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.


BFI Southbank

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.


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.


Richard Hope

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.


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.


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.  


Heida Reed

 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.


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. 



Beatie Edney

                           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”.


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.


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.




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.


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!


New friends!



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. 


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.”


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.


 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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A Roosevelt in London

A visit to Sagamore Hill on Long Island, New York – the beloved home of President Theodore Roosevelt – offers a plethora of fascinating glimpses into the family, career, and life of this compelling figure in American history. While recently exploring the museum, a particular item immediately caught my attention – activating my apparent radar for anything Union Jack! On 31st May 1910, Theodore Roosevelt was a guest of the City of London, formally presented at the Guildhall with a certificate naming him an Honorary Citizen of the City of London as well as a magnificent gold and jeweled casket.


The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

Commonly referred to as the presentation of “the freedom of the city,” this centuries-old ceremony was conducted whenever a head of state or other distinguished person visited England. According to a period local U.S. newspaper*, this occasion “afforded the population of the metropolis [London] an opportunity of manifesting with spontaneous good-will their friendly sentiments toward the United States.” The front and reverse sides of the stunning casket are divided into four panels containing enamel paintings of London’s Guildhall, the Mansion House, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge. The space between the two front panels showcases the arms of the Corporation of the City of London, placed above an ornamental shield bearing an engraved inscription commemorating Roosevelt and this special occasion.


Certificate and casket presented to Mr. Roosevelt at London’s Guildhall, May 1910.

Rich with symbolism, the gift displays an equal representation of both cultures and governments. Seated at either end of the casket’s lid are two beautiful figures – one symbolizing Britannia (holding the Union Jack), the other symbolizing America (holding the Stars and Stripes). In addition, the base contains a gilded British lion as well as a gilded American bison. Upon each of the four corners of the casket, enameled shields showcase the arms of Great Britain, the City of London, the Union Jack, and the United States of America. It is a truly stunning piece of preserved history made even more interesting (and meaningful!) with its British connection.


Spectacular workmanship and stunning symbolism celebrating both Britannia and America.

*The Kingston Daily Freeman, Vol. XXXIX – No. 191; City of Kingston, N.Y.; May 31, 1910.




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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British Talent Dominates the 2016 Emmy Nominations!

The 2016 Emmy Awards nominations were revealed today and congratulations are certainly in order for our favorite British artists and shows that received nominations in recognition of their talented work!


BBC Drama was recognized with a fantastic 22 nominations, including 12 for The Night Manager, 6 for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, 3 for Luther, and 1 for War & Peace!


Three nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category recognize Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, Idris Elba playing John Luther in Luther, and Tom Hiddleston playing Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager.


The Night Manager also received further nominations for Outstanding Limited Series as well as Outstanding Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie for Hugh Laurie  and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Olivia Colman. Both Luther and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride received further nominations for Outstanding Television Movie.


Here’s the breakdown of additional nominations for these BBC Dramas within the “Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special” categories:

  • The Night Manager: Outstanding Directing; Outstanding Music Composition (Original Dramatic Score); Outstanding Casting; Outstanding Sound Editing; Outstanding Main Title Design; Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music; Outstanding Sound Mixing; Outstanding Writing.
  • Sherlock: The Abominable Bride: Outstanding Cinematography; Outstanding Sound Editing; Outstanding Sound Mixing; Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
  • Luther: Outstanding Cinematography.
  • War & Peace: Outstanding Music Composition (Original Dramatic Score).



British talent continued to dominate with even more nominations for some of our favorite artists, shows, and performances!



Downton Abbey earned nominations for its final season, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Dame Maggie Smith’s role as the Dowager Countess.




Games of Thrones once again leads the pack with 23 nominations in total, including acting noms for Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams (Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) and Kit Harrington (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series).




James Corden and his Late Late Show earned their first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Talk Series!



Adele’s Live in New York City concert also earned an Outstanding Variety Special
nomination, which will face off against James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special.


Did your favorites get a nod? Be sure to tune in to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards airing live on ABC on September 18 to see which talented nominees take home awards!





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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ENTER The Anglophile Channel/The Bee’s Knees Royal GIVEAWAY!


