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...

TV / 03/05/2022 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...

TV / 03/05/2022 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...

TV, Venue / 22/03/2022 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...

TV, Venue / 22/03/2022 The Role of Intimacy Directors

In the wake of #MeToo, this past decade has seen a rise of intimacy coordinators in the Film and TV industry. Intimacy coordinators are just as vital a role in filmmaking as a director or producer – their role is to ensure the wellbeing and safety of actors involved in a sexually explicit scene. On...

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The Gender Pay Gap on Screen

The dominating issue of gender pay gaps in all types of jobs has been persistent for a long time, and I’m talking for a very long time. Throughout history, women have traditionally remained at home whilst their husbands worked but by the seventies, the number of women that had taken on jobs had skyrocketed, with…

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The Women of Euphoria

A beautifully honest and illuminating teen drama television series, Euphoria has captivated its viewers with its authentic and empathetic depiction of high school students grappling with their identity, personal traumas, and explorations of love, friendships, sex, and drugs. Starring Zendaya, who plays the series’ narrator Rue Bennet, a teenage drug addict trying to return to…

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New Year, New TV

The BBC turns 100 this year, having produced endless material to celebrate, and reminding us what a vital institution they are. There will be many specials of old favourites for the occasion. It especially seems fitting that Doctor Who should be there to mark the centenary when it has become near-synonymous with the BBC canon…

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The 2022 Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globes were like no other, literally. Held on 9th January at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was hosted as a private event with barely any attendees, and all of the winners were announced on Twitter.  The reason behind the event this year, or lack thereof, was due to the backlash the Hollywood…

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Staples of British evening TV

Even though we live in a world where we can binge shows off streaming services, we often still find ourselves tuning into live television at certain points of the year. Classic prime-time television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here, and The Great British Bake-Off are the common…

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Tiger King 2: Necessary or Nuisance?

Tiger King, Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin: the most talked about subjects of 2020. At the start of lockdown, when everyone was stuck inside, Netflix released a show called Tiger King. Remember that? Well, the much anticipated second season has arrived, but hasn’t made nearly as much of an impact. Don’t get me wrong, I was…

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The Best Comedy Shows by Beloved Stand-Up Comedians

Laughter, much like a virus, is contagious. That might be why it has raised the spirits of so many, particularly over the past two years. Humour is often used as an escapism – a coping mechanism during challenging or tragic situations. Throughout the pandemic, people made songs about hand washing, and joked about the lack…


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