Humans Series 3 | A superb sci-fi in a real world

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‘Life cannot merely be preserved. It must be lived.’

Following on from the chaotic day in which Mattie Hawkins (Lucy Carless) unleashed the consciousness code on the world, waking all synths with some devastating consequences, series 3 of Humans sees the world recovered, but fragile.

Jumping forward one year, we see Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson), now a synths-right lawyer, taking her place on The Dryden Commission to determine the fate of the UK inhabiting Green-Eyes, with Mia (Gemma Chan) becoming a leading pro-synths activist to prove co-existence is not only possible but also profitable.

Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), having been chosen as leader of the Railyard Synth Compound, does all he can to ensure the safety and future of his brothers and sister, but as terror acts on both sides rise, who can he trust?  Back at home, Continue reading

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A Very English Scandal Review: A Sensational Tragi-Comedy

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Russell T Davies has never been one to shy away from the grandiose and fantastical, two words that you wouldn’t necessarily attribute to the Thrope Affair of the 1970s. But the tale is as farcical as it is prejudiced, and is brought to life by the Davies and Stephen Frears, who saw the comedy in this very unreal true story.

Following the aftermath of a romantic affair between high-brow politician Jeremy Thorpe and young national-insurance-card-lacking stable boy Norman Scott – born Josiffe – A Very English Scandal goes through paid-off policemen, ludicrous hit-men, murdered great Danes, and evidence falling from the sky (or rather an old office) to the absurd trial itself. If this weren’t a true story, it would be hard to believe it.

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The Best Shows I’m Watching on the Small Screen

If you know me at all, then you’ll know how much I love TV. And no, not Netflix (though I’m certainly not impartial to the streaming service). I mean the real, live, “quick stick the kettle on there’s still time to make a cuppa” kind of TV. With the age gap of live viewers widening with every day and every new broadcast, I try as much as possible to watch the shows I love live. So, why not share and spread the love?

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Patrick Melrose (Sky 1)

Being promoted as a passion-project by the Executive Producer stroke leading man Benedict Cumberbatch, it is unsurprising how compelling and sensitive Cumberbatch’s performance as the titular Patrick Melrose is. The show tackles topics such as addiction, abuse, and mental health issues while presenting an occasionally laugh-out-loud satire of the upper echelons of the upper class. 

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Make It Stop | Reviewing Kiss Me First, episode 2

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To join the secret paradise Red Pill, Lelia has to prove to Adrian that she is a worthy member.

Here’s the second post of my new weekly series review of Channel 4’s YA Drama Kiss Me First! My first reactions take over this video, so let’s have a look at Make It Stop, the creepy second episode.

Are you following Kiss Me First? What do you think of this technological drama?
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The City & The City Episode 1 | A Dirty and Different Crime Drama

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The City and The City, BBC’s latest Drama is a wonderfully bizarre show, adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (How I Live Now, Young Pope) from China Miéville’s award-winning series of the same name, that blends the typical police procedural with trippy noir science fiction. The tale is based within the bleak and brutalist Besźel, one of the titular cities, which just happens to share the topographical space with Ul Qoma, the other city, albeit the glossier one. An intriguing sci-fi concept that is a little tricky to get your head around, yet the story itself remains ever poignant. Although it’s perhaps a little hard to see under the blurry and boggling set-up.

After the body of an American exchange student studying in Ul Qoma is found in mysterious circumstances on the border of Besźel Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrisey – The Missing, Julius Caesar) takes on the case with his Watson, Constable Corwi (Mandeep Dhillon – Some Girls) – if Watson were a straight-talking, sweary cop that is. How did this girl end up dead in the grimiest areas of Besźel? How did Continue reading

She Did Something | Reviewing Kiss Me First, episode 1

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When Leila finds Red Pill, a secret paradise hidden on the edges of a virtual reality game, she meets the mysterious Tess.

Here is the first post of my new weekly series review of Channel 4’s YA Drama Kiss Me First, a show I have been extremely excited for! With my first reactions and a short review let’s start with the strong premiere ‘She Did Something’.

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Top 10 BoJack Horseman Episodes

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The time between me being recommended BoJack Horseman, the Netflix Original adult cartoon created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and me finishing the final episode was approximately 7 days.  Evidently, I enjoyed it. A lot. Seeing as I’m a couple of years late to the party, I’m sharing my top 10 episodes!
So, in no particular order…

1. Fish Out of Water S3 Ep4

If Sofia Coppola had dabbled in animation and took her wonderful realism to the surreal places where BoJack Horseman goes, then I would imagine this episode to be the result! Taking the thematic idea of struggling to communicate and making that physical through setting it underwater is simply genius, and sets us up for a wonderful punch line.

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What I’m Looking Forward to in March

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February, as always, was a fantastic month for book, TV, and especially film releases! From Marvel masterpiece Black Panther to outstanding Oscar-worthy movies like The Shape of Water, and some much-awaited TV releases with series 2 of Jamestown and BBC’s star-studded Collateral. March was never going to seem as explosive, however, there are some things that I am very excited for!

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Current Favourites and a Catch Up

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It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote about what’s going on with me at the moment and what things I’ve really been enjoying recently, so that’s exactly what I’m doing now!

Time has flown by so quickly that two weeks ago I finished my A-Levels! On Friday the 7th of July I had my Leaver’s Ball (that’s where I am in the photo on the left) and it was my last chance to say goodbye to so many fantastic people. That major part of my life is (hopefully) now over, and honestly it’s been weird. After my last exam on the 22nd of June I came home and just enjoyed doing nothing except watching TV shows, movies, and playing video games.

Since then I’ve found a number of other things to spend my time on, including writing and some online courses. I didn’t know how I was going to feel when everything was all over but I don’t feel that much different, just a lot less bored. The monotonous life of revision and light TV watching is over, now everyday can be and is different!

Other than that, not much is happening in my life. By the time this post is up I’ll be in Paris with a friend of mine – my first holiday in which the only responsible adult is myself – so you can expect to see some footage of that soon.

Now let’s look at some of my current favourites. I’m talking films and TV, games, and the much loved ‘other’!

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Current Reads

Easter is finally here, after what seems like an awfully long Winter period, but all I can think about are my exams. I can hear families walking their bouncing dogs outside and can see the river glistening, whenever it isn’t raining, and yet I’m just sat inside making notes and doing past papers over and over again. I generally love revision. For me there’s something really satisfying about it; but when you add in the pressure of having to work hard enough to achieve the right grades to get into the university of your dreams you never really become satisfied. My mind goes: “Yes, you finished off your notes and did a Latin translation, but you could’ve done two translations and maybe even started another English essay”.

However, I’ve tried not to let that get in the way of reading. My reading habits always tend to slip when I have exams (or anything that makes me stressed really!) but I’ve been trying to make a conscience effort to keep up with it this time. Of course with a tired brain there’s only so many pages I can flick through before I give up and switch over to the TV or Netflix (my current recommendations definitely being Clique on BBC Three, Line of Duty BBC One, and the new season of iZombie on Netflix!!). So I thought I’d talk a little bit about what books I’m currently reading – however slowly my pace might be!

Let me know what books and and TV shows you’ve been enjoying recently, I always love getting new recommendations!