A week in mild amusement

16th October 2018

Let’s get down from business X-Factor contestants who were filmed excitedly enjoying business class were sent back to economy once filming stopped. I don’t see why people are annoyed by this. The short taste of opulence followed by a hard push back to poverty is great practice for the eventual winner. The only way they […]

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House of Cards kills Frank Underwood?

7th September 2018

Following accusations of sexual assault against House of Cards lead actor Kevin Spacey, a teaser trailer for the show’s final season has revealed his character’s fate. The trailer shows Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, standing at a gravestone with the epitaph reading: ‘Francis J Underwood, 46th President of the United States’. You should have […]

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4 best pop-culture misanthropes

24th August 2018

After going to see Christopher Robin this weekend, it struck me how much I enjoyed the character of Eeyore. The idea of a perpetually gloomy pessimist, I realised, is one of my favourite archetypes. We’re all hit by moments when we can’t be bothered with people and a misanthropic grump is a great vicarious antidote. Here are […]

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4 people we hated more than the villain

27th June 2018

There are some truly reprehensible villains out there. In both fiction and reality. Sometimes though, the bloke posited as our ultimate bad guy isn’t half as bad as the slimeball in the background. Here are our picks for the characters who, honestly, were worse than the official antagonist. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter) If you’ve ever […]

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4 Sidekicks who are better than the hero

3rd June 2018

It’s a thankless job being a sidekick. You have to go through the same adversity the protagonist does and at the end of it, all you get is a lousy pat on the head and (in Chewbacca’s case) not even a medal. What the hell Leia? For your viewing pleasure, here’s our list of sidekicks […]

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Walking Dead Star To Leave Show

1st June 2018

Andrew Lincoln, who has played Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead for the past eight years, will be leaving the show after the next season. The show became a cult classic rapidly after its first season in 2010, spawning a whole host of games and spin-offs. Reported via Collider, they state that the ninth season […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th May 2018

Royale with sleaze The makers of popular video game Fortnite are being sued by the studio behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for copying their game. With the best will in the world, this did raise my eyebrows slightly. The premise of both games is that a large number of players are dropped into an area and have […]

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A message to Kim Kardashian

12th May 2018

All of the time we hear people banging on about body confidence and whatever empowers one woman is great for all women. But there’s something I need to say. And I need to send a message to Kim Kardashian. Before I begin my long-winded episode of I Don’t Want to Keep up with the Kardashians […]

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Cancelled

11th May 2018

Cast members of the cult classic Brooklyn Nine-Nine TV show have thanked fans for their support, as it was revealed that Fox would not be renewing it for another season. The network has said that the final season will air later this month. The show starred the likes of Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero […]

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Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

11th May 2018

The A Series of Unfortunate Events book series was one of my favourite reads as a child. It was darkly mature, funny and utterly distinct from anything else at the time. When I heard Netflix was producing a TV series, then, it naturally intrigued me. Long form storytelling is really the only way to tell […]

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A week in mild amusement

8th May 2018

Gnome country for old men Scottish police have appealed to the public after someone stole 37 garden gnomes from a front garden in Angus. Against all odds, this doesn’t even appear to be guerrilla marketing for that Sherlock Gnomes movie that’s, for some reason, coming out. Police describe the kidnapped collectables as the ‘usual gardening […]

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DC Turning to Horror

5th May 2018

DC, because it wants a piece of all the pies, has announced its own streaming service, DC Universe, and has revealed its first exclusive live-action series, Swamp Thing. Even better, the team behind the series has created some of the best horror movies in the last few years. We have Mark Verheiden (Ash vs. Evil […]

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Bill Cosby guilty of sexual assault

26th April 2018

US comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of sexual assault in a groundbreaking trial. It is the latest achievement of justice the #MeToo sexual assault and harrassment movement has brought about since the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Cosby has been convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 following a large […]

