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Eurovision: the Twitter accounts you should be following

21 May 2015

The social media lubricants any self-respecting Eurovision viewing party demands

Eurovision. It comes round faster every year. Before you know it, the General Election has been and gone and it’s time to exercise your real democratic right. You know, the important one. Whether you’re planning to drink your way through it, watch…

New on Netflix UK: June 2015

19 May 2015

Orange is the New Black season 3, Sense8 and Obvious Child make up the June highlights on Netflix

Look out for season three of female prison drama Orange is the New Black premiering on Netflix on June 12th. We see the return of Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex and find out whether Vee really is dead on the side of the road. Another Netflix original…

New to Amazon Prime UK and MUBI: June 2015

19 May 2015

Bonkbuster Fifty Shades of Grey and controversial North Korea comedy The Interview lead June lineup

Satirical comedy The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen comes to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June. It caused North Korea to issue an official statement against the USA with President Obama stepping in to support its release. If you’re a…

Best Eurovision games to play when the big night arrives

19 May 2015

Everything you need to celebrate Europe’s sparkliest event, from a drinking game to bingo

Music fans (we use that term loosely) be prepared: the big day is almost upon us. Participating countries have selected their representatives, Graham Norton is primed and ready for some right-on-the-line commentating, and roughly a metric tonne of…

Twin Peaks: a totally comprehensive potted history

19 May 2015

The peaks and troughs of the cult TV show's complicated history

It's been a turbulent time for Twin Peaks fans. However, after six weeks of negotiations, David Lynch is back on board for the new series, written by himself and original co-creator Mark Frost. But it's never been plain sailing for the cult TV show.

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Best new TV: June 2015

14 May 2015

All the latest TV premieres, including: Sense8, Hannibal, Orange is the New Black and True Detective

The Wachowskis (The Matrix) head to TV with this mind bending sci-fi as eight strangers in eight cities find themselves telepathically linked so they can share each other's knowledge and skills. Cast includes Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah and Tuppence…

The Muppets return to TV, trailer released

13 May 2015

25 years after the death of Jim Henson, ABC picks up 'The Muppets' as a series

In a year that's seen dozens of TV series abruptly cancelled, the US network ABC, home of Modern Family and Nashville and an organisation so confident that it hires a comedian to poke fun at itself at marketing events, has announced that this autumn…

2015 Bafta TV award winners announced

11 May 2015

In a good year for homegrown TV, no one show dominated

The 2015 Bafta TV Awards were handed out on Sun 10 May, and given the sheer number of different shows that took home gongs, nobody can say that viewers in 2014 didn't have a choice. The television awards came in the wake of the Bafta TV Craft Awards…

TV review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, BBC One

8 May 20154 stars

Lavish adaptation of Susanna Clarke's fantasy novel, starring Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel

Susanna Clarke's epic fantasy novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, gets the full weight of the BBC's period drama department behind it for a new seven part series. It brings to life a Georgian Britain where magic exists; yet it hasn't been performed…

First trailer and images from new Netflix series Sense8

7 May 2015

Matrix creators The Wachowskis apply their action-infused, sci-fi imagination to Netflix

Hold onto your sense of reality, the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Speedracer, Cloud Atlas) are bringing their unique, creative talent to TV for the first time, teaming up with writer J Michael Straczynski (World War Z) with the latest Netflix…

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Fox cancels The Mindy Project after three series

7 May 2015

Hulu in talks to pick up The Mindy Project after the show is cancelled by Fox

Only three series into The Mindy Project – Fox's show about everyone's favourite New York OB-GYN – low viewing figures have led to its cancellation. While the show was never a ratings leader, it gained a cult following, most notably on social media…

TV review: Episodes, series 4, BBC Two

5 May 20153 stars

Reliable laughs and behind the scenes comedy from Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig

After Friends ended, everyone was banking on Matt LeBlanc being the big break out sitcom star. Then Joey tanked. For the next five years, nothing – until BBC / Showtime co-production Episodes came along and his post-Friends failure became integral to…

TV review: Wayward Pines, Fox

5 May 20153 stars

Matt Dillon investigates strange goings on in surreal thriller Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines is a difficult show to discuss without delving into serious spoiler territory. In fact, you won’t really know what sort of series — or genre — you’re watching until the fifth episode. What can be revealed, though, is that it is a…

