Posts by Fraser McAlpine

WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Tries Some New Names

Just as we thought we’d reached the outer limits of chat show games Benedict Cumberbatch could play, particularly those revolving around either imitations and his name, Jimmy Kimmel comes to the rescue.

Martin Freeman: “I Always Like Finishing Jobs”

There was a typically forthright interview with Martin Freeman in yesterday’s Independent, given primarily to promote his role in the chilling post-war drama The Eichmann Show, but which actually took place during the third day of …

5 Things You May Not Know About Paddington Bear

Now that Paddington the movie is finally hiting U.S.

So How Did Our Oscar Nominees Respond?

Yesterday, the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced and some of our favorite British talents found themselves firmly on the guestlist. And of course, this is the sort of thing that creates its own news …

Sam Smith Dominates Brit Award Nominations

Yesterday was all about Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and a little golden fella called Oscar. Today it’s all about Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and a winged statuette called Britannia (as designed by Tracey Emin).

WATCH: When Ellen Met Benedict

This is the latest in an ongoing series in which we show Benedict Cumberbatch being gracious in an interview for which the questions must have been prepared without taking into account any other interviews that may have happened before. …

Benedict, Keira, Rosamund and Eddie: the Oscar Nominations 2015

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards are in, and it looks set to be another exciting night for British talent, with mentions for most of the biggest British talents who had been expected to appear on the list (with the possible …

First Official Clues About ‘Doctor Who’ Season Nine Emerge

Warning: Ever so slightly spoilerish.

Filming has already begun for the ninth season of Doctor Who in Cardiff, and details have just emerged as to what sort of a thing we can expect.

5 Inventive Versions of the ‘Sherlock’ Theme

David Arnold and Michael Price’s theme music for the BBC’s Sherlock is one of the most recognizable and classy themes in British TV history. It has bits of old spy music in there—not least John Barry’s work on the …

What Does 'Taking the Mickey' Mean?

Before Twitter and hashtag games, before The Onion, before satirical stand-ups and waggish revues, Brits commonly expressed all emotions through the filter of mockery. No matter what the occasion, from a night in the pub to a wedding, …