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I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince review – beyond a joke and into our brains20h I’m a Joke and So Are You by Robin Ince review – beyond a joke and into our brains
Comedian Robin Ince uses his profession as a springboard to an exploration of the human mindRobin Ince is quite possibly the UK’s best-read comedian and is certainly one of the most criminally undercelebrated. If I had my way, he’d have his own show on primetime television at least twice a week, with the impressive array of guests from the worlds of science and entertainment that he lines up for his live variety shows. For more than a decade, this becardiganed polymath has been expanding the universe of standup, his interest in cosmology and neuroscience leading to collaborations with eminent scientists. Now Ince has turned his voracious curiosity to the subject of consciousness, in his first book. He wants to understand why we humans struggle so much with our sense of who we are: impostor syndrome, masks, daydreaming, anxiety. More specifically, he wants to understand these things as they relate to his own specific subset of humans, comedians, who often seem to embody our frailties and vanities writ large.
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Celebrating 60 years of Blue Peter in pictures25h Celebrating 60 years of Blue Peter in pictures
We look back over six decades of the world's longest running children's television show.
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‘Up-lit’ gives hope to publishers at Frankfurt book fair 12 Oct 10:28am ‘Up-lit’ gives hope to publishers at Frankfurt book fair
‘Hopeful’ novel about an elderly woman who adopts a dog leads the charge from feelgood fiction A debut novel about a lonely old woman who has fallen through the cracks of society has wowed publishers at this week’s Frankfurt book fair, with 10 presses fighting to win a book that is being compared to the smash hit Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. The television producer Beth Morrey’s first novel, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, has emerged as one of the biggest titles among a deluge of fiction following the trend for uplifting literature, or “up-lit”. Selling to HarperCollins for a six-figure sum after a 10-way auction, the novel finds elderly Missy Carmichael living alone with her husband gone, her daughter not speaking to her and her son in Australia – until she adopts a dog.
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Rob Lowe to star as Lincolnshire police chief in ITV drama 12 Oct 10:08am Rob Lowe to star as Lincolnshire police chief in ITV drama
Star of St Elmo’s Fire to play US cop who moves to UK in crime show Wild Bill After a career spanning four decades in film, television and theatre, including acclaimed performances in The West Wing and St Elmo’s Fire, Rob Lowe is taking on his most ambitious role to date: a Lincolnshire police chief constable. Lowe, 54, an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, will star in a new ITV crime drama titled Wild Bill. Lowe’s character, Bill Hixon, is a high-flying US cop who moves to Boston, Lincolnshire with his 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey, in the hope of fleeing a “painful recent past”, according to the show’s producers.
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At last, X Factor is hitting the right note – with its LGBT contestants | Michael Segalov 9 Oct 10:34am At last, X Factor is hitting the right note – with its LGBT contestants | Michael Segalov
The reality TV show has made many errors over the years. But this season it has showed refreshing respect, as Felix Shepherd can testifyIt has been 14 years since The X Factor first hit British television screens, and in that time the show has made its fair share of errors. In earlier seasons, the way some contestants clearly devoid of talent were put in front of the judges was uncomfortable for those of us who take little pleasure in seeing innocent (
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Matthew Weiner on Life After ‘Mad Men,’ Sexual Harassment and His New Amazon Show 3 Oct 4:00am Matthew Weiner on Life After ‘Mad Men,’ Sexual Harassment and His New Amazon Show
The Emmy-winning TV creator talks about his return to television with “The Romanoffs” and addresses a harassment allegation.
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Rainbow presenter Geoffrey Hayes dies at 76 1 Oct 8:05am Rainbow presenter Geoffrey Hayes dies at 76
The 76-year-old presented the long-running children's television show across three decades.
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WLTM… a colour-blind dating app 29 Sep 11:00am WLTM… a colour-blind dating app
We don’t condone racism in real life, so why is it OK for online swipers to block whole ethnic groups? Sinakhone Keodara reached his breaking point last July. Loading up Grindr, the gay dating app that presents users with potential mates in close geographical proximity to them, the founder of a Los Angeles-based Asian television streaming service came across the profile of an elderly white man. He struck up a conversation, and received a three-word response: “Asian, ew gross.” He is now considering suing Grindr for racial discrimination. For black and ethnic minority singletons, dipping a toe into the water of dating apps can involve subjecting yourself to racist abuse and crass intolerance.
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BBC Two v Channel 4: who wins the battle of the new logos? 27 Sep 8:42am BBC Two v Channel 4: who wins the battle of the new logos?
Both TV channels have rebooted their idents in a bid to boost their brands. But they’ll struggle to match the nostalgic rush provided by classic TV logos Two of our television institutions look a little different today. After 25 years of blocky No 2s bouncing, leaping and flying around,
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Sorry For Your Loss: has Facebook created its first great TV show? 26 Sep 4:00am Sorry For Your Loss: has Facebook created its first great TV show?
Elizabeth Olsen’s show about grief has turned heads and could be the start of a new onslaught from the social-media giant Sorry For Your Loss is very much a 2018 television series. It stars a big-time film actor going through a period of emotional turmoil. It deals with a tricky, knotty subject matter that would have been handled much less ornately a decade ago. It found a home on a non-traditional channel after falling through at another network. It has, you sense, been made for me rather than you; the sort of series whose best hope comes from critical buzz that translates into awards chatter, bypassing mainstream audiences completely. You could realistically find this show anywhere: on HBO, AMC, Showtime, Netflix or Hulu. But Sorry For Your Loss is on Facebook and, more precisely, its original content channel, Facebook Watch. It has been produced, funded and distributed by Facebook. It’s fair to call this a left turn for the platform.
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Anthony Hopkins Returns to ‘King Lear,’ Finally Up to the Challenge 26 Sep 4:00am Anthony Hopkins Returns to ‘King Lear,’ Finally Up to the Challenge
The actor left the stage soon after playing Lear in 1986. Now 80, he is giving it another go, in a made-for-television film directed by Richard Eyre.
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Denis Norden: the king of the blooper who always delivered 19 Sep 9:33am Denis Norden: the king of the blooper who always delivered
The host of It’ll Be Alright on the Night also had a celebrated career with his writing partner Frank Muir, and understood the art of television like few of his peers Although his most popular venture – ITV’s It’ll Be Alright on the Night – featured examples of television going embarrassingly wrong, Denis Norden,
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Sony announces PlayStation Classic mini console 19 Sep 5:42am Sony announces PlayStation Classic mini console
The console that ignited the games industry will return this Christmas with 20 built-in games including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3 Sony is launching a miniaturised version of its original PlayStation console complete with 20 built-in games released during the dawn of the 3D graphics age. PlayStation Classic will launch on 3 December, the same day the console first arrived in Japan back in 1994. It will be 45% smaller than the original machine, and comes with two smaller replicas of the pronged controllers and an HDMI cable to plug into modern television sets. You will, however, have to supply your own power adaptor.
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Zienia Merton obituary 18 Sep 1:29pm Zienia Merton obituary
Actor who found TV fame in the 1970s science fiction series Space: 1999The actor Zienia Merton, who has died aged 72, appeared regularly on British television during a 50-year career during which she found fame as one of the regular cast of the
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BBC programming not sustainable without more cash - Tony Hall 18 Sep 12:50pm BBC programming not sustainable without more cash - Tony Hall
Director general tells Royal Television Society conference ‘cracks are beginning to show’ after repeated budget cuts The BBC’s director general says the corporation urgently needs to find more cash if it is to continue providing the same level of service to viewers – raising the prospect of further cuts to programming, more commercial cooperation, or a long-term increase in the licence fee. “We do not believe what we currently do is sustainable with the resources we have,” Tony Hall told the Royal Television Society conference in London. “We need to find more money and that could come from a variety of different sources.”
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Emmys 2018: a steady shake-up as TV’s underdogs get their dues 18 Sep 6:03am Emmys 2018: a steady shake-up as TV’s underdogs get their dues
The awards show finally recognised some of TV’s most underrated shows, from The Americans to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, on an unconventional night For its 70th anniversary, the Emmys was warm, open and largely steered clear of overt political gestures, instead turning its humour back on television itself. That was a step-change from the 2017 ceremony. The most memorable moment from last year’s ceremony was also its most controversial. That was when Sean Spicer
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From Black Mirror to The Crown: British talent cleans up at the Emmys 18 Sep 1:07am From Black Mirror to The Crown: British talent cleans up at the Emmys
British Emmy winners included Claire Foy, Thandie Newton and Matthew Rhys British talent has won big at the Emmys during a memorable ceremony that saw one winner propose to his girlfriend on stage and Game Of Thrones win the battle of the heavyweights. At the most prestigious awards show in US television, Welsh star Matthew Rhys won the lead actor in a drama series prize for his role in FX’s The Americans, while English actress Claire Foy scooped the equivalent award in the female category for her portrayal of the Queen in Netflix’s The Crown.
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Emmys Red Carpet 2018 17 Sep 6:17pm Emmys Red Carpet 2018
Sandra Oh! Issa Rae! Tracee Ellis Ross! Television’s big award night arrivals.
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British TV drama for autumn 2018: water-cooler moments are back 14 Sep 8:51am British TV drama for autumn 2018: water-cooler moments are back
Bodyguard, Press and Killing Eve lead bumper crop of unmissable shows It has been a record-setting autumn for British television. The 10.4 million viewers that the first episode of the BBC’s critically acclaimed drama Bodyguard attracted made it the biggest new drama on
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Obama Announced as First Guest on New Letterman Talk Show 6 Jan 1:44pm Updated Obama Announced as First Guest on New Letterman Talk Show
One of the former president’s first sit-down television interviews will be on David Letterman’s new monthly Netflix talk show.
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Stephen Fry Steps Down as Bafta Film Awards Host 5 Jan 3:17pm Stephen Fry Steps Down as Bafta Film Awards Host
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts says it will announce the new host on Jan. 9.
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Bobby Darin Who? Jonathan Groff Gets It Now. 4 Jan 4:09pm Bobby Darin Who? Jonathan Groff Gets It Now.
In a new show, the Broadway and television star is paying tribute to the late 1950s pop singer whose musical virtuosity is now little-recognized.
