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Does bingeing on The Bachelor make me a bad feminist?

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Watching the reality TV show about fake romance is like undergoing controlled exposure to a toxin: get enough rose petals and red dresses in your system, and you’re inoculated for life

When the dark comedy/drama UnREAL first started screening in 2015, some asked if it heralded the end of reality TV. With an ex-Bachelor producer as the series co-showrunner, it offers a damning insider perspective on dating game shows, masterminded by callous manipulators whose sole aim is to clock up the views. With satire like this, surely the source material was doomed?

Indeed, if you had told me this time last year that come July 2016 I would be marking time off in my diary to watch a reality TV show about fake romance, I would have laughed at you. Yet that’s exactly what happened last night with the season premiere of The Bachelor Australia. And it wasn’t just me. »

- Stephanie Convery

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Want that Old Thing Back? Notorious Big lyrics inspire forthcoming TV show

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Think Big, about a teenager struggling to provide for his two young children, hopes to hypnotize viewers with a script based on the late rapper’s songs

“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine.” Almost 20 years after his death aged 24, Notorious Big is still renowned as one of the greatest MCs of all time. Now his lyrical prowess has been confirmed by the Big news that a new TV show will be made based on his songs.

It’s a juicy prospect, and Variety reports that cable network TBS is developing a show called Think Big, about an inner-city teenage boy struggling to provide for his two young children – or, as Biggie may have put it: “Take a better stand / Put money in my mom’s hand / Get my daughter this college plan, so she don’t need no man.”

Related: The Notorious Big – 10 of the best

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- Guardian staff

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Stranger Things creators tease 'darker' second season

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The show’s creators, the Duffer brothers, haven’t got the green light for a second season yet but they know where they want to go … and it’s dark

Spoiler alert: important plot details for Stranger Things season one are revealed in this story.

Stranger Things, the 80s nostalgia-filled series starring Winona Ryder, hasn’t been picked up for a second season yet by Netflix, its creators the Duffer brothers (Matt and Ross) spoke about possible directions for the show at the Television Critics Association (TCAs) in Los Angeles.

Related: Stranger Things review – a spooky shot of 80s nostalgia straight to your heart

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- Nigel M Smith

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The lost boy: cracking the mystery of Damien Nettles

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Twenty years ago, the 16-year-old vanished on a night out on the Isle of Wight. There have been no sightings of him, and his body has never been found. Now a new documentary is sniffing around – and turning up new leads

In 1996, Damien Nettles was just 16. On 2 November, he was on a night out in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, with his friend Chris. The two teens had been at a party when they got bored, bought some cider, then decided to try their luck getting served in pubs. It didn’t go well, and they called it a night. Chris went home, while Damien headed to the high street and bought some chips. He was seen stumbling around until a few minutes past midnight. Then he simply vanished.

His mother, Valerie, his father, sisters and brother still don’t know what happened. Nor do his friends. Nor – it »

- Homa Khaleeli

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BBC told to do more for colour blind people after election complaints

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Founder of campaign group says some coverage of poll was a ‘fiasco’ and accuses corporation of giving it the ‘brush-off’

The BBC has been told to do more to help the 2 million people who are colour blind in the UK after the BBC Trust upheld a series of complaints about confusing general election graphics.

Kathryn Albany-Ward, founder of Colour Blind Awareness, described some of the corporation’s election coverage as a “fiasco” and accused the BBC of trying to “brush off” her complaints.

Related: Fireman Sam Qur'an row gets alarm bells ringing at BBC

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- John Plunkett

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Naked TV – the surprise remedy for Brexit angst | Peter Bradshaw

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Channel 4’s new dating show Naked Attraction is set to be the sulphurous super-success of the age – and an antidote to the stress of the news

It could be a measure of my essential shallowness, or that of my friends, or a general traumatised need to avoid thinking about the news, but now our conversations go something like this: “Mmm, yes, well the thing about Brexit is ... oh my God, Channel 4’S Naked Attraction! Did you See it? That guy! That woman! With the … And his … Aghhhh!!” Naked Attraction is Channel 4’s extraordinary new dating show, set to be the sulphurous super-success of the age, despite the Ofcom outrage and also the inevitable protestations of those who claim to find it “boring”. (Oh please.)

The participants see each other stark naked first — which is the way we see them. And then they have the clothed date, which »

- Peter Bradshaw

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The Three Day Nanny review – naughty steps for parents? There’s an idea

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Kathryn Mewes rolls up in her Mini to sort out more troublesome kids, but first there’s a parent who needs a telling-off

I have been on a holiday. A family one, with children, so not really a holiday. There were actually a few good times, but mostly it was about survival. A couple of low points: our one attempt to eat out. I could feel the pity, but mostly burning hatred, from the other diners whose nice pub lunch had been ruined by the ghastly family from London with two small boys. And camping: more like Mma in a tent. It didn’t help that there were four people in a two-person tent, so it was essentially double-decker sleeping with their mother and I playing the part of the airbed. One morning, I was woken by the smaller boy locking on to my nose like a crocodile going into its death roll. »

