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TV | Outnumbered – The teenage years

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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

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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 | Five reasons everyone should watch House of Cards

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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

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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

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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 | Fleming – Shaken but not quite stirred enough

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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?

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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

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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

TV | Troy – Does he stand out against the other magician heavyweights?

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Magic shows have seen a resurgence recently, spearheaded by names like Derren Brown and Dynamo. Troy is the latest magician to try and take advantage of this popularity, with a show on E4. Does he stand out in a world dominated by big names? Not really, but he can do … Read More

TV | True Detective – Part of the McConaughey 'McConnaissance'

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True Detective, HBO’s latest big budget show, always ran the risk of simply rehashing the typical cop drama storyline. A complicated murder and mismatched partners forced to work together is a road well-trodden, but True Detective manages to rise above the clichés and provides a gripping story and two fantastic … Read More