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Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online 4 Jan 2:47pm Updated Japanese Comedian Who Used Blackface Comes Under Fire Online
The comedian Masatoshi Hamada dressed up as Eddie Murphy in a widely viewed television show on New Year’s Eve.
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Rose Marie obituary 2 Jan 1:09pm Rose Marie obituary
All-round entertainer whose best-known role was as Sally Rogers in the American television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke ShowAs Sally Rogers in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie, who has died aged 94, was known and cherished by the myriad television viewers who tuned in every week from 1961 to 1966 to watch the landmark sitcom. Rose Marie, playing one of three comedy writers on the fictional Alan Brady Show, felt she had struck a blow for gender equality on American television because Sally was not a wife, mother or secretary but a writer equal to Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) and Buddy Sorrell (
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1 Jan 12:59am Mariah Carey Redeems Herself on New Year’s Eve in Times Square
A year after a live-television debacle, the pop superstar got through a two-song performance with no glitches.
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What’s on TV Sunday: Christmas Movies and the N.F.L. 24 Dec 2017, 1:00am What’s on TV Sunday: Christmas Movies and the N.F.L.
Whatever kind of Christmas Eve you want, it’s probably on television. Or you can binge all of the holiday episodes of “The Office.”
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The best TV episodes of 2017, from The Deuce to Line of Duty 21 Dec 2017, 1:00am The best TV episodes of 2017, from The Deuce to Line of Duty
Our critics pick their favourite moments from the year’s best television – including the innovation of Mr Robot and Girls and the excesses of Twin Peaks: The Return
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Video Game Creators Seek Out Hollywood for Robust Narratives 20 Dec 2017, 2:06pm Video Game Creators Seek Out Hollywood for Robust Narratives
Video games are facing a fight for attention. So game studios are turning to film and television writers to help craft narratives for their titles.
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Martin Ransohoff, Producer of TV and Film, Dies at 90 17 Dec 2017, 5:50pm Martin Ransohoff, Producer of TV and Film, Dies at 90
Mr. Ransohoff was a force behind both light television fare like “Mister Ed” and substantive movies like “The Americanization of Emily.”
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Website Helps Movie and TV Fans Keep Track of Hollywood’s ‘Rotten Apples’ 13 Dec 2017, 2:35pm Updated Website Helps Movie and TV Fans Keep Track of Hollywood’s ‘Rotten Apples’
Rotten Apples, a new searchable database, aims to help users quickly discover which films or television shows are linked to those facing sexual misconduct allegations.
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Keith Chegwin: Television presenter dies aged 60 11 Dec 2017, 11:18am Updated Keith Chegwin: Television presenter dies aged 60
The veteran TV presenter has died aged 60 after a long illness, his family says.
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Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60 11 Dec 2017, 10:15am Updated Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60
Television star most famous for Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop dies after long battle with lung condition
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Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies at 60 11 Dec 2017, 10:05am Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies at 60
Television star most famous for Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop dies after long battle with lung condition
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Barbara Hosking: ‘I couldn’t write my memoir without mentioning that I’ve been gay all my life’ 10 Dec 2017, 4:00am Barbara Hosking: ‘I couldn’t write my memoir without mentioning that I’ve been gay all my life’
The former aide to Harold Wilson and Edward Heath on a rollicking career, coming out at 91 and a daily glass of claret Born in Cornwall in 1926, Barbara Hosking moved to London aged 21 to pursue a career in journalism. Instead, she joined the Labour party press office and went on to serve as a press officer to Harold Wilson and later Edward Heath. She also spent three years in East Africa running the office at a remote mining company and worked in TV, becoming executive chairwoman of Westcountry Television. Now, aged 91, she has written about her storied life, and her sexuality, in
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Euan Ferguson’s best television of 2017 10 Dec 2017, 3:00am Euan Ferguson’s best television of 2017
Alias Grace, Peaky Blinders and Broken shone out in a bumper year as terrestrial and online channels upped their game in the battle for viewers
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The Crown review – the one with all the shagging … and Suez 8 Dec 2017, 10:27am The Crown review – the one with all the shagging … and Suez
Attagirl, Lilibet! From the Kennedy assassination to the Profumo affair, Netflix goes bigger and better as it kicks off a truly historic second series When the dusty scrolls of television history are unfurled by future generations and all 60 episodes of The Crown promised to us are found to lie therein, this one shall be known down the ages as The One With All the Shagging – and Suez. We start this second series of creator and writer Peter Morgan’s masterpiece in 1956. Continuing the first series’ delicate blending of complementary private and public events, we find both the royal couple and Britain descending into war. The Queen has found a photograph of a young female dancer in the luggage Prince Philip is taking on his five-month tour of the Commonwealth and is alternately grief-stricken and incandescent with fury. (Claire Foy is brilliantly subtle at conveying the thoughts behind the monarchical mask with the most minor of quiverings and careful recompositions of her luminously compelling face.) Philip is unaware – he is Philip. Matt Smith will get his turn in the spotlight this series, but not quite yet.
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Loss leader: can a TV show continue without its main character? 8 Dec 2017, 4:00am Loss leader: can a TV show continue without its main character?
Jeffrey Tambor’s future on Transparent is in doubt after sexual assault allegations, but history proves it’s possible to live on beyond an original lead Transparent and House of Cards are both noteworthy shows. They are both prestigious. They both helped to prove that streaming services were capable of competing with traditional television. And they both hinged on award-winning turns by big stars,
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The 50 best TV shows of 2017: No 9 The Vietnam War 7 Dec 2017, 1:00am The 50 best TV shows of 2017: No 9 The Vietnam War
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s sprawling 10-part masterwork unpicked every element of the American military disaster, from its seeds in 19th-century French colonialism to its cultural legacy today. Britain’s TV industry should take heed If television were a war, drama would be the current superpower, with reality and talent shows providing supporting firepower. Helpless against this advance, the forces of documentary huddle on a last thin strip of unsurrendered territory, starved of funding and troops, with the British fort defended by a 91-year-old general, David Attenborough.
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Finding Me a Family review: matchmaking children and parents 6 Dec 2017, 1:00am Finding Me a Family review: matchmaking children and parents
It may sound like The X Factor for adoption, but it’s actually a good idea. Plus: have a tatty Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp Oh God, it’s the one thing I find really hard to watch on television: unhappy kids. Show me violence, My Face Turned Into a Tree on Channel 5, or graphic medical procedures – no problem (unless the operations are on genitals, I’m not great with them). But show me a sad child, and I’m in trouble. To be fair, and to the great credit of the people involved – foster families, social workers and charities – none of the children in
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The Best TV Shows of 2017 5 Dec 2017, 2:23pm Updated The Best TV Shows of 2017
Our television critics on their favorites this year, including “Better Things,” “The Good Place” and “Twin Peaks: The Return.”
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Review: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ a Watery Wonderland on Broadway 4 Dec 2017, 9:45pm Updated Review: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ a Watery Wonderland on Broadway
This ginormous adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon television series perfectly captures the innocently idiotic spirit of its prototype
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On my radar: Craig Charles’s cultural highlights 3 Dec 2017, 5:00am On my radar: Craig Charles’s cultural highlights
The actor and DJ on Jean-Michel Basquiat, horror film Mother!, John Bishop’s chatshow, the magic of Altrincham Market and rising funksters the AllergiesBorn in Liverpool, Craig Charles began his career as a poet, performing on various television and radio programmes. In 1988, he landed the role of Dave Lister in the science-fiction comedy series
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She’s Gotta Have It: how Spike Lee’s film revolutionised black sexuality onscreen 1 Dec 2017, 10:30am She’s Gotta Have It: how Spike Lee’s film revolutionised black sexuality onscreen
With its frank exploration of a Brooklyn woman’s romantic entanglements, Lee’s comedy was as inspiring as it was unsettling, writes Esi Edugyan. Thirty years on, the new TV series shows how times have changed – and where Lee went wrong With Netflix’s release of She’s Gotta Have It, a new series based on his 1986 romantic comedy, Spike Lee becomes the latest film-maker to turn his hand to prestige television. The original film is about black sexuality: its protagonist, Nola Darling, an ambitious up-and-coming young artist in Brooklyn, shares herself physically and emotionally with three lovers. She is not shy about her relationships and feels no sense of shame.
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The 50 best TV shows of 2017: 50-41 30 Nov 2017, 1:00am The 50 best TV shows of 2017: 50-41
We begin our countdown of the past year’s best television moments with devilish clerics, alien mysteries and a discussion of coddled eggs
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Teatro Oficina: the tycoon v the theatre 29 Nov 2017, 7:38am Teatro Oficina: the tycoon v the theatre
Dreamed up by architect Lina Bo Bardi, Teatro Oficina’s experimental, drug-fuelled theatre was a hallmark of Brazil’s counterculture in the 60s and 70s. Now it risks being a casualty of São Paulo’s sweeping development and culture war In the Brazilian television programme for children Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum, the money-grubbing villain, Dr Abobrinha, wants to demolish a magical castle and build a tower of flats in its place. The plot is fictional, but the parallels with a fight currently playing out in downtown São Paulo are hard to ignore. Last month, the TV presenter and business tycoon Silvio Santos finally won approval to build three 100m-high residential blocks on land he owns in the Bixiga district.
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The Sex Robots Are Coming: seedy, sordid – but mainly just sad 25 Nov 2017, 6:00am The Sex Robots Are Coming: seedy, sordid – but mainly just sad
The sex-doll industry is going from strength to strength in the drive to make the figures more lifelike, but where will it end? ‘People say there’s no such thing as loving an inanimate object,” says James, solemnly. “I don’t necessarily think that’s true.” James is a 58-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia, and the owner of four life-size dolls. Every morning he carefully gets them dressed and puts on their makeup. One day he might take them for a picnic; on another they’ll stay in and watch television. The latter involves a painstaking process where he must bend the dolls into a sitting position and adjust their eyeballs. But that’s OK, because there’s nothing James wouldn’t do for his synthetic companions, with whom he shares a bed and has sex up to four times a week. James is among the protagonists of
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Rita Ora: I had my eggs frozen in my early 20s 23 Nov 2017, 1:47pm Rita Ora: I had my eggs frozen in my early 20s
The procedure is most effective if done at a young age, but the £5,000 cost is prohibitive for most people Rita Ora has revealed that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s. Appearing on the Australian breakfast television show Sunrise, the 26-year-old British singer said her family doctor recommended undergoing the procedure sooner rather than later.
