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Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth catches adeptly a sovereign who has become a little tired and distracted behind the eyes. Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television Production UK

The Crown series 3 review: Olivia Colman shines as an older, frumpier Elizabeth

A first look at the new series of The Crown finds a changing of the guard, with a fresh cast. Increasingly, in this series, the public hold Elizabeth and the royal family more accountable.
The first BBC television transmissions, September 1929. Science Museum

How public TV broadcasting was born

The first public television broadcast took place on September 30, 1929. The world would never be the same again.
‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!’ was a funky, lighthearted alternative to the action cartoons that, for years, had dominated Saturday morning lineups. GeekDad

The strange connection between Bobby Kennedy’s death and Scooby-Doo

Demands for regulation of media violence reached a fever pitch after RFK's assassination, and networks scrambled to insert more kid-friendly fare into their lineups. Enter: the Mystery Machine.
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. Two Brothers Pictures

Fleabag’s feminist rethinking of tired screenwriting tools

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.

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