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Amazing Internet Things: This Guy Made a Downton Abbey House Out of Gingerbread

Welp, let’s just add this to the long list of Amazing Internet Things that make me feel like a talentless hack.

A super creative and talented guy named Curtis Jensen has made an extremely detailed gingerbread replica of the house in Downton Abbey. The time lapse video below shows all the work that went into creating an edible Yorkshire country estate – cutting and baking the dough, creating candy window panes, frosting the windows and trim, putting the pieces together, hooking up lighting and more. Truly, a massive project!

Amazing Internet Things: The Downton Abbey Meets Breaking Bad Parody You Never Knew You Needed

Downton Abbey is a megahit around the world and, as such, has seeped into our general popular culture in a way that few series from recent years can match. Luckily for us, this generally means that we get a lot of great Downton-themed videos and other bits of fun to enjoy, which can take some of the sting out of the wait between seasons. We’ve had two Downton spoofs from late night host Jimmy Fallon, we’ve taken a trip to Downton Arby’s and rapped about the Dowager Countess. But this incredible mash-up courtesy of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report might actually take the cake as Best Downton Parody of the Year.

Featuring several of the men of Downton Abbey – namely Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Rob James-Collier – this clip re-imagines the cast of Downton Abbey in the world of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad. (Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White, a high school science teacher turned meth dealer and his subsequent spiral into a life of crime.)

In Breaking Abbey, Lord Grantham is now the “tea kingpin of Yorkshire,” having resorted to some apparently quite illicit and shocking activities in order to acquire the money to keep Downton afloat. All handdled with the proper etiquette of course.

WARNING: There is some strong language (even if the worst of it is bleeped) and some potential content issues due to the general themes involved with Breaking Bad. Proceed with serious caution if talk about drugs, drug use or drug running is not exactly your cup of tea.

Amazing Internet Things: Listen to “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek"

Yes, this is a real thing. It’s a bit hard to believe – and yet, it’s pretty awesome that it even exists, because it's possibly the kitschiest piece of music ever made. (It's almost up there with the whole Leonard Nimoy "Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" thing, if you ask me. Though it lacks the star power.)

In 1964, a band from Newcastle called The Go-Go’s – most definitely not the same group as the American all-girl band famous for hits like Vacation and We Got the Beat – recorded one song. This song was a Christmas ditty meant to capitalize on the popularity of Doctor Who’s now infamous enemy, the Daleks, who were apparently quite the thing at that time. (Remember, the show had only premiered the year before!)

I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek is completely silly, and not even a particularly good song, but the lyrics are hilarious, complete with a representation of Daleks that is off base enough to make one wonder if any of the band members ever actually watched Doctor Who. Take a listen for yourself!

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Credits Done Sherlock Style

We are currently smack in the middle of the Darkest Timeline - shoutout to NBC’s comedy Community for that incredibly apt concept – wherein there are no new episodes of either of my two favorite shows airing anytime in the near future. I mean, only one of them is even filming at the moment. Despair! Even in the best of best case scenarios, Doctor Who will return next Spring and Sherlock looks likely for next Fall (though that’s if we’re lucky). It’s a difficult time, to put it mildly.

Consequently, I am currently suffering massive withdrawal and, sadly, there is barely even any new news on either series to keep my spirits up. And, no, pictures of Who filming randomly around London don’t count. (Mostly because I am not there to stalk watch.) So, as always, I end up trolling around the internet looking for interesting tidbits about either property – and my best finds are generally when I stumble across something that takes the two things I love the most and smooshes them together, like this excellent credits sequence.

Some enterprising YouTube fan has managed to recreate the Doctor Who credits in the style of Sherlock opening titles and you might be surprised by how well it actually works like this. (Though I suppose after having just had two season finales in a row where people jump off buildings, well, I think these shows have a bit more in common than you’d think.) It’s worth a look!

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!

