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The Red King Review: Uneven Folk Horror Crime Mash-Up

From the creator of Being Human, The Red King is a diverting homage to The Wicker Man tradition. Photo: Alibi, UK TV Welcome to the island of St Jory, population: one less than there used to be. A year ago,…

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Red Eye Review: ITV Thriller Starts Silly, Gets Great

Thriller fans, prepare to board. Photo: ITV 20 minutes in to Red Eye, a foot chase through Heathrow airport ends with a man making an impassioned plea outside a branch of Leon. He vaults over barriers like the kid in…

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Doctor Who Boss Calls Controversial Canon Change “the Spine of the Whole Show”

The Doctor’s mysterious origins will loom large in series 14, says Russell T Davies. Photo: James Pardon/Bad Wolf/BBC When Russell T Davies goes to bat for something, everybody had better duck because that man does not mess about. Ever since…

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How Stevie’s Flapjacks Made Blue Lights the UK’s Most Beloved Crime Drama

Audiences crave warmth. Photo: Gallagher Films/Two Cities Television When Blue Lights debuted on BBC One last year, it was favourably compared with Line of Duty. The comparison made sense. Both dramas deal with drug-dealing organised crime gangs, and touch on…

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Don’t Worry, Blue Lights Has Been Renewed for Series 3 & 4

The Belfast-set police drama will be back next year. Photo: BBC Whether due to spoiler phobia, poor impulse control, or an unquenchable need to know what treat Stevie will be serving next out of his magic lunchbox, some Blue Lights…

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Blue Lights Series 1 Recap: Tina McIntyre, Happy, Jen, Grace, Stevie & Co.

Blue Lights series 2 is out now! Here’s a refresher on what happened last time. Spoilers. Photo: BBC Warning: contains spoilers for the Blue Lights series one finale. When Blue Lights arrived in 2023, it felt like counter-programming to the…

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Baby Reindeer’s Ending is the Perfect Cap for this Staggering Netflix Series

It’s frustrating, but it’s real. Spoilers. Photo: Netflix Warning: contains spoilers for the Baby Reindeer finale and references to sexual assault. In the final moments of new Netflix drama Baby Reindeer, lead character Donny tearily orders a drink in a…

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Netflix’s Baby Reindeer is Totally Transformed by its Stunning Episode 4

That’s when a good show becomes great. Spoilers. Photo: Ed Miller/Netflix Warning: contains spoilers for Baby Reindeer episodes 1-4 and discussion of sexual assault. Baby Reindeer opens with aspiring comedian Donny Dunn going to the police about his stalker. How…

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Who’s the New Girl in the Bridgerton Season 3 Trailer?

All change! Photo: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX Bridgerton season three is almost upon us (part one lands on Netflix on May 16) and the first full trailer has arrived to prove it. Sensibly skipping book three in Julia Quinn’s frothy Regency-set series…

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The First Ever Taskmaster Was a Very Different Beast

No Greg Davies, 20 contestants, post-midnight… the original Taskmaster didn’t start out as the show it is now. Photo: Avalon As Alex Horne tells it, Taskmaster was born out of professional jealousy. In 2009, he became a parent and so…