So, The Apprentice is over for another year. Sigh. The winner was announced on Sunday evening as Ricky Martin, beating favourites Tom, Nick and Jade to the post, as business plans were both championed and ripped apart. Interviews have always been my favourite stage of the show. Claude never disappoints when it comes to giving some cocky candidates a much-needed put down. Margaret, too, puts in a...
From the moment E4 started promoting new drama, Revenge, I knew there was something about this show that would keep me enthralled from start to finish. And so it has. 22 episodes in 3 days. I was definitely addicted. It centres around 20-something Emily Thorne, a newcomer (or so she would have us believe) to the Hamptons who has some deep secrets she must uncover if she is ever to clear her...
Tomorrow marks the penultimate episode of Smash, a drama following the making of a brand new musical show based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. There have been tears, tantrums, sex, impromptu musical numbers, family break-ups and tense rivalry throughout the season’s thirteen episodes, and I expect even more explosive drama in the final episode come 14th May. Produced by Steven Spielberg,...
Once Upon A Time
Once Upon A Time has been the latest victim of my TV binging sessions. The American fairytale drama has been recently brought to Channel 5, proving a hit both sides of the Atlantic. So what’s it all about? Well, the protagonist of the show is Emma Swan (aka Zoe from How I Met Your Mother). Recently come to the small town, Storybrooke, Emma finds herself amidst a world of fairytale...
Every now and again, I find myself completely embroiled in a tv show, watching every episode from start to finish within a couple of weeks. The latest in my compulsive watching scedule is ABC Family show, Greek. Axed in 2011, the college-centred “dromedy” ran for just four seasons. Although the show probably had a couple more seasons left in it, there were only so many times the...
Phil: Just to be clear, I’m not condoning eating your kids, but I sure as...– Modern Family
What's with the lack of TV sketch shows lately?
Last night, I found myself watching Saturday Night Live, an American sketch show which invites the greatest in movie, tv and musical talent to host and feature in the show’s ensemble cast. Although I wasn’t overly impressed by the show’s episode (Jason Segel as host), it got me thinking what’s with the lack of sketch shows on British television? It’s hardly a...
[Dr Secretan comes into Sue’s office with a small boy under his arm] Sue...– Green Wing
The Voice versus Britain's Got Talent
It’s the battle of the reality TV shows. It seemed as soon as The Voice was announced as beginning on the same day, and pretty much the same time as BGT, it was pitted against the ITV giant as ratings competitor. Perhaps this was the decision of the BBC, to give Simon Cowell and his high-waisted trousers a bit of healthy competition. Whether clashing schedules were intended or not, both...
I am afraid to say I have only just come across the brilliance that is Modern Family. This is, in part, due to the lack of Sky1 in my life. However, I am very happy to say that the hilarity that is the Pritchett, Dunphy and Pritchett families have now entered my life, and are staying there for as long as the show continues, which I hope is a very, very long time! For those that aren’t...
C4 - 30 Years of Broadcasting
Channel 4 is due to celebrate its 30th birthday later this year. Channel 4 has been host to some of the most successful programmes in television history, and continues to make new, innovative and thought-provoking TV. It would be impossible to list all of the shows to have graced the airwaves of channel 4 and its digital sisters, E4, More4 and the plus one channels, but here are just some of the...
Jen: How can you two live like this? Moss: [typing] How can you two… ...– The IT Crowd (Graham Linehan)
How I Met Your Mother - Hollywood Capitalism...
When I think “Quality TV”, words like continuity, good acting and production, great storylines, great episodes and professionalism come to mind. But how far can quality stretch when it is up against the indominable force of Hollywood capitalism? It is well known that when a tv show in America (in particular) becomes popular, that tv show will be stretched out for as many seasons as...
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available...– Clive Barnes
Skins Cast 1: Where are they now?
Nicholas Hoult (Tony) Since his final stint as bad boy, Tony Stonem in 2008, Nicholas has appeared in three high profile movies: A Single Man (alongside Colin Firth, nominated for an Oscar), Clash of the Titans and X-Men: First Class (as Beast). He has two films in post-production including Warm Bodies, and Jack the Giant Killer (where Nicholas plays the titled character), both scheduled for...
The End of Skins
After six series, three different casts and many, many moments of sex, drugs and teenage angst, it has recently been announced that Skins will no longer be gracing E4’s digital airwaves. Whilst it saddens me that such a pioneering and cult hit will be no more, I can’t help but feel its increasingly sensationalised plots, formulaic deaths (one every other series) and unlikeable...