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The Handmaid’s Tale season four review – hope at last in the most harrowing show on TV

Elisabeth Moss has always made this impressive if horrifying TV. But as the new series turns June into queen of the rebels, it has a shot of new lifeI am not sure if “enjoyment” is quite the right word in relation to watching The Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4). It has been, at various points over the last three seasons, either a harrowing slog or an extremely harrowing slog. But at its best, it is impressive, inventive drama that pushes unfamiliar buttons with great skill. It had a magnificent, hau...
Tags: Books, Television, Drama, Culture, Canada, Television & radio, Margaret Atwood, Elisabeth Moss, Janine, Gilead, Bruce Miller, The Handmaid's Tale, Science fiction TV


JoJo Zaho on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under and First Nations representation

The reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race is an international sensation with multiple Emmy awards and spin-offs around the world. Australia’s first season – RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under – has been marred by controversies around race and a lack of diversity, but it also saw the debut of the show’s first Aboriginal drag queen: Biripi and Worimi queen JoJo Zaho.JoJo talks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the power of First Nations drag and the journey to Drag Race fameYou can also read: Continue reading.....
Tags: Reality TV, Australia, Australia news, Culture, First Nations, Television & radio, Australian television, Drag, Rupaul, Laura Murphy Oates, JoJo Zaho, Biripi, Worimi, JoJo Zaho JoJo


David Schwimmer: ‘I was a roller-skating waiter for seven years’

The actor, 54, on childhood activism, studying drama at Oxford, bringing up his daughter and learning to fight the good fightMy parents are my heroes. I marvel how they were able to work as young lawyers while keeping family as a priority. They raised my sister and me with a hyper-awareness of justice, equality and gay rights. I have memories of protesting on picket lines. It really informed my worldview and perspective.I wanted to be a surgeon. I was fascinated by the human body: I knew everyth...
Tags: Television, Drama, Friends, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Oxford, David Schwimmer


David Schwimmer: ‘I was a roller-skating waiter’

The actor, 54, on childhood activism, studying drama at Oxford, bringing up his daughter and learning to fight the good fightMy parents are my heroes. I marvel how they were able to work as young lawyers while keeping family as a priority. They raised my sister and me with a hyper-awareness of justice, equality and gay rights. I have memories of protesting on picket lines. It really informed my worldview and perspective.I wanted to be a surgeon. I was fascinated by the human body: I knew everyth...
Tags: Television, Drama, Friends, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Oxford, David Schwimmer


‘Just don’t show her body!’ Netflix makes a true crime show with a difference

A Murder in West Cork delves into the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier – but this doc makes her more than a victim. Its creators discuss how they fused intrigue with empathyOn the morning of 23 December 1996, Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found murdered in a lane near Schull, West Cork. She was 39 years old and a regular visitor to Ireland from Paris, where she lived with her husband, a celebrated film-maker, and 13-year-old son, Pierre Louis Baudey-Vignaud. Her death transfixed the media in...
Tags: Europe, Television, Crime, Documentary, Netflix, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Paris, West Cork, Sophie, Sophie Toscan, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, Sarah Lambert, Schull West Cork She, Pierre Louis Baudey Vignaud


The Friends Carpool Karaoke is even more mortifying than the reunion

The stars of Friends initially seem more relaxed in James Corden’s golf cart than on stage at the recent reunion. But if you look closely, it’s utter horror you seeLike everyone, I had two main criticisms of last month’s Friends reunion special. The first is that, after almost 30 years of watching the cast suspended in the throes of perfect youth, the sight of their weird, cosmetically altered faces in HD came as such a shock that I would have preferred it to be called something like All Things ...
Tags: Friends, Culture, Television & radio, James Corden, Friends Carpool Karaoke


My obsession with Blue Therapy – the most explosive reality show of the year

The YouTube show following two black couples as they talk to a relationship counsellor has had millions of fans in a frenzyThere are different levels of going viral. Some stories only go big on black Twitter. Something that feels like a phenomenon sometimes doesn’t move beyond the confines of blue-tick Twitter. But I know something has gone truly viral when it reaches the “auntie WhatsApp groups”. Auntie WhatsApp groups, made up of first-generation African women of a certain age, are very much t...
Tags: Reality TV, Television, Youtube, Culture, Television & radio, PAUL, Deborah, Jamel, Blue Therapy Blue Therapy, Denise So, Blue Therapy


