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Are we watching Schitt$ for the sake of it?

Completing Netflix might not appear the impossibility it once was due to the impact lockdown has had on the creative industry. But should viewers be alarmed that what is now deemed good watching as the bar has been lowered considerably? Few of the latest releases and mediocre programmes are gaining viral status. A sign of […]

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Celebrating female creators- Emerald Fennell

In honour of International Women’s Day, I want to share the work of Emerald Fennell. Some may recognise her as Camilla in The Crown, but for me, Fennell is a screenwriter and producer whose work I have come to enjoy. What I like most about Fennell is her versatility in her career, which is only […]

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The BBC faces oblivion

When was the last time you watched television? I don’t mean “when did you last watch nondescript streamed content on a large screen?” I’m talking about linear, live, terrestrial TV. If you’re anything like me, or seemingly a large chunk of the population, I’m willing to bet that you’ve not sat down and watched anything […]

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‘Scandi content is handy’: the role of global content in the streaming race

“Begun, the streaming wars have.” Oh look, a Star Wars reference AND a joke that’s already a cliche. I know, I’m sorry. For those not keeping score at home, the major worldwide players now include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV+.  HBO Max, Paramount+ (the upcoming rebrand of CBS All Access, whose naming […]

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“A plague that was allowed to happen”: Confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic through TV and cinema

Almost thirty years ago, on the 3rd of July, 1981 Lawrence K. Altman published an article in The New York Times that would come to be known as the “gay cancer” story. This was one of the first mentions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in mainstream society, and it would undoubtedly become paramount in perpetuating harmful […]

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The death of TV satire

The new series of Spitting Image was released last month to mixed reactions. Reviews seem to reveal a clear generational divide, older reviewers loved it, younger ones did not. Whilst I have no doubt it would have been ground-breaking for its time; it seems almost as if the show’s cult-status has encroached on its subversiveness. […]