Welcome To The Anglophile Channel

Welcome To The Anglophile Channel

If you love Britain then you’ll love The Anglophile Channel, an award-winning new-media entertainment network dedicated exclusively to celebrating and promoting British entertainment, arts & culture!  TAC produces exciting original content, fun celebrity interviews, cultural pieces and entertainment coverage streamed to MILLIONS of Anglophile fans in 45+ countries worldwide! 

Anglophiles around the world have discovered a place where they can share in their passion and love for all things Britannia. Join the Anglophile party! 

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Downton Abbey Executive Producer, Gareth Neame accepts “British Telly Legacy Award”

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A Message from the Producers of Downton Abbey


Award-Winning Anglophile Channel Team

*2016 SoCal Journalism Awards and 2015 NAEJ Award Winners*

BEST ANCHOR – TELEVISION: PAUL BOLAND AND KELLY MONTEITH 

“BRIT FLIX with Kelly, Paul and (Two Buck) Chuck”

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The Anglophile Channel team honored at 2016 LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards

Best Entertainment Reporting – Juliette Boland/”The Timey Wimey Show”

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2015 NAEJ Awards – Best Entertainment Reporting, Juliette Boland’s Timey Wimey Show

Nominations and Awards

2016 LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards: Best Anchor (Television) The Dish Shows with Marlise & Elyse (3rd Place), Best Entertainment Commentary – Brit Flix with Kelly, Paul and (Two Buck) Chuck, Best Reporting (Youth Journalism) – Juliette Boland, The Timey Wimey Show (3rd Place)

2015 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards: Journalist (Producer) of the Year, Best Broadcast Critics, Best Entertainment Feature, Best Documentary Short

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Journey to Poldark: How PoldarkDish Got Invited to Poldark

In one week the award-winning, zany American recap/chat-show hosts, Marlise Boland & Elyse Ashton – known affectionately to many Poldark fans as “The Cornwall Cougars” – will be arriving Bristol, England to visit the set of the hit BBC/Masterpiece series, Poldark.  To visit the set – and perhaps engage in some other exciting activity not normally afforded the average visitor.  So, what is PoldarkDish, who are the Cornwall Cougars and how did this visit to Poldark come to be? The Anglophile Channel gives you an inside peek…

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To Dish or Not to Dish! 

Who knew when The Anglophile Channel decided to produce PoldarkDish, a recap show dishing on the popular Mammoth Screen produced series – adapted from the Winston Graham novel, Poldark – that we would one day wind up being invited to the actual set in England – and not only that, but invited to appear on the show as well? Certainly not the Los Angeles-based Cornwall Cougars.

So, how did it all begin? Well, to start with, Poldarkdish nearly didn’t happen. TAC had just finished a rather challenging run of producing OutlandDish, our weekly web-series recapping the Starz original series, Outlander. Our team was rather burned-out from the frenetic pace of producing a weekly show recapping episodes which we did not get in advance, but still managed to upload within a day of each Outlander airing. It took dedication by our team, to say the least – along with some very creative producing. One episode was actually filmed while our hosts were in Los Angeles and director, Paul Boland, was on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean directing via Skype! Our young Timey Wimey Show host, Juliette, (only 12 yrs old at the time and luckily a whiz at Final Cut Pro!), was given the task of editing the episode-which was STILL uploaded on time!  With great fan support but no major sponsors, and little to no acknowledgement from the team at Starz, it seemed highly unlikely we’d go down the Dish road again.

Creative producing – Directing OutlandDish via Skype!

Our US Fans began asking if we were going to “Dish” on Poldark,  the hit BBC One series taking the UK by storm thanks, in no small part, to a brilliant cast, the great writing of Debbie Horsfield and some sexy shirtless scenes by its star, Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Desperate Romantics). The show was scheduled to air on PBS/Masterpiece as a summer series. However, the thought of putting on another period frock and committing to another 8-week dish show, that may or may not find an audience, did not have us jumping for our corsets. We had hit the wall – to say the least.  If it wasn’t for our trusty director-cameraman-editor, urging us to do a dish on Poldark saying, “I’ve seen it. This one is really up your alley and it’s British!”, we would have never looked up from our scones. With no pressing invitations from Buckingham Palace requesting our presence for tea with The Queen – our schedules were wide open for the whole of the 8-week run. We finally acquiesced and thus began the summer of PoldarkDish in June 2015.

What’s In A Dish

The Dish shows began as a fun way to review and chat about our favorite British shows. Our first show, The Downton Dish, was a straight forward chat show dishing about Downton Abbey. Over tea and scones – and donning our best Downton-esque fashions – Marlise and Elyse would talk about the previous night’s episode.

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We would read Tweets and Comments from fans, do some fun giveaways and share red carpet interviews we’d gotten with various Downton Abbey cast members. Our biggest support came from Downton Abbey Executive Producer, Gareth Neame and Creator/Writer Julian Fellowes – who loved what we were doing.

Because DowntonDish didn’t come on to the scene until Downton Abbey’s 5th Season – we never really found an audience.  But the few viewers – outside our immediate family – that did watch, were extremely loyal. The occasional ‘vignettes’ we did became our favorite part of doing the show. We started brainstorming on how we could make our recaps more creative. By the time we figured it out – the series was coming to an end!  

Still, our work on DowntonDish was recognized by the Los Angeles Press Club with nominations as Best Anchor/Hosts. 

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LA Press Club President and NBC Journalist, Robert Kovacik poses with the Cornwall Cougars and Timey Wimey Show host, Juliette!

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We were actually excited about dishing on Poldark because the new series featured a slew of familiar British faces including some of our favorites: Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), Beatie Edney (The Coroner, In the Name of the Father),  Phil Davis (Bleak House, Sherlock) and the star of the original 1975 Poldark series, Robin Ellis. 

