TV and Streaming

The Mandalorian – The magic of Star Wars reborn on TV

Disney + launched this week in the UK, finally allowing audiences to access TV shows that have already swept the USA. But its biggest offering is undoubtedly the long awaited The Mandalorian. A Star Wars inspired adventure with a bounty hunter at the helm. But despite the hype was it was worth the wait? Unlike the recent mediocre finale to …

I Am Not Okay with This (Review) – An explosion of teenage angst in a sea of comic book joy

What do you get when you cross the energy of The Breakfast Club with the horror of Carrie? The answer may be found in the new Netflix comic book drama ‘I Am Not Okay with This’. A deliciously dark comic book adaptation from the same universe as The End of the F***ing World. One that wraps you in the story …

My Left Nut (Review) – Lifting the curtain on teenage sexual health for boys

We all know that teenage boys are generally not good at talking about their own health. Creating a trait that often continues through to adult life. As men search for their own answers to possible health problems, long before consulting a doctor. Often only increasing undue worry and concern, that remains pent up and lacking in any emotional support. Therefore …

Visible: Out on Television – A defining exploration of LGBTQ+ lives on American TV

As we mark LGBT+ History Month here in the United Kingdom. Apple TV’s new documentary series Visible: Out on television explores LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen. And while the five part documentary series focusses on US TV history. Watching you can’t but find important links back to the British media experience. As we are taken from the dark days …

Sex Education (Season Two) – Oozing charm, humour and love from every pore

As season one drew to an end, Otis (Asa Butterfield) seemed to have finally overcome his own irrational fear of his penis. And as season two opens, it would be fair to say that Otis is making up for lost time. Whether it be in bed, behind a tree or in his mums car. His new found friend demands his …

Titans Season 2 – Despite a few minor stumbles, Titans are back with a bang

Titans season one debuted in 2018, providing a shining light in sea of superhero TV shows. By not only giving a long overdue platform to some of DC Comics most overlooked characters in TV and film. But also surrounding their debut with a decidedly adult tone. Reinventing the characters for a modern audience, while equally honouring their comic book roots. …

Dracula – Dripping With Bloody Brilliance

What better way to start the new year than by watching the darkly brilliant Dracula on BBC One. Where Bram Stokers classic novel has found a new voice in the hands of both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock). The writing duos love for the original text shining through, while in turn embracing a modern take on Stoker’s famous character. …

Worzel Gummidge – A delightful return of the scarecrow

Anyone of my generation will have fond memories of Jon Pertwee as the lovable if slightly cantankerous scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. His interpretation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1930’s character shining on screen from 1979 – 1981. It is therefore with some trepidation that I settled down to watch his return on BBC One this Christmas. However, this trepidation was consigned to …

Responsible Child (Review) – The ramifications of an archaic law

Every once in while a TV drama comes along that asks society to look at its own failings. Testing our views, opinions and judgments with a nuanced exploration of a social safety net incompatible with need. Written by Sean Buckley (Skins) and directed by the documentary filmmaker Nick Holt Responsible Child is one of those drama’s. Currently the law in …

Snoopy in Space – The Peanuts Gang Join NASA

Those of us who grew up following the exploits and adventures of Charlie Brown, were elated to see the Peanuts gang help launch Apple TV + last month. Bringing the characters created by the legendary Charles M. Schulz back to our TV screens for the first time since their 2011 TV special. While in turn placing Charlie Brown and Snoopy …