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Take Our 'The Paradise' Personality Quiz!

The Paradise Season 2 is officially underway and subsequently, we’ve all been transported back into all the Victoria-era relationship drama we can handle.

The lavish department store-based series is definitely upping its game in Season 2, adding in new faces, more complicated relationships, and a fairly involved plot to return The Paradise to its original owner.

To celebrate the return of the show that’s proven to be one of the most popular topics on the blog over the past year – seriously, this post is still going, and it’s been more than a year, and new episodes are actually on-air now – we put together a new character quiz that’s mean to determine where you’d belong in the The Paradise.

Are you more of a Denise or a Katherine?  Or maybe a Moray or a Jonas? 

Category:Comedy

The Comic Side of World Cup Soccer

In case you hadn’t heard, the FIFA World Cup Finals is in full swing in this year’s host country, Brazil. Teams from around the globe are battling it out on the football pitch aka soccer field to determine who is best at kicking a ball into a net.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the fact that people are coming together to celebrate their passion for a common sport. It’s just that there’s so much of it. The finals phase is comprised of over 60 matches that are played over a month’s time. 

WATCH: Video of Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2 Will Vastly Improve Your Day

If you went near the internet basically at all in the days immediately following the broadcast of the 86th annual Academy Awards, you probably already saw the picture I’m about to talk about.

But don’t worry. It gets better. Yes, really.

Category:Online

Take Our 'Doc Martin' Personality Quiz!

Fans everywhere love quirky British comedy Doc Martin – it’s consistently one of our most popular series around here – because it’s packed with great actors and interesting, layered characters.

Series 6 of this beloved series is currently airing on many PBS stations around the country (and if it’s not yet, it probably will be soon!) and, to celebrate, we put together a little character quiz based on a handful of our favorite Portwenn characters past and present.  

Answer the questions and see who you get – and let us know what character you got in the comments!

Take the quiz at weta.org.

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‘Sherlock’ the App: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

In case you’re already fretting about what to do once Sherlock Series 3 is over, worry not. You’ll still be able to get your consulting detective fix as we start on the (hopefully not as) long road to Series 4.

You’ll be able to spend part of the next hiatus solving cases with Sherlock and John yourself.

An official Sherlock app, called Sherlock: The Network offers fans the chance to join the great detective’s homeless network. As part of the game you get to assist Holmes and Watson on ten new cases, virtually navigating your way around London on foot, via taxi or by tube, talking to witnesses and gathering evidence. You can also play mini-games that encompass hacking, code breaking, observation and more.

Specially shot footage of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will appear in the game, as well as co-star Mark Gatiss.

Get some details and watch official trailer for the game below – spoiler: it looks quite fun! 

Category:Culture

British Telly Chefs: Who Would You Trust to Make Your Thanksgiving Feast?

In case you’ve lost track of time, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, a holiday which holds many fond memories and a lot of anticipation for me.

It’s a great celebration for several reasons. As the name suggests, it reminds us to be thankful for all the good things in our lives. I find Thanksgiving to be less stressful than Christmas; one single day designated for families to gather together and gorge on the most delicious meal of the year. We also get to watch a parade that features giant character balloons and Broadway musical numbers. Only in America, right?

I don’t know if the Brits are jealous of our feast-based holiday, but I do know Americans miss the holiday terribly when they’re away from home. Let’s say you found yourself in the UK over the Thanksgiving holidays, no family and no kitchen facilities of your own.  Who would you choose to prepare this most important repast, the meal that would make you feel less homesick on this special day?

 Jamie? Gordon? Nigella, you say?  They’re all fine and good and granted they are real food preparation professionals.  Nonetheless, the telly chefs I have in mind tend to be a tad more amusing.

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Amazing Internet Things: Downton Abbey as a Nintendo Game

Because obviously, you’ve wondered – what would Downton Abbey be like as a video game? Well, that’s exactly the kind of question the internet (and our Amazing Internet Things series in general) is there to answer for you. (Spoiler: Get ready to miss your old school video console a whole lot.)

This little gem of a clip re-imagines everyone’s favorite costume drama as a Super Nintendo-style quest RPG. In theory, you’d play a new footman who must complete various tasks for members of the Crawley family and their staff, including fetching fancy cigars for Robert and fluffing pillows in the guest rooms with Anna. In short: I would give anything for this to be a real game! 

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Test Your Knowledge of London’s Famous East End with Our New Quiz!

London’s East End neighborhood has developed quite a reputation over the years – this area has been famous (infamous?) for everything from being the location of the gruesome Jack the Ripper murders to the setting for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It’s also faced bombings, economic depression and social upheaval for much of its history. In short, it’s one of the most interesting areas in the city from a historical perspective.

And, since this is ostensibly a British entertainment blog, it’s worth mentioning just how many times the East End has shown up as the setting for all sorts of television shows, from the classic Till Death Do Us Part to current hit Call the Midwife. But, fellow Anglophiles, for all the times you’ve probably seen or read about this area, how much do you really know about London's East End? Try your hand at our trivia quiz and find out!

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Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Meets The Hunger Games

The Doctor Who fandom is no stranger to fan-made YouTube videos – there are recaps and trailers and odes to favorite characters and romantic pairings, set to virtually every kind of sappy pop song in existence. Yet, still, despite the veritable flood of all manner of Whovian videos online, there still manage to be a few that are just the tiniest bit more awesome than the rest.

This particular Amazing Internet Thing imagines Doctor Who done in the style of popular teen series The Hunger Games, featuring several different Doctors as well as some other familiar faces about to face off in the in the Capitol for a fight to the death.

The clip is wonderfully put together; in fact, it’s so well done you could easily see this as the trailer for an actual episode. And in fact, other than the majority of the characters having to kill each other problem – which surely Steven Moffat could figure out a way to get around – it would probably be the best premise ever for the 50th anniversary. So click through and take a look for yourself!

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Amazing Internet Things: James Bond: Friendship is Magic? Sort of.

So, did you all know that My Little Pony is a thing again? Embarrassing personal confession time: growing up this was totally my favorite cartoon; yet, somehow I only realized that ponies are popular again very recently. The animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic kicked off in 2010, but it wasn’t until I went to Comic Con and experienced the phenomenon of “bronies” firsthand (yes, that’s a real thing) that I had any inkling about how big a deal these little animals have become.

What does this have to do with British anything, you may ask? Well, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a tiny  Union Jack pony on the show yet (though there should be!), but this pony-themed mash-up video is far and away one of the most creative things I've seen on the internet in the past couple of weeks, thanks to Anglophenia.  

The full trailer for upcoming James Bond film Skyfall – or James Bond 23, if you’re counting – was recently released, and a very enterprising YouTube fan has already managed to create a ponified version of Bond called Skydash using Friendship is Magic footage.

Click through to check out Skydash for yourself, and compare it to the actual Bond trailer. You’re probably going to be surprised by the fact that it’s actually kind of awesome. This should not work at all, and yet, it totally does.

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