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BBC Licence Fee: Supports Commercial Broadcasters, too

Tony Ballard | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Ballard

The Committee suggests that the licence fee should be extended to cover catch-up TV and that some BBC services might be provided on subscription. But beyond this it recommends only "careful thought".

'Immigration Street' Says More About The TV Industry Than It Does About Immigration

Alice Carder | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Alice Carder

As a filmmaker 'Immigration Street' makes me sad because it glaringly captures on camera the fact that our media industry is an 'us and them' scenario. Why weren't any of the filmmakers immigrants? Why was every single crew member I saw white skinned?

The Voice 2015 The Battles Show One

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

The blind auditions are over and the chosen singers will now go head to head against one of their team mates. The victor will progress to the knock out stage. For the loser they either get stolen, (not literally) by another coach or pack up and go home.

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

James Brinsford | Posted 27.02.2015 | 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.

How Madonna Saved The Brits

Sarah Powell | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Powell

No one even seemed to get that drunk anymore. In fact, the most controversial thing to happen last year was Alex Turner dropping a mic and suggesting they invoice him for it. No rebellion ever started or ended with an invoice. But this year, Madonna fell.

Thanks but No Thanks, Katie Hopkins, We Don't Want You as Our Gay Icon

Daniel Welsh | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

Look, as much as it distresses me to draw any kind of attention to Katie Hopkins, and her ongoing quest to lodge herself at the forefront of our consciousness, I'm beginning to notice an alarmingly increasing number of people on my Twitter feed, who should really know better, singing her praises, or hailing her as some class of camp icon.

'Broadchurch': Why Another Instalment Can Banish the Second Series Blues

James Brinsford | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

The 'second album' syndrome was bound to bring a few problems and, as is the case with many follow ups to great debuts, it had some moments of high tension and nail-biting drama that just about wins out over some of the 'filler' moments that appeared (insert second episode here).

The Voice 2015 Blind Auditions Show Seven

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

First up, was toilet roll seller Vanessa Hunt, who started off slowly but very quickly got better and better. I really can't knock her vocal, it was brilliant but at this stage, it just wasn't enough for me to turn. Vanessa ended with Team Rita.

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

Karl Davis | Posted 23.02.2015 | 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.

The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised, Apparently...

Eugene Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eugene Smith

If BBC Three has practically gone, then, what about the replacement channels - the former competitors? The Inbetweeners and Misfits were admittedly immensely popular and of BAFTA-winning quality respectively, but is the mediocre American sitcom-infested E4 really a viable alternative to BBC Three?

Strength in Silence

Katie Hopkins | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

We all held our breath, dug fingers into palms, hoping, urging, and willing his tongue to let him talk. Every last bit of me wanted to leap over, create a distraction and save him from the torture of silence - and make it all better.

Who Killed Lucy Beale? Would We Have Cared if It Was Masood?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Researchers have been telling us for years that homicide is very much a male phenomenon - these crimes are largely male-perpetrated and men are over-represented as victims. Official data bears this out - the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics inform us that 90% of suspects and around 2/3 of victims are male.

TV Shows Are Being Sped Up - Literally - To Fit In More Ads

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Tech

TV is too slow. At least it is if you’re an American cable network, your ratings are declining because Netflix and you think you can squeeze another...

"Kim Kardashian Isn't a Role Model" and Other Such Nonsense

Robyn Harris | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Harris

So what, I beg, is the issue with an incredibly beautiful woman, who happens to be one of the most photographed, talked about, and recognised American icons of the present day, realising and claiming her worth, and capitalising on it in a way that any other corporation would love to have the chance to?

Pancakes Are for Life, Not Just for Shrove Tuesday!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Dates in the national diary that focus unashamedly on food are brilliant, so every February we throw ourselves with great gusto into Pancake Day, the age-old Shrove Tuesday tradition of using up rich ingredients like milk, eggs, and sugar before fasting for Lent.

'The Romanians Are Coming': Gypsy Wrath or Gypsy Froth?

Paul Marshall | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

He admitted that he and other immigrants were taking our jobs, but said that they were shit jobs which no one else wanted. As if to prove his point, he ended up as a road sweeper. With undeniable clarity of thought and logic, he exclaimed that as long as he cleaned the streets, he should be able to sleep on them.

EastEnders Knees-Up in America's South

Larry Jaffee | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

Since it was Valentine's Day, attendees were encouraged to dress up as Albert Square's all-time favourite couple, Kat & Alfie, and many did. But they're were also other characters on hand, such as Dot Cotton, Bianca Jackson and Den Watts, as you can see from the photos.

The Voice 2015 Blind Auditions Show Six

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

It may be Valentines night in the Maynard household but the search for our Team Midas' Voice champion continues. At this stage of the blind auditions the roses need to bloom and really stand out from the thorns.

A Recipe for Love

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

"How did those hearts get in there?", we hear you cry! The seemingly impossible feat is actually quite easy when you know how. Impress that special someone with these sweet treats from Cupcake Jemma or enjoy all to yourself (you can't be sad when you're holding a cupcake)!

'Better Call Saul': Why Isn't Everything This Good?

Max Greenhalgh | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Max Greenhalgh

Keeping tension and drama going for 90 minutes or two hours is hard enough, but over an entire series or even multiple series could be challenging. Of course, I'm being picky, the truth is I loved it. For me the most exciting thing is I feel there is so much more to come and so many more questions to be answered...

As a Trans Woman, You Find That Your Stories Are Rarely Told

Bethany Black | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bethany Black

In the UK there's never been a trans woman playing a trans woman in a recurring role in a TV series. Whenever there is a trans character before they're played by Cisgender women. What was going to happen, how would people react, would I be hated?

BPG Awards 2015: A Sign of the Changing Face of UK Television?

Jake Kanter | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jake Kanter

It's a golden age. A purple patch. A triumph of style and substance. Ring out the cliches, because UK telly drama is the cat's pyjamas right now. You don't need to be Sherlock to recognise the quality of the scripted stuff on our screens last year.

Three Simple Steps to Upgrade Your Relationship!

Jeff Brazier | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Oh how we love to judge! Is it not good to give our love some home truths in the form of some advice or most commonly some harsh criticisms? The majority of anything said from one partner to another would go in one ear and out the other, no matter how much sense it makes to you, it's not their perspective therefore 90% of it goes by the wayside.

The Awesomeness of Lego

Adam Hamdy | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

When the screening started, our three children were so excited, they were flung into the first episode on a tidal wave of expectation. And they weren't disappointed. The show has everything a kid could want; action, intrigue, laughs, robots, magic and ninjas. And, of course, Lego.

Has Broadchurch Finally Found Its Direction?

James Brinsford | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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.