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Watchmen wins best limited-series, with Regina King, Zendaya and Mark Ruffalo winning big acting awards, and Schitt's Creek sweeping the comedy categories.
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The Amazon show, written by Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn, brings a touch of black comedy to a conspiracy about a deadly virus.
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HBO beat Netflix in total wins, but the streaming giant was essential for the success of comedy favorite, "Schitt's Creek."
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You’ve no doubt seen Schitt’s Creek listed on Netflix, but might be in the (ever-decreasing) group of people who still haven’t dived in to experience the utter joy of the Canadian comedy series. But after sweeping the board at this year’s Emmys (bagging nine awards), and with a long winter ahead for us all, now is the perfect time to get stuck into the feel-good, fishes-out-of-water comedy everyone is talking about... It’s very 2020A family of five forced to live in close proximity to each other under stressful circumstances sounds pretty familiar, right? No wonder the show’s popularity has soared over the last six months.Everyone is welcomeSchitt’s Creek is a hate-free zone. The fact David is queer is never mentioned, or worse, used as a punchline. Same for Ronnie. Instead their sexuality is casual and as unremarkable as any of the straight characters. That might not sound a lot, but for a mainstream, hugely successful show to normalise LGBTQ people in this way and not feel like a box-ticking exercise is still pretty radical - even in 2020. Speaking at the GLAAD Gala last year, Daniel Levy, who plays David and also co-created the show, said he “seized the opportunity to make a television show that might, in its own way, offer some support, encouragement and love to those who might not have it in their homes or in their schools or in their day to day lives.” He added: “It’s a place where acceptance incubates joy and creates a clarity that allows people to see themselves and each other more deeply. It’s fiction, yes. But I’ve always been told to lead by example and this felt like a good place to start.”a group of moms with LGBTQ kids wrote a truly beautiful thank you letter to the cast of #SchittsCreek & I couldn't stop crying as it was read aloud to the actors pic.twitter.com/2oULXjliT9— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 8, 2020Moira Moira MoiraWhat’s not to love about Catherine O’Hara’s matriarch and former daytime drama star Moira Rose? First there’s *that* accent. Not quite placeable. Is it Canadian? Is it English? It’s neither, nor a mix of both. But it is most definitely 100% bonkers. Like Moira’s pronunciation of ‘baby’ (“bébé”). Throw into the mix Moira’s extensive vocabulary. This woman can turn a phrase like no other. Like when she tells son David to “stop acting like a disgruntled pelican” or warns her husband Johnny to be “careful, lest you suffer vertigo from the dizzying heights of your moral ground”. When it comes to retorts, Moira could give Karen Walker a run for her millions. Just imagine if those two worlds collided? *gets on phone to Daniel Levy* And don’t even get us started on the bottomless pit that is her wig collection, aka ‘The Girls’.  The adventures of Alexis RoseMoira and Johnny’s daughter had quite the life before she was forced into living with them at the Rosebud Motel, which is where they usually hear about her wild adventures for the first time.Like when she got a DUI for driving into a Prada store: “In fairness, it did look like the entrance to a parking garage. And I was high at the time.” Or when she was “taken hostage on David Geffen’s yacht by Somali pirates for a week and nobody answered my texts?” And what about that time she dated a Sultan’s nephew who “was forbidden to talk to me or even look at me, and we made it work for like, half a regime change.” Wild.Oh, and it would be amiss of us not to give a special mention to her short-lived reality show A Little Bit Alexis...The clothesIs there a monochrome sweatshirt that David hasn’t ever worn? We doubt it. And we’re still trying to figure out how Moira fits all of her iconic outfits into that tiny motel wardrobe, considering she has never ever worn the same thing twice.StevieThe motel receptionist has deadpan down to a T and is unimpressed by pretty much everything. But she’s the unsung hero of the show (even Moira told her she was “cool”), who you’ll end up rooting for all the way - especially when she really takes herself out of her comfort zone. Like when the town revived Cabaret and put Stevie centre stage… *heart explodes* The eye candyYep, we really are that shallow. Schitt’s Creek itself might not be the most visually appealing place on earth, but plenty of its inhabitants make up for that… All six series of Schitt’s Creek are streaming on Netflix now.READ MORE: Schitt's Creek Is Taking A Victory Lap At The Emmys, And We're So Proud Schitt’s Creek The Big Winner In A Very Different Looking Emmys Awards Show
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There's a new trailer for the upcoming Disney+ Marvel series WandaVision, showing a quirky 1950s-style comedy going strangely awry.
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While there’s been a reduced amount of new dramas airing in the last few months thanks to the pandemic throwing the TV industry into turmoil, the arrival of autumn has brought with it the shows bosses have been saving up. One of the first to debut during this new season of telly is Us, which arrives on BBC One at the weekend.Described as a “rom-com in reverse”, it is perfect for those looking for something a little less intense than cop shows or physiological thrillers, but still want something that packs an emotional punch. Here’s everything we can tell you about it...Us is based on David Nicholls’ novelTo many people, David Nicholls is best known as the author behind, One Day –the smash hit novel that spawned a film of the same name starring Anne Hathaway. Us served as his follow-up novel, coming five years later in 2014. Like its predecessor, it proved to be hugely popular with readers and critics alike, with one review in the Independent describing it as “a perfect book”. It was also long-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and David won the Specsavers UK Author of the Year award.So what is it about?Well, as David put it in a press introduction for the series, if One Day “was about the beginnings of a relationship – will they, won’t they get together? – Us asked’ ‘what comes next?’”.It follows the story of the Petersen family, who are rocked when wife Connie tells husband Douglas that she’s not sure she wants to be married to him any more. As he vows to prove to his wife that he is still the man she fell in love with and to repair his troubled relationship, Douglas insists that they go ahead with a planned family tour of Europe – originally intended as a holiday to mark their son Albie’s last summer before university. But will the pair be able to reconcile their relationship, or will the family have to come to terms with a life apart?The action is also intercut with flashbacks of Douglas and Connie’s love story and the early days of their relationship, revealing how they fell in love and how things have changed in the years that followed.Describing the emotion of the series, David says: “It’s about regret and loss and the spectre of loneliness but I hope we’ve made something funny and uplifting too, something emotional and affecting that will have viewers recognising themselves and those around them, as one of ‘Us’.”It is set in some incredible locationsMuch like how the stunning European locations became an important part of fellow BBC drama Killing Eve, Us will also showcase the beauty of the continent. The crew filmed last year in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris and David says the series is supposed to be a “love letter to Europe”. “I hope we’ve captured that on screen,” he adds. Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves head up the castTom Hollander (The Night Manager, Baptiste, Gosford Park) plays Douglas, who is a scientist. Tom describes his character as “quite a grumpy dad” to son Albie, who gets on better with his mother, and Douglas lives with the idea that his wife Connie prefers their son to him. He is devastated when Connie tells him she is falling out of love with him, as he is a man who “doesn’t want to be left”, according to Tom.Saskia Reeves (Wallander, The Child In Time, Luther) plays Connie, who is preemptively experiencing empty nest syndrome, terrified of the gaping hole that only child Albie is going to leave when he heads to university. Saskia describes Connie as having “completely settled for a life that she never ultimately wanted” as she gave up her dreams of becoming an artist and “took refuge in Douglas’ absolute undying love for her” – a situation she begins to reassess when their family’s dynamic is about to change. Tom Taylor – best known for playing Gemma and Simon Foster’s son Tom in Doctor Foster – plays Albie, an artistic, musical, creative and complicated teenager, who is about to set out on the next chapter of his life. “He doesn’t particularly want to go on holiday with his parents and feels he has been dragged into it – so tries to ditch them,” Tom says. But Albie will go on a journey of his own as he deals with the situation between his mother and father. Gina Bramhill (Being Human, Black Mirror) and Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lip Service) appear as a young Connie and Douglas in flashback scenes, while Thaddea Graham (Curfew, The Letter For The King) appears as a character called Kat, and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Gentleman Jack) plays Freja. Why should I watch it?While the premise of the story might initially seem quite downbeat, Tom Hollander promises it has a “particular humour to it, which is in David’s writing”, with Tom Taylor adding there is plenty of “light hearted comedy” in what he describes as “a really fun drama”. “It’s not a story without hope, it is a story about hope,” Tom Hollander adds. He also says the story will likely “speak to parents of a certain age, those who have children who might be about to fly the nest or go to college”. Gina also says it will likely make you feel “terribly nostalgic for a different time, pre-covid!” She noted: “All of those wonderful locations and the freedom we had – I hope an audience can be uplifted and transported; not only back to the 90s, but also to the not-so-distant past, to be able to escape and enjoy this story of two people’s love and loss and growth.”Watch the trailer When is it on?Us begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, continuing each week. READ MORE: 29 TV Picks Coming Later In 2020 That Will Help Staying In Feel More Bearable 21 Times Katherine Ryan's Character In The Duchess Was Almost Too Relatable The Sex Education Cast Could Not Be More Excited To Return To Work As Series 3 Gets Underway
