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From Drake to LeBron James: the superstars moving into TV production 9 Aug 6:33am From Drake to LeBron James: the superstars moving into TV production
Sports heroes and musicians are throwing their weight behind TV projects. What does it mean for television? Drake. Cristiano Ronaldo. NBA basketball players Steph Curry and LeBron James. Chances are these aren’t names you associate with the cutting edge of small-screen entertainment. However, they are in fact among a number of unlikely celebrities who have turned TV producers in recent years. In the case of the perma-sad Canadian rapper, Drake, he’s behind Netflix’s upcoming reboot of the Ashley Walters-starring gang drama
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Charlotte Rae of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dies at 92 7 Aug 4:01pm Updated Charlotte Rae of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dies at 92
A fixture on Broadway and television for six decades, the actress found her greatest success as a warmhearted, wisecracking housemother in two sitcoms.
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Charlotte Rae, Star of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ Dies at 92 6 Aug 11:33am Updated Charlotte Rae, Star of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ Dies at 92
A fixture on Broadway and television for six decades, the actress found her greatest success as a warmhearted, wisecracking housemother in two sitcoms.
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Star Trek boldly goes back: the welcome return of Jean-Luc Picard 6 Aug 7:14am Star Trek boldly goes back: the welcome return of Jean-Luc Picard
Fans of the franchise already enjoy rebooted films and Discovery, but a deep dive into one of the show’s most intriguing characters could be the best yet If you travelled back to 2002 and told the world that there would one day be a television programme about the continued adventures of Jean-Luc Picard, chances are you’d get a smack in the mouth. By 2002, Picard and the entire
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I love 24 and Jack Bauer, but please, let them rest in peace 31 Jul 7:01am I love 24 and Jack Bauer, but please, let them rest in peace
A 24 prequel would be a step too far for a show that has been stretched to the limits and broken. Can someone do the honourable thing and put it out of its misery? First, a disclaimer. I love 24. I have always loved 24. Honest to God, I truly believe that 24 will be remembered as one of the most important television programmes in the history of the medium. Look around now, at this landscape full of colossally expensive series that brim with big-name movie stars. It’s all thanks to 24. I believe in 24. I love 24. That said,
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Ofcom halts local TV roll-out over finance worries 30 Jul 11:48am Ofcom halts local TV roll-out over finance worries
Media regulator Ofcom scraps plans to launch a further 13 local television channels.
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Bernard Hepton obituary 30 Jul 11:01am Bernard Hepton obituary
Actor best known for his roles in the TV series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Colditz and I, ClaudiusNever on the front cover, but always somehow familiar, Bernard Hepton, who has died aged 92, was one of those actors you were always glad to see again. He could be plain and morose, or authoritative and stern, or he could be extremely funny, but he never let you down, whether as the German Kommandant with a human streak in the popular TV series Colditz (1972-74), or as an ordinary, humdrum “television watcher” in
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Sharp Objects recap: season one, episode four - Ripe 29 Jul 10:15pm Sharp Objects recap: season one, episode four - Ripe
Rich, pacy and thoroughly confusing, this was a disturbing ride of an episode – and the best so far The problem is, Captain Vickery, that between Camille and Amma, we just don’t know which is which. This was an astonishingly good hour of television, and the best Sharp Objects instalment so far. From Camille’s gruesome tour of Wind Gap’s crime scenes to Adora’s unravelling, to John’s increasingly creepy behaviour, to Alan finally beginning to reveal the personality behind that ice-cold facade, this felt rich and pacy and stylish. I was thoroughly confused by that incredible last sequence, which seemed to play with time, place and intent, but I was happy to go along for the disturbing ride.
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Così Fan Tutte’ and ‘Power’ 29 Jul 1:00am What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Così Fan Tutte’ and ‘Power’
Kendrick Lamar makes his television acting debut on “Power.” And Bruce Willis gets roasted.
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Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97 27 Jul 10:29pm Updated Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97
In 1973, the real-life domestic dramas of Mr. Loud and his family were presented in 12 hourlong episodes now considered the genesis of reality television.
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Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Dies at 97 27 Jul 5:08pm Updated Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Dies at 97
In 1973, the real-life domestic dramas of Mr. Loud and his family were presented in 12 hourlong episodes now considered the genesis of reality television.
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5 of the biggest Comic Con reveals 23 Jul 7:46am Updated 5 of the biggest Comic Con reveals
The huge television and film convention has come to San Diego and there have been plenty of spoilers...
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Netflix’s Dark Tourist and the trouble with ‘extreme’ travel TV 23 Jul 4:15am Netflix’s Dark Tourist and the trouble with ‘extreme’ travel TV
David Farrier’s series follows in the footsteps of Ross Kemp and Vice by making titillating television from war zones and disaster sites. It’s shallow and sordid One of the most unpleasant rumours I can recall emerging from
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Television’s First Transgender Superhero Will Arrive on ‘Supergirl’ 22 Jul 3:30pm Television’s First Transgender Superhero Will Arrive on ‘Supergirl’
Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actress, will play Nia Nal on the fourth season of the CW show.
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5 of the biggest Comic-Con reveals 20 Jul 8:03am 5 of the biggest Comic-Con reveals
The huge television and film convention has come to San Diego and there have been plenty of spoilers...
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​One or Two Questions review – gripping doc gets to heart of Uruguay 18 Jul 8:00am ​One or Two Questions review – gripping doc gets to heart of Uruguay
Kristina Konrad’s four-hour epic is an unsettling but vital exploration of the effectiveness of referendums – and what peace means in a democracy This gruelling but vital film should be required viewing, perhaps in school-detention conditions, for Putin, Trump, Farage, opportunist Brexiters, amoral consultants, veteran lobbyists and anyone else from the current mob of democracy-bashers. Four hours discussing a 1989 Uruguayan referendum is probably not somewhere you ever thought you needed to be. But this surprisingly gripping patchwork of regular Joes expressing their intentions and apprehensions to director Kristina Konrad, then working for Swiss television, couldn’t have greater relevance. The immediate issue – whether a law granting immunity to members of the outgoing military regime who abducted, tortured and murdered their socialist insurgent opponents should be repealed – is interesting enough. As the interviews pile up in all their eloquence and clumsiness, what comes into focus is a sharp probing of the effectiveness and potentially destructive nature of referendums, and beyond that a stand for the sanctity of democratic debate.
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Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning 13 Jul 9:46am Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning
Long-awaited movie of Julian Fellowes’ beloved period drama will see original cast reunite A big screen transfer for Downton Abbey has been rumoured for almost as long as the hit show ran on television. But on Friday the movie was confirmed, with creator Julian Fellowes scripting, The Book Thief’s Brian Percival to direct and Universal Studios to distribute.