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Jools Holland webchat – your questions answered on punk, Amy Winehouse and his favourite rapper 21 Nov 2017, 8:05am Jools Holland webchat – your questions answered on punk, Amy Winehouse and his favourite rapper
The bandleader and television presenter has tickled ivories with the biggest names in music. He told us which musician he’s most in awe of, what late legend he’d like to spend eternity with and his peculiar fear of dying
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Blue Planet II: what have we learned so far? 20 Nov 2017, 10:50am Blue Planet II: what have we learned so far?
The documentary’s marvels are not just new to television – many are new to science as well. From hyper-intelligent fish to the origin of life itself, we round up the series’s biggest discoveries It is testament to the number of spectacles packed into Blue Planet II that the strategic change of gender a giant wrasse is – scientifically speaking, at least – one of the least remarkable. Changing gender, or sequential hermaphroditism, is a fact of life for more than 400 species of fish, and
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Search Party: how the hipster noir finds a way to surprise in season two 17 Nov 2017, 6:00am Search Party: how the hipster noir finds a way to surprise in season two
The breakout dark comedy finds a way to top its first season, adding satirical undercurrents to a propulsive and mysterious plotline After a droll, suspenseful, tightly plotted first season, Search Party, the ever-inventive millennial murder mystery, stared down a predicament faced by many television shows whose first batch of episodes provides a clear, satisfying and complete narrative arc: how do you top it for season two or, better yet, how do you prolong a story that might simply be finished?
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Keith Barron: from coppers to adulterers, a star of hit TV to the end 15 Nov 2017, 12:08pm Keith Barron: from coppers to adulterers, a star of hit TV to the end
The prolific actor, who died this week, kept viewers coming back to shows such as Duty Free and Haggard with his charm, vocal clarity and sharp comic timing Whereas many frontline actors conduct parallel careers in television, stage and film, Keith Barron,
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Duty Free star Keith Barron dies aged 83 15 Nov 2017, 6:40am Duty Free star Keith Barron dies aged 83
Actor who appeared in three series of sitcom and also starred in Take Me Home has died after short illness, agent says The actor Keith Barron has died after a short illness, at the age of 83, his agent said. Barron starred in three series of Duty Free, the Yorkshire Television sitcom written by Eric Chappell in which he played David Pearce.
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Gone to Pot: American Road Trip review – weed-smoking celebs makes for the year’s funniest TV 14 Nov 2017, 1:00am Gone to Pot: American Road Trip review – weed-smoking celebs makes for the year’s funniest TV
Pam St Clement, Christopher Biggins and Linda Robson are among the Brits travelling across California in a psychedelic bus in a fever dream of a documentary‘We heard from the back of the coach: ‘Help!’ And it was Biggins.” There may never be a greater line uttered on television, so praise be that
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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Coming to Amazon 13 Nov 2017, 2:54pm ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Coming to Amazon
Amazon announced on Monday that it has retained the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” for television for its Prime streaming service.
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Tim Gudgin: Former voice of BBC football results dies aged 87 13 Nov 2017, 8:14am Tim Gudgin: Former voice of BBC football results dies aged 87
Tim Gudgin, formerly the voice of BBC television's Saturday tea-time football results, dies aged 87.
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Karl Katz, Museum Director in New York and Israel, Dies at 88 10 Nov 2017, 3:12pm Karl Katz, Museum Director in New York and Israel, Dies at 88
Among many other accomplishments, Mr. Katz expanded the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s audience by showcasing its collection on film and television.
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Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews 10 Nov 2017, 5:00am Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews
The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like “The Apprentice” once did.
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Mr. Robot: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3, Episode 5: Taking the Long Way Around 9 Nov 2017, 7:35am Mr. Robot: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3, Episode 5: Taking the Long Way Around
This week’s “Mr. Robot” was one of the year’s most electric episodes of television.
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How the new season of Sesame Street stands up against racial hatred 9 Nov 2017, 6:00am How the new season of Sesame Street stands up against racial hatred
Despite the show being ‘apolitical’, forthcoming episodes aim at showcasing the importance of diversity and cultural togetherness At a time when Donald Trump’s views on race and seem designed to make the US more divided than ever, an attempt at unification is coming from an unlikely source: children’s television. The new season of Sesame Street seems to be the perfect counter to Trump’s rhetoric, as it specifically focuses on “helping kids recognize similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class”.
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Mr. Robot: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3, Episode 5: Taking the Long Way 8 Nov 2017, 10:55pm Mr. Robot: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3, Episode 5: Taking the Long Way
This week’s “Mr. Robot” was one of the year’s most electric episodes of television.
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Former TV Anchorwoman Accuses Kevin Spacey of Assaulting Her Son 8 Nov 2017, 3:04pm Former TV Anchorwoman Accuses Kevin Spacey of Assaulting Her Son
Heather Unruh, a longtime television journalist in Boston, said at a news conference that Mr. Spacey reached into her 18-year-old son’s pants at a bar last year.
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Profile: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner’s Foray Into Fiction 7 Nov 2017, 12:43pm Updated Profile: ‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner’s Foray Into Fiction
After the popular television series ended, everyone was waiting for his next TV show. Instead, he wrote a novel.
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Sex, Drugs and Crime in the Gritty Drama ‘Babylon Berlin’ 7 Nov 2017, 4:16am Sex, Drugs and Crime in the Gritty Drama ‘Babylon Berlin’
Germany’s new television thriller, set during the chaotic, vibrant democracy that preceded the Nazi years, is poised to be an international hit.
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Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Television Academy Over Abuse Claims 7 Nov 2017, 2:33am Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Television Academy Over Abuse Claims
The organization, which awards the Primetime Emmys, says widespread examples of the Hollywood producer’s behavior toward women are “deeply disturbing.”
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New Ryan Murphy Show for FX Casts Several Transgender Regulars 26 Oct 2017, 4:22pm New Ryan Murphy Show for FX Casts Several Transgender Regulars
“Pose,” set in 1980s New York, has what the network called the largest cast of transgender series regulars in television history.
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Critic’s Notebook: ‘TRL’ Is Back on MTV, but Undone by the Internet 25 Oct 2017, 3:32pm Updated Critic’s Notebook: ‘TRL’ Is Back on MTV, but Undone by the Internet
The afternoon show thrived before phone screens were more enticing than television screens. Only four weeks into its reboot, the seams are visible, and frayed.
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Review: On YouTube, ‘Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television’ 24 Oct 2017, 1:13pm Review: On YouTube, ‘Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television’
A meta-comedy spoofs both police procedural dramas and the streaming-versus-television divide
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Love Island for pensioners: which shows could benefit from ditching young people? 19 Oct 2017, 8:51am Love Island for pensioners: which shows could benefit from ditching young people?
The Dutch version of the Voice is set to only feature contestants over the age of 65. From The Apprentice to Big Brother, we wonder which others shows would thrive from the same treatment Very rarely does the television industry come up with a truly good idea. That said, it may have accidentally stumbled across one. The Dutch version of The Voice is about to make a spin-off series dedicated solely to pensioners. The Voice Senior will consist of a handful of episodes, none broadcast live, that will feature only contestants aged 65 or over. And, honestly, it sounds like the best possible version of
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BBC axes Crimewatch after 33 years as trail goes cold for viewers 17 Oct 2017, 7:17am BBC axes Crimewatch after 33 years as trail goes cold for viewers
Former host Nick Ross blames ‘decay of linear television’ and trend of recording programmes for show’s decline It has been credited with helping solve some of the country’s most notorious crimes. But, after 33 years, Crimewatch has served its time, the BBC has announced. The programme was being cancelled to make way for other programming, the corporation said, though it would broadcast more of the daytime sister edition, Crimewatch Roadshow.
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The war with no end: why American television refuses to leave the trenches 12 Oct 2017, 6:00am The war with no end: why American television refuses to leave the trenches
American TV has long been a barometer for the country’s feelings on its military – so what do a new crop of shows say about the opinions of a divided nation?
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Theatre to stage musical based on imaginary death of Katie Hopkins 11 Oct 2017, 1:00pm Theatre to stage musical based on imaginary death of Katie Hopkins
Writer Chris Bush says The Assassination of Katie Hopkins will explore issues of ‘truth, celebrity and public outrage’ Memorable British musicals in recent years have tackled difficult, challenging and dark subjects including serial murder and trial by television. Next up: what if Katie Hopkins was murdered? The Assassination of Katie Hopkins is a provocatively titled musical scheduled to open in spring next year which uses her fictional death as a way to explore wider issues of “truth, celebrity and public outrage”.
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Empire’s Lee Daniels: ‘I always see myself as one step away from a flop’ 7 Oct 2017, 5:00am Empire’s Lee Daniels: ‘I always see myself as one step away from a flop’
He made his name with Monster’s Ball and Precious but, as Empire begins a new season, the writer-director-producer insists his work isn’t just for black audiences Lee Daniels tells stories of divas who storm into meetings and demand their due; of washed-up addicts propelled onwards by unflagging ambition; and of scrappy orphans who couldn’t afford a bushel to hide their light under, even if they were so inclined. This autumn he’s all over UK television, with the fourth season of his hip-hop dynasty soap opera Empire and the first series of Star, a sort of R&B girl group Annie – so how much of it is autobiographical? “A lot. Most of it,” says Daniels, who recently announced another four upcoming TV projects and a film. “I don’t know how to tell stories unless I’ve lived them, unless I’ve eaten them, unless I’ve partied with them,” he says, building to a crescendo. “Who can make this shit up? You can’t make this shit up!”
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Star Trek: Discovery: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 1, Episode 3: Sometimes Down Is Up 2 Oct 2017, 7:36am Updated Star Trek: Discovery: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 1, Episode 3: Sometimes Down Is Up
The third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” is a gloomy hour of television, but has two very important callbacks for fans.
