Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report – England

Since many TV series and movies have been filmed in England, I will just mention a few of my favorites. TV series include: Absolutely Fabulous, All Creatures Great and Small, The Black Adder series, Brideshead Revisited, Dalziel and Pascoe, EastEnders, Fawlty Towers, Flambards, Fortunes of War, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981 miniseries), The House of Eliot, Inspector Morse, Jeeves and Wooster, Keen Eddie, The Kumars at No. 42, Midsomer Murders, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Office, Pride and Prejudice (1995), Reckless, Upstairs Downstairs, and the Vicar of Dibley.

Movies that have been filmed in England include: About a Boy, Bend It Like Beckham, Black Adder Back and Forth, Bridget Jones's Diary, Chariots of Fire, Elizabeth (1998), The End of the Affair, Enduring Love, Erik the Viking, Fierce Creatures, Finding Neverland, A Fish Called Wanda, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park, The Great Muppet Caper, A Hard Day's Night, all the Harry Potter movies, Help!, Henry V (1989), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hope and Glory, Howards End, Love Actually, The Madness of King George, Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (The Very Thought of You), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, My Beautiful Laundrette, Nanny McPhee, Notting Hill, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice (2005), Princess Bride, Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility, Shakespeare in Love, Shaun of the Dead, Sliding Doors, The Tall Guy, and Truly Madly Deeply.

Literature. Again, with so many wonderful English writers, I will try to limit this to my favorites. And, to be a purist, I am only counting writers from England and not Ireland, Wales or Scotland.

Classic Literature. Of course, I have to begin with Jane Austen, who is my favorite writer. A few of my other favorite English writers include: Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne), George Eliot, D H Lawrence, P. G. Wodehouse, J.R.R. Tolkein, C. S. Lewis, Sheila Gibbons, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Contemporary Literature. A few of my favorite modern British writers include: J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Nick Hornsby, Matt Beaumont, and Sue Townsend (The Queen and I and the Adrian Mole series). Some of my favorite mystery writers include: P. D. James, Colin Dexter, and Reginald Hill. And a few of my favorite chick-lit authors include: Helen Fielding (especially the book that started it all, Bridget Jones's Diary), Jane Green, Wendy Holden, Carole Matthews, Robyn Sisman, Elizabeth Young, Jenny Colgan, and Sophia Kinsella.

There have also been great travel books written about England including Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson; My Love Affair with England, Susan Allen Toth; Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome; and In Search of England, H. V. Morton.