News, Reviews & Features
  • Maybe the real Love Island is the friends we made on the way...

    TV Feature | Becky Suter | 29th July 2019

    Love. Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love. Every time I say it’s going to be different, I won’t get in too deep. Don’t fall for it, Becky: it’s infatuation, not love. Empires have fallen, glacial caps have melted and I’ve been oblivious to it all. I’ve fallen for the charms of Love Island. I've gone full factor 50.

  • "You keep your hands off those!" Extensive and comprehensive analysis on Phillip Schofield's greatest TV moment

    TV Feature | Ali Gray | 24th August 2018

    In which I spend several thousand words on the most excruciating 18 seconds of Phillip Schofield's professional career.

  • Other things in Broadchurch that people managed to complain about

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 7th January 2015

    Despite Broadchurch being the only good thing on ITV since John Terry fell on his arse taking a penalty in the 2008 Champions League final, some people still had to complain. There was too much mumbling, apparently, and some viewers had to "put the words on". I scoured the internet for more complaints and it turns out this is just the tip of the moanberg.

  • Good job everyone tweeted #BroadchurchReturns

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 12th December 2014

    Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who tweeted with the hashtag #BroadchurchReturns yesterday to unlock this new trailer for season two. If you hadn't, ITV probably wouldn't have bothered releasing it.

  • What Dapper Laughs didn't realise: on TV he was playing by new rules

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 15th November 2014

    Probably the easiest way to turn yourself into an online pariah or to bait hate-clickers right now is to say you feel sorry for Dapper Laughs, so it's a good job I don't. Fifteen minutes of fame is as much as his act merited. But I did get the sense, watching him being skewered by Emily Maitliss on Newsnight this week, that he hadn't quite appreciated that there's a difference between being an internet star and a TV personality, and that the two arenas have different rules.

  • Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season DVD

    TV Review | Ed Williamson | 22nd August 2014

    No one makes engaging drama about the people who built the first British railways, do they? No, we just get documentaries about it on BBC4 presented by men in cardigans. Did the British railway pioneers spend half their time shooting folk, throwing back sippin' whisky and frequenting mobile brothels? Probably not, and anyway, no one wants to see them do it.

  • Fruitvale Station

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 3rd June 2014

    I've always thought the point of found footage movies is to get across the idea that the amateur camera operator faced some sort of danger in filming the incidents, and transfer that danger to the viewer. Their marketing campaigns, from Blair Witch onwards, have usually tried to build a world in which the shocking footage is real and place you within it, some more successfully than others. Fruitvale Station, based on and extrapolating from real footage of a terrible event, shows why that shock value is so hard to replicate.

  • Ant and Dec win Baftas nobody else entered

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 21st May 2014

    In an astonishing category sweep on Monday night, Ant and Dec went home with two Bafta awards: one for Best TV Presenter Duo From The Greater Tyne-Tees Area and one for Best Two People Who Often Stand Near Each Other. "We are delighted," said AntDec. "It was a shame to miss out on Most Obvious Beneficiaries Of The Viewing Public's Low Expectations, but you can't win them all." They were later hit in pubs.

  • Giamatti Downton role to comprise one photobomb

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 5th December 2013

    "His schedule was a bit tight, so we just got him to photobomb Shirley MacLaine and the guy who was a paedo headmaster in that episode of Cracker," confirmed Julian Fellowes, through mouthfuls of roast swan. "His hat is from my own collection. It is fashioned from pure gold."

  • Cyrus X Factor performance needed tiresome controversy bid, say fans

    TV News | Ed Williamson | 19th November 2013

    Viewers were left non-plussed by the performance of Miley Cyrus on Saturday's edition of The X Factor, taking to social media to lament the absence of a transparent headline-grabbing stunt of some kind.

    "It was hugely disappointing," wrote one. "I tuned in on the assumption that she might turn up on stage, get her bum out and stab a dwarf to death, or shit in her dungarees and use them like a catapult to fling it at the audience. But she just sat on this weird hill and sang a song about construction plant that I'm almost certain she isn't licensed to operate.

    "A woman in her position has a duty to set feminism back by at least ten years with each appearance on television, and I for one will not stand for this."