I wrote last week about the death of UKTV Everywhere and my test of TVMucho, which I was pretty happy with. However, many former UKTV Everywhere customers were understandably upset that they had invested in their expensive streaming boxes and suddenly found them to be non-functional (not to mention paying in advance for service no longer being provided). There’s now a possible … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: Another UKTV Everywhere Alternative – Testing Out UKTV2Go – Review
The British TV Streaming service UKTV Everywhere is no more. They have ceased trading and closed the business. The service had been around for years, and its unique service proposition was that it could provide you with live BBC and ITV feeds from the UK as they air. You could watch British TV as if you were actually there (and skip the delay in shows coming to the USA). While … [Read more...] about Telly Streaming: UKTV Everywhere is no more – Here’s a Good Alternative – TVMucho.com Service Review
I came across a lovely book recently, which I’m sure many Anglotopia readers will enjoy. Most of us think we know a lot about the fateful Titanic journey of 1912, - how the passengers sang hymns as it went down and about the rich and famous people on board. This is a Titanic story we never hear about – the workers on board and the families they left behind. The author’s … [Read more...] about Book Review – The Titanic and the City of Widows it Left Behind; The Forgotten Victims of the Fatal Voyage by Julie Cook
This will be a different kind of post. It’s not about a trip to Britain, a place I haven’t been to since 2018. It’s about a trip to Los Angeles, a place I’d never been to until this past February and the British things I found there. To be clear, this trip took place in late February, before Covid-19 shut everything down. My wife was recently sent there on a business trip by … [Read more...] about And Now For Something Completely Different: Exploring British Themed Highlights in Los Angeles, CA
Well, Ascension of the Cybermen was certainly a wild ride. A bit convoluted in places, but thrilling nonetheless. Overall, it was just the pop the series needed as it closed out the season. In a year of low ratings, it is good to have some momentum carrying over. Although, I do not think the overall ratings really matter that much anymore since it is now an international … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: The Timeless Children, Tom Baker Returns to Big Finish, Burn Gorman Update
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZjQROMAh_s What is there to say that hasn't been said about 1917? It's a great film, a stunning technical achievement, and a powerfully immersive look into war itself. The basics of the film 1917 is based on a true story, admittedly, not quite a one-to-one relationship of one story, but it is based around the actual experiences of Alfred … [Read more...] about Brit Movies: One Anglophile’s Take on 1917 – Review
Did you have a flight going to or leaving from an EU country that was cancelled or delayed? Then you're entitled to some form of compensation, even if you're an American. And there are services to help you get it if you don't want to make the claims yourself. Over two years ago, I was in England for my special trip to Oxford (I can’t believe it’s been over two years!). A couple … [Read more...] about My Experience With AirHelp – Can You Get EU Compensation For a Flight Cancelled Over Two Years Ago? Yes, You can – Details Inside
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrabKK9Bhds By any meaning of the term, They Shall Not Grow Old is an amazing film. The way they actually made the film alone is incredible. The Making Peter Jackson and his crew took hundreds of hours' worth of old footage of World War I, some of it so washed out that it was entirely black or white with some barely identifiable splotches of … [Read more...] about One Anglophile’s Take on They Shall Not Grow Old
This is a story about soap. Ever since I first started travelling to London, I have loved the Muji store on Long Acre in Covent Garden. It’s a Japanese store that specializes in well made, simple ‘non-branded’ products. Their pens are the best to write with. I’ve filled countless Muji Notebooks with my writings. But what I really love about Muji is their soap. They make … [Read more...] about UK Service Review: Forward2Me UK Package Forwarding Service Review – A Story About Soap
I was brought up near to Colchester so I did visit the Castle when I was a child. I remember it as a cold shell of a Norman castle which seemed much more fun from the outside that it was when you went inside. Thankfully it's a true visitor attraction now explaining the incredible history of this Essex town. I had a great excuse to stop in Colchester recently as I spent a few … [Read more...] about Laura’s Britain: Exploring History at Colchester Castle in Essex
I arrived at the railway station having just gone through the Hardknott Pass, Britain’s steepest road and one of the most challenging and beautiful drives I’d ever taken in my life. While I generally seek out heritage steam railways, in this case, I hadn’t. I just needed the loo after the long, slow drive through the Pass. But then I heard a steam train whistle. And I was … [Read more...] about Exploring Cumbria: On the Ravenglass & Eskdale Stream Heritage Railway Through the Esk Valley – Pictures and Video!
