While most recent mystery shows seem to be of the dark and gritty variety, there are plenty of British TV fans who prefer a good cozy mystery. In case you’ve
The craziest ideas lead to the best places. Starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, “Long Way Up” reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting-edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. The new series will follow Ewan and Charley as they journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians. The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly: https://apple.co/_LongWayUp
The LEGO Group today announce LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley set, the longest Harry Potter set to date, which will be released September 1.
Blimey! I’ll just be adding this to my Christmas list…
Throughout recent history, photographs have recorded people’s lives and experiences — telling not just an individual’s story, but also documenting significant moments for families, communities
Andrew Marr with James Rebanks, Melissa Harrison and Merlin Sheldrake
The first episode of the new season. Andrew Marr and guests stop to consider the natural world and the changing seasons. When James Rebanks first learnt to work the land, at his grandfather’s side, the family’s Lake District farm was a key part of the ancient landscape and was teeming with wildlife. By the time he inherited the farm, that landscape had profoundly changed. In English Pastoral, his follow-up to best-seller The Shepherd’s Life, Rebanks assesses the revolutionary post-war farming methods – and the unintended destruction they caused. He looks at what can be done to restore rich soil and flourishing fields. Since the start of the pandemic, novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison has been documenting the wonder of the natural world, bringing the sights and sounds of her Suffolk countryside to homes all around the country. In her podcast The Stubborn Light of Things she plays close attention to what’s happening on her doorstep, from the arrival and departure of the swifts, to the bloom of the hawthorn, to the hunt in the undergrowth for glow-worms. A collection of Harrison’s monthly nature notes from The Times are due to be published this November. A much underrated and unnoticed part of the natural world are fungi, according to the biologist Merlin Sheldrake. In Entangled Life he celebrates the ingenuity, extravagance and strangeness of fungal networks. Neither plant nor animal, fungi are found throughout the earth, in the air and in our bodies. They can live on a speck of dust or spread over miles of underground mazes. While fungi gives us bread and life-saving medicines, they have also transformed our understanding of the way plants communicate with each other via the ‘Wood Wide Web’.
We’re getting the first look at the upcoming second season of His Dark Materials.
Breaking New Ground is a pioneering 21-month project to digitise 10,000 images from the John Laing Photographic Collection, covering the post-war period of this world-renowned construction company. The complete collection numbers nearly a quarter of a million photographs.
Who wants to pool some money for a few lottery tickets?
Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana appear in the fourth series of The Crown, while Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star as husband and wife in The Undoing
Though phone booths are seemingly obsolete, the red telephone boxes of the U.K. are finding remarkable new uses.
This looks great! Set in Dorset. Going to be beautiful to watch!
Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter co-star in the adaptation of the Nancy Springer novels about the teen sleuth.
This looks great! And fun!
A royal charter was used to stop a pop-up market in Leicestershire this month. What are they and why do we still adhere to them?
An impromptu market in Leicestershire was halted by a royal charter – but why do we still have them?
Whoopi Goldberg reprises her lead role from the hit 1992 film Sister Act, which will also star Jennifer Saunders as the Mother Superior.
How much I wish I could go back to the bookshops of old London. When I saw these evocative photographs of London’s secondhand bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown, it made me realise how much I miss them all now that they have mostly vanished from the streets.
These are amazing!
New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely
It’s pretty good! And it’s free!
A variant on the classic London Underground tube map has been released, with all the stations renamed after astronomical objects and events.
Next stop: etymology.
Ever alighted at Earl of Oxford’s Roundabout? Visited Beorhstige’s Meeting-Stone? Or caught a mainline train from Muddy Pond Street?
Chances are you’ve actually done all of these: at least you have if you go by this etymological tube map.
Pets, fictional creatures and zoo escapees all feature.