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Original Poldark hottie, Robin Ellis

We always like to film an opening title sequence that parodies the series we’re covering. With OutlandDish, Marlise & Elyse ran around looking for stones to touch so that we would get transported into arms of our very own 18th century Scottish hottie. For PoldarkDish we found our “Cornwall” just down the road from TAC Studios, on the lovely coastline of Southern California. Because it’s LA- the sunbathers on the beach that day didn’t even look twice when we showed up wearing our period frocks and capes! We enlisted the help of Elyse’s husband, Robert, to act as our Ross Poldark. Add our new original theme music, composed by Richard Allen, and we had our opening sequence. 

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Build It and They Will Come!

We worried that without our usual bonus features of cast interviews and lots of giveaways, we wouldn’t have much to offer our viewers. But we figured, even if we didn’t have a huge audience – we were going to have fun creatively. When you think nobody is watching, it’s easy to go balls out. So we went for it: silly cheers, song parodies, melodrama re-enactments and naughty nicknames for our favorite characters – and The Cornwall Cougars were born.

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To our surprise, PoldarkDish found an audience!  The comments and Tweets started rolling in almost immediately, and from all over the world. South America, New Zealand, Far East, Europe…we couldn’t believe it! An even bigger surprise was finding out that our audience included members of the cast…and the producers! We began seeing Tweets from cast members that literally blew us away, and also fueled our enthusiasm! 

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Verity likes us!

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Purdue likes us! ‘Tis right, tis fair, tis fit, tis proper!

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“Essential viewing” they said!! We LOVE Mammoth Screen!

We even had a visit from British comedian, Micky Flanagan, who brought his film crew to our set and, donning a tricorn hat and cape, talked about all things PoldarkDish with us! 

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Costumes ARE required as British comedian Micky Flanagan discovered when he visited the PoldarkDish set!

The first season of PoldarkDish could not have gone better. When Poldark Season 2 was announced we knew we’d be all in – 100%. 

 

They Like Us! They Really, Really Like Us!

One day, we received a message from Mammoth Screen inviting us to lunch during a trip to London. We assumed the meeting would be with the Poldark social media team to talk about “Tweeting” – since we Tweet about Poldark – a lot. As Executive Producer, Marlise attended the meeting solo. We had NO idea that lunch would actually be with Mammoth Screen Managing Director, Damien Timmer and Poldark Executive Producer Karen Thrussell. That’s like getting a lunch in Hollywood with Steven Spielberg and Tina Fey. Ain’t gonna happen.  First thing Marlise thought was, “Oh crap. We’ve offended them by calling Karen Daniels a ho! They’re going to ask us to stop doing PoldarkDish!” But it was the exact opposite. They were fans. FANS of us! When it became clear that it was BOTH Cornwall Cougars they had hoped would be at the lunch, Marlise texted Elyse, (now at a museum 1.3 miles and 21 minutes away),  and said, “How quickly can you get to SoHo?”   Elyse, who has never made claim to any athletic ability whatsoever – suddenly became a track and field star as she bolted – in heels – making it to the restaurant in 13mins flat! Now, that’s Cornwall Cougar dedication! 

I’m sure our mouths were on the floor through most of that first meeting as we listened to Damien and Karen (because, by now, we were on first name basis…) tell us how much they liked us – they really really liked us. We were having an honest-to-God-real-life Sally Field moment. They told us how they would stop working in order to watch the latest episode of PoldarkDish. WHA-WHAT? They quoted PoldarkDish nicknames back to us like “Maggie the Ho” and “Dr. Eye Candy” and even wanted to take a SELFIE ….with US~!  We could NOT have been more stunned than if they said, “We’d like you to co-star in our next series…and you have to kiss Colin Firth….” 

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Clockwise: Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer, Elyse & Marlise. RWAR!

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And, unlike many Hollywood meetings we’ve had (not with Spielberg or Fey of course…) they could NOT have been nicer or more supportive of our work. They were also curious about why we uploaded our recaps so much later than it aired in the UK. We explained that our recaps coincided with the US airing – usually months later. They suggested we do Season 2 to coincide with the UK airing. We loved that idea. Hopefully the British audience would love the idea to, and take to our crazy bawdy humor.  We were invited to attend the Poldark Season 2 premiere in August, and we were also taken to their post-production facility to get a SNEAK PEEK of Poldark Season 2! As you all know by now, it looked glorious. 

Just as we were about to ask our new BFF’s if they wanted to catch a movie or go get mani-pedis, Damien had to go do ADR with Jenna Coleman on Victoria. As one does.  But we were on Cloud Nine leaving Mammoth and our first meeting with Damien and Karen.

Pop the Cork, A Cornwall Cougar Is Here!

A few months later we were back in London, covering The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle. Marlise asked Damien if we could pop over and film some interviews with him and Poldark writer, Debbie Horsfield. And they agreed! We arrived at Mammoth Screen and were met with the most amazing hospitality of champagne and cake. Seriously, Spielberg would NEVER have pulled out the stops like this. Just saying.

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Cute! And the pillows aren’t bad either😉

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Are these the nicest people in show business? Champagne and sweeties! Damien and Debbie can teach a lesson or two to the Hollywood elite.

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Nobody does the Cornwall Cougar Rwar cuter than Debbie Horsfield.

We had a great chat about the process of making Poldark and the insights into Debbie’s process as a writer. At that time we ‘joked’ about the idea of the Cornwall Cougars appearing on the show. We NEVER actually believed it would happen…. We also asked Damien and Debbie to retell the story of how they discovered the PoldarkDish:

In August Elyse represented The Anglophile Channel and PoldarkDish at the London premiere of Poldark S2, getting to chat with many members of the cast and, she reported back, was treated like royalty. Can we just move to London and only work with Mammoth from here on out?

