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Articles Tagged 'Rudyard Kipling'

Ian McKellen in ‘The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling’ (Pic: BBC)

WATCH: Sir Ian McKellen’s TV Debut from 1964

To continue our occasional series spent digging around on YouTube looking for some of the very first TV adventures for prominent British acting talent, here’s a virtual spelunk that goes all the way back to 1964. Ian McKellen’s first TV appearance (according to IMDB at any rate) was in a BBC series devoted to the […]

Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba

Idris and Benedict: Khan vs. Khan

Some days can pass by without a solitary mention or thought of the word ‘Khan,’ whether Kublai, Genghis or otherwise. But that’s not today, oh no. Today we’ll be talking about two versions of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, both made using live-action techniques but by rival studios, and both using very familiar British actors […]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

5 Vintage British Writers Speak in Rare Clips

As it was Book Lovers Day on August 9 and because it’s always exciting to unearth an unimaginable clip on YouTube, here’s a selection in which the voices of venerable writers, taken from the some of the earliest days of broadcasting, are preserved. Let’s start fittingly, with the most startling of discoveries. Bless my braces […]

Idris Elba and a Tiger (PA Images)

Idris Elba Is The New Shere Khan

So, if you were casting voices for a live-action version of The Jungle Book—based on the original stories by Rudyard Kipling, not necessarily the all-singing and essentially unimprovable Disney cartoon version—who would YOU get to play Shere Khan? It would have to be someone with a cat’s sense of cruel indifference and half-interested malice—a Brit, […]


Snapshot: 21 Photos of 1920s London

While life in the period drama Downton Abbey seems picturesque for the most part, London during the 1920s was less than idyllic. The 1921 coal miner’s strike sent the city into a state of emergency; the 1926 labor General Strike ended with no benefits for workers; and the River Thames flooded Central London in 1928. Even though […]