UK Drama

20 Satellite Stations You've Never Watched And Why They're Not Worth Watching Anyway

Paul Marshall | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Not a BAFTA botherer among them, here's what actually lurks behind those seldom, if ever, pressed buttons on the Sky remote control units of the chattering classes. At this juncture, Tarquin and Tabatha may just want to put on (what again?) the Brideshead Revisited box set.

American Black Film Festival: A Conversation with Taraji P Henson

Alice Charles | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

This year's American Black Film Festival was as much about contemporary classics as it was about glam galas. By far the hottest ticket of the event...

Not a Single Clue Is Missing

Ellis Shuman | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

This is a review of a BBC television series so good, so expertly plotted, so professionally edited, and performed by such talented actors and actresse...

The BBC Licence Fee Is Killing Creativity

M.R. Hall | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
M.R. Hall

When was the last time a BBC drama gave you that zinging sense of witnessing something dazzling, wonderful and challenging? Or opened up new areas of consciousness and forged hitherto unmade connections in your brain?

Top Ten Acting Career Survival Tips

Paul Clayton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Here are my top 10 survival tips for those first few years in the real world... and for quite a few years afterwards actually.

Why Everyone Should Include Cucumber, Banana and Tofu in Their TV Diet

James Brinsford | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

Cucumber doesn't hold back on the sex scenes either but this hasn't stopped it reaching the eyes that other programmes haven't been able and this has surprised Vincent Franklin, especially when he is accosted at a railway station.

Forget Who Killed Lucy Beale, Who Killed the British Viewer's Sense of Perspective?

Karl Davis | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Karl Davis

With the greatest of respect, TV fiction is like other fiction types. It is escapism. It suspends the boundaries of reality. That is, after all the only possible reason the writers on Eastenders get away with entire families living in large houses in London, whilst earning no money for themselves.

Has Broadchurch Finally Found Its Direction?

James Brinsford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

The first series of Broadchurch was a revelation and it was no surprise that it scooped up the awards but the twists and turns that it brought were quickly undone in the first episode of the second venture.

Whose Drama Is It Anyway?

Shirley Palmer | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shirley Palmer

As I lay under the chestnut tree with the sun streaming through I noticed how quickly we have fallen into autumn in the UK, the leaves are changing, the sun is not quite so warm and there is a bed of leaves underneath me.

How To Be Successful A Successful Actor: Become A Triple Threat

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

Acting is a hard business. Don't get me wrong, doing the actual job isn't hard, it is a brilliant career, but the industry is a tough one and many actors remain out of work and in poverty. That is why I wrote my book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur.

Northern Flight: A Look Into Liverpool's Empty Nests

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

'Northern Flight' has seldom left my mind since it finished. It provides an emotive exploration of the issues that lie at the heart of the city's identity. Patrick's words to me at the end of our interview have filled my thoughts and followed me through the streets of this beautiful city: "Liverpool is a city that tells you that you can do something, rather than that you can't."

What Does Drama and the Box Set Tell Us About the State of Politics?

Kevin Toolis | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

Is there anything to say in drama about politics when all the drama has been carefully squeezed out of real politics?

Why Admire an Actor?

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Megan Brownrigg

The BAFTAs have just been dished out, leaving a level playing field ready to be mown up and mole-hilled by the favourites of next year. So what makes a good actor?

A Taste Of Honey: Finding Poetry In Poverty

Paul Drury | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

We've always enjoyed regular trips to Hull Truck Theatre, and with a return home organized for Easter weekend I was delighted to read about a new adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's seminal Salford piece A Taste Of Honey.

Labor Day (REVIEW)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

After reading Walter Kirn's superb book and seeing what a hash Reitman made of that, my expectations for Labor Day were low - and I was not disappointed. Here again, Reitman writes and directs; I hope he never repeats the experience, if this is anything to go by.

#SaveBBC3?

Alan Sim | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alan Sim

If the BBC thinks that they can continue to broadcast "TV" shows to the online world they are way behind the curve. They need to be much more gangster with their new approach to making content both long form and short form and look at how the online word is doing it better, bolder and cheaper.

Signifying Nothing

Caragh Little | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It was when I saw the suggestion in a fashion magazine, late last night, that animal print might be a suitable style statement for a trip to the zoo, that I knew the game was up.

16 Things Only Drama Students Will Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

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A Lacklustre Wedding: A Review of Sherlock 'The Sign of Three'

Alex Yeates | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yeates

Where I can appreciate the fact that this episode was meant to be a grand monologue of Sherlock's perspective on conventional ceremony and traditional banalities, it loses substantial credit for it began to just assume that it was ground-breakingly clever.

BAAAAARRRRHUMBUG?

Gina Lyons | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

You feeling Christmassy? You excited for the time off, the overeating, the family fun and the presents? You love this time of year? All the film watching, Roses munching, Baileys drinking fun you can have eh? Well not me.

Drama To Leave You 'Breathless'

Roger Crow | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Paul Unwin may not be a household name, but in TV terms he's a serious mover and shaker as one of the brains behind British TV's longest running medical saga, Casualty. I spoke to the amiable writer, director and photographer about his recent project, ITV's period medical drama Breathless.

We Are Family

Paul Guest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Next week, my new short play, You're So London, opens alongside four others at the Creed Street Theatre in Wolverton just outside Milton Keynes. Produced by Carabosse Theatre, the play features in the Real Ale and Drama Shots pub theatre night.

The Real Problem With Homeland

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

The rather dull and uninvolving third series of Homeland - and let's face it, it's been going downhill since the middle of the first series - is, I think, the result not just of the curse of 'sequelitis' but the impossibility of turning a crisis into a drama.

Shakespeare's Secret Love for Richard III: Elizabethan Textual Politics

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

In the past few weeks, I've been disturbed by online questions I've seen posed about Shakespeare's 1592 play, Richard III. These have ranged from wondering why the playwright was a liar, to a complete rejection of all of his plays by devoted Ricardians

'Soho Cigarette' Film Review: Style Can't Keep This Cigarette Alight

Greg Wetherall | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

Soho Cigarette is Jonathan Fairbairn's debut feature film as writer/director. Shot on a small budget through crowd funded contributions, it follows D - a self-assured young Italian male - in and around the streets of Soho.