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Anglonerd is Moving URLs

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the news that Anglonerd has transitioned from acrossthepondtv.wordpress to anglonerd.wordpress at the top of 2017. If you were subscribed by email or with your WordPress account, please re-subscribe to the new site. Don’t forget, you can always visit our home page, too. You’ll see that Anglonerd has a whole new,…

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The Infinite Monkey Cage season 14

What is the official protocol for being contacted by aliens? Why do birds’ brains shrink after sex? What’s happening to all the bananas? These questions are tackled in the 14th season of the popular science radio panel show The Infinite Monkey Cage, hosted by comedian Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox. This season whooshes us away…

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The Trip

I’ve never laughed as hard in a cinema as I did while watching Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip (2010). This film, also available as a six-part TV show, places real life actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a gastro-adventure across mild English countrysides. Employed as food connoisseurs for a newspaper, they dine on all the very best foods,…

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything (2014) is a tug-of-war between being a film about Stephen Hawking’s (Eddie Redmayne) medical spiral downward with simultaneous scientific discoveries and a film about (MILD SPOILERS) how his wife Jane (Felicity Jones) met her new husband Jonathan (Charlie Cox). And why shouldn’t it be? It’s advertised as a Hawking bio-pic, but if…

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Special Correspondents

In 1954, a radio engineer named Albert Piteux (which appropriately translates to Albert Pitiful in French) used sound effects to pretend he was reporting live from the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, even though he was safe in his hotel room in Hanoi–on the complete opposite side of Vietnam. This event inspired the 2009 comical…

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Maximum Nonsense, Tony Law

Maximum Nonsense is a recent Go Faster Stripe standup DVD by Canadian comedian Tony Law. You can buy the DVD–which comes with 10 minutes of extras and is region zero–or as a straight download for those of you who no longer have DVD players. “Law is enjoying himself hugely–and the feeling is contagious.” –The Guardian…

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Robin Ince’s Last Ever Show

If you’re even half as much a Robin Ince fan as Anglonerd magazine is, you’ll appreciate that Go Faster Stripe has released a mammoth sendoff to Ince’s standup career: a two-disc DVD set containing hours and hours of recent standup material from Ince, including a recording of Ince’s last big standup show before he retired. Robin…

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Chasing Shadows

CHASING SHADOWS (2014) IS A MINI SERIES COP DRAMA STARRING REECE SHEARSMITH, ALEX KINGSTON, AND NOEL CLARKE. EACH OF THE TWO EPISODES IS AN HOUR AND A HALF (SHOWN IN TWO 45-MINUTE HALVES), TOTALING THREE HOURS. YOU CAN GET IT ON ACORN.TV OR AMAZON ON-DEMAND. Alex Kingston is back with the shadows, but this time instead…

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Detectorists

Detectorists (2014-2015) is a TV show directed by, written by, and starring Mackenzie Crook, who you’ll recognize from The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean. It has so far run two seasons, totaling 13 episodes. Season 1 is currently on Hulu and Netflix. Both seasons are on DVD (region 1 and region 2), Acorn.TV, and Amazon Instant. Andy and Lance…

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The Cottage

The Cottage has all of the ingredients that make up a classic horror film without any mucking around with unique plot devices or character depth. A thug who believes he’s the only competent person in the story. His scaredy cat brother, unwillingly thrust into criminal life. A martial artist stripper. Asian spies. A farmer with a…

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Exile

Exile is a 2011 two-part television drama by Paul Abbott and Danny Brocklehurst. You know you’re in for a treat when you learn that you’ve got John Simm and Olivia Colman playing siblings with Jim Broadbent playing their father. Simm, who would win a BAFTA for his role in Exile, had just come off filming Mad Dogs, which…

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Dirk Gently, radio drama

Richard MacDuff is having one of those days. His couch is stuck in the stairwell, there’s a horse in the bathroom, and his old school pal Svlad Cjelli has invited himself back into Richard’s life on some kind of interconnected detective case. Penned by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is…

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Science, Ricky Gervais Live IV

If you’re looking for a standup set about science, you’re better off with Robin Ince’s Happiness Through Science DVD than Ricky Gervais’ Science DVD because, as Gervais points out, Science is more “an investigation into the rational and non-rational” than it is cracks at Medel and his peas. However, if you’re in on Gervais’ irony…

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Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9 is a comedy-horror TV show written and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. With 6 episodes per season, it is currently on season 3. Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming. If you like scary movies, this is a good TV show for you. Every episode is self contained with separate stories…

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Black Mirror

Black Mirror is Charlie Brooker’s science fiction television series. Each season is three episodes long. Each episode is 45 minutes long. There is a new season every one or two years since 2011. Black Mirror is The Twilight Zone meets Person of Interest. Each episode is its own story with its own characters, like the Twilight Zone, and has some sort…

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Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman. Most interesting about the breadth of this volume is the variety of narrators, many of whom are unreliable or not making clear their identity up front: the points of view of an imaginary friend, a genie in a bottle, a killer, or a living statue.…

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Undone

Imagine that you just moved from a rinky-dink village called Toaster to the big, bustling metropolis of London where the world is opening up to you, throwing offers of adventure at your feet. Just when you think London is more excitement than you could have ever hoped for, you discover that there is a second…

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Double Science

The students are making drugs in the chem lab, the science teacher has his trousers around his ankles again, someone’s slipped the drama teacher some speed, and MI5 is investigating a possible bomber. Just another day in the double award science department at Forrester College where high school kids are enrolled in a pre-University program…

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Roald Dahl Audiobooks

Last year for Roald Dahl’s brithday (September 13), Penguin Random House posted ways to celebrate the children’s author’s birthday. PRH Audio Group has produced a collection of Dahl’s books read by famous British actors, and one of the ways you can celebrate (again tomorrow) is to listen to the free sampler of the Roald Dahl…