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Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94 13 Jul 9:41am Stig of the Dump author Clive King dies aged 94
Alongside some 20 other books, his 1963 story of a stone-age hunter living in modern-day Kent sold more than 2m copies and has never been out of print The writer Clive King, creator of the much-loved children’s classic Stig of the Dump, has died aged 94. A career that began in 1958 – with Hamid of Aleppo, a book for younger children about a hamster – stretched over five decades, with King writing for the children’s theatre as well as publishing more than 20 books. But it was the stone-age hunter living in a chalk pit on the Downs who captured the imagination of generations, with Stig appearing in television adaptations in both 1981 and 2002.
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Keith Lemon: Coming in America review – unrelentingly awful but very, very funny 5 Jul 5:50pm Keith Lemon: Coming in America review – unrelentingly awful but very, very funny
Leigh Francis has stretched his comic creation paper thin over the past 18 years, but there is a weird purity that tickles my fancyIt may be wrong to describe Keith Lemon as one of television’s most enduring personalities, but he is certainly one of the most persistent. Over 18 years, Leigh Francis’s characterisation has been stretched paper thin across more than a dozen formats and vehicles, including 19 series of Celebrity Juice, five of Through the Keyhole and a poorly received feature film. He is like a monster that has escaped its creator and run amok across the schedules. Now Lemon means to crack the US, a journey chronicled in Keith Lemon: Coming in America. “I’m already massive in’t UK,” he says, but he now wants to break out and become a global megastar. “James Corden has done it, Ed Sheeran has done it and, to a lesser extent, Matt Goss has done it.”
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Pusha T: ‘The Make America Great Again hat is this generation’s Ku Klux hood’ 5 Jul 12:25pm Pusha T: ‘The Make America Great Again hat is this generation’s Ku Klux hood’
With his gritty tales of drugs and street life, the rapper is widely celebrated – and condemned by his arch rival Drake. But he met his toughest challenge yet when his mentor Kanye West started championing Trump ... A surprising piece of trivia surfaced during the three-year wait for a new album by Pusha T. The rapper – whose cocaine-dusted songs detail the paranoia and luxury of his drug-slinging past on the streets of Virginia – apparently wrote the McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It jingle. The radiant ba-da-ba-ba-baa – originally voiced by Justin Timberlake – that closes the fast food chain’s television ads? Yep, it was the work of an MC best known for dead-eyed tales delivered over steely beats,
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Making America Gory Again: how the Purge films troll Trumpism 4 Jul 8:10am Making America Gory Again: how the Purge films troll Trumpism
Jason Blum, producer of the ultra-violent Purge franchise, explains why what began as a small-scale anti-NRA satire has turned into a full-frontal assault on rightwing values The 2014 film The Purge: Anarchy, the second in a growing franchise, ended with footage of pistols being loaded, small children shooting on rifle ranges and scenes of armed street violence, juxtaposed with images of American pastorals, Mount Rushmore, dollar bills and the US flag, its red stripes replaced with guns and knives. All patriotically soundtracked to America the Beautiful. The Purge, released the year before, was a low-budget, high-concept home invasion horror, but since then – with a fourth film opening today and a television series on the way – the franchise has become increasingly political and provocative, with box-office takings growing in kind. What began as a genre exercise has morphed into a war cry, the metaphors making way for primal screams.
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Dazed and confused: why I love the complex world of Legion 28 Jun 6:52am Dazed and confused: why I love the complex world of Legion
Idiosyncratic and unique, Legion is a clear standout in Marvel’s TV canon. But does it matter that its second season was more difficult to grasp than a plume of smoke? Whichever way you examine it, Marvel’s television
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Have cookery shows become too difficult? 27 Jun 1:00am Have cookery shows become too difficult?
Series like Bake Off: The Professionals are testing their contestants to the limit, and turning off have-a-go home chefs in the process As a culotte-wearing, peach-cheeked, dairy-overweight teenager, I once decided to cook my family savoury stuffed pancakes for dinner after watching a particularly thrilling episode of 90s TV staple Ready Steady Cook. Maybe I was mesmerised by the lightning-fast chopping of one of the decade’s many new celebrity chefs, or perhaps it was Fern Britton’s cream blazer that a freshly upholstered armchair, but I was hooked like a halibut. The resulting meal, needless to say, was four parts egg, two parts cream and 10 parts underfried chaos. While Ready Steady Cook’s pancakes may have outfoxed me, they’re nothing compared with the challenges being set by this decade’s equivalents. Forget your £5-a-pop, pre-tea sprint round a four-ring hob. Anyone worth their salt on modern cookery television is expected to go far further: whip up a flock of tuiles, erect a croquembouche, re-create a meal blind (no recipe, no instructions, just a single taste beforehand), gut pigeons, cook without gadgets or simply blow through a
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Basil Brush turns 50 - Boom Boom 22 Jun 9:17am Basil Brush turns 50 - Boom Boom
The veteran children's television character talks to Simon McCoy about the Royal family and the World Cup.
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From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Lucifer: TV shows have become unkillable 20 Jun 1:00am From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Lucifer: TV shows have become unkillable
Where once cancellation meant the end for a TV series, now streaming services are ensuring a second life for all shows great or small. But some things should be left to rest in peace One of the best things about the current television climate is that shows don’t really die any more. They are cancelled, yes, but only for a matter of hours. Just when you have dug out your best mourning gown, bam; a competitor has bought the rights and dragged it back to life as if nothing had happened. Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so
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Best TV of 2018 so far 18 Jun 1:00am Best TV of 2018 so far
Queer Eye gets revamp, Hugh Grant enjoys a makeover and Anthony Hopkins delivers his usual Shakespearian splendour – with added karate … The small screen’s finest offerings so far Donald Glover’s surreal, sprawling account of life inside and outside the Atlanta rap scene continues to takes risks in its second season, attempting everything from a full-on horror movie in one episode to a relationship drama set at a German Fasnacht festival in the next. There’s still nothing on television quite like it.
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Chris Hardwick’s AMC Talk Show Yanked After Abuse Allegations 16 Jun 10:03pm Chris Hardwick’s AMC Talk Show Yanked After Abuse Allegations
Mr. Hardwick, a comedian and television personality, denied allegations from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he sexually assaulted her.
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My father, the child star: a graphic novelist reflects on the cost of fame 14 Jun 5:43am My father, the child star: a graphic novelist reflects on the cost of fame
As a gameshow prodigy, Joel Kupperman was fawned over by celebrities and received 10,000 fan letters a week. His son Michael’s illustrated memoir All the Answers explores the true story his father never told him “He was clearly not a performer,” says author and illustrator Michael Kupperman of his father, Joel. “After a certain point, he was not going to become a popular television personality. He didn’t have that kind of ease with the camera. He was very charming as a kid but, as he got older …” He pauses to find the right words. “He’s a very dry fella, you know?” I find it difficult to imagine my own dad as a media sensation, so it is easy to sympathise with Kupperman’s assessment. But as the most prominent member of the much-loved Quiz Kids radio programme, Joel was, for a time, the most famous child in the US.
