How Skins went from teen noir to soapy despair

Once representing British drama at its best, as the storylines got darker it slowly turned into Goodfellas You can pretty much divide peoples memories of doing their A-levels into two camps: a) those who found the experience full of detentions, sexual frustrations and your mum jokes, akin to Skins. Written by father and son team Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain as a show about teenagers, but one that actually means something, Skins was commissioned as E4s flagship show. They held open auditions to find real teenagers, snagging Dev Patel, Daniel Kaluuya and Kaya Scodelario, and bagging the now grown-up annoying kid from About a Boy ( Original Article : HERE ;

Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its in the novel, Fiennes explains very patiently. Hes got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there. When The Handmaids Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Streep, Clooney … Cruise? Why no one is ‘too big for TV’ any more

Hollywood stars used to turn their noses up at television, but now Meryl Streep and George Clooney are stealing the show in your living room. Who might join them next? There have been plenty of surprises concerning Meryl Streep joining Big Little Lies. First, there was the Streep Scream, an earth-shattering howl that launched 1,000 memes. Second, there has been her performance as a whole: sometimes Deirdre Barlow channelling Willy Wonka; sometimes a less considered Mrs Doubtfire. Yet for many watchers, the main surprise remains that were seeing Streep on TV at all. With her three Oscars, Streep is the queen of Hollywoods old guard, the kind of film icon who at one time would never have done telly. She …

Black Mirror: the five best episodes so far

Black Mirror is back. From an 80s lesbian romance to a murderous choose-your-own adventure, here are the essential dystopian stories you must watch before the new season drops next week Be Right Back Season 2, Episode 1 Starring the wickedly talented duo of Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, Be Right Back was the first Black Mirror episode to tackle death and grief, topics that would pop up again in later instalments, and which are ripe for the kind of existential, brain-scrambling tales that Brooker and co do best. Atwell plays Martha, who resurrects her late boyfriend Ash (Gleeson) as a chatbot and then later as a seemingly realistic AI robot who shares Ashs appearance but sadly not the subtle details …

What/If review Rene Zellweger in deranged gender-flip of Indecent Proposal

Netflixs absurd new drama doesnt reinvent the morality tale, but it is tremendous fun It is my contention that any programme that chooses to demonstrate the bone-deep villainy of its protagonist by having her practise archery in her office is the best programme. All others can go home. Im not here for your subtle touches, your careful building of characters. Bad people have big offices, and use them to zing arrows at priceless wooden sculptures. QED, my friends, QED. Welcome, then, to s RenDemi Moore? The premise owes so much to Indecent Proposal that the couple about to be torn asunder even remark how much it reminds them of that movie. What does happen is that Zellweger gets a high-spec …

Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!

From Mad Men to The Crown, the actor is used to big exits. As new disaster drama Chernobyl launches, he talks about cover-ups, climate change shame and his hellraising dad Richard Jared Harris says that if only he had played Lane Pryce as he was meant to, he would have probably lasted the duration of The Crown was inevitably done for by a coronary thrombosis. In his latest TV drama, The Terror, about the Royal Navys treacherous 19th-century trip into the unknown, are three of the great contemporary TV dramas. And Chernobyl looks like its going to be another. A tense, beautifully written five-parter about Greta Thunberg has addressed EU politicians in Brussels. Its awful that its being left to …