

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Photobomb is all Ellen Degeneres’ Fault

Benedict Cumberbatch graces the front cover of this week’s London listings magazine Time Out, and there’s a lovely interview inside, in which he discusses, among other things, exactly how he came to be jumping up and down ...