- Sam Wollaston

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Thursday’s best TV: Hugh’s War on Waste; Celebrity MasterChef; The Refugee Camp

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The curly haired crusader comes for your coffee cups; four become three in the MasterChef kitchen; and mundane life goes on in Zaatari

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s environmental quest continues. This time around, he takes aim at two specific targets: Amazon and its often excessive use of packaging; and high street coffee giants Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero. We throw away an astonishing 2.5bn empty cups every year, most of us thinking they can be recycled. Thanks to a layer of polyethylene, which keeps the cups watertight, they can’t, and Hugh wants to do something about it. Ben Arnold

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- Ben Arnold, Hannah J Davies, Phil Harrison, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Paul Howlett, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier

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Netflix reaches out to parents with kids' show featuring Motown classics

27 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT

Animated series, which will be executive produced by Smokey Robinson, follows the Beatles-based Beat Bugs

First it was the Beatles, now Motown classics are to be re-recorded by stars for a new Netflix children’s show aimed at reaching out to parents tired of listening to saccharine children’s songs.

Hot on the heels of forthcoming animation series Beat Bugs, which features modern renditions of the Beatles classics sung by artists including Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and James Corden, comes another show from the same creator, which will be based on the songs of Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5.

Related: Beatles for babies: the cartoon bringing the Fab Four to the next generation

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- Tara Conlan

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Versailles recap: episode eight – from la petite mort to une grande mort

27 July 2016 2:00 PM, PDT

Mon dieu! What with tout le torture, les plotteurs and les attempted meurtres, Versailles is now about as sexy as Robot Wars

Not-So-Bad Philippe is sulking in front of the fire because his frere, le roi, has not unreasonably locked up the Mauvais Philippe for plotting against him. Louis barges in and tells Not-So-Bad Philippe to cheer up and come for a gallop for old times’ sake. Not-So-Bad Philippe agrees but is still sulking.

Cue the title music, and much excitement. Because the BBC used exactly the same music during its coverage of the London Anniversary athletics at the weekend, prompting hopes/fears that they might be planning to roll it out for the Rio Olympics in just over a week’s time. Who knew this piece of sub early-70s Genesis was the Nessun Dorma de nos jours? Perhaps the BBC thought Versailles = Sexy, Rio = Sexy, so wanted to »

- Guardian Staff

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The Crown writer Peter Morgan: 'I bet the queen would've voted Brexit'

27 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT

The writer, whose new Netflix series The Crown tracks the queen’s reign, spoke about Brexit, as well as the royal family’s reaction to the show, in Los Angeles

Although it’s unknown whether Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip are subscribers to Netflix, the pair are allegedly “very, very aware” of the much-hyped series The Crown, said the project’s writer Peter Morgan.

The epic royal drama, which marks Netflix’s first UK production, was inspired by Morgan’s hit play, The Audience, which imagined the Queen’s weekly meetings with the British prime minister of the day. Each season of The Crown is dedicated to a decade in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, with the first 10-episode installment, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot), centering on her ascension to the throne while forging a relationship with war-hardened prime minister Winston Churchill.

Related: Netflix confirms epic drama The Crown, »

- Nigel M Smith

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Peep Show being developed for a Us remake on Starz

27 July 2016 11:09 AM, PDT

The long-running British comedy series is being revamped for the Us by Eli Jorne, the co-creator of Fox’s buzzed-about animated sitcom Son of Zorn

Peep Show, the award-winning British comedy that ended its 12-year run on Channel 4 last year, is being developed for a Us remake on Starz. It was the longest-running comedy in Channel 4’s history.

The show’s original creators, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, will work as consulting producers on the new adaptation, according to Deadline. Eli Jorne, the co-creator of Fox’s forthcoming combined live-action and animated sitcom Son of Zorn, has been brought on as showrunner as well as executive producer. He will also be writing all the episodes.

Related: Peep Show's David Mitchell and Robert Webb reunite for new comedy

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- Nigel M Smith

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Is Preacher finally becoming unmissable TV?

27 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT

As the series approaches its finale, the comic book adaptation, which started slowly, has found its uniquely twisted voice away from its source material

Preacher arrived with much fanfare and an excellent opening episode. But if you gave up shortly after that, no one would blame you. The following four episodes were slow character studies that didn’t give their characters much to do. Cassidy was an adorable scamp, of course, but Tulip was just a crazy ex-girlfriend and Jesse was bogged down by his uninteresting congregation. It wasn’t until the end of episode five (episode five!), when Jesse finally learned what the entity inside him was, that things switched up a gear.

And boy, those people who gave up on the show are going to regret it, because as it leaps head-first into the season one finale, Preacher is finally living up to those flashes of violent, bonkers »

- Abigail Chandler

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Pulling to Time Trumpet – TV's most underrated shows

27 July 2016 7:11 AM, PDT

Armando Iannucci’s lost masterpiece, a neglected neo-noir and Britain’s blacker, better forerunner to Girls. Guardian writers rescue TV’s forgotten greats

Wonder Showzen is a decade-old MTV show that should still be shown daily on terrestrial television. It should be shown in cinemas when films end. People should be forced to stand up during it. Wonder Showzen, to this day, is my favourite ever television programme. If you like it, we can be friends.

