The End of the F***ing World: Season 1

four star rating

Words by Phoebe Barton 

Channel 4’s dark comedy-drama hit Netflix earlier this month after originally being shown on Channel 4 last October. The British show is based on a comic series by Charles S. Forsman and follows two 17-year-olds, James (a self-proclaimed psychopath) and Alyssa (a moody new girl). The unlikely pair find themselves drawn to each other and end up on a journey to find Alyssa’s father. Continue reading “The End of the F***ing World: Season 1”


The Child In Time

four star rating

Words by Phoebe Barton 

Adapted from Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel, Stephen Butchard has brought A Child in Time to the small screen, capturing the true heartbreak and agony of losing a child. Benedict Cumberbatch portrays protagonist Stephen Lewis, a successful children’s author who suffers the unthinkable: losing his four year-old daughter on a seemingly normal trip to the supermarket. Continue reading “The Child In Time”

Mercy Street: Season 1

four star rating

Words by Louise Busfield 

It’s difficult at first to imagine Josh Radnor in anything other than How I Met Your Mother. His first appearance as a Civil War surgeon in Mercy Street takes some getting used to, but audiences should give it some time as the show is truly great. Continue reading “Mercy Street: Season 1”

JUNE: GLOW/Orphan Black/Twin Peaks

Words by Louise Busfield 

GLOW: Season 1   four star rating

Pictured left to right: Alison Brie (Ruth) and Betty Gilpin (Debbie). Photo: Erica Parise/Netflix

Brand new to Netflix this June is GLOW and for a wrestling drama it’s surprisingly both emotional and incredibly witty, not to mention it’s beautifully acted hosting the likes of Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Kate Nash, yeah Kate Nash.

What truly makes GLOW special though is how conscious it is of its own differences, its not like any other show you’ve seen. Based on the real Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion of the 80s the show follows a small group of women who’ve been passed up by Hollywood for not being the right size, race and the right level of attractiveness.

What GLOW does really well is it creates a voice for empowerment and exploitation and it proves that the two are not always perceived in the right way, an excellent start to a first season. Small Screen gives GLOW four stars.

GLOW is available now on Netflix. 

Orphan Black: Season 5   four star rating

Orphan Black: Series 04
Pictured: Tatiana Maslany. Photo: Netflix

Season 5 is Orphan Black at its best, feeling far more focused than its previous season, despite a few noticeably abrupt scenes within the narrative – setting up Neolution’s endgame and Rachel’s recent decision to turn criminal, still without actually getting to the real reason why we should be affected or more devoted than we already are in the oh so secretive and elusive founder.

However it does feel like co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett have started to include some pieces of information in order to provide or set up some sort of closure for the series, the end now being in sight. It’s great to see Orphan Black back on top and a great set up for the final season. Small Screen gives Orphan Black four stars.

Orphan Black is now available on Netflix UK. 

Twin Peaks: Season 3   four star rating

Twin Peaks
Pictured: Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper/Dougie Jones) and Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer).          Photo: Suzanna Tenner/Showtime

The Twin Peaks reboot is David Lynch unleashed. His deeply weird revisitation is a triumph thanks to the sinister world he creates, along side a haunting soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks: The Return could quite possibility be Lynch’s darkest production yet and yes his most disturbing, but devoted fans will love it.

It would seem that networks are breaking tradition andThe flowering of premium cable over the past decade-and-a-half has proven there’s an audience for television that breaks the traditional moulds that once ruled the medium. Small Screen gives Twin Peaks four stars.

Twin Peaks is available now on Sky on demand or NOW TV.