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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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The industry of the dead celebrity

I never thought I would be so choked up mourning a dead celebrity. After all, I never really knew them so how could it possible impact me in any real way? And yet, there is something peculiarly affecting about David ...

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Awards Season 2016

The New Year has commenced so that means the awards buzz begins too. Within the space of a week we’ve seen the nomination announcements for the Oscars and the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes have been duly dispensed. Let’s dig ...

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Megan’s Best and Worst Films of 2015

This year has been a mixed bag. Solid franchises have left me feeling disappointed, Disney has both blown my mind and churned out utter dross, and some excellent comedies have kept me smiling. Looking back on the year, I found ...

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