TV Review: Gangs of London (Sky Atlantic) – Season One

Created by Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Matt Flannery and aired on Sky Atlantic in April 2020, Gangs of London is set in the heart of London when the most powerful criminal in London, Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney), is assassinated – and nobody knows who ordered the hit. With rivals everywhere, and the help of […]

Book Review: Sorry I Missed You

“I think that’s part of being an adult, you know? Your life is just frayed at the edges, and you have whole haunted cities full of people who owe you explanations and apologies. Cities full of ghosts.” This is my Amazon First Reads selection for May 2020. You can get a free book every month […]

TV Review: After Life (Netflix) – Season Two

Created, directed by, and starring Ricky Gervais, the second series of his hugely successful Netflix series After Life aired in April 2020. The six-episode series follows Tony (Gervais), whose life was turned upside down after his wife (Kerry Godliman) dies from breast cancer, as he still struggles with immense grief. But he’s determined to move […]

TV Review: Ozark (Netflix) – Season One

Created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix, the first season of Ozark follows financial advisor Marty (Jason Bateman), his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), and their children, who are forced to relocate from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Lake of the Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel […]

Film Review: Star Wars – Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

The ninth episode in the Star Wars Skywalker saga and the third instalment in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set a year after the events of The Last Jedi. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) lead the Resistance’s final stand against Kylo […]

TV Review: Breeders (Sky One) – Season One

Created by Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, and Martin Freeman, Breeders is a comedic look at the trials and tribulations of parenthood. Premiering on Sky One in March 2020, the series follows two parents (Freeman and Daisy Haggard) who struggle with parenthood, exploring the paradox that every parent knows but never admits: you would willingly die […]

Book Review: Kill Code

“The station: a seething mass of humanity. Some came with hope in their hearts, ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. For others, it was the only place hey had left to go. They had reached rock bottom.” Written by Clive Fleury and a futuristic dystopia, Kill Code is set in 2031 in […]

TV Review: The Innocence Files (Netflix) – Season One

The nine-episode true-crime series on Netflix, The Innocence Files, aired on Netflix in March 2020 and explores nine cases of wrongful conviction that The Innocence Project and organizations within the Innocence Network have worked on to try and get their verdicts overturned.

TV Review: Quiz (ITV) – Miniseries

A three-part drama which aired on ITV in April 2020, Quiz tells the story of Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen), a former British army major, who won the jackpot on the quiz show, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?‘, hosted by Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen). Written by James Graham, and is based on his play, Quiz, […]

TV Review: The Nest (BBC) – Season One

Written by Nicole Taylor, the BBC drama, The Nest, aired in March 2020 and follows a couple, Dan (Martin Compston) and Emily (Sophie Rundle), who, struggling to conceive, are confronted by a mysterious 18-year-old, Kaya (Mirren Mack), who offers to be their surrogate mother.

Documentary Review: Beware The Slenderman (Sky Crime)

A 2016 HBO documentary film directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, currently on Sky Crime, Beware the Slenderman is a documentary about the 2014 true-crime story of when two 12-year old girls (Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier) attempted to murder one of their friends, stabbing her 19 times, in an attempt to appease Slenderman, a fictional […]

TV Review: Cursed Films (Shudder) – Season One

From writer and director Jay Cheel and a Shudder original series, Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously cursed horror film productions, including The Exorcist, The Omen, Poltergeist, The Crow, and Twilight Zone: The Movie. From plane accidents and bombings, the rumoured use of […]

Book Review: Little White Secrets

“They say normal people tell a white lie three times a day. Lately, I feel like I’m exceeding my limit.” This is my Amazon First Reads selection for April 2020. You can get a free book every month by joining Amazon Prime, which you can do with a free trial here. Set to be released […]

Book Review: Blindsighted (Grant County #1)

“Sara’s hand shook as she pressed her fingers against Sibyl’s carotid artery. A fluttering rose against her fingertips, but Sara wasn’t sure if it was the tremor in her own hands or life that she was feeling. Sara closed her eyes, concentrating, trying to separate the two sensations.” The 2001 book by Karin Slaughter and […]

TV Review: Liar (ITV) – Season Two

Created by Harry and Jack Williams, the second season of ITV’s Liar aired in March 2020 and sees Laura Nielson (Joanne Froggatt) accused of the murder of Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd), a renowned surgeon who she had previously accused of rape, as she once again finds herself drawn into Andrew’s destructive path.

TV Review: Noughts + Crosses (BBC One) – Season One

An adaptation of the first book in the Noughts & Crosses novel series by Malorie Blackman, the BBC series is set in an alternate history where black “Cross” people rule over white “Noughts”. Against this background of prejudice and distrust as powerful rebellion mounts on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy (Masali Baduza) […]

Documentary Review: Tiger King – Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix)

Released on Netflix in March 2020, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is a true-crime documentary about the life of Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, popularly known as Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country-western singer. The documentary focusses on the deeply interconnected society of the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, which also includes Joe’s […]

TV Review: The Act (Amazon Prime) – Miniseries

Created by Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean and currently streaming on Amazon Prime‘s StarzPlay channel (which you can currently get for 99p for three months), The Act is based on the true story of Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King) and her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Gypsy has been told her whole life that she […]

Film Review: Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari)

Based on a true story and directed by James Mangold, Le Mans ’66 follows visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at […]

Film Review: Knives Out

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out follows the investigation into the apparent suicide of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday. When the inquisitive Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate, Blanc must sift through a web of […]