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How did The Morning Show become the messiest show on TV?

In its second season, the star-studded Apple TV drama is a chaotic, uneven and ham-fisted yet compulsively watchable rumination on workplace ethics amid the pandemicWatching The Morning Show, Apple TV+’s messy, star-studded morning news drama whose second season premiered this fall, is for me a very vocal experience – the road from concept to execution so bumpy and the choices so chaotic as to provoke several guffaws an episode. The biggest “NO” comes in the beginning of the second season’s thir...
Tags: Apple, Television, Nbc, Drama, Reese Witherspoon, Apple TV, Culture, Beijing, Television & radio, Jennifer Aniston, US television, TV streaming, Uba, Daniel Henderson, Mitch Kessler Steve Carell, Bradley Jackson Reese Witherspoon


Impeachment: American Crime Story review – Clinton-Lewinsky drama is a salacious sensation

Starring Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein, Ryan Murphy’s 10-part series on the infamous White House affair is propulsive, addictive and shot through with comedyThere is nothing stranger than the recent past. For that reason, it can be a goldmine for writers, and none has extracted more from it in the past few years than Ryan Murphy. The late 90s is his most fertile seam, furnishing all three parts of his American Crime Story anthology. The opening season gave him his first – and unexpected – p...
Tags: Television, White House, US, Bbc, People, Fbi, Culture, Television & radio, House Of Representatives, Ryan Murphy, Sarah Paulson, Oj Simpson, Linda Tripp, Sarah Burgess, Tripp, Vince Foster


The Great British Bake Off 2021: episode five – as it happened

It was German Week in the tent, and the bakers said hallo to layer cakes, Christmas biscuits – and a yeasty showstopper. But who got Das Boot?“Just another one of Jürgen’s weeks,” says Lizzie. “We’re all just here for the ride.” At least they’re aware of it too.“What is German Week?” asks Amanda. Well I reckon, and I could be wrong, that it’ll be a week of German bakes. But it’s anybody’s guess! Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, Food TV, The Great British Bake Off, Amanda, Lizzie, Jurgen


The Great British Bake Off 2021: episode five – live

It’s German Week in the tent, as the bakers say hallo to layer cakes, Christmas biscuits – and a yeasty showstopper “Just another one of Jürgen’s weeks,” says Lizzie. “We’re all just here for the ride.” At least they’re aware of it too.“What is German Week?” asks Amanda. Well I reckon, and I could be wrong, that it’ll be a week of German bakes. But it’s anybody’s guess! Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, Food TV, The Great British Bake Off, Amanda, Lizzie, Jurgen


‘They didn’t just pick us up off the street!’ Meet the globally derided Squid Game VIPs

The K-drama is the hottest show in the world – so why do its English speakers sound like they’re reading off Google Translate? We meet the men accused of dire, stilted acting to see how they’ve found being catapulted to fameSquid Game is a sensation. A violent Korean drama that mixes childhood nostalgia with vast amounts of death, the series has surpassed all expectations to become the most successful show in Netflix history. It has made global stars of its main cast overnight. That is, with a f...
Tags: Google, Television, Culture, Television & radio, Squid Game


Emma Watkins quits the Wiggles in ‘end of an era’ for children’s group

The first female Wiggle, who had an outsize influence on the group, says she is leaving to focus on her family and PhDGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe Great Resignation has claimed another. Emma Watkins has confirmed she will be leaving the Wiggles at the end of the year, spurred by a lockdown epiphany. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Music, Television, Children, Social Media, Australia news, Culture, Television & radio, Australian media, Australian television, Parents and parenting, Children's Tv, Emma Watkins, Australian Music


Succession recap: season three, episode one – is Logan Roy on the ropes?

This series opener didn’t disappoint, as battle commenced in the wake of Kendall’s biblical backstab, and the Roys became mired in more dirty corporate double-dealing• TV review: Smash hit reaches new heights of comedy – and crueltySpoiler alert: this recap is for people watching Succession season three, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Do not read on unless you have watched episode one.The Roys are back in town. And, in the words of Logan himself, they’re going full fucki...
Tags: Hbo, UK, Television, US, Culture, Television & radio, Sky Atlantic, Logan, Kendall, Roys, Succession, Logan Roy, Episode recaps


Sex, Love & Goop: Gwyneth Paltrow has made the weirdest sex show on the planet

You can just imagine the pitch: ‘The vagina candle woman is going to have a frenzy of orgasm chats with stunned couples in crisis. Think of the meme potential!’Have you ever actually read the first edition of Goop? It’s an astonishingly normal 200-word email in which Gwyneth Paltrow explains she doesn’t only eat brown rice and seaweed, as people think she does – she actually eats normal food, just in quite a healthy way, and anyway here’s a recipe for turkey ragu. Looking at it now, it’s like pe...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paltrow


