Tag Archives: Television

Andrew Scott: ‘Its mind-blowing being described as a sex symbol’

The actor, 42, on the pleasure of acting in Fleabag, Irelands new progressiveness and not being the next James Bond I was brought up in Dublin. My parents are from Tyrone and Mayo. I went to a Catholic boys school. It was a different time for Ireland back then. With the same-sex marriage referendum of Read more »

Game of Thrones, cancer and me

When TV critic Sarah Hughes was told she had incurable cancer, one of the first questions that popped into her head was: what if I dont find out how GoT ends? Here she describes the part the saga has played in the hardest parts of her life The strangest thing about getting bad news is Read more »

‘He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!’ the genius of Leonard Bernstein

Composer, conductor, inspiration, FBI suspect Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August, and this summers Proms will celebrate his work. Musicians, critics and his own family remember an astounding talent Marin Alsop: Bernstein the inspiration Bernstein was impossibly brilliantin so many different areas: a genius conductor, composer, author, pianist, thinker, activist, educator and Read more »

It was acceptable in the 80s: why Magnum PI should be spared reboot hell

The show about a mustachioed investigator looks set to be the next 80s revival but why do the likes of Dallas and Dynasty fail to ignite second time round? By now, people have grown accustomed to television reboots. Whatever surges of fury they may have felt when CBS announced its Hawaii Five-O remake have long Read more »

American Horror Story: Cult review post-election terror in Trump-inspired new season

The seventh installment of Ryan Murphys horror anthology series begins on election night and proceeds as a messy but gripping document of political paranoia in the wake of the 2016 election Like some presidential campaigns, television empires are often built on some deliberate alchemy of camp and hyperbole, a certain shrewd sense of the zeitgeist. Read more »

The Founders Nick Offerman: Being American means that I have to stand up and march

The Parks and Recreation stars new film charts the rise of McDonalds head honcho Ray Kroc. He talks about resisting the rise of another capitalist narcissist Hi, Nick. Were you disappointed that quite fitting for the times. It does. Unintentionally, too. Its areally fascinating story, and the timing just worked out. It lined up quite Read more »

The show mustn’t go on: the TV dramas that didn’t know when to quit

Renewal of 13 Reasons Why and rumors that Big Little Lies could return are just the latest examples of small-screen stories that should know when to sign off The suicide-mystery series 13 Reasons Why has grown into a certified phenomenon: its an object of obsession for teens, a continuously mutating meme on social media, and Read more »

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: dammit Janet, it doesn’t quite work

Solid performances, but the meta presentation is muddled and the decadence has been fatally dialed down even Rockys no longer in a tight, gold Speedo I have seen culture of the live performances. When Fox announced it was remaking the film for television (under the clunky title Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) might destroy it. Read more »

Alison Brie: If youre imagining me from Mad Men, youre in for shock therapy

The Mad Men star returns to TV as an 80s wrestler in GLOW. Its a long way from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce In the dimly lit art-deco splendour of a Knightsbridge hotel bar, actor Alison Brie is immaculately coiffed (artfully tousled bob) and costumed (persimmon formal day dress) for our interview. The 34-year-old veteran of Read more »