British Media From Across the Pond



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Episode Description:

We at Pop Conscious are Anglophiles. As much as we are proud to be Americans, we also admire England, its people, and its culture.  Join us as we share our love of the British invasions into our pop culture awareness in music, comedy, film, television, and wherever we can find it. Pip, Pip, Cheerio!

Moral of the story:  We can declare our independence, and still celebrate our shared history.

We also learned that it’s hard to talk.  Listen and find out!

SHOW NOTES (from Malayna):

~ My dad was in the British Royal Navy, and lived in England for a short time before coming to the US
~ I went to London for the first time when I was 7 years old
Early pop culture influences:
•    Mary Poppins – Julie Andrews – (Practically perfect in every way), Bedknobs & Broomsticks, Alice in Wonderland

•    Shakespeare in 5th grade – Midsummer Night’s Dream – I was stage manager. The same year, My Fair Lady was the musical, I played Mrs. Higgins, Henry Higgin’s mum. On the school bus, there was a kid who used to lead us in Beatles sing-alongs on the way home.
•    Monty Python & Fawlty Towers – 1985
•    My bro loved The Who, my dad took him to see them live in 1982.

•    The British Invasion the 1960s influx of British music groups like The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits, The Kinks,  The Rolling Stones, and The Who
(paraphrased from Wikipedia)

•   “Second British Invasion” The 80’s New Wave –In 1981, MTV ushered in new wave’s most successful era in the United States. British artists had learned how to use the music video early on — (especially Duran Duran’s musical travelogues of exotic locales like Sri Lanka & The Maldives).  New wave artists from the UK included Culture Club, Duran Duran and ABC, and The Thomson Twins.  (paraphrased from Wikipedia)
...Queen, George Michael, Elton John,
•    Do They Know It’s Christmas by Bob Geldof 1984, Live Aid 1985
•    Far Pavilions – 1984 – Amy Irving & Ben Cross  (Story of forbidden love in 1800’s India set against the revolution for India’s freedom from England.)
•    Dead Again – 1991 – Kenneth Brannagh & Emma Thompson —> Sense and Sensibility – LOVE!
•    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – 1991 (Alan Rickman!)
•    Shakespeare in Love and Sliding Doors (1998) – Gwyneth Paltrow
•    JANE AUSTENEmma 1996, Possession (2002)

•    Richard Curtis films – (after Mr. Bean….)
o    Four Weddings and a Funeral (’94)  Hugh Grant love began
o    Notting Hill (’99)
o    Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
o    Love Actually (2003) – Colin Firth love
o    Bridge Jones – Edge of Reason (2004)
o    Ship the Rocked (Pirate Radio)  (2009)
o    About Time (2013)

Harry Potter – first released in 97 in the UK, 98 in the US, I only heard about them when I worked at Warner Bros in 99. My boss and another exec in our office loved them, but it wasn’t until I was in SL and my cousin let me borrow the first one that I was hooked.
•    Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice and Mr Darcy!
•    Austin Powers! – Mindy Sterling (Frau Farbissina)  is in Lilly’s Light!
•    Downton Abbey – ADORE
•    Death at a Funeral – Peter Dinklage, the new Mr. Darcy, (Matthew Macfadyen, from the Keira Knightly Pride & Prejudice) Alan Tudyk from Firefly, and Shrimpie from Downton, Chris Marshall from Love Actually, Ewan Bremner from Trainspotting
•    Game of Thrones
•    Steampunk and Victorian Era – Boston Metaphysical Society!
•    Paulette Pipe on Unity Online Radio!

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