Today’s poll news is actually quite interesting though. 2,000 British people were asked by the broadband provider Plusnet to name the TV shows that made them proud to be British. That is, the shows they would like to be exported as representative samples of British culture to, say, America.
I’ll start at the bottom, with the comparative low-hitters. The X Factor, for example, only managed a measly 20% of the vote, with EastEnders floating only slightly higher up at 24%. That’s 11% lower than their arch-rivals Coronation Street, but then Corrie’s been going a lot longer and that’s possibly why it occupies a more central place in the nation’s affections.
The new kid on the register is Downton Abbey, which scored a very competitive 44%, nine points above Corrie, and four points below the nation’s favorite, which is, of course, Doctor Who.
Read the rest at Anglophenia
If you’re in the U.S. and near a television, new Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is in the second part of Titanic (written by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes) tonight on ABC.
Part one was last night but we had to DVR it. We were busy giggling while watching Mark Gatiss on Being Human.
And yes, the guy in the gifset above is Toby Jones who played the Dream Lord in Amy’s Choice
AU Meme: Doctor Who as Downton Abbey by detectivejane
“Well, she’s British and monied. That’s what they do. They carry on.”
“-It’s coming, isn’t it? The biggest war ever.
-You don’t have to fight.
-I think I do.”