TV programmes with certain themes can help boost our mood.
The excavation of the 7th century Saxon ship at Sutton Hoo was remarkable – but we can't ignore the harmful rhetoric about the 'Anglo-Saxon' race in a new Netflix film dramatising the find.
Writers did it themselves back in the 19th-century so modern period dramas should be cut some slack for trying to prioritise modern aesthetic tastes over historical accuracy.
A french classic has had a thoroughly modern update, meditating on themes of class, race and colonialism.
The Digs' archaeologists are closer to reality than the intrepid Indiana Jones, and that's refreshing.
Audiences have a growing appetite for slow weekly released TV.
The Regency period was full of gossip and scandal, something Bridgerton gets right. However, it leaves out the period's grim record on slavery.
Watching a foreign film or TV show doesn't automatically teach you the language – but there are ways to make it stick.
Romance fiction has long been overlooked for TV adaptations – the success of Bridgerton proves how short sighted that is.
While other superheroes draw on past trauma for strength, super-detective Jessica Jones wryly bares her wounds and questions the whole hero gig.
In children’s media, pain is depicted alarmingly frequently, usually unrealistically and often violently, but without empathy or help. These images of pain send all the wrong messages.
Is it really necessary to identify gifted children?
The real problem may be that a burden of representation means these narratives must ‘do it all’
Ever since players tweaked the game to reflect the medieval social order, poets and writers have used chess as an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment.
The movie is indeed a silly look at how sharing song and media in popular culture can affect how we relate as individuals and nations but it also carries deeper insights.
A stark divide in the response to the film suggests a deep disconnect between media elites and the rest of the country.
Chess in Australia during the 1960s, the period of The Queen’s Gambit, was a far cry from the popularity of the game in the US. It was hard to get chess learning materials or travel to tournaments.
A new series has been announced by Netflix but the last time the game was adapted it wasn't exactly a success. The lack of coherent narrative within the expansive gaming world may be to blame.
Lockdown increased the appetite for on-demand viewing.
In this new season of The Crown, Queen Elizabeth has two rivals for centre stage: Margaret Thatcher, played dazzlingly well by Gillian Anderson, and Diana Spencer.