Women on reality TV shows get far more abuse online than men – study

Analysis of posts on several social media platforms also reveals recurrence of gendered tropes Female reality TV contestants are far more likely to be targeted for abuse by online trolls than men, research reveals. Women of colour are particularly vulnerable to extreme and violent threats online, according to a report from the Demos thinktank, which […]

How to cut your costs on TV and music streaming services

Whittle down subscriptions on services such as Netflix, Apple TV, Spotify and Amazon Prime Video and find the best deals With household bills climbing, it is time to start looking at cutting back on those unnecessary subscriptions. Streaming services are a godsend to keep you entertained when the winter nights draw in but with more […]

Yes, the younger hires are diverse. But why does TV still lack black people in top roles? | David Olusoga

Ofcom’s report reveals television workforces still fail to resemble the British population Our TV, as we love to remind ourselves and the rest of the world, is unique and uniquely British. Last month, the now former media minister John Whittingdale suggested that Britain’s public service broadcasters – BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – […]

Succession returns: how did a nice lad from Oswestry make such a nasty TV show?

As the British writer’s tale of a media family’s power struggle returns to TV, we chart his path from Peep Show to global award-winning fame Pulsing away unobserved, inside a room near Brixton underground station, is the heart of a callous transatlantic empire. From this modest south London location, a web of intrigue, corruption and […]

Stephen Fry on the enduring appeal of Georgette Heyer

As the Folio Society publishes a new edition of Venetia, the actor and broadcaster reflects on what makes an excellent Regency romance From the absolutely appalling cover art that has defaced her books since she was first published, you would think Georgette Heyer the most gooey, ghastly, cutesy, sentimental and trashy author who ever dared […]

Bird taxidermy: the Australian specialists who love birds in life and death

From grieving pet owners to TV shows and major museums, demand for taxidermists remains strong. And birds are a mainstay Vote here in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2021 bird of the year How well do you know Australian birds? Take our quiz Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing For Lauren Hundloe, bringing […]

Channel 4 goes off-air after outage caused by technical problem

Several TV channels including Channel 5, Film 4 and More 4, lost output Half a dozen TV channels including Channel 4 and Channel 5 suffered an outage during prime time on Saturday evening because of a technical problem. Channel 4 and its sister channels, More 4, Film 4 and 4 Music, were down for more […]

On my radar: Roberto Saviano’s cultural highlights

The investigative journalist and author of Gomorrah on the delights of Mozart, the restorative tranquility of Andalusia and a lifelong love of Subbuteo Roberto Saviano is an Italian author best known for his 2006 book, Gomorrah, a no-holds-barred exposé of organised crime in Italy. Born in Naples in 1979, Saviano studied philosophy and started as […]

The Many Saints of Newark review – the making of Tony Soprano

Michael Gandolfini follows in his father’s footsteps as the young Tony in a prequel that will resonate far more with fans of the TV series This Sopranos origin story lands midway between a dysfunctional family reunion and a “come as your favourite television gangster” freshers’ week costume party. Either way, it’s undeniably entertaining stuff, but […]

Welcome to the all new Guide! The Guardian’s pop-culture newsletter

The one-stop shop for all the week’s best entertainment, with lots of recommendations and classic Guide features Hello and welcome to The Guide, the Guardian’s new and improved weekly pop-culture newsletter. Every Friday, I’ll be cramming the biggest film, TV, music, podcasting and gaming stories into one handy, inbox-friendly missive. Continue reading…

‘Astronauts check our scripts!’: inside the new age of sumptuous sci-fi TV

With clone emperors in haute couture and exotic wolf-lizards poised to attack, Foundation and For All Mankind herald a new era of ravishing spectaculars. Can they do for sci-fi what Game of Thrones did for fantasy? Dynastic infighting, the decline and fall of a mighty empire, tyrannical rulers and fantastical beasts. You might be forgiven […]

‘Someone could weld an eyeball out!’ Why Metal Shop Masters is the anti Bake Off

It was inevitable that welders would be next to get their own Bake Off-style reality TV contest. But thank god none of them are amateurs – or there would be gore all over the floor Metal Shop Masters is a new American Netflix series where a bunch of skilled metalworkers compete to make the best […]

‘I’m loving life,’ says first CBeebies presenter with Down’s syndrome

George Webster, a 21-year-old actor from Leeds, was overwhelmed by the reaction to his first BBC show At 7.23am on Monday, George Webster made TV history when he bounced into the CBeebies house. Most young viewers would have been unaware they were witnessing a landmark TV moment: to them, Webster was just another smiling grown-up, […]

The Great British Bake Off 2021 review – joyous TV that shows no signs of staleness

Presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas are purring and the new contestants are defying gravity. Yes, the tonic that is Bake Off returns for a 12th series The year may come when the return of The Great British Bake Off (Channel 4) is not a tonic, a comfort, and a joy that’s all the finer […]

