"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. » 2/24/15 3:00am 2/24/15 3:00am

The Real Reason Why US Adaptations Of British TV Shows Rarely Succeed

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. » 1/30/15 12:17pm 1/30/15 12:17pm

What's The Point Of A Shared Universe If Not Every Fan Can Access It?

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. » 1/15/15 3:00pm 1/15/15 3:00pm

Looking back at Utopia Season 2 - The Greatest Show you've never Seen

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. » 10/10/14 3:00pm 10/10/14 3:00pm

Channel 4 has cancelled Utopia

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. » 10/09/14 3:00pm 10/09/14 3:00pm

Jon Hamm and Oona Chaplin will be in Black Mirror's Christmas Special

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. » 9/29/14 11:00am 9/29/14 11:00am

The British Museum wants to rebuild itself in Minecraft

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. » 9/25/14 9:00am 9/25/14 9:00am

What it's like trying to watch US Genre shows in the UK

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. » 9/24/14 3:00pm 9/24/14 3:00pm

Is the UK Missing Out on Outlander Because of the Scottish Referendum?

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? » 9/17/14 9:30pm 9/17/14 9:30pm

Lesbian Lizard Kiss from Doctor Who Will Not Face Censors' Wrath

After the premiere of the new Doctor Who, featuring a same-sex kiss between a humanoid lizard woman and her human wife, a handful of people complained to the UK's communications regulator. The regulator's reply, basically: Yeah, no one cares. » 8/28/14 10:40am 8/28/14 10:40am

New Species Found in an Everyday, Store-Bought Mushroom Packet

DNA testing on the contents of a dried porcini bag revealed three species without scientific names. Apparently, there are new mushrooms everywhere, including in your salad. » 7/07/14 11:00pm 7/07/14 11:00pm

The UK is Importing American Sperm to Deal With Shortage

There is a sperm drought looming over the UK, and they're facing some issues keeping up with the demand. It is believed that donor numbers have dropped since 2005, when donors no longer had the right to anonymity (children who were conceived by way of a donor can now legally ask for the identity of their donor at age… » 6/28/14 5:05pm 6/28/14 5:05pm

Game of Thrones inspires English town to rename itself Kings Landing

Come February 17th, the crown city of Westeros is coming to England. The village of the already similar-soundingKings Langley will take the name of the fictional city for a week as part of a promotion for the Game of Thrones season 3 DVD and Blu-ray sets. » 1/06/14 6:43am 1/06/14 6:43am

Not One Single Woman Directed a Doctor Who Episode Last Year

In spite of all the criticism Hollywood has faced recently for its awful female-to-male director ratio, women are still being widely discriminated against in the film industry. Maybe, being a generally optimistic person, you might be inclined to think that things are a little more equal outside of the US. What about… » 7/07/13 1:30pm 7/07/13 1:30pm

Your Cat Is Trying to Kill You Again, Part II: The Quickening

Remember how your cat was waging a long-con, biological war on you? And then — with suspicious abruptness — it wasn’t waging war on you anymore and you were like, “But I could have sworn...” uneasily returning to your household chores with a creeping feeling that your cat hadn’t abandoned its murderous plans? Well,… » 6/30/13 4:00pm 6/30/13 4:00pm

Publicly funded British research will be freely accessible to citizens…

It's been a big year for proponents of the open-science revolution. In January, an angry blog post quickly transformed into a clarion call within the scientific community over the exorbitant cost of academic journal subscriptions. In May, the British government announced it would be collaborating with Wikipedia… » 7/16/12 1:30pm 7/16/12 1:30pm

British Libertarian Party Fights Surveillance with George Orwell

Over 400 years ago today, Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators placed 20 barrels of gunpowder beneath the British House of Lords. Today, the Houses of Parliament are getting a much more peaceful, but perhaps equally incendiary, delivery. Chafing beneath Britain’s widespread surveillance and increasingly restrictive… » 11/05/08 8:40am 11/05/08 8:40am

Can You Make A Science Fiction Film In Two Days?

If you're in the U.K. and have always wanted to make a scifi movie in two days with a bunch of your pals, it's time to test your fast-movie fu. Scifi film geekfest Sci-Fi London is launching its "48 Hour Film Challenge" on April 5th at the Apollo West End. Entrants will be given a randomly-generated film title, some… » 3/04/08 10:46am 3/04/08 10:46am

Screaming Light Show Illuminates Goth Cathedral

The York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. It's usually dark and gloomy, but at the end of last year, as part of the city-wide Illuminating York iniative, a bunch of artists projected massive neon animation against the facade of the building. Then they programmed the projection so that the… » 2/01/08 4:30pm 2/01/08 4:30pm

New UK Window Display Shows Fluorescent Human Veins

The Wellcome Trust is a UK charity organization with a penchant for provocative haute design. (They're also the guys that commissioned the awesome raining molten metal sculpture.) Their current window display features two naked human arms. Every few minutes, the arms turn from opaque to translucent, and bright red… » 1/30/08 8:00am 1/30/08 8:00am