Royally Fabulous Subscription Boxes by Quaintly & Co.

When I was a young girl I used to go down to a local seaport tourist site which featured a permanently docked old-fashioned paddle river boat that held all sorts of amusement for young visitors. The most alluring deck on the river boat contained a trinket shop which had a huge ‘grab bag’ barrel overflowing with little brown paper-wrapped packages, filled with surprises you’d only get to unveil if you purchased one for fifty cents. The best part was deciding which bag to select and then running outside with your friends to unwrap and compare your swag. The bags usually held small toys, candies and other assorted gems which, to a young kid, seemed like a treasure. The grab bag never disappointed. 


The grab bags of “yon” held such excitement and anticipation.

Today shopping has become less impulsive, with buyers wanting guarantees with their purchases. They want to know what they’re getting ahead of time. Is it worth their hard earned money? None of this grab-bag mentality for today’s consumers. Today we have to try it on, sample it, and take it for a test drive. Gone is the mystery and allurement that the river boat trinket shop held. We’re all responsible adults after all, no longer gambling on the surprises that lie within a grab-bag. However, a fun new shopping trend has recently surfaced – for the adventurous, for those of us who still like living life on the edge. The monthly “subscription” box! (Cue the heavens opening up and angel choir singing.)

The idea behind the subscription box is that each month, for a membership fee, you receive a different “themed” box filled with fun SURPRISE gifts and food items targeted at your interests. I’ve seen ‘subscription boxes’ for every conceivable interest from bath and beauty to fashion, food, candy, gardening, baking, lingerie (yes, lingerie) and more. In the beginning subscription boxes encompassed a rather small market, however now it seems every brand and company has hopped on the subscription box band wagon. 


A subscription box for every taste and interest!

Although the choices seem endless, nothing has caught the eye of this Anglophile more than the British-themed subscription box offerings cleverly brought to you by UK-based Quaintly & Co, which boasts of “Delivering British lifestyle” to your door each month. Quaintly & Co’s gift boxes feature quintessentially British products designed by skilled artisans from all over the Isles. This is not your trinket shop fare that will end up in a tag sale, these are gifts of the highest quality. 


A plethora of British themes sure to please any Anglophile!

Each month the Quaintly & Co. team creates a fun theme, usually coinciding with some exciting event in British pop culture such as The Queen’s birthday, a royal birth, or nods to popular television shows such as Downton Abbey, Outlander and Poldark. 


The Downton Abbey box provides jewelry and tea fit for Lady Mary

Like with my grab bags of yon – the contents are a surprise! The only thing the subscriber knows is what each month’s “theme” is – until it reaches your doorstep and you find yourself tearing open the box like a kid on Christmas morning. And I’m not kidding when I say it feels like a special occasion, because each box is lovingly packed and wrapped to perfection, making you feel like every “Quaintly & Co. Delivery Day” is  your birthday.

The Bard would approveth! (Photo by Rachel Wheeler)

Quaintly offers a couple of different ‘levels’ of membership. A “Classic” box containing at least 3-6 full sized products, and a “The Quintessential Box” which has up to 8 fantastic Brit-centric gifts to share at your next Anglophile show and tell. There is also the option to purchase one box at a time. You can subscribe month-to-month or commit to a 12-month subscription guaranteeing you one full year of Brit-tastic deliveries!

Here is a peek at some of the items Quaintly has offered in the past: 

Nary does a special occasion go by on the British calendar that Quaintly & Co. doesn’t honor it with a unique gift box. The much anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is no different.


The Royal Wedding Box! We don’t know what’s going to be IN it, but we know it’s going to be royally fabulous!

But Quaintly doesn’t stop at merely one theme for the month, for it has expanded April’s offerings to also include a Royal Wedding Tea Kit – for anyone hosting a Royal Wedding viewing party – and a Royal Baby Set in honor of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s upcoming royal birth.

Quaintly and Co. was founded in the summer of 2016 as a small family run business. Owner, Louise, used to live abroad for work in the Middle East and her sister lived in Japan for 7 years. During their time away, they both missed home terribly and often received little care packages from family and friends. That experience bought about the idea of Quaintly & Co. Today they cater almost exclusively to international customers and British expats who look forward to their gift boxes of British lifestyle items every month. To date, they have sent over 10,000 boxes to customers all around the world. That’s a lot of happy people unwrapping the 21st century version of grab-bags. 

The subscription boxes are suitable for both women and men, and they have become a GREAT gift idea for birthday’s and special occasions! 

