Author: James Tanner

TV Editor | 19-21

Photo by John Mark Smith On 12th March 2021, I attended a panel talk hosted by Holly Lynch, MP for Halifax in conversation with Sally Wainwright, a prolific screenwriter well known for her work on TV over the past two decades. Boasting a strong CV ranging from Happy Valley to Gentleman Jack, Wainwright’s dramas have achieved critical acclaim for their gritty yet warm realism and honest portrayal of the North. This fascinating talk began by drawing attention to the representation of strong women that are featured in her work, as an empowering message considering raised awareness towards sexual violence and Women’s…

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Photo by James Tanner. It may come as no surprise that the Welsh landscape has attracted many production companies over the years, with its abundance of mountains and valleys near the sea. North Wales has certainly not fallen short of the mark, as it remains one of the most in-demand regions for TV producers and location managers to this day. Here is a rundown of some nearby spots that have featured on the small screen and with lockdown restrictions lifting soon, they’re all within reasonable distance for you to visit! Hidden (BBC iPlayer, 2 series) – Bangor University, Garth Pier,…

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Photo by Laurentiu Iordache Spring has arrived, and while lockdown restrictions are slowly lifting there’s still some unmissable TV for you to indulge in. From killer hunts to celebrity painters, chocolate isn’t the only thing we’ll be binging over the holiday break as we reveal what egg-cellent treats the Easter bunny has delivered this season… Grayson Perry’s Art Club Series 2 (Channel 4/All4) Join Grayson Perry in his quest to find painting talent, as he hosts alongside fellow artists and a new celebrity guest each week. This refreshing series comes as an answer to the BBC’s The Big Painting Challenge…

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Photo by Nikolas Nikolic To mark Mothering Sunday this year, what better way to celebrate the mothers in your lives than watching your favourite TV shows together? I’ve certainly shared a lot of special moments on the sofa in front of the small screen alongside my mum, and that never changes. Here is a specially curated watchlist for all the mothers out there – whether you’re spending it with your loved ones, virtually or apart. See if you can spot the variety of mother figures in these shows…   Call the Midwife (Netflix, 8 series) It’s the long-running, nostalgic BBC…

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 May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them – our lives are surrounded by strong, female role models who inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves. As well as those that we know, be them friends, family, or colleagues, we also see them on our TV screens. Monday 8th March marks International Women’s Day, so it only seems fitting that we celebrate some of the best female characters in TV today.   Anne Lister – Gentleman Jack (Available now on Britbox) Top of our list is the inspirational Anne Lister – the lead…

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 Awards season is upon us, and one of the highlights of the TV and film calendar is the 78th Golden Globes – with some small adjustments, of course. While several other ceremonies such as the Academy Awards have chosen to go virtual, this event may surprise you, as it will be held live on 28th February, and aired on NBC. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be presenting on the big night, as the red-carpet rolls out for the first time since before the pandemic changed the world last March. There are many amazing performances to be celebrated, so…

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Photo by Russell T Davies In the spate of bold TV shows that have arrived recently, none could be more aptly described than It’s a Sin, the newest series created from the pen of legendary writer of the small screen Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Years and Years).The drama has become a record-breaking hit for All4, attracting 6.5 million viewers in the first 2 weeks which makes it their most binged series to date. It’s glorious, fun and heartbreakingly elegiac – following a group of 18-year-old friends in 1980s Britain as they explore their sexuality and freedom. However, a…

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 The 14th of February marks Valentine’s Day, and although this may seem to divide opinion between those single and in a relationship, you will be happy to know that this is a day for everyone to celebrate. While the options for a romantic date are more limited than ever this year, you cannot go wrong with a cuddle on the sofa in front of your favourite show From historical sagas to contemporary and LGBT+ romances, there has never been a better occasion to watch that series you’ve always been meaning to. So, in 2021, why not spread the love for…

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Photo by Mollie Sivaram We are one month into 2021, and although January certainly feels like it has outstayed its welcome, there is still much to look forward to in terms of TV over the coming months. Watching our favourite shows has been a real lifeline for us in the past year, and thankfully will continue while socialising currently remains a no-go. Here are the latest updates about some of the biggest new and returning shows you should know about… Sex Education: Series 3 (Netflix) Hotly anticipated by its avid viewers following the second season’s cliff-hanger, the addictively relatable teen…

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Photo by Fezbot2000 While your 2020 plans may not have gone as you wished and Christmas will certainly look and feel a little different this year, there is still hope for TV to bring some festive cheer to your living rooms. We may not be spoilt for choice as in previous years, but there are some exciting treats to circle ahead of the big day! From comfy Christmas specials, to glossy costume dramas and warm family favourites, we can thank the TV gods they managed to finish production mid-pandemic. So, in true festive tradition here is a rundown of what…

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Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq As this year draws to a close, many people will happily leave it in the past without a second thought. 2020 has been a long up-hill struggle, changing normal life and time as we know it. In between the chaos, I’m certainly grateful to continue my position as TV editor for another year and can’t wait to write more articles to share for you all. Through the incredible resilience demonstrated by millions, here are the shows to remember, that helped us pull through a bizarre and confusing year as a new one lies ahead ……

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Photo by Javier Grixo When there is a crisp chill in the air and we spend a lot more time indoors (making the most of the limited daylight of course) you may find yourself shivering at your desk, with ink-stained hands, rearranging books and papers sprawled under a dim lampshade. As on-campus teaching comes to an early close on December 4th, perhaps you feel a sense of limbo, completing your online classes from home before relaxing over the Christmas break. Thankfully, there is plenty of inspiration that can be gained from watching TV shows when working in your study spaces,…

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Photo by Marc Kjerland (CC BY-SA 2.0) We’ve all tried our hands at baking at some point this year- and The Great British Bake Off never fails to provide us with inspiration from the finest amateur talent in the business. After 10 trail blazing weeks, the heat certainly began to turn up (again) in the bake off tent as the bakers donned their aprons for the final three challenges. The show, which has become something of a national treasure, has continued to captivate audiences with flour-filled frenzies and dough ball drama, and this year was no exception. Completing series 11…

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Photo by Pawel Kadysz  (CC0 1.0) Even though the Welsh lockdown has ended meaning you may have exhausted your to-watch list already, there’s still plenty more TV shows to stock up on during this month. While 2020 may still feel like you’re living in a science-fiction movie, TV can transport you to another time or place (for an hour or more). If you’re looking for something more grounded, you can solve a mystery or travel back to 18th century London – the TV world’s your oyster! Whether you are searching for something new to watch or are intrigued by the…

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To say global hit The Crown has become one of the most expensive, luxurious TV shows in recent years would be a well-agreed statement among the audience masses, let alone the fans who have been eagerly anticipating its return. It has established a pedigree in the ongoing fascination with the royal family and thankfully will be back as Netflix’s fixed jewel for a fourth season this November. National treasure Olivia Colman stepped into Queen Elizabeth II’s shoes last year as a middle-aged monarch, facing the anxieties of her children growing up and not least reaching her silver jubilee year in…

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Photo by PascalSijen (CC BY 2.0) There’s no doubt about it, we’ve all relied on our TV’s more than ever this year. Whether the news has been turned on as a portal to the constantly changing world outside or the sigh of relief when you find out there’s a new Netflix series out, the box has been through it all. Without it, our lives inside our homes would surely be missing something- and that’s not just the thing on the wall next to the bookcase. Because of our reliance on this device, it has meant that other arts institutions are losing…

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