TV / 07/12/2021 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...

TV / 07/12/2021 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...

TV / 07/12/2021 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...

TV / 16/11/2021 The Television Takeover of the MCU

With the release of Disney+, Marvel have been able to expand into new ways of storytelling. Ever since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment back in August 2009, Marvel has inexplicably become one of the biggest cinema franchises in the world. With the move to Disney+ this allows the franchise to expand the MCU. However, this isn’t...

TV / 16/11/2021 RuPaul’s Drag Race and representations of queerness

It is the TV show deemed a “cultural phenomenon”- one that has launched the careers of hundreds of drag queens and introduced millions to the art of drag. It has heralded a new facet of queer culture, given us some of the most gagging moments in reality television and produced more gifs than could be...

TV / 16/11/2021 Review: You – Series 3

October 15th marked the day Netflix released the much awaited third season of You. The series once again follows Joe Goldberg, the loveable psychopath played by Penn Badgley, as he becomes transfixed by yet another love interest. The narrative is told from both Joe and Love Goldberg (Victoria Pedretti), as they navigate suburban life with...

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Limited Series: Why are they so good?

Limited series are not a recent phenomenon. Roots was the first television miniseries to become a worldwide sensation. In January 1977, 36 million households tuned in to watch the finale which, at that point, became the most-watched episode in US television history. Limited series are self-contained narratives which are meticulously planned to achieve a particular…

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Live Broadcasting Is Here to Stay

The debate around the effects of streaming on live television viewership is one that seems never-ending. For years now, commentators have consistently sounded the death knell for watching TV in real time, yet here we are still having the same discussion in 2021. Audiences are undeniably not at the heights they once were, but linear…

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A Rewatch Of Schitt’s Creek

Although ‘Ew, David’ is the phrase spoken by many fans, Schitt’s Creek is anything but a revolting show. Created by father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, the American sitcom focuses on the dynastic Rose family who, having lost their fortune, are forced to relocate to a grotty motel in the town of Schitt’s…

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A Rewatch of… How I Met Your Mother

A beloved American sitcom following the ups and downs of love, friendship, and adulthood, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ triumphed in charming fans for more than 200 episodes within its nine series run. With its relatable characters and storylines, unique structure and mix of humour and drama, audiences could not help but fall in love…

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Review: The Irregulars

‘The Irregulars’ is Netflix’s new British crime drama starring McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari, Harrison Osterfield, and Darci Shaw. This cast is very appealing and are all very talented actors individually as well as when they work together. The plot follows a group of teenagers, named the Irregulars, living in the streets of London…


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