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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…

When I was growing up in the nineties, one of the staple Saturday night television shows was Blind Date hosted by the irritating yet brilliant Cilla Black. The show itself was unbelievably trashy, yet it remains ingrained in the heads of all who grew up watching it as a nostalgic view of what Saturday nights used to be like. Blind Date, like its modern day equivalent Take Me Out, became an addiction. This addiction is something that dating shows in general seem to have, no matter how trashy they may be. Take Me Out is truly one of the shallowest…

In the run up to Valentine’s Day this year, the BBC have aired some short, online exclusive clips called Funny Valentines. They give us some insight into what various comedians, such as Sara Pascoe and Bill Bailey, think of this iconic day of love. Out of the eight short episodes that BBC Iplayer aired, the three that I would recommend are as follows:  episode four by Modern Toss called Lady and the Fly. If you are a fan of animation this will be a favourite of yours too. The story is one of unrequited love, where a fly is in…

Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Here’s a guide to your Valentine’s and chill. Whether you are single or in a relationship, a duvet day is probably the best way to spend Valentine’s Day rather than going outside to face the Bangor weather. Who needs to spend stupid amounts of money on consumerist gifts, when the most fun you can have includes a laptop, duvet, and copious amounts of food? So curl up with (or without) your significant other and escape the real world with these TV and film recommendations. Cheesy rom-coms are what they are: cheesy and romantic, but that…

Second seasons can be tricky things to get right. Many great shows in the past have struggled with second seasons such as Lost, Heroes and the more recently panned True Detective. It’s as though the writers get too comfortable following a monumentally successful first season. Fargo is an example of what can go right in a second season if you don’t rest on your laurels! Fargo is another of the breed of anthology shows which includes American Horror Story and True Detective yet there is still an element of continuation. Season 2 is set in the same universe but acts…

So, Lord Sugar’s search for his new apprentice has begun with a £250,000 business investment up for grabs. As always, there are the usual bunch of big-headed wannabes, the straight talking by the bookers, and the odd few who are so far out of their depth you wonder why they didn’t go on the show wearing armbands. While Lord Sugar is still the one to set the tasks, there is one change in the boardroom this series. While Karen Brady returns, the interviewer-from-hell Claude Littner replaces Nick Hewer as one of Lord Sugar’s trusted advisors. The Apprentice is one of…

Written by Lizzy Dillon The highly anticipated return of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here did not disappoint. We’ve been treated to a glittering array of celebrities including Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and everyone’s favourite Dragon, Duncan Bannatyne. Hollyoak’s Jeorgie Porter is reminiscent of 2012 contestant Helen Flanagan and Most Haunted’s Yvette Fielding has already brought a huge amount of humour to the camp but not as much as the tantrums of controversial royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell. Union J’s George Shelley is a treat for younger viewers as Suzannah Constantine, the other half of ‘Trinny and…

Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s new sitcom creation Master of None is making waves in the sitcom genre, with its fresh outlook on race, gender and Hollywood. The plotline may seem cliché, as it follows the struggle of a twenty-something New Yorker trying to get his big acting break. However, unlike any other of its kind, the main character is Dev Shah, played by Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation). This sets it apart from the likes of Parks and Rec and The Big Bang Theory, which “diversifies” their show with a token Indian character. In Master of…

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