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‘Family is gross’: TV’s dysfunctional relationship with the 2.4 30 Sep 2017, 2:00am ‘Family is gross’: TV’s dysfunctional relationship with the 2.4
Transparent is among the few shows to play with the idea of the modern family. Why did it take television so long to break from the nuclear model?
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On Comedy: Watch the Evolution of Cringe Comedy in 9 Clips 29 Sep 2017, 2:29pm On Comedy: Watch the Evolution of Cringe Comedy in 9 Clips
Here’s how a grimace-filled genre, exemplified by “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” grew into a television comedy staple.
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Jack Good obituary 29 Sep 2017, 12:24pm Jack Good obituary
Music pioneer who led a revolution in television coverage of popIf anyone could be said to have invented the way pop music is presented on television, it was Jack Good, a short-haired, bespectacled Oxford graduate, who created the fast-paced shows Six-Five Special for the BBC, Oh Boy! for ITV, and the equally influential Shindig! for a US network. Good, who has died aged 86, encouraged the audience to become part of the spectacle in a style that became a vital element of Ready Steady Go! and Top of the Pops. Unlike most of the middle-aged producers responsible for putting early rock’n’roll on television, Good would definitely not rather have been dealing with the tuxedoed crooners of the swing era. “I prefer vulgarity to the excessive refinement that has long stifled British society,” he later wrote. In the middle of the 1950s, the era of the juke box and the teddy boy, he responded instinctively to the aesthetic of the new music and grasped the importance of the revolutionary culture that it fomented.
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Anne Jeffreys, Glamorous Ghost of ’50s TV, Is Dead at 94 28 Sep 2017, 4:48pm Updated Anne Jeffreys, Glamorous Ghost of ’50s TV, Is Dead at 94
Ms. Jeffreys, who had a long career in film, on television and on Broadway, was best known for playing the otherworldly Marion Kerby on “Topper.”
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Will & Grace review – rusty revival feels worn out in the age of Trump 28 Sep 2017, 3:00am Will & Grace review – rusty revival feels worn out in the age of Trump
The 90’s sitcom felt groundbreaking in its day, but two decades on, the old gang struggle to find their place. Still, the reboot deserves a chance They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, a television show by its pilot, or an album by its opening track. In the case of the new Will & Grace, a show
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Greg James and A.Dot to host new pop show on BBC One 22 Sep 2017, 7:02am Greg James and A.Dot to host new pop show on BBC One
Greg James and A.Dot will host a new, weekly music show on BBC One, live from Television Centre.
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Gin Wong, Who Designed Futuristic Buildings in Los Angeles, Dies at 94 18 Sep 2017, 5:42pm Updated Gin Wong, Who Designed Futuristic Buildings in Los Angeles, Dies at 94
Perhaps best known for a Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, Mr. Wong also did design work for the Los Angeles airport and CBS Television City.
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Reese Withersoon and Nicole Kidman rule the Emmys 18 Sep 2017, 11:05am Reese Withersoon and Nicole Kidman rule the Emmys
Reese Witherspoon says "it's been an incredible year for women on television" at this year's awards.
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Selena Gomez received kidney transplant from TV actor Francia Raisa 14 Sep 2017, 12:55pm Selena Gomez received kidney transplant from TV actor Francia Raisa
Gomez, who has lupus, revealed in an Instagram post that her friend, The Secret Life of the American Teenager star Raisa, donated her a kidney Selena Gomez recently received a kidney transplant from television actor Francia Raisa due to her struggle with lupus, the actor and singer revealed on Thursday.
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The First Time: Judith Light: The First Time I Quit a Big Job 12 Sep 2017, 3:54pm The First Time: Judith Light: The First Time I Quit a Big Job
Ms. Light was terrified to leave the soap opera “One Life to Live,” her first television series. But making the leap transformed her career.
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As Irma’s Winds Rise, So Does a Debate Over TV Storm Reporting 11 Sep 2017, 10:48am Updated As Irma’s Winds Rise, So Does a Debate Over TV Storm Reporting
Television correspondents are standing out in the storm as Hurricane Irma lashes Florida. Is that necessary? Reporters say better them than you.
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Girls Trip: the movie and my life 9 Sep 2017, 1:00am Girls Trip: the movie and my life
Of course, not every college friends’ get-together is as filthily hilariousWhen I was a kid, I’d watch people on television loosen their ties or rake their hands through their hair before saying, in a world-weary sigh, “I need a drink.” The subtext was clear then (adulthood is hard), and so when I recently caught myself running my fingers in my hair – and not as part of my daily styling routine – I knew what to do. A girls’ night was arranged with alacrity, for Friday after work. Look, things are still hazy, but here’s what I can legally divulge: lots of laughter, much silliness, perhaps slightly too many proclamations of affection, and a soupçon of TMI. Inevitably, my thoughts turned to the most high-profile, big-screen girls’ gathering of recent months – the runaway box-office success
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The New Season of Television: Listings for the Fall Season 8 Sep 2017, 7:07pm The New Season of Television: Listings for the Fall Season
Four new series based on Marvel Comics franchises will debut, as Netflix rolls out a David Fincher series, a new Margaret Atwood adaptation and the return of “Stranger Things.”
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The New Season of Television: On Netflix, It’s an Age of Marvels 8 Sep 2017, 5:01pm The New Season of Television: On Netflix, It’s an Age of Marvels
Four new series based on Marvel Comics franchises will debut, as Netflix rolls out a David Fincher series, a new Margaret Atwood adaptation and the return of “Stranger Things.”
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Novella Nelson, 78, Dies; Brought Authority to Myriad Roles 7 Sep 2017, 1:03pm Novella Nelson, 78, Dies; Brought Authority to Myriad Roles
An actress whose face was more familiar than her name, Ms. Nelson was seen onstage, in movies and on television for a half-century.
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WATCH: What happened to the Cold Feet characters? 7 Sep 2017, 3:13am WATCH: What happened to the Cold Feet characters?
The much loved television series Cold Feet is back for the third instalment.
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When the Heroine Is Less Than Perfect 3 Sep 2017, 8:00am When the Heroine Is Less Than Perfect
Prestige television has been dominated by antiheroes. Now it’s making more room for women with issues (as long as they include motherhood and guilt).
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Jan Ravens: perfect mimic for our times | Observer profile 2 Sep 2017, 7:05pm Jan Ravens: perfect mimic for our times | Observer profile
With Theresa May and Angela Merkel featuring large in her new stage show, this brilliant and acute impressionist has found her momentWhen it comes to potent television satire, Americans don’t have to rely on the desk-bound wit of the hosts of their late-night shows. The big male stars of the smart political take-down – from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, to Stewart’s successor on
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High infidelity: how TV’s portrayal of affairs has evolved 2 Sep 2017, 2:00am High infidelity: how TV’s portrayal of affairs has evolved
From Doctor Foster to Ozark, television’s focus of unfaithfulness has shifted from the browbeaten woman to a more equal portrayal of weakness and desire
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Twin Peaks: the apex of TV as art, and the only show that chimes with our times 1 Sep 2017, 10:55am Twin Peaks: the apex of TV as art, and the only show that chimes with our times
With his bewildering masterwork, David Lynch has created television that makes perfect sense in an age where nuclear war via Twitter feels ever more possible A scene early on in the magnificent, some say bewildering
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‘The idea that it’s good business is a myth’ – why Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic 29 Aug 2017, 1:46pm ‘The idea that it’s good business is a myth’ – why Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic
Ed Skrein has resigned from a forthcoming Hellboy film in which he was cast as a Japanese-American. Activists say it could be a pivotal moment for an industry happy to jettison cultural sensitivity for star powerIn its original sense, “whitewashing” meant covering or cleaning something up. In today’s cultural landscape, it is a stain that won’t rub off. Now, “whitewashing” describes the habit of casting white actors to play non-white characters, often to shoehorn in a star, sometimes out of racial insensitivity, invariably to the detriment of people (and especially actors) of colour. Film and television used to be able to get away with whitewashing, but when the word is associated with a project these days it tends to stick. It comes up at every press conference, it generates a cloud of Twitter memes. The signs point to it starting to make an impression on the people who make movies. On Monday, in what could be a pivotal development, British actor
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Riot grrrls, beta males and fluid fashion: how My So-Called Life changed TV forever 26 Aug 2017, 2:00am Riot grrrls, beta males and fluid fashion: how My So-Called Life changed TV forever
The show lasted only one series, but it rewrote television’s rules, breaking down conventions and giving teens an authentic voice
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Snobbery is killing the great British sitcom, says Ben Elton 24 Aug 2017, 7:01pm Snobbery is killing the great British sitcom, says Ben Elton
Blackadder writer says sitcoms are a ‘truly original art form’ but now critics and social media pundits dismiss them before they get a chance to grow on people Snobbery and “lazy contempt” from critics and social media is killing the sitcom, according to Blackadder writer Ben Elton. The comedian and author warned “we are in danger of losing something of real value in our culture”, pointing to shows now regarded as British television classics such as Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools & Horses.
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Review: A New ‘Tick’ on Amazon, Not Like the Old ‘Tick’ 24 Aug 2017, 5:30pm Review: A New ‘Tick’ on Amazon, Not Like the Old ‘Tick’
A bright blue (but not very bright) superhero pops up again, this time on Amazon Prime, where he stars in his third television series in 23 years.
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How to Make Your Marriage Work review – home truths straight from the marital sofa 18 Aug 2017, 1:00am How to Make Your Marriage Work review – home truths straight from the marital sofa
The simple idea of getting couples to speak their minds works beautifully in this valuable doc. Also, watching Brighton’s detectives As we know, the simple things in life are often the best. Usually they are food-related; a bag of chips, a pot of tea, a bacon sandwich. But sometimes it’s television. Just point a camera at a group of ordinary people and let them unfold their lives before you. You will get drama, truth and laughter at every turn. So it was with
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Doctor in the House author Richard Gordon dies aged 95 14 Aug 2017, 8:52am Doctor in the House author Richard Gordon dies aged 95
Richard Gordon's books formed the basis for seven films and a television and radio comedy series.