The Anglophile Channel will be in in Windsor covering all the excitement leading up to The Royal Wedding, and we are happy to announce that Quaintly & Co. will be supplying the winners of our “Royal Wedding Experience” auction with some exciting Quaintly swag of their own to take home.  In the meantime, orders for the Royal Wedding/Royal Baby boxes close soon. Get yours in before you miss out!  Orders for the Royal Baby box close by April 10th and the Royal Wedding box by April 13th.

Here are some fun upcoming themes to add to your wishlist: 1940’s Keep Calm and Carry On, The Queen’s Coronation Anniversary Tribute, Harry Potter, British Murder Mystery, The Tudors, and Doctor Who – which I truly hope includes a life-size David Tennant tea towel. 

I don’t know where they find the time but Quaintly & Co have expanded their offerings to also include theme boxes centered around our love for London (London Pop Box) and afternoon tea (The TeaTime Box).

I’d really like to thank whoever thought up the idea of the subscription box. It has brought back fond memories of purchasing exciting little grab-bags on the river boat oh so many years ago. On a much royally grander, Brit-tastic scale, of course. 

For more information on Quaintly & Co visit:

Marlise Boland, Lady Anglophile ~ Always looking for the next Quaintly & Co box in the post! 








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Why An Anglophile Should See “The Death Of Stalin”.

DOS1I see your quizzical brow. But, please, hear me out. This Anglophile was over the moon to attend a special premiere screening of “The Death Of Stalin” at the gloriously ornate Theatre at Ace Hotel last night where a live orchestra performed the Christopher Willis film score.

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Writer and Director Armando Iannucci

Writer and director Armando Iannucci, a native of Glasgow, whose name you may recognize from Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It, In The Loop and Veep,  introduced the film, reminding us more than once that although the subject matter is bleak, the film’s title contained both the words “death” and “Stalin” and was set in 1953 Moscow, it was, indeed, a comedy. Iannucci based the script on the graphic novel of the same name. British stars Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs and Andrea Riseborough also attended along with American actor Steve Buscemi. They didn’t look entirely comfortable and, I’m guessing, were waiting to see how the film was received by the crowd.

DOS5They needn’t have worried. This film is dry, dark, intelligently twisted British humour at it’s finest. Rapid, clever zingers are both fired off and thrown away so steadily that I missed quite a few to the laughter.  While I was watching, I knew I’d have to see this film again not only to hear the dialogue which had gotten drowned out, but also after I’d looking up some of these historical characters up because I’m sure to have missed some comic subtleties which might be better appreciated after a little reading. DOS6The politics and plotting sweep one along and, though complex at times, the story is never confusing. The film takes us behind the scenes as Soviet committee members wrangle for power after the sudden demise of Josef Stalin. Drop the notion right now that this is one of those movies where you easily identify and root for the good guys. There aren’t any. But the film entices you to follow the story down a dark, tyrannical tunnel, laughing —almost– all the way. Every character is singularly well defined. Nothing is sacred, particularly not the power over life and death.Image result for the death of stalin jason isaacs

The acting is just plain brilliant. I cannot heap enough praise on this cast. Anglophiles will see many familiar faces. Adrian McLaughlin as Stalin switches from jovial to terrifying in a nanosecond. We cheer when he keels over. Simon Russell Beale plays Lavrenti Beria, a name not nearly as familiar as fellow committee members, yet his will be the character you remember as the credits roll. DOS3 Beale’s portrayal fills every evil, sadistic, absurd corner of Beria’s being and still makes us laugh. Michael Palin plays Molotov (yes, THAT Molotov) as a bumbling man you nearly pity. Pity! Molotov! Americans Jeffrey Tambour as Malenkov and Steve Buscemi as Khruschev blend hilariously and seamlessly with the British cast.  Jason Isaacs and Rupert Friend, both in military regalia, send the comedy way over the top just when we need it. Andrea Riseborough is frentic and fragile as neurotic Svetlana Stalin, daughter of the departed. Early scenes with Paddy Considine and Tom Brooke at a concert hall set the tone and take the fear of life and the threat of death under Stalin to panicked comedic heights. DOS7Near the end of the film there is an abrupt shift in tone and we follow these political consequences to their natural conclusion. We end the film back in the concert hall with a bit of smirk and historical wrap up. What a ride! This film leaves one not just remembering the comedy, but makes one think, without pointing fingers at any particular regime, as it draws parallels to our twenty first century reality and leaves one wondering if, as the saying goes, the inmates really might be in charge of the asylum.

