Jodie Bailey

TV

Line of Duty series five review

‘Bent coppers!’: it’s the endless refrain of Line of Duty this series, in any other show it would grate on you in no time at all – yet season five of Line of Duty just about gets away with it. The return of Jed Mercurio’s Line of Duty follows comes after the amazing success of…

TV

True Detective Season 3 initial review

The third season of HBO’s crime anthology series True Detective bears a lot of weight on its shoulders. The show’s memorable first season, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, was a stellar southern gothic story that delved into morality and the nature of good and evil. Meanwhile the second season, with a bigger big-name cast…

Film

God’s Own Country: love, nature and acceptance

God’s Own Country opens with a bleak landscape; a reluctant dawn illuminating a grey and isolated world, the wind whistling without pause, and the sound of protagonist Johnny (Josh O’Connor) retching after one too many the night before. It’s an inexpressibly sad and hollow scene. Johnny’s world, limited on the family sheep farm that he…

TV

The ones to watch in 2019

2019 looks set to be a big year for some of our favourite returning shows and for some fresh, new ones for us to indulge in. Perhaps the big one this year is the final season of Game of Thrones; season eight is scheduled to have a smaller episode count (only six) but some of…

TV

Christmas Highlights

Christmas TV often gets a bad rap; there’s too many repeats, not enough decent films on, and the comedy specials are cringeworthy. So, what is there going to be on the gogglebox this festive season that’s actually worth watching? Watership Down looks set to be the big event on BBC One this Christmas. A co-production…

Arts

Book review: Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Sat on one of the pews in the Unitarian Octagon Church, I cannot help but be in awe of the space. The Book Hive owners were quite right, we would not have all fit in the shop. Once upon a time, before Sarah Perry had become Sarah Perry, her book launches had been hosted in…

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