Ed Cripps
Having worked as a writers’ assistant on Episodes for BBC2 / Showtime, Ed is currently a TV writer and producer. He also reviews films, TV and comedy on his blog Sculpture and Prose and his comedy reviews were nominated for the Scotsman's Allen Wright Award for the Best Young Reviewer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010.

Entries by Ed Cripps

'The Comeback': The Most Underrated Comedy of Modern Times

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2015 | (13:50)

"Did we force ourselves on you, or you on us?"

(Goethe, Faust: Part One)

The best television about television is the saddest. Larry Sanders is the Great American Sitcom, a sourly unimpeachable Moby Dick of shaded, disconsolate shits. The closest British equivalent, Alan Partridge, gets even better...

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'Mistaken for Strangers': The National of Music Documentaries

(0) Comments | Posted 29 June 2014 | (11:43)


"What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?"

(The National, 'Runaway')

The National are the most rigorous, literary and intensely elegant of contemporary American bands, a seething equipoise of baritone potency, earnest oddness and dark, drifting lyricism. They...

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The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (11:15)

"I know thee, though thou art all filthy."

(Dante's Inferno, Canto VIII)

Before last Saturday, the only stag do I'd been on was my own father's. It was a sleepy, pints-and-darts affair in a pub, though there was a moment where Dad's four...

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'Locke', Godot and the Mystery of Modesty

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (14:10)


Since you ask, my favourite film of the year so far is Locke. It's Tom Hardy on the phone in a car on the M6 for ninety minutes, but it's a writer's delight, a freshwater spring of restrained eloquence,...

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A Brief History of the Mockumentary and Six Gems You Might Not Know

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (21:42)

Earlier in the week BBC Two aired W1A, a spin-off to gentle Olympifarce Twenty Twelve. A mockumentary about the BBC made by the BBC, it's too early to say if a satire whose hunter and quarry live in the same stable is ingenious or misguided. Instead,...

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': Wes Anderson's Masterpiece?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 March 2014 | (23:00)

I love Wes Anderson: the neo-Nouvelle Vague swagger, the precocious children, the middle-age ennui, the arch dialogue, the symmetrical compositions, the full-box-of-paints palette, the literary scaffolding of chapters and narrators. He also only seems to get better with age. Like his namesake Paul Thomas, the disquieting yin of...

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Liam Williams: The Philip Larkin of British Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (18:41)


Liam Williams is the most soulful, daring, intellectually unabashed young comedian in the country. His Foster's-nominated debut hour, which plays at the Soho Theatre this week, is comedy-as-poetry, his very own 'Love Song of J....

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Alexander Payne's Nebraska: The Manhattan of the Midwest

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (18:27)


Alexander Payne (along with Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson and Todd Haynes) is one of the few American directors still able to make sophisticated, distinctive, independent-minded films. Payne harks back to a more intelligent, artistically...

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Ricky Gervais and 'Derek': A Defence

(15) Comments | Posted 10 November 2013 | (23:00)


The Office is one of the great artistic works of the 21st Century. It was the Waiting for Godot of television comedy, a radical reinvention of the genre that will probably never be equalled. Weighted with a deadpan poeticism somewhere between...

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Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition': Architecture, Sex and Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (23:39)


Of this current golden age of female British directors (Andrea Arnold, Clio Barnard, Lynne Ramsay, Lucy Walker and Sophie Fiennes, to name a few), Joanna Hogg is the Terrence...

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'The Larry Sanders Show': The 'Breaking Bad' of Sitcoms

(1) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (00:00)


The week that Breaking Bad finishes, it seems fitting (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to reappraise a show as revolutionary, allegorical and morally nebulous in a different genre. The...

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'Southcliffe': The 'Hamlet' Of British Television

(6) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (08:58)


It is rare to watch a TV show in 2013 and realise, within about 15 minutes, that it might be one of the best British dramas of all time. But Channel 4's Southcliffe, which finished on Sunday, is something...

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'Stoner' the Literary Rediscovery of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (19:57)


I sometimes think authors are like chefs. Virtuoso willy-wavers like Updike, Bellow and Martin Amis, linguistic pyrotechnicians who pack their descriptions with incongruities and lyricism and look-at-me flights of cleverness, are brothers-in-arms to Heston...

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'Dates': The Silhouette Of Something Great

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2013 | (14:37)


I saw rather a funny piece of graffiti on the Tube a couple of years ago. On an advert for a dating website, there was a picture of a lady in a red dress saying: "When he texted me before...

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