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HBO: hackers leak unaired Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure episodes 14 Aug 2017, 5:22am HBO: hackers leak unaired Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure episodes
HBO says it doesn’t want to feed hacker’s desire for publicity, but experts say network may eventually give in after Ballers, Barry and The Deuce also leaked Hackers have leaked a trove of unaired episodes of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Ballers, Barry and The Deuce, as they continue to in their efforts to extort the US television network. The leaks over the weekend did not include any further episodes of
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Inside Windsor Castle’ 13 Aug 2017, 1:00am What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Inside Windsor Castle’
Elmore Leonard’s novel is adapted for television, with only the faintest hints of the original story. And the Smithsonian Channel remembers Princess Diana.
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Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81 8 Aug 2017, 10:15pm Updated Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81
A sharecropper’s son who became a recording, television and movie star, Mr. Campbell also battled alcohol and drugs and became a public face of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Filthiest kitchen porn! Worst news fail! Who won trophies at our alternative TV awards? 8 Aug 2017, 4:00am Filthiest kitchen porn! Worst news fail! Who won trophies at our alternative TV awards?
It has been a vintage year for television so far. So, which scenes, shows and celebs came out top?
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Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73 3 Aug 2017, 12:31pm Updated Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73
The Welsh television and film actor starred in Shelley, EastEnders and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
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Is boxset bingeing making us tired? 3 Aug 2017, 8:11am Updated Is boxset bingeing making us tired?
Ten million Brits have skipped sleep or made themselves tired due to television binge-watching.
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Fargo review – a stunning and unsettling finale 3 Aug 2017, 1:00am Fargo review – a stunning and unsettling finale
Sometimes gruesome, often gorgeous, the show’s refusal to have a neat ending made for brilliant television. Plus: the incredible career of screenwriter Sally Wainwright The third season of
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Review: ‘Siesta Key’ Returns to Reality Television’s Awkward Youth 30 Jul 2017, 11:53pm Updated Review: ‘Siesta Key’ Returns to Reality Television’s Awkward Youth
This latest example of sun-streaked conflict and misty boredom takes place in and around an affluent island community just southwest of Sarasota, Fla.
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Rocky, Nell, Witch Hazel and More: A Sampling of June Foray 27 Jul 2017, 7:28pm Updated Rocky, Nell, Witch Hazel and More: A Sampling of June Foray
Ms. Foray’s voices could be heard over decades of animated films and television shows.
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Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58 27 Jul 2017, 4:02pm Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58
Besides his numerous ventures in the arts and media, Mr. Paulson also strove to make chess a popular spectator sport on television.
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Gr: Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58 27 Jul 2017, 11:26am Gr: Andrew Paulson, Chess Impresario and Serial Entrepreneur, Dies at 58
Besides his numerous ventures in the arts and media, Mr. Paulson also strove to make chess a popular spectator sport on television.
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TV OD: have we reached Peak Television? 24 Jul 2017, 4:00am TV OD: have we reached Peak Television?
Do the high-profile cancellations of The Get Down, Sense8 and Girlboss suggest the telly bubble is about to burst? Have we found ourselves at the beginning of the end of the “Peak TV” era? Last year, such a question was unthinkable. In 2016 alone, Netflix spent an estimated $6bn on 123 original shows. But this past June, the streaming juggernaut suddenly and shockingly took a hatchet to some of its most high-profile titles. First to bite the dust was Baz Luhrmann’s hip-hop fantasia
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Shots Fired: is this Black Lives Matter, the TV show? 22 Jul 2017, 2:00am Shots Fired: is this Black Lives Matter, the TV show?
Despite many attempts, television has failed to represent the civil rights movement adequately. Does this 10-part drama succeed?
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Nadiya’s British Food Adventure review: smoked haddock and cheesy scones with the nation’s darling 18 Jul 2017, 2:00am Nadiya’s British Food Adventure review: smoked haddock and cheesy scones with the nation’s darling
The former Bake Off champ toured the country harvesting asparagus, cooking stir fry and, of course, baking. It’s a perfect vision of modern Britain. Plus Normal for NorfolkTwo women are racing strange, ungainly vehicles across a barren, brown land. They drive in a semi-reclining position with their legs wide apart. Some kind of birthing chariot, maybe? In their path, green phalluses have pierced the sandy soil and point skywards. The women – one became well known on British television in 2015, the other is a farmer – have razor-sharp knives. When they pass over a protrusion, they reach down and slice it off near the base, emasculating the land. Later, they will eat them – the imperfect, bent ones. The good ones will go to market. Speculative fiction? Some kind of matriarchal future in which men have become redundant and are only useful as a source of food, income and sport? Actually, asparagus farming in Oxfordshire. And
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How Game of Thrones put TV drama to the sword 15 Jul 2017, 12:00pm How Game of Thrones put TV drama to the sword
George RR Martin’s fantasy saga, now embarking on its last 13 episodes, has conquered the ratings – and the influence of its swaggering style will be felt for years to comeOn Sunday evening the biggest drama on television returns. With only 13 episodes of epic fantasy
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Who Wants My Council House? review: a slightly new take on the TV life-swap 14 Jul 2017, 1:00am Who Wants My Council House? review: a slightly new take on the TV life-swap
Moments of racial awkwardness, snobbery and real emotion as house-swappers meet to size up their potential new homesThe life-swap television formula is hardly new. But
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Trustafarians and tedium: the most yawn-inducing reality TV shows ever 11 Jul 2017, 4:00am Trustafarians and tedium: the most yawn-inducing reality TV shows ever
From Big Brother 4 to Castaway 2000, these are the public-participation programmes that even Dermot O’Leary couldn’t save Behold, a new dawn – nay, a new yawn – for the chronically uneventful hidden-camera series: a Japanese franchise that swaps the oscillating buttocks of reality TV tradition for the composed, unassuming buttocks of unscripted affability. Bye-bye gurning yahoos and orchestrated bellendry: hello thoughtful housemates, unstructured mundanity and conflict-free conversations of the “Where did you put the teaspoon, no, don’t get up, I can find it, ah here it is, silly me” genus. The result? Tedium. But a new type of tedium. A nice tedium. A tedium that somehow transcends mere tediousness and is instead oddly comforting, to the extent that, engrossed in a protracted scene in which the housemates talk about beef, you find yourself thinking, yes, this cheerily relentless domestic monotony, this beef, this is … not as bad as it could’ve been. In the dog-bore-dog world of uninteresting reality television, there can be no higher praise.
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Ross Kemp: Extreme World review – TV tough guy tackles racial inequality 10 Jul 2017, 1:00am Ross Kemp: Extreme World review – TV tough guy tackles racial inequality
The actor-turned-investigative journalist is typically loud and unsubtle, but he is in his element when talking to gang members in DallasBy far the best television of the weekend was Ursula MacFarlane’s powerful BBC3 film
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Josette Bushell-Mingo: ‘Nina Simone is my GPS’ 9 Jul 2017, 4:00am Josette Bushell-Mingo: ‘Nina Simone is my GPS’
It was to celebrate Nina Simone’s political passion as much as her musical genius that Josette Bushell-Mingo created her one-woman show about the singer. Here, the acclaimed actor talks about the danger, decadence – and rage – of her heroine Josette Bushell-Mingo remembers the first time she saw Nina Simone sing – long before she became an actor herself: “I was at my aunt’s house, watching television. I’d have been about 11, and while the others were in the kitchen, she suddenly came up – I think it must have been on video. She was black as the night, with short hair, and she was sweating – it was almost obscene. She was at the piano and so filled with power, I was mesmerised. I’d never seen anything like it. I asked my aunt: ‘Who was that?’ And she said: ‘Nina Simone.’” Among the things that Bushell-Mingo could not guess aged 11 (she grew up in southeast London, the daughter of Guyanese parents, a bus driver and a nurse), was that, more than 40 years on, she would be transfixing audiences with her own take on the legendary singer. Her show,
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Grotbags actor Carol Lee Scott dies aged 74 6 Jul 2017, 2:41am Grotbags actor Carol Lee Scott dies aged 74
Fans pay tribute to popular children’s television performer who created green witch character with Rod Hull in the 1980s The children’s television actor Carol Lee Scott, best known as Grotbags the witch, has died aged 74. The entertainer appeared in several children’s programmes in the 1980s and early 1990s, including the Rod Hull hit
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Fifty years of colour TV 30 Jun 2017, 1:42pm Fifty years of colour TV
Colour television turns 50 but did you know thousands of people are still watching in black and white?
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Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91 28 Jun 2017, 8:49am Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91
The character — disaster-prone but good-natured and always polite — was the hero of children’s novels, picture books and animated television series.
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Michael Nyqvist, Swedish Actor Who Played Villain in ‘John Wick,’ Dies at 56 27 Jun 2017, 10:07pm Michael Nyqvist, Swedish Actor Who Played Villain in ‘John Wick,’ Dies at 56
Mr. Nyqvist starred in television shows and movies in Sweden, becoming a star in the country, before playing villains in Hollywood thrillers.
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Twin Peaks: ‘Twin Peaks’ Season 3, Episode 8: White Light White Heat 26 Jun 2017, 7:27am Twin Peaks: ‘Twin Peaks’ Season 3, Episode 8: White Light White Heat
There’s nothing to point to in the history of television that helps describe exactly what this episode attempts.
