This is so cool: National Geographic has put together a neat video composed entirely of paper that gives you a brief primer of London’s history, starting 40,000 years ago.
Before Star Trek came to the BBC in 1969, British sci-fi fans were introduced to the crew of the Starship Enterprise in a series of weird and wonderful comic strips in the pages of TV21—a series of adventures rarely printed since, and never available to American audiences. That is, until now.
A piece of the disposable fairing from a SpaceX launched washed up on the UK coast. While original reports identified it as part of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that exploded catastrophically shortly after liftoff in June, closer investigation reveals it’s part of a successful cargo run from September 2014.
This is a neat commercial advertising the Star Wars films on Sky Movies that runs through the entire saga to date. It even makes the Prequels look interesting.
The BBC finally has a new digital store that lets you buy and keep tons of BBC shows, past and present. Although it’s currently only available in the UK, the BBC Store has hours of BBC programming available, including a bunch of sci-fi: from Doctor Who to the 1981 classic Day of the Triffids, and more!
Okay, so you might be more familiar with a bunch costumed superheroes when someone says “The Avengers” to you—but to UK-based readers of a certain age, it means only one thing: The spy-fi adventures of John Steed and Emma Peel. They could return to TV too, if Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has anything to say about it.
Spectre is already doing very well in Mr. Bond’s home country. THR is reporting that the movie has broken a bunch of records in the UK following a successful release. It’s the biggest seven-day opening in the UK ever with $68 million in ticket sales, and the largest opening to boot, showing at 2,500 screens.
One of fantasy’s biggest names is getting an anthology television series. Sky Arts will be airing Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, with production beginning at the end of November.
This is a pretty incredible find: a map of Middle Earth featuring annotations from its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien was recently discovered in a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes, which sheds some light on some of the inspiration behind it.
"I was in hospital last week. I asked the nurse if I could do my own stitches. She said 'suture self'" was one of the bits of wordplay that secured the UK Pun Championship for Leo Kearse last week. Read more of them at The Independent.
When it comes to TV, us Brits get very defensive when America tries to adapt one of our shows - just look at the reaction to the announcement that Black Mirror is getting a US remake. There's a good reason for the concern though: Most of the time these adaptations don't really work... and that's actually a good thing.
So, Agent Carter. Pretty good! At least, I hear that. Like most of the UK and Europe, I've not seen it - and it's unsure when or if we will. It sucks just as much as it usually does when we're left waiting for a show, but in this case, it paints a worrying precedent as more creators establish shared universes.
There's a very good chance that you've not seen Utopia, the now-cancelled British conspiracy thriller that's spent the past year and a half blowing our minds with its messed up dystopic take on the modern world. You should change that very, very soon.
Oh no. Channel 4's dark conspiracy thriller Utopia was one of the most exciting new series coming out of the UK lately - but it won't be coming back. The broadcaster has confirmed that the show is not being picked up for a third series.
Charlie Brooker's fantastic dystopic anthology series Black Mirror is returning to Channel 4 later this December for a Christmas special - and it's got one hell of a cast.
The British Museum is one of the world's most iconic collections of artefacts and art from thousands of years of human history - and now it wants to recreate itself in Minecraft as part of a debate on the relationship between the public and art collections in the Digital Age.
Autumn has begun, and that means only one thing: The Fall TV season has started, and we're on the cusp of a very special time for nerdy TV shows. That is, unless you're like me and live in the UK, in which case: The Golden Age will not be Televised... yet.
As the UK and Scotland prepare for the results of the Scottish independence referendum, there is one question on all our minds: HOW DOES THE REFERENDUM AFFECT OUTLANDER?