Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vanity Fair Eastenders Party Big Apple Brits

Article in Vanity Fair by James Walcott on Big Apple Brits-Eastenders 25th Anniversary Party in New York City.

Eastenders 25th Anniversary Party by Big Apple Brits in New York City - THE premier social community for British Expats, Anglophiles,Britophiles and lovers of Brit culture in New York City, USA -


Gritty Brits and Britty Grits by James Walcott - Vanity Fair

Dot. Sharon. Lofty. Arfur. Pauline. Den & Angie. Grant and Phil. Pat and Frank.

If these names stir your wind chimes, then you must be a fan of EastEnders, the gritty, spotty-faced British soap opera where everyone's got something dodgy going on and the characters spit dialogue such as, "He needs to sort himself out" and "He needs sorting out, that one does" and "You need to sort yourself out, before somebody does it for you."

"Personally," writes Michael Bywater in a very entertaining essay on The Meaning of EastEnders, I'd give it top marks just for introducing a new and universally appropriate greeting whenever one resident opens the front door to another: 'What YOU want?'"

In honor of the show's 25th anniversary (my, how time flaps like a sooty bird), there's a Big Apple Brits party this Saturday the 13th at the Grisly Pear on Macdougald Street that begins at 5 pm and will continue until everybody is properly sorted out. For all the details, click this link.

The anniversary party also serves as the book launch for Larry Jaffee's Albert Square & Me: The Actors of EastEnders, a collection of interviews with cast members past and present. The publisher of Walford Gazette, Jaffee is the best friend on this side of the Atlantic that EastEnders has ever had, a tireless evangelist for the show fighting for its availability on public television and cable despite setback after setback. (I've never forgiven BBC America for dumping new episodes of EastEnders for a nonstop rotation of antiques and makeover programs.) Albert Square & Me is also available on Amazon.

Did I ever tell about the time I attended a luncheon for June Brown, the actress who plays Dot? Turns out she had a small role in Straw Dogs that ended up on the cutting-room floor. Now as fascinated as I was to hear about EastEnders backstage baseball, getting the inside dope on Sam Peckinpah's sorting everybody out on the set of Straw Dogs--well, to me that's the stuff of "movie magic." Because of that I probably monopolized June Brown at that long-ago luncheon, but who cares, the restaurant where we met is now a bank and the colors of memory have run and mingled and faded. Time's winged chariot is stuck in a snowbank and so I must take the subway instead down to Soho House, where I have a lunch date.


About Big apple Brits

Big Apple Brits - THE Premier Social Networking Community in New York City for British Expats, Anglophiles and lovers of Brit Culture. Our primary goal at Big Apple Brits is to provide an established British Expatriate community and forum in NYC for new arrivals, weekend visitors & guests from the UK, as well as building upon great friendships and networking possibilities we offer in New York City and beyond!

In addition to British Expats, we also welcome Anglophiles & anyone interested in Brit culture. We specialize in specializing in online forums, blogs, business services and regular face to face events. Being Expats ourselves we understand some of the challenges with moving, working and in all cases making friends in a new city. Big Apple Brits assists new members to settle into life quickly with a great network of friends and helps with many questions that occur when relocating to a new country.

Big Apple Brits is free to join and become an active member in our online community. Our regular events are extremely inexpensive and we usually only charge a small nominal fee for attendance. In addition to the Big Apple Brits site, we also run the largest British Expat Group on with over 1300 members - Our Facebook community is in excess of 1000 members - Our LinkedIn Groups have over 500 members and 1400 people follow us on Twitter. We pride ourselves on being the No. 1 British Expat community in New York City.

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