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18th April 2018

Why I do have sympathy for Ant Ant McPartlin, one half of TV’s Ant and Dec, has been part of the nation’s life for as long as people my age (18 now, thanks for asking) can remember. He has been our Saturday nights in the spring and our November nights in, staying up late in […]

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Deadpool TV Show All but Cancelled

28th March 2018

With the unveiling of Deadpool 2 coming later this year, it was announced in 2017 there would be an animated Deadpool TV show from Donald Glover. Unfortunately, it’s falling apart. Donald Glover, his brother Stephen and FX have announced they have separated from the show, due to ‘creative differences’, according to Entertainment Weekly. Right now, we’re […]

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Shakespeare Gets the Female Perspective

26th March 2018

Oscar-nominated actor and producer Margot Robbie is to bring some of Shakespeare’s work to Australian network ABC – and there’s a twist. Robbie, who was born and raised in Australia, will tell some of the Bard’s great work from a female perspective with an all-female creative team. There will be ten standalone episodes aimed at […]

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BenDeLaCreme Spills The Tea

23rd March 2018

Being a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race irrefutably comes with emotional baggage.  As Shangela often put it with her onslaught of Game of Thrones references, shock eliminations and unexpected departures –  namely BenDeLaCreme’s – are merely part of the narrative. However, I can speak for everyone when I say this series of ‘All Stars 3’ […]

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Netflix’s The Crown Pay Gap Exposed

13th March 2018

Just when you think the gender pay gap couldn’t get any more ludicrous, it does. This time, it’s with the news that The Crown’s Claire Foy, who played the Queen in the Netflix original series, was paid less than Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip. It’s not like Foy was playing the main character or […]

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Obama: Netflix Exclusive

9th March 2018

Netflix and America’s only good president, Barack Obama, is potentially going to be collaborating on TV shows together. Reported by The New York Times, Obama is in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Netflix to create a ‘series of high-profile shows’. NYT’s report doesn’t cite sources, however. As part of the deal, Netflix would pay Obama and his […]

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Can we still watch Aziz Ansari?

23rd February 2018

I threw on Parks and Recreation the other night as a comfort watch. It’s my favourite US sitcom and my go-to for a few easy laughs mixed in with a healthy touch of gooey sentiment. However, as I chuckled at the cringey antics of MVP-wannabe Tom Haverford, a pang of guilt struck me. I thought […]

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TV Review: The Fall

18th February 2018

4.5/5 Crime and thriller TV series are some of the most successful in the world. Broadchurch, Silent Witness and Breaking Bad are some of the most popular, and the best. But some of them have been absolute flops, trying to fit in with the trend and utterly failing to do so. The Fall is the […]

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The Standstill Dead

18th January 2018

After AMC’s The Walking Dead saw its lowest ratings since Season 2, the show is seeing a mix up in show-runners. Scott Gimple will leave the role he has occupied since 2013. He will be replaced by Angela Kang, who previously worked on the show as a writer. The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Gimple will […]

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Game of Thrones Spin-Offs in the Works

16th January 2018

While it was originally the plan to end Game of Thrones at Season 8, plans have now been set for up to five prequels. The eighth series is set to release in 2019, however HBO has plans reaching far beyond that now. Last year, it was reported that the channel was indeed working on prequels. […]

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Gillian Anderson Finished with Scully?

11th January 2018

With the news of a new season of X-Files, Gillian Anderson shared that she is ready to move on from the role of Scully. Well, this has been all but confirmed, as she shut down the notion of returning to the character at any point. Gillian Anderson started playing the role in 1993 and has […]

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A week in mild amusement

9th January 2018

Theresa May, in a blistering display of chastisement not seen since you laughingly called your dog a ‘bad boy’ while snapchatting him chewing up kleenex, has said she’s ‘not impressed’ with Toby Young’s scintillating Twitter history. She said Young has been assured that if he talks that way in the future, his shiny new job […]

