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Like most students I’m a serial binge watcher and last year I became obsessed with American Horror Story, watching the first three seasons in the space of about two weeks. I was hooked! I loved them. They provided just enough horror for a wuss like me. I also really enjoyed how real their stories tended to be. They depicted human horrors as well as fantastical ones. Out of the three I enjoyed the second season (Asylum) the most even though the twist in season one (Murder House) was fantastic. Season three was still fantastic television even though it felt tamer,…

For this month’s Seren, we have decided to explore the topic of sex. With that in mind, we thought that there would be no one better to interview than the lead actor from the recent Channel 4 show, Cucumber. Vincent Franklin, who plays Henry Best, very kindly agreed to answer Seren’s questions. How would you describe Cucumber for those who have yet to see it? Cucumber is a brutally honest, often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking show about sex. It explores our desire for, need for, hope for and fear of – sex. At its heart is Henry, a man driven by…

Game of Thrones is back on our screens, and has unsurprisingly, opened up a new controversial debate following Emilia Clarke’s refusal to do any more nude scenes. Does Games of Thrones have too much nudity or is it justified? Callum and Kate discuss the topic in more detail. YES! Remember Ros, the red-haired prostitute from the earlier seasons, who spent at least half her time walking around in her birthday suit? Remember the very first time we see Daenerys Targaryen, and we’re treated to a nice, shamelessly long shot of her bare behind before her slimeball brother promptly starts feeling…

With the recent release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel is proudly showcasing its strength in cinema. In fact, the Marvel cinematic Universe is closing down on Harry Potter as the highest grossing film franchise. But if you were to think that Marvel were content with their cinema dominance, you’d be mistaken. Marvel wanted to expand their on-screen universe even further, as they delved into the television industry. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was released in 2013, as a television series that focussed on the fictional peacekeeping and spy agency within a world full of superheroes and aliens. The show was groundbreaking…

The BBC have confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed following an assault on a producer. The BBC investigation found that the reported “fracas” involved Clarkson engaging Oisin Tymon in a 30-second physical assault. The row was said to have began because hot food had not been provided following a day of filming, despite recognition that it would “divide opinion”. Tony Hall, the BBC director general, is understood to have concluded that he had “little alternative”,but to let Clarkson go. Hall has allowed Clarkson to get away with many controversial incidents before such as mumbling the N-word, which…

Community is a show that follows seven members of a study group through their time at Greendale Community College. Throughout the show, the group faces many challenges in their attempt to graduate, including paintball wars, the ice cream dressed dean of rival city college, tiny nippled boyfriends, a keytar playing Spanish teacher, an evil multiverse, murderous glee club teachers and zombies. If you’re still not convinced, here are 6 reasons why you should be watching Community: 1. The main characters are one of the highlights of Community. Many popular shows can claim to have strong leading characters, but more often…

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe was once the quintessential television review programme. For many it acted as an escape from the banal, deceptive, and patronising world of mass media television. Viewers loved Brooker’s scornful and snarky ways, his disapproval of the media’s nonsense, his championing of classic cult television and his insider breakdown of the industry. It wasn’t just television either; Gameswipe was and still is the go to piece of television for the video game enthusiast. No piece of television before or since has given games their due quite as well. After several years of Screenwipe, Brooker earned himself a spot…

There appears to be a social stigma attached to adults watching cartoons. There have been multiple times that people have scoffed at me when catching me watching cartoons. However, if we talk about animated films, rarely do people have the same reaction. Recent films such as How to Train your Dragon, Lego Movie and Frozen have received widespread acclaim. Animated films even have their own award in the Oscars, which proves that they have earned prestigious recognition in the last couple of decades. However, the same cannot be said about cartoons on TV. Of course not all cartoons are exempt…

With 90’s Night only just finished, nostalgia seems to be at its strongest. Coincidentally, it has been announced that three loved cartoons will be returning to our screens in the near future. DuckTales, Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse may all have debuted a few years before the 90s, but that hasn’t stopped many of us becoming fan favourites of these iconic cartoons. Most students of Bangor University weren’t even born when these shows were first broadcast, but multiple reruns has meant that most of us are familiar with these shows. Netflix has announced that they are behind the planned reboots of…

TV Miniseries are rapidly growing in popularity and 2014 showed this better than most years. With both American Horror Story and True Detective earning massive fan bases, Fargo appears to be receiving a bit of the cold shoulder in comparison. Of course it has received large amounts of praise from critics and even won a few awards at the Golden Globes, yet I find it shocking how few people have seen the show. Despite having being broadcast on Channel 4 and having a stellar cast including Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk (Saul from Breaking Bad) and Golden Globe winner Billy Bob…

On the turn of the new year, Netflix users were faced with the possibility of having their accounts blocked for using VPN tools to bypass geolocation restrictions. Reports claimed that the video streaming site was being pressured by various movie studios who were unhappy that Netflix users were breaching the license agreements. Many people were distraught by the news and even threatened to cancel their subscriptions. However, Netflix soon reassured its users that it had not changed its policy on VPNs. Despite being against VPNs, Netflix has made no plans to punish users for using them. Many claim that this…

Overall, 2014 was a pretty great year for television. There were many great debutants such as True Detective and Fargo, and many other television shows that carried on with fine form such as Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black. As the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild have announced their winners, the Seren team has decided to pick who we thought derserved the awards. 

The UK edition of the Apprentice has made a welcome return to Wednesday evening television as another group of ‘top’ entrepreneurs compete for a lucrative £250,000 investment from business magnate Lord Sugar. The format of the show is simple. Each week, the candidates are split into two teams. They will be given a challenge, which can range from creating and selling a product to producing the best advert. The winning team is rewarded with a nice treat, while the other team is taken into the dreaded boardroom, where they are given a scathing assessment by Lord Sugar before he tells…

It may seem far too early to be discussing anything Sherlock related, as the next episode will not be airing until Christmas 2015. However, there has always been concerns whether the actors and writers have enough time to devote to the TV series. With Benedict Cumberbatch appearing in various films, Martin Freeman journeying across Middle Earth and Moffat tied to his role as the Doctor Who showrunner, there is no surprise that there have been two year intervals between seasons. Despite only filming nine episodes so far, it is obvious that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the actors to…

As we approach the end of Peter Capaldi’s debut season, you can sense a rift between Whovians. No longer are they united by love of their favourite TV show, as concerns begin to grow with the showrunner, Steven Moffat. When 2015 arrives, Moffat will have been at the helm of Doctor Who for as many years as Russell T Davies was. So the question must arise: Is it time for Moffat to pass on the torch? No! Before Steven Moffat took over as showrunner, lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who in 2010 he was already responsible for two…

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