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As Tracy Beaker is set to return back to our screens soon, it felt only right to go down memory lane and look back at one of the most iconic kids’ TV series of the 2000s. The Story Of Tracy Beaker introduced us to the brutal but uplifting world of the children’s care home The Dumping Ground, previously featured in Jacqueline Wilson’s popular books. In the 15 years since the last episode of The Story Of Tracy Beaker, the doors of The Dumping Ground have reopened a few times, in successful spin-off shows like Tracy Beaker Returns and The Tracy Beaker Survival Files. But can anything quite beat the original series? As a treat for 00s kids everywhere, we’ve rounded up some of the most memorable characters, and taken a look at what the actors who played them have been up to over the last 15 years...Dani Harmer as Tracy Beaker (Series 1-5)Tracy Beaker is obviously one the most iconic British kids’ TV characters, with one hell of a personality. Her feisty and strong independent self got her in more wrong places than right, but even though she acted tough, Tracy still had a soft side and would often imagine her mother coming back to get her from The Dumping Ground.Dani Harmer played Tracy Beaker for more than 10 years, both in the original show and spin-offs like Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground. Even if you never watched Tracy Beaker, Dani may still look familiar because she was part of series 10 of Strictly Come Dancing. She made it all the way to the final of the competition, where she was partnered with Vincent Simone.She has also starred as herself in shows like Dani’s House and Dani’s Castle on CBBC.Dani is soon set to reprise her role in the new show, My Mum Tracy Beaker. Montanna Thompson played Justine Littlewood (Series 1-5, 3) How can we ever forget Tracy Beaker’s arch nemesis Justine Littlewood? After Justine moved into The Dumping Ground, she became friends with Louise Goven, Tracy’s best friend, causing tension between Justine and Tracy.Montanna Thompson played Justine for four years on the hit CBBC series and even returned for an appearance in the spin-off Tracy Beaker Returns. She has starred in many shows since Tracy Beaker, like Doctors, Casualty, The Last Detective and Sugar Rush, as well as starring in 2017 film Kill Or Be Killed.  Chelsie Padley played Louise Goven (Series 1-3)Louise was the one always caught in the middle of Justine and Tracy. Tracy Beaker and Louise were best friends at the beginning of the series, but once Tracy moved out The Dumping Ground after being fostered, they drifted apart. However, as expected, Tracy fell out with her new foster parents returning back to find Louise best friend’s with Justine. Thus, the tension began...Chelsie Padley was only 10 when she first auditioned for the role of Louise Goven.She stopped acting shortly after starring in Tati’s Hotel in 2011, and is now a fitness coach and the founder of Fit Peach Fitness, where she gives wellness and fitness tips.Ben Hanson and Ciaran Joyce played Bradley “Bouncer” Plakova and his brother Lawrence “Lol” Plakova (Series 2-5)This inseparable mischievous duo were known for pulling pranks on all the other residents at the Dumping Ground.Ciaran Joyce, who played “Lol”, is still pursuing acting but has not appeared on screen recently. He has starred in CBBC’s Young Dracula, Holby City and Torchwood.Ben Hanson played Lol’s brother “Bouncer” for three series. He has made appearances in BBC’s Casualty and guest presented for CBBC, and according to his Twitter bio, now works as both an estate agent and actor. Lisa Coleman played Cam Lawson (Series 1-5) Lisa Coleman played the character of Cam Lawson, a struggling author who later on went to foster Tracy from the Dumping Ground, later appearing in various spin-off shows.Since then, Lisa has starred in other notable TV shows such as Hollyoaks and Casualty.Nisha Nayar played Elaine Boyak AKA. Elaine The Pain (Series 1-5)Nisha Nayar starred as Tracy’s care worker Elaine for five series of the show from 2002 to 2005.Elaine faced some big challenges in The Dumping Ground when it came to finding the right foster parents for Tracy Beaker.  Nisha’s first big break on the big screen was in the groundbreaking comedy Bhaji On The Beach, playing Ladhu. Some of her recent roles are on BBC’s Doctors and ITV’s three-part drama Midwinter Of Spirit. You may have also noticed her in The Bay where she played Rahael Malik. Craig Roberts, Sophie Borja-Edwards and Deepal Parmar played The Wellard Trio - Rio, Roxy and Chantel Wellard (Series 4-5)This iconic troublesome sibling trio stuck together through thick and thin in The Dumping Ground, not letting anyone run over them, especially not Tracy Beaker.The bandana-wearing character, Rio Wellard was portrayed by Craig Roberts. Craig has gone onto have a successful acting career, landing roles in high-profile films like Bad Neighbours, 22 Jump Street, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine and 2019′s Tolkien. Roxy Wellard, Rio’s half-sister, was played by Sophie Borja Edwards. Along with her siblings. Sophie went on to star in Casualty and but hasn’t made many TV appearances since. Deepal Parmar, who portrayed Chantel Wellard, has continued her acting career, from playing Doctors in 2016 to starring in two short films, Wordless and Beauty in the Street. Clive Rowe played Norman Ellington AKA Duke (Series 1-4)Duke was the cuddly caretaker and chef of The Dumping Ground. He took great care of everyone and was often the unsung hero. Duke left the Dumping Ground in series four to visit his family in the Caribbean. Clive Rowe, who portrayed Duke, has gone on to have a successful career in the film and TV industry. He has starred in several episodes of Doctor Who, and landed small roles in Hollywood hits such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Beauty and the Beast, alongside Emma Watson, in 2017. Clive has also regularly worked in theatre and pantomimes including performing in the West End.In 2020, he was appointed the patron of the Hackney Empire and is currently campaigning to help it survive during the Covid-19 crisis.Darragh Mortell played Liam “Crash” Daniels (Series 3-5)Crash was one of Tracy’s closest and loyal friends.Actor Darragh Mortell, who portrayed Crash, has gone to have a successful career in film and television. Darragh has starred in Casualty and Hollyoaks as well as acting alongside Dani in CBBC shows like Dani’s House. He is currently a writer and director and has written and directed episodes of Dani’s House and Millie Inbetween.Abby Rakic Platt played Jackie Hopper (Series 3-5)Sports enthusiast Jackie Hopper was brought into the Dumping Ground after her grandad was no longer fit to look after her and went into care. Jackie was adamant there was nothing wrong with her grandad, although he had in fact developed Alzheimer’s.Abby Rakic Platt, who portrayed Jackie, has also starred in Casualty and The Bill. More recently, she has played Kirsty Raven in Michaela Coel’s hit comedy show Chewing Gum.MORE NOSTALGIA: Whatever Happened To The 90s And 00s Presenters Of Kids' TV? 25 Much-Loved Kids' TV Shows From The 90s You'd Probably Forgotten About 12 Things Ant, Dec And CatAbsolutely *Have* To Include In A SM:TV Reunion Special
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Amazon Prime Video has expanded its library service and offers free streaming of movies and TV shows.The platform has grown into a media vault formidable enough to challenge other streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu.And if you are trying to find the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime?Alias (2001 – 2006)Genre – Spy, Drama, Science FictionIMDb Rating – 7.6 / 10Number of Episodes – 105The story revolves around a Sydney Bristow, an undergraduate student approached by someone who claims to work for the CIA and offers a job as an agent.She accepts the job and fights several rival agents and terrorists while keeping it a secret from her friends.The critics have well-received the series, and it has been considered the best TV program in 2003 by the American Film Institute.30 Rock (2006 – 2013)Genre – SitcomIMDb Rating – 8.2 / 10Number of Episodes – 139The story is about Liz Lemon, head writer of a comedy show who has to deal with an arrogant new boss while also trying to run a successful television show.Lemon constantly has her hands full, juggling interference in the process of trying to salvage her personal life.The Americans (2013 – 2018)Genre – DramaIMDb Rating – 8.4 / 10Number of Episodes – 75The Americans is a period spy thriller that is set during the Cold War.
