Hilary Wardle
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Hilary is a freelance journalist specialising in entertainment and technology. Over the years, she's worked as a bungee trampoline instructor (don't ask), a volunteering manager and a sandwich maker for the cast of Coronation Street, though not at the same time. She currently writes for MSN UK, Buzzfeed and a wide variety of other sites and publications.

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How New 'Crowdspeaking' Site Thunderclap Is Revolutionising Online Awareness Raising

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (16:54)

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Crowdfunding is a fairly well known term these days. Using sites like Kickstarter to ask for donations towards a creative project is a fairly standard way to get some start up cash. But what happens when you've finished the project? How...

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Dragon Planes and Doritos: Is Co-Branding as Crazy as It Sounds?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (19:47)

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Co-branding might sound like the kind of phrase that's thrown around by humourless, suited marketing types in jargon-filled meetings (usually accompanied by at least three references to 'blue sky thinking') but in reality co-branding is all around us and has been for some...

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Review: Heading Out (BBC2)

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2013 | (12:51)

The main problem with Sue Perkins is that she's Sue Perkins.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mean that in a bad way. It's just that she first hit our screens in the early 1990′s and has been all over our collective tellyboxes ever since.

In fact since she...

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Five Careers Liz Lemon Could Try Next

(1) Comments | Posted 4 February 2013 | (13:04)

(Warning: contains spoilers) Long running comedy series 30 Rock came to an emotional end last week in a finale that saw cheerfully insane sketch show TGS finally succumb to cancellation.

Thankfully, harassed head writer Liz Lemon wasn't left unemployed: she went on to take a job producing Grizz's new...

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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: More Soothing Than a Bath in Buttercream Icing

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (17:20)

There's nothing more relaxing than baking... but only if it goes to plan. I once managed to make a pizza base that was so yeasty, lively and glutinous that it tried to eat the wooden spoon I mixed it with. It subsequently moved out to forge a career as a...

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Doctor Who: The Snowmen

(2) Comments | Posted 31 December 2012 | (15:50)

There are few tales as heart-warmingly, iconically festive as the traditional story of a lonely young boy who builds a snowman in his back garden, only for it to come to life and lead him on an exciting adventure... to destroy humanity.

Um...*checks copy of Raymond Briggs' children's classic*. Hang...

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Is Series Eight of Peep Show the Best Ever?

(3) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (23:00)

Any comedy lumbering into its eighth series usually faces accusations of becoming stale and tired, but Peep Show doesn't have to worry about that: it's barely managed to rustle up a single negative review since it initially aired way back in 2003.

So with several years of comedy success behind...

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Fresh Meat: The Best Comedy Series on TV

(3) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (23:00)

I still miss being a student, to the extent that I constantly pray all my friends get divorced, lose their jobs and have to move in with me so we can finally crack on with the Thundercats box set we didn't manage to finish before we graduated.

That's probably why...

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Why The Thick Of It Is the Most Important Programme on TV

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2012 | (16:19)

The fantastic and long awaited fourth series of The Thick Of It has seen hawk-faced media strategist Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) swap the glossy corridors of the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship for the gloomy back rooms of the shadow cabinet.

The series started with omni-shambolic Nicola Murray promoted...

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Doctor Who Series 7, Episode 2: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2012 | (14:08)

They say the creators of the film Snakes on a Plane started with the title and worked backwards. I know, that's a surprise, right? It's so good, you'd think they spent ages brainstorming which kinds of animals would feature:

"Whelks on a Plane?"
"No Brian, that won't do at...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 7: Tantastic

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2012 | (17:46)

Apparently asking your manager if they have a strategy is a fireable offence, while being a complete chaotic mess is heartily encouraged.

That's the message we took away from Wednesday's episode of the Apprentice, anyway.

Poor Azhar. If only he'd blithely followed Jade's lead instead of questioning her: he'd...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 6: Great Balls of Ire

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (14:57)

In previous series of the Apprentice at least one of the weekly tasks was carried out in a foreign country. However, with the recession biting - and the Eurostar costing marginally more than East Coast Trains - the Beeb decided to move the potential for an international incident closer to...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 5: Unfit for Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted 19 April 2012 | (17:27)

What's sweaty, has up to 40 legs and looks like an agitated chimpanzee?

A group of people taking part in an Apprentice-invented fitness class.

As tasks go, forcing this group of self-styled 'business brains' to come up with gym session ideas was a bit unfair. After all, these are people...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 4: Only Fools and Gift Horses

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2012 | (15:18)

What have Del Boy and the Apprentice candidates got in common?

Well, nothing, as it happens: because whereas Del Boy could have made a fortune selling broken tat to idiots, his Apprentice counterparts couldn't sell half price cracked ice and miles and miles of carpet tiles if their lives...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 3: Outsauced

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2012 | (00:00)

Where would we be without table sauce? We've been using it for thousands of years: the Romans even made one from pickled, rotten fish guts that makes Marmite look positively palatable in comparison.

However, from the panicked behaviour of the candidates throughout this week's condiment-making task you'd have been...

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The Apprentice Series 8, Episode 2: Bathtime Blues for Team Sterling

(4) Comments | Posted 29 March 2012 | (12:25)

This week, the Apprentice candidates had to design a 'useful' household product then pitch it to well known retailers Lakeland and Amazon.

It sounds so simple, doesn't it? But bear in mind that these are people who couldn't find their rear ends with both hands, a sat nav and a...

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The Voice UK: A Class Act

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2012 | (11:57)

Picture the scene: it's the first ever episode of X Factor.

The lights dim. Spotlights pick out Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne. Suddenly, music starts playing and they launch into a pitch perfect and skilfully choreographed rendition of 'I Gotta Feeling' by the Black Eyed Peas. Sharon does...

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The Apprentice Series 8 - Episode 1 Recap

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2012 | (12:20)

The Apprentice returned to our screens last night, and as usual the first thing out of the collective mouths of the candidates were odd metaphors: usually about animals.

Purple bloused Maria started the trend with her claim that she was 'literally' going to roar her way to the top. Because...

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The Apprentice Winners - What Did They Do Next?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2012 | (23:00)

Last week, Lord Sugar unveiled 16 contestants hoping to become his new Apprentice. The series returns to BBC1 today.

If they complete all the weekly tasks successfully they'll get the chance to work with the grizzled business magnate. However, if you've been keeping track, you'll know that whoever...

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