The best podcasts of 2021 so far

From poltergeists to prison, the Chippendales and the NBA ... here are our picks of the most gripping storytelling from the first half of the yearWriter and comedian Shon Faye hosts this selection of “remarkable stories told by remarkable people”, which shines the spotlight on queer trailblazers of different stripes. Highlights include 73-year-old Kate Bornstein, who has lived with seekers from the Amish to the Scientologists, on what her time on the fringes of society taught her about gender, a...
Tags: Podcasts, Culture, Television & radio, Nba, Kate Bornstein, Marc Thompson, Chippendales, Shon Faye


‘Can I get Amanda Huggenkiss?’: the return of punning prank calls

Bart Simpson was a big fan, and the prank call has always been the curse of phone-in shows – as GB News discovered this weekName: Prank calls.Age: The oldest known dates from 1884, and involved telephoning undertakers in Rhode Island to summon them to the homes of not-dead people. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Media, Culture, Television & radio, The news on TV, Rhode Island, Bart Simpson, Andrew Neil, Amanda Huggenkiss


Move over, Attenborough! Penguin Town is the cuddly nature show for our times

Netflix’s new comfort watch about lovely penguins living in a South African town is gore free and pandemic-perfectIt’s probably for the best that the BBC didn’t put out one of its landmark nature series during lockdown. I don’t think I’d have been able to take it. In times of trouble, the last thing anyone wants to see is a gory, operatic, kill-or-be-killed reminder that all life on Earth is locked in a hellish struggle for survival that, by design, they are guaranteed to lose. Yes, we’re fully ...
Tags: Television, Documentary, Animals, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Netflix, Birds, Culture, South Africa, Wildlife, Television & radio, Factual TV, Attenborough, Simon, Attenborough Penguin Town


Eddie Munster and me: the secret lives of spooky, sinister screen children

Eerie kids have been a staple of horror films for decades. But what is it like to be forever known for playing a tiny werewolf, misfit or murderer?When you have been a spooky child on film or TV, where do you go? For the former child star Butch Patrick, best known for playing the baby-faced werewolf Eddie Munster in the 60s sitcom The Munsters, it is cross-country. Patrick has converted a trailer into a Munsters-themed escape room. Inside, it is rigged up to look like the inside of the family’s ...
Tags: Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, Munster, Horror Films, Patrick, Herman, Frankenstein, Eddie Munster, Butch Patrick, Fauntleroy, Horror (TV, Munster Coach, St Clair Shores Michigan, Woof Woof


Ned Beatty, star of Deliverance, Network and Superman, dies aged 83

Prolific supporting actor also appeared in All the President’s Men, Nashville, The Big Easy and Hear My SongNed Beatty, the Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including Deliverance, Network and Superman, was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest parts, has died. He was 83.Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died on Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Superman, Los Angeles, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Beatty, Deliverance, John Boorman, Deborah Miller, Ned Beatty, Deliverance Network, Nashville The Big Easy, Beatty the Oscar


My husband’s death inspired It’s a Sin scene, says Russell T Davies

In new Guardian podcast, TV dramatist tells Grace Dent about writing Colin’s final hoursRussell T Davies, the writer of It’s a Sin, the Channel 4 drama about the HIV/Aids epidemic in the late 1980s, has revealed that the death of Colin, one of show’s characters, was partly based on the death of his partner.Speaking to the food writer Grace Dent on a new Guardian podcast, Comfort Eating, which launches on Tuesday, Davies said he had drawn on the experience of watching his husband, Andrew Smith, d...
Tags: Television, Media, Podcasts, Drama, Society, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Aids and HIV, Russell T Davies, Colin, Davies, Andrew Smith, Grace Dent


How GB News is bringing US-style opinionated TV news to the UK

New channel is keen to reject comparisons with Fox News despite positioning itself as ‘anti-woke’When GB News launches at 8pm on Sunday, viewers will for the first time be able to immerse themselves in a non-stop, opinionated, US-style “anti-woke” current affairs television channel aimed at a British audience. But there’s one thing those running the outlet are desperate to make clear: please don’t compare us to Fox News.“We’re going to embrace the mood of the nation and communities that feel the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Television, Media, Race, US, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Television industry, TV News, Fox News, The news on TV, Brexit, Andrew Neil, Angelos Frangopoulos


Bake Off to Inside No 9: what to watch instead of the Euros

A football-free cultural guide to the week ahead, from comedy podcasts to Sean Bean dramasListen, I’m with you. I have no interest in Euro 2020 either. But luckily, over the years I’ve perfected the art of finding other things to do. Here’s a day-by-day alternative viewing guide for the first week of the tournament (after that, you’re on your own). Continue reading...
Tags: Games, Music, Television, Podcasts, Culture, Television & radio, Euro 2020, Sean Bean dramasListen


You can tell a lot about a person from their food secrets | Grace Dent

Comfort Eating, our restaurant critic’s new weekly podcast, is a fascinating, funny glimpse behind closed doors. What are the snacks that see her celebrity guests though tough times?My new Guardian podcast, Comfort Eating, in which I talk to famous folk about their food secrets, is my dream opportunity for an honest chat. Interviewing celebrities is always a bit of a tussle: they arrive semi-spikily, bearing lists of things they don’t want to talk about, or they don’t want to be there at all, or...
Tags: Food, Podcasts, Celebrity, Life and style, Television & radio, The Guardian, Branston


Eurovision winners Måneskin: ‘Cocaine? Damiano barely drinks beer!’

