The Voice: Series 3

  Series 3 of the BBC talent show The Voice concluded last weekend, with teenager Jermain Jackman taking the recording contract to kickstart his singing dream. After the disappointing post-victory careers of the two previous winners, Leanne Mitchell and Andrea Begley, hopefully he will meet with more success. After all, the audience vote decides the […]

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Interview with Annie Nightingale

This interview was originally published by The Oxford Student in November 2013. Annie Nightingale always wanted to be “cool”. After 43 years on BBC Radio 1, its longest serving and its first female DJ, she remains the epitome of the concept with her Friday night show championing “dubstep, urban and all things bassotronic”. Annie’s passion […]

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Sleuthing with Luther series 3

The opening minutes of the new episode of Luther acted as fitting recognition to the previous series. The image of a hunched DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) emerges from a flaming warehouse with a criminal held by the scruff of his jacket, flames burn behind him and blue police lights and black clad Special Forces […]

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BBC honours Queen’s College junior fellow

An Oxford English tutor, Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, has been announced as one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers for 2013. Dr Barraclough, who is a junior research fellow at Queen’s who specialises in Old Norse and Old English literature and culture, was one of ten early-career researchers from across the country who were […]

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Napier, Nolan & Nuance

It is not often that I am inspired to seemingly defend Catholicism’s stance on paedophilia – nor, indeed, to ostensibly offer a plea for paedophiles themselves. But this is what this is: apparently such an apologia. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier purportedly felt the same impulse recently on the Stephen Nolan show, accused by the titular 5 Live […]

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