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Eunice Gayson, the First Bond Girl, Dies at 90 11 Jun 4:51pm Updated Eunice Gayson, the First Bond Girl, Dies at 90
The British actress who starred in movies, television and film was trained to sing but will be best remembered for her role in the 007 movie franchise.
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Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump at Tony Awards 11 Jun 9:19am Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump at Tony Awards
The national television audience might not have heard it, but Mr. De Niro definitely said it.
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Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump During Tony Awards 10 Jun 11:20pm Robert De Niro Uses Profanity to Condemn Trump During Tony Awards
The national television audience might not have heard it, but Mr. De Niro definitely said it.
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Review: Take the Next Trolley to ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ 6 Jun 4:00am Review: Take the Next Trolley to ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
Morgan Neville’s new documentary is an affectionate, intelligent portrait of a public television hero, Mister Rogers.
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The TV Binges of Summer, From Jack Ryan to ‘Better Call Saul’ 1 Jun 8:14am The TV Binges of Summer, From Jack Ryan to ‘Better Call Saul’
Popcorn spy thrillers, new Stephen King stories and final seasons of old favorites: Television offers more reasons than ever to avoid the sun’s glare.
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Half of TV ads seen by children are for junk food and drink – report 30 May 7:01pm Half of TV ads seen by children are for junk food and drink – report
UK ministers urged to limit food ads before 9pm watershed as childhood obesity soars Half of advertisements children see on television are for junk food, sugary drinks and outlets such as McDonald’s, prompting fresh calls for tougher action to limit exposure to them.
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Makers of ‘Sesame Street’ Sue to Get Raunchy Puppet Movie to Change Its Advertising 27 May 8:27am Updated Makers of ‘Sesame Street’ Sue to Get Raunchy Puppet Movie to Change Its Advertising
The creators of the children’s television show want “The Happytime Murders,” an upcoming movie featuring puppets, to stop using the slogan “No Sesame. All Street.”
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for Humor 23 May 11:00am Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize for Humor
The “Veep” star will receive one of comedy’s highest honors in the fall after several decades of a celebrated television career.
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Patrick Melrose captures heroin addiction perfectly – it brought my memories flooding back 22 May 1:00am Patrick Melrose captures heroin addiction perfectly – it brought my memories flooding back
A new TV drama based on Edward St Aubyn’s books captures the untold truth of heroin addiction – the blood, dirty hits and banality. For one former addict, it brought a harrowing decade back to life I never flew on Concorde. I seldom dared leave London during my 20s. I was never sexually abused by my father. (I somehow managed to hate myself enough without being forced to endure that horror.) I never shot up heroin in the penthouse suite of a flash, New York hotel. I shot up heroin in grubby bedrooms and the back of cars. But to concentrate on the differences between Patrick Melrose and me is to commit a major category error. Edward St Aubyn’s five semi-autobiographical novels contain some of the most viscerally accurate depictions ever written of what it means – and how it feels – to be an addict. And watching them come to life in the virtuoso performance by Benedict Cumberbatch in the new TV drama has brought the memories flooding back. In just a few hours of television, superbly scripted by David Nicholls, the checklist has been near-enough complete.
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Which TV Shows Aren’t Coming Back? 18 May 9:51am Updated Which TV Shows Aren’t Coming Back?
Here’s a handy guide to all the television shows that recently received the ax.
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In the golden age of television, can narrative podcasts compete? 18 May 6:00am In the golden age of television, can narrative podcasts compete?
After true crime and talk show breakouts, podcast networks are making an aggressive push into fiction with star names from Kristen Wiig to Glenn Close It was almost 100 years ago that the first radio dramas hit the airwaves, beginning with A Comedy of Danger, written by then 23-year-old playwright Richard Hughes. Debuting on BBC radio in January 1924, Danger was set hundreds of feet below the Earth’s surface, in a pitch-black Welsh coalmine, making it ill-suited for the stage but a natural fit for audio. Broadcast out of the BBC’s London headquarters, Marconi House, it set off a wave of radio fiction – peaking with Orson Welles’ controversial broadcast The War of the Worlds and the BBC’s perennial radio soap The Archers – that wouldn’t taper off until the advent of color television.
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Show Starring Avenatti and Scaramucci Is Being Pitched to Television Executives 17 May 5:01pm Updated Show Starring Avenatti and Scaramucci Is Being Pitched to Television Executives
The men are fixtures on cable news — Mr. Avenatti, the lawyer for a pornographic actress suing the president, as Mr. Trump’s antagonist, and Mr. Scaramucci as the president’s supporter.
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‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Returning to TV in 2019 16 May 6:00am ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Returning to TV in 2019
The larger than life bloodhound, the subject of dozens of children’s books, is coming back to television.
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With Disney Sale Pending, Fox TV Chiefs Extend Contracts 15 May 12:59pm Updated With Disney Sale Pending, Fox TV Chiefs Extend Contracts
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the co-chief executives of the Fox television group, are in talks to extend their contracts until the sale to Disney is completed.
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Bafta TV Awards: The best bits in 100 seconds 14 May 12:50am Bafta TV Awards: The best bits in 100 seconds
From a football strip dress to emotional speeches, here are our highlights of television's Bafta awards.
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Baftas: Small screen stars on red carpet 13 May 5:23pm Baftas: Small screen stars on red carpet
How television's famous faces made an entrance ahead of this year's Bafta TV Awards.
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife’ and ‘Little Women’ 13 May 1:00am What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife’ and ‘Little Women’
Mother-child relationships abound on television. You can laugh with Ali Wong or cry with Nicole Kidman.
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The royal wedding: is there too much TV coverage of Meghan and Harry’s big day? 12 May 6:30am The royal wedding: is there too much TV coverage of Meghan and Harry’s big day?
Batten down the hatches and get ready for some of the most shameless brown-nosing ever seen Seven days until the royal wedding and, as surely as summer follows spring, television is already losing its marbles. Hastening the country’s giddy descent into feudal, flag-waving battiness, the broadcast media is indulging in displays of royal arse-licking not seen since the court of Queenie in Blackadder II. All this and not even a bank holiday to show for it. I ask you. Conjecture is the order of the day, as
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Eight years after it finished, why is Lost being reappraised? 11 May 2:28am Eight years after it finished, why is Lost being reappraised?
Podcasters are obsessed with it, as are gamers, and Reddit won’t stop digging into it. So what is it about Lost that people still can’t get enough of? Eight years after one of the most divisive finales in television history, it feels like Lost is on the rise again. Listen hard enough and you’ll hear the sound of it being rediscovered. It’s bubbling up all over the place. New blogs and podcasts and Reddit discussions concerning themselves with various aspects of Lost have started to appear without warning. Gamers, too, seem to have suddenly rediscovered the series. This week alone, for instance, a Fortnite user found a hatch in the woods, prompting speculation of
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Essay: Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age 10 May 5:00am Essay: Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age
Ray Bradbury believed that serious thought was under threat from television and mass media. Ramin Bahrani, who adapted Bradbury’s novel for film, says it’s more relevant than ever.
