Anglonerd Magazine

By Jaime Pond | Nerdy British TV and comedy for Americans

18 Things We Learned about Labyrinth from an old Script

On June 27, 1986, Jim Henson‘s <b>Labyrinth</b> was released in the U.S. It starred rockstar David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, who has gone on to do …

Childhood

Doctor Who: 10 Best “Cabin in the Woods” Episodes

In season 9’s <b>Under the Lake</b><i>,</i> someone tells the Doctor that he can stay here and do the “Cabin in the Woods” thing, but the rest of them are getting …

Doctor Who

Behind the Scenes, The Alternative Comedy Experience

Four comedians talk about their experiences in <b>The Alternative Comedy Experience</b>, a recording of alternative Fringe Festival acts, put together by …

Comedy

Kes

I admit that I rented the 1969 film <i>Kes</i> (by mail order from Facets in Chicago) because I’d heard Ricky Gervais on the radio laughing at Karl …

Entertainment

More Trees to Climb

You’ve heard of office romances, but what if your office is a tree? The protagonist in <b>Coelacanth</b><i>,</i> named after a deep sea fish who is unchanged over …

Fish

A Film with Me in It

<b>A Film with Me in It</b> (2008) stars Dylan Moran and Mark Doherty. Just when the luck of screenwriter Mark (Doherty) seems to have run out, everyone …

Entertainment

Sean and Jon Go West

If you’ve ever seen the panel show <b>8 Out of 10 Cats</b><i>,</i> you’ve wished for a road trip movie starring the two team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson. …

Comedy

Burke & Hare

Had high hopes for this one. With a cast of favorites–Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Andy Serkis–and an all-star supporting cast, they had me sold on …

Andy Serkis

10 Facts or Lies About Nick Frost

Nick Frost’s autobiography <b>Truths, Half Truths, and Little White Lies</b> was the most surprising biography I’ve read to date. It starts out giving …

Entertainment

Extras

Andy Millman (Gervais) is an actor. Okay, he’s an extra, but he aspires to be an actor. Hell, Andy aspires just to get his face in the frame. He …

TV

Sightseers

At the first sight of blood spurting from the tire-tread neck of the litterer her new boyfriend ran over with his RV, Tina should have foreseen that …

Comedy

When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow

I bought <b>When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow</b> <i></i>by Dan Rhodes off the internet when I kept hearing it recommended by comedians or writers I admire: …

Atheism

Science, Ricky Gervais Live IV

If you’re looking for a standup set about science, you’re better off with Robin Ince’s <b>Happiness Through Science</b> DVD than Ricky Gervais’ <b>Science</b> DVD …

Orphan Black, season 4

In the season 1 premier or <b>Orphan Black</b>, Beth Childs jumped in front of a train. We knew that Beth was a cop, and we knew that she knew that she was a …

TV

The Best of Wodehouse

I have, with no small effort, finished reading The Modern Library’s <b>Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology</b>. I received this rather well-bound volume birthday …

Literature

Kevin Eldon Will See You Now

Where can you find Neil Armstrong, Banksy, David Bowie, Uri Geller, and a fire alarm enthusiast all in one place? It’s comedian Kevin Eldon’s 2012 …

Then & Now: Cluub Zarathustra

What is Cluub Zarathustra? Read Robert Wringham’s very excellent book <i>You Are Nothing</i>.<p>In 1994, comedian Simon Munnery started a comedy group in …

Son of Rambow

Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is a good little boy with a religious mother (Jessica Hynes) who isn’t even allowed to watch television and movies. What …

Skellig

Michael (Bill Milner), his father (John Simm), and his pregnant mother (Kelly Macdonald) have just moved into a new home, making way for Michael’s …

Entertainment

Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman

There’s been a murder in Heaven. The first murder. The first sin, in fact. Recounted to a human of the modern era, angel Raguel narrates a murder …

Books

Houdini & Doyle

<i>Guest post: Jerry Peterson</i><p>Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were, in real life, friends.<p>But the friendship ran aground when Houdini debunked a …

Hyperdrive

The year is 2151, and starship Camden Lock is voyaging around the galaxy, spreading Britishness. Does this mean conquering new worlds to expand the …

TV

10 Maddest Moments of Mad Dogs

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the premier of the UK version of <b>Mad Dogs</b><i>.</i> To celebrate, here are the ten maddest moments of <b>Mad Dogs</b><i>,</i> which …

My Life in Film

Art (Marshall) is an aspiring film scriptwriter who has trouble coping with reality–that reality being that he’s not a successful scriptwriter (or …