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How to Who

8th January 2018

I recently set myself the unenviable task of watching the entire Doctor Who series since the 2005 reboot in the space of a month. Therefore, I’ve a lot of Who on the brain. This years festive special marked the final appearance of Peter Capaldi as the cantankerous Time-Lord but, more interestingly, the departure of showrunner […]

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Netflix Greenlights Bright Sequel

5th January 2018

Despite the incredibly low Metacritic score and the general distaste among viewers, David Ayer’s Bright, is getting a sequel. The Netflix original released on 22nd December, to universal criticism. It shows a world where fantasy creatures and humans co-exist in modern times. Will Smith stars as a cop, who ends up being partnered with an […]

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TWD’s Ratings Dip Defended by Producer

3rd January 2018

Season 8 of AMC’s The Walking Dead has hit its lowest ratings yet, prompting the shows producer David Alpert to say a few words. The first half of the current season has seen its lowest figures since 2011. Alpert told Variety that looking at the figures is misleading to show how popular the series is. […]

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The Office Making a Comeback in 2018-2019?

19th December 2017

NBC’s popularised show The Office could be making a comeback in late 2018 or early 2019. It was a spin-off from the UK version which was created by Ricky Gervais. Reported by TV Line, it said that the show would feature a combination of returning cast members and some new faces. It would take place […]

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Harington on Season 8 of GOT

18th December 2017

As we all know, the next season of Game of Thrones (at least in this timeline) will be the last, but what does Jon Snow think? Kit Harington, speaking to Time, said that the current series is ‘bigger than it’s ever been’. The star will be on set in Belfast to shoot some scenes. The […]

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Jessica Jones Returns in March 2018

11th December 2017

Jessica Jones, everyone’s favourite alcoholic, pessimistic, super-strong PI is coming back to Netflix next year in March. Krysten Ritter will return to portray Jessica, who is still reeling from the end of Season 1 and is still learning that having friends can be a good thing. From the looks of things, drinking, swearing and generally […]

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The Witcher TV Show Gets Writers

11th December 2017

The Witcher is coming to Netflix and now has a writer attached to it. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will reportedly write the show. She wrote The Defenders, the okay Marvel mashup exclusive to Netflix and Daredevil, which was arguably more fun. She also helmed the political drama The West Wing. With her on board, the show […]

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Crisis on Earth-X: Review

7th December 2017

This week the four primary CW Arrowverse shows had their annual crossover event. Over two days and four forty minute instalments the likes of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow were pitted against a world ending threat in the closest thing the CW gets to an exciting premise. As the sole […]

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Review: The Sex Robots are Coming

6th December 2017

4/5 In a world where we’re talking about everything apart from the things we should be talking about, Channel 4’s new documentary, The Sex Robots are Coming, is a breath of fresh air. I’d say it was relieving someone’s talking about it, but, actually, the documentary is quite scary. The prospect of artificial intelligence is frightening […]

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TV Review – Alias Grace

2nd December 2017

Alias Grace is the latest adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, following the huge success of The Handmaid’s Tale. The Netflix series documents the attempts of Simon Jordan to establish whether convicted murderess Grace Marks could be gotten off her charge by reason of insanity. It is a fictional story based on fact, with Atwood’s […]

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Review: X Factor 2017 so far

27th November 2017

The X Factor has been on our screens since 2004 and since that night in September, the show has become part and parcel of British life and television history. Series 14 of the music competition is well underway now with the final (thankfully) next weekend, when an act will win and we’ll probably never hear […]

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#GBBO Faves Get Festive

23rd November 2017

With Series 8 gobbled up by viewers at the end of October, The Great British Bake Off saw a successful return this Summer after new judges, new presenters, and a whole new home on Channel 4 initially made loyal fans queasy. Our ovens may be empty for the time being, but GBBO lovers will be […]

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The Punisher – Review

21st November 2017

Straight up, The Punisher is probably my favourite Marvel Netflix series yet. It’s a thriller-esc, action-oriented drama to put it one way. It’s a massive step above the most recent series, The Defenders, with better characters, cooler set-pieces and an overall better story. For those who don’t know, The Punisher revolves around Frank Castle, out […]

