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By Matthew Badham on 11 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Our Friends in the North’ isn’t just first-class drama, it’s a stunning piece of fictive social history that charts the lives of four friends and their extended networks from 1964 until 1995.

By Shiny Shelf on 29 June 2010 11 COMMENTS

So, ‘The Big Bang’ went off and there’s no more ‘Doctor Who’ until Christmas. Luckily, we’re here with a recommendation list of ten old ‘Who’ stories (well, not exactly ten, but we’ll get to that later) that are worth watching to help the next six months pass a bit quicker.

By Mags L Halliday on 25 June 2010 Comments Off

BBC4’s fatherhood season includes one of the channel’s drama biopics, this time on John Lennon.

By Mark Clapham on 07 August 2009 Comments Off

Play is the thing.

By Shiny Shelf on 01 January 2006 Comments Off

As 2006 begins, now is the last chance we’ll have to round-up all those things that Shiny Shelf should have reviewed in 2005 but, due to the constraints of time and competence, didn’t get around to. ..

By Eddie Robson on 21 June 2005 Comments Off

It’s all been a bit of a triumph, hasn’t it?

By Mark Clapham on 21 June 2005 Comments Off

It shouldn’t actually be surprising to see Russell T Davies confound expectation again with his finale to this season of ‘Doctor Who’…

By Eddie Robson on 11 June 2005 Comments Off

Although Russell T Davies quite rightly has his mind focussed on the wider reception of this series, it’s hard to believe that he wasn’t chuckling with glee when he imagined the reaction of some fans to this episode…

By Eddie Robson on 04 June 2005 Comments Off

This episode is very much the calm before the storm, even though there is a whacking great storm in it…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 28 May 2005 Comments Off

The first two-part story in this series of Doctor Who was called ‘World War Three’, but for the second one we go back to World War Two, for a tale of terrifying children, dashing space captains and the intolerances of wartime society.

By Mark Clapham on 17 May 2005 Comments Off

This new series of ‘Doctor Who’ is both perfect kids’ entertainment and more grown-up than ‘Doctor Who’ has ever previously been…

By Eddie Robson on 07 May 2005 Comments Off

This episode falls a little short visually. I imagine that the year 20,000 will be almost unrecognisable from now, so I expect 200,000 to seem as mad as tin pie…

By Eddie Robson on 01 May 2005 Comments Off

Until now I liked the new ‘Doctor Who’: I liked it very much. But I didn’t really love it. These forty-five minutes have changed all that…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

For most of its life ‘Doctor Who’ was an odd fusion of ordinary television and itself. That’s something that we’ve lost sight of in the years it’s been away (even the TV movie was like ‘The X-Files’ ) …

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

It’s funny – I knew that this new series of ‘Doctor Who’ was going to be aimed squarely at new viewers. Yet I didn’t fully appreciate what this meant in dramatic terms…

By Mark Clapham on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

‘Rose’, the first episode of the BBC’s much-hyped ‘Doctor Who’ relaunch had to not only bring ‘Doctor Who’ up to date for a 2005 audience, but also re-introduce a genre British TV hasn’t seen for a while…

By Jim Smith on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

So, in no particular order, here are twenty great things about ‘The End of the World’.

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

Probably the biggest problem with this episode is that a large portion of the audience is liable to insist that ‘Doctor Who’ be like this every week…

By Eddie Robson on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

So, time for the backlash? No, because backlashes are only initiated by the childish and bored. It just happens that ‘Aliens of London’ is the weakest New Who episode thus far…

By Mark Clapham on 29 April 2005 Comments Off

The Slitheen invasion gets serious – sort of.

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2005 Comments Off

Well, there’s some good news and some bad news….

By Jim Smith on 11 February 2003 Comments Off

So Steven Baxter is not so much God made man as post modernity made flesh in the concluding part of Russell T Davies ‘The Second Coming’. Davies’ script explicitly rattles Nietzsche’s cage for us…

By Jim Smith on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

The title gives you a pretty good idea of what the concept behind Russell T Davies’ superbly realised ITV mini-series is, and it’s a production which combines magic realism, wit, out-and-out-camp and manic pacing in roughly equal measure.

By Eddie Robson on 10 February 2003 Comments Off

Hyperbole? No. Believe it.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

The creative partnership of director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland is renewed with ‘28 Days Later…’

By Eddie Robson on 21 September 2002 Comments Off

Have you seen this yet? You haven’t? Well, grab a copy and watch it smartish, before somebody gives away the ending.