TV / 15/12/2020 2020’s Best of TV

‘The Goes Wrong Show’ Matthew Stothard A multilingual WWII codebreaker played by an actress who can only speak English, a deer who misses his cue and a whole set rotated by ninety degrees. If that all sounds weird and random, it’s because it is, but it is pulled off brilliantly by Mischief Theatre, the creators...

TV / 15/12/2020 A Grave Song: In Defence of Sainsbury’s Christmas Advert

The annual arrival of the Christmas advert onto our screens brings with it a sense of anticipation and a taster of the festive joy to come. What will the John Lewis advert be this year? How will the supermarkets decide to advertise their food? What we do not expect is a tsunami of backlash over...

TV / 15/12/2020 ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Review: An Unexpected Success

When I decided to binge watch ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ one Friday night, I wasn’t expecting much. Not knowing how to play chess, nor having a particular interest in it, I went in with the preconception that this show wouldn’t be for me. I’ve never been happier to be wrong, for this show is one of...

TV / 15/12/2020 ‘I’m a Celebrity’ 2020 Review

‘I’m A Celebrity’ this year looked slightly different. Usually, the show takes place in Australia but instead, the celebrities are in Gwrych Castle, North Wales. The contestants this year are Sir Mo Farah, Vernon Kay, Jessica Plummer, Victoria Derbyshire, Beverley Callard, Giovanna Fletcher, AJ Pritchard, Shane Richie, Hollie Arnold, Jordan North, Ruthie Henshall, and Russel...

TV / 15/12/2020 A rewatch of… Wentworth Prison

‘Wentworth Prison’ is an Australian prison drama following the women inside, a loose remake of the TV classic ‘Prisoner: Cell Block H’. I have been re-watching the show on Amazon Prime (mainly to dodge university essays like the plague) and ashamedly I had forgotten how good it is. Despite my glowing recommendation, there are huge...

TV, Venue / 24/11/2020 The life of the advert

Disney has released a new advert in support of the Make-A-Wish charity. The advert tells the story of grandmother Lola, her granddaughter and their family traditions. The story begins with the cuddly toy of Mickey Mouse being gifted to Lola as a child in 1940. As the advert continues, we see that Mickey becomes a...

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Outer Banks: Mystery and Drama

Outer Banks is one of Netflix’s top series at this time. Designed as a blend of dozens of 80s movies and TV shows, it is set in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The series follows an attractive teenage boy John B, who lives on his own. His dad has…

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Race in TV adaptations

Adapting a popular book or comic into a TV series is always a tricky task. People become attached to the characters as they envision them to be, so when a TV show alters a character, it’ll never please everybody.  Film companies in recent years have made efforts to diversify their productions. One way in which…

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I May Destroy You: an eye-opening watch

Michaela Coel is such an amazing creative force. She’s completely unapologetic and tells it like it is. Her portrayal of sexual assault in I May Destroy You is no different. The main character, Arabella, is a young Black woman who is struggling to finish her novel when she is date-raped on a night out. The…

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Pose FX: intersectionality in race

The first episode of Pose FX opens on a disco ball; we see a New York apartment filled with gorgeous guys and girls. While Pose is indeed a show filled with fun and glamour, it also deals with heavy themes. All the girls in the apartment are trans women and are either Black or Afro-Latina….

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Naya Rivera: a beacon of light and hope

Naya Rivera, American actress and singer, has been confirmed to have died following her disappearance at Lake Piru in California. Her four-year-old son was found asleep in the boat from which he and Rivera went swimming; Rivera did not resurface. She was 33 years old. Beginning her career as a child actress in numerous television…

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The Wire: Undeniably America

When it begins, The Wire seems like a regular police procedural, where the bad guys are drug dealers who are ready to get taken down and the police are all the heroes. Over the succeeding five series, it becomes something else: a story about the ways the Black community has been left behind in America…


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