Tag Archives: Queen Elizabeth I

Cunk Tease

Apparently today marks the 400-year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the alleged author* of some of the greatest plays ever written in the English language. To mark the occasion, the BBC wisely commissioned ace presenter/pundit ‘Philomena Cunk’ (Diane … Continue reading

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Queenie says:

“I WANT A PRESSIE!!! Give me something nice and shiny… and if you don’t, I’ve got something nice and shiny for you… it’s called an AXE!!” [Miranda Richardson as ‘Queen Elizabeth I’ and Patsy Byrne as ‘Nursie’ in Blackadder’s Christmas … Continue reading

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“A Weak And Feeble Woman…”

[Contains sealed-up spy-holes and SPOILERS!!!] Despite the unassertive presentation of the DVD boxset I bought, The Virgin Queen (2005) turned out to one of the best historical dramas I’ve seen in a long while. Obviously it still suffers from a little … Continue reading

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Vergin’ On The Ridiculous

While trawling the local charity shops for bargains, my eye fell on the CD/DVD combo pictured to the left. At first glance, it appears to be a compilation of mainstream pop music, aimed at undiscriminating mothers… but on closer inspection, … Continue reading

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She’s Got It Bard

The jewel of the period boxset I’ve been working through this week was undoubtedly Shakespeare in Love (1998), an apocryphal rom-com starring Joseph Fiennes as the eponymous playwright, and Gwyneth Paltrow as the well-born woman who supposedly inspired him to write … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Patsy Byrne

According to various sources, the actress Patsy Byrne passed away on Tuesday, at 80 years of age. Besides her recurring role as Malcolm’s snobbish mother in Watching, she’s probably best remembered for playing ‘Nursie’ (aka “Bernard”) in the second series … Continue reading

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Man, I Feel Like A Woman

[Contains gender-bending SPOILERS!] Inspired by seeing Tilda Swinton at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, I plucked my copy of Orlando (1992) from the diminishing pile of unwatched Xmas pressies. For those who don’t know, this satirical feminist parable stars … Continue reading

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