Set in a mental health facility, Wakefield shows the advantages of television over feature film, giving scope to explore mental health stories without resorting to caricatures.
Doctor Who is a popular cosplay theme. But some people base more than just their outfit on the Time Lord’s exploits.
The first peer-reviewed survey of Doctor Who fans’ attitudes to science reveals it was literally life-changing TV for some. But the verdicts were surprisingly nuanced and sometimes contradictory.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag: until now it has been rare for a female TV character to ‘break the fourth wall’ and address the viewer directly.
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Key to the success of the much-lauded Fleabag is its creator’s repurposing of two cliched narrative devices: flashback and breaking the fourth wall.
Channel 4/Nick Wall
It made for brilliant viewing, but Channel 4’s Brexit drama missed out on some important details.
Grey’s Anatomy’s portrayal of trauma experiences is far more dramatic than in real life.
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A new study compared fictional patient experiences in Grey’s Anatomy with real trauma cases. It concluded patients who are fans of the show might have unrealistic expectations of medical care.
Good Girls Revolt.
Good Girls Revolt, One Mississippi and I Love Dick are all female led dramas cancelled by Amazon.
We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.
William Hartnell as the original Dr Who.
TV acting has evolved from the early performances of actors like William Hartnell. It’s a more subtle craft and quite different from stage acting.
Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland: in one episode, she stops taking her medication in order to solve the puzzle of who is attempting to kill her.
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A spate of recent TV shows feature protagonists whose mental health condition gives them special skills. But these are often accessed by rejecting medication.
Kevin Bacon as the arrogant Dick in the Amazon drama based on Chris Kraus’s 1997 novel of the same name.
The relevance of the female gaze is brought sharply into focus in this funny, shocking and groundbreaking drama