20th Anniversary of Princess Diana's Death
31 August marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's untimely passing. The former Princess of Wales died in Paris following a severe motor accident, leaving behind her two sons, William and Harry. The Princess's death triggered an unprecedented outpouring of love and sorrow from the British public, and lead to a readjustment of a number of British policies, both inside and outside the monarchy. The anniversary was marked with a number of new documentaries on multiple networks about the Princess, with a couple even featuring her sons speaking about their mother's passing publicly for the first time.
Throughout the month, I have been watching a few of the documentaries that have been airing about Diana. It was absolutely astonishing the outpouring of emotions from the British public over her death. It gives me chills just seeing all those flowers and letters barricading the gates of Kensington Palace. Diana's global presence really impacted an entire generation of people -- my mom still gets emotional thinking about Diana, and she wasn't even our princess. Those 7 days after Diana's passing truly was a historic moment in time.
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BBC Confirms Award-Winning Program Fleabag will Return to BBC Three in 2019
The BAFTA winning tv show Fleabag has been confirmed to return to BBC Three for a second series. Fleabag, a dry-witted but touching comedy, follows the many escapades and expletives of a modern woman living in London. The show is written by and stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and is produced by All3Media. Little details have been released regarding the upcoming series, but it will return to BBC Three and Amazon in 2019.
I absolutely loved Fleabag and I am so pleased to see that it was renewed for a new series. Fleabag is a smart, original, and bloody hilarious retelling of what it's like to be a woman in the modern age. Phoebe Waller-Bridge may be one of my new heroes and I just can't wait to see what she has in store next.
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Ben Whishaw to Play Jeremy Thorpe MP's Lover in New BBC One Program
Ben Whishaw has been cased in Russel T Davies' A Very English Scandal, which follows the trial and acquittal of disgraced MP Jeremy Thrope for conspiring to murder his lover in 1979. Whishaw is set to play Norman Scott, Thorpe's lover, alongside Hugh Grant as Thorpe. The drama is based on the John Preston's book of the same title. It will be directed by Stephen Frears and will air on BBC One.
I said this last week, but I'll reiterate for the people in back: I love Ben Whishaw. Period. End of discussion. He is my acting idol, so, of course, I'm going to go all fangirl when a new project of his is announced. Otherwise, this drama seems to have the makings of something great: biopic, murder, Whishaw, Grant, and Davies. Sounds like a good combo to me.
Celebrating Harry Potter "19 Years Later"
1 September 2017 marks the official date of "19 Years Later" from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue. The epilogue, which is also the start of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, sees Harry's son, Albus Severus, off to Hogwarts for the first time. A number of events were put on throughout London today to celebrate the present catching up the fictional world. At 11 o'clock a celebration was held at King's Cross Station to commemorate the time when the Hogwarts Express would leave the station, taking the students back to Hogwarts. In the evening, a special performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was performed at the Palace Theatre, where 400 rush tickets were given away so fans could see the show.
When I saw the news this morning about how hundred of Harry Potter fans flooded King's Cross Station to be there at 11 o'clock, all I could think of was the poor unfortunate commuters. But once the shock of thinking about how ungodly crowded King's Cross was going to be (on top of its typical crowds), I thought this was a fun homage to the world's favorite series. (Also, I got entirely too into the quiz they posted on Pottermore today... )
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