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Casting A Female Lead In Doctor Who Sends Out This Message To Young Girls: You Can Be Whoever You Want To Be

Sophie | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie

Jodie Whittaker's casting can be described in three words: this is awesome! We now have another strong and intelligent female role model in the show who could go on to inspire a generation of girls.

Finally, The First Female Doctor Who

Liz Giuffre | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Liz Giuffre

Can a character traditionally imagined by a male actor suddenly be taken on by a female one? What does gender even mean for a creature with two hearts, the power to regenerate and experience traveling through time and space?

Why Is Everyone Watching Love Island And What Do We Really Want From Reality TV?

Helen Westgate | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Helen Westgate

It will be interesting to see whether the success of Love Island heralds a new era in reality TV, with more structure and less focus on any actual reality and more on escapism and fantasy. Perhaps taking viewers back to a time or a place in their lives when all they had to worry about was who they fancied, what to wear by the pool or how long they were going to sunbathe, will prove increasingly popular.

‘Into It': ‘Love Island' Sex, ‘Bake Off' Innuendos And 90s TV Revivals

Into It | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

In the new episode of 'Into It', the HuffPost UK Entertainment podcast, the team is discussing how the latest series of 'Love Island' has approached its more x-rated moments, and whether the popularity of the ITV2 show has changed anyone's opinions of sex on TV.

In Praise Of The Moff: On The Legacy Of Doctor Who's Departing Showrunner

Ivan Phillips | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ivan Phillips

We've known this for some time but the fiery vapours swirling around Peter Capaldi's hands during the recent season finale put paid to any lingering doubts. On Christmas Day, both Capaldi (the Doctor since 2014) and Steven Moffat (showrunner since 2010) will leave the Tardis.

‘Into It': ‘X Factor' Novelties, Kids' TV Future And Kesha's Stunning Comeback

Into It | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

The rumoured proposed changes to 'The X Factor' have got the 'Into It' team talking this week, specifically Simon Cowell's plans to rid the show of novelty acts. Plus, Kesha's triumphant return sparked a discussion about the most effective pop comebacks of recent years, with Rihanna getting the thumbs up from the group (which is more than can be said for Lady Gaga).

Is Reality Television A Legitimate Art Form?

Adam Manuel | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Adam Manuel

Whether you love it or hate it, there's no denying that reality television has a firm grasp over modern culture, perhaps more so than any other art form. In fact, it wouldn't be an overstatement to say it has changed the world... surely that makes it legitimate?

During Filming I Quickly Came To Realise The Severity Of Northern Ireland's Dependence On Prescribed Medication

Adam Patterson | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
Adam Patterson

Addiction is a difficult thing to comprehend and something we, as humans, are all prone to. We lust for life, for pleasure, success, acceptance. It's not an easy picture to accept. Addicts are viewed as abnormal, pushed out to edge of society, their uncontrollable needs are deemed a weakness. We don't have the time or resources to understand the unknown.

‘Into It': EastEnders' Future, Britney's Live Vocals And TV Guilty Pleasures

Into It | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

As former 'EastEnders' boss Sean O'Connor steps down from the show with immediate effect, this week the 'Into It' team is discussing what the soap needs to do to get itself back on track, after a particularly shaky 12 months. Britney Spears' latest comments about her vocals not getting enough credit, they debate whether or not it matters if a popstar sings live in their concerts, and share some of their TV guilty pleasures, following Channel 4's announcement they were announcing 'Host The Week' after just one episode.

Four Reasons Why Love Island Is Successful

Jess Melia | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jess Melia

I'd refrained from watching the programme when it's been on in the past thinking, "Jess, you're better than this. Get back onto Netflix where you're safe, where it's socially acceptable to be". But you know what? I dipped my toe into the proverbial pool and now I'm fully submerged. I've fallen deeper than Kem and Amber (yep; Love Island metaphor there, be prepared for more) and I don't even care.

Those Who Say The Refugee Crisis Is Not Our Problem, Are The Problem

Liam Cunningham | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Liam Cunningham

In total, almost 900,000 South Sudanese refugees are now living in Uganda. Half a million are children. It is, the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. Uganda is far from a wealthy country, yet they have opened up their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing conflict.

With Many Still Drowning, I Made A Short Film About Conquering My Fear The Sea

Ayo Akinwolere | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ayo Akinwolere

I've started documenting my experiences in the water via social media and through creative projects. My dream has always been to change the 'look' of swimming in Britain. To encourage more people of colour to discover the beauty of powering through the water first thing in the morning, of feeling the satisfying ache of your muscles, of combatting your fears and of finding a peace and tranquility unique to swimming. Yet there is still a long way to go.