DOS2It was a particular treat to see this film in a classic “movie palace” and the perfectly synced live orchestra was transcendent. Live music brought an immediacy to the events of the film. The standing ovation at the end was for the whole experience and was —unanimous. You’ll get that reference after you see the film! Even without the live orchestra, this score will take you places…murky, disquieting and hysterically funny places. Go!DOS10









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The Importance Of Being Earnest At Madeline Garden

20180211_210957The Importance of Being Earnest has long been my favourite comedy. The clever 413 Project Theater has found a way to make Oscar Wilde’s most enchanting play even more tempting. They combine the show with a formal tea in a gorgeous space, and make the whole experience a splendid evening out.20180211_175943

Pasadena’s Madeline Garden has a fairy lighted courtyard where we were greeted and led inside to our table. It was hard not to get sidetracked peering into the other rooms along the way, and we confess to snooping around during intermission. Madeline Garden is located in the 1927 Cheesewright Studios Building which is the cornerstone of Pasadena’s historic Green Street Village.  The building has a fascinating history. We always manage to find the Anglophile connection! Edgar Cheesewright, an Englishman, was a fashionable designer of the period whose work can be found in the White House, Hearst Castle and Greystone Manor. The Great Depression saw the building go into disrepair and disrepute, but it was brought back to use just before WWII by the U.S. Naval Research Bureau for military intelligence projects. 20180211_175937A tunnel was built to connect the Cheesewright Studio building to CalTech, and it is said that Albert Einstein had a secret laboratory in the basement and the tunnel allowed him to travel back and forth unnoticed. Ern1No wonder there is an aura of drama in the air well before the first act! The building was sold in 1983 and now has residences on the upper floors and a stunning bistro and tea room at ground level. It is truly lovely.




The atmosphere is set, lively upbeat 1920’s music is helping the audience get in the mood for the show and first two courses and tea are served well before the performance begins. That was nice planning as we had some time to get settled in, chat and admire the room. The playing space is in front of an impressive fireplace. When the lights dim we are transported to Algernon Moncrieff’s morning room in Half-Moon Street and are introduced to our two protagonists. It wouldn’t be Oscar Wilde if fates and circumstances didn’t become increasingly complicated, but it is clear to the audience where the action is headed and that, and along with the brilliantly witty script, is where most of the comedy lies. Noah Khyle is stellar in his portrayal of  charming, decadent Algernon, and Kyle Decamp, as his more grounded counterpart John Worthing, plays the part quite earnestly. (Sorry!) It is amusing to see their interplay as the exposition unfolds in the first act. I eagerly awaited the tea scene between Gwendolyn and Cecily.  It was fabulously fun and all the more engaging as we were all seated at this inharmoniously hilarious tea table watching the sugar get dumped into dismayed Gwendolyn’s teacup and seeing the huge slice of cake being passed by jealously arch Cecily, knowing full well she was asked for bread and butter.   Earnest ouplesern2Caroline Pitts as lovely, determined Gwendolyn Fairfax and Annabelle Borke (who also directed) as beautiful, imaginative Cecily Cardew bring a champagne sparkle to their roles and we cheer their most civilized of skirmishes as they go from fast friends, to rivals, to sisters-in-arms. Comic musical touches underline the monologues, a quick wink to the 2002 film with a chorus of “Lady Come Down” and the couple’s adorable chase through the room brought smiles all around. Tamarah Ashton (no relation) was, indeed, “a gorgon” as stentorian Lady Bracknell. Dr. James Borke is the stolid, dependable manservant Merriman. Eric Ryan jumps into two roles, both butler Lane and Reverend Chasuble. He has a slight Rowan Atkinson vibe, with a smirk to the crowd that invited us all in on the jokes, particularly when he played Reverend Chasuble. When he and proper, uptight woman-with-a-secret Miss Prism, played with aplomb by Angela Beyer (who we must say, rose triumphantly over her wig) announce “at last”, you think, wow, THAT would be a sequel! ern7The comic timing is excellent. The staging and set changes are simple, which is all one needs in these plush surroundings. The period costumes are lovely. There is a lightness and ease to the production, which makes for an enjoyable show. The entire cast cast is energetic, focused, superbly entertaining and, the play is, overall, an absolute delight.20180211_180155

The tea, however, had it’s problems. Before any liquids were served, little warm scones, a tiny dish of jam and lightly sweetened cream cheese blend standing in for clotted cream were on the table.