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No sexy scything at the Poldark Season 2 premiere but Aidan Turner was every bit a gentleman.

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Unrecognizable is the beautiful Beatie Edney who plays Prudie.

Hold On and Suck In!

Before you know it we were planning the trip to visit the set of Poldark, currently filming in Bristol at The Bottle Yard Studios. We brought up the ‘joked about’ idea of us appearing in a scene and Damien immediately answered back positively! (Perhaps this was a good time to ask about that new show and said kissing scene with Colin Firth?)

The wheels were set in motion. The Cornwall Cougars would be appearing on an episode of Poldark Season 3!  Before you ask if we’re going to be cougars on the prowl for Ross or Dr. Eye Candy – we are not. It’s a secret as to which scene we’ll actually be in, but we can say that things got rather real when we had to send in our measurements to the costume department. Yikes! With Thanksgiving landing in-between the sending of the measurements and our arrival at The Bottle Yard Studios – perhaps we should have padded those numbers a bit. We shan’t be having scones until our Journey to Poldark is behind us….

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Needless to say Elyse and Marlise have been giggling like schoolgirls for months. Mostly out of shock. You work for years in an industry that gives very little back in terms of validation or respect. For an artist and producer – it has to be about the work and the journey – not the reward. You learn that early on. So when acknowledgment comes in the form of amazing validation from people that you highly respect, it’s like an out of body experience. We’re rather used to hearing ‘no’ – or not hearing anything at all – but, hearing “we like you” is still – a shock. But, a welcome shock. 

So here we go. Our Journey to Poldark begins! We will bring you all along for the ride via blog posts, Spot On videos, Tweets and FB post. So follow us everywhere!

Thank you to all the PoldarkDish fans that have supported our Journey to Poldark via our crowdfunding campaign. We’re not the BBC (yet) and do not have major sponsors on board (yet) and therefore, like a PBS, rely on the support of our audience and a few small businesses such as The Rose Tree Cottage, who recently hosted a PoldarkDish Afternoon Tea  and helped us raise the funds needed to make our Journey to Poldark! To Mary and Edmund Fry – we love you and we thank you for always believing in our “little engine that could” over at The Anglophile Channel!

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All our PoldarkDish supporters! HUGE fans of Poldark – every one of us!

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Thank You to our New BFF’s

We are forever grateful to Damien and the team over at Mammoth Screen for giving us this amazing opportunity – not only for us, The Cornwall Cougars, but for the Poldark fans that have supported us and are coming along for the ride. Thank you for believing in us and not thinking we’re just crazy American lunatics out to grope Aidan Turner!

Here we go….

The Cornwall Cougars! RWAR!

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On Pleasure Bent Again: Amba Hotel Charing Cross

By Elyse Ashton

I’ve been a guest at a lot of hotels in London and yet had never had that ONE hotel which was the “must stay”. I was looking for that place that felt like a home away from home with that little bit of added pampering which makes it ideal to stay for business or pleasure. Budget or itinerary always seem to be deciding factors and I am always up for trying someplace new.ambaBut now, finally, I have a clear favourite. Amba Hotel Charing Cross is where I want to stay. My husband and I enjoyed this hotel even when staying during their renovations over a year ago. When you really want to return to a place after being jolted awake by the sound of construction crews, it must be something special. We were able to return in May and really appreciate the changes. We entered from the madness and crowds that surround Charing Cross Station and suddenly, almost surreally, everything is serene. amba-hotel-charing-cross

The staff is the kindest, most welcoming and competent we’ve come across in our travels. When my husband asked them if our room had a bath (which he forgot to verify when booking) they upgraded us to a mini-suite.

When we couldn’t figure out some of the very up to date tech in the room, a member of staff showed up in minutes to sort it out for us. He even had freshly baked cookies on a plate as an offering and stayed an extra moment to discuss a little English football.20161120_214030 The mini suite was fabulous, roomy and incredibly comfortable. Snuggly robes and slippers awaited, as did the obligatory, most welcome kettle (when will the USA adopt this custom!?!) and complimentary mini bar. There was an ipad in the room to help sort out London plans, book theatre seats or make restaurant reservations.20160825_115454 Special lounges are set aside for the guests staying in suites, but there were several areas in the lobby, public areas, bar or restaurant where you could have an informal business meeting or invite a friend to meet you. The whole hotel is wired for the twenty first century and I never had a problem with wifi connections. We saw that the tradition of sending up a treat for a special occasion like a guest’s birthday continued.20140508_171953-1 The renovations have kept intact the character of this historic hotel while giving it a modern and fresh ambiance. The glorious sweep of the central staircase still lures me to choose it over the lifts even when my feet are begging for mercy.staircase-amba

The day begins fabulously as soon as we head into the restaurant’s terrace for breakfast. I’m not usually a breakfast person and just want to gulp down some tea and head off. At Amba, I look forward to spending a bit of time over breakfast every morning. The view over The Strand from the terrace, even in the rain, sets a luxurious tone for the day. We were so pleased to see the lovely Isabel preside over the breakfast room just as she did on our previous visit, making everyone feel welcome, catching up with the regulars and sharing a laugh. 20160825_115522I will paraphrase Jane Austen and aver that I have never seen a place–at least a London hotel– so happily situated. It stands smack up against Charing Cross Station, so transport is easy. West End theatres and The National are an short walk away as are Soho, Southbank and so many other fun neighbourhoods. I have strolled “home” down the Mall from Buckingham Palace after visiting Clarence House. The National Gallery and Portrait Gallery are just opposite Trafalgar Square and just a quick hop over the road.20160510_220909

Dining options seem endless. St Martin-In-the-Fields, one of my regular haunts, is just across the street boasting the Cafe In The Crypt and a great selection of concerts. Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, is just around the corner. Or you could dine well without leaving the hotel. One feels that being a guest at Amba is a privilege and that you, as a guest, are valued.  Everything about our stay felt a just little bit special. Departure day was sad, even though I was traveling on from London to see a bit more of Britain. I have to admit that now, I truly have a favourite London hotel. I can’t wait to return.

