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The one upside of awful Summer TV

The one upside of awful Summer TV

In recent years I've noticed that the summer is the time TV execs expect us to turn off our telly in favour of sunning ourselves in the garden with a cold beverage and our toes dipped in paddling pool. It sounds idyllic, and would be ideal if we didn't live in...

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Why we should back the BBC and ignore Boris

Why we should back the BBC and ignore Boris

This week Boris Johnson made one of those ill informed, sweeping statements that gets a telly lover like myself rather miffed. "Why on earth can't the BBC produce something as brilliant as Breaking Bad?" asks Boris Johnson https://t.co/VKEhFi5N6N — Sky News (@SkyNews)...

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When US TV remakes work

When US TV remakes work

I've written a few pieces over the years about America's seemingly insatiable need to remake some of our biggest hits. Nine out of ten of those attempts fail to match the quality of the originals and  end in utter disaster. Too often remakes either get lost in...

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ITV needs to get their act together.

ITV needs to get their act together.

Times were that ITV was the go to channel for unmissable entertainment and the prospect of BBC Two or Channel 5 overtaking it in the viewing figures was a laughable concept. Who's laughing now? Certainly not the fans of quality television anyway as we are forced to...

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Is mainstream TV too Mumsy?

Is mainstream TV too Mumsy?

It's early days, but this autumn's TV has been lacklustre, predictable and all too samey for my liking. Regular readers will know I'm no fan of Downton, I'm growing less and less patient with The X Factor and dancing celebrities don't float my boat. Whilst there are...

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Is TV the New Film?

Is TV the New Film?

A look at the change in television  by Nia Daniels Once upon a time, many moons ago, the cinema was born. Audiences would flock to their local picture house, pay an entrance fee and sit in darkness watching a huge screen in an exciting shared viewing...

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Why the X Factor feels fresh this year

Why the X Factor feels fresh this year

On Thursday I sat in the screening room at London's Mayfair Hotel sitting comfortably and stuffing my face with toffee popcorn. I was there for ITV's X Factor launch. I had already accidentally bumped into half of the judging panel coming in and out of lifts but now I...

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