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Jeremy Clarkson and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? It could be TV hatewatch perfection 4 May 6:21am Jeremy Clarkson and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? It could be TV hatewatch perfection
The former Top Gear host has replaced Chris Tarrant for a special run of shows, and has the kind of antagonistic personality the quiz-show format has been sorely lacking Imagine being on national television and having to make a decision that was worth a million pounds. Now imagine handing that decision over to Jeremy Clarkson. It sounds like some clammy anxiety dream you might have the day before a life-changing job interview, but it isn’t. This Saturday sees the first in a seven-episode run of 20th anniversary Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? specials, and it’s almost certain that, for some poor sap, the unenviable scenario above will become reality. With the new Ask the Host lifeline, contestants will be betting eye-watering sums on whether the answer to a question is actually swimming around in
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‘I was reunited with my long-lost family on Oprah’ 28 Apr 1:00am ‘I was reunited with my long-lost family on Oprah’
Clemantine Wamariya was separated from her family in the Rwandan genocide; 12 years later she was invited to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show... I t was an event that could easily have passed in an emotional blur: the moment Clemantine Wamariya was reunited with the family she’d last seen 12 years earlier, and had for a long time feared were dead. Instead, she can recall every second: the moment she threw herself into her father’s arms, before clinging to her mother and, in a gesture of disbelief and gratitude, raising an arm to the heavens. The reason everything is still so clear 12 years on is because the reunion took place on television, and she has rewatched it many times. “I thought in that moment I’d died,” Clemantine says. “You hear about how you’re united with the people you love in heaven, and I thought, this must be heaven. I was so happy, but I was also scared: had I died?”
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Meghan Markle’s Departure From ‘Suits’ Was Art Imitating Life. But Not in the Way You Might Think. 26 Apr 10:50am Updated Meghan Markle’s Departure From ‘Suits’ Was Art Imitating Life. But Not in the Way You Might Think.
Ms. Markle, who is retiring from acting to become a full-time royal, was a subtly influential force on a pulpy legal drama that quietly had one of the most diverse casts on television.
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Dale Winton obituary 19 Apr 1:16pm Dale Winton obituary
TV presenter who gained celebrity status with Supermarket SweepThe television gameshow
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Dale Winton: Life in pictures 19 Apr 6:49am Dale Winton: Life in pictures
The Supermarket Sweep presenter was a much-loved star of daytime television
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Dale Winton, radio DJ and Supermarket Sweep presenter, dies aged 62 19 Apr 2:49am Dale Winton, radio DJ and Supermarket Sweep presenter, dies aged 62
Presenter of Supermarket Sweep and National Lottery’s In It to Win It died at his home The television presenter and radio DJ Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.
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Dale Winton, Supermarket Sweep presenter and radio DJ, dies aged 62 18 Apr 10:22pm Updated Dale Winton, Supermarket Sweep presenter and radio DJ, dies aged 62
Presenter of Supermarket Sweep and National Lottery’s In It to Win It died at his home The television presenter and radio DJ Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.
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Pulp Nonfiction: Podcasts Go Mass-Market 17 Apr 10:42pm Updated Pulp Nonfiction: Podcasts Go Mass-Market
Parcast is one of several new networks saturating the audio market with podcasts whose lurid storylines play out like snackable television.
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‘Riverdale’ Brings Broadway to the Small Screen With ‘Carrie: The Musical’ 17 Apr 6:05pm ‘Riverdale’ Brings Broadway to the Small Screen With ‘Carrie: The Musical’
The teen drama’s musical episode, which airs Wednesday, is part of a tradition of television shows dipping into musical theater.
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Screen Actors Guild calls for end to private meetings in hotel rooms 12 Apr 3:45pm Screen Actors Guild calls for end to private meetings in hotel rooms
Union issues guideline urging film and TV industry to curb meetings in ‘high-risk locations’ in the wake of Harvey Weinstein allegations The Screen Actors Guild has called for an end to private meetings in “high-risk locations” in the wake of a string of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood. Sag-Aftra, the labor union for actors in film and television, has issued a guideline calling on producers and executives to avoid arranging meetings in hotel rooms or private residences. The document notes that “misconduct … often occurs outside of the formal workplace setting”.
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Cunk on Britain review – look out, Philomena’s about 4 Apr 3:47am Cunk on Britain review – look out, Philomena’s about
Giving Cunk more space could have been a risk, but her bloody-minded daftness leaves you wanting more In 2000, Chris Morris adapted his Radio 4 sketch show Blue Jam for television, and Jam, the single-series result, remains one of the most brilliantly peculiar shows in the history of British comedy. But there’s one sketch from it that has stuck with me since I first saw it, in which an intellectually challenged woman, shall we say, is hired to deal complaints about clamping. “We specialise in providing thick people for jobs that they’re particularly good at,” runs the voiceover, as frustrations inevitably mount in the car pound. “Thick people are very good at winning arguments because they’re too thick to realise that they’ve lost.” The gloriously gormless Philomena Cunk could have been plucked from that same agency. There was no annual Screenwipe roundup of the news in 2017, despite the world’s collective insanity appearing to reach boiling point and then some. Charlie Brooker tweeted that he had run out of time to finish it, but offered up the fact that he had delivered Cunk on Britain (BBC2), a five-part history of this fair nation, as the good news. It was well worth the sacrifice. Cunk, the breakout star of Screenwipe, delivers her faux-sombre mockumentary with such brazen silliness that it is impossible to begrudge the deployment of Brooker’s resources here.
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Love Is ...: ‘We’re All in a Race to Have the Loudest Thing Out There’ 3 Apr 12:54pm Updated Love Is ...: ‘We’re All in a Race to Have the Loudest Thing Out There’
Yet after 38 years in television, including two decades spent making reality shows including “The Bachelor,” Scott Jeffress still believes in love.
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How Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte fought racism arm in arm 2 Apr 5:00am How Petula Clark and Harry Belafonte fought racism arm in arm
Petula Clark was an uncool 60s pop star on the rise when, 50 years ago today, she held on to Harry Belafonte’s arm on US television, and sparked a race relations furore Had you asked anyone in 1968 to pick the British female singer most likely to become embroiled in a race-related TV scandal, no one would have said Petula Clark. Not “Pet”. Not pop’s prim Miss Jean Brodie to the St Trinian’s brass of Sandie, Cilla and Lulu. Not the “Singing Sweetheart” of the wireless era. Clark’s elocutionary voice was first immortalised on shellac in 1949 and filed under “easy listening” ever since, whether it was her first UK No 1, Sailor, in 1961, or her signature anthem
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Bard example: can Shakespeare translate to the small screen? 2 Apr 2:00am Bard example: can Shakespeare translate to the small screen?
