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The Channel 4 comedy show has delivered a masterclass in how to follow up a successful first series. Downtown Abbey and Homeland creators take note
The only drawback of a new show becoming a draw is that it has to come back – and, as both Downton Abbey and Homeland have proved of late, it can be hard to meet the expectations of viewers and reviewers. So, after such examples of difficult-second-series syndrome, it's welcome to be able to cite a case of exemplary season-two management: as Fresh Meat reaches the penultimate episode of its return-series tonight (10pm, Channel 4), writing, acting and plotting all hugely justify the decision to continue.
It's true that the college comedy – created by writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong during a gap year from their other Channel 4 hit Peep Show – has the advantage over most dramatic storylines of a built-in reason for the characters to »
- Mark Lawson
Order and Disorder put a positive spin on the end of the universe, while Fresh Meat was the week's only winning comedy
Order and Disorder (BBC4) | iPlayer
Me and Mrs Jones (BBC1) | iPlayer
Hebburn (BBC2) | iPlayer
Fresh Meat (C4) | 4oD
In a dismal week of scheduling – never mind viewing – one of the few bright stars in the television firmament was Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili. With minimal fuss and the kind of travel budget that wouldn't get Brian Cox past the credit sequence, Professor Al-Khalili turned the establishment of the laws of thermodynamics into a captivating scientific tale.
The first law, as you may recall, holds that energy is not created or destroyed – it just changes form. And the second and infinitely more pessimistic law maintains that energy tends to disperse, from physical unity towards fragmented chaos. Which is to say that the universe is slowly coming apart and »
- Andrew Anthony
Returning to the student house at Hartnell Avenue this term a little bit older but not much wiser are Jack Whitehall as Jp, Joe Thomas as Kingsley, Kimberley Nixon as Josie, Greg McHugh as Howard, Zawe Ashton as Vod and Charlotte Ritchie as Oregon, along with some new faces.
Jelka van Houten joins the cast as new housemate Sabine, "a foreigner" to mess with their vibe. She is a 29-year-old PhD student from Amsterdam, who is clean-living, straight-talking and sober!
Jp's great friend from Stowe, Giles played by Gwilym Lee, has transferred from Exeter, but he has some »
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The 37th Toronto International Film Festival® will roll out the red carpet for hundreds of guests from the four corners of the globe in September. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Rian Johnson, Noah Baumbach, Deepa Mehta, Derek Cianfrance, Sion Sono, Joss Whedon, Neil Jordan, Lu Chuan, Shola Lynch, Barry Levinson, Yvan Attal, Ben Affleck, Marina Zenovich, Costa-Gavras, Laurent Cantet, Sally Potter, Dustin Hoffman, Francois Ozon, David O. Russell, David Ayer, Pelin Esmer, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Andrew Adamson, Michael McGowan, Bahman Ghobadi, Ziad Doueiri, Alex Gibney, Stephen Chbosky, Eran Riklis, Edward Burns, Bernard Émond, Zhang Yuan, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Newell, Miwa Nishikawa, Margarethe Von Trotta, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Gauri Shinde, Goran Paskaljevic, Baltasar Kormákur, J.A. Bayona, Rob Zombie, Peaches and Paul Andrew Williams.
- Michelle McCue
4 items from 2012
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