Author Archives: Fraser McAlpine

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10 Lingering Effects of World War I on Britain

Today (July 28) marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. A conflict of unimaginable scale that effectively redrew the maps of Europe and the Middle East and cost 16 million people their lives.

Steven Moffat: “There is no Such Character as the Twelfth Doctor”

Steven Moffat’s interview in the current issue of SFX magazine doesn’t just confirm that people are in talks to get Hobbit-director Peter Jackson on board to direct an episode of Doctor Who, it also manages to ...

WATCH: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Gets a Sexy Trailer

Let’s be honest, anything less than a sexy trailer would’ve entirely missed the point. Still, this is the (green-band) clip that NBC’s The Today Show found to be a little ripe for early morning broadcast, because it ...

British Inventor Builds Huge Bum to Fart at France

It is probably best, when reading this story and watching the accompanying media, not to spend too much time wondering at the motivations of the people involved. Let the facts speak for themselves, do not ask why, for there are no ...

10 Britpop-Era Bands Still Around in 2014

Earlier this year the British music press was full of features about the 20th anniversary of Britpop—the British musical renaissance kicked off by Suede, given shape by Blur and then puffed up beyond all recognition by Oasis. But one ...

Will Peter Jackson Direct 'Doctor Who'?

So hands up everyone who thought the often-repeated story about Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who was just too good to be true?

WATCH: Karen Gillan in 'A Touch of Cloth'

Comedy cop shows are quite the thing these days, aren’t they? Although Charlie Brooker’s A Touch of Cloth is less of a comedy set in a police precinct—like Brooklyn Nine-Nine—and more of a spoof of the entire genre of ...

Beetles Eat George Harrison's Memorial Tree

George Harrison was not a man to be overly impressed by ceremony, and he did have a definite soft spot for comedy, so you have to assume he’d have loved the story doing the rounds of the internet right now about the fate of a tree ...

‘Doctor Who’s Day Roundup: Return of the Cybermen

Welcome to another Doctor Who’s Day Roundup, gathering up a week’s worth of Gallifreyan delights.

WATCH: Taylor Lautner Replaces Andy Samberg In The U.K.’s ‘Cuckoo’

At the end of last week we were talking about American actors appearing in British TV shows and mentioned the sterling work (pun intended) Andy Samberg had done in BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a show in which a free-thinking hippy marries ...