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Bojack Horseman takes gimmick episodes to new heights in its outstanding fifth season

Since premiering to mediocre reactions (by critics who were unaware of creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s serious intentions) in 2014, Bojack Horseman has gone from strength to strength. Praised for its honest depiction of depression, furious political attacks (on subjects as controversial as sexual assault, gun control and abortion) and unique gimmick episodes, the show has rightly …

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Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema is now on the iPlayer

Attention British film fans: Mark Kermode’s fantastic five part documentary series Secrets of Cinema will be available on the BBC iPlayer for the next year. Spending each episode dissecting the history and conventions of popular genres (including The Rom-Com and The Heist Movie), Secrets of Cinema is a fascinating series that will give even the …

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Orange Is The New Black stumbles in its sixth season

After an uneven Season 5, Orange Is The New Black fans must have been hoping for consistency. The Litchfield Riot provided genuine tension and danger (Who would use the loaded gun? Would the inmates go too far?), but it also gave us some terrible storylines (Piscatello turning into an 80’s-slasher villain, everything involving the meth …

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Why I stopped watching The Handmaid’s Tale

At what point do you stop watching a television show? Sometimes it’s within one or two episodes, as you realise that the quality is poor and unlikely to get better. Other times, it’s after multiple seasons and dozens of episodes when the writers have begun to spin their wheels and drag out their stories as …

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Black Mirror’s fourth season is the most inconsistent yet

After making a name for itself as one of the smartest, darkest TV shows around upon its Channel 4 launch in 2011, Black Mirror went global in 2016 with its move to Netflix. No longer just a cult hit, Black Mirror became one of Netflix’s most popular originals, with the transatlantic move providing bigger budgets, bigger …

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The Ford On Film Awards 2017: Best TV Episode

We’re officially a week into the Ford On Film Awards 2017, and it’s time to wrap up the television section of this year’s awards with my prize for Best TV episode. This is another competitive category; so many shows released killer episodes last year, including programmes that didn’t make my top ten but had at …

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The Ford On Film Awards 2017: Best TV Show

Welcome back to day six of the Ford On Film Awards 2017. With the film awards handed out, I’m turning my attention to television with my picks for Best TV Show. As you can guess from the name, I didn’t think I’d talk about TV when I first started the blog. I was a typical …

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Why Detectorists was the best British comedy in years

So many shows came to an end in 2017. Damien Lindelof’s moving The Leftovers ended its run with perhaps the greatest television season of the year. Britain’s best-loved mystery Broadchurch finished up with another gripping ‘whodunnit?’. Netflix finally took the plunge and cancelled many of its original series including, controversially, Sense8. On December 13th, another …

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Louis Theroux is back with the upsetting Heroin Town

Rebounding from the rather disappointing feature film My Scientology Movie, Louis Theroux is back on the BBC with Heroin Town, an upsetting and brutally frank documentary about Huntington, West Virginia, a town ravaged by drug addiction. While it doesn’t offer the jaw-dropping idiocy of America’s Most Hated Family or the emotional journey of Drinking to …

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Bojack Horseman Season 4 is as bleakly funny as ever

Is there another show on television quite like Bojack Horseman? An existential, painfully funny, dark animation about a washed-up sitcom actor who ruins the life of everyone he meets (and happens to an anthropomorphic talking horse), Ralphael Bob-Waksberg’s black comedy has been one of the best shows on television for a while now. Unafraid of …

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