20180211_181309We couldn’t begin to nibble the scones before we had a steaming cup in our hands! Madeline Garden serves one pot for two people, which is fine if you both want the same kind of tea. There is a surcharge if you and your tea buddy want different teas which seems a strange rule as you pay an individual ticket price. You are offered am uninspired choice of black, green, or herbal tea. The black tea, which was our choice, had a bit of a lemon flavour. Our pot was refreshed later in the evening. You are also able to purchase alcohol as an addition to your meal. Tepid but tasty tomato soup arrived next and was popped onto our sticky scone plates which we were expected to keep for the whole meal. The lights went down and the tiered trays were brought out later during the action of the play. 20180211_190304Could they not have waited for a scene break? Bless the actors, none of them missed a beat with all the distraction, but it isn’t fair to the audience. We couldn’t ask questions about what was served and tried to figure out what were eating and what I, as a vegetarian, had to avoid. There were many savouries as this is an evening tea, and though the—and please understand, these are just guesses– sausage balls, chicken concoction, sun dried tomato basil quiche, potato veggie combo, and “curried matter” on toast were, for the most part, very good tasting if not terribly hot, the guesswork took one out of the action of the play.ern3 The sweets on the top tier were a scrumptious pair of macarons and a red velvet-ish bit of cake topped with a minty cream which didn’t really work together. We missed the sandwich course and wished for more of the tiny, buttery scones with a touch of coconut that were served first. Our waiter was very nice and took time after the show to tell us about the history of the building.20180211_180219

Even with the tea niggles, it was a wonderfully entertaining evening and a fine night out. The concept of this play and tea combination coaxes one into transcending out of the mundane into the stylized, mannered ideal of the past. The 413 Project Theater brings their productions to both Pasadena and San Diego There is a rotating cast. The Importance Of Being Earnest at Madeline Garden runs though March 3rd.  Go!couples 2

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Review: Victoria & Abdul

VA poster“Victoria & Abdul” is a tricky film. It’s excellent, no doubt, but is also thought provoking in ways which one might find unexpected. Once the credits rolled I heard members of the audience asking each other how they liked it. Most everyone did, but it brought up many questions and an animated discussion. There is more “there there” than a simple episode of the life of an historical character. Based on “true events-mostly” as claimed in the beginning titles, and directed by the incomparable Stephen Frears, “Victoria & Abdul” brings us to a lesser known story in the life of Queen Victoria. She’s shown in a declining state, being rolled out of bed, dressed, led around, frail and infirm despite her robust size, sleeping at the banquet table, and missing her mouth occasionally as she speeds through her meals. QAwindowHer eyes are dull and her zest for life has long fled. We follow her blossoming under a new friendship with Abdul Karim, regain her feisty sparkle, and then the inevitable discontent this friendship causes within her family and household.

This is ground we’ve visited before in the film “Mrs. Brown”. This friendship, however, is very different. Although there is a question of the nature of the relationship, it is not skirting on the romantic in the same way we witnessed with Queen Victoria’s Scottish servant, John Brown. Indeed, Abdul Karim, for the Queen, embodies the romance of India, the most exotic jewel in her empire. Her hunger for knowledge of India and Abdul’s eagerness to build on his favor with the Queen brings him into a newly invented position, that of “the munshi” or teacher. He gives the Queen lessons in Urdu, culture, and questionable history. Queen Victoria thrives under her new passion for India. Her Munshi and beloved companion, Abdul, is lavished with attention, honors and an exalted, secure position of intimacy and trust at court… so long as Queen Victoria is in a position to protect him and his family.VA walkies

You know where the story is headed, yet it is compelling enough to keep the audience rapt. The acting is perfection. We’ve seen Judi Dench as Queen Victoria before, and from the moment she is shown as a rag doll being pulled from the bed, we understand precisely what stage of her life we have come to witness. She brings a sweetness, loneliness, sympathy and naivete to the elderly queen which makes her treatment of those around her as pets, puppets, necessary evils, or simple nuisances not at all something to simply judge, but something to ponder. Ali Fazal plays Abdul with the wide eyed enthusiasm for adventure, a strong sense of ‘carpe diem” and a touch of the philosopher-poet. His handsome charm wins over both Victoria and the audience even when the character’s choices make one pause. Eddie Izzard is Bertie, the Prince Of Wales and plays the subtleties, adding to the broad, villainous strokes with which his character is written. Tim Pigott-Smith as Ponsonby, Michael Gambon as Lord Salisbury, are standouts. Fenella Woolgar and Olivia Williams as the Queen’s ladies and the actors who make up the rest of the household are all stellar. Simon Callow blows up the screen as Puccini in a comic turn to remember. Adeel Akhtar as Mohammed has incredible chemistry with Azi Fazal’s Abdul. Akhtar deftly brings comedy, pain, and an intense truth to his embodiment of Mohammed, the character which inspires some of the film’s most thought provoking questions.QA boat

