20+ Cozy British Mystery Shows for British TV Fans Who Like Their Mysteries Mild – I Heart British TV

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

Source: 20+ Cozy British Mystery Shows for British TV Fans Who Like Their Mysteries Mild – I Heart British TV

#britishtv

Long Way Up — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ – YouTube

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

#britishtv

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set Takes You Back to School – /Film

The LEGO Group today announce LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley set, the longest Harry Potter set to date, which will be released September 1.

Source: LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set Takes You Back to School – /Film

Blimey! I’ll just be adding this to my Christmas list…

#harrypotter

The Duchess of Cambridge’s photography project: intimate portraits from lockdown Britain | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times

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

Source: The Duchess of Cambridge’s photography project: intimate portraits from lockdown Britain | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times

#britain

Start the Week – Nature notes, from farming to fungi – BBC Sounds

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’.

Source: Start the Week – Nature notes, from farming to fungi – BBC Sounds

#britishlandscape

#jamesrebanks

 

‘His Dark Materials’ Teaser: First Look At Season 2 Of HBO/BBC Adaptation – Deadline

We’re getting the first look at the upcoming second season of His Dark Materials.

Source: ‘His Dark Materials’ Teaser: First Look At Season 2 Of HBO/BBC Adaptation – Deadline

#britishtv

Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain | Heritage Calling

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.

Source: Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain | Heritage Calling

#britishhistory

The 30 best country houses on sale in the UK now | Bricks & Mortar | The Times

The inimitable observer of the country house PG Wodehouse wrote: “The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded

Source: The 30 best country houses on sale in the UK now | Bricks & Mortar | The Times

Who wants to pool some money for a few lottery tickets?

#britishproperty

The best TV drama series to watch in Autumn 2020, from The Crown to Des

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

Source: The best TV drama series to watch in Autumn 2020, from The Crown to Des

#britishtv

11 Weird Ways Britain’s Iconic Telephone Boxes Have Been Repurposed – Fodors Travel Guide

Though phone booths are seemingly obsolete, the red telephone boxes of the U.K. are finding remarkable new uses.

Source: 11 Weird Ways Britain’s Iconic Telephone Boxes Have Been Repurposed – Fodors Travel Guide

#britishicons

A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

2020 edition.

Source: A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

#london

Ammonite Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Begin a Forbidden Love Affair – /Film

Following in similar footsteps as Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the first Ammonite trailer finds Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a forbidden romance.

Source: Ammonite Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Begin a Forbidden Love Affair – /Film

This looks great! Set in Dorset. Going to be beautiful to watch!

#britishmovies

#dorset

‘Enola Holmes’ Trailer: Millie Bobbie Brown Is Sherlock’s Teen Sister – Deadline

Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter co-star in the adaptation of the Nancy Springer novels about the teen sleuth.

Source: ‘Enola Holmes’ Trailer: Millie Bobbie Brown Is Sherlock’s Teen Sister – Deadline

This looks great! And fun!

#britishmovies

#netflix

The country house of the super-rich that is now slipping away | The Scotsman

Dramatic new images show the extent of decay at a former country house that was once hailed as one of the most outstanding in the country.

Source: The country house of the super-rich that is now slipping away | The Scotsman

#scotland

#britishhistory

Tŷ unnos: Homes made using 17th Century ‘squatters’ rights’ – BBC News

The custom of tŷ unnos – house in one night – was a commonly-held folklore across Wales.

Source: Tŷ unnos: Homes made using 17th Century ‘squatters’ rights’ – BBC News

#scotland

Why do medieval royal charters still control us? – BBC News

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?

Source: Why do medieval royal charters still control us? – BBC News

#britishhistory

Sister Act: Whoopi Goldberg Leads West End Revival In Summer [Tickets]

Whoopi Goldberg reprises her lead role from the hit 1992 film Sister Act, which will also star Jennifer Saunders as the Mother Superior.

Source: Sister Act: Whoopi Goldberg Leads West End Revival In Summer [Tickets]

#london

#theatre

The Bookshops Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

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.

Source: The Bookshops Of Old London | Spitalfields Life

These are amazing!

#london

#londonbookshops

#history

New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely – Transport for London

New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely

Source: New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely – Transport for London

It’s pretty good! And it’s free!