‘Into It': ‘Love Island' Thrives, Katie Price Sings And Dating Shows Get Even More Bizarre

Into It | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

As 'Love Island' continues to trounce 'Big Brother' in the ratings battle, the 'Into It' team debates what's making the ITV2 show thrive, while 'BB' flounders. Then, as Katie Price's live vocals get a lukewarm response from 'Loose Women' fans, does she deserve such harsh criticism for a pop career she's said many times she's only trying for fun? And are we all getting a bit too precious when it comes to having our favourite TV shows spoiled?

'Thirteen Reasons Why' And The Dangerous Use Of Suicide As A Dramatic Device

Elizabeth Rose | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Elizabeth Rose

Thirteen Reasons Why, with its graphic portrayal of suicide and storyline concerning a dead protagonist given a haunting, vengeful voice from beyond the grave, has sparked an ethical debate: do the benefits of starting conversations about this most difficult of subjects outweigh the risks of inspiring copycat deaths?

Can Soaps Play Their Part In Suicide Prevention? You Bet!

Angela Samata | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Angela Samata

That all changed when I answered a call from the Hollyoaks press office asking me to watch four episodes before they aired. The story line they wanted my opinion on involves main character Scott Drinkwell, played by Ross Adams, a prominent LGBT+ character.

Gogglebox: Why A Show That Should Be The Worst On TV Is Actually The Best

Alex Sinclair Lack | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Alex Sinclair Lack

"Watch people watch TV, you must be kidding", so goes the critique of the unexposed and the uninitiated. They are right to be dubious, in the age of Ex on the Beach, television execs have a lot to answer for. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was my father's reaction when he found me watching a minute-long clip of Bristolian pensioners, Mary and Marina, chewing toffees in (near) silence.

The Fashion Of Twin Peaks: Why David Lynch's Show Is Back In Style

Catherine Spooner | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Spooner

Twin Peaks, David Lynch's iconic TV series, is returning to our screens after it went missing for almost three decades. First broadcast in 1990, the show became a cult classic and is celebrated by fans and TV scholars alike.

‘Into It': Celebs Get Political, ‘BB' Homophobia Scandal And Reality TV Break-Ups

Into It | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

As the whole nation gets swept up in election fever, the 'Into It' team is no exception, and this week they're discussing what happens when the worlds of celebrity and politics collide. Can famous people really make an impact when it comes to matters of politics, or should they stay in their own lanes?

We're Happy There Is A Multiple Sclerosis Storyline In Coronation Street, But It Must Reflect Reality

Dr Rosie Jones | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Dr Rosie Jones

MS mostly effects young people most being diagnosed in the mid-twenties to mid-thirties but MS can be diagnosed in the teenage years and occasionally in children. We hope that this storyline will take account of issues that reflect this young age group and the decisions people need to make because of it.

The Real LGBT Scene: What I Discovered As A Director

Chidi Nobi | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chidi Nobi

With Gay Pride around the corner, pushing awareness around the LGBT scene is incredibly important. Not only is the Hu.mans documentary fitting to all LGBT's, because it does provide one silver lining to David's dire situation, but it also delivers personal experiences in order to open the eyes of young individuals in the LGBT community.

Denise Welch Speaks Out On Potential 'EastEnders' Return

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Entertainment

‘EastEnders’ bosses faced calls to make Denise Welch a full-time cast member after her guest stint last year, but soap fans shouldn’t expect her...

Diversity: The Art Of Thinking Independently Together

Chioma Anyanwu | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chioma Anyanwu

With a plethora of actors voicing their opinions and raising awareness I do believe there are people listening, but with most issues, there are deep rooted and there no quick fixes. For me, it is about asking questions when it came to storylines and vision of a particular project, not being so quick to settle on what is comfortable and familiar and taking action where an action is due.

Give Us Some Real Role Models In Tomorrow's World

Katherine Mathieson | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Katherine Mathieson

My ideal would be to have soap characters enjoying studying science, working as science technicians, or in any of the many science jobs no one knows exist, or better still, showing how science can lead you down any career path.

How The BBC's Line Of Duty Dealt Diversity And Inclusion With A Low Blow

Jessica Huie MBE | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Huie MBE

I'm not suggesting for a moment that all entertainment should be subject to political correctness, as art which does not provoke is not art at all, but given the BBC's own diversity challenge, it seems a little ironic.

The 'I' Factor - Why TV Needs People Like You And Me

Nimesh Joshi | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Nimesh Joshi

First things first, I never thought about 'diversity' growing up. Not once did I think the colour of my skin, my social class, my religion or anything...