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The best TV shows of 2013: 20-11

12 December 2013 6:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We asked the Guardian's TV critics for their favourite TV shows of 2013, and this is the list it produced. Drop by again tomorrow for the start of our top 10 countdown

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20. Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)

What we said: "British television tends to the more cynical end of the spectrum, but Channel 4's Educating Yorkshire may have changed that. The quiet camera gives the patient determination of the staff at Thornhill community academy the time to shine through. The Dewsbury-based school for 11- to 16-year-olds was rated "good" in its last inspection but it's been struggling with falling numbers and a higher than average number of children on free school meals. At least it was struggling until its head, Jonny Mitchell, along with other staff and some of its pupils, became the series' stars. There are a lot of teachers out there who really should be national heroes. »

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JFK 50th anniversary: TV specials and documentaries guide

12 November 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is on Nov. 22, and TV programming related to the anniversary will be hard to escape all month long.

Here's a rundown of some of the specials, movies and other retrospectives on JFK and his death that are airing in November. All times Eastern.

Friday, Nov. 8

"JFK: The Lost Bullet" (Nat Geo, 7 p.m.): Using remastered home movies from the scene of the Kennedy assassination, this hour-long special looks for evidence that may have been missed in earlier viewings.

"JFK: The Final Hours" (Nat Geo, 8 p.m.): Actor Bill Paxton, who as an 8-year-old saw Kennedy deliver one of his final speeches in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hosts this two-hour documentary retracing the final day of JFK's life via accounts of those who were with him.

"JFK: The Smoking Gun" (Reelz, 8 p.m.): »

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A JFK Conspiracy Inspired by the Silver Screen?

21 October 2013 12:23 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

On Sunday, November 3rd the investigative documentary JFK: The Smoking Gun premieres on Reelz. This special television event details the extensive investigations of the Kennedy assassination that were conducted by ballistics expert Howard Donahue and veteran detective Colin McLaren. Though the conclusions they each came to were stunning, it turns out that the theory presented is remarkably simple, straightforward, and sure to convince almost anyone. In honor of the premiere of JFK: The Smoking Gun, we're releasing Kennedy-related trivia questions, clues, and tidbits regularly from now until the premiere. Keep up with the clues, and you'll have the inside scoop when the truth is revealed.

One of the JFK conspiracy theories that makes the rounds suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was manipulated by mind-control experts and “programmed” to kill President Kennedy. People who crafted this theory were likely inspired by a 1962 flick that featured Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and a »

- Mandy McAdoo

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Insidious: Chapter 2 Review

12 September 2013 2:29 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m starting to think that James Wan had a special relationship with the bogeyman growing up. Each of the director’s features thus far, excepting the Kevin Bacon revenge thriller Death Sentence, have, in some way or other, honed in on the shadow monster hiding behind  head-shaking pragmatism of adulthood.

Whether it’s the twisted, medieval morality of the mysterious Jigsaw or the phantasmal wrath of otherworldly critters, Wan (and often his collaborator Leigh Whannell) seems inordinately interested in the darkness lurking just over your shoulder. The appropriately named Insidious: Chapter 2 opens up another portal to this presence, one stuffed to the gills with funhouse amusements and shambling mysticism.

Explicitly linked to its predecessor, the 2011 chiller that never met a screeching violin chord it didn’t like, Insidious 2 abandons the traditional creeps of Wan’s The Conjuring and heads back to the dime store. »

- Nathan Bartlebaugh

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Lena Dunham lashes out against porn

28 May 2013 7:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Girls creator hits back at a porn parody of her comedy show, Doug Stanhope wades into the Oklahoma God debate, and Dutch TV is slammed for satirising the Woolwich murder

This week's comedy news

In a week when Jerry Lewis told the world that female comedy "bothers [him]", two tales of fightback – of a sort. Girls creator Lena Dunham has criticised news of a pornographic parody movie of her hit HBO comedy. "Most TV shows have been turned into gross and weird porn parodies," the Splitsider website tells us, but Dunham isn't prepared to shrug this one off. "Girls is, at its core, a feminist action while [the XXX film's producer] Hustler is a company that markets and monetises a male's idea of female sexuality," wrote Dunham. And also, "a big reason I engage in (simulated) on-screen sex [in Girls] is to counteract a skewed idea of that act created by the proliferation of porn."

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- Brian Logan

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Lena Dunham lashes out against porn

28 May 2013 7:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Girls creator hits back at a porn parody of her comedy show, Doug Stanhope wades into the Oklahoma God debate, and Dutch TV is slammed for satirising the Woolwich murder

This week's comedy news

In a week when Jerry Lewis told the world that female comedy "bothers [him]", two tales of fightback – of a sort. Girls creator Lena Dunham has criticised news of a pornographic parody movie of her hit HBO comedy. "Most TV shows have been turned into gross and weird porn parodies," the Splitsider website tells us, but Dunham isn't prepared to shrug this one off. "Girls is, at its core, a feminist action while [the XXX film's producer] Hustler is a company that markets and monetises a male's idea of female sexuality," wrote Dunham. And also, "a big reason I engage in (simulated) on-screen sex [in Girls] is to counteract a skewed idea of that act created by the proliferation of porn."

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- Brian Logan

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Former MSNBC Host Phil Donahue: Chris Matthews Saw Me As ‘Threat To His Supremacy’

21 March 2013 4:49 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

In the run-up to the Iraq War, there were very few voices in the media who were openly opposed to it, even on MSNBC. One of the loudest critics at the time was Phil Donahue, and despite the fact that his MSNBC show Donahue did well compared to other MSNBC shows at the time, it was cancelled less than a year after it began. With the war's 10th anniversary upon us this week, Donahue sat down with HuffPostLive to talk about his firing and time at the network, as well as making some interesting comments about Chris Matthews. »

- Josh Feldman

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