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The Day Brian Blessed Knocked Out Peter Capaldi

RadioTimes has a great story—told by a great storyteller—about a backstage accident that took place between Doctor Who’s current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and booming Brian Blessed, on the set of the BBC’s 1997 adaptation ...

Why are ‘Biscuits’ Different in Britain?

When considering the differing terminology for common things between Britain and the U.S., it’s often a case of finding out who called their thing the thing they call it first, and declaring them the winner.

Why Are London’s Red Phone Boxes Turning Green?

The classic red British phone box, as designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and beloved of Anglophiles and Inspector Spacetime alike, has been in decline for over 30 years. Officially discontinued in favor of a steely glass box, not ...

#AskBenedict: The Best of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Twitter Q&A

Tonight sees the world premiere of Benedict Cumberbatch’s new movie The Imitation Game, which tells the story of Alan Turing and the work of the British code-breakers at Bletchley Park in defeating the ciphers of the German enigma ...

Michael Gambon Joins Cast of ‘Dad’s Army’ Movie

This is a very sensitive issue for British comedy fans. Dad’s Army is widely considered to be one of the best sitcoms in British television history, and a movie remake, no matter how affectionately attempted, could stamp heavily ...

10 Very British Girls' Names

Last week we compiled a list of boys’ names that have never really taken off in America to a significant degree, and now it is time to do likewise for the girls.

Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Are You My Mummy?

So he’s watched the moon hatch into a colossal dragon butterfly, he’s mopped up Courtney Woods’s travel sickness and looked on on shock as Clara strode out of the TARDIS, demanding to be left alone. Where will the ...

WATCH: Why Do the British Have Separate Hot and Cold Taps?

When you grow up expecting things to be a certain way and find out they are not a universal constant, it can be quite bewildering, and when that bewilderment is applied to plumbing, things often get unpleasant.

Should We Read Douglas Adams’ Unpublished Manuscripts?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.