They speak the same language, but they do it with upward inflections, the sun is always shining, and the families are ones you actually wouldn't mind being a member of. When was the last time you could say that about one of the UK's on-screen families, eh?
When the Awards are handed out today in London, it is the stars and makers of 'The Night Manager' who will be stepping up on stage to take home their gong. Was it Tom Hiddleston's bottom what won it? Well, very possibly, but also the fact that its glamorous settings, charismatic villains and an enigmatic hero competed with anything the cinema has to offer...
It would be no surprise if, over the coming weeks, that the words 'unmissable' and 'essential viewing' are mentioned in most reviews that are written and that the ITV drama wins big when awards season comes again.
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In the latest episode of 'Into It', we're still recovering from the shock news Lee Ryan is joining the cast of 'EastEnders'. With the news splitting fans right down the middle, we ask whether stunt casting is ever a good idea in soapland. We're also getting our teeth into Katy Perry's new brand of 'purposeful pop', as well as putting our money where our (big) mouths are, as we predict who will triumph at next week's Brit Awards.
More heavyweight than the Soap Awards and less stuffy than the BAFTAs, the National Television Awards is always an entertaining night (if not always for the right reasons - I'm looking at you, Judy Finnigan).
Even the most ardent of fans will admit 2016 wasn't exactly a vintage year for 'Easties', with both 'Emmerdale' and 'Coronation Street' outshining it in terms of ratings and quality of stories. But while next week's actioned-packed episodes will give the show a boost in the short term, there's some much larger problems that need fixing if it is to regain its rightful crown as the nation's favourite soap.
I've always thought of 'The Voice UK' as the runt of the reality family (yes, I even found 'Dancing On Ice' marginally more entertaining). Its desperation to be taken seriously, coupled with its holier-than-thou approach to the talent show format, made it a complete turn off for me. But come Saturday night, I decided to give it a chance, mainly to see if it had finally shed its nicey-nicey BBC image.
I don't want you to feel bad or ashamed or anything like that. This isn't even really about you, or Jeremy Clarkson, or ice cream, or gay people, or 'The Grand Tour'. This is about recognising that your words -- and all of our words - have weight and consequence.
This has been a strange year. We've seen one or two demonstrations of people power triumphing over experience, expertise, credibility - would it be a stretch to say that, even in the sunlit world of reality TV, viewers decided it was time to secure victory for, not the most popular person, but the right one?
Don't tell me the BBC wanted to stay true to the books with this love triangle - they'd already adapted the scene from the rape of the books to the 'consensual' one we saw. They could easily have omitted it altogether and approached it in an entirely different way.
Following his tens from the judges, Ore Oduba is challenging Danny Mac for viewers' affections as we enter the show's fifth weekend, the latest YouGov Strictly tracker reveals. The BBC Sport presenter is now the contestant viewers are rooting for, with almost a third (32%) of those with an opinion saying he is the dancer they most want to win.
On Thursday's episode of 'The Apprentice', candidate Jessica Cunningham found that out the hard way when her fellow candidates, the media and hundreds of people on Twitter questioned her professionalism, all because she cried... But showing emotion at work shouldn't be seen as a sign that you're incapable of doing your job.
To be unable to compete in the dance off because of something that has perhaps defined the last few years of her life, must have been devastating. The last thing she'll have needed was trolls from the dark corners of the internet (not to mention former pro dancers James and Ola Jordan) trying to bring her down. Her injury should be a reminder to people of why she signed up for the show in the first place, not a reason to attack her.
While there are a number of charities working to educate young people, no set place on the curriculum means education on consent is often patchy, at best. For many, this storyline could be one of the first times the topic is properly introduced, and it's fantastic that Hollyoaks are shining a light on it with their episode.
I am very much in favour of transparency. If all broadcasters had to declare how much they are paying their biggest stars, I would have no complaints... But I should be clear about why I am in favour of transparency: it enables those who are paid less than their peers to demand an increase. It means wage bills go up, not down. As an ex-employee, I am a strong believer in equal pay for equal work - but I suspect that is not quite what the culture secretary Karen Bradley, who in her former life was a tax consultant, had in mind.