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Top Boy review – more violent, more gripping, more shocking than ever

Top Boy review – more violent, more gripping, more shocking than ever

It has been six years since Top Boy (Netflix) was last on our screens. Like Black Mirror, it enjoyed cult success for two series when it originally aired on Channel 4, before having to be rescued by Netflix – in this instance with the help of Drake, who was enough of a fan to push for […]

Farewell Jane the Virgin: the best possible antidote to TV’s bleak streak

Farewell Jane the Virgin: the best possible antidote to TV’s bleak streak

A confession: I haven’t watched The Handmaid’s Tale since the first episode of season two. After that harrowing mock-execution, I couldn’t face more relentless cruelty. Not many people are having a good time on TV right now, at least not in shows deemed ‘important’. It has become something of a prerequisite both that so-called prestige […]

It’s a national disgrace! How Love Island lost its heart

It’s a national disgrace! How Love Island lost its heart

It wasn’t meant to go this way. For it was written that a pure-of-heart boxer would meet a pillow-lipped influencer who “does Instagram,” they would get to know each other, go on a journey, jump into a swimming pool fully-clad, win a £50,000 cash prize, and leave the Love Island villa to at least a […]

Orange Is the New Black final series review – back to its very best

Orange Is the New Black final series review – back to its very best

There are not many shows that can lay claim to changing the television landscape during their lifetime, but Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) is one of them. It was the third series ever commissioned by Netflix, after House of Cards and the now-forgotten Hemlock Grove, and the first that made the most of the idea […]

I Am Nicola review – rare, stunning TV about an awful phenomenon

I Am Nicola review – rare, stunning TV about an awful phenomenon

Forget Line of Duty … here, Vicky McClure gets to flex her talents to the full as a woman slowly realising she’s trapped in a toxic relationship       Wholly believable, wholly identifiable … Vicky McClure as Nicola. Photograph: Channel 4 I Am Nicola (Channel 4) is a rare, beautifully realised piece about an underexamined, ugly phenomenon. […]

Strangerer things: what’s next for the Netflix smash?

Strangerer things: what’s next for the Netflix smash?

There will be more Stranger Things. How much more, though, is quite another matter. Although the Duffer brothers have mooted the possibility of either one or two more seasons, it’s starting to look like Netflix needs to keep it around as long as it can. Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale – but what a […]

The Welshman behind Nasa’s Apollo 11 moon landing mission

The Welshman behind Nasa’s Apollo 11 moon landing mission

The grainy black and white images of Neil Armstrong’s giant leap on the moon are a defining moment in human history. Yet the millions who watched live – and ever since – on TV, have a Welsh engineer from a tiny village on Anglesey to thank. Tecwyn Roberts was instrumental in the Apollo missions as […]

Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads race with record 32 nominations

Emmys 2019: Game of Thrones leads race with record 32 nominations

Game of Thrones leads this year’s Emmy nominations with a record 32 nods, with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Chernobyl close behind. The final season of HBO’s fantasy hit received mixed reviews from critics but America’s television academy placed it at the top of this year’s long list of shows, with recognition for actors Kit Harington […]

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end?

Screaming? Crying? Confessing? How will Big Little Lies end?

It’s quite possible that the coming second season finale of Big Little Lieswill be the last time we’ll check in with the Monterey Five. Earlier this year, HBO’s president, Casey Bloys, said that the prospect of a third season was “not realistic”. “I love this group of people – I would do anything with them,” […]

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