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Yonderland series 3 episode 7 review: Miss Smashing

Rachel Meaden Nov 27, 2016

It’s the penultimate episode of Yonderland series 3 and we’re finally getting some answers to what Cuddly Dick is getting up to…

This review contains spoilers.

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3.7 Miss Smashing

Yonderland does beauty pageants in episode 7 but something about it doesn’t feel quite right when all the rejected contestants start going missing…

This week sees the re-emergence of a Televised Beauty Contest Yonderland called Miss Smashing. Debbie thinks that something about the show smells a bit fishy and endeavours to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile Negatus is a double agent working for Cuddly Dick once again and trying to decide if he should
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Endemol, Charlie Brooker Launch House of Tomorrow

London — Television production and distribution giant Endemol has added to its stable of U.K. production companies with the launch of drama and comedy shingle House of Tomorrow, led by TV writer, producer and presenter Charlie Brooker and television executive Annabel Jones.

House of Tomorrow will produce dramas, comedy series and feature films for the U.K. and international markets. Endemol U.K. already owns leading U.K. drama producers such as Tiger Aspect, whose shows include “Peaky Blinders” and “Ripper Street,” and Artists Studio, with credits including the “The Fall,” starring Gillian Anderson, as well as other production companies that include drama in their portfolio, such as Darlow Smithson Productions and Zeppotron.

Internationally, Endemol’s scripted programming biz has grown by 75% in the last five years, and today represents a quarter of the company’s worldwide business.

Brooker, who is House of Tomorrow’s creative director, and Jones, who is its managing director,
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Robert Downey Jr. will produce a film based on an episode of Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'

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Robert Downey Jr. will produce a film based on an episode of Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'
Charlie Brooker is one of those UK wonders who hasn't made the jump to American audiences yet, and that is a damn shame. Wildly prolific, Brooker seems to produce about 600 hours of new television every year, shows like "How TV Ruined Your LIfe" and "Them From That Thing" and "10 O'Clock Live" and "Newswipe" and "Screenwipe" and the oh-so-fiendish "Dead Set," and he's the author of the blisteringly funny "Pedophilia" episode of the great "Brass Eye."  Brooker is an astute media critic as well as a wicked wit, and that's a combination that I hoped would have made him much...
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Charlie Brooker answers your questions: 'I get angry to amuse myself'

What's the worst TV programme ever made? What's going on with your hair? And what do you think of Guardian commenters? Charlie Brooker answers your questions. Grudgingly

What's up with your hair? @OnAgathasBehalf

People go on about it as if some big makeover decision was taken or that I looked through a catalogue of haircuts designed to enrage fanbases – which would be a brilliant catalogue. But no, what actually happened is that I stopped cutting my hair. Basically, my hair is very thick and it grows really fast. Nobody ever knows what to do with it. So it's not a conscious attempt to do anything with it, and if people see it that way then fashion must be in a pretty poor state, frankly.

Have you ever been close to a column deadline and thought: "Shit, I've had a great week, I'd better pretend something's annoyed me?" @LarboIreland

No. Well,
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The best of television 2011: comedy

This year saw more hits than misses. There were surprises too – Spy, Jack Whitehall's acting and the end of Shooting Stars

Without even a sniff of Peep Show, 2011 still managed to be a strong year for comedy. No honestly, it has. Here follow my own choices for the good, the bad and the stinky – feel free to add your own in the comments section. We'll start with Fresh Meat: Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong's take on student living, which made a confident start on Channel 4 and revealed Jack Whitehall to be an actual actor who could act. Who knew?

Spy on Sky1 was for me the surprise sitcom hit of the year. Darren Boyd has been solidly delivering funny best friends and boyfriends for years, so it was great to see him taking the lead in such a brilliantly written show. It makes stunning use of
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Miranda Hart leads nominees for British Comedy Awards

Star of sitcom Miranda on course to repeat last year's success with four nominations

Miranda Hart could repeat her triumph of last year after being nominated for four gongs at the British Comedy Awards.

Hart, who picked up three awards last year, is in the running for best female television comic and best TV comedy actress.

Her hit show, Miranda, is nominated for best sitcom and she is again in the running for the people's choice award.

Also up for the award, voted for by viewers, are David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.

There are four nominations for Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, including best new comedy programme and best sitcom.

Two of the stars of the show, Tamsin Greig and Tom Rosenthal, are nominated for best TV comedy actress and best comedy breakthrough artist respectively.

Other nominees include Harry Hill, who gets three nods,
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Charlie Brooker: the dark side of our gadget addiction

We are addicted to gadgets – but what are their side-effects? In his new drama series, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker explores the dark side of our love affair with technology

Every life includes significant landmarks: your first kiss, your first job, your first undetected murder. Maybe that's just me. Anyway, last week I experienced a more alarming first: my first unironic conversation with a machine.