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Cheap & Easy! My Flight On Norwegian.

By Elyse Ashton

Last minute plans had me scrambling to book a ticket in August. After many years of travel from LAX to London solely on British Airways, I followed the advice of friends and flew back to LA on Norwegian. Norwegian boasts a more fuel efficient aircraft which they say translates into lower prices and quicker flight times. The price of a coach ticket was comparable to the price one would pay in taxes alone plus I would have been using up my Avios points.  Because the Norwegian ticket price was so reasonable and I knew I would be lugging back suitcases, I upgraded to the premium cabin. An upgraded ticket also gets you two free checked bags, earphones, a blanket and meals as well as lounge privileges at Gatwick. Yes, I know. Gatwick. It was actually much nicer than I remembered.

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Gatwick was shiny and fun.

The Gatwick Express got me there in plenty of time from Victoria Station and I was able to purchase discounted tickets in advance online. Gatwick Airport was bright, modern and filled with great shops I certainly don’t remember from the last time I flew in decades ago. The lounge was a little crowded but comfortable enough without being plush and lots of power points to charge up the gadgets, plus a generous buffet, drinks both cold and hot, as well as delicious looking, complimentary meals you could order individually. DO THIS. Really– eat something! I beg you. But, more on that later….

On some of the lower cost airlines, I just haven’t felt as safe (and you know who you are with your crazy rules, your ridiculous weight limits and your sadistic, plastic seats) but Norwegian felt—solid. First impressions weren’t great. It was all very DIY. You have to check in at a kiosk, print your own baggage tags which you attach yourself before lugging the bags to the person manning the conveyor belt who backs up to let you heave your bags onto the scale before he decides if you have done everything correctly or must be punished. My stickers weren’t on properly but the luggage person, smiled, took his time, fixed my stickers and assured me all was well. He humanized the experience and calmed my nerves. My fears of being greeted at the aircraft by robot attendants sporting viking helmets were unfounded. The plane itself was spotlessly clean, modern and the crew was welcoming and professional. Norwegian’s premium cabin doesn’t compare with the little luxuries of other airline’s business class, but, for space, comfort and price, it beats premium economy hands down. I loved the cool touches like the windows tinting automatically “sunglasses style” to help ease you into the next time zone and a steady flow of fresh air to avoid the effects of jet lag. What was unusual is that I was never shivering as I often am on flights.  The cabin temperature was well regulated. A blanket came with my upgraded seat, and although I love to snuggle in a blanket, I would have been warm enough without it.

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Streamlined for speed and fuel economy.

I had a wide bulkhead seat with so much legroom my feet didn’t touch the partition. There are limited entertainment choices on the personal screens, but I found something amusing to help pass the time. There are complimentary newspapers and magazines to grab before you board, including unusual choices like Conde Nast Traveler and The Lady. It helped that my seatmate was a lot of fun and our chatter helped the time pass quickly. The flight attendants were all friendly and capable.

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Lots of legroom. Spread out! Relax!

This was the first flight on Norwegian for both my seatmate and I, and we were, overall quite pleased with the experience and the price, but we were hungry. We each had pre-ordered vegetarian meals. Maybe that was the problem. The non-vegetarians seemed quite pleased. Our meals arrived in little boxes and were sufficient, if not completely filling. There was a tiny salad and a hot entree portion. Conforming with my constant complaint of most airline meals, Norwegian included the inevitable sad little fruit cup instead of proper dessert. I’m a vegetarian, not a follower in a cult of self-denial. Is that carrot cake made with pork chops? No? Then I want some! The offer of Baileys or brandy, tea and coffee after the meal was lovely.

Snacks were available to purchase with a credit card from your individual screen. My seatmate, though tiny, claimed the appetite of ten men so midway through the flight she ordered a veggie wrap which arrived quickly and icy, icy cold but tasty. We in the premium cabin were offered water regularly, but it was also available for purchase by the bottle. I sat back and fantasized about the breakfast to come. I got a dream-dashing breakfast salad and another fruit cup of despair. By this time, my seatmate and I could only giggle and talk longingly about the lapdog sized burritos we planned to gorge ourselves on when we landed. I should have investigated the snacks on offer more thoroughly and bought something despite my reluctance to eat between meals.

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Just a fantasy…

But the flight was smooth, we landed at LAX safely, even earlier than scheduled and I hit the ground running. Those jet-lag avoiding tactics used by Norwegian really worked. Would I fly Norwegian again or recommend the airline? Absolutely! Check them out if they fly from your city. Words to the wise: use the UK site to book your travel and save some money, use that money to upgrade, and for the love of Jamie Oliver, bring or buy snacks!

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Royal Recap: Across the Pond for #RoyalTourCanada with The Cambridge Family!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte made the journey to Canada for a week-long visit to explore British Columbia and Yukon…

***Please continue to scroll for a glimpse into each day of #RoyalTourCanada!***

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During their time in Canada, Their Royal Highnesses visited five communities in British Columbia (Victoria, Vancouver, Bella Bella, Kelowna, and Haida Gwaii) and two communities in Yukon (Whitehorse and Carcross), undertaking more than 30 engagements celebrating Canada’s First Nations communities, arts and culture, pristine and beautiful environment, and compassionate and innovative charitable sector. Along the way, TRH made it their goal to meet as many Canadians as possible, seeking to deepen their relationship with a country that they will visit many times over the course of their lives.

