Articles Tagged 'Alan Bennett'

Writer, Alan Bennett (centre) and the cast of the film arrive at the UK film Premiere of “The History Boys” at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square on October 2, 2006 in London, England.

‘The History Boys’: Where Are They Now?

A film about a group of schoolboys applying to university wouldn’t normally have the makings of a box office hit, but The History Boys, released ten years ago this month, proved otherwise. And with one of the charmers from the film, Samuel Barnett, starring in BBC America’s original series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (premiering tomorrow night at […]

Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike (Pics: Jon Kopaloff and Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Forget Harvard: Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Oxford Grads?

When it comes to prestige, the British education system works on a fairly simple hierarchy. There’s no Ivy League, no jostling for position. There is Oxford University and its many colleges, and there is Cambridge University and its many colleges, and then there is everywhere else. That’s not to say Manchester or Durham or Edinburgh […]

The Lady in the Van (Pic: BBC Films)

WATCH: Maggie Smith Roughing It in ‘The Lady in the Van’

Prone to hyperbole we may be, but this trailer is entirely delightful and should definitely be experienced at your earliest convenience. The Lady in the Van is the movie adaptation of Alan Bennett’s (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) play about a certain Miss Shepherd, a woman who genuinely did come and live […]

Michael Gambon at the recent  Celebration of Harry Potter event in Florida (Pic: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

Sir Michael Gambon Retires from the Stage

In all the BAFTA hoo-hah over the weekend this rather sad story got a little lost, but it’s worth a moment’s attention. Sir Michael Gambon has had to step away from live theater work, after some 53 years on the stage, because he simply can’t remember his lines any more. Sir Michael, who began his […]

Mrs Brown

13 Definitive Portrayals of British Monarchs in Film and TV

Life is never boring if you’re the head of a country. There are international treaties to oversee, bitter arguments to overcome, threats from rivals and countries to conquer, and sometimes your personal life can’t help but get in the way, crown or no crown. These are the kind of stories that are irresistible for script-writers and movie […]

John Oliver and John Stewart

A History: Are Brits Better at Satire?

No. Actually, it would perhaps be more fitting if I said YES, yes they are, and then go on to claim that the Brits are better at anything that involves saying things you don’t literally mean. I could then claim that this is why they’re so good at acting, and why they’re always telling everyone […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Prunella Scales!

Time to break out the rat-infested crackers and toss a Waldorf salad, for Prunella Scales – Sybil Fawlty herself – celebrates her 80th birthday today. Still very much a working actress with a 60-year career, Prunella’s most recent appearance was in the 2011 movie adaptation of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry books, in which she plays […]