Already multiplatinum in their native Italy, the swaggering rock quartet now have two singles in the UK chart. They discuss their rise to success – and that drug-taking allegationBefore their momentous Eurovision victory with Zitti e Buoni, placing Italian rock back on the world stage and earning praise from Simon Le Bon and Miley Cyrus; before a baseless accusation of snorting cocaine almost veered into a full-blown diplomatic crisis; and before their post-win ping-pong tournament became a twee...
Tags: Music, UK, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Italy, Miley Cyrus, Eurovision, Rotterdam, Simon Le Bon, De Angelis, Damiano, Måneskin, Zitti, Victoria De Angelis


Loki episode one recap: Tom Hiddleston’s time-loop saga is beautiful, surreal TV

Clearly inspired by Mad Men, Marvel’s stunning Disney+ series kicks off as the god of mischief finds new, glorious purpose and Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius enters the fraySpoiler alert: this blog is for people watching Loki on Disney+. Do not read on unless you have watched episode one.Hello and welcome to the Loki recaps. I’ll be picking through each episode of the latest Marvel/Disney+ series as I did with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and doing my best to find hints and clues for what lies ...
Tags: Television, Marvel, Disney, Culture, Television & radio, Owen Wilson, Tom Hiddleston, Loki, Fantasy TV, Mobius, Science fiction and fantasy films, Loki: episode recaps, Mad Men Marvel


‘It made my walk a little taller’: the inspiring LGBTQ legacy of Pose

As the groundbreaking show ends its award-winning three season run, those involved with the show talk about its importance for trans and queer people of colorGold crowns inset with emeralds, fur-trimmed capes and gowns embellished with glittering diamonds and pearls clothed The House of Abundance as they made their last-minute entrance into a New York City ballroom and their first entrance on to our TV screens in the premiere episode of Pose in June 2018, which aired its final episode on Sunday....
Tags: Television, New York City, Culture, Television & radio, US television, LGBT rights, Ryan Murphy, House of Abundance


Gloria Steinem hates it – but is The Real Housewives secretly a feminist triumph?

‘False bosomed’ floozies, or the brainiest of businesswomen? As Brian Moylan explains in an extract from his new book, the reality juggernaut might be more subversive than you thinkThe Real Housewives is one of the biggest and glitziest reality franchises on TV. But just who are its many stars; how much money do they make; which of the international offshoots, from Hungary to Cheshire, are worth watching – and how much of it is real?In an extract from his new book, The Housewives: The Real Story...
Tags: Reality TV, Television, US, Culture, Hungary, Television & radio, Gloria Steinem, Cheshire, Brian Moylan


Smother review – Maeve Binchy-esque thriller is entirely addictive

This new Irish drama expertly manages a large cast of characters, with seeds of suspicion, red herrings – and a monstrous patriarch left for deadSmother (Alibi), a new County Clare-set thriller by novelist and television writer Kate O’Riordan, reminds me – and I have few higher compliments – of the work of Maeve Binchy, if she had ever turned her hand to whodunnits. It has a seemingly effortless mastery of a large cast of characters, warm intelligence pervading everything, and promotes the gorge...
Tags: Television, Culture, Television & radio, Rory, Val, Clare, Maeve Binchy, Kate O'Riordan, Binchy, Denis Stuart Graham, Dervla Kirwan, Jenny Niamh Walsh, Anna Gemma Leah Devereux, Grace Seána Kerslake


Tragic but true: have podcasters replaced our real friends?

The pandemic has seen audio shows fill a hole in our lives, providing companionship that is increasingly difficult to distinguish from the real thingSome of my friends have no idea I even exist. These are people I know intimately, extensively, profoundly: I know what they had for dinner last night, the petty arguments they have at home, their obsessions, their insecurities, their fears, what time they wake up in the morning. No piece of minutiae is too minute, no idle thought too inconsequential...
Tags: Podcasts, Culture, Television & radio


Tragic but true: how podcasters replaced our real friends

The pandemic has seen audio shows fill a hole in our lives, providing companionship that is increasingly difficult to distinguish from the real thingSome of my friends have no idea I even exist. These are people I know intimately, extensively, profoundly: I know what they had for dinner last night, the petty arguments they have at home, their obsessions, their insecurities, their fears, what time they wake up in the morning. No piece of minutiae is too minute, no idle thought too inconsequential...
Tags: Podcasts, Culture, Television & radio


Power dressing: which superhero has the best costume?