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The day I performed a tap routine for Prince Charles 25 Jun 2017, 1:00am The day I performed a tap routine for Prince Charles
It is 1985 or perhaps 1986, and after a crash course in tap-dancing Suzi Quatro finds herself performing live on TV before the Prince himself I was asked to do a television show for Prince Charles’s charity, the
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Alison Moyet: ‘My biggest disappointment? I am’ 24 Jun 2017, 4:30am Alison Moyet: ‘My biggest disappointment? I am’
The singer on crying when John Noakes died, her childhood dreams of being a policewoman and why she loves television soaps Born in Essex,
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Why I love… Robin Wright 17 Jun 2017, 12:59am Why I love… Robin Wright
Resolve, strength, practicality, vulnerability. It’s all there in her eyes, her jaw, her smile. It’s what makes her so compelling My love of movies and television is matched only by my love of books, so nothing makes me happier than when screen and page collide. The other week, I found myself rereading one of my favourite books-turned-movies, William Goldman’s
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Would I Lie to You? – how a big bunch of fibbers became a TV institution 16 Jun 2017, 9:22am Would I Lie to You? – how a big bunch of fibbers became a TV institution
As it turns 10, the BBC show is now as satisfying and reliable as Friday night fish and chips. From David Mitchell and Lee Mack’s comic chemistry to Bob Mortimer’s genius, here’s why it should keep us in hysterics for decades more It is surely a truth universally acknowledged that there are too many panel shows. It was already obvious a decade ago the world didn’t really need any more of them. So the arrival of Would I Lie to You? in June 2007 didn’t exactly feel like an auspicious TV moment. But every now and then, a show’s format and personnel dovetail precisely to create television that simply works and keeps on working. Would I Lie to You? is now a perfectly pitched, tonally surefooted BBC institution; as satisfyingly predictable and reliable as fish and chips on a Friday evening. Like most TV institutions, it could easily have been a very different show. Alan Carr turned down the captaincy slot that was subsequently offered to David Mitchell. Also not quite right was original host Angus Deayton – Would I Lie to You? is a cheerful, open-hearted affair that Deayton’s inveterate smugness never really suited. The show hit its stride when Rob Brydon came on board in 2009. Daft and game but wry and knowing, Brydon’s tone was the perfect fit. And his gift for mimicry has meant he’s also become an excellent puncturer of the two team captains’ egos which, let’s be honest, do occasionally run wild.
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A ‘Queen Sugar’ Rush Heralds a ‘Silver Age’ for African-American TV 15 Jun 2017, 4:00pm A ‘Queen Sugar’ Rush Heralds a ‘Silver Age’ for African-American TV
Facing a television landscape more competitive than ever, OWN and BET have added creative ambition to their business models.
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Television Review: An Uneven Night for Kevin Spacey as Tonys Host 12 Jun 2017, 12:30am Updated Television Review: An Uneven Night for Kevin Spacey as Tonys Host
The broadcast seemed unsure of what to do with Mr. Spacey on a show more suited for Broadway insiders than for a general TV audience.
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Batman actor Adam West dies at 88 11 Jun 2017, 3:07am Batman actor Adam West dies at 88
Actor who played Batman in 1960s US TV series and voiced Mayor West on Family Guy dies Adam West, the actor best known for playing Batman in the 1960s television series, has died aged 88 of leukaemia. He is remembered by fans for his kooky, exaggerated portrayal of the superhero in the ABC show, which ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1968. West once said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognise you.”
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Sad Day for Gotham: Adam West, Who Played Batman, Dies at 88 10 Jun 2017, 3:37pm Sad Day for Gotham: Adam West, Who Played Batman, Dies at 88
The classically handsome baritone actor turned a comic-book superhero into live-action Pop Art in the 1960s television series “Batman.”
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Batman actor Adam West dies aged 88 10 Jun 2017, 1:24pm Updated Batman actor Adam West dies aged 88
Actor who played Batman in 1960s US TV series and voiced Mayor West on Family Guy dies Adam West, the actor best known for playing Batman in the 1960s television series, has died aged 88 of leukaemia. He is remembered by fans for his kooky, exaggerated portrayal of the superhero in the ABC show, which ran for three seasons from 1966 to 1968. West once said that he played Batman “for laughs, but in order to do [that], one had to never think it was funny. You just had to pull on that cowl and believe that no one would recognise you.”
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Two sides to every story: Whitney, Tupac, Assange and the trouble with making biopics 8 Jun 2017, 12:12pm Two sides to every story: Whitney, Tupac, Assange and the trouble with making biopics
Nick Broomfield and Kevin Macdonald have both made documentaries about Whitney Houston, but only one has the approval of her estate. Can access ever compete with the freedom to get behind the facades? ‘How would you like to be remembered?” a television interviewer asks a young Whitney Houston. She closes her eyes for a moment, then laughs. “You know, it probably doesn’t matter anyway, ’cos they gonna remember me how they want to remember me anyway.” She was right about that. Nobody has a say in how they are remembered, especially not those who lead public and troubled lives, die tragically early and leave behind a trail of secrets and unanswered questions. Not to mention a sizeable fortune and a bankable back catalogue. As Houston seems to have intuited back then, she was destined to become prime biopic material. Today’s cultural history is increasingly being written by film-makers, and for high-profile subjects such as Houston, there is often a scrum of them competing to do the remembering.
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A Familiar TV Face, Pulling an Improvised Life Out of a Bowl 7 Jun 2017, 4:01pm A Familiar TV Face, Pulling an Improvised Life Out of a Bowl
Jason Kravits has plenty of television and stage work, but he can also be found doing a wacky improvised cabaret show at the Duplex.
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Comedian Bill Maher apologises for racial slur on live TV 3 Jun 2017, 4:56pm Comedian Bill Maher apologises for racial slur on live TV
The comedian used the n-word on live television, during what he called "banter of a live moment".
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White Gold: banter, larks and ladies in Thatcher’s Britain 3 Jun 2017, 4:59am White Gold: banter, larks and ladies in Thatcher’s Britain
Inbetweeners alumni reunite for a laddish 80s comedy that is a bewildering throwback to an era best forgotten Rejoice! For the gods of television have bestowed upon us a show devoted to the male rogue who loves nothing more than to escape “her indoors”, make money and get lathered with his mates. Well, it’s about time. It’s not as if the geezerish white man has received much screen time in the past. Sure, we’ve had Alfie, Arthur Daley, Del Boy, Phil’n’Grant, Danny Baldwin, Bobby Axelrod and pretty much anyone played by Dennis Waterman and
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‘The Leftovers’ Leads Television’s Musical Golden Age 2 Jun 2017, 11:21am Updated ‘The Leftovers’ Leads Television’s Musical Golden Age
On some of best series, the song selections are as nuanced, ironic and transcendent as the acting and writing.
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A Brexit-themed Big Brother: think of something worse than that, I dare you 1 Jun 2017, 7:53am A Brexit-themed Big Brother: think of something worse than that, I dare you
In The United Kingdom of Big Brother, potential housemates will be dressed up like party leaders and forced to lobby the public to be ‘elected’. That’s right: the reality show has won the race to the absolute bottom A new series of Big Brother starts on Monday. Most of the time we can do without Big Brother. But this year, given everything we’ve heard about it so far, Big Brother is going to be the absolute last thing that any of us need. This is not an exaggeration. Because even though Big Brother is already as much of an empty clang as television can get – all shriek and clatter, witnessed by no one – this year the producers have upped the obnoxiousness by choosing “The United Kingdom of Big Brother” as the show’s theme. That’s right: in its race to the complete scientific bottom, Big Brother is going Brexit.
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Jared Martin, Who Played Dusty Farlow on ‘Dallas,’ Dies at 75 28 May 2017, 6:57pm Jared Martin, Who Played Dusty Farlow on ‘Dallas,’ Dies at 75
Mr. Martin also appeared in a number of popular television shows, including episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
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Dina Merrill obituary 25 May 2017, 9:16am Dina Merrill obituary
Heiress and philanthropist who became a Hollywood star playing poised, upper-class womenThere has seldom been more closeness between an acting career and a lifestyle than that of Dina Merrill, who has died aged 93. As an heiress, socialite and philanthropist, Merrill had little trouble portraying upper-crust women in films and television. Her patrician allure led her to be proclaimed “Hollywood’s new
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Nicole Kidman: I will work with a female director every 18 months 24 May 2017, 7:01am Nicole Kidman: I will work with a female director every 18 months
Actor makes pledge as part of an effort to improve the number of women working behind the camera in film and television Nicole Kidman has pledged to work with a female director at least once every 18 months as part of a wider effort to increase the number of women filmmakers in Hollywood.
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Review: ABC’s Perspiration-Free ‘Dirty Dancing’ 23 May 2017, 4:38pm Review: ABC’s Perspiration-Free ‘Dirty Dancing’
Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes star in a television remake of “Dirty Dancing,” the unexpected hit from 1987.
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Top of the Lake: this singular drama is still gloriously weird 23 May 2017, 2:21pm Top of the Lake: this singular drama is still gloriously weird
The second series features big budgets and huge stars – little wonder Cannes finally embraced a TV show The barbarians have stormed the battlements. Television has arrived at Cannes. It’s a development that some swore would never come to pass, including the artistic director of the festival, Thierry Frémaux. “Cannes is a film festival,” Frémaux rather tersely said last year. Netflix is one thing, with its flouting of theatrical releases, but at least it still makes movies. TV is quite another. Still, it seems that needs must, and Cannes have solemnly recognised that prestige TV is frequently beating arthouse cinema at its own game – in its budgets, its audiences, the stars it attracts, and, most crucially, the quality of the stories it tells. And so, this week two shows are being shown at the festival: David Lynch’s revived Twin Peaks, and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake.
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Netflix and chill: how TV relaxed its view of dating 23 May 2017, 10:23am Netflix and chill: how TV relaxed its view of dating
After Sex and the City told audiences to wait for The One, contemporary shows, such as Master of None and Casual have suggested that it’s better to keep swiping There was a time when television shows about dating all moved in the same direction: towards The One. Sex and the City was about exploring the options, every last one of them, but ultimately, its gallivanting gals wound up with at least a degree of stability, and romance triumphed over loveless sex, even for Samantha Jones. Classic teen shows have always paired unlikely duos, who must melodramatically battle teachers, parents and friends to be together – Joey and Pacey, Marissa and Ryan, and, in the case of Buffy, an assortment of bad boys with no pulse. Chandler and Monica were the solid backbone of Friends, which also tried to match the philandering Joey with a woman he might actually fall for; sadly for viewers, that happened to be Rachel and led to one of the worst TV couplings of all time. Still, for the most part, TV dating led to TV love.