The questions “Victoria & Abdul” poses are legion. Even as I laughed there are uncomfortable moments when I wondered if it was appropriate. Within the comedy we see cruelty. There are heartbreaking examples of racism, ignorance and exclusion. Abdul and Mohammed, brought to England for the same purpose, have opposing views on empire yet their fates are as intertwined as they are different. This film made me think about race, religion, empirical politics, the ideals of friendship, love, hatred, home, ambition and the sorrows of aging and the end of life. Very few moments don’t ring true.VA Throne The costumes are exquisite, scenery astonishing and the details and glimpses of life within the royal palace invite you into a world where nothing jars you back into the twenty first century except the notion of how much has changed and how much has remained the same. You could watch it simply for the story and the absolute beauty, but like all good films, it makes one think about what one has just seen, want to see it again and long to know more. What does that “mostly” in the opening titles mean? Was Queen Victoria truly as open and inclusive as she is portrayed in the film? Do friendship and love really conquer all? I’d absolutely encourage you to see “Victoria & Abdul” and tell us what YOU think!


The real Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim.

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Outlander is BACK and EW Has Some Exclusive SEXY Pix of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe!

Entertainment Weekly never fails to bring us the sexiest photos of our favorite time traveling lovers from the STARZ hit series, Outlander! In next week’s issue EW went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. Take a LOOK at these gorgeous photos of Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) – you might need a cigarette in between images. (All images copyright Entertainment Weekly)


EACH photo can be an EW cover in its own right! Are we right? 



We love these “behind the scenes” images as well! 


How LONG did Sam have to stay waist-deep in water in order to get just the right shot, we wonder? OL_10

PLUS as an added bonus, EW is publishing THREE different covers!! These gorgeous covers of Sam and Cait are sure to come come OL fandom collectors items!

Where can you get your copies? They will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday – however, the third cover, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here. What are you waiting for? We’ve already ordered ours! 

It won’t be long now. Outlander Season 3 debuts on STARZ on September 10th! You can catch up on the previous season on the STARZ app now! And don’t forget to watch our very own Outlander recap show, OUTLANDDISH. Catch up on our OutlandDish content here: OutlandDish: A Wee Outlander RECAP Show

Need a little Outlander NOW? Check out this amazing S3 trailer: 

Sláinte, Sassenachs!

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San Diego, Calif. – July 21, 2017

There was already magic in the air at the “OUTLANDER” panel at San Diego Comic-Con as the cast and creatives of the STARZ hit series returned for their first appearance in two years. The expected screams were heard as our favorite cast members were introduced by moderator actress and dancer, Jenna Dewan TatumRonald D. Moore (executive producer), Maril Davis (executive producer), Diana Gabaldon (author), Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall/Frank Randall), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall), Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), and everyone’s favorite time-traveling couple, Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), brought an excitement and electricity to Comic-Con that was palpable. But things really got off the hook when Moore announced a surprise screening of Episode 301: “The Battle Joined” and suddenly the roof blew off of Ballroom 20!

The episode, written by Moore and directed by Brendan Maher, was just the remedy fans needed to cure the woes of Droughtlander.  The opening title sequence and Outlander theme music was enough to have fans reaching for their tissues.

The third season of “OUTLANDER” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

Both Heughan and Balfe shine in an episode that does not feature them how we like them: together –  save for one dream sequence. Very few lines are spoken by Heughan yet the emotional intensity conveyed on his face tells the whole story.  At death’s door, Jamie is feeling the pain of having lost the Battle of Culloden and the love of his life at the same time. This is a man who wishes for it all to be over and our hearts break for him. Balfe’s multi-layered nuances as Claire allow us to feel the struggle of a woman who yearns for another life, while having to accept and learn to live with another.  Balfe’s scenes with Menzies (Frank) are both passionate and poignant. We feel pain and sadness for both characters.  Extra kudos to Menzies for brilliantly portraying Frank in such a way that makes us forget he was ever Black Jack Randall. It’s only the beginning but we can already see the award-winning potential in this cast. 

Poignant performances by both Balfe and Menzies in Episode one of Outlander’s Season 3 debut.

As the years pass, Jamie and Claire will attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones all those years ago? These and other questions will all be answered in the much-anticipated season 3 of Outlander.