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This was TRH second official tour of Canada, having visited shortly after their wedding in 2011. Prince George – who previously joined his parents during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014 – undertook his second Royal Tour at the young age of three. However, it was 16-month-old Princess Charlotte’s first Royal Tour and the Cambridges’ first as a family of four… a special milestone.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

Day One – 24 September 2016

The Cambridge Family arrived in Victoria – the capital of British Columbia – where they received a warm welcome from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, Governor General of Canada David Johnston and his wife Sharon, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, and Premier of British Columbia Christy Clark and her son Hamish.

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img_1853img_1859After traveling to Government House – which was be the family’s base for the duration of the tour – The Duke and Duchess left George and Charlotte with Nanny Maria and attended the official ceremony of welcome at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

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TRH honored Canadian military service by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph and The Duke later addressed the crowds gathered:

“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in Canada. When we were here last time, we had been married only three months. The warm welcome that you gave us at that important moment in our lives meant a lot to us, and we have never forgotten it. That is why we are so pleased that George and Charlotte can be with us in Canada this time ’round… beginning their own lifetime of friendship with this wonderful country. Catherine and I have asked to meet as many people from as many walks of life as we can while we are here. Nous sommes très heureux d’être de retour au Canada [we are very pleased to be back in Canada]… Thank you for welcoming us so warmly.”

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Day Two – 25 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess traveled to Vancouver by float plane, landing at the harbour in the heart of the city to a loud welcome!

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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Engagements included:

  • Visiting Sheway, a charity that provides health and social service support to pregnant women and women with infants under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues.
  • Meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a visit to the new Welcome Centre of the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia, which supports over 25,000 recent migrants to Canada each year.
  • Attending a reception celebrating young leaders in Canadian arts, music, sport, charity, business, and film.
  • Visiting the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station to meet a number of first response agencies and learn how they provide improved marine safety off Canada’s west coast.

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Day Three – 26 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to the Great Bear Rainforest – the world’s largest temperate rainforest, located on the Central Coast of British Columbia – home of the Kermode bears or “spirit bears,” a rare sub-species of black bear noted for its unique white fur.

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[photo via @RE_DailyMail on Twitter]

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Significant rain and wind unfortunately necessitated the cancellation of TRH tour of a section of the vast rainforest by float plane (which would have been such a beautiful experience!), but luckily the rain did not prevent locals of the remote island community of Bella Bella from venturing out to glimpse and greet the Royal visitors!

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Engagements included:

  • A ceremonial welcome by the Heiltsuk First Nations community, where TRHs were greeted warmly by the indigenous people as “hemas” (a hereditary chief) and “umaks” (a woman of high rank or standing).
  • A speech by The Duke at the launch of Canada’s contribution to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a unique network of forest conversation initiatives involving all 53 countries of the Commonwealth in the conservation of indigenous forests for future generations.
  • Visiting a section of rainforest near McLoughlin Bay for a ceremony and plaque unveiling, officially committing the Great Bear Rainforest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
  • Attending a reception at Government House in Victoria, during which The Duke installed a final Ring of Reconciliation to the Black Rod – a ceremonial staff used on formal occasions when the monarch or her provincial representative (the Lieutenant Governor) is present in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia; the materials and symbols affixed to the Rod are representative of the province and its relationship to the Crown.

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Day Four – 27 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Kelowna – a city in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, last visited by Prince Charles and Princess Diana 30 years ago – and Whitehorse, Yukon – where the temperature was a chilly 6℃ (~42℉)!

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[photo via @RE_DailyMail on Twitter]

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[photo via @RE_DailyMail on Twitter]

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Upon arrival in Whitehorse, The Duchess was seen carrying the Maple Leaf tartan – declared an official national emblem of Canada in 2011. It’s pattern reflects the colors of the maple leaf as it changes through the seasons: the green of summer foliage, the gold of early autumn, the red which appears with the coming of the first frost, and the brown tones of fallen leaves.

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Engagements included:

  • Visiting the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia – a leader in environmental sustainability, conservation, and ecology research – to acknowledge the campus’ 10th anniversary as well as the 100th anniversary of the University of British Columbia.
  • Taking part in the “Taste of British Columbia” festival, which showcased the diversity and bounty of British Columbia’s agri-food and seafood industries.
  • Inspecting a guard composed of Canadian Rangers Junior Rangers, the military branch that provides a presence in the north of the country. Both The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were made honorary members of this reserve unit in 2009.
  • Viewing “Land of Gold – A Yukon Cultural Celebration” at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, which highlighted the diversity and depth of Yukon’s cultural scene through dance and music.

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[photo via @RE_DailyMail on Twitter]

 Day Five – 28 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess spent the day visiting Whitehorse and Carcross in Yukon, where they learned about the province’s people while experiencing its stunning natural beauty.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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A particularly fun moment occurred when TRH visited the newly renovated Telegraph Office – previously visited by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1959 – of the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse. They signed the museum’s virtual guest book via morse code on a telegraph machine, which was then transmitted into a digital message and posted on Twitter @telegraph_tweet: “THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 2016, WHITEHORSE YUKON.” The message was typed out by former radio operator Doug Bell, who last sent a telegram in 1947!

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Engagements included:

  • Visiting the MacBride Museum of Yukon History, which showcases Yukon’s history with a focus on the role of Whitehorse in the development of the territory.
  • Visiting the local community street party – which celebrated Whitehorse’s thriving arts scene – as well as the impressive 11-metre Healing Totem. TRH were joined by members of Bring Youth Toward Equality (BYTE), an organization focused on empowering young people throughout Yukon and helping them develop confidence, skills, openness, and a sense of belonging.
  • A traditional welcome ceremony in Carcross by the Carcross/Tagish First Nation people, where TRH experienced local traditions, culture, and heritage as well as toured recently completed economic development initiatives.
  • Attending a mountain biking demonstration atop Montana Mountain – one of the world’s most picturesque destinations for mountain biking – with Single Track to Success (S2S), a program that provides life-changing experiences to local youth and contributes to tourism in the area.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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[photo via @TheCrownCa on Twitter]

Day Six – 29 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a lovely day with their children in Victoria. Although Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s excursions during their stay have been carried out in private without the glare of the media, the Royal siblings had their first official joint engagement today!

