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New on Netflix UK and MUBI: May 2015

17 Apr 2015

Serial Mom, Cold Fish, Fast & Furious 6 and Drive all coming to VOD next month

Netflix have added ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters’ skewering of suburban America, Serial Mom. Kathleen Turner is marvellous and mischievous as a mother who turns into one of America’s most wanted when she goes on a killing spree. It’s one of her best…

Interview: Timothy Spall, ‘I turned it down at first, because it frightened me'

17 Apr 2015

Veteran actor talks about new haunted house drama The Enfield Haunting

In 1977 a family was terrorised by poltergeist in a non-descript council house. It was one of the most documented hauntings ever studied in the UK. That these shocking events happened in the middle of suburbia just made them even more terrifying. Now…

Doctor Who film and other TV series we want made into movies

17 Apr 2015

As reports of Doctor Who on the big screen emerge, we dream of a Friends movie and more

Whovians, brace yourselves. According to the Independent, a series of leaked emails between Sony executives reveal that a Doctor Who film is being planned, and will be hitting the silver screen within the next eight years (which is basically nothing in…

McG to direct Mortal Instruments TV adaptation Shadowhunters

15 Apr 2015

Director announced for new television series based on Cassandra Clare's fantasy novels

After the success of The Hunger Games, studios were desperate for yet another young adult fantasy series. Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments novels (the first six book series in a proposed five part opus The Shadow Chronicles) seemed to fit the…

TV review: W1A Series Two, BBC Two

14 Apr 20154 stars

Hugh Bonneville stars in scarily plausible BBC mockumentary

More management doublespeak and pandering to political correctness as Hugh Bonneville returns as the BBC's Head of Values in mockumentary W1A. It’s a faked but scarily believable peek behind closed doors at the Beeb. In fact if you didn't know better…

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Game of Thrones Season Five: meet the new characters

10 Apr 2015

With the new season coming up, we get a head start on memorising some new names

Just when you thought you'd finally got a handle on who everybody was in Game of Thrones, they go and chuck a whole load of new names and faces at you. Before season five kicks off, we thought it wise to try and familiarise ourselves with some of the…

Game of Thrones to be simulcast at cinemas across the UK

9 Apr 2015

Nine cinemas will screen series five, episode one, in line with HBO’s US premiere

Sky Atlantic have teamed up with the Sunday Times and Picturehouse Entertainment to offer nine cinema audiences the opportunity to watch the hotly anticipated first episode of Game of Thrones season five. While Thrones fans across the country go into…

TV review: Mad Men Season 7 Episode 8, Sky Atlantic

9 Apr 20154 stars

Don Draper struggles to hold it together as Mad Men begins its long goodbye

As the first episode of Mad Men’s final hurrah opens, Don Draper appears to be up to his old tricks, albeit with a more distant edge. As he smokes into a paper cup before a woman dressed in little more than a fur coat, the ad exec requests she moves in…

BAFTA TV Award Nominations announced

8 Apr 2015

The Academy has spoken: find out what of 2014's telly is considered award-worthy

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts – BAFTA to the rest of us – today announced the nominations for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, and in doing so handed out the preliminary garlands to the best viewing to be seen on…

Take the Edinburgh Outlander walking tour

8 Apr 2015

You don’t need to travel the length of Scotland to enjoy the Outlander experience

Time travellers, leave your stone circles at home, now you don’t even need to leave Edinburgh to immerse yourself in the world of book and TV series Outlander. Capitalising on the booming demand for all things relating to the adventures of Claire…

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TV review: Jane the Virgin, E4

8 Apr 20153 stars

Golden Globe-winning comedy starring Gina Rodriguez is low on laughs but big on charm

The premise for Jane the Virgin sounds like a spot of clickbait to the right of an article you probably didn’t want to read in the first place: ‘This gorgeous Latina just got herself pregnant: BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS YOU THINK!’ Well, ain’t that the…

David Lynch is out, who else could direct Twin Peaks?

