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Kate Appleton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Appleton

At a time when most of the United (?) Kingdom is getting all excited about the announcement of a General Election in June, I was instead jumping for j...

13 Reasons Why's Suicide Scene Is Hard To Watch - But That's The Point

Jess Austin | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jess Austin

I understand that people are especially worried about the effect the show will have on vulnerable teenagers, but sadly, suicide is so prevalent in our society. As a teenager I, like so many others, had a Tumblr account. And, like so many others, as I was scrolling through endless pictures of cats, glitter and tattoos, I would come across pictures of self harm

Jason Manford Signed Up To Front BBC’s Rival To ‘The Great British Bake Off’

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Entertainment

Jason Manford will soon be swapping the stage for the kitchen after being signed up to front the BBC’s new cooking competition. The stand-up comic i...

I Accidentally Pranked Someone In Witness Protection - It Was Terrifying

Arron Crascall | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Arron Crascall

The social media comedian vlogs on the 'genius' comedian that inspires him, how a joke went horribly wrong when he pranked a woman in witness protection and how he became a YouTube star.

Bullying, Rape, Suicide... Here's Why I Think '13 Reasons Why' Is One Of The Most Authentic High School Drama Series To Date

Adrienne Titley | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Adrienne Titley

Hannah's fictitious death isn't just a catalyst in a storyline, it's a significant reminder that there are substantial repercussions for our actions. You never know how your actions could affect someone, you can never determine someone's breaking point until it's too late.

Stories Of Sadness Are Liberating

Michael Rosen | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Michael Rosen

I've been involved in several books that deal with sadness, one is even called 'The Sad Book'. It dealt with my feelings about my son's death. There is no happy ending. He doesn't come back to life. My first reason for writing it was because I wanted to sort out how I felt. The second was that children were asking me how I felt and I owed it to them to answer them straight. A third reason has emerged as people have started to read the book to each other: it gives people a chance to say what kind of feelings they have, how they've responded to loss or how they are handling feelings of sadness.

Last Night The BBC's Holby City Got It Wrong

Dr Richard Biddle | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Richard Biddle

Last night's viewing was compelling, but sometimes broadcasters need to take a little more care with what they screen. Approximately one in 500 people in the UK already have a stoma and the NHS carries out approximately 6,400 colostomy operations each year. I'll leave you to do the maths, but the chances are that last night's negative portrayal will have been watched by more than one 'interested' party. I'm thinking not just about patients in waiting, but also their families and friends too.

I've Never Met Anyone As Cunning, Deceiving And Remorseless As Josef Fritzl

Mark Perry | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Mark Perry

Can a psychopath of his likes, be held accountable for his horrendous crimes? After dealing with that cold blooded man for so long a time, there´s only one answer for me: Keep him locked up for the rest of his life. And let him suffer like he let his family suffer. Especially as he has never shown any remorse what so ever.

It's Time To Get Richer

Murielle Maupoint | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Murielle Maupoint

The value of just one swanky watch can run an entire HIV clinic in Uganda for a year or the cost of the annual service on a Lamborghini can enable hundreds of children with cancer in rural Sri Lanka to access specialist treatment and save lives...

Guerrilla: A British Black Panther's View By Farrukh Dhondy (One Of The Original British Black Panthers)

Farrukh Dhondy | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farrukh Dhondy

The forthcoming TV series Guerrilla, written in large part and directed by Oscar-winner John Ridley and starring Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Idris Elb...

'13 Reasons Why' Teaches People To Reconsider Their Actions, And That's Okay

Kate Holliday | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

This is not a mystery of a manic pixie dream girl and her story is not meant to be romanticised - this is a story of an imperfect 17-year-old who takes her own life after a series of terrible things happen to her. Her death is violent and bloody and scary to watch, and seeing how it affects those around her is no less haunting. The show is profound and thought-provoking, and it certainly made me consider my previous and future actions towards others.

Scarlett Moffatt Reveals Why She Now Thinks Her 'Gogglebox' Critiques Were Too Harsh

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Entertainment

In her former role as one of the ‘Gogglebox’ gang, Scarlett Moffatt used to dish out some pretty cutting comments about TV’s most famous faces, ...

A Filth Peddler Talks TV

Jacquie Lawrence | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jacquie Lawrence

all women everywhere In today's political climate we need, more than ever, to get our stories out there. We need a forum where we can normalize our lifestyle without fear of erasure or dilution, because if we don't exist on in visual media then how can we promote, propel and prioritise our very existence in real life?

