British Studies


'Little Britain' Has Not Aged Very Well

The hugely popular sketch show is 15 years old today. Computer says... Happy Birthday!


Explaining Nick Knowles, Britain's Handy Crumpet

Hold on, he's on £350,000 and has a primetime show with 10 million viewers. But, but, he's Nick Knowles.


A Brief History of Britain's Racist Sitcoms

From Alf Garnett to Ricky Gervais, British comedy has always told us to pity bewildered old xenophobes.


Why Beloved Christmas Cartoon 'The Snowman' Is Actually About Cocaine, One Night Stands and Death

Why is our nation's favourite Christmas film so bleak?


A Portrait of Prince Charles: A Very Tired Man

This nearly-man, this odd little bloke, has most likely been in the throes of a constant, violent internal crisis since about 1987.


Explaining the Weird Institution That Is the British High Street

This Christmas, let's remember why Fat Face, WHSmiths and Argos still exist.


Why Don't The Panelists On 'Question Time' Ever Let Rip At The Public?

Because it is a weekly reminder of just how ugly and slow democracy can be.


How Jools Holland Became the Unlikely Gatekeeper of British Music

'Later... with Jools Holland' is like seeing your dad drunk for the first time.


Really, Though, Is Noel Edmonds a TV Presenter Or a Spiritual Leader?

For the first of a new series examining British TV icons, we look at Noel Edmonds – a man who has managed to balance his otherworldly outlook with a healthy career in showbiz.