Interview: Tom Davis ‘There's a bit in Louis Smith's one where I couldn't hold it together'

1 May 2015

Actor discusses his first lead role in improvised comedy crime thriller Murder in Successville

Tom Davis is fast becoming a familiar onscreen presence. The hulking henchman Davus in Plebs, he's also Felix, Cockroaches' transvestite apocalypse survivor and the burly, bare-knuckle boxing Khloe in Keith Lemon's Big Fat Gypsy Kardashians. Appearing…

Netflix announces TV series of Green Eggs and Ham

30 Apr 2015

Ellen DeGeneres to executive produce adaptation of Dr Seuss's children's classic

Netflix, in collaboration with Warner Bros TV Group and the estate of children's author Dr Seuss, has announced an animated TV series based on Seuss's classic tale about the value of trying unfamiliar food, Green Eggs and Ham. The executive producer…

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Watch trailer for Netflix's Nina Simone documentary

29 Apr 2015

Sundance doc What Happened, Miss Simone? to premiere in 26 June

The hits keep coming from Netflix as the online distribution site continues to expand its empire into the realm of production. As well as critically acclaimed original TV series (House of Cards, Daredevil), Netflix has been buying and investing in…

Season 5 of Homeland heads to Germany

28 Apr 2015

The fifth season of the espionage thriller starring Claire Danes will be set in Berlin

Executive producer Alex Gansa has confirmed that the fifth season of Homeland will be the first American series to be filmed entirely in Germany. Jumping two years forward in time after the mess that saw Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her team…

TV review: Empire, E4

23 Apr 20152 stars

Fears of a bland planet prove justified with this rap ‘drama’

If a drama about the hip-hop world had been made in the 1980s, it sure as heck wouldn’t have looked, sounded or felt anything like Empire. This, be assured, is not a good thing. You know when an audience is being talked down to when Empire rushes to…

TV review: Broad City, Comedy Central

23 Apr 20154 stars

A darkly pleasing sitcom about two hapless NYC pals

Two women in their 20s trying to get on an even keel in New York City with love lives and finances on the floor? It might sound more than a little like 2 Broke Girls, but Broad City is about as close to that show as Porridge was to Prisoner Cell Block…

Daredevil season two confirmed

22 Apr 2015

Marvel's superhero series will return to Netflix in 2016

Given the critical and fan response to Netflix's first collaboration with Marvel on Daredevil, it should come as no surprise that the superhero series will be back for a second season. Charlie Cox will return as our eponymous blind vigilante with…

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TV review: The Enfield Haunting, Sky Living

21 Apr 20154 stars

Matthew McFadyen and Timothy Spall investigate paranormal activity in 1970s London

Far too many horror movies and TV shows claim to be 'based on real events'. However, The Enfield Haunting has more entitlement to this boast than most. This three-part drama is based on Guy Playfair's book, This House is Haunted, cataloguing his…

TV review: The Game, BBC Two

21 Apr 20153 stars

The spying game gets played for stifled laughs in this new drama with Brian Cox

There seems to be a long-term unwritten rule that spy dramas (whether on page or screen) are mind-squeezingly complicated beasts. Keeping track of the intricate manoeuvring of plots and motivations of every single character is usually about as…

TV Highlights – May 2015

20 Apr 2015

Including Wayward Pines, Penny Dreadful, American Dad, The Enfield Haunting and Grace and Frankie

Anzac Girls, Wold War I drama following Aussie and New Zealand nurses in the trenches.

Was Outlander's UK release delayed because of the Independence Referendum?

20 Apr 2015

Leaked email describes meeting between David Cameron and Sony over the importance of Outlander

According to correspondence leaked in last year's big Sony email hack, David Cameron met with Sony representatives regarding the company's potential investment in the UK. An email from Sony executive vice president Keith Weaver to other Sony…

TV review: Peter Kay's Car Share, BBC One

20 Apr 20153 stars

Northern wag’s new project is like The Royle Family in a motor

After a few episodes of his new comedy vehicle, the everyman appeal of Peter Kay will remain something of a mystery to those who have never quite got on board with the bitter and garlic bread-pushing Lancashire funnyman. Four writers are in tow for…