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The Punisher Now Available

17th November 2017

After a few setbacks, delays and some concerns about the nature of the show, The Punisher is now available for streaming on Netflix. The show revolves around Daredevil Season 2’s secondary bad guy, Frank Castle, played by John Bernthal, seeking out those responsible for the death of his family. It’ll be cool to see how […]

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery

14th November 2017

This week saw the final episode of the newest Star Trek series before it takes its mid-season break. This seemed a shame really as the series just appeared to be hitting its stride. After an action-heavy two-part premiere the show slumped a bit once the producers realised that that kind of momentum would be a […]

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New Doctor Who Look Revealed!

10th November 2017

The first image of the new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, has been released. The show’s official Twitter released the image of the 13th Doctor, pictured walking across some hills, with the TARDIS in the background. She looks very swaggy. Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi, who has been the Doctor since 103. He will make […]

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People Really Like Stranger Things

3rd November 2017

The second season of Stranger Things was released only last week and has already been watched by one-third of Netflix’s subscribers. The show’s premiere averaged around 16 million views during the first three days it was available. Nielsen, the company that tracks this kind of thing, also estimated that 361,000 people watched the entire season […]

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Celebrity Gogglebox Gets Its Celebs

2nd November 2017

Ed Sheeran is set to appear with Example and Big Nartsie on Celebrity Gogglebox. The show will be aired on Friday, with a few other big names too. The show normally depicts usual people reacting to whatever happens to be on the telly that evening. The show has garnered a few favourites, with some of […]

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Bake Off Finale Sees 7.3 Million Views

1st November 2017

Spoilers for the finale below. The Great British Bake Off finale saw a massive live audience of 7.3 million people, which then rose to 7.7 million when taking into account those who watched on Channel 4 +1. The figures come despite co-host Prue Leith accidentally tweeting the name of the winner a full 10 hours […]

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I’m A Celebrity 2017: Who’s Involved?

30th October 2017

Up in the North East, we all love Ant and Dec. So, you’re probably thrilled to know that I’m A Celebrity will be back very soon, and rumours of this year’s celebs are pretty exciting! Here are just a few that we hope are true! Vanessa White Former The Saturdays singer, Vanessa, has recently been […]

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X-Factor Getting a Shakeup

27th October 2017

The X Factor is getting a revamped format, scrapping the sing off and making it so the people at home actually control who stays and who goes. In the previous series, contestants who had the lowest public votes would have a sing-off, then the judges would decide who stays. Now, however, the contestant with the […]

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Stranger Things 2 Is Here!

27th October 2017

Yes, just in time for Halloween, Stranger Things Season 2 is finally here! Stanger Things 2 is now available for streaming on Netflix with the entirety of the season being available now. It’s been a long wait since the first season, almost a year and a half, but if it’s as good as the first, […]

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Daredevil Season 3 Details

26th October 2017

As reported by Deadline, it has been confirmed that Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, Wilson Fisk, will return for the next season of Daredevil, (arguably) Netflix’s best Marvel show. The next season of Daredevil is said to be out in 2018, although no specific date has been set. The show also has a new showrunner, Erik Oleson, […]

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Gunpowder Plot Draws Controversy

23rd October 2017

Gunpowder Plot Draws Controversy And it’s 2017, how weird is that? The newest BBC drama, Gunpowder has received a few complaints about the level of violence in the show. The show’s creators have defended it, however, as the show is historically accurate to how certain people were prosecuted. The plot focuses on the infamous Gunpowder […]

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3 TV Shows You’ve Got to Watch This Month

11th October 2017

As the nights get colder, it’s very tempting to just forget about all of your responsibilities and just snuggle up on the sofa. But, to be able to do that, you need some great entertainment, too. That’s where we come in. Instead of providing you with a huge list that you’ll just never get through, […]

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