Articles Tagged 'Rowan Atkinson'

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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 […]

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10 Reasons to Love Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is the comedian who became an actor, the specialist in simpering ninnies that played a glowering heartthrob and the Oxbridge rower who tours the world playing the blues. He’s also just about to appear alongside George Clooney in the sci-fi/fantasy romp Tomorrowland, so, now seems a perfect time to remind everyone else why […]

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Rowan Atkinson to Play Iconic French Detective ‘Maigret’

It’s been a quiet couple of years for Rowan Atkinson. The Mr Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English star has been largely absent from screens large and small ever since that show-stopping appearance at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. But that’s all set to change with the announcement that he’ll be starring in Maigret, a new detective drama for ITV. […]

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New Survey Shows How the World Sees Britain

As regular readers of Anglophenia, you no doubt have your own carefully nurtured and well-informed opinions about the United Kingdom and its people. But what do the general public worldwide think of the Brits? A new survey by the British Council, the organization dedicated to international educational and cultural relations, polled over 5,000 18-34 year […]

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones To Remake ‘Dad’s Army’

Around 18 months ago, we had a story about a mooted remake of the classic British sitcom Dad’s Army, in which a bunch of over-the-hill volunteers in the British home guard attempt to defend the shores of southern England from German invasion during the Second World War. The show is considered part of the national consciousness […]

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The Cast of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’: Where Are They Now?

Tomorrow, if you can believe it, it has been 20 years since Hugh Grant first stammered into our lives, with the U.S. release of Four Weddings and a Funeral. That’s 20 years of rom-coms with swearing in, 20 years of people acting charmingly befuddled in order to spell out their feelings, 20 years of interesting […]

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Writer-Director Richard Curtis Debates Retiring from Directing

Writer-director Richard Curtis, the man behind screen favorites like Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Pirate Radio (just to name a few) is debating retiring from directing. His next film About Time, may be his last. The sci-fi romantic comedy About Time follows a young man, 21, played by Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, […]

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Adele, ‘Blackadder’ and PJ Harvey Honoured By The Queen

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List was published on Friday, and among the 1,800 or so names, honours have been given to more than a few familiar names to Anglophenia readers. For starters, Adele has been given an MBE, the same honor that was bestowed on the Beatles at the height of their international success. Interestingly, […]

New Book Uncovers ‘Lost’ Blackadder Script

The Blackadder TV series (Season 1 notwithstanding) is one of the best-regarded British comedies to have ever been made. This is partly because it played host to the comic talents of Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Tim McInerney, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson and the woman who played Nursey; partly because […]

Summer of London: Five Great British Comedies on iTunes

With the new BBC America docu-comedy Twenty Twelve premiering Thursday (June 28) at 9/8c, we thought it might be fun to “‘av a laugh” by checking out iTunes where BBC America is giggling its way through Summer of London with free and discounted episodes of comedies on iTunes, including the ones listed below. 1.) The Office, […]

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