The market has desperately needed a book that’s a wonderful guide to British TV, and it finally has it with Bingeworthy British Television by British TV blogger Sarah Cords and her friend Jackie Bailey. I’ll admit, when I started going through this book, it made me kind of mad. I had an idea for a similar book in a similar format years ago and even began writing it but … [Read more...] about Brit Books: Bingeworthy British Television by Sarah Cords and Jackie Bailey
The Regency. It was not a long period in British history - lasting only nine years from 1811 to 1820 - but it has had a massive impact on British history. It gave birth to a particular style of architecture, some popular literature and helped sow the foundations of the coming Victorian age. This tumultuous time has been explored wonderfully in a new book by historian Robert … [Read more...] about Brit Books: The Regency Years by Robert Morrison – A Great Primer on a Key Era in British History
I’m a huge fan of the ‘Everything You Know about…’ series published by Batsford books in Britain. Written by Matt Brown, they’re a great resource for having common myths about common subjects dismissed and explained. Running this website, I’m assaulted daily be pedantry, so it’s great to see an author give them no quarter in book form. The book focuses mostly on England and is … [Read more...] about Brit Books: Everything You Know About England is Wrong by Matt Brown – Review
We’ve seen Martin Clunes do comedy. We’ve seen him do drama. We’ve seen him do a combination of both. Now, it’s time to see Martin Clunes in a proper modern British Crime Drama (he's done period crime in the past in Arthur & George). Clunes recently starred in Manhunt, an ITV production in the UK - and it was their biggest drama hit since 2013. It was a smash hit in … [Read more...] about Brit TV: Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) Does a Crime Drama – Manhunt Arrives on Acorn TV – Review
By far the most popular genre of British drama is the British crime drama. Midsomer Murders. Morse. Grantchester. Father Brown. Foyle’s War. Acorn TV, one of the most popular British TV streaming services (and the first), has commissioned their own British Crume Drama series, this one set in London. London Kills is the heir to all the great British crime dramas that have come … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: London Kills – New London Set British Crime Drama Set in London – Full Series Review – Spoiler Free!
This week's column is a little packed with stuff as I wasn't able to write this column last week. So, while I do watch a lot of British TV and movies, I don't normally watch this much in one week - this is spread out over two weeks! Book Progress I’m nearing the end of writing my book. It’s provisionally titled Adventures in Anglotopia. I only have a few chapters left to … [Read more...] about Anglophile Life: Book Progress, Bohemian Rhapsody, Peppa Pig, Interesting Articles, Films Watched and More!
I adore cookbooks. I have several large shelves full of them. Some British but mostly they are American. I do have a few British ones that I go time and again. That being said, my library lacked a good comprehensive British cookbook with traditional recopies. For years Britain has gotten a bad reputation for food, but really that is not fair, things have improved immensely, … [Read more...] about Brit Books: National Trust Cookbook – Classic British Cooking by Sarah Edington
This is the week where Season 11 turns and heads into the home stretch. It's just my opinion, but from here I think things are going to get darker and more sinister, leading into a series finale. Although there are no two-parters scheduled or major arcs announced I would not be surprised to see elements and plot points from some of these stories leading into the remaining … [Read more...] about Doctor Whooligan: Demons of the Punjab, Big Finish News, Matt Smith In Star Wars!
One of the best perks of membership in the Royal Oak Foundation, other than free entry to all National Trust properties in Britain, is their twice-yearly lecture tours - held in the spring and fall. They bring over the best guests from the UK to lecture on various topics related to the English country house, history, and design. So, I was very excited to venture into Chicago … [Read more...] about An Evening With the Royal Oak: The Country House Past, Present, Future With Jeremy Musson Lecture Report
By Janna Wong Healy I was not alive in 1945, when Evelyn Waugh’s highly revered and most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, was published. As an English major in college, I had heard about this thoughtful, beautifully written story of friendship, love, and religion…yet didn’t read it. In 1982, the talk around town … [Read more...] about Guest Article: Visiting Brideshead Revisited for the First Time – Comparing the Book, TV Show and Film
In early May, I had the opportunity to attend the media scrum for the first landing of a British Airways A380 at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. It was a truly amazing experience to watch that lumbering hulk of a plane land at my local airport. I wrote about the experience in detail here. As fate would have it, when I booked my trip for the Royal Wedding, I was able to choose the BA … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Goes to the Royal Wedding: British Airways A380 Flight Reviews – Club World (Business) and Economy (Coach)
Over the years, as we’ve traveled to Britain more and more, I’ve gained a hearty appreciation for the cuisine of Britain. British food has always had a bit of a bad reputation but anyone who says so now hasn’t eaten there in the last 30 years. British food is spectacular. Savory. Delicious. Innovative. So, it’s no surprise that British food is becoming more and more popular … [Read more...] about Anglophile Reviews: The British Pie Society – Delicious British Meat Pies and Sausage Rolls Delivered to Your Home (USA Only)
Oxford University's Bodleian Library recently launched a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien and his connection to Oxford. Many authors have strong connections to Oxford: Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, C.S. Lewis who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien who brought us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. … [Read more...] about Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth – Exploring the New Exhibition at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries
On Chesil Beach is one of my favorite English novels, so I was very excited to learn that a movie was made and coming out this spring. Movies like On Chesil Beach often don’t get around to my local cinema, so I have to make the journey into Chicago to see them. We’re lucky that we’re only an hour away, so it’s not too big of a deal to do this. Was On Chesil Beach worth the … [Read more...] about Brit Movie Reviews: On Chesil Beach Review – Starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle