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BRITANNIA | TV REVIEW

BRITANNIA | TV REVIEW

BRITANNIA | TV REVIEW ***** Creators: Jez and Tom Butterworth, James Richardson Starring:  David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Zoe Wanamaker (9 episodes). Britannia, the new show by Sky Atlantic really does get going from the opening moments. This is a 9-part series created by Jez Butterworth, his brother Tom Butterworth, and James Richardson, with the brothers […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

ELECTRIC DREAMS Channel 4 (available on 4OD) Everyone knows Philip K. Dick. Even if you think you don’t, you do.  His haunting dystopian tales have been translated into films and television shows, including Blade Runner, Total Recall and The Man in the High Castle. Quite some pedigree. So it’s perhaps surprising that it’s taken till now […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

1922 Netflix (available on Netflix) 1922 follows Wilfred James (an excellent Thomas Jane) who murders his wife and is dealing with the psychological effects. Though slow-moving at first, the unsettling atmosphere and growing tension forces you to keep watching. With some gory scenes and a couple of jump scares, this is a creepy watch and if […]

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KIMBERLY NIXON | INTERVIEW

KIMBERLY NIXON | INTERVIEW

Ben Newman had a talk with Kimberly Nixon, the Pontypridd-raised actress who took home the 2017 BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress for her extraordinary role in Ordinary Lies. “It’s sunk in a little bit more now. I was very shocked on the night – I know everyone says that, but still” says Kimberley Nixon. […]

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BAFTA CYMRU AWARDS 2017 | REPORT

BAFTA CYMRU AWARDS 2017 | REPORT

BAFTA CYMRU AWARDS 2017 | REPORT SUN 8 OCT As the 26th annual BAFTA Cymru awards that took place in St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 8th October, programmes commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster dominated proceedings, taking home the majority of the awards. The rising Welsh singer Betsy – from a […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

RED OAKS Amazon Studios (available on Amazon Prime) Craig Roberts plays David Myers in this Amazon Original Series. Red Oaks is a coming-of-age comedy set in the 80s; Myers finds himself at a crossroads as all students do at some point. With pressure from his father to go into accounting, stock markets etc. clashing with his […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

  DRUNK HISTORY Comedy Central (available on Now TV) Inspired by the award-winning online series, Drunk History’s forays onto television have been every bit as funny as the original – if just a little bit more tame. Every week, a few guests are interviewed about their favourite historical characters. They’ve also been drinking all day. […]

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THE BROOD CFDC (available on Google Play) In David Cronenberg’s engaging mix of custody drama and body horror, the narrative focuses on estranged couple Frank and Nola, Nola’s continuing therapy, and the murders happening around them. The formal elements are a mixed bag, with an uninteresting everyman protagonist, but intense supporting performances, and sharp, layered […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

THE HANDMAID’S TALE MGM Television (available on All 4) Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale depicts life in a patriarchal, dystopian society. Within the established regime women have no rights, and as such, are required into restrictive, abusive roles. Offred (a wonderful Elizabeth Moss), as a handmaid, is sent to live with the commander […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Lucasfilm Ltd. (available on Google Play) The first of the planned standalone Star Wars films, Rogue One tells the story of how the rebels stole the schematics for the Death Star to allow them to destroy it… and to provide an answer as to why it was built with such a […]