Tag : bbc

TV | Silk – Courtroom battles, sex, hypocrisy and even a little bit of Joy Division

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Battles in the courtroom, sex, hypocrisy, terminal illness, love, power, and even a bit of Joy Division. What doesn’t series three of Silk have to offer? Well, for Martha Costello (Maxine Peake), it doesn’t seem to offer success; her client, declared guilty, kills himself, whilst competitor Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones) … Read More

TV | BBC vs ITV – The big debate

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Late in 2013, a Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, ran an editorial saying that Britain was “no longer any kind of ‘big country’, but merely a country of old Europe suitable for tourism and overseas study, with a few decent football teams.” The newspaper forgot to mention the contribution that … Read More

TV | Britain's Great War – BBC's tribute to WWI centenary season

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It’s very difficult to write a book or make a documentary series that gives a general description of a major war. World War One and Two have been documented to the extent that it is difficult to come up with something new and interesting to say, especially considering the number of war buffs there are about, including … Read More

TV | Hidden Kingdoms

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BBC’s latest instalment of a new nature series was highly anticipated; if only because Stephen Fry was narrating. Having not expected anything too different from the Attenborough style nature programmes we’ve come to love; one is initially taken back by its liveliness, and with the Harry Potter reminiscent music you … Read More

TV | Sherlock – Once again a weekly dose of Cumberbatch is taken from us too soon

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I, like many of my fellow Britons, am suffering from a serious case of Sherlock withdrawal symptoms. Like a whirlwind love affair, season three of the hit show flew onto our screens and departed almost as quickly, with just enough time to squeeze in a return from the dead, three … Read More

TV | The 7.39 – A surprisingly enjoyable romance without the happy-ever-after cliché ending

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For some reason re-reading Starter for Ten whilst at university has become a ritual to me. It’s set at university. It’s an easy read and has a satisfying ending. Thankfully it doesn’t follow the same happy-ever-after cliché found in a regular romance novel. Like most of David Nicholls’ work, the … Read More

TV | Death Comes to Pemberley – Did it live up to Austen lovers' expectations?

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Upon hearing that part one of a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was being aired on Boxing Day, my immediate thought was that the author had taken a bit of a risk. Continuing the lives of one of the most loved literary couples (AKA Lizzie and Darcy) is bound to … Read More

TV | The Whale – The true story that inspired the wonderful Moby Dick

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The true story that inspired Herman Melville’s iconic Moby Dick was told in a tale full of intense emotion, dramatic forces of nature and sea crew hostilities in a new BBC saga. An aged cabin boy, played by Martin Sheen, recounts his experience on the Essex, a whaling ship that … Read More

News | Leeds students talk feminism on BBC

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A special show on feminism featuring Leeds students is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The programme looks at the increased attention feminism has had over 2013,  including Femsoc’s protests following the Tequila controversy. Femsoc coordinator Freya Potter said: “It’s amazing that our society and campaigning this semester was noticed by … Read More

TV | Last Tango in Halifax – More Alan Bennett than Wuthering Heights

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You could be forgiven for having missed the first series of the BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax, not to be mistaken for the Marlon Brando film Last Tango in Paris, under any circumstances, students are not exactly its intended audience however, having earned universal acclaim from critics, drawing in huge … Read More