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Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves is written by journalist Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline. It is a re-creation of their chaotic adolescence in Wolverhampton, updated to the present day. Germaine (Helen Monks) and Aretha (Alexa Davies) embody the equivalents of the two writers; the latter is the deadpan, unimpressed foil to the former’s outspoken, lust-filled eccentric. […]

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Podcast Pick

Assignment on the BBC World Service aims to tell world stories from the point of view of those most affected by them; the victims, the witnesses, and the perpetrators. In the episode ‘ISIS: Looting for Terror’, Simon Cox travels to Beirut, Damascus, Amsterdam, and London to investigate the smuggling of Syrian artefacts, many of which […]

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Indian Summers

Indian Summers begins in 1932 with the annual retreat of the imperial British elite to Simla, situated at the foot of the Himalayas. Its ambitious makers hope that it will be the first of a five series, 50 episode retelling of the birth of modern India. The first episode opens with Alice Whelan (Jemima West) […]

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall’s genius lies in its focus on the character of Thomas Cromwell (Anton Lesser); she fleshes him out from a devious councillor to a meritocratic businessman, lawyer, and adventurer. He rises from humble beginnings as a blacksmith’s son, to Italian mercenary, to loyal friend and employee of the influential Cardinal Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce) despite his Protestant reformist leanings (he reads banned books).