Television history is littered with sub-par adaptations, but with some big name numbers coming soon – including King Lear and Hamlet – the material is still too attractive to ignore It’s generally agreed that Shakespeare, if he were alive today, would wish to write for TV. But what exactly? Drama commissioners might feel his stage work hadn’t shown enough interest in the police procedural, except for a few comic cops in much ado about nothing. But seeing as 14 of his 37 plays have English or Scottish monarchs as their main characters – from the oft-performed King Lear and Macbeth to the rarely seen Cymbeline – perhaps the obvious modern commission for him would be The Crown. But even Shakespeare –
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Seeing Martin Luther King Jr. in a New Light 1 Apr 2:56pm Seeing Martin Luther King Jr. in a New Light
Fifty years after King’s assassination, three television documentaries explore his impact on the nightly news, and King’s more disillusioned final years.
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Saturday Night Takeaway: lonely Dec takes centre stage 31 Mar 5:13pm Saturday Night Takeaway: lonely Dec takes centre stage
Declan Donnelly flies solo in a show that subtly acknowledges the elephant in the studio “I’ve got twice the amount of work to do,” said Declan Donnelly, welcoming the ITV audience tonight at 7pm. “Thanks for all the support!” he signed off at 8.30pm. These were small references to a situation so big, in television terms, that it would have seemed fitting if the commercial breaks had contained ads for a supermarket called only Marks or Spencer and a fashion line made by Dolce without Gabbana, or vice versa.
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Declan Donnelly to host Saturday Night Takeaway alone, ITV confirms 31 Mar 12:01pm Declan Donnelly to host Saturday Night Takeaway alone, ITV confirms
Programme’s Twitter page shows script listing Donnelly as sole host while Ant McPartlin steps back from TV, following arrest Declan Donnelly is to host Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first time in the show’s history on Saturday evening as co-host Ant McPartlin takes time away from television, following his arrest for drink-driving. On Saturday afternoon, ITV producers confirmed that Donnelly will be hosting the show alone by tweeting a photo of the script with Donnelly listed as the sole host, although Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern will feature in their regular support roles, and comedian Stephen Merchant will be the guest announcer.
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Peter Kay announces second charity screening of Car Share 31 Mar 6:16am Peter Kay announces second charity screening of Car Share
New screening announced by comedian after tickets for event in Blackpool sold out in minutes A second charity screening featuring new episodes of Peter Kay’s television show Car Share has been added after tickets to the first event sold out in minutes.
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Ant and Dec lose advertising deal with Suzuki 23 Mar 11:32am Ant and Dec lose advertising deal with Suzuki
Carmaker will continue to sponsor last two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway after McPartlin’s drink-driving charge Ant and Dec have lost a lucrative advertising deal with Suzuki, the car manufacturer, two days after television presenter Anthony McPartlin was charged with drink-driving. Suzuki will continue to sponsor the remaining two episodes in the current series of McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s Saturday Night Takeaway show, but they will no longer appear in commercials.
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The heart of Saturday night: what went wrong with primetime telly? 23 Mar 7:55am The heart of Saturday night: what went wrong with primetime telly?
Once the preserve of television’s big hitters, the traditional Saturday night slot has become a hard sell and with the rise of streaming plus negative headlines it may need a drastic rethink The prospect of an Antless Saturday Night Takeaway is unsettling for many reasons. Obviously, there’s the big fear being that Dec will be left mumbling unanswered set-ups into a howling void of despair like a
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Mirror mirror: Joan Jonas on the fairytales that have cast a spell over her 50-year career 22 Mar 10:43am Mirror mirror: Joan Jonas on the fairytales that have cast a spell over her 50-year career
Frog princes, labyrinths and Freud ... as she prepares to present her latest piece, the performance art pioneer reflects on the myths that have made her work I am always reading something: newspapers, periodicals, poetry, philosophy, fiction and non-fiction. I’m interested in many forms of narrative, of storytelling – movies and television, dance and theatre. Naturally not everything I read or see ends up becoming a part of my work, but sometimes a story sticks in my mind – I can’t get rid of it, and then I begin to analyse what it’s about, how it works and why it has taken such a hold on me. In the early 1960s, when the writings of
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Katie Boyle obituary 20 Mar 2:32pm Katie Boyle obituary
Popular presenter best known for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest who brought a touch of glamour to British TV in the 1950s and 60sKatie Boyle, who has died aged 91, was one of the last survivors of an era when popular television did not exclude airs of vivacious gentility. She was made by the BBC, for which she starred in many guises, from compering the
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Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to run for NY governor 19 Mar 5:01pm Updated Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to run for NY governor
Cynthia Nixon played Miranda Hobbs on the hit television show Sex and the City.
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Billie Piper Hasn’t Looked Back Since She Left the Tardis 16 Mar 10:00am Billie Piper Hasn’t Looked Back Since She Left the Tardis
The English actor has played a television time-traveler, a call girl and a woman desperate to conceive a child. Next stop? New York and new projects.
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The Magic Flute review – Ingmar Bergman does Mozart with dreamlike strangeness 16 Mar 5:00am The Magic Flute review – Ingmar Bergman does Mozart with dreamlike strangeness
As this rereleased 1975 version shows, the opera was the perfect vehicle for Bergman’s combination of symbolism, seriousness and mischief Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, originally made for television, is now rereleased as part of the Bergman centenary retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. It has gaiety and mystery. To consider it between, say, his Smiles of a Summer Night and Fanny and Alexander, is perhaps to see the Mozartian quality of Bergman’s work generally; to savour an influence on his own registers of seriousness and mischief, and his use of symbolism. Bergman’s production is a cool, frank presentation of the opera, an imagined theatrical performance that begins by looking at members of the audience in turn, but in the course of the action periodically returning to a single young girl’s smiling or thoughtful face – infrequently enough for us to realise that we had forgotten about her, and that another, quieter narrative is running alongside the story: that of this girl’s enjoyment and judgement.
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It’s time for Queer Eye for the gay woman 12 Mar 1:58pm It’s time for Queer Eye for the gay woman
Netflix’s latest hit shows gay men supporting their straight counterparts, and is a joy to watch. But there should be a place for queer women in reality TV, tooIf you asked me to remember the first time I saw a queer woman on television – real or fictional – it would take me a while to pinpoint. Maybe it was Ellen Degeneres, who has been a staple on mainstream television since before I was born. Maybe it was the main character in
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South Korean actor Jo Min-ki found dead after sexual assault accusations 9 Mar 8:29am Updated South Korean actor Jo Min-ki found dead after sexual assault accusations
Actor and lecturer had lost his job in the wake of accusations from students as the #MeToo movement gathers momentum in his country A South Korean actor accused of sexual assault has been found dead. Jo Min-ki, who had been accused of assaulting at least eight people, was found hanged in a storage area of the building where he lived in Seoul, Yonhap news agency cited police as saying. Most of his victims were drama students at a provincial university where he taught. The 52-year-old had lost his professorship over the scandal. Jo appeared in various television series and a number of films, including the hit 2013 courtroom drama The Attorney.