Looking forward to performances by Richard Rankin (Roger) and Sophie Skelton (Brianna)

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of “Outlander” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

WATCH the FULL Outlander Comic-Con panel followed by FAN REACTION of the episode here: 

“Outlander” Season Three will premiere on Sunday, September 10th at 8pm ET/PT on STARZ.



Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney, Andy Harries, MarigoKehoe and Jim Kohlberg serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.


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Outlander Booth | Jamie’s Print Shop Revealed At 2017 Comic-Con

Fans from around the world have descended upon 2017 San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the long-awaited return of their beloved show, OUTLANDER. The STARZ hit series returns to SDCC with a bang, giving loyal viewers the ultimate fan experience beginning with a recreation of Jamie Fraser’s Print Shop, which will be the scene of the much anticipated reunion between Jamie and the love of his life, Claire! The Outlander Print Shop has already become the most popular booth on the convention floor! 

Visit Jamie’s Print Shop at the Outlander booth at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

The print shop entrance features a specially made sign from the set of Outlander…with a hidden love note to Jamie and Claire. Can you find it?

The Print Shop sign!

This is an exact replica of the sign featured on the show – specially designed by the Outlander art department. 

Fans are greeted by some well cast sexy Highlanders – looking so good in a kilt, we were sure they must be Jamie’s kin! 

Sexy Highlanders abound!

A variety of authentic antiques from the era are featured in Jamie’s print shop.

Authentic antiques from the era….

At Wednesday’s sneak peek preview night, Outlander fans lined up for hours to get the chance to visit Jamie’s world, amongst them the ever popular fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley – who remarked on the excitement in the air for this very Outlander weekend.

Dedicated Outlander fan group, Outlander SoCal Edition, led by founder Heather Insley.

On preview night, fans already wrapped around the booth for the chance at a sneak peek of Jamie’s Print Shop!

Fans are rewarded greatly for their time with a variety of cool, limited edition collectibles such as Outlander prints, flasks, tartan bandana’s and special Outlander tees which are made to order and live printed right on the floor! Very impressive. But the most sought-after item is the “golden ticket” which grants fans admission to the cast autograph signing session on Saturday, July 22nd. 

Take a look at our visit to the Outlander booth here:

There is so much for the Outlander fan to enjoy this weekend at Comic-Con. Don’t forget to line up early for the much-anticipated OUTLANDER panel in Ballroom 20. The panel will feature cast members: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Executive Producers Ron D. Moore and Maril Davis and Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon! Also, try as many times as you can to get one of those magic tickets that will gain you entrance into the autograph signing session! 

Thank you to STARZ PR, including Alana McGaughey and Claire Gendel, and Tiffany from STARZ marketing for including The Anglophile Channel in on such an exciting Outlander event! 

The STARZ Outlander team ready to roll at 2017 SDCC

Outlander returns to STARZ on September 10th!~  Follow them on Twitter @Outlander_Starz

Watch the awesome Season 3 trailer here: 

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Jodie Whittaker Makes Television History as First Female Doctor Who in 50 Years!

Jodie Whittaker

Makes Television History as

First Female Doctor Who in 50 Years!

By Juliette Boland

July 19, 2017

Drum Roll Please!

 It was the moment Whovians around the world had been anxiously waiting for, the announcement of who would be following in Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s footsteps. The BBC both thrilled, and shocked, fans when they revealed that British actress, Jodie Whittaker, would be making television history by becoming the Thirteenth Time Lord and the first female ever to play the role in the show’s remarkable fifty year history.


Meet the NEW face of Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker!

Many names had been floating around and last minute rumors were beginning to spread like wildfire. Besides Whittaker, some of the names being bandied about were Kris Marshall (Love Actually), Pheobe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Andrew “Honey, you should see me in a crown…” Scott (Sherlock).


Honey, you should see me in a TARDIS! (Photo via Pinterest

Personally, after listening to the rumors, I thought Marshall was the front runner and would have been a great choice as the Doctor. I pictured him as goofy Doctor, like the Sixth and Eleventh Doctors, and bringing more lightness to the show. Also, he was ginger, something The Doctor longed to be – so, it was destiny!


The Doctor has always wanted to be ginger! Kris Marshall would have filled the bill.

 Many of us believed that we would all be waiting until this Christmas to finally meet the new Doctor. That’s eternity to a Whovian!  Thankfully, the BBC took pity on us and posted a teaser on Twitter, but that only served to tease us even more as we screamed and held onto each other after a series of cryptic hints ended with the promise that we’ll “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon Men’s Final”. This was posted July 14th, just two days before the news we’d all been yearning to know would be broadcast around the world!