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Lucy Worsley webchat – your questions answered on Jane Austen, chastity belts and Arsène Wenger 22 May 2017, 9:08am Lucy Worsley webchat – your questions answered on Jane Austen, chastity belts and Arsène Wenger
The television historian answered your questions in a live webchat
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Lucy Worsley webchat – follow it live 22 May 2017, 9:03am Updated Lucy Worsley webchat – follow it live
The television historian is with us now to answer your questions in a live webchat
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Elisabeth Moss: the actress whose very presence is a guarantee of quality | Observer profile 20 May 2017, 7:05pm Elisabeth Moss: the actress whose very presence is a guarantee of quality | Observer profile
The new television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale is further evidence that the Mad Men star has a talent and range few others can matchWhen the idea of a television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s feminist classic,
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‘Saturday Night Live’: The Most Memorable Moments This Season 19 May 2017, 9:28am ‘Saturday Night Live’: The Most Memorable Moments This Season
From President Trump and Sean Spicer to Hillary Clinton and politics in America, “S.N.L.” scored huge ratings and became appointment television again.
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Lucy Worsley webchat – post your questions now 18 May 2017, 6:43am Lucy Worsley webchat – post your questions now
The television historian is joining us to answer readers’ questions in a live webchat,
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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Blow-Up’ and ‘Fabulous Fassbender’ 18 May 2017, 1:00am What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Blow-Up’ and ‘Fabulous Fassbender’
Michelangelo Antonioni’s mod masterpiece gets a belated 50th-anniversary tribute. And some of Michael Fassbender’s earliest television roles arrive for streaming.
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Was ‘Twin Peaks’ Ahead of Its Time? Let’s Look Back and See 17 May 2017, 9:16am Was ‘Twin Peaks’ Ahead of Its Time? Let’s Look Back and See
Our television critics James Poniewozik and Mike Hale discuss the series and the influence it had on other shows.
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How American Gods changed the game for gay sex on TV 17 May 2017, 7:22am How American Gods changed the game for gay sex on TV
Two Muslim men of colour just had a lengthy explicit encounter in the Neil Gaiman adaptation. Gay sex on screen has never been so frank or so vulnerable Throughout the history of media, the portrayal of sex has been consistently met with varying shades of outrage. Yet no graphic depiction has felt the wrath quite like that of homosexuality. This week, American Gods offered up a new addition to the canon – and in terms of male gay sex on television, it was a game-changer: an explicit, frank and deeply intimate moment between two Muslim men of colour.
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Review: Don’t Bother Keeping a ‘Secret’ With Derren Brown Around 16 May 2017, 10:00pm Review: Don’t Bother Keeping a ‘Secret’ With Derren Brown Around
This London stage and television star gets inside your head during his enthralling, baffling one-mentalist show.
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As Fox Pitches Sports to Advertisers, Specter of News Scandal Lingers 16 May 2017, 8:54am As Fox Pitches Sports to Advertisers, Specter of News Scandal Lingers
The major networks are unveiling their offerings for the coming television season to advertising buyers. Our reporters discuss what they saw on the second day.
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Brad Grey, Former Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59 15 May 2017, 9:52pm Brad Grey, Former Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59
Mr. Grey, who played a pivotal role in the creation of television hits like “The Sopranos,” helped blend the art of talent management with TV and film production.
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TV Baftas 2017: meet the actors of the year 14 May 2017, 2:00am TV Baftas 2017: meet the actors of the year
The Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards rounds off another fantastic year for UK talent. In this remarkable portfolio of some of the biggest names on the small screen reveal their highlights from the TV year
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Sue Perkins: ‘I love live TV. It’s like water, it flows’ 14 May 2017, 2:00am Sue Perkins: ‘I love live TV. It’s like water, it flows’
After stepping away from Bake Off, Sue Perkins is heading down the Ganges for the BBC and hosting the TV Baftas. She talks to Jay Rayner about stepping into Graham Norton’s shoes, why she is in therapy and what she owes television Sue Perkins is learning how to be a national treasure, and it’s clearly a full-time job. The day we meet she has just come from spending a couple of hours in the company of
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American Gods on television couldn’t be more timely 12 May 2017, 5:00am American Gods on television couldn’t be more timely
Neil Gaiman’s book – out now on a small screen near you – came out 16 years ago and makes perfect sense of the age of Trump It’s a good bet that writers are scrambling to produce the first great novel of the Age of Trump: trying to make sense of this monstrous unexpectedness, this terrifying combination of clowntime and apocalypse. But maybe the great novel of Trump’s America has already been written. It came out 16 years ago and its name is
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Streaming: Boomerang and Crunchyroll: Of Old Cartoons and Fresh Anime 11 May 2017, 5:28pm Streaming: Boomerang and Crunchyroll: Of Old Cartoons and Fresh Anime
As a reliable purveyor of Looney Tunes, Boomerang has appeal for families; Crunchyroll’s offerings run from anime to current Japanese television shows.
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Edwin Sherin, Theater and ‘Law & Order’ Director, Dies at 87 8 May 2017, 8:21pm Updated Edwin Sherin, Theater and ‘Law & Order’ Director, Dies at 87
Mr. Sherin directed James Earl Jones on Broadway in “The Great White Hope” and enjoyed a successful career in television.
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8 May 2017, 2:36pm MTV Movie and Television Awards Red Carpet
See what Taraji P. Henson, Zendaya, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi and more wore.
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Emma Watson Wins MTV’s First Gender-Neutral Acting Prize 8 May 2017, 9:27am Emma Watson Wins MTV’s First Gender-Neutral Acting Prize
Millie Bobby Brown, the 13-year-old star of “Stranger Things,” won the gender-neutral acting award for a television series.
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Highlights from the MTV movie and television awards 8 May 2017, 8:28am Highlights from the MTV movie and television awards
Watch some of the winners' acceptance speeches from last night's MTV music and television awards.
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Don Gordon, Steve McQueen’s Sidekick Onscreen and in Life, Dies at 90 7 May 2017, 5:14pm Don Gordon, Steve McQueen’s Sidekick Onscreen and in Life, Dies at 90
Mr. Gordon starred on television and in film for decades, often playing tough-guy roles.
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The Fonz and Captain Kirk on tour! How VIP oldies took over TV 3 May 2017, 8:58am The Fonz and Captain Kirk on tour! How VIP oldies took over TV
Forget the golden age of television – this is the silver age. And Henry Winkler and William Shatner are far from the only veteran stars boldly going wild for our viewing pleasure At 71, Henry Winkler shows no signs of slowing down. The former Fonz is a tireless trans-media titan of content creation: acting, producing, racking up self-aware cameos in Adam Sandler movies and launching projects like
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Hollywood ending sees writers call off strike after last-minute deal 2 May 2017, 5:57am Updated Hollywood ending sees writers call off strike after last-minute deal
Writers Guild of America secures ‘good deal’ for film and television industry members as deadline loomed, avoiding repeat of devastating 2007 industrial action The threat of a Hollywood writers’ strike has been averted at the last-minute after a deal was announced shortly after a 1 May deadline.
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US screenwriter strike talks continue past deadline 2 May 2017, 3:21am US screenwriter strike talks continue past deadline
The writers' union wants its members to see more benefits from the growth of online television.
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Deadline nears for US screenwriter strike 1 May 2017, 1:59pm Deadline nears for US screenwriter strike
The writers union wants its members to see more benefits from the growth of online television, which is shaking up the industry.
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘American Gods’ and ‘Poo Bear: Afraid of Forever’ 30 Apr 2017, 1:00am Updated What’s on TV Sunday: ‘American Gods’ and ‘Poo Bear: Afraid of Forever’
“American Gods” brings Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed novel to television, with surprising relevancy. And the songwriter known as Poo Bear cracks a window onto his life.
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Jut Eat delivers £10m The X Factor sponsorship deal 27 Apr 2017, 9:35am Jut Eat delivers £10m The X Factor sponsorship deal
Deliveroo rival to launch ‘Chef Factor’ hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its clips Just Eat has struck a £10m-a-year deal to be the new sponsor of The X Factor and intends to launch a nationwide “Chef Factor” hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its branded clips. Just Eat’s multiyear deal, one of the largest for a weekly show on British television, includes sponsorship of The X Factor TV show, app and the annual live tour.
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The X Factor cooks up £10m Just Eat sponsorship deal 27 Apr 2017, 8:01am The X Factor cooks up £10m Just Eat sponsorship deal
Online food order and delivery service to launch ‘Chef Factor’ hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its clips Just Eat has struck a £10m-a-year deal to be the new sponsor of The X Factor and intends to launch a nationwide “Chef Factor” hunt for takeaway cooks to star in its branded clips. Just Eat’s multiyear deal, one of the largest for a weekly show on British television, includes sponsorship of The X Factor TV show, app and the annual live tour.
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The ultimate slow TV: a 168-hour show on reindeer migration 26 Apr 2017, 6:32am The ultimate slow TV: a 168-hour show on reindeer migration
Using drones, snowmobiles and antler-cams, Norwegian broadcaster NRK is charting the passage of more than 1,000 reindeer as they travel to pastures new. Just as soon as they get a move on High up on a mountain plateau in Lapland there has been a tense silence for some days. A crew from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has been stuck with a herd of reindeer who are not intending to move. But move they must. Food is getting scarce and besides, their annual spring migration, towards new grazing land down at the coast 200km away, is going live on TV. Minute by minute. The transmission started on Monday night, but as the reindeer scraped through snow searching for more food, the lead female deer looked on unconcerned and immobile. The crew, less so. “We were waiting for the lead female to make a move,” editor Ole Rune Hætta explains. All reindeer herds have female leaders, but this this one seemed to be a little stuck. More than 1,000 reindeer and many more television viewers – including those across the world following
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Late-night TV hosts on Trump’s first 100 days: ‘For us, it’s 15 years’ – video 25 Apr 2017, 1:55pm Late-night TV hosts on Trump’s first 100 days: ‘For us, it’s 15 years’ – video
US television hosts have been weighing in on the upcoming milestone of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Trevor Noah comments on the president’s claim that the milestone is arbitrary, while Stephen Colbert criticises Trump for comparing his own ratings to those on the day the World Trade Center was attacked. NBC’s Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the apparent row-back on making Mexico pay for a border wall
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Forget Netflix and Chill. Try Pure Flix and Pray. 23 Apr 2017, 4:47am Updated Forget Netflix and Chill. Try Pure Flix and Pray.