Five Ways To Make Your Maternity Leave The Stuff Of Dreams (Not Nightmares)

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

BBC's drama The Replacement was a disturbing exploration of maternity leave that tapped into the fears of many mothers-to-be but also raised a number of questions around our biases and assumptions that impending and new mothers are not to be trusted and start to unravel the moment the two blue lines appear.

The Mental Health Focus For Some TV Networks Is, Well... Mental

Will Young | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Will Young

The concept for the programme was for me to undergo exposure therapy in 24 hours, which has never been done before. Having studied somatic re-experiencing (the same as exposure therapy in its goal) this in my opinion is the most foolish and dangerous thing I have ever heard! I was effectively going to be used as a guinea pig to see what would happen under such extreme circumstances. Guaranteed drama. Guaranteed "jeopardy' - a word that is the go-to place for any celebrity-based programme to maximise ratings.

The Wonder Of Digital

Jon Mew | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Mew

I've always loved media. It says all the wrong things about me, but big media breakthroughs, driven by technology have been some of the most vivid and exciting moments I can remember.

The Secret Life Of The Zoo Keeper

Rich Fraser | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Rich Fraser

As viewers of Channel 4's The Secret Life of the Zoo TV series will know, Chester's elephant herd are a close knit family. Scientific research has shown that social bonds between individual elephants has a big influence on cohesion in the whole group and consequently the health and wellbeing of the herd.

Why A Daily Satire TV Show Is So Difficult To Get Right

The Conversation UK | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
The Conversation UK

The question now is whether ITV will be brave enough to keep going with this genre, and to let it bed in. I don't think the News at Ten will be back anytime soon. But I think viewers of the channel at that advertising peak time of 10pm will soon be enjoying the return of expensive 90 minute dramas...

The Jump Needs Separate Men And Women's Competitions To Survive

Charlie Lindlar | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Lindlar

In lumping every contestant together in the same tournament, The Jump are not bringing equality for their female skiers - they're taking from them of any chance to win anything of value. So, Channel 4, next year, let's make this show even more exciting. Split the men and women up. Raise the stakes.

Bravo Blind Date For Including LGBT Contestants - Our Cilla Would Be Proud

Matt Horwood | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Matt Horwood

Representation alone might not create a world where all LGBT relationships are accepted as equal, but it's a start. And broadcasters should take not just responsibility, but in fact pride, in helping create positive change for our community.

TV Is Not Dying, Millennials Aren't Switching Off

Rob Hodgkinson | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Rob Hodgkinson

The latest such myth is the death of television. If you have read the tech press even a little over the last decade, you could be forgiven for thinking that the box in the corner of the living room is about to blow up - that booming use of the internet, mobile apps and social services are causing viewers to turn away from TV.

The New Sexy

Emilia Clarke | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emilia Clarke

all women everywhere As I read recently, kindness is sexy, it's good for us, it makes us feel happy and valued. Positive action starts with small individual deeds that accumulate over time and become a movement... a movement toward a more equal society where kindness anchors our feet to the ground while giving us the momentum to keep chipping away together. With my voice, I hope the feminist mind set my family instilled in me becomes the new normal, and boys and girls are raised to know they are equal.

TV Like Broadchurch Can Help Rape Survivors Find Their Voice

Rebecca Hitchen | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Hitchen

For survivors to see their own experiences reflected back to them can be a powerful thing, it can help them recognise that they are not alone in what they have lived through and continue to cope with. These TV shows can help survivors to find ways to speak about their experiences and access support, and can help society realise just how important it is to believe survivors, and to support them and be alongside them. I also hope it will help foster a shift in attitudes where we place the blame and shame on perpetrators, where it belongs.

'Into It' Podcast: BRITs 2017 Special

Into It | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

It's a Brit Awards special in the newest edition of 'Into It', and we had plenty to say about this year's ceremony. As well as checking back on our predictions from last week to see how correct we were, we reflect on Robbie Williams' Brits Icon victory, and suggest ways producers can improve for next year. Plus, diversity was such a hot topic in the lead-up to the Brits, did the show itself really reflect that? Spoiler alert: no, no it did not.

'Dragons' Den' Laughed At Periods - We're Fighting Back

Laura Coryton | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Laura Coryton

Last week, the BBC aired a potentially ground-breaking episode of Dragons' Den when sanitary box provider 'DAME' made their show debut. It was huge. Their appearance was set to prove that there is money to be made in women's hygiene products and that it's OK to talk about periods. That's pretty amazing. Only it wasn't, at all.