The Many Saints of Newark review – Sopranos prequel keeps it in the family

Michael Gandolfini is goosebump-inducing as the young Tony Soprano, amid race riots and antagonism towards rival African American gangs Maybe it was inevitable that the greatest TV show in history should spawn a feature-length prequel that is somehow disappointing: it is watchable but weirdly obtuse with a tricksy narrative reveal that doesn’t add much. The […]

Finally! Get ready for a new season of culture

New albums, new TV series, and actual live shows – the culture taps might have run dry during the pandemic, but this autumn they are switching on again at last. Our critics give their pick of the new crop Over the past year and a half, with big releases held back and live performances disappearing […]

TV presenter Julia Bradbury reveals she has breast cancer

Broadcaster best known for work on Countryfile urges women to check their breasts The television presenter Julia Bradbury has announced she has breast cancer, and urged other women to check their breasts and seek help if they notice any changes. The 51-year-old broadcaster will undergo a mastectomy in October to remove her left breast, along […]

Now Andrew Neil has left GB News, I’m selflessly volunteering to replace him | Hussein Kesvani

Neil was an analogue artefact struggling to break through in an online world So it’s farewell to Andrew Neil. While the former chairman and lead presenter of GB News had decades of print and television experience, it was clear from the start of his latest venture that he was an analogue artefact struggling to break […]

Are the Wombles really the best children’s characters to tackle the climate crisis?

The stars of 1970s television have been announced as ambassadors for the British government’s #OneStepGreener campaign. But would the Octonauts and Go Jetters do better? From Wimbledon Common to Kelvingrove park – the Wombles, Britain’s much-loved environmentally friendly furry creatures who became TV stars in the 1970s, are back in the spotlight after being announced […]

Clive Sinclair and the offbeat brilliance of the ZX Spectrum

The affordability of Sinclair’s revolutionary 1982 home computer let a generation of young bedroom coders make anarchic, punky games, and its hardware limitations merely fostered extra creativity • Clive Sinclair dies aged 81 – report One day, in the bitterly cold autumn of 1981, my dad brought something home with him which he said was […]

The Covid Requiem review – an emotional eulogy for the pandemic’s victims

Pitlochry Festival theatreLesley Orr and Jo Clifford’s show about the lives of some who have died in the past 18 months is a necessary act of communal remembrance We’ve read about it in the papers. We’ve seen it analysed on TV. We’ve chatted about it in Zoom meetings. But it’s only now, after 18 months, […]

BBC Three set to return as TV channel after Ofcom gives green light

Service was taken off air in 2016, but corporation says some younger viewers still want linear TV BBC Three is set for a triumphant return as a TV channel after media regulator Ofcom gave it the provisional greenlight to return to broadcast television, six years after the corporation took it off air because its young […]

Animal magic! All Creatures Great and Small is the comforting TV we all need

The reboot of the Yorkshire vet drama is a gentle back-rub of a show, and proved the perfect answer to lockdown woes. As it returns, its winning formula looks even more charming When Channel 5 decided to revive James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small – first broadcast between 1978 and 1990 – it could […]

The Activist: ‘tone-deaf’ new TV show has activists compete to lobby G20 leaders

CBS programme has caused a social media storm for its crass choice of format and ill-qualified judges Producers have billed it as an exciting new twist on reality television: an X-Factor style competition between campaigners that will give them the chance to lobby world leaders at the G20. But The Activist, a show announced last […]

Emma Raducanu’s win was a fantastic surprise – it must inspire a generation

The LTA deserves credit for the teenager’s US Open triumph but only government investment will take tennis to the masses At some stage in the coming days, Emma Raducanu will return home with the US Open trophy safely packed away, a grand slam title winner at the age of 18. Together with a whistle-stop round […]

Former West Indies bowler Michael Holding retiring as TV commentator

Holding has spent 31 years working behind the microphone His first TV broadcast was England’s 1990 tour of West Indies Michael Holding is retiring after 31 years as a TV commentator. The former West Indies fast bowler played 60 Tests and 102 one-day internationals, claiming 391 wickets, before moving behind the microphone after his retirement […]

Far-right journalist quits French TV show amid election rumours

Éric Zemmour is about to begin a book tour, but has not yet announced his candidacy for president The French far-right journalist and commentator Éric Zemmour has stepped down from his nightly TV show, heightening speculation that he could make an outsider bid to run in next year’s French presidential election. The 63-year-old, who was […]

West End theatres bank on staging a revival with big-budget productions

As venues try to bounce back, will Covid’s impact on schedules mean the end of the midweek matinee? Britain’s biggest theatre owners are banking on new big-budget productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Disney’s Frozen and Back to the Future to stage a post-pandemic comeback but a change in theatregoing habits could spell the end […]