A faith-based entertainment company is making a bid for the mainstream with movies like “The Case For Christ” and binge-able television and web series.
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Marcel Ophuls’s ‘Memory of Justice,’ No Longer Just a Memory 21 Apr 2017, 12:19pm Marcel Ophuls’s ‘Memory of Justice,’ No Longer Just a Memory
The monumental documentary about war and guilt is making its television premiere on HBO2.
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Ask The Wirecutter: The Value of Sound Bars (Even if They Cost $700) 19 Apr 2017, 11:20am Ask The Wirecutter: The Value of Sound Bars (Even if They Cost $700)
A sound bar system — good ones cost around $200 and up — is a big improvement over the tiny speakers built into your flat-panel television.
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‘You didn’t win, we won’: the great LGBT TV revolution 15 Apr 2017, 2:00am ‘You didn’t win, we won’: the great LGBT TV revolution
From Transparent to Billions, LGBT characters are more visible than ever. As TV’s first non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon explains, the future looks bright When EastEnders co-creator Tony Holland was a jobbing television producer in 1975, he took a sitcom idea to the head of Thames Television drama, Verity Lambert. The comedy would rest on a gay couple whose emotional wellbeing was complicated by their class divide. It was to be called The Unlikely Lads. Lambert scored a hit later that year with the wonderful TV adaptation of Quentin Crisp’s memoir, The Naked Civil Servant. At the time, Lambert deferred on Holland’s project, contending that two shows with a central gay thread a year would be one too many for the socially conservative British public taste. The idea would come to fruition a decade on in the characters of
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Christopher Morahan, a Producer and Director of ‘The Jewel in the Crown,’ Dies at 87 14 Apr 2017, 6:09pm Christopher Morahan, a Producer and Director of ‘The Jewel in the Crown,’ Dies at 87
Beyond that heralded TV series and plays for television, Mr. Morahan’s career spanned the stage and film.
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A Word With: Justin Theroux on ‘The Leftovers,’ Lustrous Beards and Lego Ninjas 14 Apr 2017, 10:00am A Word With: Justin Theroux on ‘The Leftovers,’ Lustrous Beards and Lego Ninjas
Mr. Theroux discusses the third and final season of the supernatural television drama “The Leftovers,” his character’s beard and his next film.
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What does Guerilla teach us about the fight for racial equality today? | Elizabeth Obi and others 14 Apr 2017, 5:48am What does Guerilla teach us about the fight for racial equality today? | Elizabeth Obi and others
Activists and writers familiar with the racial politics of 1970s Britain assess whether the television series has any lessons for us now
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Baftas 2017: triumph for the TV shows never shown on TV 11 Apr 2017, 7:25am Baftas 2017: triumph for the TV shows never shown on TV
From Fleabag to Thirteen and The Crown, this year’s nominations reveal that the most daring television has now gone online The Bafta shortlists offer an annual freeze-frame of trends in TV. And the most striking thing this year is that two of the strongest contenders have never been shown on television – as it has been understood for most of the 62 years over which these prizes have been given.
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My mother’s murder, and other secrets… 2 Apr 2017, 5:30am My mother’s murder, and other secrets…
Leah Carroll was four when her mother was murdered buying cocaine. Her alcoholic father died when she was 18. In this extract from her memoir, she recalls the mother she barely knew, and the troubled man left to support herOn the night she died, my mom drove to a motel to buy cocaine with two men: Peter Gilbert and Gerald Mastracchio. Once inside, Gilbert watched television while Mastracchio spread the cocaine on a table and demanded sex from my mother. She complied. Years later, Gilbert would testify that Mastracchio emerged from the bathroom with a towel, threw it around my mom’s neck and yanked. Mastracchio grunted to Gilbert for help as her face turned purple. “Come on you rat,” Mastracchio wheezed. “Give me the death rattle.” [He suspected that she was a police informant.] This happened at the Sunset View Motel in Attleboro, Massachusetts, just minutes from the Rhode Island border. It was 18 October 1984. My mother was 30. Her name was Joan Carroll. I had just turned four years old.
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Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad review – a moving account of loss 28 Mar 2017, 5:00pm Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad review – a moving account of loss
The footballer invites the cameras in to witness him dealing with grief after the death of his wife. It is a bold and important film It’s usually so much fun snooping around a footballer’s house on television, seeing where all that money goes. Steven Gerrard’s and Wayne Rooney’s stand out from recent times. Rio Ferdinand’s looks like a good one, too – massive kitchen, gym, pool etc. But Rio hasn’t invited the cameras in to show off. While grand, the most striking feature of the house is its sadness and silence. In the sunny holiday home in Portugal as well – even though the kids splash about in the pool, happy and noisy– something is off. It’s the empty space left by Rio’s wife, Rebecca, who died nearly two years ago, aged 34, from breast cancer.
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The Accusation by Bandi – review: unflinching tales from North Korea 26 Mar 2017, 2:30am The Accusation by Bandi – review: unflinching tales from North Korea
These compelling stories of cruel absurdity are believed to have been smuggled out from the secretive totalitarian state When the founding strongman Kim Il-sung died in 1994, displays of public grief in North Korea reached extraordinary levels. Sobbing television presenters segued into distraught citizens tearing at their hair and family members collapsing in paroxysms of despair. In Pyongyang’s vast eponymous square, rows of kneeling, white-clad men and women set up a keening cacophony. The scenes were repeated 17 years later on the
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Is there too much violence against women on TV? 25 Mar 2017, 8:08pm Is there too much violence against women on TV?
Television stars on claims that there is too much violence against women in dramas.
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Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled 24 Mar 2017, 11:08pm Alone in the Wild for a Year, TV Contestants Learn Their Show Was Canceled
Entrants in the reality television series “Eden” emerged from the Scottish wilderness, only to learn the show stopped broadcasting last summer.
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23 Mar 2017, 5:58pm Review: In ‘CHIPS,’ Blown-Up Cars Overshadow Buddy Cops
This unrepentantly lewd comedy, based on the 1977-83 television series of the same name, stars Dax Shepard, who also wrote and directed.
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Colin Dexter: a mischievous, generous man every bit as clever as his creations 22 Mar 2017, 6:39am Updated Colin Dexter: a mischievous, generous man every bit as clever as his creations
The man behind Inspector Morse was humble, kind and warmly funny. His death marks the passing of a generation who propelled crime writing to new levels If you didn’t know Colin Dexter was an internationally acclaimed bestselling author whose award-winning novels had spawned three successful TV series, you’d never have guessed. A short, unassuming man in blazer and flannels, toting an old leather briefcase and living in an undistinguished semi on a main road on the outskirts of Oxford, he was invariably humble about his achievements. “I’ve been very lucky,” he would say. “Lucky with my publisher, lucky with the television people, lucky to have
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Autistic Julia joins Bert, Ernie and Abby Cadabby in championing Muppet diversity 20 Mar 2017, 1:42pm Autistic Julia joins Bert, Ernie and Abby Cadabby in championing Muppet diversity
The latest addition to the Sesame Street cast hopes to help children understand difference – something the show hasn’t always got right first timeAny adult who watches children’s television can see that diversity is never far from the programme-makers’ minds. Nor will it be a surprise to hear that an autistic character, Julia, already a feature of Sesame Street magazine,
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Which forgotten 80s movie stars deserve a television comeback? 20 Mar 2017, 11:19am Which forgotten 80s movie stars deserve a television comeback?
Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg is joining the next season of The Rock’s HBO comedy Ballers but he should be joined by these other era-defining stars If you’re a nostalgia fetishist of a certain persuasion, the news couldn’t come any more gift-wrapped:
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Five Long TV Cons Worth a Short Binge 9 Mar 2017, 5:00am Five Long TV Cons Worth a Short Binge
The con-artist story may have replaced the serial-killer show as the reigning television analogy of our time.
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Steve Hewlett wins posthumous Royal Television Society award 2 Mar 2017, 6:38am Steve Hewlett wins posthumous Royal Television Society award
The late broadcaster had been told of the RTS award, saying he was "touched" by the honour.
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TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April, government announces 1 Mar 2017, 9:54am TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April, government announces
UK's annual television licence fee to rise to £147 from £145.50 on 1 April, the first increase since 2010.
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TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April 1 Mar 2017, 8:31am TV licence fee to rise to £147 in April
UK's annual television licence fee to rise to £147 from £145.50 on 1 April, the first increase since 2010.
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Television Review: President Trump Changes His Tone, if Not His Tune 1 Mar 2017, 1:34am Television Review: President Trump Changes His Tone, if Not His Tune
The character he was playing this night was not the angry boss who might fire someone, but the executive who needed to reassure his shareholders.
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Joseph A. Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97 27 Feb 2017, 6:00pm Updated Joseph A. Wapner, Judge on ‘The People’s Court,’ Dies at 97
Judge Wapner sat on the bench in the syndicated television show from its debut in 1981 to the end of its original run in 1993.
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How Do the Robots of ‘Humans’ Imitate Real People? 23 Feb 2017, 4:25pm How Do the Robots of ‘Humans’ Imitate Real People?
Actors from the television show “Humans” and their instructor, a choreographer and movement director, on how to make like a machine playing a person.
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BBC to launch Scottish TV channel with hour-long news programme 22 Feb 2017, 5:24am BBC to launch Scottish TV channel with hour-long news programme
Channel will go on air in summer of 2018 with budget of about £30m, replacing the Scottish programmes currently shown on BBC2 The BBC is to launch a dedicated Scottish television channel with a new hour-long news programme after a major review of its output and spending in Scotland. Tony Hall, the BBC’s director-general, told the corporation’s staff in Glasgow on Wednesday morning that spending on new drama and factual programming made in Scotland would increase by £20m.
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ITV to shut London studio with 40-year history of top programming 21 Feb 2017, 12:43pm ITV to shut London studio with 40-year history of top programming
The London Studios on the South Bank is to close as a result of plans to redevelop HQ on same site, with 140 jobs expected to go The London television studio where some of the UK’s most popular shows of the past 40 years have been filmed is to be closed by ITV.
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Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost dies at 91 18 Feb 2017, 10:36am Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost dies at 91
A US actor from television shows Twin Peaks and Seinfeld has died after a long illness.
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