Confession time: I may love British TV, British movies, and British books, but I know next to nil about British music. Sure, I’ve got Oasis and a bit of Blur on my Touch. I even understand how putting those two occasional rivals on the same machine is a total contradiction. And I love Travis, David Gray, and New Order. Yet, English music magazines like NME are Greek to me. When it comes to downloading tracks by Muse, Kasabian, Bloc Party, or the Streets, I wouldn’t know where to start. And when a friend recently accused me of not being a real Anglophile because I don’t own anything by Elvis Costello besides the cut of “She” that’s on the Notting Hill soundtrack, I had to admit he was right.
So I’m putting it out there to you: First, can you be an Anglophile and not dig Elvis Costello? (Please say yes.) And second, what’s the best British music of right now? Make me a U.K.-themed playlist and I’ll be forever in your debt.
And don’t forget to check out the Bits and Bobs calendar for this week, after the jump…
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Monday (tonight): The Apprentice U.K. debuts onCNBC at 9pm. 14 of Britain’s wannabe businessmen and ladies compete fora spot working underneath self-made millionaire Sir Alan Sugar. Watchto see if he nicks Trump’s signature “You’re fired!” or if he goes forthe more English “You’re sacked!” At 12:35am, Daniel Radcliffe andSteve Coogan guest on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Tuesday: Dick and Felix Francis’ new horseracing thriller Silks hits stores. Alfresco,a spectacularly funny 1980s sketch series starring then young ‘unsRobbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and BenElton, finally debuts on DVD. The Britcom Gavin & Stacey premieres on BBC America at 9:40pm.
Wednesday: It’s Royals Night on BBC America with back-to-back airings of Diana: In the Name of Love and Prince Charles & Prince William: Royal Rivals? starting at 8pm. (And you thought you had daddy issues.) DVR the David Tennant-headlined Cassanova on PBS’ Masterpiece at 2am (check local listings).
Thursday: PBS goes a little Beatles crazy airing Great Performances: John Lennon’s Jukebox, Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle, and Best of the Beatles beginning at 12:30am.
Friday: BBC America’s celebrity satire show Star Stories takes on the Madonna & Guy Ritchie romance at 9:20pm.
Saturday: Stay up until 3am to watch Dawn French and Duffy on The Graham Norton Show on BBC America.
Sunday: Shane Meadows’ A Room for Romeo Brass, featuring Paddy Considine, airs on Sundance at 10pm.