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Great British Buildings: Canterbury Cathedral

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 Issue of the Anglotopia Magazine (long sold out). Don’t miss another great feature article by pre-ordering the next issue! This article is still available in print in the 2016 Anglotopia Magazine Omnibus. Show More Summary

Brit Music: Ed Sheeran premieres “Shape of You” music video

It was only a matter of time that Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” got its own music video. Given that it’s currently #1 on the British charts and #2 on the Billboard 100 charts (it was #1 last week), it’s practically crying out for an official video. Show More Summary

Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi Quits Doctor Who – Next Series is His Last – Series 10 Airdate Set

Big news in the Whoniverse tonight, Peter Capaldi has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who, going out the door with showrunner Stephen Moffat who’s also leaving the show at the end of the upcoming series. The announcement was just made by Peter on An Evening In With, Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 program. Show More Summary

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Ten of Our Favourite British Star Wars Actors

Star Wars has been one of the largest cultural phenomena of our generation.  The seven, soon to be nine, films of the franchise have starred some of the greatest actors of the last forty years.  And while there are certainly plenty of...Show More Summary

10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Jaguar You Might Not Know

In 1933, two motorcycle enthusiasts named William Lyons and William Walmsley took their Swallow Sidecar Company and formed SS Cars Ltd., producing their first car, the SS Jaguar, in 1935. Following World War II, SS Cars formally changed its name to Jaguar and began producing sports cars such as the XK120, XK140, and the E-Type. Show More Summary

Brit Movies: My Cousin Rachel International Trailer – Video

This looks good. I’m not familiar with the book this film is based on, but this looks fantastic. From the synopsis: A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Show More Summary

Great British Buildings – Castle Drogo – A 20th Century English Castle

Also known as the last castle built in England, Castle Drogo is an architectural throwback to Britain’s past.  Despite its relative youth compared to other castles and manor homes, it is Grade I listed and its gardens are Grade II listed. ...Show More Summary

Ed Sheeran premieres music video for “Castle on the Hill”

No, the lyrics video I posted in the “Ed Sheeran’s Two New Singles” post wasn’t going to be the official video for “Castle on the Hill.” Fortunately, Ed decided to rectify that with this video: The content is simple enough: a bunch of...Show More Summary

Brit Movies: T2 Trainspotting Sequel Trailer #1 – Video

The first full trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to Trainspotting has been released. Here’s the official synopsis: First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Show More Summary

Exploring the BBC Archive: Five British Comedy CDs You’ll Love

No one likes a good laugh more than I do…except my wife and some of her friends…and Captain Johnson…come to think of it, you’ve probably realised that I pilfered that entire bit from Monty Python.  But it just goes to show that everyone...Show More Summary

Glastonbury heads give new name to off-site satellite festival

Over the past year or so, the Eavis family spoke of plans for an alternate site for the famous festival after concerns over a gas pipe lying under the site. And, after a brief flirtation with holding it at Longleat Safari Park, theyShow More Summary

Brit Music: Trainspotting 2 Soundtrack Tracklist released

I am legitimately surprised that I did not hear about the Trainspotting sequel finally being made until the powers that be announced that the soundtrack had been finalised. Trainspotting is likely my favourite British film of the 1990s, and its soundtrack is easily one of the most iconic and entertaining albums of its kind. Show More Summary

Brit Telly: Doc Martin Renewed for Two Final Seasons – Ending in 2020 for Good

Good news for fans of life in the quirky Cornish seaside village of Port Wenn, Doc Martin has officially been renewed for two further seasons (or series as the British call them). And then the show is ending. From UPI: “We are very excited...Show More Summary

Brit Movies: Trailer for Their Finest – Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy Star in New World War II Drama

They have me at British Wartime Drama. Their Finest is an upcoming British film starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy as part of a British film crew that attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the London Blitz. Show More Summary

Notes from an English Farm – A New Year in the English Countryside

Happy New Year from the farm! It’s now mid-January, Twelfth Night (5th January) has passed, and all our Christmas decorations are down and packed away in the loft. I enjoy Christmas, but I quite look forward to January after the festive...Show More Summary

Brit Film History: Monty Python Movie Filming Locations

Right, so we’ve already covered the filming locations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and now it’s time to turn attention to the locations of each of the Python films.  Well, except for Life of Brian really, since that was done entirely...Show More Summary

British Classics: One Anglophile’s Take on The Red Riding Trilogy

Long-time readers of my columns may have noticed that I am fascinated with crime stories, whether it’s in my taking on some of the darker films to come out of Britain, or perhaps in my long-standing “Britain’s Least Wanted” series, relating...Show More Summary

Brit Telly Streaming: What’s New on Acorn TV for January 2017 – Which is Your Favorite?

New year, new shows! Acorn TV is bringing you even more world-class TV from Britain and beyond in 2017. Here’s a peek at January’s premieres: Birds of a Feather, Set 2 The birds are back in this acclaimed revival of the long-runningShow More Summary

Ed Sheeran announces tracklist and release date for his third album.

I’ve got good news and bad news about Ed Sheeran’s new album ÷ (which I have taken to calling Obelus in lieu of a properly pronounceable title): The good news is Ed Sheeran has officially announced not only its release date, but also its track listing. Show More Summary

The Caledonia Fiver – Five Unique Scottish Places to Visit On Your Next Trip

Scotland can be a wild and crazy place, a reputation that many of its residents cherish.  The unique people and cultures that you can find in Scotland have produced many interesting (and maybe a little weird) places to visit.  From ancient...Show More Summary

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