English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

Bedfordshire safeguarding team issues warning after reports children are copying Netflix show’s violent challengesA council in the south of England has advised parents not to let their children watch the Netflix show Squid Game, after reports children as young as six are copying its violent challenges.The education safeguarding team from Central Bedfordshire council sent an email to parents and guardians in the district urging them to “be vigilant after hearing reports that children and young pe...
Tags: England, Education, Children, UK News, Netflix, Television & radio, Schools, Local Government, Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire Council, Squid Game


Alan Cumming: ‘My favourite movie? I always say Spice World’

From Cabaret to Hamlet, Alan Cumming has relished every role he’s played. In this extract from his uproarious memoir, he reveals what made Stanley Kubrick cross and the amazing gift the Spice Girls gave himTom Cruise and Stanley Kubrick were standing before me. I had met Tom briefly when he had come to see me in the stage show of Cabaret in London, but this was my first encounter with Stanley, who was peering at me over his glasses. “Hey, Stanley, I’m Alan,” I said, proffering my hand to this ol...
Tags: London, Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Spice Girls, Stanley Kubrick, Alan Cumming, Alan, Tom, Stanley, Spice World, Salman Rushdie, Hamlet Alan Cumming


ear for eye review – a blistering call to action with Lashana Lynch

debbie tucker green’s adaptation of her stage play mixes spoken word, physical theatre and music to offer a vital perspective on racial injustice on both sides of the AtlanticA mother is talking to her teenage son about what to do when approached by the police. He shows his palms. “Inflammatory,” she says. He puts his hands in his pockets. “Belligerent,” she says. “I didn’t even …” he protests. “Attitude,” she bats back, her voice matter-of-fact but tinged with despair. No matter what he says, w...
Tags: Television, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Royal Court, Lashana Lynch, Debbie Tucker Green


Desperately seeking Diana: can any actor get to the heart of the people’s princess?

The princess is now a constant presence on our screens, from a camp musical to The Crown. Such a blank canvas is a dream for directors and a nightmare for actors, writes Hadley FreemanThe first imitation I ever saw of Diana, Princess of Wales was in my bedroom when I was five. It was a Diana Bride doll, ordered by my mother from a catalogue, although with her rictus smile and huge helmet of hair she looked more like Nancy Reagan. The details didn’t matter: she had the vague outlines of princess ...
Tags: Television, Musicals, Film, Women, Life and style, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Daily Express, Monarchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, Spencer, Nancy Reagan


‘It’s barely started and I’m already terrified’: my crash course in Succession

Blackmail! Backstabbing! Boar on the Floor! I binged seasons one and two of the dazzling drama about a dysfunctional, super-rich family. Bring on season three!My to-be-watched pile is worse than my to-be-read pile, but at least all the prestige shows I need to watch have ended. I will get to them, but there is no urgency. Not so with Succession, another award-laden entity, urged upon me by critics and friends. Two series have passed me by and now the third season of the epic tale of media baron ...
Tags: Television, Drama, Culture, Television & radio, Succession, Logan Roy


‘If it were the UK, police would have opened fire’: the explosive film about Trump’s Capitol Hill rioters

It was the day rampaging Trump supporters stormed the Capitol – and almost derailed democracy. Now, using footage from rioters’ cameras, an unsettling film takes you into the thick of the mayhemWhen Dan Reed and Jamie Roberts began approaching networks about a film focused on the storming of the US Capitol – an attack on American democracy on the scale of 9/11, and all the more shattering for having come from within – they were met with a lack of enthusiasm.“The response was, ‘Why do we need a d...
Tags: UK, Television, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Trump, Reed, Capitol, Jamie Roberts, US Capitol, Dan Reed


Lost in translation? The one-inch truth about Netflix’s subtitle problem

Subtitling is an essential art form. So why, as the streaming giant scores more global hits with shows like Squid Game and Call My Agent, isn’t it trying harder to find the right words?“Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” So said the director Bong Joon-ho, as he accepted his best picture Oscar for Parasite in 2020, in a not-so-subtle dig at the dominance of English language content. The success of Netflix’s Korean serie...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, Science, Television, Media, Film, France, Russia, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Language, US television, TV streaming


What went wrong with the exploitative Brittany Murphy docuseries?

