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.

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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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On Pleasure Bent Again Part II: Planning

On pleasure bent again: Planning

traveling Mouse

“To a Mouse…”

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy! “
wrote the dashing Robert Burns. I’m rarely left with nought but grief and pain, but my schemes gang aft agley with regularity. Because the nature of my business is riddled with last minute auditions, jobs, and “must dos”, it’s hard to see past the next couple of days. My husband Robert works in the design field and juggles the same sort of madness. We really should plan for those kind of vacations where you stay in one place and lay spread out like starfish in blessed idleness to recharge. We don’t. We never have.


Planning can be a headache.

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I broke the toilet seat!

This plan to rush right into activity has come back to bite us. Jet lag has played a part in many misadventures. The foggy fatigue and disorientation leads us into some strange territory. That is the only logic behind why Robert and I thought the best idea, after he accidentally broke a lid to a hotel toilet seat in Florence, was to smuggle it out in our luggage and dispose of it at the next stop. Obviously, we aren’t criminal masterminds. Reason prevailed and we brought the lid in two pieces down to the front desk with abject apologies on both sides: ours for the breakage, the hotel management’s for not providing a sturdier seat. This muddled state is also to blame for the time I accidentally held my menu too close to a candle in a Parisian restaurant and was nearly known throughout Europe as “The Torch”. Clouded travel judgment is also why I managed to knock out the power on an entire floor of a hotel, also in Paris.It was a laundry incident. Let’s not go there…I’m just grateful the French let me return.


I can’t believe I broke Paris.

And now we are planning a trip to the UK, trying to include a couple of dance events, visits to friends, much needed doses of culture and history, plus a little Anglophile Channel business. All this involves sorting out the housesitter, planes, trains, hotels and many wardrobe changes. I long for the days of the steamer trunk and chauffeur.


If only….

We will hit the ground running. I sometimes watch programs about the luxurious lives of the monied and frivolous and am plunged into entourage envy. O, to have a whole troupe of people whose purpose is to prop one up and arrange every whim..and so much money that one never asks what it costs.

Steamer Trunks

Behold my luggage…in my dreams.

That, alas, is not our life. Packing up and moving around is never the fun part. We try to pack light, but it is spring and so any sort of weather is possible. My current list has me jamming half the contents of my closet into a spacebag. We have full Regency costumes for three events. It looks like the Anglophile Channel will be attending a posh press conference so that is another ensemble apart from the leggings, comfy boots and layers of black I live in while on holiday, hence my desire for the steamer trunk.


The humble reality.

I look at the piles of what I want to carry across the Atlantic and despair. This trip involves a lot of trains, which means transfers, and with our two for one rail card we are busily booking tickets and praying all stations have lifts. Robert is a wizard with credit card points and air miles and using them to pay for lodging as well as travel. Usually I am the one scouring Tripadvisor for information, but he has taken up the gauntlet while I have been busy with work and the flu, and has done me proud. I think. He had a frustrating morning wondering why the confirmation numbers wouldn’t work until I noticed he had reserved rooms on two different websites. This doesn’t bode well as it will be— at the very least— a four hotel fortnight. A rail strike looms. It’s snowing in the UK. So much could gang aft agley. We must retain that sense of humour as plans keep changing.


Hurrah! Visit with Joan and Stanley.

We’re visiting dear friends in Waterlooville who should be able to keep us from hurting ourselves and others, then attending a Regency ball in Lichfield. The George Hotel (such an appropriate name) also promises to be the rowdy Regency party hotel as many of us are staying there for the festivities.

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The George, Lichfield.

The following day there is a costumed stroll through the town. I’ve read The Wedgewood Circle in preparation and am excited to see this historical area.  We’re being taken to visit Moorcroft pottery in Stoke-On-Trent by the most generous of new Regency dance friends who only knows us from Facebook.


Moorcroft Pottery

Another Regency style ball in Worcester is on the itinerary and just a short waddle away on sore dancing feet from our chosen hotel, The Crown, which has the same name as the ball venue in Austen’s Emma. Anglophile geek-out! It’s a bit intimidating to be dancing with English dancers.

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I promise to behave with more decorum

We will have a lot to learn from them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Remember that scene in Edith Wharton’s “The Buccaneers” in    which Lady Brightlingsea commented on  “such a very odd performance”  while observing the Americans dancing”? I’m a little afraid of that. I do tend to whoop it up on the dance floor.       We’ve met such lovely people through dancing that it’s not likely they will be anything less than kind but still we hope to represent the US well enough to avoid shaming the former colonies. And in between all fancy footwork we go to London!                                                                        20140513_202014


London was my home for a time, and I’m always thrilled to return. We don’t have to stay in a posh hotel, but we do spend a bit more for location. We so enjoyed our stay at what was The Charing Cross Hotel– even while it underwent a massive, noisy renovation–that Robert searched high and low until he found a room within our budget now it is freshly redone and newly named “Amba”. ambaHopefully the new electrical wiring is beyond my fatal meddling. Breakfast on the glass enclosed terrace overlooking the Strand was a magical way to begin even a rainy day. The waitress greeted several regulars by name and had us all smiling and laughing and making cross table conversation. The location is perfect for walking to museums and theatres. Our lovely room was spacious which is a rare and wonderful thing in our budget. What absolutely sealed Robert’s favor was a surprise cake and champagne sent up for his birthday by a very attentive staff.

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Robert was delighted!  He did share the champagne…

We are looking forward to seeing the “improvements” to our temporary home when we descend to zip around London. I’m now scouring the web and making my lists of possible plays, art exhibits and music to enjoy. As always, there is never enough time to do it all.


You never know what you’ll discover in London’s museums!

We have something special to look forward to this trip as we will be mixing business and pleasure. The Anglophile Channel has been invited to a press conference at Windsor castle for the Royal birthday festivities. The timing couldn’t be better. I was already planning to be in England and Marlise and Juliette are going to be flying in like the jet-setters they are for the occasion. I’ve never been to Windsor and am pleased it’s been added to the itinerary. Ever since I was a little girl living in the projects,breakfasting with a necklace plopped on my head, dunking my powdered sugar “Donette” into my mug of Lipton tea flourishing an extended pinkie with what I imagined was the height of elegance, I pretended to have tea with the Queen.


I thought the Queen must eat these every day.

Now we are invited for sandwiches and drinks in the Royal Reception room, which is not too shabby. I’m getting closer….and know well enough not to do the pinkie and certainly not to dunk, but there is always the travel brain fogginess which could render me capable of any mortifying behaviour.

Windsor castle entrance

Better batten down the hatches, Your Majesty!

I will try to stay away from electrical outlets and open flames as I certainly don’t want to be banned from all Royal properties. Marlise, Juliette and I will be posting pictures, indulging in many tea time treats and reporting on the fun as well as the challenges of those best laid schemes on TAC. I very much hope I will have nothing embarrassing to confess. Stay tuned….

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Onward to Windsor Castle!

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Prince Charles Records Shakespeare’s Henry VIII for The Queen’s Birthday

Prince Charles Records Special Birthday Gift for The Queen’s 90th!


What do you get the woman who has everything…especially when said woman is not only your mum but The Queen of England?

Thus was the conundrum The Prince of Wales found himself in on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s  90th birthday.  So he enlisted the help of  Greg Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and together they came up with a perfectly suited passage from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII which includes the lines: “She shall be, to the happiness of England, an aged princess; many days shall see her, and yet no day without a deed to crown it.”  Such a beautiful and fitting passage.

A lovely gift from a loving son!

Take a listen to our edited audio accompanied by images of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

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