I was using the new iPhone, the one with Siri, the built-in personal assistant you talk to. You hold down a button and mutter something like "Set the alarm for eight in the morning," or "Remind me to ring Gordon later," and Siri replies, "Ok, I'll do that for you," using the voice of Jon Briggs, better known as the voice of The Weakest Link. And he sets everything up, just the way you wanted.

Siri is a creep – a servile arselick with zero self-respect – but he works annoyingly well.
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'Gypsy Weddings' soars to 8.2m

Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings continued to impress last night, grabbing 8.2 million viewers. The documentary series about the lives of gypsies and travellers in Britain had an average of 7.48m (29.2%) from 9pm, picking up a further 710k on +1 (3.9%). The Cutting Edge programme outperformed new BBC One sci-fi drama Outcasts, which dropped to 3.32m (13%), a fall of 1.13m from the previous night's series premiere. Elsewhere, ITV1's Taggart earned 3.03m (11.8%) with a further 144k watching on +1 (0.8%), which was a 600K increase on last week's installment. Over on BBC Two, Justin Rowlatt's The Chinese Are Coming drew 1.34m (5.2%), while Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life amused 1.04m (5.1%) at 10pm. Channel Five's CSI (more)
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'Gypsy Wedding' soars to 8.2m

Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding continued to impress last night, grabbing 8.2 million viewers. The documentary series about the lives of gypsies and travellers in Britain had an average of 7.48m (29.2%) from 9pm, picking up a further 710k on +1 (3.9%). The Cutting Edge programme outperformed new BBC One sci-fi drama Outcasts, which dropped to 3.32m (13%), a fall of 1.13m from the previous night's series premiere. Elsewhere, ITV1's Taggart earned 3.03m (11.8%) with a further 144k watching on +1 (0.8%), which was a 600K increase on last week's installment. Over on BBC Two, Justin Rowlatt's The Chinese Are Coming drew 1.34m (5.2%), while Charlie Brooker's How TV Ruined Your Life amused 1.04m (5.1%) at 10pm. Channel Five's CSI (more)
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Tonight's TV highlights: A Farmer's Life For Me | Do We Really Need The Moon? | How TV Ruined Your Life | Boardwalk Empire | World's Youngest Daredevils | Secret Diary Of A Call Girl

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A Farmer's Life For Me | Do We Really Need The Moon? | How TV Ruined Your Life | Boardwalk Empire | World's Youngest Daredevils | Secret Diary Of A Call Girl

A Farmer's Life For Me

8pm, BBC2

Putting on a proper old grumpy face to prove this is a little more than just another reality TV show, Jimmy Doherty fronts a series in which nine towny couples compete for the chance to run a 25-acre Suffolk farm. The first challenge the hopefuls face is choosing one of nine small plots and working out how to make it pay, before embarking on initial work such as ploughing, putting up fencing and buying livestock. As Jimmy says, agriculture isn't just about living the good life, it's a business. Jw

Do We Really Need The Moon?

9pm, BBC2

Maybe not a question that you ponder every day, but for space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the answer is a resounding yes.
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Tonight's TV highlights: A Farmer's Life For Me | Do We Really Need The Moon? | How TV Ruined Your Life | Boardwalk Empire | World's Youngest Daredevils | Secret Diary Of A Call Girl

  • The Guardian - TV News
A Farmer's Life For Me | Do We Really Need The Moon? | How TV Ruined Your Life | Boardwalk Empire | World's Youngest Daredevils | Secret Diary Of A Call Girl

A Farmer's Life For Me

8pm, BBC2

Putting on a proper old grumpy face to prove this is a little more than just another reality TV show, Jimmy Doherty fronts a series in which nine towny couples compete for the chance to run a 25-acre Suffolk farm. The first challenge the hopefuls face is choosing one of nine small plots and working out how to make it pay, before embarking on initial work such as ploughing, putting up fencing and buying livestock. As Jimmy says, agriculture isn't just about living the good life, it's a business. Jw

Do We Really Need The Moon?

9pm, BBC2

Maybe not a question that you ponder every day, but for space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the answer is a resounding yes.
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Rewind TV: How TV Ruined Your Life; Scenes from a Teenage Killing; Posh and Posher; The Killing

Film-maker Morgan Matthews's compassionate view of gang life was television at its most chilling

How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC2) | iPlayer

Scenes from a Teenage Killing (BBC4) | iPlayer

Posh and Posher (BBC2) |iPlayer

The Killing (BBC4) | iPlayer

As Charlie Brooker noted in his astute and acerbic How TV Ruined Your Life, one of the most fundamental jobs of the box in the corner is to scare us. Or, to put it in Brooker-speak, shout: "'Boo!' in your mind." Not only is that the function of a large amount of primetime entertainment, it has also been the reliable aim of public information films – sort of health and safety porn – designed to reform our behaviour. That explains why, if we're to believe the treasure trove of paranoid PIFs that Brooker's researchers unearthed, you no longer see schoolboys swinging fishing rods beneath low-lying electricity pylons.

Although, leaving absurdity aside, repeated images over
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