You can now stay at Harry Potter’s birthplace in Godric’s Hollow. Less than two hours from London, you’ll find the lovely Lavenham. This idyllic village boasts over 340 listed buildings, including the gorgeous De Vere House, which you may recognise from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Believe me, after just a short walk around […]
A new support structure for the 3,600-tonne ship will also replicate the ship being afloat.
Very cool. Now please restore her rigging!
Quote the most memorable lines from Downton Abbey with a fun official book! The Wit
Ever since the discovery of the site of William Shakespeare’s first theatre in Shoreditch, I have found myself thinking about where else in London I could locate Shakespeare. The city has changed so much that very little remains from his time and even though I might discover his whereabouts – such as his lodging in Silver St in 1612 – usually the terrain is unrecognisable. Silver St is lost beneath the Barbican now.
Read more here: Source: In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life
Archaeologists have pinpointed the source of the stones to an area 15 miles north of the site.
It’s beautiful. But it needs its rigging!
Tea, coffee, biscuits and books. Turns out, shockingly I know, that Brits brought a lot of those during lockdown. Sales have rocketed over the last three months.
Great news for British TV fans all over the world!
If there’s one thing our island nation has a lot of, it’s world-class beaches. The UK is edged with sand dunes, soft stretches crying out for buckets and spades, secluded coves only accessible by foot, rugged, rocky havens and pebbled beaches dotted with fishing boats.
There are iconic ones, often complete with arcades, piers and ice-cream vans, incredibly popular ones (anyone heard of Bournemouth beach? No?) and secret ones that locals proudly keep to themselves. But the best? That’s a hard thing to settle on.
The auctioneers say there is interest in Nelson “despite controversy about historical figures”.
Who wants to buy it and clone him?
In news that will gladden cultured Londoners and stressed-out summer-holidaying parents alike, three of the capital’s biggest museums have announced that they w
I feel it important to note that Americans must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the UK.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan has changed his mind on bringing the curtain down on The Crown after five seasons.
In celebration of the granting of planning permission for the Museum of London to covert Smithfield General Market as its new home, here is my account of a visit to explore this cavernous site.
As one of those who fought to save Smithfield General Market from demolition six years ago, I was delighted have the opportunity of exploring the infinite dark recesses of this vast structure which extends deep underground. This was the first time I have been inside Horace Jones’ market building of 1868 and it was a heart-stopping experience to enter his soaring iron cathedral and walk beneath the vast dome at last.
In May, Gollum actor Andy Serkis powered through a 12-hour reading marathon (a Hobbitathon) of the entirety of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Now, he’ll go back behind the microphone to d…
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Many London art galleries are reopening in the coming weeks, and we’ve rounded up the major returners in one place for your convenience.
Epix is signed up to British fantasy drama Britannia. The MGM-owned cable network is coming on board as a co-production partner for season three of the Sky series.
This comes after Deadline revealed earlier this year that British pay-TV broadcaster Sky had renewed the show for a third season but Amazon, which was involved in the first season, would no longer be involved.
Epix will also launch the first season of the show on August 2, followed by the second season on October 4 and will be the exclusive home for season three.
This is great news! I thought he was done doing stage work. This will definitely help London’s theatres when they open back up.
Slowly life returns to London’s cultural landscape as museums and galleries wake from their virus imposed slumber and prepare to welcome visitors again.
This is a fantastic resource.
I should also add that if you’re outside the UK, you should not travel there unless you’re prepared – and can afford – to be quarantined for 14 days.
Netflix Nabs ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel 20 Years After Original Was Released
The grand Covent Garden reopening takes place on Monday, with shops returning and some new social distancing measures in place.
Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes Britmemes’s images album
In the recent glorious weather Mapperton, in Dorset, named by Country Life the finest manor house in Britain, has never looked finer. The 15 acres of Italianate gardens echo with birdsong, the roses
Always fascinating to read how modern aristocratic families are keeping things going in difficult times.
These intriguing photographs are selected from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin at the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen-sixties but the photographer is unidentified.
These are haunting and beautiful! Check them out!