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Michael McIntyre has revealed he cut a joke about coronavirus from his new Netflix comedy special, which was recorded earlier this year.The comedian’s latest stand-up show – which is now available to watch on the streaming service – was filmed in front of a live audience in March just weeks before the UK went into lockdown.Speaking about the comedy special, titled Michael McIntyre: Showman in an interview on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, he said that he made the decision to take one gag about the pandemic out of his set. “I did a joke about [coronavirus],” Michael explained. “I introduced myself on stage when all the hand washing stuff was starting and I said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together and wash them for 30 seconds as we welcome Michael McIntyre’.“I actually came on and said, ‘This could be the last time we get together in a crowd’. I said it as a joke! I should never have said that.”He then added that he “took all that stuff” out of the finished special, noting: “There are a few more jokes in the Netflix special which I’m hoping are still funny but it’s worried me slightly.”Michael previously revealed to Metro that he considered taking one anecdote out of the set, which saw him confusing disposable underwear for a face mask when he went for a massage in Hong Kong.“I have to be honest with you,” he said. “I’ve been worrying about it for months about whether that joke is still funny. I would wake my wife up in the middle of the night and go, ‘Is this thing funny?’.”“I had other jokes about it, and then now it’s commonplace and we’re all wearing these masks and it’s a completely reasonable mistake to make,” he added.Michael McIntyre: Showman is now streaming on Netflix. Listen to his interview in full on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast.READ MORE: 7 Netflix Hidden Gems That You Won't Believe Have Passed You By Cheryl Left Cringing As Victoria Beckham Replies To 'Send To All' Prank Michael McIntyre Is Already Joking About Being Mugged In His Stand-Up Routine
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The show was praised by the critics and the fans for cross-generational appeal and witty dialogues.The fandom has been growing in numbers which led to its status of a cult classic.The show premiered its last episode years ago, and now after watching and re-watching all the episodes, you might want a few suggestions.So for all the Gilmore Girls fans, here are a few shows that you can watch for a similar vibe.The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselGenre – Comedy Drama, Period DramaIMDb Rating – 8.7 / 10Number of Episodes – 26Set in 1950s Manhattan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers around Miriam Midge Maisel, a sharp, funny, and energetic Jewish woman who is a cheerleader to her husband.Stumbling upon a nightclub stage one night, she discovers her comedic skills and decides to become a stand-up comedian.You can stream all the episodes of the three seasons on Amazon Prime Video.New GirlGenre – SitcomIMDb Rating – 7.7/10Number of Episodes – 146The story is about Jess, an offbeat young woman who moves into an apartment loft with three single men after her break up.She then starts to work with her mother-in-law there at her dance school as she was always extremely passionate about dancing.You can stream all the episodes of the first season on Hulu.ParenthoodGenre – Family Drama, Serial Drama, DramedyIMDb Rating – 8.2/10Number of Episodes – 103The show revolves around the three generations of the Braveman family who have managed to keep their foundation intact by burying their problems for the sake of their children.
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Vince Gilligan’s epic drama about a school chemistry teacher turned criminal mastermind was an interesting and a binge-worthy watch.If you want to witness a similar dynamism, you should consider watching these shows listed below.The WireThis American crime drama TV series is set in Baltimore, Maryland where a joint homicide and narcotics team has been assigned to bring down Avon Barksdale.The show has been praised for its literary themes and its accurate exploration of society and politics.It was also lauded for a realistic portrayal of urban life.Sons of AnarchySons of Anarchy is an American action crime drama TV series that follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club that has been operating in Charming, a fictional town in California.The SopranosThe story centers around Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster who tries to balance his family life with his nefarious activities.The show has been regarded as one of the most fantastic TV series of all time and won multiple major awards including Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.FargoFargo is a black comedy crime drama series inspired by the eponymous 1996 film that was written and directed by the Coen Brothers.The show is based on true events with three long seasons being set primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota.The fourth season is now ready for its release at the end of this month which will be set in the 1950s, in Kansas City, Missouri.WeedsThis American dark comedy-drama series is primarily set in the fictional town of Agrestic, California.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, winner of the Best Actor in a Musical Olivier award in 2019 for his role in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, has told HuffPost UK he has never felt so seen.Following the eerie silence of deep lockdown in March and April, the Black Lives Matter protests in May signified a drastic change of pace: there was still a pandemic on, but the killing of George Floyd meant empty streets were now full with thousands of furious protestors.“As a Black man I’ve never felt as seen, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt quite as sceptical,” he tells HuffPost UK. “On the one hand I’ve seen so many people talking about Black Lives Matter. On the other hand is it just a social media fad?”By anyone’s standards, 2020’s news cycle has been a giant, pressing weight. But for people of colour, who are statistically more likely to be the targets of police brutality, 2020 earmarks an opportunity for change. “I really, really strongly believe in people’s rights to grow, to learn, to move away from what they didn’t know before,” says Kobna, reflecting on the movement. “It’s really important that people are able to go, ’Oh wait a minute, I’ve never done something before, and now I see it differently and I’m going to do something different.”An activist alongside his acting work, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith starred in Mary Poppins Returns as lawyer Templeton Frye in 2019 and on Marvel’s Dr Strange in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch, whom he had already starred alongside in Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 (Kobna played Laertes, Benedict was Hamlet).In his latest role, Kobna hopes to respond to the upsetting news cycle by focusing on a more positive aspect of the tumultuous events: the way storytelling can bring us together in times of strife. And the sense of community and family values that have supported many of us through the lockdown.One of the actors involved in the Yahoo STO4IES podcast, Kobna has recorded Polly Tumpkin’s Pumpkin, a story about a young girl called Polly and her father who enter a pumpkin growing contest. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, David Oyelowo and Zoe Saldana have also recorded episodes for the series without taking a fee - as the podcast is raising awareness of the work of The GEANCO Foundation, an organisation raising money and offering support for Covid-19 relief in Nigeria, where doctors have gone on strike over low salaries and hazardous working conditions.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by The GEANCO Foundation (@geancofdn) on Jun 18, 2020 at 10:42am PDTThese stories aim to connect wider audiences with the uniquely challenging story of life right now on the African continent.“I’ve got quite a romantic view about art and its ability to connect with people,” says Kobna. “It has this bridging function that no one can deny. If you see something, a work of art, a painting, you listen to something, you enjoy something that was made up: it did not exist before someone invented it and then you connect to an imagined feeling: you and the creator, your imaginations meet in the middle. Humans are the only ones that make stuff up because they’re enjoyable, and that to me is the nature of art.Kobna Holdbrook-Smith“It’s especially wonderful in theatre, there’s this confederacy where the audience and the makers come together and say, ‘okay, so we all agree we’re in Venice in 1600s, right? Right? Okay, then off we go.’ It tickles me pink each time.“I genuinely think it distinguishes humans from other animals, because we’re the only ones that make stuff up,” says Kobna.“Other animals use tools, other animals have social interactions, they have matching sexual practices, there are loads of things about us and other creatures that overlap but we’re the only ones that make stuff up because they’re enjoyable, and that to me is the nature of art.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith I (@kobnaholdbrooksmith) on Mar 6, 2020 at 4:09am PSTActing is also a successful means of representing marginalised groups in society. “With art, you can see people,” says Kobna.“Representation has a really important function. It’s not the ultimate function, and we don’t want to get into the realm of saying, ‘oh well we have to behave in a certain way in order to please the White powerful people,’ but we do have an opportunity in the stories we imagine, to include [representation of people from different backgrounds]...” He uses Game Of Thrones as an example of how the entertainment industry is in a confusing place right now with representation. “I often quip about it,” he says.People think Black people in Game of Thrones is somehow unrealistic. But this programme is full of dragons?Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on the confusing place we're at with diversity in TV and film“People think Black people in Game Of Thrones is somehow unrealistic. But this programme is full of dragons? How are dragons less crow-barred in than Black people, or people of colour?”Industry insiders say there is already some change afoot. Executives are finally involved in more constructive conversations around ways to actively diversify the film and TV industry, say diversity groups like The TV Mindset, which has flourished in the wake of Black Lives Matter.Perhaps soon we can hope that dragons will be the unusual inclusions in TV shows - not minority groups.Kobna finishes by offering a further assessment of how art can help. “The power of art is art is very soft, it requires vulnerability. It also requires complicity,” he says of the the relationship between audiences and actors. “I think there’s something about being able to join in that is genuinely powerful.”READ MORE 'Hire Better': BAME People On How To Fix The Broken Film And TV Industry 'I Don’t Know How Anyone Is Not Saying Or Doing More': Megalyn Echikunwoke On The Extent Of Her Activism Meet The Man Helping Broadcasters Overcome Critical Racism And Diversity Problems
