TV / 12/07/2022 What to watch this summer  

Days on the beach in the summer sun can be as tiring as they are fun, which is why I like to sit back and relax with a new favourite TV show. Here are some of my summer picks:  If your summer is a little too much of this world, you may need an escape...

TV / 12/07/2022 TV, TikTok and Tunes  

We always think of how much a soundtrack elevates a TV show, but seldom think of how it also works the other way around.  As most people know, a soundtrack can do wonders to boost how people react to a show – think of The Summer I Turned Pretty. TSITP had banger after banger, from...

TV / 12/07/2022 CBBC and Gen Z’s Cultural Memory 

The CBBC Channel is something of a cultural touchstone for everyone who grew up watching it – myself included. Its programmes created shared moments and experiences which can still bring us together years later. Childhood memories have strong emotional feelings behind them, and so it is no surprise that the BBC’s announcement CBBC would be...

TV / 12/07/2022 TV Series Review: Heartstopper

A queer British coming-of-age Netflix series, Heartstopper is a wholesome rom-com teen-drama. The series follows the unlikely friendship of shy protagonist Charlie Spring, and popular, rugby-playing Nick Nelson. Their affections for one another blossom into a beautiful romance, leading them to navigate young queer love at school.   Premiering an eight-episode first season in April 2022,...

TV / 03/05/2022 The mistreatment of queer characters is more than fiction

The mistreatment of queer characters in TV shows is nothing new: the ‘burying your gays’ trope has been evident in popular media for far too long. This is the idea that queer people are stripped of a happy ending or healthy relationship, likely including a fatality. Often, the queer character was only a display of...

TV / 03/05/2022 The Privatisation of Channel 4

Channel 4 is a much-loved British television channel, which has brought both newsworthy information, and powerful entertainment to the public since it was founded in 1982. However, the government has now announced that they intend to go ahead with plans to privatise it. The reasoning behind this change is that ministers believe Channel 4, as...

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TV, TikTok and Tunes  

We always think of how much a soundtrack elevates a TV show, but seldom think of how it also works the other way around.  As most people know, a soundtrack can do wonders to boost how people react to a show – think of The Summer I Turned Pretty. TSITP had banger after banger, from…

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CBBC and Gen Z’s Cultural Memory 

The CBBC Channel is something of a cultural touchstone for everyone who grew up watching it – myself included. Its programmes created shared moments and experiences which can still bring us together years later. Childhood memories have strong emotional feelings behind them, and so it is no surprise that the BBC’s announcement CBBC would be…

TV

TV Series Review: Heartstopper

A queer British coming-of-age Netflix series, Heartstopper is a wholesome rom-com teen-drama. The series follows the unlikely friendship of shy protagonist Charlie Spring, and popular, rugby-playing Nick Nelson. Their affections for one another blossom into a beautiful romance, leading them to navigate young queer love at school.   Premiering an eight-episode first season in April 2022,…

TV

The Privatisation of Channel 4

Channel 4 is a much-loved British television channel, which has brought both newsworthy information, and powerful entertainment to the public since it was founded in 1982. However, the government has now announced that they intend to go ahead with plans to privatise it. The reasoning behind this change is that ministers believe Channel 4, as…

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Are TV Shows Still Being Made for Television?

All organisms adapt to their surroundings in order to survive, this is true of television shows too. The early experimental shows of the 1930s developed into more regular broadcasting. Regular television series such as Come Dancing have evolved into Strictly Come Dancing and have subsequently continued for years. So, has the concept of a television…

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Richard Osman Quits Pointless

While some might recall The Chase, Mastermind, or even University Challenge as their favourite TV quiz show, my go-to on a weekday afternoon is Pointless.  If you are unaware of this staple on the BBC, the premise of the show is simple: come up with the most obscure answer possible. Over a thousand episodes have…

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Queer Representation on Modern TV: A Deep Dive

It’s clear to anyone that we’re in a seemingly ‘Golden Age’ of Queer Television. Contrasted to 20 or 30 years in the past, where representation was sparse or villainised, we have a somewhat fair number of queer characters we can turn to in order to see ourselves represented. But it still isn’t enough. I discussed…


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