#london

#tfl

#tube

London tube map based on the stars in the skies – ianVisits – London news and events

A variant on the classic London Underground tube map has been released, with all the stations renamed after astronomical objects and events.

Source: London tube map based on the stars in the skies – ianVisits – London news and events
#london

#tube

This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated | Londonist

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.

Source: This London Tube Map Tells You Where The Station Names Originated | Londonist

#london

#tube

 

This Incredibly Detailed London Map Highlights The Capital’s Wild Side | Londonist

Pets, fictional creatures and zoo escapees all feature.

Source: This Incredibly Detailed London Map Highlights The Capital’s Wild Side | Londonist

#london

The Spellbinding Spot Where Harry Potter Was Born Is Now Available On Airbnb – Secret London

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 […]

Source: The Spellbinding Spot Where Harry Potter Was Born Is Now Available On Airbnb – Secret London

#harrypotter

Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory: Visitors able to walk beneath ship – BBC News

A new support structure for the 3,600-tonne ship will also replicate the ship being afloat.

Source: Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory: Visitors able to walk beneath ship – BBC News

Very cool. Now please restore her rigging!

#britishhistory

#portsmouth

Relive the best lines from ‘Downton Abbey’ with this book of quotes – British Period Dramas

Quote the most memorable lines from Downton Abbey with a fun official book! The Wit

Source: Relive the best lines from ‘Downton Abbey’ with this book of quotes – British Period Dramas

#downtonabbey

#britishtv

In Search Of Shakespeare’s London | Spitalfields Life

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

#britishhistory

#london

#shakespeare

Mystery of origin of Stonehenge megaliths solved – BBC News

Archaeologists have pinpointed the source of the stones to an area 15 miles north of the site.

Source: Mystery of origin of Stonehenge megaliths solved – BBC News

#britishhistory

Man completes HMS Victory replica after 50 years – BBC News

Michael Byard’s “amazing” replica has won praise from the First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin.

Source: Man completes HMS Victory replica after 50 years – BBC News

It’s beautiful. But it needs its rigging!

#britishhistory

The Phantom of the Opera has been ‘permanently shut down’ in the West End | London Evening Standard

The Phantom of the Opera will close in the West End in a stark blow for London theatre fans. Producer Cameron Mackintosh confirmed today in an article for the Evening Standard that the London

Source: The Phantom of the Opera has been ‘permanently shut down’ in the West End | London Evening Standard

#london

Brits Spent More On Tea, Biscuits And Books During Lockdown, Unsurprising Study Confirms – Secret London

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.

Source: Brits Spent More On Tea, Biscuits And Books During Lockdown, Unsurprising Study Confirms – Secret London

#britishculture

#britishness

BBC/ITV Streamer BritBox To Expand Into 25 Countries – Deadline

BritBox is planning to expand into 25 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa.

Source: BBC/ITV Streamer BritBox To Expand Into 25 Countries – Deadline

Great news for British TV fans all over the world!

#britishtv

Best Beach in Britain? Runswick Bay in Yorkshire Tops 2020 List

Save us a spot on the sand.

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.

Source: Best Beach in Britain? Runswick Bay in Yorkshire Tops 2020 List

#britishtravel

Locks of Admiral Nelson’s hair up for auction – BBC News

The auctioneers say there is interest in Nelson “despite controversy about historical figures”.

Source: Locks of Admiral Nelson’s hair up for auction – BBC News

Who wants to buy it and clone him?

#britishhistory

#nelson

Natural History Museum, Science Museum & V&A to reopen in August

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

Source: Natural History Museum, Science Museum & V&A to reopen in August

I feel it important to note that Americans must still quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to the UK.

#london

#travel

The Microcosm Of London | Spitalfields Life

A stunning gallery of images and a look at London in the high Victorian era!

Source: The Microcosm Of London | Spitalfields Life

#london

#britishhistory

‘The Crown’ Will Now Run For Six Seasons After Peter Morgan Changes Mind – Deadline

The Crown creator Peter Morgan has changed his mind on bringing the curtain down on The Crown after five seasons.

Source: ‘The Crown’ Will Run For Six Seasons After Peter Morgan Changes Mind – Deadline

#britishtv

#thecrown

#netflix

His Dark Materials novella Serpentine to be published in October – Radio Times

Written in 2004 for a charity auction, the story sees a teenage Lyra and Pan travel to Trollesund.

