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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…

Netflix seems to be on a roll with producing quality original series about Marvel characters as the new series of Marvel’s Jessica Jones debuts. Following the success of Marvel’s Daredevil earlier this year, a series was commissioned for the story of Jessica Jones, one that has never made it to mass media until now. Fans of Breaking Bad will recognise Krysten Ritter as the title character Jessica Jones, a superheroine known for her super strength, who was forced out of her superhero life and into private investigating. Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones is incredibly dark, almost film noir-like, as we are…

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the antics and mishaps of a group of friend who are pretty damned horrible. Charlie, Mac, Dennis, and his twin sister Sweet Dee own and run Paddy’s Irish pub together in Philly. The workshy group spend their days drinking, complaining, and being hilarious. Season two introduces the always-funny Danny Devito. Throughout the series we see Devito’s character gradually escalate from the well-off dad of the twins, to a gutter-loving creep sharing a sofa-bed with Charlie, who is the much-abused janitor (despite technically being one of the owners). The show is full of dark laughs and…

Season 2 of How to Get Away with Murder has a lot to live up to considering the astounding success of the first season last year. Last season, viewers were introduced to five Middleton University law students employed by the successful and stone-cold hearted Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), a defence attorney and university lecturer. Throughout the series viewers enjoyed a thrill seeking chase to uncover the murder of a fellow student on campus with “flash-forwards”, prophesying the future chaos that the five students encounter. As the finale approached, the gap between the “flash-forwards” and present closed and previously unanswered questions were…

‘Oh no not another rip off of Breaking Bad,’ one cries when the synopsis of Netflix original series Narcos is heard. Chris Brancato’s crime series telling the story of real-life Colombian cocaine drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) may seem similar to Vince Gilligan’s phenomenon on paper, but in fact, it depicts an all-too realistic world of the war on drugs. Brazilian film-maker José Padilha seemed to be the best choice to direct considering his filmography includes powerful documentaries and success with Elite Squad at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. Set in the 1980’s, the crime drama follows the…

Sam Esmail’s psychological thriller Mr. Robot had already received hype before it even aired in the US in June. One could justify this with the quality of casting; Rami Malek (Night at the Museum) as Elliot Anderson and Christian Slater (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, True Romance) as Mr. Robot. The series follows Elliot Anderson as a daytime cyber security engineer and by night, he is a vigilante cyber hacker. This contrast bears an uncanny resemblance to Dexter, blood splatter analyst and serial killer, one reason for its early popularity. Not only does he struggle with social anxiety disorder and clinical…

Ryan Murphy’s got a lot on his plate recently, with the premiere of season 5 of American Horror Story and now his new comedy-slasher series Scream Queens that feels like a mash up of Glee and American Horror Story. Just think of preppy prom girls getting a bit of blood on their designer clothes. Maybe that’s what they are all screaming about. Based on the cult film classic of the same name with Jamie Lee Curtis, she makes a not-so-surprise appearance. This will barely have you reaching for the popcorn this Halloween, only for the TV remote to change the channel. Scream…

Peter Capaldi’s second series as the Doctor is finally back. To much surprise from fans, the whole of series 9 is made up of two-part stories, meaning in a series of 12 episodes, there are only 6 stories. This change up in the structure of Steven Moffat’s highly anticipated BBC series has given thought to how different the new series could be. In the first two-parter, named The Magicians Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, the Daleks and Davros graced our screens again in arguably the best two episodes with them since series 7, with soufflé girl Oswin Oswald. We find the…

A lot of television shows have received the axe this month. Constantine, Revenge and About a Boy were some of the many shows to be cancelled, whilst The Mindy Project was saved at the brink of death by Hulu. But it’s not all doom and gloom in the television industry, as there’s also been news that a certain green frog will be making a TV comeback. The Muppets’ return will end a 17 year absence from television. American network ABC are behind the revival and have given the show a prime time slot. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great…

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…

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