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Red Dwarf: revisiting the first series

  My love of Red Dwarf was at its peak around ten years ago. I bought each series on DVD and watched them over and over again, before eventually getting a bit fatigued and moving on to something else. In the time that has passed since then, I’ve hardly revisited the ‘small rouge one’ at...

The Day Today: standout moments from a classic TV comedy show

Arguably the high watermark of spoof/satire television in the UK, The Day Today is unquestionably an important slice of British comedy history. Spawning from the similarly genius radio show On The Hour, The Day Today brought together several now well-known comedic actors and writers – Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Peter Baynham,...

‘Being Human’ (2009-2013): A retrospective

One of the British sci-fi/fantasy success stories of the 2010s, Being Human ran on BBC Three for five seasons between 2009 and 2013, gaining a large and devoted fanbase in the process. Its cast ranged from the already well-established (Mark Williams, Julian Barratt) to up-and-comers who went on to even greater things – like Aidan...

James Bond retrospective 013: ‘Octopussy’ (1983)

There’s a tradition of James Bond films switching styles and generally trying to horn in on the zeitgeist, as seen in Live and Let Die’s ‘Blaxploitation’ and Moonraker’s ‘Space Opera’. There’s also a trend of ‘going back to basics’ to reset the series after any entry that’s particularly over the top, the prime examples being...

James Bond retrospective 012: ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (1981)

After the sheer bonkers excess of Moonraker there really was only one thing for Bond to do – go back to Earth. So we have a Moore-era Bond that could just about have starred Connery in the ’60s, and it’s all the better for it. Buy the complete James Bond collection on Blu-ray here.  ...

Harry Potter Year 6 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

The film adaptation of Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts arrived on cinema screens in 2009. Things are changing at Hogwarts. Voldemort’s power is rising beyond the school walls, and nobody is truly safe. Draco Malfoy is harbouring a dark secret, Snape has claimed the much coveted position of Defence Against The Dark Arts professor,...

James Bond retrospective 011: ‘Moonraker’ (1979)

There’s no way to hide from the fact that Moonraker is properly bonkers. From concept to execution, the decisions that must have been made are largely inexplicable, and yet, somehow, it all just about pulls together. In essence, it’s pretty much the Greatest Hits of James Bond. In space. Buy the complete James Bond collection...