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Review: This is Going to Hurt

Ben Whishaw during an interview for “Mary Poppins Returns”

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The hunger grows for ‘opinionated news’ in the UK

The UK’s broadcast news media landscape has changed greatly since the turn of the century, and the transformation is set to accelerate drastically in the coming years with the arrival of new outlets that promise to bring controversy, outrage and adoration in equal measure. The UK has some of the most comprehensive media laws regarding […]

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The highs and lows of TV dating

CW: ableism The spectacle of TV dating exploded onto our screens with The Undateables in 2012, followed by First Dates in 2013 and Naked Attraction in 2016. These shows all offer a more realistic look into the dating lives of the British public, far more than Love Island ever will.  TV dating offers some of […]

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The Mandolorian review: season two, episode one

If you’ve watched Breaking Bad, and binged on The Boys, but you’re still itching for a gritty high budget series where Giancarlo Esposito plays a sinister megalomaniac, then you might be in luck. Jon Favreau’s hit series The Mandalorian began again this week. It’s scarcely different to season one, with the first episode following a […]

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What to Watch in Lockdown. Week 3: Mr. Mercedes

I’ll be the first to admit that this week of lockdown has not been a good week. I don’t know if it’s because the reality has set in and the novelty has worn off, if I’m just getting lonely, or if I miss the vitamin D, but I haven’t really had much energy this week […]

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ITV’s new series “Butterfly” gives a voice to transgender characters

“Tell our stories with the creativity, dignity, humour and depth that makes us real people. Let us help you tell those stories or better yet, help us tell them ourselves and then put us in them… You’ll be making the world a little bit safer for an intensely maligned, under-represented, and vulnerable population.” GLAAD and […]

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The Shadows

In the rapidly developing podcast scene, audio dramas are not where you would expect them to be. Cult favourites like Campfire Radio Theatre and The Nosleep Podcast have a surreal campy quality that keeps the audience listening for the story, but hardly convinces them of reality. The Shadows from CBC Podcasts, in contrast, is stunningly […]

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The Good Place

Holy shirtballs! The new season of The Good Place has landed on Netflix. Chidi, Tahani, Jason and Eleanor are back on Earth, unaware of their second chance at becoming “good people”. It’s entertaining to see to see the fan-favourite foursome alive and well, having been rescued from their gruesome fates by Michael (Ted Danson), but […]