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This Country review – return of the sublime Cotswolds mockumentary 6 Mar 6:15pm This Country review – return of the sublime Cotswolds mockumentary
More comic perfection from brother and sister writers and actors Charlie and Daisy Cooper, revealing the tedium of country life for young people. Plus, The Seven Year Switch Through what I presumed to be the malign manoeuverings of the unbenevolent gods of television, this is the first chance – as we come to the second episode of its second series - I have had to review This Country, the sublime creation of brother and sister double-act Charlie and Daisy May Cooper. In this purported documentary about the difficulties faced by young people in rural areas, the real-life siblings play cousins Kurtan and Kelly Mucklowe, whose life of unrelenting tedium in their tiny Cotswold village is alleviated only by Kelly’s slavish self-mythologising as a feared local legend – despite the fact that her gang is composed entirely of year sevens – and the small stirrings deep within Kurtan (a perilous few per cent brighter than Kelly) that there might be an indefinable something better, somewhere else. Oh, and the annual scarecrow festival of course.
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Walk Like a Panther review – Brit wrestling comedy that forgets to be funny 6 Mar 4:00pm Walk Like a Panther review – Brit wrestling comedy that forgets to be funny
The World of Sport type British wrestling gets a workout but despite its likeable and entertaining cast there just aren’t enough laughs The school of 90s Guy Ritchie is revived in this frankly ordinary British romp which is a comedy in everything except actually being funny. It’s a film about wrestlers: wrestlers like Big Daddy, Mick McManus, Les Kellett and Jackie Pallo, that is, those British grip’n’grapple legends made famous on 70s television by ITV’s World Of Sport. They are not the fancy modern American kind, and this film patriotically claims that unlike the American version, our native British wrestling wasn’t fixed. (Erm, excuse me?) Stephen Graham does his likeable best to give this film some weight and bite playing Mark Bolton, a Scouse lad who grew up hero-worshipping wrestlers because his dad was one, part of an iconic group called The Panthers. But his old man never had any time for him and wouldn’t let him wrestle. He was effectively brought up by his dad’s mate and wrestling partner Ginger, played in latter years by Jason Flemyng, and Ginger is to have a poignant moment involving oranges, like Vito Corleone of old.
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‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ at 50: 5 Memorable Moments 6 Mar 11:29am Updated ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ at 50: 5 Memorable Moments
The public television show, a fixture for generations of children, made its national debut in 1968. PBS will celebrate the anniversary with a special.
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The Wire, 10 years on: ‘We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead’ 6 Mar 10:10am The Wire, 10 years on: ‘We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead’
David Simon’s ‘anti-cop show’ struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for everWhen, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. “I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping,” he remembers with amusement. “It evolved into something much more fascinating.” HBO laboured under a similar misapprehension because The Wire’s creator, David Simon, had pitched the show to them as an unusually thoughtful police procedural, not an anatomy lesson in US dysfunction that he really had in mind. “I sold it as a cop show, but they don’t know it’s not really a cop show,” he told the novelist George Pelecanos when he invited him to join the writing team. In fact, he said, it was something audaciously new: “A novel for television.”
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Oscars 2018: US TV audience smallest for awards ceremony 5 Mar 5:25pm Oscars 2018: US TV audience smallest for awards ceremony
However it was still expected to be most-watched non-sporting US television event of 2018.
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Meet the dramedy queens: the women who built TV’s new golden age 5 Mar 12:37pm Meet the dramedy queens: the women who built TV’s new golden age
Derry Girls, Catastrophe, Insecure … shut out of serious drama, women have turned comedy on its head – playing raw female experience for laughs, sobs and gasps In the early years of the 21st century, swaggering male antiheroes dominated the small screen. Depressive mob boss Tony Soprano, noble outlaw Omar Little in The Wire, and Breaking Bad’s schoolteacher-turned-meth-monster Walter White ushered in a modern “golden age” of television. Equating substance with brooding sociopaths, machiavellian power struggles and graphic violence, this was TV drama as an auteur-driven, testosterone-soaked epic. Defined in these terms, “serious” television offered minimal scope for women either on screen (female characters remained secondary in these sagas) or behind the scenes. The situation has not improved significantly. Last month – in response to a list of 10 ITV drama series planned for 2018 that included only a single project written primarily by a woman – more than 70 British female drama writers published an open letter of complaint. “Why are you not making drama by female writers?” they demanded. “Come on, tell us the truth. We can take it.”
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David Ogden Stiers, actor who shone in M*A*S*H, dies at 75 4 Mar 7:56am David Ogden Stiers, actor who shone in M*A*S*H, dies at 75
The actor’s agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed on Saturday night in an email that Stiers died after battling bladder cancer David Ogden Stiers, a prolific actor best known for playing a surgeon on the M*A*S*H television series, has died. He was 75. 
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Serial Killer with Piers Morgan review – gawping at a psychopath 1 Mar 5:00pm Serial Killer with Piers Morgan review – gawping at a psychopath
Lorenzo Gilyard is known as the Kansas City Strangler, convicted for murdering 13 women. Morgan says he wants to ‘work out the truth’. What do we learn? NothingPiers Morgan’s last big television interview – with Donald Trump –
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The Looming Tower review - 27 Feb 6:30am The Looming Tower review -
In the small screen adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book, bureaucratic breakdowns and government infighting are dramatized in compelling fashion Despite the fact that they don’t have a proven track record creating narrative television, the trio behind Hulu’s new pre-9/11 miniseries, The Looming Tower, are in their own way perfectly equipped to tell the story of the US government’s ill-fated attempts to prevent the attacks, a tale of interagency discord and unheeded warnings.
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Despite reckoning on Hollywood diversity, TV industry has gotten worse 27 Feb 5:01am Despite reckoning on Hollywood diversity, TV industry has gotten worse
Creators of new shows in 2017-18 season were 91% white and 84% male, a step back for gender and racial diversity behind the camera The television industry’s exclusion of female show creators and people of color has only gotten worse in the new season, according to a study that paints a grim picture even as Hollywood has made bold commitments to improve diversity and representation. Creators of new shows in the 2017-18 season were 91% white and 84% male, marking a step backwards for both gender and racial diversity behind the camera, researchers with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reported on Tuesday. Despite modest gains in the diversity of casts in film and TV – and widespread evidence that diverse content
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24 Hours in Bachelor Nation 26 Feb 4:37pm 24 Hours in Bachelor Nation
Our reporter immerses herself completely in America's favorite(?) reality television franchise.
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Weinstein Co. Will File for Bankruptcy After Deal Talks Collapse 26 Feb 3:21pm Updated Weinstein Co. Will File for Bankruptcy After Deal Talks Collapse
The film and television studio has been struggling in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, its co-owner.
