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  • This year’s Booker Prize shortlist: Peter Carey‘s Parrot and Olivier in America, Emma Donoghue‘s Room, Damon Galgut‘s In a Strange Room, Howard Jacobson‘s The Finkler Question, Andrea Levy‘s The Long Song, and Tom McCarthy‘s C. (BBC)

  • Writer Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galactica) provides some insight on the writing process for the upcoming season of Torchwood: “Because of the length of our season and the lead time before production begins, we’re actually approaching Torchwood in a very unusual way – all the episodes will be written before any of them begin shooting. This is allowing us to ‘break’ all the episodes at once, with the entire writing staff working together in a very concentrated one-month work session. This is making for a very intense and collaborative process, all guided by Russell’s very precise vision. The final product is going to be tightly plotted and lovingly crafted.”(Blastr)
  • Stephen Fry lambastes what he calls the “culture of fear” at the BBC. “”I do know of so many cases where executives would say ‘What we want is something new, something different, something extraordinary!’ And they’re brought something new, different and extraordinary and immediately the executive gets cold feet, falls back on something else and we end up with something incredibly bland.”(BBC NEWS)

  • In a horrible freak accident, former Electric Light Orchestra cellist Mike Edwards was killed by a giant hay bale. (Guardian)

  • The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Equity are accusing the BBC of “ghettoizing” TV dramas featuring black and Asian talent.(The Stage)

  • Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan provided a Doctor Who “masterclass” in this 30-minute video from the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

  • Ms. Gillan looked stunning in red at last night’s TV Choice Awards in the UK.(Metro)
  • The Stage has acting tips from Being Human star Lenora Crichlow (Annie).
  • Speaking of Being Human, Russell Tovey‘s new BBC “anti-romantic comedy” Him and Her, gets a good review in The Guardian: “Him and Her is strangely charming, warm, touching even – as well as being funny. Best of all, it rings totally true. I think this kind of thing is going on in bedrooms all over the country. Not mine obviously, but everyone else’s.”‘s Adam Beresford also likes it: “Him and Her flows along nicely, makes you laugh out loud, makes you squirm, and gives you a warm romantic glow. What more do you want from half an hour of telly?”
  • The Daily Mail speculates that Keira Knightley will settle in the U.S. “to avoid the UK’s higher taxes.”Also: photos of Knightley perched on Ducati bike in Paris for a new Chanel ad.
  • Could Hilary Duff play Brit Andrew Garfield‘s love interest in the Spider-Man reboot?(Cinema Blend)
  • The son of pioneering DJ Goldie has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the murder of a disabled man two years ago.(NME)
  • John Lennon‘s murderer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for the sixth time. (New York Daily News)

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.