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Big Little Lies is a critically acclaimed HBO series that explores the lives of five wealthy, upper-class women based in Monterey, California.It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz as the leading actors with Meryl Streep joining the cast in the second season.These women deal with their personal conflicts through the series, and by the end of the first season, they get embroiled in a murder investigation.Let’s check out some of the best shows that are similar to Big Little Lies.EnlightenedRotten Tomatoes Rating – 87%Starring – Laura Dern, Mike White, and Diane LaddWhere to Watch – HBOThe story revolves around a 40-year-old woman who is self-destructive and has a spiritual awakening.She gets determined to live an enlightened life, which creates total havoc at her home and workplace.InsecureRotten Tomatoes Rating – 96%Starring – Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, and Jay EllisWhere to Watch – HBOThe comedy-drama series follows the friendship of two modern-day black women and their experiences of uncomfortable and racy tribulations.The AffairRotten Tomatoes Rating – 86%Starring – Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, and Maura TierneyWhere to Watch – Amazon Prime VideoThe Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between two leading characters.The show won several major awards for Best Television Drama, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress, among others.How To Get Away With MurderRotten Tomatoes Rating – 88%Starring – Viola Davis, Aja King, and Jack FalaheeWhere to Watch – NetflixThe story revolves around a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant professor who gets embroiled in a twisted murder case, which changes their course of lives.The show is one of the most loved crime thrillers that garnered high critical appreciation as well.SuccessionRotten Tomatoes Rating – 92%Starring – Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, and Sarah SnookWhere to Watch – HBOThis satirical comedy-drama series centers around the Roy family, who own Waystar Royco, a global media and hospitality empire.A fight between the family takes place about the potential controller of the company while the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy, remains in uncertain health conditions.Killing EveRotten Tomatoes Rating – 89%Starring – Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh, and Fiona ShawWhere to Watch – Amazon Prime VideoKilling Eve is a British black comedy thriller centering around two women, Eve and Villanelle.
Films have been ‘cancelled’ for featuring offensive content way before cancel culture began: in 1973, Stanley Kubrick declared that his film, A Clockwork Orange, should never be played again in his lifetime after the furore it caused.Audiences have called out films which they have deemed to be offensive for decades, but typically, film-makers and distributors have fought back, claiming their work is important in an artistic sense.The debate about what constitutes ‘good’ art has risen again after Netflix acquired the rights to Cuties, a French feature from film-maker Maïmouna Doucouré.The film, about one young girl torn between the life of her Senegalese Muslim family and the Westernised ways of her French schoolmates, won the directing jury prize at this year’s Sundance, and has received a raft of positive reviews, scoring 88% on online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.But the scenes of suggestive dancing have riled some viewers who have condemned the feature as child pornography. Those on the other side of the debate view the film as a nuanced criticism of the culture of child objectification - and a crucial conversation starter.Criticism gained pace after Netflix marketed Cuties with an image of the young cast posing provocatively, rather than the using original poster, which featured them shopping. Netflix has since removed their choice of poster, and apologised for marketing the film in a way which was deemed in bad taste. So “Cuties” was a French film that went to Sundance. Netflix gets ahold of it , re-titles it something questionable and slaps a hyper-sexual poster on it. I haven’t watched yet so I will reserve my feelings about the actual film...but the diff in the two posters says a lot. pic.twitter.com/2YkkCs05D2— Blood Moonbeam (@BloodMoonbeam) August 20, 2020“We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties,” said Netflix in a tweet that included the film’s original French title.“It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020The streaming service has defended their inclusion of the film on the platform, saying it is “a social commentary against the sexualisation of young children” rather than having the intention of objectifying young girls.Yet, furious critics have continued to make their voices heard. A Change.org petition to have the film removed from Netflix has garnered almost 360,000 signatures.“This movie/show is disgusting as it sexualises an ELEVEN year old for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles and also negatively influences our children! There is no need for this kind of content in that age group, especially when sex trafficking and pedophilia are so rampant! There is no excuse, this is dangerous content!” reads the caption.However, removing the film from platforms would be an unfair move, say the British Board of Film Classification, who explained to HuffPost UK why they don’t believe the film has any potential to harmfully impact viewers.“The film addresses the effects of sexualisation in popular culture, including on young people, but this is handled sensitively within the context of a coming-of-age drama,” the spokesperson said.They added: “Our extensive research into public opinion, and our Classification Guidelines, guides us as we seek to ensure that classification decisions reflect people’s opinions in the UK.” Other industry voices speaking to HuffPost UK agree that the film poses no threat to audiences of any age.″It sounds to me like Netflix inappropriately positioned the film missing the point of what it was about,” says Julie Rassat, founder of the She Does Filmz organisation to celebrate female voices in film. “It’s not necessarily a reflection on the film - and from reviews I’ve seen it’s not, it’s more a reflection of Netflix not handling the film’s content appropriately.”The fact that this film was directed by a woman changes everything.Cutie is the product of a female film-maker, says Julie, and therefore unlikely to reinforce negative stereotypes about women in film that are traditionally found in films made from the perspective of the male gaze. ″The fact that this film was directed by a woman changes everything in terms of perspective and intent,” adds Julie, who notes how “we’re uncomfortable with discussing girls sexuality, because the viewpoint has historically been twisted, with connotations and risks associated with it.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Maimouna Doucouré (@maimounadoucoure) on Aug 31, 2020 at 10:17am PDTBucking that trend, Cutie offers an authentic look at the reality of life for young girls growing up with the threat of sexual exploitation, says Doctor Helen Jacey, screenwriter and CEO of Shedunnit Productions. “Netflix removed the original poster after a public outcry, but that doesn’t reflect on the filmmaker’s intensions for her work,” she says.“The backlash to the marketing of this movie, before many of the complainers have even seen the film, does show that her subject matter is pertinent,” she adds on the divide in opinion around the film. Helen goes so far as to say that “exploitation belongs to the exploitative viewer,” and that marketing executives risk the real message of the film being lost by using the sexualised poster. She believes executives “recognise that generic images of women are proven to sell” and forefront those over more representative images of the film as a whole.The message from French-Senegalese film-maker Maïmouna Doucouré circles back to the toxicity of cancel culture, of people condemning things before they fully understand them. Responding to the backlash against the film in an interview with Refinery 29, she said that “ultimately, people didn’t have the right information” before they formed their opinions.Explaining more about her inspiration for the film, she said: “At one point these young girls took the stage and danced very well. But it was also very disturbing to watch because they danced like adults, like we see in music videos. So I started wondering whether or not they were conscious of the message they were sending with this sexualised dance.”Despite Maïmouna’s defence, the #CancelNetflix hashtag on Twitter is rife with screenshots of cancelled Netflix subscriptions. It’s unclear how many of them have actually seen the film, although the point of having the film cancelled seems to have got lost somewhat in a sea of trolls. “I personally can’t wait to watch Cuties #CancelNetflix,” one user provocatively tweeted.The debate around outrage seems so often to be typified by opposing opinions being shouted loudly, rather than having the intention of educating audiences or changing minds.More than anything, it’s important we see past the tone deaf marketing campaign and online commotion to understand the true power of female film-makers telling their own stories, says Julie Rassat.“A woman director is a shift of voice, a shift of story-telling and a shift of gaze in itself,” she reminds.READ MORE 'Punch Up, Not Down': 6 Comics On The Push For Socially-Conscious Comedy Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Announce New Deal With Netflix 'Hire Better': BAME People On How To Fix The Broken Film And TV Industry
