My mother told me a few months after dad's death that he had often been distraught at what he felt was a self-inflicted illness. For me this was such an awful way for my father to approach the end of his life, especially a life which had provided so much joy to so many people. It is hard for me to admit, but I have felt angry with my dad since his death, because in a way he was right; it was self-inflicted. If he hadn't started smoking, or if he had given up in his twenties, thirties or even forties, I'm certain we would still be enjoying his glorious company today and for many years to come. However, it is not as simple as that.
As a feminist, I do feel frustrated by the lack of women in broadcasting but also think exploration of masculinity is just as valid as that of femininity. One is as important, complex and relevant as the other.
For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.
Given Eurovision's conception and birth and its formative years took place in Western continental Europe, it is fair to say that Western Europe remains at its historical and cultural heart.
It's been an incredibly fun year being involved with Dragons Den, I've made some wonderful new friends, my fellow Dragons, and had the opportunity to invest in some really remarkable and talented young entrepreneurs. I'm thrilled at how well my first three investments are doing.
This is weird because the only programmes on television that are not traipsing around looking at homes that people aren't going to buy, are those showing viewers how to prepare dinner.
Whilst offering people who genuinely have dementia a timely diagnosis is important, the idea of trying to fit square pegs into round holes just because our disjoined health and social care system cannot provide for an ageing population is wholly unacceptable.
This year's big news from the British film industry is now out. One of Britain's most popular TV comedies, Dad's Army, is to be revived on the big screen, in a home-grown production starring major box-office stars Bill Nighy and Toby Jones.
So far the talent on this seasons BGT has been amazing and hilarious, well apart from Christian Spridon. As week three arrives let the auditions continue.
Rather than trying to be different with what you wear, you try to be 'ardently ordinary' or 'endearingly awkward', and, for a character rarely seen out of his zip- up polyester cardigan and sweat pants, it means Derek is not just riding a Normcore wave, he's the king of the movement.
Roll on a remarkable short time to 2014 and we have Benefits Street. Nothing subtle here. Basically we get to watch people living in a street where most are on benefits. Call me old-fashioned but there is something distasteful about this.
With the release of his hit BBC TV detective drama Shetland on DVD, I spoke to the Scottish actor about the show... and thoughts on being an action figure.
During the BGT auditions, Team Midas will pick three acts, the acts we believe will get to the final. Last week the fantastic Lucy Kay took one of those places. Will anyone join her tonight...let's find out.
Does TV and film influence us more than we realise? Probably. Are our brains being shaped by the violence, sex and nastiness we see on a daily basis? Most possibly. Is there a way we can stand up and shout when we see positive, surprising, heartwarming stuff on the screen as an antidote to all of the above? Yes, there is! Read on, and prepare to join in from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
Jason is a young, about to blow comedian, who has Trinidadian heritage, but his new comedy sketch show (Sniggers With Attitude/ SWA ) for London Live TV is an inclusive comedy show for the new, young, pop culture demographic.
You may have seen the heartbreaking sixty-second story: an old man takes his lovely little fluffy white dog for a walk to deliver a bunch of flowers. It transpires he is delivering the flowers to the graveside of lost loved one. The dog comforts him with a lick and they eat dinner together, with the man preparing the dog's favourite meal, Cesar.