Source: His Dark Materials novella Serpentine to be published in October – Radio Times
#britlit

New Home For The Museum Of London | Spitalfields Life

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.

Read more:

Source: New Home For The Museum Of London | Spitalfields Life

#london

#museumoflondon

Andy Serkis Will Record a New Audiobook Edition of The Hobbit | Tor.com

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…

Source: Andy Serkis Will Record a New Audiobook Edition of The Hobbit | Tor.com

#britishlit

#britishentertainment

#tolkien

Summer 2020 New Pics – Derelict London – Photography, Social History and Guided Walking Tours

Welcome to the Derelict London Summer 2020 updates page.

Join the mailing list HERE to find out about Derelict London guided walks as soon as tickets are released plus news on my latest books and website updates. My latest book London’s Lost Music Venues is out now and more information can be found at www.londonslostmusicvenues.com.

Check the agency website HERE for any available tickets for walks. Walks scheduled to take place during the Covid 19 restrictions have been postponed to dates later in Summer & Autumn. If restrictions on gatherings continues then the agency will contact you with confirmation that your tickets have been transferred to the postponed date.

Source: Summer 2020 New Pics – Derelict London – Photography, Social History and Guided Walking Tours

#london

The story of Old London Bridge, the iconic landmark which vanished from the capital’s skyline – Country Life

Important new discoveries illuminate the form and history of the houses that lined one of London’s most celebrated lost landmarks. Dorian Gerhold explores the remarkable story of their construction and development.

Source: The story of Old London Bridge, the iconic landmark which vanished from the capital’s skyline – Country Life

#london

#britishhistory

Here’s When All Of London’s Art Galleries Are Planning To Reopen – Secret London

Many London art galleries are reopening in the coming weeks, and we’ve rounded up the major returners in one place for your convenience.

Source: Here’s When All Of London’s Art Galleries Are Planning To Reopen – Secret London

#britishtravel

#london

Epix Boards Sky Historical Drama ‘Britannia’ – Deadline

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.

Source: Epix Boards Sky Historical Drama ‘Britannia’ – Deadline

#britishtv

 

Sir Ian McKellen will play Hamlet in a new age-blind production – and rehearsals begin next week

Theatres are facing an extremely tough time right now, but a glimmer of hope is on the horizon: it’s been announced that Sir Ian McKellen will star in an age-bl

Source: Sir Ian McKellen will play Hamlet in a new age-blind production – and rehearsals begin next week

This is great news! I thought he was done doing stage work. This will definitely help London’s theatres when they open back up.

#london

London’s museums and galleries reopening following the Covid lockdown – ianVisits – London news and events

Slowly life returns to London’s cultural landscape as museums and galleries wake from their virus imposed slumber and prepare to welcome visitors again.

Source: London’s museums and galleries reopening following the Covid lockdown – ianVisits – London news and events

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.

https://isbritainstillundertravelquarantine.com/

#london

#britishtravel

 

Netflix Nabs ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel 20 Years After Original Was Released – Deadline

Netflix Nabs ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel 20 Years After Original Was Released

Source: Netflix Nabs ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel 20 Years After Original Was Released – Deadline

#britishmovies

Covent Garden Is Reopening On June 15, With A Few Changes In Place – Secret London

The grand Covent Garden reopening takes place on Monday, with shops returning and some new social distancing measures in place.

Source: Covent Garden Is Reopening On June 15, With A Few Changes In Place – Secret London

#london

#britishtravel

Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes – BRITMEMES

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Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes Britmemes’s images album

Source: Queen Elizabeth facial timeline on bank notes – BRITMEMES

#thequeen

#britishhistory

Julie Montagu, the viscountess trying to save the ancestral pile | Times2 | The Times

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

Source: Julie Montagu, the viscountess trying to save the ancestral pile | Times2 | The Times

Always fascinating to read how modern aristocratic families are keeping things going in difficult times.

#britishhistory

#britisharistocracy

#statelyhomes

#dorset

Haunting and Beautiful: Around Old Billingsgate | Spitalfields Life

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. 

Source: Around Old Billingsgate | Spitalfields Life

These are haunting and beautiful! Check them out!

#london

#britishhistory