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Atypical Review

I’m a weirdo, that’s what everyone says.  These are the words of the protagonist of Netflix’s new comedy-drama Atypical. Sam is 18 years old, has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is on a quest to find a girlfriend. His obsession with Antarctica, coupled with sensory and communication issues, make finding a girlfriend a daunting challenge for […]

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Brand New Netflix Original: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Last week, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events came to Netflix. This season focuses on the first four books, such as The Bad Beginning and The Wide Window, conveying the miserable tale of the Baudelaire orphans and their continued attempts to escape the clutches of the murderous Count […]

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National Treasure Review (CW: Rape)

What makes a woman stand by her husband when he is accused of rape? This is the question posited by Channel 4’s dark new drama, National Treasure, which portrays a fictional historic sex abuse investigation. Robbie Coltrane delivers an impressive performance as Paul Finchley, a household name and half of an ageing comedy double act. […]

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The A Word: BBC One

He talks, he laughs, he looks you in the eye. How can he be autistic?  is the question posed by The A Word, a new six-part BBC drama, which follows the way in which five-year old Joe’s dysfunctional family react when he is diagnosed with autism.  Set in the natural beauty of the Lake District, […]

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First Dates: Channel 4

First Dates has once again returned to our screens this week, and now in its sixth series it promises to be as popular as ever. As usual, we are a fly on the wall in the First Dates restaurant, able to watch people on what is described as the ‘most intense meal of their lives’. […]

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E4’s Aliens

Set in a dystopian version of the modern world, E4 brings us a new sci-fi comedy-drama, The Aliens. From the same producer as Channel 4’s Misfits, we are plunged into a world 40 years after aliens have crash-landed on earth. Whilst looking, speaking and acting like humans, the aliens are segregated in an un-policed ghetto, […]

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Happy Valley returns on BBC 2

Last week saw the long-awaited return of Sally Wainwright’s Bafta award-winning crime drama, Happy Valley, promising to be as gripping as ever. We re-join the drama around 18 months on, and with the psychopathic rapist Tommy Lee Royce safely tucked-up behind bars, we return to the daily life of the no-nonsense Sergeant Catherine Cawood. However, […]

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The Real Marigold Hotel: BBC Two

Inspired by John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, BBC 2 brings us The Real Marigold Hotel, a whole new kind of celebrity travelogue. Eight famous pensioners, including Miriam Margolyes, Wayne Sleep and Rosemary Shrager, spend three weeks in India in order to decide if they would enjoy a better retirement there than in the […]