Articles Tagged 'Charles Dickens'

‘Dickensian’ (Photo: BBC)

WATCH: All of Dickens’ Best Characters in One Series

As a concept for a TV show, Dickensian is pretty hard to beat. It’s a 20-part drama made by the BBC which imagines what it would be like if the most notable characters from the able pen of Charles Dickens all lived next door to one another. So Fagin can pick the pocket of Scrooge, […]

Tom Hiddleston in ‘Casualty’ (Pic: BBC)

WATCH: A Young Tom Hiddleston in ‘Casualty’

Consider this part of an occasional series in which we dig up old footage of famous actors appearing in the early stages of their career, particularly in the kind of weekly TV procedural dramas that require a high turnover of actors (Emilia Clarke, this means you). This is a series of moments from a 2007 […]

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10 Hybrid Images of Festive London

Merry Christmas from everyone at Anglophenia! Here, to set your festive morning off with a blast from the past, are 10 images created by the photographer Peter Macdiarmid, after scouring London for the locations of various Christmassy photographs taken in the U.K. capital at various points over the last 100 years. The method is fairly […]

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What the ‘Doctor Who’ Specials Say About Christmas

On Christmas Day at 9/8c, BBC America will air the tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas special, “Last Christmas”. It seems almost unthinkable that a decade ago, the idea of a special Doctor Who festive episode had yet to even be conceived of; but now, they are an integral part of the television landscape, particularly in the U.K. But […]

Siobhan in Victorian garb

Literary Guide: Failed Monster Mashups

We’re gearing up for Halloween (October 31) with the premiere of our latest Anglophenia episode: “Failed Literary Monster Mashups.” Inspired by bestsellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, we decided to come up with some of our own combinations: Should you feel inspired to try your own, without an intimate understanding of […]

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How Many Names do Brits Have for Woodlice?

There’s not a lot to do in the British countryside, especially if you’re whiling the decades away waiting for someone to invent the internet. So you can’t blame the residents of a tiny island nation for choosing to pass the time creating quite so many cute little names for the common woodlouse. For entertainment value, […]

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Fraser’s Phrases: “What The Dickens”

By rights, this should be an open and shut case. If you’re surprised by something, if a thing happens that causes shock and befuddlement, and you exclaim “what the dickens?” in a voice not unlike Stewie Griffin on Family Guy, you’re doing it in tribute to Charles Dickens, right? It sort of makes sense: the […]

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10 Old British Slang Terms That Deserve A Revival

Just because it’s Friday and old words are amazing, here’s a list of delightful slang terms that are around 200 years old. Some of them describe acts people simply don’t perform any more, or suggest manners and etiquette that no longer apply, while some are all too familiar and could have been coined last week. […]

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‘Getting On’s Joanna Scanlan Talks About Nudity in ‘Invisible Woman’ and More

Comic actress Joanna Scanlan is anything but invisible in The Invisible Woman, her new movie opening in U.S. theaters on Dec. 25. A full-figured gal, she gets resplendently naked in the biopic about 19th century novelist Charles Dickens. Ralph Fiennes, who also directed, plays the author. “The nude scene was in the script. It didn’t concern me particularly at all,” says Scanlan, […]

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