Instead of biting their fingernails or counting the stars in the sky, fans reacted in true Doctor Who fashion by investigating the teaser in depth, creating flow charts, elaborate diagrams, and color coated bar graphs. Sure enough, many clever Whovians found clues as to the Doctor’s gender hidden within the teaser. For example, the teaser featured The Statue of Liberty (who is female), the Sahara Desert (“Sahara” – a feminine name), an iPhone (which everyone connected to Siri, who was originally voiced by a woman), and the Prime Minister’s door (the current PM is a woman). Whovians began to theorize that the next Doctor would in fact be a woman!


The “Sahara” Desert! Hint, hint!

Of course, Whovians have a Yoda-like intuition when it comes to all things Doctor Who therefore few were surprised when, on July 16, BBC creatively announced the Thirteenth Doctor in a video. In it, a person, wearing a dark hood over their head, walks through a thick forest and holds out the Tardis key in their hand. The person takes off their hood and it was revealed in 0.5 seconds that the Thirteenth Doctor will, in fact, be portrayed by a woman!  Jodie Whittaker, star of the hit ITV series, Broadchurch, was the lucky actress chosen as the first female to play this iconic role in fifty-four years of Doctor Who history!  The newly-minted Doctor  sees her Tardis in the distance and walks towards it with a genuine smile on her face. From that moment, the Thirteenth Doctor departs on her journey to change the course of Doctor Who forever.


Welcome to the future! The NEW face of Doctor Who!

WATCH the “big reveal” HERE:

It’s A Girl! How Do We Feel?

Millions of jaws simultaneously dropped to the ground at the moment of unveiling. While this can be seen as a positive reaction, there were still variations of “shock” in the Whoniverse. Believe it or not, there had been mixed feelings with making the Doctor a woman. Some believe a female Doctor will change the show’s focus and lose its traditional adventurous feel. Others believe that Jodie Whittaker, a seasoned and talented actress, will bring a creative, multi-layered, intriguing Doctor to the table proving that, in the end, gender does not matter. 

A seasoned dramatic actress, Whittaker will bring strength to The Doctor.

Twitter Explodes! 

Opinions flooded social media, contrasting views immediately clashing, and battles were beginning to form. Many people don’t like change. It always takes a bit of adjusting to shift to a new Doctor – no matter the gender – especially after you have been attached to the current one for such a long time, but this was different. Like other iconic characters we’ve come to know and love: James Bond, Sherlock, Poirot etc., we all had been used to The Doctor being portrayed as a man, for over 50 years, and now fans had been thrown a curve ball and were being asked to adapt. So what was the fan reaction?

Some fans have welcomed Whittaker with open arms!


   Others weren’t exactly shedding tears of joy.


 In the midst of this war between Ms. Who, Mr. Who, and Gender fluid Who – Doctor Who alumni have already tweeted their congratulations and support to Whittaker with great positive energy!

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13th Doctor’s Companion, Pearl Mackie (Bill), supports Jodie!

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10th Doctor’s Companion, Billie Piper (Rose), was another supporter!

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Current Victoria star, and companion to 11th and 12th Doctor, Jenna Coleman.

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We all loved Karen Gillan as Amy, and Karen loves Jodie!

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Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) is all for a female Doctor!

In short, Doctor Who alum have got each other’s backs. It’s like they’re inviting a new member to the family and I love that! 

I was thrilled to get to chat with some classic Doctors: Peter Davison (5th Doctor) and Colin Baker (6th Doctor) and Sophie Alred (Companion to 7th Doctor) who gave me their thoughts on our new female Doctor: 

and NO better endorsement can be given to Ms. Whittaker than the seal of approval that came from DW showrunner, Steven Moffat, and DW writer, Mark Gatiss who gave us the definitive take on the Doctor being a woman: 

Much loved, outgoing Doctor, Peter Capaldi, also shared his thoughts, “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

A shining endorsement from the brilliant 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

A Word From The New Showrunner

As everyone knows, the Doctor’s gender isn’t the only thing changing in the Whoniverse. It was announced earlier that longtime showrunner, Steven Moffat, decided to hang up his sonic screwdriver and hand over the keys to the Tardis to Chris Chibnall, the BAFTA-winning show runner of the hugely successful ITV series, Broadchurch (of which Whittaker was the star).

The new master of the Whoniverse, Chris Chibnall.