From Superman’s Y-fronts to Hulk’s tattered shorts, superheroes have made their fair share of fashion faux pas – but whose outfit actually works?Modern Toss on superhero attireIn the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for allWhen saving the planet, it’s important to dress the part. This isn’t like taking the bins out. You can’t hang off a chopper in a slanket and Crocs. Superheroes underst...
Tags: Film, Marvel, Superman, Dc Comics, Culture, Television & radio, James Bond, Superhero movies, Hulk, Crocs, Superhero TV


TV Baftas 2021: backstage with Michaela Coel, Paul Mescal and more – in pictures

From Connell and Villanelle sharing a moment to Michaela Coel with her mum, The Guardian’s Sarah Lee had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this year’s ceremony Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Culture, Awards and prizes, Television & radio, Sarah Lee, Baftas, Connell, Michaela Coel, Villanelle, Michaela Coel Paul Mescal


Bob Odenkirk: ‘Soon people won’t remember Breaking Bad’

He charmed as slimeball lawyer Saul in the drugs drama and its spinoff – but now Bob Odenkirk has gone badass in action thriller Nobody. Has he left his comedy days behind?On the surface, Bob Odenkirk’s new film is entirely preposterous. As the story of a man who goes on a murder spree after his house is broken into, Nobody is an all-out, full-throated action movie. In one scene, 58-year-old Odenkirk tears a handrail off the inside of a bus and beats a man senseless with it. However, as he expla...
Tags: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk, Comedy, Television, Film, La, Culture, Television & radio, Chinatown, Saul, Odenkirk, TV Comedy, Action and adventure films


On my radar: Omari Douglas’s cultural highlights

The It’s a Sin actor on loving Eurovision, going back to 1971 with Asif Kapadia, and Channel 4’s female Muslim punk comedyActor Omari Douglas was born in Wolverhampton in 1994 and trained at the Arts Educational Schools in London, graduating in 2015. Earlier this year he made his TV debut playing Roscoe Babatunde in It’s a Sin, Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 drama about the 80s Aids crisis. His theatre credits include Rush (King’s Head theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air) and ...
Tags: Music, London, Apple TV, Culture, Television & radio, Channel 4, Wolverhampton, Eurovision, Jesus Christ, Russell T Davies, Davies, Vic, Asif Kapadia, Emma Rice, Vintage Fashion, Omari Douglas


Anna Friel: ‘I thought acting would be a hobby – never a job’

The actor, 44, on learning to relax, the double edge of kindness, and the power of herbsI don’t know which memory came first: falling down the stairs and knocking down our Christmas tree, being bought my first nail varnish and getting it on my Wonder Woman pyjamas, or accidentally setting my brand-new parka on fire the first day I wore it. Each probably reveals something about my soul.Pop stardom was my plan for a while, although briefly. Coming from an Irish family, I’d often walk into the livi...
Tags: Television, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Anna Friel


Lisey’s Story review – a swollen snoozefest from Stephen King

Supernatural silliness, metaphorical monsters, and dread that doesn’t so much as build as never lets up ... not even Julianne Moore’s turn as a grieving wife can save this bloated boreThe advice that a writer should “kill all your darlings” has been variously attributed. William Faulkner, Allan Ginsberg, Oscar Wilde, GK Chesterton and Arthur Quiller-Couch all get a look-in. Stephen King approved the accepted wisdom in his book On Writing. “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings,” he said with th...
Tags: Books, Television, Julianne Moore, Stephen King, Apple TV, Culture, Television & radio, Joan Allen, Arthur Quiller Couch


Tongue-in-cheek tales from 19th-century India – podcasts of the week

Meera Syal and Jennifer Saunders star in Audible’s new spoof, Raj! Plus: a tense history lesson in GunPlot, and Unearthed offers gripping plant-themed talesRaj!Meera Syal and Jennifer Saunders give standout performances in Audible’s new pod drama, spoofing life in British-controlled India. Ineffectual governor Henry arrives in a rural province, “allergic to emotions”, part of an unwieldy bureaucratic structure, and unwilling to acclimatise. As well as the lines you might see coming (“can’t imagi...
Tags: Technology, Television, Media, Podcasts, Internet, India, Culture, Digital Media, Television & radio, Podcasting, Meera Syal, Jennifer Saunders, Henry, Audible, Hannah J Davies, Syal