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Photo by Chris Murray When the coronavirus pandemic broke out at the start of the year, aspects of everyone’s lives became affected in some way or another. The nationwide lockdown put life as we knew it on pause, and when we came back into the open everything was irrevocably changed into what has persistently been described as a ‘new normal.’ Suddenly the population was faced with a new agenda of rules to follow, and one persistent barrier has been social distancing. But how has the TV industry adapted to these changes? As we all know this year has posed a…

Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi Alongside the ever-popular Halloween that the month of October celebrates, it also commemorates Black History Month – remembering the lives of Black individuals and their cultures, through years of persecution, prejudice, and racism. 2020 is a unique and timely year to recognise this, largely owing to the murder of George Floyd in May. This contributed to the Black Lives Matter campaign, which soon became a widespread conversation lasting to this day, where white privilege and racist attitudes have become questioned more than ever. Now, when the arts and culture is also at threat, we can turn…

Photo by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website (CC BY 3.0 AU) David Attenborough can tell me that the world is well and truly collapsing around us and yet I still love nothing more than listening to him. Maybe it’s in his comforting voice, or the fact that he has been blessing our screens for almost 70 years, but he can make even the most overwhelming and devastating topic palatable. Apparently, I am not the only one invested in whatever the national treasure has to say, as the ratings for Attenborough’s recent BBC One presentation ‘Extinction: The Facts’ can attest. Despite…

Photo by Greyson Joralemon With the Autumn TV schedule now well underway, we welcome back a host of shows to brighten our screens as darker nights creep in. Undoubtedly a firm favourite in many households is Strictly Come Dancing, returning in top form- yet looking a little different this year. Not only will the talent competition have to undergo the restrictions of Covid-19, adhering to the challenges of social distancing (to add to the pressure of training) but this is the first year a same sex couple has been introduced – and the response has been welcomed as some much…

Photo by Videoplasty.com (CC BY-SA 4.0) Set in scenic North Wales, the BBC’s Hidden is a recent detective drama series that follows the investigation of a young woman found dead in a river in the Snowdonia National Park. Kicking off the series, the first episode begins with a man driving wildly through a wooded area, headlights ablaze. We don’t see his face, we just know that he’s wearing a baseball cap, and has a large vehicle – perhaps a pick-up truck. He gets out and runs between the trees with a torch, searching for something. He meets with a crying, scared-looking…

Photo by Victuallers (CC BY-SA 3.0) On Thursday 10th September 2020, the film and TV industry received the extremely sad news of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg at age 82 – a formidable actress who played a huge role in the cultural memory of the last fifty years. She defined the female action hero as Emma Peel in cult landmark The Avengers, became James Bond’s wife in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and delighted audiences as Olena Tyrell in HBO titan Game of Thrones. It’s safe to say her credits are impressive to say the least, and she certainly…

For anyone struggling to make sense of the uncertain and fast-changing times we are currently living in, there are bound to be moments where you find yourself craving to escape to a simpler, less complicated world. Luckily, there are plenty of TV shows that tick all those boxes, ideal for those who are self-isolating. Got a list of shows you’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t found the time? Just want to find something fresh and new? No worries, here are a couple of suggestions from myself and others, from light-hearted family drama, comedy and detective series, which will help…

As we swiftly enter a new decade, you may notice certain elements of society that remain the same, but there is potential room for change with others. The television license is a price many of us are willing (or unwilling) to pay in order to source entertainment value directly from our living rooms. But in a society where entertainment grows ever more portable, could the time to say goodbye to the old box be approaching? Culture secretary Nicky Morgan made a recent statement claiming ‘we must all be open-minded about the future of the license fee at this point’, implying…

Brimming with hilarious one-liners (‘Wash your hands you detty pig’ will forever be written on toilet doors) and packed with innuendos, the return of Sex Education has proven it to be a Netflix teen drama like no other. Following the tradition set by American cult classics such as The Breakfast Club, its success can owe a lot to its authentic portrayal of life as a British adolescent as well as the obvious scenes of a sexual nature the characters find themselves in. Fully aware of its popularity, I tend to avoid shows with settings like this, due to their tendency…

Without a doubt Christmas is the busiest time of year, and when many students return home to reunite with friends and family, the social calendar begins to look a lot fuller. I’m sure we all look forward to those moments where we can crash on the sofa in the company of some good TV- so rest assured you’ll have a wide choice of TV treats to choose from… Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special – BBC One We’ve been looking forward to this reunion almost as much as mum’s pigs in blankets. After ten years off screen, the return of…

This march is International Women’s Month, with people across the globe celebrating the women who inspire them. Quite a few of these women have been characters from TV, with many people describing how their favourite female characters and actresses motivate them. This in itself is a good indication of how things have improved in terms of representation of Women in TV and there’s some good examples of this. From actress Ellen Pompeo who earns over $20 million per season of the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, to Phoebe Waller-Bridge who’s been responsible for some of the past few year’s best…

HBO’s Game of Thrones has been the jewel in the crown of the network’s programming for a while now and with the series approaching its final season, the eagerly awaited prequel has finally been given a name; The Long Night. This prequel series will be set 8000 years before the main series, in a time called the Age of Heroes. Handily, this also happens to be the first appearance of the ‘Others’, A.K.A The White Walkers during one of the worst winters to hit the fantasy land of Westeros. Details regarding the plot of The Long Night are sparse, with…

From Hammersmith Apollo to Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Stephen K Amos is coming to North Wales. Seren spoke to the comedian ahead of his performance in Mold, Flintshire about his new show, free speech and not being known as ‘the black, gay comic.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9UZUAYL8Gs How much are you looking forward to performing in North Wales? Jesus, I haven’t been to North Wales in a very long time. I’ll be honest with you. I do Cardiff, Swansea – I’ve even been to Llandudno. But I haven’t been to North Wales for such a long time so I’m looking forward to making an…

NBC’s heart string manipulator returns to our screens for it’s third season this autumn, focusing on the three Pearson siblings as they set out on their own personal journeys with plenty of dramatic arguments and a healthy helping of tear inducing scenes. This season has already dealt with some heavy themes including depression, infertility and the horrors of war, the rest of the season promises to be just as heart wrenching. Where: Hulu, NBC or 4OD to catch up on previous seasons The dark horse of Netflix, Bojack horseman has gone unnoticed by many people, writing it off as…

Band of Brothers This gritty, true to life, occasionally heartwarming war drama follows the American Easy company as they wade into the Second World War coming across brutal skirmishes, deserted villages and horrific war crimes. Featuring some stellar performances from a relatively unknown cast at the time, many who would go on to become household names, including Damian Lewis, Ron Livingstone and Donnie Wahlberg. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Ross Geller make a fool of himself as Easy Company’s boot camp Captain Sobel. Highlight: Cameo performances from a pre-fame Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Where: Sky Go, Amazon…

There are not many television shows that can claim to have influence over several generations yet my favourite show from the 90s, I think you will all know, is of course Friends! The American sitcom which aired between 1994-2004 followed the lives of the six twenty somethings, who didn’t even have a “pl” let alone a plan. Everyone always has their favourite character, whether it is Chandler’s sarcasm, Phoebe’s weirdness, Ross’s nerdy side, Rachel’s gossiping, Joey’s sweetness, or Monica’s competitiveness, you can always relate to one. Personally mine is Chandler, and I certainly was not at all jealous when…

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