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  • "Boardwalk Empire? No, never heard of it," says Frank Vincent

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 16th October 2014

    Closer research reveals this is the 2010 film Chicago Overcoat, repackaged for its UK DVD release in 2013. It's almost as if they were trying to capitalise on Boardwalk Empire's popularity over here. (Though it isn't especially popular over here, so nice job all round.)

  • Top 20 TV shows of 2011

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson, Matt Looker, Kirsty Harrison, Alex Gregg, Luke Whiston, Ali Gray | 31st December 2011

    You like lists, right? Especially ones that tell you what to think? Step inside, reader: here's the best TV shows of the year, determined by people vaguely qualified to do so.

  • Your pull-out guide to the BBC snooker commentary team

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 26th April 2012

    The May bank holiday's just around the corner and that means only one thing: the snooker's on, and we're all glued to the baize. The BBC has made The Crucible into our theatre of dreams in its coverage over the years, but what of the men (and a woman, though they seem to have binned her now) who bring it to you? What's their bloody deal?

  • Well done for looking old, Boardwalk Empire poster

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 9th August 2013

    Funny thing: Boardwalk Empire's all about old-timey people and stuff that happened to them in, like, olden times and that, but none of the promotional stuff's ever been made to look old before. I guess Instagram filters were less widespread this time last year. (Trailer here too, which would look a lot more authentically Prohibition-era if it wasn't on YouTube.)

  • DWARF WARS: Davis vs Dinklage

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 10th November 2011

    With Life's Too Short premiering on BBC2 tonight, small people are pretty big at the moment. Time, then, for what will be the first in a ... what? Yes, yes, it'll definitely be a regular series: DWARF WARS.

  • Leaving Neverland and our need for chaos

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 8th March 2019

    In the summer of 2002 Michael Jackson came to Exeter, my hometown, where I was living again having just finished university. In a series of events that are ludicrous in hindsight, some businessmen had bought Exeter City FC out of administration and installed Uri Geller as a co-chairman. Geller duly brought Jackson and David Blaine down for a public appearance, in which they drove round the pitch in an open-topped car with a load of children.

    I didn't go. But I do remember watching it on TV, noting that, despite the hit his image had taken from the Jordy Chandler trial, he was still surrounding himself with children wherever he went. And thinking: "No one in this guy's life ever pulls him aside and says, 'Listen, Mick: maybe ease up on the kids in public, eh?'"

  • Top 20 TV shows of 2012

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson, Matt Looker, Luke Whiston, Rob Young | 2nd January 2013

    We spent 2012 doing what we do best: watching TV and putting off writing about it. And my stars, the things we've seen. If only there were some way to convey our preferences of one thing over another through hierarchical structuring. Wait a minute ...

  • Best TV drug addicts

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 8th June 2011

    By which we mean 'worst', obviously, because drugs are BAD. Unless of course you only take enough to have a smashing time, in which case we've very much got five on it. Welcome to Our Drug Hell.

  • Top 20 TV shows of 2013

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson, Matt Looker, Rob Young, Luke Whiston, Iain Robertson, Neil Alcock | 31st December 2013

    In years to come, we will remember 2013 as the year everything changed. Danny Dyer is now in Eastenders, and across the land all else has ceased to matter. But look upon the works of this medium, now so wholly transformed, and you will see more than this. And you might think it handy that some berk put it all in a list and bid you read it.

  • Five game suggestions for The Cube

    TV Feature | Ali Gray | 8th November 2011

    TV writer Grace Dent has already expressed her discontent at bizarre, pseudo-futuristic ITV gameshow The Cube getting another series, and we can't help but agree. If any of the producers are reading, which obviously you are, then here are some tips to make it more exciting.