TV, Venue / 20/07/2021 Queer Representation in Modern TV: Normalised, or Needs More?

LGBTQIA+ representation on TV is growing, but it still has a long way to go. For decades, queer characters have either been completely lacking from our TV screens, adhering to harmful stereotypes, or have only been included to meet the diversity quota without having a character arc of their own. Some shows attempted to put...

TV, Venue / 20/07/2021 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...

TV, Venue / 20/07/2021 Reality Television, Audience Perceptions, and Mental Health

Being dissatisfied with our lives is a part of the human experience. We have all, at some point, felt inadequate when compared to other people around us, like we are lagging behind and cannot get ahead no matter how hard we try or how many things we achieve. Luckily for us, switching on the screen...

TV / 05/05/2021 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...

TV / 05/05/2021 Eurovision 2021 – What To Look Out For!

After being cancelled last year, Eurovision is rising like a phoenix in 2021 to bring us some quality tunes! Here are five to look out for: Malta: Destiny – Je Me Casse I have to talk about Destiny really, given that she’s the bookies’ favourite to win at the time of writing, and it is...

TV / 05/05/2021 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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Can Period Dramas ever be Feminist?

The last couple of years have seen an upsurge in TV and Film adaptations of literary classics, with a distinctly feminist twist. In 2018, period drama fans were treated to another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic ‘Little Women’. Then came Autumn De Wilde’s ‘Emma’, and the Apple TV mini-series ‘Dickinson’. The latest adaptation to…

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Women on TV: The Inclusion Crisis

From Wonder Woman to Rachel Green to Villanelle, the presentation of gender on television has progressed since the 1970s. There has been an increase in inclusivity and a reduction in gendered stereotypes of women on television.  Wonder Woman is a figure of empowerment yet is sexualised and subjected to the male gaze. ‘Friends’ introduces Rachel…

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WandaVision review: an experimental success

After watching the first episode I’ve been left very confused about the idea behind ‘WandaVision’. The series is streamed on Disney+, starring the characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it shares continuity with the films of the franchise, and takes place after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’….

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To Ship or not to Ship? Relationships on TV

Content Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault Why do we love to watch love? Relationships are sometimes the greatest reasons to watch a new show. It’s the reason to save a Saturday to binge a season of ‘First Dates’, or go back to watch the wedding episode of your favourite sitcom. It’s realising Chandler is the…

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A Rewatch of… Girlfriends

‘Girlfriends’ is a 2000’s American sitcom following the lives of four black women – Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) a young successful lawyer obsessed with the notion of marriage, Toni (Jill Marie Jones) the bougie real estate agent, Maya (Golden Brooks) a working-class mother turned successful author and Lynn (Persia White) a free-spirited sexually active bohemian…


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