16 items from 2013
Decadence, violence, love and space – Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw shares his fantasy award nomination list for 2013
• The 2012 Braddies
Awards season is now upon us and here, as every year, is my personal fantasy award nomination list for 2013, whimsically called the Braddies, which covers the period running from the beginning of the calendar year to the present. There are 10 nominations in eight categories: film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and documentary.
The reader is invited to nominate the winner in the comments section below, and perhaps to note omissions and evidence that the list betrays suggestions of sociocultural bias.
I like to think that these awards will one day evolve into an actual ceremony with chrome-and-glass statuettes, sponsorship from Sky Atlantic and a televised evening presided over by Dara Ó Briain or Mariella Frostrup. But until then, it exists in a world of fantasy only. And so, »
- Peter Bradshaw
London — U.K. pubcaster Channel 4 attracted more than 900,000 viewers at 10 p.m. on a Monday to “Sex Box,” which featured three couples having sex in a “box” on stage, and then got them to talk about it afterwards with a panel of experts. But the nation’s TV critics disapproved — not because of the sex, but because they thought the show was boring. And many viewers were left feeling embarrassed and confused.
Although the sex on the show was not actually seen or heard — it took place in a sound-proofed room, whose walls were opaque — it still managed to provoke howls of outrage before it aired, and even warranted a discussion on “Good Morning America.”
The show is part of a season of programs that sets out to reclaim sex from the porn industry by allowing people to talk candidly about it in an adult way. But the TV reviewers were not amused. »
- Leo Barraclough
We've had Drugs: Live (people talking about drugs and being very boring) and Bedtime: Live (people talking about their sleeping habits and being very boring), so it was only a matter of time before Channel 4 made the logical step and brought us a Daily Mail-baiting sex series.
Sex Box is a ridiculous Brass Eye-esque concept. Shoving a happy couple in a box in a studio, asking them to get down to it and then having them discuss what they got up to with three smug 'sexperts'. The only purpose the show serves is creating an eye-catching, ratings-grabbing Epg show title (Date My Porn Star and Virgins - coming soon to C4).
Channel 4 can bang on all they like about this show being a serious examination of modern sexuality and they can bring in Mariella Frostrup as a host (oh Mariella!), but this show served no real purpose »
I liked the idea of Sex Box – until I realised there were no cameras inside
This looks interesting: Sex Box (Channel 4). It's going to be like that ITV show The Cube, where people have to get things in holes under pressure, but here it's different things in different holes. Except that as well as the studio audience, and Mariella Frostrup hosting, there's a panel of "internationally renowned sex experts" too, who presumably will be judging, holding up cards with their scores for performance. So maybe it's more like a Channel 4 take on a talent show – Sex Factor, or simply Strictly Come. Hey, I think I like it.
Right, bring on the first couple, twentysomethings Rachel and Dean. They go into the box – quite nice, wood clad, with maybe a hint of a Scandi vibe about it (Mariella's input?) – and … Oh, I see, they shut the door behind them »
- Sam Wollaston
Sex Box. A one-hour special with real-life couples having sex in a television studio and then undertaking an 'honest' discussion about it in front of a studio audience. Channel 4's latest show certainly isn't your standard Monday evening viewing.
Aired as part of C4's Campaign For Real Sex season, the show set out to "reclaim sex from porn" by exploring people's expectations of intercourse.
The reaction has been varied on Twitter, with some in favour of the social and sexual experiment but others thinking it is one 'sex show' too far.
However, many saw the comical side of things and Digital Spy rounds up a selection of the funniest online reactions below...
Hope this is structured like Great British Bake Off - Technical, Showstopper, Filo etc.
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) October 7, 2013
Noel Edmonds should host #sexbox 'Are you ready for the question about what happened in there? Seal The »
Darts: The World Grand Prix | Malala: Shot For Going To School – Panorama | The Midwives | 999: What's Your Emergency? | A Very British Murder With Lucy Worsley | Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell | Sex Box
Darts: The World Grand Prix
7pm, Sky Sports 1
Dublin's Citywest Hotel plays host to day one of the 2013 World Grand Prix, with £100,000 on the table for the sharpest dartsmith. Top billing tonight goes to Jamie "Jabba" Caven, playing David to 10-times Grand Prix Goliath Phil Taylor, who'll be hoping to wrest the title back from 2012 winner Michael van Gerwen. Elsewhere, double Grand Prix winner James Wade takes on German Darts Masters holder Steve Beaton, and 2005 Citywest champ Colin Lloyd is up against Blackpool's Ronnie Baxter. Mark Jones
Malala: Shot For Going To School – Panorama
Mishal Husain interviews Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who, one year ago this week, was shot in the head by fundamentalists who objected to her, »
- Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Rachel Aroesti, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi
The Newsroom: 9pm, Sky Atlantic
Don continues urging the team to consider the consequences of going public with the Operation Genoa story, while Will is still worrying about his public image and decides to appear on a breakfast TV show in an attempt to remedy it.
Sex Box: 10pm, Channel 4
The show that's got everybody talking, Sex Box - part of Channel 4's 'Campaign for Real Sex' season - sees three couples having sex inside a large box in a TV studio, before talking openly about their experiences with agony aunt Mariella Frostrup, a panel of experts and the studio audience.
Never Mind The Buzzcocks: 10pm, BBC Two
Peter Andre takes on hosting duties for Never Mind The Buzzcocks this week. Team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus are joined by reality TV show judge Jason Gardiner, Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic, White Lies bassist Charles Cave and comedian Tony Law. »
The Channel 4 show claims it will help Britain get over its sexual repression. But did actually having sex in the studio help people articulate their feelings about it?
