One of Victoria Wood’s recurring themes was television, something that until recently, held the nation together. As such, she is the consummate English comic.
When it comes to TV use energy, calling one household ‘average’ can be misleading.
Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.
People who watch a lot of TV consume a disproportionate amount of electricity so we should tailor energy efficiency incentive programs to these and other big energy users.
Fans are not happy with the end of the Walking Dead season finale.
Spoiler warning for the season six finale of The Walking Dead. We talk point-of-view shots and the visual language of empathy.
Who would you rather have as president: Frank Underwood or Donald Trump?
‘It’s peculiar the way in which viewers of my vintage judged the first part of Seven’s miniseries on its authenticity.’
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'I suppose that, as I'm 50, Molly is absolutely my demographic: I was nine when Countdown began and 23 when it ended, and I was a devotee for most of that time – a devotee who was often disgusted ...'
Beware the spoiler police.
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Reading this with your eyes half closed for fear of plot spoilers? There's something wrong with you.
Eye in the sky: the ‘spidercam’ is just one of the technological innovations bringing ever more information to football fans.
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Is there now so much information being shown on football broadcast screens that it's time for another announcerless game?
New technology could allow you to "feel" a TV show by transmitting touch feedback through the air.
It’s time to rethink content distribution.
Netflix's recent ban on proxies, unblockers and virtual private networks (VPNs) is unlikely to provide a long-term cure to content providers’ chronic headaches.
In the post-9/11, post-Iraq television landscape we’re familiar with government and terrorist conspiracy shows. How will aliens hold up?
Off to the great video library in the sky…
The rise and fall of video and music formats.
You might be forgiven for wondering if there’s any connection between ITV's Jekyll and Hyde and Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella other than the title.
Sandra in The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Why so many are utterly compelled by shows about extremely mundane, even retro exercises such as baking, sewing and throwing pottery.
Sometimes the most useful strategy is to avoid exposure in the first place.
Footage of wars, bombings and shootings can traumatise children. Here's how parents can help them cope with distressing content.
The screen is as close as many people get to experiencing prison. But do these dramas offer a realistic insight into life behind bars?
Director Ridley Scott was beamed via TV into last week’s press conference.
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Federal arts minister Mitch Fifield said every job in the film and television industry supported 3.57 jobs in other industries. We should be wary of such promises.
James Bond may be pro-Snowden but Carrie Mathison’s lot aren’t so sure.
The battle for public opinion over whether Edward Snowden was right might just be won out, not in the press or the US Congress, but in fiction.
Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy in The Following.
In a media ecology defined through “interactive” behaviour – “web 2.0,” the blogging platforms now favoured by news and cultural criticism sites – a new figure has emerged from the digital abyss: the serial commenter.
The niche television market is now the place to be.
Mass media is on its way out, and the pursuit and influence of niche audiences has fundamentally reshaped everything from the music industry to publishing. Now it's reshaping television.
Christina Hendricks with the Mad Men costume sketches being archived by the Smithsonian. But academics were interested in television long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men.
Before Buffy The Vampire Slayer intrigued academics, shows like I Love Lucy dominated the cultural conversation. This is worth remembering, because Mad Men and The Wire didn't emerge from nowhere.