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After spending most of the first half of 2020 cooped up indoors, the prospect of autumn – meaning trips to the park are looking less inviting, as is enjoying some sun in a family member’s garden – might not be the most welcome to a lot of people.What could help cushion the blow even just a little, though, is the fact there’s some great new TV to get into over the coming weeks and months, catering to a whole range of different tastes.Here’s a round-up of our top TV picks for the rest of 2020 that might just take the edge off stopping in...I Hate SuzieAvailable now to watch on Now TV, with new episodes on Sky Atlantic every ThursdayWhat is it?Billie Piper takes the lead in this new black comedy, which centres around the titular Suzie, a minor celeb who suddenly finds herself back in the headlines when personal photos of her are leaked online.Described as “excruciatingly honest”, the series pulls precisely zero punches, with each episode presented in a completely different I May Destroy You-esque fashion from the one before it.I Hate Suzie also reunites its star with Lucy Prebble, who previously penned Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and with its frank approach to taboo themes, it will appeal to a lot of the same audiences.Watch it if you liked: I May Destroy You, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, FleabagI’m Thinking Of Ending ThingsAvailable to stream on Netflix nowWhat is it? A new psychological horror film starring Jessie Buckley and Toni Collette, the film centres around a young woman who, unenthused about her new relationship, agrees to accompany him to meet his parents, who just happen to live in the middle of nowhere.From there, things all start to unravel.Directed by Charlie Kauffman, whose past writing credits include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Being John Malcovich, it doesn’t take a detective to work out that it doesn’t take long before things take an unsettling turn.It’s definitely a bizarre watch, but also a thoroughly depressing one, so maybe have an episode of Friends or Love Island to treat yourself to afterwards, especially if you’re watching before bed.Watch it if you liked: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Midsommar, Russian DollBritain’s Got TalentAiring every Saturday night on ITV What is it? For obvious reasons, things are running a little differently than usual during this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals.With the show having been on pause since the spring, this year’s semi-finals are now underway, with weekly pre-recorded shows airing on a Saturday night. Former champion Ashley Banjo is also a new addition to the panel, filling in for Simon Cowell, who recently injured himself in an electric bike accident.At this stage, you already know whether or not BGT is your cup of tea, but for those who’ve turned their nose up at the talent format in the past, surely right now is the perfect moment to give it another go?Watch it if you liked: The X Factor, The Greatest Dancer, Strictly Come DancingI’ll Be Gone In The DarkAvailable to watch on Now TV now, with new episodes on Sky Crime every Sunday nightWhat is it? A definite must-watch for any fans of true crime, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a new documentary based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same name by Michelle McNamara.The series tells the story not just of the Golden State Killer – who committed at least 50 rapes and murdered at least 13 people in the 1970s and 80s – but also Michelle’s quest to find the killer’s true identity decades later, which sadly ended in tragedy.Fans of the book should definitely tune in, though, as the series includes plenty of details not included in Michelle’s book, including events that have transpired since it was published.Watch if you liked: Making A Murderer, The Jinx, Unsolved MysteriesMulanAvailable to purchase for Disney+ subscribersWhat is it? The latest in a long line of Disney’s live-action remakes, this is the much-awaited re-imagining of the animated classic Mulan, given a more grown-up twist by director Niki Caro, who has stripped the film of its original songs and the main character’s dragon sidekick, Mushu.Instead, the new Mulan is a film more focussed on “realism”, intended as an epic the whole family can enjoy.However, the film did take some heat earlier this year following comments made by its leading actor Yifei Liu, while the decision for Disney to charge existing subscribers to watch a film on a service they were already paying for was met with a mixed response.Watch if you liked: Aladdin, A Wrinkle In Time, Pirates Of The CaribbeanEastEndersNow airing on BBC One and the BBC iPlayerWhat is it? What do you mean “what is it?”. It’s literally EastEnders.The long-running BBC soap came off air for the first time in its 35-year history back in June, but with production now up and running again (albeit with huge changes, due to social distancing guidelines), the show is finally back on our screens.Rather than picking up exactly where we left off, though, Walford is a rather different to when we last paid it a visit, with three months having passed for both us and the residents of Albert Square. How has time changed things for the characters we know and love? We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?Watch it if you liked: EastEnders (before it went off air in the first place), Coronation Street, Holby CityLove Island USAAiring now on ITV2What is it? The US version of the much-loved British reality show usually takes place in a villa in Fiji, but due to the pandemic, producers have had to think on their feet, instead moving the whole thing to a luxury hotel in Las Vegas.Once you get over the fact the horizon is peppered with bright lights and skyscrapers – and the “bants” are a lot more American than you’re used to – it’s pretty much business as usual for Love Island, which should be music to the ears of anyone who missed their usual fix this summer.Watch if you liked: Love Island, Too Hot To Handle, Love Is BlindDesDebuts on ITV on 15 SeptemberWhat is it? ITV is continuing its long line of true crime miniseries based on infamous British murder cases, following in the footsteps of recent offerings like Appropriate Adult, Dark Angel and The Pembrokeshire Murders.This new three-parter sees David Tennant in the lead role of Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 young men and boys in North London in the late 1970s and early 80s.Des will almost certainly not be one for the faint of heart, given the truly horrific nature of Nilsen’s crimes, but for true crime devotees, this will be a must-watch.Watch it if you liked: Broadchurch, Appropriate Adult, The Pembrokeshire MurdersCriminalDebuts on Netflix on 16 SeptemberWhat is it? Alternatively, for those who like a crime drama that’s a little more detached from reality, Netflix has you covered with brand new episodes of Criminal, the police-based miniseries that debuted last year.Katherine Kelly is once again leading the cast, with Netflix pulling it out of the bag in terms of guest stars, including Kit Harington in his first post-Game Of Thrones role, Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan, Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory fame and Sophie Okonedo, soon to be seen in Ratched and Death On The Nile.For anyone who loves the interview room sequences in Line Of Duty but finds the rest of the show a bit heavy, this short-and-sweet series is well worth a stream.Watch it if you liked: The Stranger, Line Of Duty, Silent WitnessRatchedDebuts on Netflix on 18 SeptemberWhat is it?Ryan Murphy has been well and truly on a roll with his Netflix output in 2020, debuting Hollywood (one of our favourite shows of the year) as well as a second series of The Politician, not to mention documentaries he produced like Circus Of Books and A Secret Love.However, with American Horror Story on ice for the time being, Ratched is the series that Ryan Murphy fans who prefer when he takes a walk on the dark side have been most looking forward to.Putting his frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson in the leading role, the show serves as an origin story for Nurse Ratched of the classic book One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.And as if Sarah in a leading role wasn’t enticing enough, the supporting cast boasts Cynthia Nixon, Rosanna Arquette and Sharon Stone, as well as past players from the Murphy-verse like Charlie Carver, Jon Jon Briones and Finn Wittrock. We are ready.Watch if you liked: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, American Horror Story: Asylum, Girl, InterruptedFive Guys A WeekSeries two begins on 18 September, with the first series available to watch on All 4What is it? One of our favourite shows of the first half of 2020 is already back for a second series, and it can not come soon enough.This dating show has a simple enough premise, with a woman moving five guys into her home for a week, and kicking the ones she doesn’t fancy out one by one until she finds her match.Compared to other dating shows – like Love Island, Too Hot To Handle or even its Channel 4 neighbour First Dates – Five Guys A Week feels a lot more low-fi and less glossy, but that’s what makes for such compelling and addictive viewing.The contestants very much feel like real people of all ages and backgrounds living ordinary lives, giving it more of a Gogglebox, Don’t Tell The Bride or Come Dine With Me-esque feel than the dating shows we’ve become used to in recent years.Watch if you liked: First Dates, Come Dine With Me, Celebs Go DatingDrag Race HollandDebuts on WOW Presents Plus on 18 SeptemberWhat is it? 