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19 Feb 9:00am Tech Tip: Finding Closed-Caption Content Online
Many streaming video providers offer movies and television shows with embedded text descriptions for those who cannot hear the words being spoken.
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Listen closely: why Hollywood has become obsessed with podcasts 14 Feb 6:30am Listen closely: why Hollywood has become obsessed with podcasts
Dozens of podcasts are being adapted into TV shows and movies, from true-crime to conversation-style, but will they lose some of their appeal in the process? The podcast and prestige TV booms have charted similarly ascendant paths in the last several years, so it makes sense that, with both bubbles threatening to burst, the two have melded into one. The result is the podcast-to-television pipeline, with many networks and streaming studios purchasing the rights to audio-based narratives already equipped with compelling stories, conveniently episodic formats, and dedicated fanbases that entertainment executives hope will follow their pods to screen. The pipeline starts flowing apace this month, with the premiere of HBO’s four-episode adaptation of 2 Dope Queens. Meanwhile, hit podcasts like Dirty John, Reply All, Welcome to Night Vale and Homecoming are all in various stages of development.
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Picnic At Hanging Rock first look – full-throttle reboot of an Australian classic 14 Feb 2:21am Picnic At Hanging Rock first look – full-throttle reboot of an Australian classic
Gone are the pan flutes and soft hues. This series, starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, is crazier, glossier, zeitgeisty It is hardly original to say the director Peter Weir’s 1975 masterpiece Picnic at Hanging Rock evokes a dream-like ambience. A quote even opens the film, from the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, about pondering reality as a dream within a dream. Weir indulged in contradictions: a mood ethereal but haunting; a tone realistic but fantastical; a story open-ended but grimly final. Though technically a re-adaptation (of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel) rather than a remake, the shadow of Weir’s film looms large over Foxtel’s upcoming six-part television series. It will inevitably draw comparisons, and cries of, ‘Why even go there?’
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Older women getting more on-screen roles, says Lesley Manville 13 Feb 2:00am Older women getting more on-screen roles, says Lesley Manville
Actor says industry is slowly recognising that audiences do not want to feel alienated The actor Lesley Manville has said she has seen a slow sea change in attitudes toward older women in film and television as the industry realises audiences do not want to feel alienated. Manville, a familiar face on TV, film and stage, said it was now OK to be 60 on screen. “You can have a lover at 60. You don’t have to be shoved in a corner in a cardigan doing knitting,” she said in an interview with the Radio Times.
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From Martin Crane to Sandy Cohen: what makes a good TV dad? 11 Feb 10:52pm From Martin Crane to Sandy Cohen: what makes a good TV dad?
Relatable and flawed, the best television fathers give us a glimpse of a mature masculinity often absent from real life We live in an age when beloved celebrities seem to be dropping like flies but this month’s death of the British-born stage and television actor
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On TV, France’s New President Is Young, Centrist and Female 11 Feb 2:00am On TV, France’s New President Is Young, Centrist and Female
As Emmanuel Macron has shaken up French politics, an acclaimed television thriller, “Baron Noir,” has found a way to mirror his story.
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BBC Television Centre reopens after five-year revamp 9 Feb 3:45pm BBC Television Centre reopens after five-year revamp
The BBC Television Centre in west London reopens as a housing and leisure development.
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As Queer Eye gets a reboot, television enjoys a wealth of gay perspectives 7 Feb 6:00am As Queer Eye gets a reboot, television enjoys a wealth of gay perspectives
Netflix is reviving Queer Eye for the streaming era, where LGBTQ characters are featured more centrally than ever When Will & Grace returned to television last fall, it felt as though a show so vital to the advancement of gay representation in entertainment had failed to age with the medium. In effect, the world Will & Grace helped bring about had evolved more swiftly than the show ever could. Progressive in the late 90s, the foursome now seemed tame, flaunting their politics awkwardly, like a passing trend.
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5 Feb 8:49am Tech Tip: Finding Videos With Audio Descriptions
Thanks to added voice narration, certain movies and television shows have become more accessible to those with blindness or limited vision.
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‘The Simpsons’ Has Predicted a Lot. Most of It Can Be Explained. 2 Feb 9:01am ‘The Simpsons’ Has Predicted a Lot. Most of It Can Be Explained.
“When that many smart people produce a television show, it’s bound to make some startling ‘predictions,’” one writer said.
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Grammys establish task force to address anti-women bias in music industry 2 Feb 5:07am Grammys establish task force to address anti-women bias in music industry
Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow pledges to ‘tackle whatever truths are revealed’ in wake of awards’ male-dominated winners list The Grammys have announced plans to form an independent task force to address biases against women in the music industry. The move comes from the Recording Academy, which organises the awards, after female artists won in just 17 of 86 categories at the recent awards ceremony, and only one of the categories shown during the live television broadcast. In response to the imbalance, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that women needed to “step up”. He was widely criticised for his remarks, and expressed his regret at failing to convey “the point I was trying to make”.
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Hannah Hauxwell obituary 1 Feb 8:07am Hannah Hauxwell obituary
Yorkshire hill farmer who became a TV star with the 1973 documentary Too Long a WinterHannah Hauxwell, who has died aged 91, was living a harsh existence as a hill farmer in the Yorkshire Dales, without electricity or running water, when the 1973 television documentary
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South by Southwest 2018: 5 Titles to Watch For 31 Jan 5:12pm Updated South by Southwest 2018: 5 Titles to Watch For
The South by Southwest film festival announced its features lineup. Here are 5 titles among the film and television entries that stand out.
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When good TV goes bad: is it game over for A Question of Sport? 29 Jan 8:00am When good TV goes bad: is it game over for A Question of Sport?
With Phil Tufnell’s bad bants and industrial-strength wazzock Matt Dawson, the once popular quiz show is losing its pace Strange as it is to contemplate in 2018, once upon a time A Question of Sport was appointment-to-view television. Admittedly, at that time, there were only two or three other channels to choose from. Even so, the show was weighty and challenging and tapped into the nation’s ever-burgeoning fascination with sport-as-spectacle. The team captains were giants in their chosen fields, and weirdly charismatic with it: madcap scouse footballer Emlyn Hughes, adorably dopey, scrum-beaten rugby union man Bill Beaumont, virile cricket bad boy Ian Botham.
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Adam Pally is Very, Very Nervous 26 Jan 10:00am Adam Pally is Very, Very Nervous
Mr. Pally, best known for television series like “Happy Endings” and “The Mindy Project,” is taking on his first Off Broadway play.
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Which big-screen actors deserve a small-screen reinvention? 25 Jan 6:00am Which big-screen actors deserve a small-screen reinvention?
As Sharon Stone becomes the latest movie star to turn to TV, in Steven Soderbergh mystery thriller Mosaic, who could be next? If television is where the roles are, which are the actors who should be lured from the film world? Guardian writers name their candidates.