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The young Royals were the guests of honour at a children’s party in the grounds of Government House in Victoria, the family’s base during the tour. Among those attending the event were children and families from the Military Family Resource Centre, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to military members and their families.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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Organizers at Government House brought in a petting zoo – complete with rabbits, goats, and miniature horses – as well as balloon animals, bubbles, a puppet show, and a troupe of children’s entertainers to add an extra special touch to the day.

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Sociable Charlotte was particularly fascinated by the balloons! She ran for them as soon as Catherine put her down, shouting “Pop!” When William then asked her, “Are we going to go pop?” she tried to lift the whole balloon archway and carry it away!

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Although George was a bit shy at first and kept asking for “Mummy,” he quickly perked up when he saw an orange fish-shaped bubble-maker… which he proceeded to cheekily squirt at Charlotte!

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Said a Kensington Palace spokesman: “The Duke and Duchess are really pleased to have this opportunity to introduce their children to Canada and it’s great that they have the chance to play with other children while they are here.”

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[photo via @VancouverSun on Twitter]

After the party, the Royal couple and their children spent the rest of the day enjoying some private downtime together.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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Day Seven – 30 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Haida Gwaii – formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands – an archipelago located off the northwest coast of British Columbia and the ancestral home of the Haida Nation.

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[photo via @KensingtonRoyal on Twitter]

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[photo via Arthur Edwards]

 The breathtaking natural beauty and argillite carvings, totem poles, and ancient Haida villages encourage visitors from all over the world to learn more about indigenous culture and environmental stewardship… it is a remote but very special place.

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During their visit, TRH were presented with scarves as a sign of welcome and respect by the local First Nations Haida Community; the woven scarves were trimmed with sea otter fur, a type of fur worn only by individuals of great standing in the native community and thus representative of rank and wealth.

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img_2063Engagements included:

  • A canoe trip to Haida Heritage Centre and Museum in Haida Gwaii, where they received an official welcome – including a prayer and a song/dance performance – from representatives of the Haida Nation. In thanks, The Duke spoke in the local Haida language: “Aan t’alang isis ska-wada-gee id ga dalang kil laa, haw.” [Thank you very much for having us here.]
  • Visiting the new Haida Gwaii General Hospital and Care Centre, an impressive new facility housing several new services that have recently transformed medical provision on the islands. TRH joined mothers and staff in the maternity wing for a discussion about maternal health.
  • Boating and salmon fishing on the beautiful waters of the Hectate Strate with youth from the Skidegate Youth Centre, a program that engages local youth in safe and meaningful social, recreational, and educational activities.

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Day Eight – 1 October 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a busy final day as they completed their final engagements of the tour in Victoria.

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  • Visiting the Cridge Centre for the Family – one of Victoria’s most well known charitable institutions – which provides a range of services including childcare, youth outreach, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
  • Visiting a local café to meet with families that have been supported by the Kelty Mental Health Resources Centre, one of British Columbia’s leading mental health charities.
  • Sailing into Victoria’s Inner Harbour on the tall-ship “Pacific Grace” with the Sail and Life Training Society (SALTS) – a charity that uses the power of sailing to give young people skills and direction in their lives – and Jack.org – a national charity dedicated to supporting student leadership in mental health promotion and advocacy work across Canada.

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[photo via @TheCrownCa on Twitter]

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As the tour drew to a close, The Duke shared this message of thanks:

“Catherine and I are incredibly grateful to the people of Canada for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to our family over the last week. We have loved our time in British Columbia and Yukon and will never forget the beautiful places we have seen and the many people who have been kind enough to come to welcome us in person. We feel very lucky to have been able to introduce George and Charlotte to Canada. This country will play a big part in the lives of our children and we have created such happy memories for our family during this visit. Canada is a country of optimism, generosity, and unrivalled natural beauty. I hope we have helped all Canadians celebrate what makes this country great. We will see you again soon.”

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[photo via @TheCrownCa on Twitter]

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As their final farewell to Canada, TRH enjoyed a seaplane tour of Victoria before departing with the Royal Canadian Air Force… back to the United Kingdom!

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[photo via @TheCrownCa on Twitter]

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[photo via @RE_DailyMail on Twitter]

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In commemoration of the Royal Tour, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Government of Canada’s official gift:

“In keeping with tradition, I am honoured to mark the visit by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a gift that will help both Indigenous youth as well as newcomers to Canada realize their dreams. Canadians have a real affection for the Royal family which was once again very much on display during this tour.”

The official gift is a donation of $100,000, which will be divided equally between two worthy initiatives:

  • The first $50,000 contribution will go to Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) and will be used to promote education in Canada’s Indigenous communities, helping more young people reach their full potential. It will also be used to help preserve Indigenous languages in Canada.
  • The second contribution of $50,000 will be given to the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia to help assist newcomers with housing, employment, and language skills.

We’re already looking forward to the next Royal Tour!

 

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Meghan McKillop is American by birth but British at heart. Endlessly fascinated by British culture, entertainment, history, royalty, literature, and travel, she aspires to indulge her curiosity while sharing her passions and discoveries with Anglophiles everywhere.

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Poldark Returns! Notes From The London Premiere.