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but one thing we definitely can’t complain about is not having enough Drag Race to watch.As soon as series 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race came to an end near the beginning of lockdown, we were treated to the fifth All Stars run (not to overlook RuPaul’s *whispers* Secret Celebrity Drag Race in the middle of all of that, too). And by the time Shea Couleé took her place in the Hall Of Fame, the first series of Canada’s Drag Race got underway.Now that’s over, did you think that we were done with Drag Race for another? Well, think again.WOW Presents Plus subscribers will soon have access to the first ever run of Drag Race Holland – so get ready for some niche Dutch pop culture references that will go straight over your head, an obligatory Vengaboys lip sync and a whole lot more phoned-in messages from RuPaul, because even though we done already done had ourses, there’s still more to come.Watch if you liked: RuPaul’s Drag Race (in its various incarnations), Drag SOS, Glow UpUsDebuts on BBC One on 20 SeptemberWhat is it? Based on the much-loved novel by David Nicholls (of Starter For 10 and One Day fame), Us tells the story of a middle-aged couple, whose marriage hits a bump in the road when their 18-year-old son leaves for university.When mum Connie tells Douglas, her husband of almost 25 years, that she’s fed up and wants to leave him, he convinces her to let him take her and their son on one last family holiday, which just happens to be a “grand tour” of Europe.Expect lots of awkwardness, set against some beautiful backdrops.Watch if you liked: Normal People, One Day, Life BeginsGreat British Bake OffReturns on 22 September on Channel 4 What is it? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many feared the Great British Bake Off would not be able to go ahead in 2020, at a time when what the nation really needs is some bakery-based escapism, a few softly-spoken innuendos and a nice bit of colour blocking from Prue Leith.Fortunately, those sneaky Channel 4 bosses managed to film a whole series in secret without telling anyone, the results of which are about to be revealed.Quite how it’ll go ahead with new host Matt Lucas and a whole lot of coronavirus restrictions (we’re guessing Hollywood handshakes are out the window) remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely be tuning in to find out.Watch if you liked: The Great Pottery Throwdown, The Great British Sewing Bee, Strictly Come DancingEnola HolmesDebuts on Netflix on 23 September What is it? This new film centres Enola, the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who has to put her family’s skills for solving mysteries into effect when her beloved mother goes missing.Enola Holmes boasts an all-star cast including Henry Caville, Helena Bonham-Carter and Millie Bobby Brown, in her first leading role outside of Stranger Things.And while it’s a family comedy, it was also helmed by Harry Bradbeer, best known for his work with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on more grown-up shows like Fleabag and Killing Eve, so maybe don’t write it off on that basis.Watch if you liked: Sherlock, Killing Eve, Stranger ThingsLittle Mix The SearchDebuting on BBC One on 26 September What is it? Another TV show hit hard by the pandemic, the frustratingly-titled Little Mix The Search was supposed to be done and dusted by now, and instead we haven’t seen a single episode. Fortunately, the auditions will be coming to us before long, and Little Mix fans will finally get their fix of one of the biggest acts in the UK today.The Search has a fairly simple premise, that sees Little Mix putting together new bands, mentoring them and offering the winning band a supporting spot on their next tour (whenever that may end up being).Probably not the most challenging of watches, admittedly but who doesn’t love watching Little Mix having some fun together?Watch if you liked: The Voice, The X Factor, Britain’s Got TalentThe Boys In The BandStreaming on Netflix from 30 SeptemberWhat is it? Yet another offering from super-producer Ryan Murphy, this is a new feature-length film directed by Joe Mantello.The Boys In The Band is based on the play of the same name, and features the very impressive cast of a 2018 Broadway revival, including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Michael Benjamin Washington.Set in the late 1960s, when the original play first debuted, The Boys In The Band features around a group of gay men, who gather together to celebrate one of their birthdays, with tempers quickly flaring as they revisit their past.Watch if you liked: American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, Looking, HollywoodHonourDebuts on ITV later in the autumn What is it? Keeley Hawes takes the lead in this new ITV drama, which she’s also produced, in which she plays real-life detective chief inspector Caroline Goode, who fought for justice in the Banaz Mahmod “honour killing” case.Honour has already faced controversy, with many – including Banaz’s own family – criticising the decision to centre the story on Keeley’s character, claiming it perpetuates a white saviour narrative.Keeley later said of the show: “With something like this – and especially with this – we were all so mindful that we were dealing with real people. Banaz, Caroline, their families, everybody involved, the team, so there is that element of course, and with this, even more so. Much more so, probably, than anything I’ve ever worked on.“But the responsibility is huge. It’s huge. I felt it every day. I’ve felt it every day since. I really have.”Watch if you liked: Bodyguard, Line Of Duty, Mrs WilsonThe Haunting Of Bly ManorStreaming on Netflix from 9 OctoberWhat is it? *shudders* It’s taken us since 2018 to get over the trauma of watching The Haunting Of Hill House, and now there’s a brand new horror series to give us nightmares.Although The Haunting Of Bly Manor is from the same team as Hill House and features many of the same cast, Netflix is taking a leaf out of American Horror Story’s book with this one, setting the new story in a completely different universe, and with returning stars playing brand new characters.Instead, The Haunting Of Bly Manor is based on the Victorian novella The Turn Of The Screw, telling the story of a young governess who experiences some supernatural goings on when she arrives at a new country manor.Frankly, it sounds absolutely chilling, but we’re probably going to have binged the whole thing by Halloween, let’s be honest.Watch if you liked: The Haunting Of Hill House, American Horror Story: Roanoke, Paranormal ActivitySmall AxeDebuts on BBC One later this yearWhat is it? Steve McQueen’s first TV project has been six years in the making (it was first announced in January 2014!), but by all accounts, it’s going to be well worth the wait.Small Axe is an anthology series made up of five short films, telling the story of a West Indian community in London spread across three decades.And the Oscar-winning director has truly assembled an absolutely epic group of actors to bring it all to life. Among the show’s stellar cast are Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, Star Wars’ John Boyega and Malachi Kirby, who previously appeared in Roots and the Black Mirror episode Men Against Fire.Watch if you liked: Sitting In Limbo, Widows, Top BoyThe UndoingDebuts on 26 October on Sky Atlantic What is it? Nicole Kidman’s latest TV venture doesn’t sound like it’s a million miles away from her award-winning stint in Big Little Lies, which is no bad thing for fans of the hit drama.She plays a hugely successful New York City, whose life is changed overnight by “a violent death”, “a missing husband” and a subsequent “chain of terrible revelations”.She’s joined in the new series by Hugh Grant (who’d have thought Paddington 2 would give his career the jolt it needed) and, fingers crossed, at least one or two fabulous wigs.Watch if you liked: Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, The Night ManagerThe MandalorianNew episodes on Disney+ from 30 OctoberWhat is it? Having to wait for a new episode every week, despite the fact it had already been seen in the US months earlier, rather took the shine off The Mandalorian when Disney+ launched back in March. But this time around, we’re getting it at the same time as our American cousins, so it’ll be much easier to avoid spoilers.The Star Wars spin-off is our only contact with that galaxy far, far away now the most recent trilogy is done and dusted, and we can’t wait to see what’s transpired since we last checked in.And by that we, of course, mean… what kind of scrapes is Baby Yoda going to get himself into this time around?Watch if you liked: Star Trek: Discovery, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians Of The GalaxyStrictly Come DancingReturns to our screens in the autumnWhat is it? It’s still not clear (including to the BBC, apparently) exactly what form Strictly Come Dancing is going to take in 2020, but times are hard, and we’ll take whatever sparkle we can get at the moment, quite frankly.What’s interesting to us is that Strictly has managed to get its best line-up in years under such strange circumstances, with Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, former home secretary Jacqui Smith and comedian Bill Bailey among the contestants we’re most excited to see on the dance floor.And if nothing else, this year’s Strictly will be appointment viewing when Nicola Adams makes history as one half of the show’s first ever same-sex couple. Watch if you liked: Dancing On Ice, Great British Bake Off, Britain’s Got TalentWe Are Who We AreDebuts on BBC Three later this yearWhat is it? After a summer that saw so few of us actually able to enjoy a holiday abroad, who doesn’t fancy losing themselves in sunnier climes as autumn approaches?Enter: Luca Guadagnino.The director perfected sun-drenched romance in Call Me By Your Name, and it looks like he could be about to do it again in We Are Who We Are, a new limited series about two American teenagers who find themselves on a military base in Italy.