A new two-part HBO Max series on the Clueless actor’s shocking death at 32 in 2009 is less monument to her short life than exploitation of her deathIt’s telling that What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, a new docuseries on the Clueless and Girl, Interrupted actor’s confounding death in December 2009, is bookended by two overwrought sleights of hand. The two-part HBO Max series begins with the frantic 911 call by her mother, Sharon Murphy, over a recreation of the EMS trip from Murphy’s house in Holl...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Film, Documentary, Culture, Television & radio, Factual TV, EMS, Murphy, Hollywood Hills, Brittany Murphy, Cedars Sinai, Simon Monjack, Sharon Murphy


William Shatner in tears after historic space flight: ‘I’m so filled with emotion’

Star Trek actor, 90, says ‘I hope I never recover from this’ after becoming oldest human in space on Jeff Bezos rocket New ShepardThe Star Trek actor William Shatner declared himself “overwhelmed” at becoming the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, broke ...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, James Kirk


William Shatner completes flight on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Star Trek actor, 90, made a real-life leap into the stars, as Amazon owner Bezos aims to dominate space tourism industryThe Star Trek actor William Shatner has become the oldest human in space, at the age of 90, during a brief but successful second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert.The Canadian, who for four decades played Captain James Kirk, the fearless commander of the USS Enterprise, was invited by the private space company’s found...
Tags: Amazon, Space, Texas, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, James Kirk


Ground control to Captain Kirk! William Shatner is off to the final frontier, for real

At the age of 90, the Star Trek star is set to board Jeff Bezos’s space ship today. It’s just the latest chapter in a long relationship between the sci-fi smash and real-life space odysseysWilliam Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space‘Risk is our business!” So declared William Shatner in the 1968 Star Trek episode Return to Tomorrow. His character, Cpt James T Kirk, in a speech worthy of his real-life inspiration President John F Kennedy, led his crew through an i...
Tags: Space, Science, Television, Nasa, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, John F Kennedy, Mars, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Kirk, Shatner, Kirk William Shatner


William Shatner to blast off on Bezos rocket to become oldest person in space

Famed Star Trek actor, 90, set for real-life leap into the starsAmazon owner Bezos bids to dominate space tourism industryWilliam Shatner, the veteran actor who spent four decades playing the fearless commander of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, is set for a real-life leap into the stars early on Wednesday on the next stage of billionaire Jeff Bezos’s quest to dominate the fledgling space tourism industry.The successful completion of the 11-minute flight alongside three civilian crew mates, with lif...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Television, Star Trek, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Jeff Bezos, William Shatner, Bezos, Shatner, Van Horn Texas


Squid Game is Netflix’s biggest debut hit, reaching 111m viewers worldwide

The dystopian drama tops the streaming service’s charts in more than 80 countries, bumping aside recent Regency-era romp, BridgertonGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingDystopian South Korean drama Squid Game has become Netflix’s most popular series ever, drawing 111 million fans since its debut less than four weeks ago, the streaming service said Tuesday.The unprecedented global viral hit imagines a macabre world in which marginalised people are pitted against one another in tra...
Tags: South Korea, Media, UK News, Australia news, US news, Netflix, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, TV streaming, Squid Game


Authentic casting ignores craft of acting, says Succession’s Brian Cox

Actor recounts conversation about casting of disabled roles and ridicules billionaires’ space raceThe Succession star Brian Cox has said authentic casting, where roles are reserved for actors with the same lived experiences as a character, ignores the “craft of acting”.Cox, who plays the media tycoon Logan Roy in the hit HBO show, said he had spent a lot of his recent time off from filming watching movies, including Russell Crowe as a mathematician with mental illness in A Beautiful Mind and Edd...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Media, Film, Film Industry, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Russell Crowe, Cox, Succession, Logan Roy


Scenes from a Marriage review – Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac’s uncoupling is all killer, no filler

Ingmar Bergman’s powerful 70s series has been reimagined for our pandemic times, with its two leads navigating the pain and frustration of a brutal breakup, and agonising separationIngmar Bergman’s original Scenes from a Marriage miniseries, released in 1973, was blamed for a spike in divorce rates. Whether this was factually true or just felt true enough, it was a recognition of the acuity of Bergman’s depiction of a disintegrating union. Indeed, his series – brought to life by an anguished Liv...
Tags: Jessica Chastain, Television, Drama, Relationships, Life and style, Divorce, Culture, Television & radio, Oscar Isaac, Bergman, Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Amy Herzog, Hagai Levi, Erland josephson, Marriage Sky Atlantic


