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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…

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 ……

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Photo by Ognyan Petrov (CC BY-SA 4.0) Move over Strictly, your rival show is returning (closer to home this time). For many, this is a sign to wrap up warm in a rug in front of the fire and marshmallows, as they try to fit in their Christmas shopping lists a month early. Despite the constrictions that many people currently face in the UK, North Wales is becoming a hotspot location as primetime ITV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! swaps the Australian jungle for stunning Welsh scenery. Many of you may recognise this as Gwyrch Castle in Abergele, Gwynedd, a Grade I listed…

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…

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