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Review: The Missing: season one

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:50 on 17 Dec 2014
The Missing: season one
You could look at The Missing two ways, I suppose. Either it was ultimately about what happened to the kid or about what his disappearance did to his parents. The latter was more interesting to me but the finale tried a bit too hard to satisfy on both counts, letting them cancel each other out in the end. (Spoilers.)

Good job everyone tweeted #BroadchurchReturns

Posted by Ed Williamson at 13:52 on 12 Dec 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.

The Apprentice: season 10, episode 9 recap: "The Bone Collectors"

Posted by Ed Williamson at 19:30 on 04 Dec 2014
The Apprentice: season 10, episode 9 recap: "The Bone Collectors"
Obviously I don't watch The Apprentice, because it is among the litany of modern cultural images intended to discourage individual thought, divert our notions of aspiration towards dreams of meaningless celebrity, and make us dumb, compliant and less likely to rise up and overthrow the shadowy conservative plutocracy that owns the media. But I've recapped last night's episode anyway for funzies.

Netflix tap into key 13th-century history buff demographic with Marco Polo

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:30 on 17 Nov 2014
Netflix tap into key 13th-century history buff demographic with Marco Polo
I don't know about you, but I know a lot about Marco Polo, including the fact that he was called Marco Polo, and also what his name was, and a little bit about what people mainly addressed him as when they spoke to him. Bring it on, Netflix!

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

Posted by Ed Williamson at 12:00 on 15 Nov 2014
What Dapper Laughs didn't realise: on TV he was playing by new rules
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.

Nick Cotton to debut non-black item of clothing

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:45 on 04 Nov 2014
Nick Cotton to debut non-black item of clothing
I've loved Eastenders since I started back on it, but the return of a character as one-note as Nick Cotton, while familiar and not unwelcome, reminds you what soaps are like when they don't bother with characterisation. Yes, we know, Nick: you're a bad man, everything you do is bad without any real reason why, and all your clothes are accordingly black. Tell us a new one.

Weird guy with mullet can definitely sort this, say Walking Dead characters

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:30 on 27 Oct 2014
Weird guy with mullet can definitely sort this, say Walking Dead characters
In an exclusive interview, everyone from The Walking Dead has professed their total confidence that some random punter they met can cure the zombie pandemic if they get him to Washington.

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

Posted by Ed Williamson at 13:00 on 16 Oct 2014
"Boardwalk Empire? No, never heard of it," says Frank Vincent
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.)

Man very good at pretending to be other man

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:00 on 14 Oct 2014
Man very good at pretending to be other man
I should like to draw your attention to the fact that a 29-year-old Yorkshireman called Marc Pickering is currently playing a young Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire's flashback scenes, and giving the best Steve Buscemi impersonation you're likely to see.

The nine most sensitive responses to the Eastenders rape episode

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:00 on 08 Oct 2014
The nine most sensitive responses to the Eastenders rape episode
I admit to not being a fountain of good ideas when it comes to this website. Which is why the opportunity to embed a load of people's tweets about a controversial episode of Eastenders is a ruddy godsend.
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