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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…

Being born in the early part of the eighties, the nineties are an extremely special decade for me. It was my era, the decade I became a teenager and came perilously close to my twenties. Certain things from that final decade of the millennium always conjure up special memories for me. The music, the technology, the movies but, above all, the television. It was the decade in which we met and fell in love with six coffee shop loving friends from New York. Joey, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Rachel all became fixtures in our lives as we followed their…

It was THE news story of the 90’s. The OJ Simpson trial was watched by millions of Americans when it was televised in 1994. I was too young to remember it but everyone knows the story of the former American football player. OJ ‘The Juice’ Simpson was accused and stood the trial for the killing of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman. The television adaptation is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin and boasts an A-list cast: from John Travolta to Cuba Gooding…

Brace yourselves, winter is once more upon us! Hold onto your hats and pencil in the date people, Sunday 24th April. That is when the Seven Kingdoms will grace our screens again and by the looks of the trailer, it is bound to blow our minds yet again. After last season’s jaw dropping cliff-hanger and the fact that the TV series had (sort of) caught up to the books, we have no idea what’s in store for us. After the finale, creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss announced that the story will be verging away from George R.R. Martin’s next…

After a long day of playing and drawing at primary school, I enjoyed nothing more than relaxing in front of an episode of The Amanda Show when I got home. I used to laugh out loud as I watched sketches of ‘Hill Billy Moments’ and Judge Judy, who’s Dancing Lobsters I always joined in with. My obsession with the show meant I could easily relate with Penelope, Amanda’s number one fan who created ‘amandaplease.com’, and I would proudly use the catchphrase ‘not a problem’ every time I fell over. I must admit that Totally Kyle, who had long blond hair, wore tie…

Move over Donald Trump, because the terrifying presidential candidate is back for Season 4. That’s right, Kevin Spacey has donned the suit and intimidating face as Frank Underwood once more and has returned to Netflix with 13 new episodes. Be warned though, things are about to get more serious (as if an American political drama could get more serious). All in the name of journalism, I watched all 13 episodes to write this review. Read at your own risk, it may not make sense if you haven’t seen Seasons 1 to 3: Seasons 1 to 3 dealt with Frank Underwood…

Does anyone remember the TV series Clueless? Yeah, me neither. There’s a reason for this. It’s because it was so terrible. Nothing compared to its film predecessor. The first reason why it was such a failure was that it didn’t star Alicia Silverstone as Cher. The second was that it kept the same characters but had a different cast, apart from Stacey Dash who played Cher’s best friend Dionne. Also she was way too old to play a high school teen – she was 33 years old, and she looked it. Sorry Stacey, but it’s a pet-hate of mine when…

With the number of cheese nights out, Buzzfeed articles centred around stuff you used to have growing up, and the re-emergence of jelly shoes, it is clear that our generation is in love with nostalgia. The recent reboot of Fuller House is no exception of that. From the opening credits of Carly Rae Jepson singing “everywhere you look”, to the identical set, and almost every character returning from the original Full House, this new show is all about feeding off of the original. Though the focus has been taken off of a single father trying to raise 3 daughters on his…

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