Last month,as many followers of The Anglophile Channel know, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Poldark Season Two Premiere! Poldark season two picks up with every bit of intensity as when season one left us with a literal cliffhanger: Ross, on a cliff, being dragged away under accusation of plunder and murder, while Demelza was left helplessly alone. The collection of Poldark fans in attendance for the Poldark premiere at the British Film Institute that Monday evening given by Mammoth Screen had the atmosphere abuzz with expectation and were not disappointed.

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I won’t give anything away but I will say that when this first episode ended, there was a collective gasp then a groan as we all realized we would have to wait (WAIT!?!) to see what happens next. It won’t spoil he plot away to say that the new characters introduced make the imagination whirl to embrace the possibilities they bring with them, and the twists and turns in the story make those of us not yet familiar with the books writhe in suspense, and, those who are, anxious to see how the story will be told.

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I told Luke Norris that we on PoldarkDish called him “Doctor Eye Candy”. He suddenly looked like he wanted to be anywhere else.

There were smiles all around as the lights came up, and in my talks with audience members, there were only positive comments, even from those who are devotees of the earlier adaptation. This season has more episodes and only covers one and a half books, so we will get a little more time with each story. I promise no spoilers so feel free to read on.

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Before the screening of episode one of season two, there was a reception upstairs a the BFI. I was graciously escorted up by executive producer and Dish supporter,  Damien Timmer who got me started by introducing me to some of the cast and brilliantly talented writer Debbie Horsfield.

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Caroline Blakiston and Writer Debbie Horsfield are having a very serious moment.

It’s always awkward when you are lurking and trying to speak with people you don’t know personally at a party—and I tend to be a little shy anyway– but everyone I spoke to was very kind. Mammoth Screen collects a lovely group of actors who are all absolutely delighted to be working on Poldark.

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I overheard Gracee O’Brien talking drama school with AIdan Turner.

I felt very welcomed and have an even greater affection for the show knowing what a great group of people work both off and onscreen to create it. Here at The Anglophile Channel we don’t press for spoilers or scoops, neither would we want to spoil the upcoming season even if we knew something, but there are a few little stories and photos to share.  

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 I introduced myself to Jack Farthing. He agreed that the people at Mammoth Screen were exceptional. I mentioned how they seem to use their actors again in other projects and he told me that he had previously played a role in Blandings for Mammoth Screen before Poldark, and how they then gave him the opportunity to play the dashing villain we love to hate, George Warleggen.

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Jack Farthing and friend

He plays a most charming, scheming villain, but is a very grounded, funny young man. I asked if anything about working in a period drama ever overlaps into modern life. He replied no, but it did show him how atrocious his posture is when he changes from the rigidity of his costume into his every day clothes. 

 

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                           The lovely Beatie Edney isn’t content with doing just one series. She’s also working on The Coroner, which she tells me is also scheduled to air in the US. I fangirled out all over the poor woman by babbling on about how much I adored the version of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” she did onstage in the late 80’s with Lindsay Duncan and the late Alan Rickman. I lamented his loss along with that of David Bowie earlier in the year as great talents gone far too soon, but she gently reminded me that she lost something even more treasured, a dear friend. What a special lady she is!  She is so luminous in person that was a jolt to see her “grubbied up” on screen. Prudie gets some gloriously dramatic moments in season two. I wouldn’t want to cross Prudie.

Caroline Blakiston introduced herself as Aunt Agatha then told me that she was drawn to the role because “Aunt Agatha is subversive, but not as subversive as I am”.

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Caroline Blakiston with executive producer, Damien Timmer

It is no spoiler to let you know she still has all the funniest lines in the show and delivers them with absolute perfection. Caroline has an incredible resume reflecting a long and distinguished career. She confessed she hadn’t read the Poldark books because when she was doing The Forsyte Saga in the 60’s, her drama coach told her to only read the script and develop the character from that text rather than the book. Inevitably, she explained, you will find a scene in the book that you feel is pivotal, but it won’t be in the script and you’ll have your heart broken. She has a point. How many of us read a book and are disappointed when a film or television adaptation doesn’t include our favorite bits? She is an avid gardener and full of the most wonderful stories. In half a moment she sized me up as an actress and recommended a play that I should go see, “TheTruth” at Wyndhams Theatre in the West End. Caroline told me that she’d approached the box office staff to inquire about a ticket. She asked them to choose the seat for her which “you would give me if I were your granny”. They sorted her ticket, and she asked “If I were your granny, where you send me for a cup of tea nearby?” so they sent her around the corner to Pret a Manger. She returned with a brownie as a gift for the box office staff. Later in the week, I was treated to a lovely night out by my friend Sarah Beebe who happens to work at Wyndhams box office and told her Caroline’s story. Sarah burst into a huge smile and said that of course she remembered Caroline although she didn’t recognize her at the time. 20160826_221935Sarah added to the story by telling me that the brownie Caroline gave them was wrapped in a napkin on which was written “with love from your granny”. They had a terrible day at the box office dealing with a few exceptionally rude customers and Caroline changed the tone of and made their day. The staff had pinned the napkin up on their bulletin board to remind them that customers can be absolutely lovely. Later in the week I went to see “The Truth”, wonderful Sarah sorted out my tickets this time, and I enjoyed it immensely. As always, Aunt Agatha was right!

The post-screening panel for the Poldark premiere included executive producer Damien Timmer, writer Debbie Horsfield, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson who were asked about what they looked forward to in returning to Cornwall to begin filming season three. 20160822_193144When we watch Poldark we see the breathtaking scenery of Cornwall is more than just a backdrop. It is almost a character in the story. Besides bemoaning the intermittent and dodgy mobile signals, everyone mentioned the weather. The wind was so very loud sometimes that during scenes between Ross and Demelza the actors would have to squeeze each others hands as a cue to let the other know it was time to begin their next lines. Aidan Turner said he felt at time like he was shouting and worried how it would look on screen. On a more cheerful note, Eleanor Tomlinson said the thing she most looked forward to when returning to Cornwall was having fish and chips!

