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After 50 series, Have I Got News For You still only manages 25% of women guests

Have I Got News For You recently finished it’s landmark 50th series, and I’ve updated my spreadsheet on the gender balance of guests to include it. The good news is that the show has continued with the BBC’s policy of having at least…

West Wing worship is damaging for British politics

Labour Uncut is always a good place to go to for outlandish claims that bear no relationship to reality, and the opening of this piece is no exception: Probably the greatest hour in modern television history is the magisterial finale of the second…

If the BBC’s adapting His Dark Materials, can we have Russell T Davies writing it?

There was good news from the BBC yesterday with an announcement that they’ve commissioned a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials for BBC One. It’s not the first time it’s been adapted to the screen but the film adaptation spluttered at…

Film/TV Review: Parallels

I’ve long been a sucker for historical what-ifs and tales of alternate worlds where history went differently, so I was very happy to discover Parallels on Netflix the other day (other ways of watching it may be available). It’s billed as a film,…

Updating the Have I Got News For You gender bias spreadsheet is still a depressing task

Since I first started doing my breakdown of HIGNFY guests by gender a few years ago, it’s always been a quite depressing experience. Sure, there are occasional chinks of light – the BBC stopping all-male panels, and the first show for 17 years…

Question Time needs a wider variety of panellists

Because I’m a masochist, I watched Question Time last night, where one of the panellists was a representative of the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Contrary to the image they present, the TPA isn’t a membership-based grassroots organisation, but a privately funded lobbying group that doesn’t…

The Man In The High Castle gets a full series

Some good news to report: Amazon TV’s pilot of The Man In The High Castle has been commissioned for a full series. It’s rather unsurprising news, as reviews for the pilot were almost universally positive, but still good to hear. I reviewed the…

Not Watching This Weekend: Find Me A Writer!

The Pitch: There’s been a lot of complaint that TV mainstream doesn’t have much, if any, programming about books (rather than just being based on them). This show aims to change that by finding Britain’s Next Top Writer in a primetime show. Having…

Not watching this weekend: Deus Ex Social Machina

The Pitch: This Black Mirror episode is told through the story of four friends, all of them eager modern types who are regular users of social media, obviously. One of them discovers a mysterious and anonymous account that is sending messages to celebrities,…

Review: The Man In The High Castle (Amazon TV)

Looking back over my previous posts, I see I’ve been waiting for an adaptation of The Man In The High Castle for over four years. It was first announced as being adapted by Ridley Scott for the BBC in 2010, but after disappearing…

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