“With We Are Who We Are we are attempting to portray the here and now of two families, few generations, many exciting people,” Luca explained. Count us in.Watch if you liked: Call Me By Your Name, Euphoria, Waves The CrownSeries four debuts on Netflix on 15 NovemberWhat is it? As much as we’d watch Olivia Colman do pretty much anything at this point, the most recent series of The Crown did feel like it largely set the scene for what’s coming next.And now, our patience is finally about to be rewarded. Because series four of The Crown finally sees the arrival of Princess Diana, played by newcomer to the show Emma Corrin.Fans should also ready themselves for one of the series’ most controversial introductions to date, with Sex Education’s Gillian Anderson joining the cast as prime minister Margaret Thatcher.Watch if you liked: The Queen, The Iron Lady, The TudorsI’m A CelebrityReturns to ITV this autumnWhat is it? After almost 20 years, I’m A Celebrity is ditching the jungle for something a little closer to home, with this year’s contestants setting up camp in a spooky castle in Wales.Admittedly, this measure is ITV’s response to coronavirus restrictions, but we have to say, we think this could bring something fresh to I’m A Celebrity that we’re looking forward to checking out.Watch if you liked: Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls, The Crystal MazeIndustryDebuts on BBC Two later this yearWhat is it? Set in the fast-paced financial district of London, Industry is a new eight-part series looking into the fast-paced world of international finance, as seen through the eyes of a group of young trainees.If the show rings a bell, that’s probably because of its famous director, Girls co-creator Lena Dunham, who spent time living in Cardiff during production (and, if you recall, got weirdly hooked on Love Island).Watch if you liked: Girls, Normal People, The ApprenticeAdult Material What is it? Channel 4′s big new drama for the final quarter of 2020 is Adult Material, focussing on the porn industry, starring Hayley Squires and Rupert Everett.Hayley plays Jolene, a run-of-the-mill mum of three, who also happens to be one of the UK’s most famous porn stars. According to Channel 4, the show hones in on “Jolene’s world... a place that influences all of our lives, whether we know it or not, but none of us ever truly see”.Perhaps not one for sitting down with the whole family to watch of an evening, but one we can’t wait to devour all the same.Watch if you liked: Shameless, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Footballers’ WivesDebuts on Channel 4 later this yearThe CircleReturns to Channel 4 later this yearWhat is it? One of our most surprising reality TV obsessions of last year, we were over the moon when The Circle (which kind of introduced the world to social distancing before it was cool, just saying) announced it would be back for a third series in 2020.And not only that – Channel 4 is also going to be throwing a load of famous faces into the mix for a separate celebrity mix. After seeing Richard Madeley’s all-singing, all-dancing, all-twerking stint in last year’s regular series, we can’t wait to see who they can rope in for the celeb series, and how it all plays out...Watch if you liked: Love Is Blind, Big Brother, Love IslandHuffPost may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.READ MORE: 7 Netflix Hidden Gems That You Won't Believe Have Passed You By From Selling Sunset To Sex Education – These Are Netflix's 10 Best Originals Of 2020 (So Far) 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life
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Scrolling through endless made-for-TV movies and series that should have never have got the green light in search for something decent to get stuck into on Netflix can feel like a never-ending and often fruitless task.But in amongst all of that stuff, there are bona fide hidden gems to be discovered.Just because these shows didn’t make it onto the Most Watched lists doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time of day. On the contrary, recommend these to your mates and they’ll think you’re a Netflix connoisseur. You’re welcome.Rita A subtitled Danish dramedy isn’t the easiest of sells, but bear with me, because you’re about to discover your favourite new show (honest). The titular character (played by the charismatic Mille Dienssen) is a teacher and mum to three grown-up children who plays very much by her own rules – with varying degrees of success. The kids love her at school. Not all of her colleagues respect her (it doesn’t help that she’s rubbing belly buttons with the headmaster), and it’s her personal life where things get really sticky (no pun intended). Over the course of five series we follow Rita as she goes from one disaster to another trying to avoid confronting her “stuff”. It’s all incredibly relatable, extremely funny (who knew Danish and British was so alike?), boundary-pushing and often, very touching. Not only will you be rooting for Rita all the way, you’ll also want to be her mate.Speaking of which, her best friend Hjørdis is an absolute delight – and proved so popular that she got her very own spin-off series. I got through all five series in a week and honestly feel bereft that Rita and co are no longer part of my daily life. Joyous stuff. (Matt Bagwell, Head Of Entertainment)The Midnight Gospel  The best way to describe The Midnight Gospel would be hallucinogens mixed with Rugrats or Rocko’s Modern Life. The visuals and worlds in which main character Clancy Gilroy visits through his “unlicensed multiverse simulator” are really what I would imagine an acid trip to be like.I originally watched it on a whim thinking it would be some cartoon escapism after a long day, and instead I was surprised about the show’s ponderings on life, existence, love, spirituality and more. It’s kind of what I would imagine Rick & Morty might be if they suddenly became introspective and holistic (don’t come at me R&M fans, I just don’t like it). It was only recently that I looked into the writing and production credits and found that the discussions are recordings from co-creator Duncan Trussell’s podcast. Actual interviews from facing death with Anne Lamott, meditation and enlightenment learnt in prison from Damien Echols (one of the ‘West Memphis Three’) and legalisation of drugs with Drew Pinsky – deep intellectual chats wrapped up in an incredible world of cartoon fantasy. (Jayson Mansaray, Video Producer)Special Not only does Special break new ground in terms of representation of disabled people (its lead actor, Ryan O’Connell, also created the show and wrote the whole first series), its attitude to other themes like sex work and body positivity also feel totally fresh. What definitely helps is that it’s also laugh-out-loud funny and beautifully shot – and with each episode clocking in at around 15 minutes, you can fly through the whole thing in an afternoon. (Daniel Welsh, Entertainment Reporter)Dark  Dark is a German sci-fi thriller that finished a three season run this summer. I binged the first season (admittedly, in one night) back in 2017 and loved it but totally forgot about it until the last two seasons popped up on Netflix (a TV binger’s dream!).You think you are going to be watching a crime show but then get thrown right into time travel, alternate universes and the most complicated family tree imaginable.If you can overlook English translation voiceovers and a few questionable special effects, I’d highly recommend this show. It was super engaging and suspenseful with no shortage of plot twists. (Samara Mackereth, Head Of Video)Been So Long Been So Long is exactly what I didn’t know I needed one lazy Sunday afternoon and definitely a hidden gem, perhaps because of its low ratings on the streaming site. But don’t let that, or the fact it’s a “modern musical” put you off. It’s gritty, funny, refreshing and stars the brilliant Michaela Coel (filmed in between Chewing Gum and I May Destroy You) and the talented Arinzé Kene, who you may recognise from Youngers.I do love musicals, so I am biased, but the soundtrack was fresh and uplifting, the story passionate and gripping and the acting fantastic. I mean Michael Coel is in it, come on.Just like people “discovered” Crashing and the first series of Fleabag after the success of its second season, I think it should be time for people to “discover” this film, after the boom of I May Destroy You. (Becky Barnes, Audience Editor)The Apartment  If, like me, you still mourn the loss of Changing Rooms (I still think about that poor woman’s collection of teapots getting smashed at the hands of Linda Barker’s malfunctioning shelving unit regularly), then may I introduce The Apartment?It’s a reality competition series that usually sees amateur designers makeover various rooms in an apartment, which are then judged by a panel that includes Changing Rooms alum Lawrence Llwellyn Bowen.There’s only one series currently available on Netflix, which is a celebrity edition that originally aired back in 2015, but the fact they are not experienced designers – thus creating some truly monstrous rooms – only adds to its addictiveness. Insatiable  Insatiable is a about a teenager called Patty Bladell (Debby Ryan) who has always been bullied for her size, but after shedding the pounds one summer and becoming a pageant queen, she goes back to school seeking revenge on the people who bullied her. The show is such a great watch because it takes the best bits of a comedy, thriller, drama, murder mystery and romance, and packs them all into one show. It really does take you on an emotional rollercoaster because the lead character, Patty, is so unpredictable with her actions. From first look, it seems like a one of those generic high school dramas but when you actually watch it, it definitely doesn’t end up where you expect it to. (Anisah Vasta, Editorial Intern)READ MORE: From Selling Sunset To Sex Education – These Are Netflix's 10 Best Originals Of 2020 (So Far) 21 Films And TV Shows To Stream On Netflix If You Need Some Escapism In Your Life Netflix's Circus Of Books Profiles Conservative Couple Behind Gay Porn Empire
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The show, starring Lamorne Morris, is just too weird to ever feel preachy. Phew.