‘There was always an excuse to take a drink’: Succession’s Alan Ruck on Ferris Bueller, booze and bouncing back

After a decades-long slump, the actor’s career came roaring back with the role of Connor Roy. He talks about his 80s success, his ‘attitude problems’ and his excitement about Succession’s new seriesAlan Ruck is talking to me by video about the present, but he appears to be sitting in the past. The present we are discussing is the forthcoming third season of Succession, the wildly adored HBO series about plutocracies and dysfunctional families, created by Jesse Armstrong, a co-creator of Peep Sho...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Film, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Connor, Alan, Ferris Bueller, Charlie Sheen, Cox, John Hughes, Succession, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Cameron Frye, Jesse Armstrong


Squid Game’s success reopens debate over who should pay for rising internet traffic

Demand for capacity grows on back of hit Netflix shows, online games and moreThe breakout success of the Korean drama Squid Game has prompted a local broadband provider to launch legal action to force the maker, Netflix, to help pay for the huge surge in traffic, the latest flashpoint in the argument over who should carry the burden of the spiralling costs of data fuelled by the global streaming boom.From Netflix’s latest global sensation and livestreamed Premier League football matches on Amazo...
Tags: Amazon, South Korea, Business, Media, Internet, Bt, UK News, World news, US news, Broadband, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Premier League, Telecommunications industry, TV streaming


Squid Game’s success reopens who pays debate over rising internet traffic

Demand for capacity grows on back of hit Netflix shows, online games and moreThe breakout success of the South Korean drama Squid Game has prompted a local broadband provider to launch legal action to force the maker, Netflix, to help pay for the huge surge in traffic, the latest flashpoint in the argument over who should carry the burden of the spiralling costs of data fuelled by the global streaming boom.From Netflix’s latest global sensation and livestreamed Premier League football matches on...
Tags: Amazon, South Korea, Business, Media, Internet, Bt, UK News, World news, US news, Broadband, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Premier League, Telecommunications industry, TV streaming


Succession star Brian Cox: ‘I’m enjoying this. It’s like confession…’

In a lively and wide-ranging conversation, one of the most revered actors of his generation talks Hollywood rivalries, Scottish independence – and the future of the hit TV showOver the years, I have crossed paths several times with the Dundonian actor Brian Cox. In 2002, I interviewed him for the BBC about the controversial US indie film L.I.E., of which he remains particularly proud. We met again in Shetland, where I co-curate the annual Screenplay film festival, when he was campaigning for Sco...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Television, Film, US, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Elton John, Brian Cox, Autobiography and memoir, Gary Oldman, Al Pacino, Cox, Shetland, Danny Kaye


You’ve seen the gory Squid Game TV show? Now buy the tracksuit…

The hit South Korean Netflix show, likely to become the most-watched TV series ever, is setting trends around the globeNot only is it likely to be the most-watched television series ever, but the South Korean series Squid Game is already having a global commercial and cultural impact.Fans have sent sales of the show’s signature green tracksuits and white Vans slip-ons soaring – up 7,800%, according to data provided by Sole Supplier – and South Korean dalgona biscuits are fast becoming a youth cr...
Tags: South Korea, Television, Media, World news, Netflix, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Squid Game


Jodie Comer: ‘I’ve had to know my own worth. ’Cos there’ll always be someone to question that’

From Killing Eve’s assassin to Help’s broken care worker, the home-grown superstar has proved she can do anything. As she hits Hollywood, can she keep it real?Fist bump? Quick, slappy handshake? Standoffish salute? After a brief hesitation, the actor Jodie Comer abandons 18 months of professional caution around hellos, spreads wide her arms, and gathers me in for a big, swaying bear-hug. We’ve never met or spoken before. “But I’m quite a tactile person,” says Comer, who grew up in a suburb of Li...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Film, Film Industry, Culture, Television & radio, Liverpool, Television industry, Jodie Comer, Comer, Villanelle, Killing Eve


Netflix’s Squid Game owes its popularity to anxieties of modern life

It’s the first South Korean drama to top the US TV charts and its core message is ‘can I ever repay this debt?’Squid Game, a Netflix series made in Korea by Hwang Dong-hyuk, was released on 17 September and within 10 days was the platform’s highest ranking show in 90 countries. It’s the first time a Korean drama has ever been at the top of the US charts; 95% of the viewers are outside Korea, capsizing the idea that the younger generation won’t read subtitles. I managed to kid myself the other da...
Tags: South Korea, Games, Television, Media, US, World news, Netflix, Culture, Asia Pacific, Television & radio, Korea, Game culture, Hwang Dong