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‘Lost Sitcoms’ review: ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ remains as funny as ever

In 1956, one of the most popular shows in the UK made the jump from radio to television and cemented the situation comedy as one of the small screen’s most enduring genres. Hancock’s Half Hour wasn’t the earliest British sitcom, but it was the first to flourish. From the beginning, writers Ray Galton and Alan...

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ review: Season 2 continues with ‘Grotesque’

Across its first 13 episodes, Fear the Walking Dead has continuously struggled to figure out just what kind of show it wants to be, and what aspects of the vast Walking Dead universe it wishes to explore in greater depth. The conclusion to Season 2A saw the show settle on something of an answer by...

‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2016 recap: Week 1

‘Karma’s been restored,’ says contestant Jane at one point, and it’s difficult to disagree. This week, The Great British Bake Off returns, and an exhausted nation falls hungrily on their screens, clutching their iPlayers to their chests, whispering to themselves ‘we’re alright, aren’t we? It’s all going to be alright.’ In savvy recognition of exactly...

Audio review: Big Finish’s ‘The Sacrifice of Sherlock Holmes’

With this four-disc set, Big Finish brings to a close a sequence of stories beginning with the 2012 release The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner. Over 13 discs (a single release and three box sets), writer Jonathan Barnes has woven a tale grand in concept yet readily accessible. Newcomers to Big Finish’s Sherlock Holmes range needs only...

‘Jason Bourne’ movie review: A very long checklist of franchise staples

When The Bourne Identity burst onto screens in 2002, it was a breath of fresh air, a revolutionary spy thriller that turned the whole genre on its head with its grounding in contemporary geopolitics and kinetic style. Even the James Bond franchise, then entering its fortieth year, was not immune to its influence, with Daniel...