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  • Singer Katherine Jenkins and Emmy nominee Sir Michael Gambon are tapped for the Doctor Who Christmas special, which lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat calls “all your favorite Christmas movies at once.” (BBC)

    If you’re not familar with Ms. Jenkins, she’s that other Welsh opera singer, and she’s well-purty. Check out her take on Evanescence‘s “Bring Me To Life”:

  • Torchwood star John Barrowman says that his Desperate Housewives co-star Drea de Matteo suggested she become a surrogate for him and his partner Scott Gill. “She’s got this amazing New Jersey drawl, ‘I usually don’t like actors, but I like you. You want a kid? Come to me, I’ll have a baby for ya’. Brilliant.” I’m prrrrretty sure she was joking, but who wouldn’t want to heave out a litter of Barrowman’s sparkly little babies? (The Sun)
  • Katie Price wants to replace Cheryl Cole on X Factor. Are we quite sure that this woman wasn’t in Tanzania poking holes in Cheryl’s mosquito nets? (The Sun)
  • At the X Factor auditions, Simon Cowell played a nasty joke on gullible guest judge Nicole Scherzinger. I think we’ve found the new Paula, folks. (The Sun)
  • Russell Brand and Dame Helen Mirren seem to be getting on very well on the set of the Arthur remake. (Daily Mail)
  • When I saw the headline “The Lady and the Tramp,” I thought the article was gonna be about Mirren and Brand. Oddly, The Sun was being unusually literal-minded.
  • Actress Emily Blunt and Office star John Krasinski are back stateside after their Italian wedding. (Daily Mail)
  • What ever happened to What Not To Wear‘s Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine? They’ve turned their troubles into a web sitcom: “They have always been easy to lampoon, but in a peculiar move, they have taken self-ridicule to an unflinching extreme in a mockumentary-style spoof series being broadcast online. Trinny and Susannah: What They Did Next is billed as a fly-on-the-wall look at the pair as they desperately try to resurrect their flagging careers.”(Telegraph)
  • Somewhere along the line, Victoria Beckham became a reputable designer. How the hell did that happen?(Telegraph)
  • The BBC has cancelled The Restaurant, better known as Last Restaurant Standing to BBC AMERICA viewers. However, the UK broadcaster is planning more programs with chef Raymond Blanc.(Guardian)
  • With Being Human‘s season premiere coming next Saturday, The London Observer‘s Mark Kermode counts down the 10 best screen vampires. How does this list compare to ours?
  • Bryan Ferry‘s next solo album will feature a Roxy Music reunion.(Guardian)
  • Proof that plunging necklines are not advisable for everyone: I present to you, Ulrika Jonsson. (Daily Mail)
  • Orlando Bloom – who, at a hirsute 33, is aging well, thank you – has received an honorary degree from his hometown school, the University of Kent.(BBC)
  • Surprise Brit Kim Cattrall, who was born in Liverpool before heading to Canada, has been given an honorary degree from Liverpool John Moores University.(BBC)

  • Prince, who thinks the Internet is soooo last century, is giving a boost to old media with his CD giveaways in the Daily Mirror and the Daily Record.(Guardian)
  • What happens when a distinguished theater critic goes back to acting school? The Daily Telegraph‘s Dominic Cavendish found out when he enrolled in London’s Poor School. “There comes a time in everyone’s life when the thespian itch needs to be scratched; in my case, having not trodden the boards for 20 years since university, when the likes of Alexander Armstrong, Jez Butterworth, Ben Miller, Steve Mangan, and Rachel Weisz bounded about easily eclipsing ordinary student hopefuls like me, the time was now.”
  • MI-5 hottie Rupert Penry-Jones, Maxine Peake (Shameless, Little Dorrit), Tudors star Natalie Dormer, Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction), and Neil Stuke (Trust) will star in the six-part legal drama Silk. (The Stage)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.