Interview with Kate Spicer, producer of Mission to Lars

If you didn’t know the context, some things Kate Spicer says could sound really wanky. “I have a really deep connection with Tom”; “I feel very, very, very close to my brothers.” Lots of celebrities surrounded by PRs seem instructed to insert the odd spurt of emotion like this to make their otherwise sterilised answers […]

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Black Mirror Mirror on the wall…

Last week saw the return of Charlie Brooker’s dystopian drama series Black Mirror: one of the television highlights of 2011 when the show debuted. We rejoiced in the blackly comic and diverse topics that Brooker treated: the dangers of social media and TV talent shows, with a poignant and dramatic finale – less of a […]

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Robot Crock

At talk of Bionics, the Bionicles that filled our childhood, or more spectacularly the Paralympics, come to mind. Little do we know of the constructions occurring in the confines of laboratories today. From bionic organs to limbs to bodies, the psychologist Herbert Meyer reveals to us the most audacious projects of our present time. A […]

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My Mad Fat Diary: Not that mental

Back in November, David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook demonstrated that on-screen treatment of mental illness combined with comedy need not be tasteless. E4’s new 6-part teen comedy/drama, My Mad Fat Diary is similar in content, but despite being inspired by real-life diary entries the consideration of mental health issues is far less penetrating. This time […]

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