Seven Sherlock Videos to Help Cure Your Hiatus Blues

Here’s a secret: Sherlock withdrawal is horrible. And we’re still several months from the start of filming, let alone whenever Series 3 will actually arrive on our screens. I mean, it’s cool, I’m sure we are all quite enjoying wallowing in our emotional devastation hangover from The Reichenbach Fall. Really, I’m fine it’s fine.

Still, in the totally unlikely case you might need some talking down from the emotional ledge a distraction something else to do with your time while we wait, here is a handy list of things to watch to take your mind off the fact that it’s barely October at the moment. Click through for seven Sherlock-related videos to help ease your consulting detective withdrawal – under the cut you’ll find everything from a Doctor Who crossover to Blues Clues parody to an animated cartoon to a Holmes series from the 1950s. Did I miss something awesome? Leave a link in the comments.

Amazing Internet Things: The Boyfriend’s Guide to Downton Abbey

Apparently, the internet will never stop creating amazing Downton Abbey-related things for my our enjoyment. Not quite sure how I’ve missed out on seeing this one so far, but better late than never I suppose!

Ladies, in case you need to explain Downton to your significant other so that they can understand what you’re talking about while you’re dealing with the variety of emotions we all must face while waiting for Series 3 to come to America – well, this is for you. “The Boyfriend’s Guide to Downton Abbey” is a six-minute recap of everything that happens in Series 1,complete with a voiceover of cynical boyfriend-provided commentary about what’s going on. It’s actually pretty hilarious – especially the bits about Edith really being Meg from Family Guy and Mr. Bates being Batman. Click through and have a look for yourself.

Amazing Internet Things: Sherlock Weighs in on the Fall TV Season

Traditionally, the week after the Primetime Emmy Awards (which, whatever, Academy, you let me down this year) marks the official kickoff for the American Fall television season. This tradition is less prevalent than it used to be – many new series have already started and some won’t debut until well into October – but this unspoken “rule” does still hold true for many properties on the four major networks.

Personally, I’m not terribly excited by much of 2012’s Fall slate, but that may actually be why I find this particular Amazing Internet Thing so hilarious. One of the most widely promoted – and possibly most anticipated? I can’t really get a read on public opinion here – is CBS’ new Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary, a drama which many have accused of being “a rip-off” of stellar BBC series Sherlock.

Comedy site Jest has made a fantastic spoof in which Sherlock himself deduces the why the current crop of Fall TV newcomers, including The Carrie Diaries, Nashville, Chicago Fire and The New Normal, all seem so familiar. Though he can’t quit put a finger on what’s going on with that CBS Elementary show. Click through and take a look for yourself!

Amazing Internet Things: What Is a Cumberbatch?

The Primetime Emmy Awards are this weekend, and late night host Jimmy Kimmel gave Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch a special shout-out during his monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

Cumberbatch, who is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series this year, has achieved a bit of notoriety not only for his outspoken opinions on popular culture, but for the, well, sheer oddity that is his name. (For the record: I think his name is perfect in practically every way, but apparently there are people out there who have yet to realize that fact. I don’t even know how to respond to this, except apparently to give a lot of Los Angeles residents the side-eye.)

At any rate, Kimmel’s studio audience – save one brave soul that the host dismissed as “British” – didn’t appear familiar with Cumberbatch or his work. Kimmel then sent a camera crew into the streets of L.A in order to put the question to random pedestrians on Hollywood Boulevard: “What is a Cumberbatch?”

The results are kind of hilarious. Click through and take a look for yourself!

Amazing Internet Things: First Episode of Doctor Who Parody Inspector Spacetime!

Abed, the resident pop culture geek played by Danny Pudi on NBC’s Community, is probably very happy today – the first episode of the comedy’s beloved Doctor Who parody Inspector Spacetime actually exists!

Oops, I mean Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. The production ran into some copyright concerns from NBC and has now “regenerated” in this new, retitled incarnation. UWSAASTWCATTT was entirely fueled by a very successful Kickstarter campaign and will be comprised of six webisodes with (apparently) more to come, as creator Travis Richey says he’s already got an idea for Season 2.

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