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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…

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…

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