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Alistair Appleton. (Photo: BBC AMERICA)
  • Cash in the Attic host Alistair Appleton speaks out about the death of his friend, BBC presenter Kristian Digby. Digby, who was openly gay, was found dead at age 32 in his home yesterday, and news of his passing set Twitter ablaze. Appleton did a short tribute to Digby on his blog, Do Buddhists Watch Telly? He titled his blog entry, “If Jan Moir so much as murmurs I will personally find her and slay her.” (Alistair is referring to Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir, who caused an Internet uproar by insinuating that Boyzone singer Stephen Gately‘s gayness had something to do with his tragic death. Digby apparently died under similarly sordid circumstances.)

    Alistair adds, “Kristian was a fine, charming, complex, rather dazzling man. TV is duller and straighter and drearier without him. I was proud to have met him, hung out with him, known him a little. It’s desperately, desperately sad.”

    Digby hosted the BBC daytime series To Buy or Not To Buy. A fan on YouTube has posted Digby’s showreel, which you can watch below:

  • The Daily Telegraph notes Digby is just the latest BBC presenter to die under “unusual circumstances.” They don’t even mention Crimewatch host Jill Dando, who was stalked and murdered back in 1999.
  • Last Restaurant Standing main judge Raymond Blanc broke his leg in a fall yesterday at his home in Oxford. The Michelin-starred chef was expected to have surgery, according to The Scotsman.
  • Even though she’s a native Brit, Kim Cattrall had to work hard to perfect an English accent for her West End stage debut in Private Lives, opposite MI-5‘s Matthew Macfadyen. “I’m not calling home as much as I used to because I start sounding American again,” she says. (Daily Mail)

    Cattrall used a British accent when she appeared as a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. You can watch a clip of that episode below. I love Kim, I really do, but this is just painful to listen to. Do they give out Razzies for talk show appearances?

  • A Japanese parody of Susan Boyle‘s Britain’s Got Talent audition has become a viral video sensation.(The Sun)
  • Simon Cowell is putting a gag order on his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judges.(Stv)
  • Speaking of “gag,” Amy Winehouse and ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil were caught smooching outside a restaurant.(The Sun)
  • Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden strips down to his speedos for a Comic Relief sketch.(The Sun)
  • The Daily Mail checks in on three suddenly slim celebs: Leona Lewis, Kelly Osbourne, and Charlotte Church, who looks amazing.
  • A director from the sitcom Modern Family will helm the new Arthur remake starring Russell Brand.(Hollywood Reporter)
  • OK, I take back my post on Courtney Love. Sheesh.
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.