7 Apr 2015

We dip our toes in an alternate universe where someone else directs the new Twin Peaks series

Twin Peaks' 2016 resurrection was thrown into serious doubt, ironically on Easter Sunday, after David Lynch revealed he was walking away from the project. Over a series of tweets, the series' co-creator confirmed fears that had been festering for a…

Game of Thrones plot twists we want to see happen

2 Apr 2015

What we hope George RR Martin will do next, from Ned Stark’s return to Tyrion on the Iron Throne

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and in the case of George RR Martin, the pen is mightier than castle-forged Valyrian steel. Westeros may well be plagued with rogue sellswords, murderous boy kings and half-dead warriors, but let’s be honest…

New Freeview channel Spike TV launches

1 Apr 2015

Breaking Bad among the highlights on new TV channel Spike, launching on Freeview and Sky

Spike TV is coming to the UK. On 15 April Viacom – the network behind MTV, Channel 5, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon – are launching a new channel available via Freeview, FreeSat and Sky. So what have they got in store? The biggest news is that Spike…

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is already in Twitter trouble

31 Mar 2015

Jokes on the social network about women and Jews has made comedian's anointment kinda awkward

The online ink is barely dry celebrating the announcement that senior international correspondent Trevor Noah is to become the next host of The Daily Show, replacing the much loved Jon Stewart, and already Comedy Central bosses might have a bit of an…

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Outlander dinner show comes to Linlithgow

30 Mar 2015

A Taste of Outlander features food, drink and music inspired by the books and TV series

If you haven’t had the chance to familiarise yourself with Outlander, allow us to summarise it for you: handsome red-haired men on horseback, plucky young women looking terribly good in plaid and a load of steamy under-the-kilt action. Based on the…

TV preview: The Vote, More4

26 Mar 2015

James Graham's political drama starring Judi Dench and Mark Gatiss screens live on Election night

In what will arguably be the most unpredictable and exciting general election for a generation, it’s only right that TV chiefs should up the ante for their coverage on the night. But few will be as daring as More4 who will be broadcasting live...

The best Edinburgh Science Festival arts and culture events

26 Mar 2015

From drone orchestras to geek songs, we’ve picked our top tips for this year's science fest

The white coats are let out for the day to hop on their bikes as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival’s Street Science team. Engaging with audiences across the city, the aim is to shake up science, blow off the cobwebs and prove that it’s…

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

25 Mar 2015

CBeebies underwater hit goes live

Any theatre director trying to recreate the look and feel of a TV show has their work cut out. Especially one as well loved as CBeebies favourite, The Octonauts. Add to that the deep sea location and it’s really time to think outside the box. ‘A lot…

The X-Files returns: what have its stars been up to since it last aired?

25 Mar 2015

As the X-Files gets a new season, we find out what's become of its key players

X-Philes rejoice: Mulder and Scully are returning to our screens to investigate yet more unexplained phenomenon, bizarre monster mysteries and other riddles wrapped inside enigmas. Best still your beating, nerdy hearts; it'll likely be 2016 before we…

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Preacher: Joe Gilgun joins the cast of upcoming TV show

25 Mar 2015

Actor set to play Cassidy in the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's comic series

Television's current appetite for horror and comics collides, as Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's supernatural series Preacher takes one step closer to reality. Brit actor Joe Gilgun (Misfits / This is England) is the latest name confirmed for the cast…

The X-Files new season: the best Twitter reactions

25 Mar 2015

The universe reacts to news of Mulder and Scully’s return

The truth is out there friends, and we may very well learn it some time next year, as a new season of The X-Files has been announced. Fox has ordered a new six-episode ‘event series’ which will be helmed by Chris Carter, a writer on the original…

New on Netflix, Amazon and MUBI: April 2015

20 Mar 2015

Spring Breakers, Star Trek, Oblivion, 12 Years a Slave all coming to VOD next month

Enter an eerie seaside town with the late, great Dennis Hopper in 1960s B-movie Night Tide, which is now showing on MUBI. When Navy seaman, Johnny, takes leave from his job he meets a young woman named Mora who claims to be a mermaid.

New and upcoming horror on TV

18 Mar 2015

The Walking Dead, Let the Right One In and many more compete for your viewing (dis)pleasure

TV has never been better if you are a horror fan, now television is crawling with all manner of nasties. The most successful of the current generation of horror TV shows, The Walking Dead season five is just juddering to a close on Fox. While we don't…

TV Highlights – April 2015

17 Mar 2015

Including Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Daredevil, Bates Motel, Louis CK and some bloke called Peter Kay

Bates Motel – Season Three A sort-of prequel to Hitchcock's Psycho with Freddie Highmore as the young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his equally highly strung mother. Wed 1 Apr, 9pm, Universal Peter Kay's Car Share Kay returns as John Redmond…