3 items from 2012
TV: Black Mirror
A trio of Twilight Zone-style stories exploring the impact of new media and technology on our lives. Charlie Brooker's The National Anthem (an "unusual" blackmail threat for the prime minister), and 15 Million Merits (X Factor distraction culture pushed to extremes) – co-written with Konnie Huq – grabbed the headlines, but The Entire History Of You (by Peep Show's Jesse Armstrong) is worth catching too. What happens to relationships in a world where everything you see is recorded on a kind of Sky+ in your head? Toby Kebbell, Jodie Whittaker and Tom Cullen find out. Available until Monday.
TV: Netflix UK
A new TV player arrived this week: Netflix, a streaming service that has proved successful in the Us. The first month is free, then it's £5.99 a month for "unlimited streaming". A quick scan has turned up a few Guide TV faves – including Breaking Bad (1-3), Arrested Development »
- Richard Vine
To tie in with the dramatisation of Charles Dickens's unfinished The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, art critic Alastair Sooke explores the opportunities and moral dilemmas presented when a writer carks it before penning their happily ever after. Jane Austen and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are just two of the literary heavyweights whose half-finished manuscripts have been subject to a constant stream of eager posthumous "completions". Sian Rowe
It's hard to pinpoint exactly why this show works so well. It's certainly not the premise, which sounds pretty stupid whichever way you cut it (a pair of angels are sent to York to work as lawyers in cases that may help steer mankind towards salvation). What carries much of the load is »
- Sian Rowe, Phelim O'Neill, Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller
As the great, wise, philosophising pop group Lmfao succinctly put it, "I got passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it." From Rihanna getting her knickers out to Channel 4 campaigns complaining about Rihanna getting her knickers out, sex is all over our screens, and it's impossible to get away from it.
This week sees BBC3 dedicating an entire season to the issue, taking in the facts and the outrage in equal measure. There's How Sex Works (Mon, 9pm), a documentary exploring the scientific effects of sex on the human body, this week focusing on virginity and the loss of it. (Warning: may evoke memories of that thermal-imaging video of an erect penis shown during year 9 biology classes.) That's followed by another "soap star does an issue" show, with ex-Hollyoaks cast member Nathalie Emmanuel looking at the dark side of the internet and its impact on »
- Rebecca Nicholson
3 items from 2012
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