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TV REVIEW: Dear White People – Volume 1

Set at a fictional Ivy League college called Winchester, Dear White People, takes the film of the same name and turns it into a series exploring the lives of a handful of its Black and Biracial students.

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TV REVIEW: Normal People – Limited Series

Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) are in the same class but they live in different worlds. Marianne’s home life is one of privilege and in school she is seen as an odd ball, know it all snob. Connell’s mother cleans Marianne’s house and Connell is part of the popular in-crowd. What they do have in common is an undeniable attraction to each other. They begin a relationship that Connell wants to keep secret, which kicks off a cycle of them appearing in and out of each others’ lives as they attempt to leave their hometown of Sligo and grow up.

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TV REVIEW: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich – Limited Series

By now we have all heard of Jeffrey Epstein, a man who sprung to notoriety when the victims of his predatory behaviour began to speak out and implicate several extremely well known men. His highest profile associate being Prince Andrew, a member of the British royal family. Following his arrest he appeared to commit suicide, taking a wealth of disturbing information to the grave. Recently his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested by the FBI for her part in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, the question stands now as to how long before she is silenced.

This documentary looks into Epstein and his victims.

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TV REVIEW: Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files

As some of you might know, 22 June is Windrush Day, named after the famous Empire Windrush ship that docked in Britain carrying several hundred Caribbean workers. These workers were invited from British Commonwealth countries which were former British colonies to come to the “motherland” and help rebuild the country following World War II. In this documentary, historian, David Olusoga examines how the Windrush arrivals were received and the devastating immigration policies that impacted them and their children.

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TV REVIEW: Gangs of London – Season 1

Finn Wallace (Colm Meany), the head of the consortium of gangs that runs London, has been murdered and the question on everyone’s lips is who killed him and why?

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TV REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows – Season 2

I was a huge fan of the first series of What We Do in the Shadows, which is a spin off of the film of the same name so I was super excited to see what the next season would bring. New Jersey vampire housemates Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetrio) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) are back for their mockumentry series along with their long suffering familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén).

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TV REVIEW: Pure – Season 1

Every now and then I accidentally stumble upon a Netflix series that I have never heard of and the premise is so intriguing I can’t resist trying out an episode… and then end up bingeing the entire season. Pure was one of these.

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TV REVIEW: Star Trek: Picard – Season 1

Mr O is a huge Star Trek fan. He grew up in a very science fiction focused household where he watched Star Trek in all its forms with Mr O Senior. His party trick is being able to name any Next Generation episode within three seconds of it starting. I grew up in a much less science fiction interested household but I had seen bits and pieces of various Star Trek seasons over the years. When Mr O and I moved in together we cycled through the entire Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine back catalogues as well as all the films. I am sure it’s no surprise that we were both quite excited to watch Amazon Prime’s Original Series, featuring one of Star Trek’s most famous characters, Jean-Luc Picard.

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TV REVIEW: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

We’ve all heard the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction” but never has this been more apt than in the world of Netflix’s latest true crime documentary Tiger King.

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TV REVIEW: Anne with an E – Season 1

Growing up I was a huge fan of L.M. Montgomery’s series of books about Anne of Green Gables. I read the whole series as well as all the follow up books. They were absolute childhood favourites of mine. Recently I discovered that Netflix had made a TV series about Anne’s adventures. I was extremely sceptical because the books were so perfect but I decided to give it a go anyway.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 6

Season 6 of Girls sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) take on a whole new challenge when she unexpectedly falls pregnant during a one night stand. Her decision to keep the baby and who she tells becomes one of the core issues driving the narrative throughout the season.

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TV REVIEW: AJ and the Queen – Season 1

Ruby Red/Robert Lee (RuPaul Charles) is a legendary New York drag performer who has been saving his entire life to open his own club. On the eve of signing the lease to his club, Robert discovers that his boyfriend of five months, Damien (Josh Segarra) has stolen all his money and vanished.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 5

Season 5 of Girls opens will Marnie’s (Allison Williams) extremely ill-advised wedding to Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Despite the fact that all Marnie’s friends are very aware that she is making a terrible mistake no one has the actual guts or love for her to actually tell her, which pretty much sums up everyone in Girls.

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TV REVIEW: TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 3

Season three of Girls sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) try to bring their outside lives into the relationship with mostly disastrous consequences. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) leaves rehab anything but rehabilitated. Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) starts to wonder about what life will bring after she graduates. And Marnie (Allison Williams) attempts to embark on a music career.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 1

Girls follows the trials and tribulations of four twenty-something friends as they try to survive life in New York. Hannah (Lena Dunham) is a neurotic, aspiring writer who overthinks every element of her life. Marnie (Allison Williams) is Hannah’s best friend and roommate who spends all her energy trying to curate her perfect life. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a long time friend of Hannah’s who has recently returned from her travels or rehab… or both. And Soshanna (Zosia Mamet) is Jessa’s naive, virginal cousin.

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TV REVIEW: Doctor Foster – Season 2

It’s been two years since Doctor Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) “won” the war against her cheating ex, Simon (Bertie Carvel) and sent him slinking off to London with his mistress. She got the car, the house, their son, Tom (Tom Taylor) and all their friends and is living a pretty peaceful life. That is until a red envelope slides through the door. It’s an invitation for Tom to attend a party celebrating Simon’s marriage to Kate (Jodie Cormer). Simon has bought a massive house in Parminster and he’s back with his new family and a new business.

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TV REVIEW: You – Season 2

Following the reappearance of Candace (Ambyr Childers) and her promise to get revenge, Joe (Penn Badgley) has no choice but to leave New York and start again. He heads off to Los Angeles, which he imagines is the last place anyone would look, as it’s literally his worst nightmare.

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TV REVIEW: The Witcher – Season 1

Witcher, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) travels The Continent as a monster hunter for hire, reviled by the very people he works for. On finding himself in the court of Queen Calanthe of Cintra he is unexpectedly granted the “law of surprise” meaning that he will become responsible for a child not yet born.

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TV REVIEW: Shrill – Season 1

Overweight Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant) is an aspiring journalist who works at a Buzzfeed-style online journal owned and managed by, Gabe Parrish (John Cameron Mitchell). She lives with her best friend, lesbian Fran (Lolly Adefope) and spends too much of her time sneaking out of the back of her sort of boyfriend, Ryan’s (Luka Jones) house.

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TV REVIEW: The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance – Season 1

It wasn’t until fairly recently that I watched the original Dark Crystal movie and fell a bit in love with it. It made me both excited and apprehensive for the Netflix prequel series. Would it stay true to the original in all its mad, puppet glory? Would the story be as touching and engaging? Would it be as immersive? The film is so special so the series had a very big shoes to fill.

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