What makes six apparently sensible people agree to have sex in a box on national television? That is what Dean and Rachel, Matt and John, and Lynette and Des have done, in order to help Channel 4 reclaim sex from pornography, the stated aim of its Campaign for Real Sex Season.
"We had just got back from holiday," says Dean, 21, a supermarket delivery driver. "We were shopping in Reading. A guy came up to us and said, 'You look like a happy couple. We're doing this programme based on couples and their sex lives ...' I guess because we were in holiday mode, we gave him the time of day." Matt has a similar story: he and John were on holiday in »
- Paula Cocozza
Sex, time travel and Nicole Scherzinger - have you ever heard of such a glorious combination? Compose yourself people, because that's what's coming your way on the telly this week, as we reveal in our shortlist of Must-See TV.
Make sure you check out Digital Spy's new daily rundowns too for a quick guide on what to watch in the next 24 hours...
Channel 4 have gone sex mad this week, the saucy devils, as not only are they having Mariella Frostrup urge couples to have sex in a box for...erm...Sex Box (Monday, October 7 at 10pm), but they've also unleashed this fun drama with an 'Ooh, er' premise.
The couples' sex sessions inside 'The Sex Box' will be hidden from viewers and the studio audience, but they will be expected to candidly discuss their activities.
Frostrup will be joined by a panel of experts - psychotherapist, broadcaster and author Phillip Hodson, sex, body language and relationship expert Tracey Cox, and sex columnist Dan Savage - to talk to the couples about their sex lives.
"Ten years as The Observer's agony aunt has given me plenty of insight into what an important role sex plays in our lives, but also how difficult we find it »
Wellington, Sep 24: A new television show is all set to feature couples having sex in a sound-proof, opaque box in a studio, complete with an audience.
In the show, 'sex box', intended to 'reclaim sex from pornography', the couples will be quizzed on their sex lives by a panel of experts after they emerge from the box, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Host Mariella Frostrup, 50, told a UK publication that she hoped the show would spark a "mature, intelligent discussion about sex in Britain today".
She said that the sex we see on screen, in magazines and increasingly online bears little relation to the real experiences of real people, but this will be a frank conversation about an essential element in all our lives.
- Smith Cox
Show in Channel 4's Campaign for Real Sex season invites couples to have sex in an opaque cube before being interviewed
A sound-proofed box in a television studio may not be a dream romantic setting, but then most lovers would probably not leap out of bed for a postcoital interview with Mariella Frostrup. Yet this is the format of a new Channel 4 programme that aims to "reclaim sex from pornography" by delving between the sheets of British people.
The show, called Sex Box, features three couples invited to have sex in an opaque cube before being interviewed by Frostrup and a panel of experts.
The trysts will take place away from the gaze of the cameras – albeit in the middle of a television studio – in an hour-long pre-recorded programme .
Frostrup, the Observer's agony aunt who fronts the show, said she anticipated some viewers and critics would react with horror, »
- Josh Halliday
The Critics’ Circle, the UK’s only professional association of critics of drama, music, film, dance, and visual arts and the oldest organisation of its kind anywhere in the world, celebrates its centenary this year with high profile events open to the media and public audiences. We’ve got the official announcement over the events, and talks happening for their 100-year celebrations!
27 April – 11am to 4pm: Victoria and Albert Museum (free event in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre) presents ‘The Art of Criticism’, a public event hosted by two of the UK’s most popular broadcasters, Paul Gambaccini and Mariella Frostrup. ‘The Art of Criticism’ promises to be a day of lively discussion and debate with questions and answers flowing freely between the audience and the day’s guest panels about what makes a critic, what the job entails, what its significance is in the world of music, dance, »
- Dan Bullock
Two women, seven years apart in age, are celebrated this week. The older, Margaret Thatcher, will have a ceremonial funeral through the streets of London accompanied by marching, drum-beating, bell-tolling military display. The younger, Joan Bakewell, still very much alive, marks her 80th birthday today with a private party for her friends. If Thatcher transformed the urban landscape of Britain, Bakewell transformed not only arts broadcasting but the lives of young girls who had never seen an intelligent, attractive, stylish, modern woman talk about serious matters on television.
The press in the 60s called her the thinking man's crumpet, assuming that her appeal was to the male audience of the programme Late Night Line-Up, which she co-presented between 1965 and 1972. It was an era when women were so rare on »
- Linda Grant
Early one morning, just before Christmas, my partner sloped into the bedroom. "There's good news and bad news," he yawned.
"What's the bad news?" I asked.
He held up the Twitter feed on his iPad: "The network announced that Leverage [the Us TV show in which I'd appeared for five seasons] has been cancelled.".
"What's the good news?"
"Your Christmas present from the network arrived."
It wasn't a terrible blow. I'd played Sophie Devereaux for 77 episodes, and although it was the best of times, I felt ready for a new challenge. I was, however, totally unprepared for the outpouring of grief from the huge numbers of online fans, many of whom I'd come to know, and who refer to themselves as the "Leverage fandom".
The five years I spent »
- Gina Bellman
It's nominations time again. Our experts give their verdicts on the list, the likely victors, the nominees who should win but won't – and the fantastic films that were ignored entirely
Philip French, Observer film critic
Will win: Lincoln
Should win: Lincoln
This is one of the best ever Oscar lineups, films of every kind from a California-bred spaghetti western to a British musical of a French novel, from death quietly contemplated in a Parisian flat to a killing violently perpetrated in a Pakistani compound. Lincoln, the film I most admire and expect to win, is a work of dignity and seriousness that speaks to Obama's America and the world at large about the great issues of democracy and human rights, how they were fought for by »
- Philip French, Jason Solomons, Mariella Frostrup, Liz Hoggard
16 items from 2013
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