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Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic TikTok star Addison Rae Easterling has been cast as the lead role in a new, gender-swapped version of 1999 teen romantic comedy She’s All That, called He’s All That. Easterling, with over 60 million followers, is the second most popular TikTok user in the world (after Charli D’Amelio), but He’s All That will mark her film debut. The upcoming reboot is being produced by Miramax, Variety reports, which made the original film over 20 years ago, with R. Lee Fleming (the writer of the original) and producers Jennifer Gibgot and Andrew Panay (who also worked on She’s All That). Mark Waters, best known for directing Mean Girls and Freaky Friday and producing 500 Days of Summer, is set to direct. Like the original She’s All That, the remake... Continue reading…
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Will Smith has shared the first pictures from the upcoming Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reunion special, which appeared to confirm the end of his feud with original cast member Janet Hubert.Janet played aunt Viv in the first three seasons of the hit US sitcom, before Daphne Maxwell Reid took over as the character, amid reports of a fallout with Will. However, he is seen sitting down with Janet to celebrate 30 years since the beloved comedy first aired in the US, as part of the new HBO Max special. Will shared a picture of them enjoying a laugh together on Instagram, as he also posted his a snap of him on the set of the Banks’ family home with co-stars Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), and DJ Jazzy Jeff.  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Sep 10, 2020 at 4:30pm PDTWill wrote: “Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax!“RIP James,” he added in honour of the late James Avery, who played Will’s on-screen uncle Phil Banks and died in 2013.Speaking in 2011, Janet ruled out a reunion with Will, telling TMZ: “He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. “This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”According to HBO, the pair had an “emotional reunion and a candid conversation” in scenes filmed for the special. The special is due to arrive on the HBO Max streaming service in November, but there is no confirmation yet as to whether it will air in the UK.The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996 and saw Will play a fictionalised version of himself who was sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel-Air mansion. READ MORE: Jennifer Aniston Speaks Out After Friends Reunion Special Is Delayed For The Second Time Ant And Dec Tease New SM:TV Special – And It's Already Been Filmed 11 Times The Sequel Was Actually Better Than The Original Film
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Autumn is the only season that guarantees fun (and I challenge anyone to disagree). But the changing of seasons has a different feel to it this year, as many of us have felt our lives in 2020 have been “on hold”. Some felt desensitised to time, but change is good – and the seasons changing is visually one of the best ways for us to feel as if change has happened. It’s healthy for us to recognise that – to know that, despite the weirdness, we’re moving forwards. It’s understandable, though, that you may be mourning a lost year. So if you’re feeling a little wobbly about September being here, you’re not alone. Here’s why you should embrace, not reject, the new season. Related... How To Force A September Reset During This Chaotic Year It’s easier to have a reset in autumn. The habits we pick up as kids are habits many of us keep – and, from the age of five, September symbolised a renewal. It meant back to school; a time to start over and refocus. Many of us still think of September as an opportunity to refresh: we might not be at school, but the mentality stays the same.It needn’t be as much as a change of job or house move – a mental reframing is plenty. One way to think about this is to mentally wind the clock forward to the end of the year, advises life and career coach Chris Cooper. Picture yourself looking back over the last few months (September to December) and ask: in order to feel satisfied with the last part of 2020, what will I need to have done?For some people, this may simply be: “I’m okay with just surviving”. For others, it might mean taking a moment to reflect and consider what they want to do in the next four months. Now, set some goals around achieving that.Take the opportunity to make small changes now and you won’t have to make something up when flocks of relatives ask you what your New Year’s Resolution is. “I made my life change in September,” you can say. Leave them to it, smug in the knowledge that you’re three months into your failed resolutions already.It’s a season with guaranteed fun (let us explain). If January is punctuated by us wondering whether we’ll get any snow, and summer by us hoping we’ll get sun, autumn is the season where we know exactly what we’re going to get: brittle leaves of every colour in warmer shades than spring – and they’re guaranteed.They pile up, tempting us to kick them, returning us to memories of childhood. Look forward to looking up more than you would in any other season, to admire the way the shapes of the trees change without their cloaks, or enjoy the surprise of a few sunny days for one last iconic lockdown picnic. The next time you go for a park walk with a friend who’s feeling like they’ve lost a year to the virus, get them to appreciate the beauty of autumn around them. The crisp air, the leaves, the conkers. You could even try the mindful activity of counting colours on your walk – sure to keep you in the moment.Related... How I Cope: Counting Colours On My Daily Walk Keeps Anxiety At Bay It’s time to get cosy on the sofa, with loads to keep you busy. If summer was the season to talk about holidays (then not actually going for fear of a quarantine), autumn’s the time to ditch the idea of leaving the sofa entirely.A raft of exciting shows and films will be on your screens over the next few months – and it’s time to get excited. There’s the return of Strictly Come Dancing, with its first ever same-sex couple featuring Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, and the new TV drama from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino: We Are Who We Are.Also putting on a show to alleviate the stresses of the pandemic is I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, a new drama by Being John Malkovich creator Charlie Kaufman. There’s the return of Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984, and Tenet, with comedy moments from R-Patz and Kenneth Branagh. Oh, and Bond, James Bond, returns for Daniel Craig’s final outing in No Time To Die this November. Find out more about this autumn’s best releases in Good Vibes Only.September’s all about finding a fresh lease of life – we suggest heading to the woods, looking up at the golden glow and going from there.READ MORE 22 Brilliant Books You'll Be Seeing In Shop Windows This Autumn How To Save Money On Your Bills This Autumn Nicola Adams Will Be Strictly’s First Ever Same-Sex Celeb Pairing As Boxer Confirmed For New Series
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Netflix is planning to expand its viewership and get ahead of its competitors in the race to achieve a monopoly.In order to do so, they have taken a drastic step in streaming their content to the audience without any cost.If not, then you are lucky because you wouldn’t have to pay a single penny for the aforementioned Netflix content.Other films apart from Bird Box that has been made available for free are Jennifer Aniston (Friends star) and Adam Sandler starrer comedy “Murder Mystery,” “The Boss Baby: Back in Business” from DreamWorks Animation and a biographical drama “The Two Popes” ( an academy award nominee starring Hannibal Lecter star Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce).There is a little caveat here.Not the entirety of the show will be available.If you wish to get introduced to the world of Netflix, you may do so easily because the pilot episodes of at least six tv series have been made available for free on the Netflix website.
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Goldblum is famous for his unique and vast project, and his career has taken on the cult status over the years.In the third installment in the Thor franchise, Waititi was responsible for the direction while Goldblum was the Grandmaster.Waititi is famous for his directional skill of the quirky short-lived HBO show tilted Flight of the Conchords.Last year was one of the most significant years of his life, as audiences and critics widely accepted his film Jojo Rabbit which was based on World War II.Waititi also directed the final series of the famous Disney+ show The Mandalorian, which included the notorious Baby Yoda punching scene as well as the voiceover cameo.Taika is a TV and film producer, director, screenplay writer, actor, and comedian.He was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.
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