Tag : television

TV | First Dates – A dating show with a difference?

5 years ago / 0 comments

First Dates is Channel 4’s latest attempt to spice up the rather stagnant pool of TV programs about dating. It strays away from the game show format prominent in recent shows like Take Me Out and the (frankly awful) Love Machine, and tries to keep it as simple as possible, … Read More

TV | Mary Berry Cooks – More simple and delicious recipes from the Queen of baking

5 years ago / 0 comments

Several years after the BBC ditched the likes of Delia Smith from their schedule, in a seemingly ageist move that instead sought after bright young TV chefs, this approach has been reversed in recognition of the burgeoning popularity of Mary Berry and her legion of fans. Queen of baking and … Read More

TV | Outnumbered – The teenage years

5 years ago / 0 comments

The final episode ever of BBC1’s family comedy Outnumbered has now been aired. Having followed the family since 2007, I was enthusiastically anticipating its fifth series. However, as the children turned 11, 13 and 17, reaching the teenage years we know all too-well, I was not fully certain what it … Read More

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

5 years ago / 0 comments

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 | Five reasons everyone should watch House of Cards

5 years ago / 0 comments

1) Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood Monstrously ambitious and cruel, Kevin Spacey surpasses himself as Frank Underwood. It’s a clichè but one cannot help but love to hate the most powerful man in Congress (or so he likes to think). The audience are almost too involved at times as Spacey … Read More

TV | Procedural Vs Serialised – Battle of the attention spans

5 years ago / 0 comments

It is accepted in television folklore that serialised television is much better than its procedural sister, or perhaps rival.  Who ends up sitting on the Iron throne for the Game of Thrones fans out there is a much more important social question to be answered, and hopefully it is answered … Read More

TV | BBC vs ITV – The big debate

5 years ago / 0 comments

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 | Fleming – Shaken but not quite stirred enough

5 years ago / 0 comments

It’s clear that James Bond was Ian Fleming’s idol; his books were his desired autobiography, with “you as you’d like to be”, as his wife is quick to point out to him in the new BBC America miniseries (coming to us via Sky Atlantic). Dominic Cooper (The History Boys) stars as the creator … Read More

TV | The Smoke – Full of the same emergency services clichés?

5 years ago / 0 comments

It immediately occurs to the viewer, as they sit down to watch Sky1’s new series The Smoke, that there are surprisingly few firefighting based dramas around on television compared to their emergency service cousins. This is even more confusing considering that shows such as Holby City and Casualty are still … Read More

TV |Freeview Flicks of the week – Schindler's List, Billy Elliot and Milk

5 years ago / 0 comments

There’s always a wide selection of great films available on Freeview, and seeing as staying in is the new going out, TV presents the ideal opportunity to catch up on what you might have missed in the cinema. Sometimes the choice can be quite overwhelming, so here at Leeds Student … Read More