The Bee’s Knees Royal GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Ann Squires – Belchertown, MA (The Dunoon Mug)

Elizabeth Canning – Nova Scotia, Canada (Emma Bridgewater Tea Towel)

Janet Higginbotham – Cartersville, GA (Milly Green Notebook)

Thank you for entering, Everyone! 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has turned 90 and all of the UK is celebrating with ‘official birthday’ festivities this weekend. In honor of The Queen’s 90th birthday The Anglophile Channel and The Bee’s Knees British Imports is having a right royal giveaway!

Three lucky Anglophiles will be chosen to WIN one of these lovely commemorative royal gifts. 

Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Gold Mug by Dunoon


Wouldn’t you LOVE to add this beautiful fine bone china mug to your royal collection? Made in England by Dunoon mugs to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. The mug is in Dunoon’s Wessex shape embellished with 22 carat gold. A keepsake your family is sure to treasure.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Tea Towel by Emma BridgewaterQueenGiveaway1.jpg

It would seem a shame to use this for the dishes, but we’re sure Her Majesty wouldn’t mind and Emma Bridgewater knows we love to feel a bit royal whilst drying our dishes.

Queen’s 90th Birthday A5 Notebook by Milly Green


Keep your royal ‘to do’ list in this high quality notebook which celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Ideal for jotting down notes, leaving beside the phone or popping in your bag. This beautifully presented notebook would make wonderful gift for children and adults alike.

Milly Green is excited to launch a commemorative gift range to mark Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday. The design celebrates the Queen’s life including her love of horses, her deep involvement with the armed forces and other major events in her long illustrious life.


How Do You WIN?

We can all agree that The Queen is an inspiration to many around the world, having reached two milestones this year: first becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history as well as turning a beautiful and healthy 90 years old. Tell us in a few short words how The Queen inspires you. Be sure to leave your name and email address so we can contact you should you win!

Good Luck Anglophiles and God Save The Queen! 

Thank you to TAC partner The Bee’s Knees British Imports for this lovely giveaway!


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Outlander Costumes To Go On Display at Paley Center


 The Paley Center for Media, the leading nonprofit cultural institution that showcases the importance and impact of media in our society, will launch “The Artistry of Outlander,” a free, open to the public, multimedia and interactive exhibit, at its Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


The first-of-its-kind exhibit will run throughout the summer and will take guests into the world of the critically acclaimed Starz and Sony Pictures Television series Outlander, showcasing iconic costumes designed by Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Terry Dresbach. Visitors can step into 18th century Parisian society where they will be able to view actual set pieces from Outlander production designer Jon Gary Steele, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments.


“The Artistry of Outlander” is free to the public and will take over areas on the first and second floors at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. The exhibit hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 pm PT.

“The Paley Center puts the fan first and we are thrilled to offer this exclusive and exciting experience to the public,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “‘The Artistry of Outlander’ exhibit at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills will take fans behind the scenes to explore the creativity of the Starz & Sony Pictures Television hit show in a way that has never been done before.”


“We could not be more proud than to launch the ‘Artistry of Outlander’ exhibit at the Paley Center, which has been a champion of the television art form over the decades,” said Starz CEO and proud Paley Board Member Chris Albrecht. “The work done by the artisans of Outlander particularly our costume designer Terry Dresbach, art director Jon Gary Steele and their teams in Scotland deserves to be celebrated and shared with the fans. We are thrilled for this partnership with our studio, Sony Pictures Television, and the Paley Center.”


“The Paley Center is the ideal place to showcase the authenticity and great detail put into these works of art and immerse visitors in the ‘Artistry of Outlander,’” said Sony Pictures Television Presidents of Programming and Production Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.


“Bringing the expansive world of Outlander to life was a monumental task by Ron, Terry, Gary and their design teams. We’re honored to be partnering with Starz to make it available to fans and invite them to travel through time with this incredible exhibit.”
As a leading nonprofit cultural institution, this exhibit is part of the Paley Center’s ongoing commitment to preserving, exploring, and interpreting the media through its extensive, public Archive and educational programs. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publically accessible archive of television, radio, and new media content, with over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media.

Outlander can be seen via the STARZ app! Download it today!

Don’t forget to watch out OutlandDish recaps on The Anglophile Channel on YouTube:

See you at the Paley Center!

Lady Anglophile…hoping to try on a frock or two! 


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