Chibnall’s vision for the new direction of the show is something he had always planned on,  “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.  Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

What Does Jodie Whittaker Think?

What does the woman-of-the-hour have to say about making television history? Whittaker has revealed that, “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can’t be.”

In an interview with BBC, Whittaker was asked “What do you want to tell the fans?”  She answered with, “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

Whittaker, a Doctor for a new generation of Whovians.

My Thoughts On The Matter

 I have put much thought into the whole idea of a female Doctor long before Whittaker’s casting was announced. Here is what I believed beforehand. Word had been going around that the next Doctor might be a woman. And a female Doctor would be no surprise due to all the winks and nudges throughout season ten. In truth, I thought a female Doctor wasn’t necessary. There had already been a great amount of female representation in the series through the Doctor’s memorable and strong companions. One may argue that companions are viewed as the Doctor’s “assistants” and thus relegated to the status of “side-kick”, I beg to differ. From Martha Jones to Donna Noble to Clara Oswald, the show has shown female strength in a multitude of ways. Companions have reigned in the Doctor, confronted him, steered him toward the right decisions, and have shown great independence with the decision to leave him. Not only are these women female, they are human, too. The show proves that even a human female can be stronger and wiser than a thousands of years old alien male.


However, I’ve always remained open to the idea of a woman Doctor as well. After all, it is 2017 and women have proven that they can carry a film (Wonder Woman) or television series (Big Little Lies) to great box office or ratings success.  It’s time for Doctor Who to change a bit, too, unless you want the same storylines reoccurring over and over again. Doctor regenerates, Doctor finds a normal Earth girl, Doctor travels with Earth girl, Doctor falls in love (or becomes BFFs) with Earth Girl , Doctor loses Earth girl, Doctor wallows. However, that’s getting a bit old, isn’t it? Personally, I’m ready for a little girl power to infuse this journey with strength and excitement and with Whittaker at the helm of the TARDIS, I’m sure that’s exactly what we’re going to see. 

Many little boys have grown up with Doctors like David Tennant and Matt Smith as their role models, and strive to be like them.  Now, little girls can look up to Whittaker’s Doctor, with the knowledge that they too can be Time Lords who save the world!

I conclude with this simple opinion (and maybe even suggestion). I respect everyone’s opinions, but I’ve seen some comments on Twitter that have really jumped to unfair conclusions. We haven’t even seen Whittaker’s first episode, so to judge so quickly and harshly is pretty unkind. This is such an amazing opportunity for her, and we should be supporting her through this next year before Capaldi officially gives her the Tardis key. Let’s give Whittaker a chance, because if you have seen the television show Broadchurch (which starred David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor), you know she is a phenomenal actress.

New Doctor Who Showrunner, Chris Chibnall comments on the announcement.

No matter what gender, as long as the actor or actress that portrays the Doctor is committed, passionate, and loyal to the character, I will always be satisfied. I am  sure that Whittaker will bring all of those characteristics to the role.

Congratulations, Jodie Whittaker! Welcome to the Whoniverse! I wish you the best of luck during your stay, and I cannot wait to see you everything you bring to Doctor Who Season 11!


A message from the 7th Doctor

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Outlander Season 3 Trailer Debuts Ahead of 2017 Comic-Con [VIDEO AND PHOTOS]

Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 18, 2017

The wait is almost over for OUTLANDER fans as Starz releases the new official trailer for the highly anticipated third season of its Original Series “Outlander,” premiering on Sunday, September 10th at 8PM ET/PT.  Just ahead of Outlander’s return to San Diego Comic-Con, fans are getting a closer look at new footage from the forthcoming season based on Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series. Grab a wee dram and take a look at the trailer here:  

Now, If that doesn’t stir your Sassenach heart, nothing will! 

The third season of “Outlander” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies).

Frank is happy to see Claire, but we all know what she’s thinking! (Photo courtesy of STARZ)

Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.

As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

Will Frank show signs of Black Jack Randall? This photo has us running for cover. (Photo courtesy of STARZ)

The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The “Outlander” series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of “Outlander” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

This weekend Outlander makes its long-awaited return to San Diego Comic-Con with a new exciting Outlander booth, fun fan experiences, a full cast panel in Ballroom 20 and an up-close and personal autograph signing opportunity for their dedicated Outlander fanmily. For more information visit:

Grab your best Outlander costumes and see ya at the OL booth!

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

For more information, go to the official Outlander Facebook Page and follow @Outlander_Starz on Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation with #Outlander and #STARZ.


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