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Ant and Dec big winners at National Television awards 24 Jan 3:08am Ant and Dec big winners at National Television awards
Jodie Whittaker dedicates award to sexual abuse survivors and Suranne Jones calls for equal gender representation Ant and Dec were the big winners at the National Television awards as they collected their 17th TV presenter prize in a row.
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e sa: Bradford Dillman, Star of Broadway and Hollywood, Dies at 87 22 Jan 11:13am e sa: Bradford Dillman, Star of Broadway and Hollywood, Dies at 87
Mr. Dillman had at least 140 film and television credits to his name, but he was best known for his roles in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Compulsion.”
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The reboot matrix: which 90s TV shows are ripe for a revival? 22 Jan 1:00am The reboot matrix: which 90s TV shows are ripe for a revival?
Sister Sister is coming back, as is Sabrina The Teenage Witch. So what could be next? We picked out the best mid-90s shows and looked into our TV-shaped crystal ball At this stage, it’s facile to point out that television has a problem with new ideas, especially since the past year was riddled with all manner of
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Bradford Dillman, Star of Broadway and Hollywood, Dies at 87 21 Jan 10:37pm Bradford Dillman, Star of Broadway and Hollywood, Dies at 87
Mr. Dillman had at least 140 film and television credits to his name, but he was best known for his roles in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Compulsion.”
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Forget Scandi: the natural home of dark drama is Wales now 20 Jan 7:05pm Forget Scandi: the natural home of dark drama is Wales now
Otherworldly landscapes, experienced TV crews and state support are giving the country a dramatic leg-up A haunting BBC One series is being heralded as the latest evidence of a boom in Welsh drama and television.
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace review – a grim portrait of gay life 17 Jan 6:30am The Assassination of Gianni Versace review – a grim portrait of gay life
In his follow-up to The People v OJ Simpson, Ryan Murphy spins the designer’s murder into a compelling story of deceit, ambition and what it meant to be gay at the turn of the century The title of the new season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story is tailor-made to drum up anticipation: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, it reads, invoking one of the most notorious murders of the 1990s. Where the first installment of the anthology series – The People v OJ Simpson – was about exactly that, this time both the name and the promotional material amount to a shiny, sequined red herring. The assassination in question takes place in the very first scene of the series and, unlike the crimes of which Simpson was accused, there’s no ensuing legal battle that grips the country, collectively watching a White Bronco on the 405. So Murphy, television’s pre-eminent dramatist, quite literally flips the script. Versace doesn’t reach the heights of season one, and it’s slow to boil, but at it’s best it makes for thrilling, macabre, deliciously campy television.
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David Simon adapting Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America for TV 16 Jan 10:53am David Simon adapting Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America for TV
The Wire director confirms a six-part mini-series is in the works, based Roth’s 2004 novel in which Charles Lindbergh wins the 1940 election David Simon is adapting Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America for television, both the novelist and the creator of The Wire said on Monday. Shortly after the six-part mini-series was mentioned in an interview with Roth published in
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Is it weird to give standing ovations at the cinema? 16 Jan 10:02am Is it weird to give standing ovations at the cinema?
Film-goers have been taking to their feet to applaud Churchill’s speech at the climax of Darkest Hour. What are the rights and wrongs of this – and other other acts of cinematic audience participation? There are three basic rules when it comes to clapping: don’t clap along to television theme tunes; don’t clap when aeroplanes land; and absolutely do not clap in the cinema. This last rule, however, has seemingly not reached audiences of Darkest Hour, because they have been giving it
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Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists? 15 Jan 8:57am Female trouble: how can the Oscars fix the scandal of all-male director lists?
As talented directors such as Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees continue to miss out, overcoming the gender bias behind the camera must become a film-industry priority Oprah may have raised the roof with a long and rousing speech at this year’s Golden Globes, but presenter Natalie Portman cut to the chase with just six words: “Here are the all-male nominees.” Presenting the award for best director, the actor raised an uncomfortable laugh, and an important point. Very few women are ever nominated for this category in major film awards ceremonies; fewer still win. But why is that? An argument made by many on social media was that there simply aren’t enough female directors to choose from. That’s part of the problem: studios are still hugely reluctant to hire a woman to helm a major movie with the kind of marketing and campaign budget that gets the attention of ceremonies such as the Globes and the Baftas, who also failed to nominate a single woman in its director category this year. Women accounted for just 11% of directors of the 250 top-grossing films of 2017, according to the latest report by San Diego State University’s Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Those figures have barely improved since 1998.
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Megan Ganz on Dan Harmon’s Apology: ‘I Felt Vindicated’ 13 Jan 10:11am Updated Megan Ganz on Dan Harmon’s Apology: ‘I Felt Vindicated’
Ms. Ganz, a television writer, explained in an interview why she forgave her former boss after he apologized for harassing her while working on “Community.”
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Jenny Agutter: ‘What book changed my life? The Railway Children’ 13 Jan 4:30am Jenny Agutter: ‘What book changed my life? The Railway Children’
The actor on wanting to be an angel and being mistaken for Mary Whitehouse Born in Somerset, Agutter, 65, made her first film, East Of Sudan, aged 11. At 14, she was cast as Roberta in the television adaptation of The Railway Children and, at 17, starred in the 1970 film. Her other movies include Logan’s Run, The Eagle Has Landed, An American Werewolf In London and Equus, for which she won a Bafta. Since 2012 she has starred in the BBC’s Call The Midwife, which returns for a seventh series this month. She is married with a son and lives in London.
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Blue Peter’s genius is that it offers a view of a world worth growing up in | Janet Ellis 10 Jan 5:43am Blue Peter’s genius is that it offers a view of a world worth growing up in | Janet Ellis
The show I once presented deservedly topped a poll of the best children’s TV shows of all time. It’s still going strong – as it has stayed loyal to its young fans Ask any adult to name a favourite children’s television programme from their childhood and their features will soften. The years fall away as they return to that special, unrepeatable moment in time, suspended forever between the demands of school and the torture of homework, a place without desks or rules or tests, where everything seemed safe. In front of the television, watching children’s programmes, it didn’t matter what gang you were in or whether you understood trigonometry. It was of no concern that there were later, more challenging programmes you weren’t allowed to see. For those few, brief hours, the television was yours. More often than not, when you look back to that time, you’ll probably remember vague sensations rather than actual programmes, triggered by hearing a familiar theme tune, a catchphrase or recalling the way Uncle Dimitri in
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How children’s TV went from Blue Peter to YouTube’s wild west 9 Jan 11:24am How children’s TV went from Blue Peter to YouTube’s wild west
For many young people, the internet is now the go-to source of video entertainment. But the difference between traditional programming and leaving your children to watch controversial vloggers such as Logan Paul is vast When the Radio Times asked a panel of 30 experts to vote on the best children’s programmes of all time, the magazine undoubtedly intended to celebrate the brilliance of British children’s television. And
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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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