Related: Mad Men to Seinfeld – TV's most criminally overrated shows

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- Guardian staff

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Grin and bare it – how naked dating shows could strip us of shame | Flic Everett

27 July 2016 4:44 AM, PDT

Channel 4’s Naked Attraction puts everyone’s physical goods on display. If only we could all do the same, and banish the sexual fears that can blight first dates

“Somebody once said it’s what you don’t see that you’re interested in, and this is true,” said Groucho Marx. Since then, decades of out-there porn, Kardashian bum selfies and teenage sexting have replaced this gentle approach. In the modern world, full-on nakedness is often considered far sexier than a flash of thigh. But according to a new TV show, Naked Attraction, nudity is not about sex at all.

The tired old saw of “a dating show with a difference” proved true in this case, as participants shed all their clothes, and chose a date from a line-up of naked options (it wasn’t all out there immediately – bits of them appeared gradually from a frosted glass box, »

- Flic Everett

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Cold Feet – Stylewatch

27 July 2016 3:23 AM, PDT

The first look at the reunion of the 90s’ favourite middle-class Manchester couples is a sartorial lesson in anthropology

The 90s TV show Cold Feet, The Big Chill for generation It Could Be You is back. This first photo of the reunited cast is unexpectedly illuminating, an anthropological peek into the style mores of the Established Middle Class.

Each cast member is channelling such sartorial types that this could be a sketched caricature from a 2016 government style census. There’s the Dipster (hipster dad) Jon Thomson dressed in a Saint Laurent-style Hawaiian shirt and turn-ups; New Tory Hermione Norris power body conning with such conviction she looks on the cusp of a cabinet reshuffle; and a hair-raising James Nesbitt who looks like a visiting Dot Com millionaire wearing a suit (Hermes?) in cool grey. You can tell that he’s boring everyone with a chat about the Nasdaq, but he looks sharp (and, »

- Priya Elan

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Inside the Factory review – Gregg Wallace's raw cornflake emotion

26 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT

This full-throated celebration of breakfast cereal made me uneasy. But at least the MasterChef host seemed to be enjoying it. Plus: admirably disgusting post-pub telly in Wasted

I’m quite happy watching people make stuff – I certainly prefer it to making stuff – and I will admit to a casual fascination with automated processes. Inside the Factory (BBC2) is one of those series that should provide someone like me with plenty of gentle diversion.

About five minutes in, however, I started to feel uneasy with what turned out to be a full-throated celebration of breakfast cereal, brought to you by Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey. I’ve got nothing against cereal, or I didn’t until I had spent an hour watching it get made in the company of gung-ho cereal fans. There was no mention in their potted history of cornflakes that John Kellogg promoted them as part of an anti-masturbatory dietary regime, »

- Tim Dowling

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Wednesday’s best TV: Wild Animal Reunions, The Three Day Nanny

26 July 2016 10:09 PM, PDT

Long-lost carers meet their animals again. Plus: a third series of domestic bootcamps

What is it like to re-encounter an orphan elephant that you helped raise but that was subsequently returned to the wild? Is there still a bond? Seemingly keyed off by the huge popularity on YouTube of footage featuring Christian the lion, purchased from Harrods as a cub in 1969, emerging from the wild to hug those who once cared for him, here’s a documentary that captures scenes of cross-species understanding. Black bears and chimps feature, too. Caroline Quentin narrates. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, John Robinson, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett

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Roots remake: whatever happened to the 'major television event'? | Phillipa McGuinness

26 July 2016 9:01 PM, PDT

It’s 30 years since the miniseries Roots screened in Australia and now we have a remake. In that time, audience behaviour has been radically overhauled

In 1977 the miniseries Roots was screened in Australia. I was ten and I remember watching some of it with my parents. Based on Alex Haley’s book of his own family history (we had that on our shelves too – it had sold 6 million copies in the Us) the miniseries tells the story of Haley’s slave ancestor Kunta Kinte, kidnapped in Africa and taken to America in the 18th century.

Related: Roots remake: seminal slavery narrative still resonates in revamped miniseries

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- Phillipa McGuinness

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'The camera is not a shield': life and death as a war photographer

26 July 2016 9:07 AM, PDT

They put their lives on the frontline as well as their cameras to show the truth of life in conflict zones – and in the age of Isis, they are targets themselves. A new Netflix show documents the riskiest freelance job in the world

On 22 November 2012, the American photojournalist James Foley visited an internet cafe in the town of Binnish, in north-western Syria’s Idlib province. In the hour or so he spent there, he sent a series of emails, one to his field partner Nicole Tung, arranging to meet her in the safety of Turkey. Then he set off, in a taxi, for the border. “I was going to meet him that evening,” Tung tells me.

Foley’s email was one of the last pieces of contact he had with the outside world. Soon afterwards, his taxi was ambushed and four masked jihadis took him, his fixer and another photographer prisoner. »

- Tom Seymour

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