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The ideology of gossip

Scandal, 2012-2017

Showrunner: Shonda Rhimes

So much of United States political life takes place in public, television viewers outside the Beltway fishbowl cannot help but wonder what it is we do not see. We've been given several answers since 1999, starting with The West Wing.

Review

Getting better all the time

The Good Wife

The best TV drama series can change the way we look at society. The Good Wife forces us to take a different look not just at politics and the law as a practice but also at women's sexual life, and at family values (in the non-political sense) as a tyrannical tool of personal power.

Review

A Suitable Case for Treatment

Sherlock

Review

What happened to crime?

Luther, 2013 (series 3)

The most puzzling aspect of Luther's third season is its sudden descent into macho aggression and masochism.

Review

Reliving the American lie

Mad Men, series 7

In recent episodes, Mad Men has come off as if should have been named Peyton Plaza

Review

Films

Pigs, worms and guns

Upstream Color

Analysis

Divisive sci-fi

Under the Skin

Review

Music

Leuk 2016: Spectacles of sound

Another spectacular programme

 

Story

Leuk 2016: Tibetan peace warrior turns to pop

 

Not as weird as that sounds.

Story


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