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The Walking Dead is still alive and kicking with guts as it enters its fifth season running. Monday, the 13th of October saw the return of The Walking Dead to our screens once again, much to the delight of its loyal fanbase. But did the premiere drag its fans in or leave them screaming in the opposite direction? The fifth season of The Walking Dead has been long awaited by its fans. The overload of publicity for this season has made the anticipation twice the more painful, as we all waited for our weekly fix of horror. To the appreciation…

Too often a TV show will have a great first season, creating a unique if incomplete identity for itself, fumbling its way into the mainstream, only to crumble from the attention and expectations heaped onto it in its second season. This is not the case with House of Cards. The showrunners moved nowhere but forward with the Netflix original’s 13-episode second season, following villain-protagonist Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his rising power in the American government. The second season is bigger in scope than the first, without seeming melodramatic or forced, expanding naturally into more settings and viewpoints to further…

Series 1 saw Rae Earl attempting to integrate back into normal life after several months in hospital. Her best mate Chloe introduced her to a gang of friends who she grew close to over the summer, ending with her finally admitting to them about her illness. Series 2 begins at the end of the summer, with Rae happy and finally feeling accepted, however the end of summer means start of college. The thought is enough to send anyone into a panic, how to fit in? How to make friends and how to survive the social minefield of college?…

Last year, creator Bryan Fuller took perhaps literature’s most famous cannibal, redefined him and shocked the small screen. Now, he is doing it again. For those of you who are unaware, Hannibal is adapted from the series of books by Thomas Harris, set before Red Dragon, the first in the series. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is a criminal profiler for the FBI, who has an ability to empathize with murderers. Troubled by visions and losing touch with reality, he goes to see a psychiatrist – Dr Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The episodes in the first season were named after…

In an industry where the vampire stock price has exploded in recent years it is not surprising to see yet another supernatural tv show hit our screens. Syfy’s new show Bitten, however, tosses vampires aside, to finally give us a breath of fresh air, in favour of werewolves. The show introduces to Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), a Toronto photographer, who lives a seemingly perfect life along with her marketing mogul boyfriend, Philip McAdams (Paul Greene.) But in TV land things are never quite as they seem, are they? Between shooting photos and lunching with Philip’s sister, Elena must hide…

BBC’s Sherlock fans waited somewhat patiently for two years to find out how Sherlock Holmes survived his fall in the season two finale, and when The Empty Hearse aired on New Year’s Day they were not entirely disappointed. For they were not given one explanation of how our hero survived his fall, but several – ranging from Sherlock bungee-jumping off of the roof, smashing through a window and kissing Molly Harper in a move that left several with weak knees, to Moriarty and Sherlock giggling and conspiring together to trick John Watson and then leaning in for another…

Ida adores.. Ally and Billy from Ally McBeal The relationship between Billy and Ally was truly the centrepiece of the Ally McBeal-series. Billy, Ally’s childhood sweetheart, suddenly dumped her right before they both started law school. Years later they ended up working in the same firm with Billy now a married man. To make things more complicated, Billy’s wife Georgia also joined the team later on. Even though Ally claims throughout the series to be totally over Billy, the source of many of her anxieties lies in Billy’s presence. Not including a momentary relapse Billy and Ally stay as quite…

Michael Gove recently criticized this much loved sitcom about its depiction of the First World War and how “left-wing academics” were using it “to feed myths” and damage patriotism by clearing Germany of any blame. How? It is a useful and also very amusing learning tool. Well it was for me…Thank you Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. I will be honest and say that the first series, The Black Adder, was not a huge success. The funniest moment was in the first episode when Blackadder accidentally kills his uncle – Richard III. History is therefore re-written and instead of Henry…

At over 1200 years old and after saving the world countless times, it’s not surprising that the Doctor has a huge collection of friends and fans, and last month we all got together to celebrate his 50th anniversary in one blockbuster of an episode. The buildup was spectacular, the aftermath remarkable but what about the episode? After months of speculation and waiting, did Steven Moffat’s ‘The Day of the Doctor’ give Earth’s greatest hero the birthday he deserved? When those now famous time vortex titles first hit the screen in 1963 it marked the beginning of a new era: William Hartnell’s…

South Park Whenever I’m feeling low, this is the show I watch. South Park, for me, is comfort television. No matter how bad things may seem, South Park is the one show that never fails to make me laugh. The show has spawned countless memes and catchphrases (“Oh my God, they killed Kenny” anyone?) which can obscure how sharp the comedy can be. Of course, there’s still plenty of disgusting jokes and swearing children (two things which I approve of heartily) and that’s what keeps the fans coming back for more. Secret Diary of a Callgirl After watching the…

A sudden death has taken place. The police are called. Among the investigators wanders the most unthreatening figure you can imagine. A short, unkempt, overly polite and sort of goofy-looking fellow wearing a beaten-up trenchcoat and chewing a cigar tentatively. He goes unnoticed but all this time his mind is ticking. He asks an innocent question about a newspaper or a pair of gloves, throwing in a story about his wife or dog to go with it. Still the web of these tiny little details is coming together in the brilliant head of this common-appearing man. This death wasn’t…

Channel 4 on Demand offers a reward for their viewers. If you sign up (handing over your name, email and postcode), you can now watch the next episode of Fresh Meat a week before it’s aired. The end of Season 2 finished with quite a bang leaving our characters going their different ways. Vod and Oregon left to travel through South Africa over the summer. Josie was kicked off her course at Manchester, but found a place at the bottom of the country in Southampton, leaving Kingsley caught between two girls. Season 3 picks up at the beginning…

Trying to summarise Sky’s new original comedy Yonderland to anyone who hasn’t seen it has proven to be very difficult. The closest I can manage is this: imagine a TV show featuring the Muppets and their sense of humour, then imagine the plot of that show is taking the micky out of Lord of the Rings. Strange, I know, but somehow this show works! A comedy show created by the people who bought children (and adults) Horrible Histories, the show pokes fun at numerous elements of the epic fantasy dramas that have come to our attention recently (Game…

Between Breaking Bad ending and the new Game of Thrones season not airing until 2014, there’s a void in our TV entertainment. Here are some shows to fill it with. Will recommends: Peaky Blinders In pre-WW2 Birmingham, after his men take part in the accidental robbery of a vast number of guns the leader of the Peaky Blinder, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) finds himself with the bargaining chip of a lifetime. With local communist party and the IRA both after the weapons and the long arm of the law hot on his trail, the guns begin to bring all…

If you have never taken the time to check out It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia then you are already more morally pure than those that have, but a healthy slice of American comedy is missing from your viewing schedule. Described as resembling, “Seinfeld on crack” and now mid-way through its ninth season, this narcissistic cult show follows the day-to-day lives of Paddy’s Pub owners Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Dee and Frank (Danny DeVito). As the “gang” cavorts around an unsuspecting Philadelphia with warped ideas fuelled by good intentions, you can be sure someone will end up on fire, getting bottled off their bike…

When the browser prompted me, I rated Paula’s Home Cooking at 1 star. Not that I minded the show, or that I had even seen it, but I had seen one too many “recommended for you” sections filled with cooking shows. I had the certainty of a fourteen year old that my taste in television was the best, and I wanted my family’s shared Netflix account to acknowledge that, no matter how hungry my brother seemed to be. At least I recognized Paula Deen’s show, unlike the ones that showed up whenever my dad used the account. The TV shows that…

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