Bethan Ackerley

The Alternative Emmy Awards

All the obvious awards were presented at the Emmys – but what should be added to the list? Most Obvious Product Placement Product placement is playing an increasingly large role in our TV habits. No show features this more than House of Cards; the producers seem to have forgotten that...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2016

Interview: Lucy Porter on comedy, aging and being 4’11”

Tell us about your new show, Consequences. It’s a show about aging, and about how much I’ve let my sixteen-year-old self down, basically. It’s called Consequences because I realised all the things I thought I’d be doing when I was sixteen that I’m very much not doing now. I’m not...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2016

TV shows that help your degree

Finding your degree a little dull or complex to understand? Fear no more – our writers are here with TV shows that can help you better understand your degree, or at least enjoy it a little more… Community Bethan Ackerley Community is the story of newly suspended lawyer Jeff Winger,...
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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Review: Holmes for Rent

At the Edinburgh Fringe- that great festival into which all the actors and comedians of the world are irresistibly drained- there are more musicals than you could see in a week. Perhaps more surprisingly, there are a great many shows about Sherlock Holmes. Musical Theatre Warwick’s Holmes For Rent, an...
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Posted Aug. 17, 2016

Review: The Alchemist

Polly Findlay has staged a raucous, playful production of The Alchemist, Ben Jonson’s esteemed city comedy. A play of many transformations, The Alchemist is centred around a “venture tripartite” of confidence tricksters. Face (Ken Nwosu), otherwise known as Jeremy, is a butler to the nobleman Lovewit. With his master fleeing...
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Posted Aug. 1, 2016

Review: Doctor Faustus

Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct a lurid, fantastical production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. By now, most of us know the story – an ambitious scholar makes a fatal deal with Lucifer’s agent Mephistopheles. In exchange, he receives near limitless power, and meets a tragic demise. Aberg’s...
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Posted Jul. 5, 2016

Jessica Jones: AKA Take A Bloody Number

This week Jessica Jones slows down enough to let its characters deal with their damaged relationships, and centres itself around the search for forgiveness. None of the characters have a wholly black and white morality, but some feel guiltier about blurring ethical boundaries than others. Robyn takes a big step...
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Posted Jun. 5, 2016

Jessica Jones: AKA I’ve Got The Blues

So much has happened this week that I can barely fit it in one review. To my immense relief, in AKA I’ve Got The Blues, Jessica and Trish finally found out quite how off the rails Simpson is. Even before he murdered Clemons, Simpson’s behaviour was menacing with Kozlov’s drugs intensifying his hero...
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Posted May. 3, 2016

Jessica Jones – AKA 1000 Cuts

This week, Jessica Jones treads familiar ground for the superhero genre, and asks what’s the cost of fighting a dangerous criminal. The lives caught in the crossfire become the central focus of AKA 1,000 Cuts, as Jessica’s allies each cause the death of a guiltless bystander. By far the best...
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Posted Apr. 24, 2016

Jessica Jones ‘AKA Sin Bin’

This week we find Kilgrave in his very own sin bin, a high tech prison made by Simpson complete with electrified water and hermetically sealed walls (I confess I had to google what that meant – airtight, for those who were wondering). The inference that leads to the discovery of...
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Posted Apr. 13, 2016

Jessica Jones: AKA WWJD?

This week’s episode takes place almost entirely in Jessica’s old house. It’s to the credit of the actors and writers that AKA WWJD? is so compelling; by scaling down the action, Krysten Ritter and David Tennant are given the space they need to act, away from the violent showpieces of...
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Posted Mar. 28, 2016