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The Fall: A Frustrating Season Still Highlights Gillian Anderson’s Brilliant Character Work

Season three of The Fall may not have lived up to the previous two seasons, but it remains a largely absorbing series.

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2 Nov 2016 // 8:30 AM

‘In a Valley of Violence’ Is More Like a Plateau of Platitudes

Is violence a tragedy or an existential condition? Is this a Western or a dark spoof on one?

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Fritz Lang Shows His Hand With ‘The Spiders’ and ‘Destiny’

From playing with Death to finding a lost Incan civilisation, these two silents are bursting with adventure and intrigue.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 6 - “Lost”

There are no good reasons for actions that are selfish, mean and hurtful, a lesson Bowker will hopefully learn before season two.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 5 - “Goodbye”

Writer Bowker turns a corner and changes The A Word from a show allegedly about autism to a show actually about autism.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 4 - “Sleepover”

The line between realistic moral ambiguity and nihilistic amorality isn't as narrow as "Sleepover" would lead you to believe.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 3

Series writer Peter Bowker seems to have created his own post-feminist Madonna/whore complex.

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‘Doctor Who’ and the Constraints of the American Cultural Cold War

Decolonization, shifting demographics and the rise of the US needed to be understood and processed through the British popular imagination. The Doctor landed his TARDIS just in time to help.

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The A Word: Season 1, Episode 2

The best parts of The A Word are worth putting up with the awful parts, but why does writer Peter Bowker make his audience sit through them?

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19 Jul 2016 // 8:41 AM

The A Word: Season 1, Episode 1

The first episode of The A Word shows a series teetering between pretty decent and downright awful.

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5 Jul 2016 // 9:00 AM

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle: Seasons 1 to 4

Stewart Lee's series offers rare fidelity to the "warts and all" of live comedy.

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29 Jun 2016 // 1:15 AM

The Power of Bullshit in ‘McCabe & Mrs. Miller’

In McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the 1971 western directed by Robert Altman, bullshit seems like the stuff empires are built on, but as we quickly come to find out, it can also turn to quicksand.

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Doctor Who: “Seeing patterns in things that aren’t there”

How a '90s Doctor Who might have been uniquely Doctor Who while differing greatly from what it actually ended up becoming.

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Personal Morality, Not Political Ideology: ‘Doctor Who’ and the Cold War

How does a 2,000-year-old (give or take a few centuries) Gallifreyan Time Lord engage with the very human politics of mid-20th century class war?

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Doctor Who Christmas Special: “The Husbands of River Song”

Doctor Who's surprising jaunty Christmas special scores points merely by dint of being watchable without resort to the saccharine or the mawkish, and whets the appetite for series 10.

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Justin Richards Delivers a Mixed Bag in Doctor Who: The Time Lord Letters

This is a thick and glossy volume featuring the Doctor's correspondence across time and space.

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Doctor Who and the Master Really Get in Your Face, 3D-Style

The BBC's 3D treatment of Doctor Who episodes ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Death in Heaven’ makes the cruel plot twists truly pop.

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Doctor Who: Series 9 Episode 12 - “Hell Bent”

Why couldn’t the Doctor’s recently deceased companion do the right thing, and stay dead?

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Winning (and Losing) the West: ‘Red Wolf #1’

The Old West gives Marvel a new hero and a fresh shot of diversity.

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Doctor Who: Series 9, Episode 11 - “Heaven Sent”

It would be asking a lot of any actor to carry almost an hour of prime-time television on their own, but not Peter Capaldi.

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