Aidan Turner was much in demand and I wasn’t able to chat with him very long at the reception, but he was very forthcoming in the Q&A after the screening. He relishes playing Ross Poldark with all his flaws as it makes him a more interestingly complex character, very real and multi- dimensional. He admitted he got quite a bit of fan mail, some containing multiple phone numbers (home, cell, another just in case the recipient “is abroad”) but generally the fans stay respectful.tmp-958329757-kybw8dEleanor Tomlinson said she has received letters with an enclosed message which the fan begs her to pass on to Aidan! Aidan’s face lit up when an Irish member of the audience would ask a question and he’d smile and respond with Irish greetings which charmed us all. A member of the audience who went to the same school brought him a copy of some scenes he had filmed back in their schooldays, and his reaction and laughter made us all really want to see what was on that disk.

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Does this count as being directed by Aidan Turner?

When asked if he ever wanted to direct, Aidan gave a very thoughtful answer. He told us he was interested in all the aspects of production and is quite the tech geek when on set. He also confessed to being a bit of a “control freak” about his ideas and so much would be out of his hands that he didn’t think he would enjoy it. Then he stopped, paused, and said he would be interested in directing theatre because it was more likely to reflect his vision for a project. He went on to answer questions with good humour, lots of laughs and gave us all a tiny glimpse of the man who puts his all into playing one of our favourite characters, Ross Poldark.

 

 

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Stunning Eleanor Tomlinson asked me not to take her solo photo at the reception as she wasn’t feeling well. Of course, to me she still looked exquisite, but I understand. One of her most endearing qualities as Demelza is the chemistry she brings to all the relationships within the story. You even completely believe her affection for Garrick! Although under the weather, she rallied for the Q&A panel after the screening and sparkled while answering questions. There was a moment when Aidan left slip when asked what were the most difficult scenes, that a certain day was their “first kiss as actors”. The look on her face was absolutely priceless. When asked about the love scenes she said that they laugh their way through because it’s all very unromantic. “Put your hand right there because I don’t want people seeing that bit” got a laugh from the crowd, but not as big a laugh as when an audience member asked if Aidan would prefer to do a love scene with Demelza or a fight scene with George Warleggan. She deadpanned” be careful” and he innocently replied, “The fight with George”. 20160822_201239Her most terrifying day on set was her singing scene, which came early in the filming schedule of the first season She told us that she read the books to inform her character and worked with a dialect coach on the Cornish accent to get it just right and allows it be just slightly lighter as the story progresses to show the evolution of Demelza.

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Writer Debbie Horsfield has written some wonderfully dramatic scenes for Demelza this season.

She showed us a fire in her eyes when she admitted to being “fiercely competitive” referencing the mini-series Victoria which was being aired opposite Poldark. She wanted to win the ratings war! We don’t have to make the choice here in America, and even in the UK, most people will figure out how to watch them both. The second season of Poldark promises some pretty dramatic stuff for Demelza, and we can’t wait to see her in action.

Following the screening I met up with some lovely people who watch PoldarkDish. They asked if I had read the books yet as I said I was anxious to do so on an episode of the Dish. To my great shame, I hadn’t even begun yet. Last week, a friend loaned me the first two with the promise of more to come when I had finished.  So next time, let’s talk books!

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New friends!

 

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I’m starting NOW!

 

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William, Catherine and Harry Wish Team GB Good Luck! #BringOnTheGreat

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry send a message of support to athletes competing in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

A lovely message from our favorite Royal Trio as Team GB gears up for tonight’s opening ceremony in Rio. 

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Prince Harry, host of the Invictus Games for injured soldiers and veterans, supported the athletes with this message, “Each member of Team GB will have a unique journey, but they all share the same aim, to deliver the best performance they possibly can.”

Catherine, who herself is a great athlete says in the video, “We are all so excited to see what can be achieved in Rio.”

Unfortunately the Royal Trio will not be attending the 2016 Summer Games but Harry did cheer them on with, “Let’s top 2012,” Prince Harry told Team GB. “Bring on the great.”

Indeed! BRING ON THE GREAT! 

Lady Anglophile….flying the flag high for Team GB!

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Does Steven Moffat Regret Decision To Leave Doctor Who?

“He pretty much ‘is’ Doctor Who”, was the quote Matt Smith gave to Timey Wimey Fandom Show host, Juliette Boland upon learning that Steven Moffat had announced his planned departure from the long running hit BBC series, Doctor Who, earlier this year.  Smith went on to call Moffat one of the “greatest writers” ever to be involved in the series. This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, TAC’s 14 year-old journalist, Boland, was able to ask Moffat what he thought of Smith’s comments.

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 While Moffat was clearly touched by the kind words, he revealed a bit of apprehension over his impending departure. The Doctor Who showrunner has since sought out the advice of other DW graduates to ask how they fared in a ‘life after Doctor Who’ world. Everyone from David Tennant to Russell T. Davies weighed in on their post-Doctor life. The best advice came from the 11th Doctor himself who cautioned, “Don’t leave!”. What was Moffat’s reaction and does he regret his decision?  

While change is a hard thing, (many of us did not want to see David Tennant or Matt Smith hang up their sonic screwdrivers),  it always opens up the doors for new and exciting chapters in the Time Lord’s life. Taking Moffat’s place will be former Broadchurch show runner, Chris Chibnall, who will take over the series after the 10th season and we all look forward to seeing what new direction he might take our favorite TARDIS-flying time traveler. 

Follow Timey Wimey Fandom Show host, Juliette Boland on Twitter @JulietteBoland

Lady Anglophile….Whovian Fangirl

 

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