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The Power of TV at Christmas

Movie entertainment was initially designed to be watched together as an audience – the first Hollywood movies were shown exclusively at movie theatres or Vaudevilles in the US as a mass culture and had the ability to bring together a nation. From the awe and attraction of ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow to Charlie Chaplin’s hilarity, Early Cinema appealed to everyone from American families to immigrants who could understand the silent films. Continue reading The Power of TV at Christmas

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Review: The Crown, Season 3

Following on from a critically acclaimed first two seasons, historical drama The Crown has recently released its highly anticipated third season. Ten new episodes cover the period from 1964 to 1977, depicting specific historical events such as the tragic Aberfan mining disaster of 1966, the moon landing in 1969 and the 1972 miners’ strike, alongside more continuous narrative developments: the breakdown of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong Jones; the Queen’s unlikely relationship with Labour leader Harold Wilson; and the introduction of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as significant members of the Royal Family. With a £50 million budget and the continuous dedication of Peter Morgan as its chief writer and creator, it was unlikely this season would disappoint; and indeed, it did not. Continue reading Review: The Crown, Season 3

Stylish Screen: Inspirational Fashion from TV & Film

Another Halloween has been and gone but our obsession with fancy dress is far from over. And the best part is that you don’t even have to wait until your friend’s birthday or Christmas party to whip-out your best costume anymore – it seems we’re starting to integrate our favourite outfits from popular culture into our everyday wear, with John Lewis reporting last month an increase in sales of Peaky Blinders’ style flat caps, and black jumpsuits, like those worn by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag. Continue reading Stylish Screen: Inspirational Fashion from TV & Film

Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Halloween specials

I love How I Met Your Mother. I love it so much that I have seen every episode nine times, which means I know pretty much everything about it. Specifically, I know that if there’s one thing How I Met Your Mother does well, it’s holiday episodes. From ‘Slapsgiving’ to ‘How Lily Stole Christmas’, the sitcom is guaranteed to keep its audience entertained at any time of year. At Halloween, the two episodes that stand out are ‘The Slutty Pumpkin’ (season 1, episode 6) and ‘The Slutty Pumpkin Returns’ (season 7, episode 8). Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Halloween specials

Three Female Screenwriters to Watch 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s recent success at the Emmys was testament to the power of female-written stories – we laughed and cried as Fleabag navigated her way through the world, often with devastatingly funny or heart-breaking results. But who else can we turn to for shows and films that engage us so powerfully? Here are 3 other women blazing a trail in screenwriting. 
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: A UK Arrival

After ten long-awaited years, the ever-famous RuPaul’s Drag Race has finally arrived to grace televisions across the British Isles with its first ever UK season. Having premiered on 3 October, the show’s UK adaptation came highly anticipated and much talked about by fans; with huge speculation on who the upcoming queens would be, what new challenges might be thrown at them, as well as who would be invited as guest judges. Continue reading RuPaul’s Drag Race: A UK Arrival

What does Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Success Mean for Women in TV?

After clearing up at the Emmy’s, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has secured her place as the Queen of Screenwriting, taking home not one, not two, but three Emmys, including the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. But what exactly does her success mean for women in the TV industry? Continue reading What does Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Success Mean for Women in TV?