Dan Struthers

TV

2017 in television

Post-Brexit and post-Trump, more than ever we needed a good year of TV to escape into and, looking back, 2017 was a rather brilliant year for the small screen. Sherlock kicked off 2017 on New Year’s Day with a shocking finale in the first episode, Toby Jones’ delightful villain and the revelation of a third…

TV, Venue

Lord of the small screens: the two mediums

With the huge, and surprisingly unpopular, announcement that Amazon are flirting with the idea of adapting Lord of the Rings for the small screen, it is worth examining other attempts of films that have been bastardised – sorry I mean lovingly crafted – for TV, to see what LOTR can learn. On the one hand…

Arts

Inkwell Productions injects energy into performance of Waiting for Godot

Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It’s awful. These are not my words, dear reader, these are the words of Estragon – a character from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. While this exclamation of frustration seems rather simplistic, it does rather succinctly prepare the audience for two hours of philosophical musing, witty exchanges and relatively…

TV

Is it time for Doctor Who to go?

As the new Tardis team is announced for season 11 of Doctor Who, Dan Struthers and Evlyn Forsyth-Muris debate whether the show should keep regenerating or face maximum extermination… Yes! First of all, I want to make it clear that my argument to axe Doctor Who has nothing to do with Jodie Whittaker’s casting as…

Film

mother!

Darren Aronofsky has a tendency to direct and write disturbing (Black Swan), polarising (The Fountain) and controversial (Requiem for Dream) films, but mother! may just be the ultimate amalgamation of all of the above. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a housebound wife and Javier Bardem as her playwright husband. They live in a solitary old house,…

TV, Venue

Freshers on the small screen

Fresh Meat, The Young Ones, Community. What do these seemingly random bunch of shows have in common? Why, university of course! University life is a tough one to pin down on TV, most shows tend to portray students as lazy creatures, their student houses as chaotic tips and the freshers experience as a crazy few…

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