Monday, January 26, 2009

"Britcom" Filming Spots

Two English spots, Holmfirth and Cricket House, have served as backdrops for a pair of popular "Britcoms," or British sitcoms. From 1979 to 1981, Cricket House doubled as "Grantleigh Manor" on the BBC show To The Manor Born (top). Both exterior and interior scenes were filmed in the manor house, which was converted to a resort hotel in 1999. Meanwhile, the village of Holmfirth is where scenes for the BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine (bottom) are shot. Last of the Summer Wine happens to be the longest-running comedy program on the BBC, and the longest-running sitcom in television history.

From Pinewood Studios With Love

The prestigious Pinewood Studios has been the favorite filming locale for many big-ticket movies, particularly James Bond flicks. 007 movies like Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace were all shot here. Other movies filmed here include 2008 blockbusters The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Anniversary of the Dreyfus Affair

Today marks 114 years since the legendary Dreyfus Affair took place on Devil's Island in French Guiana. On January 5, 1895, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish French army captain who had been wrongfully convicted of treason, was sent to the infamous penal colony, creating a great scandal. For more info on Devil's Island, click here.

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