TV REVIEW: The Sinner

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Since its US television premiere back in August, much has been said about The Sinner, an American drama based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr.

The series follows the events that happen after a young mother kills someone in public but has no idea why she did so.

Reviews have been glowing online over the last few weeks so Boys On Film decided to check out this gripping show, which stars Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman.

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TV Review – American Horror Story: Cult

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American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story.

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the fictional city of Brookfield Heights, Michigan is left divided. Local restaurant owner Ally Mayfair-Richards (played by Sarah Paulson) is completely distraught by Donald Trump’s victory.

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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things 2 on Netflix

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Stranger Things 2, the second season of the Netflix original Stranger Things, was released on October 27, 2017. It is now streaming on Netflix.

Stranger Things 2 was confirmed by Netflix on August 31, 2016 for a 2017 release. An announcement trailer revealed that the second season consisted of nine episodes as well as showing the working title for each episode. Filming of the season started in Atlanta, Georgia on November 7, 2016.

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Stranger Things (Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)

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Release date October 27, 2017.

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We Need To Talk – The World According To Us is the title of a new book written by Stephen Webb and Chris Steed.

Stephen and Chris shot to fame from their sofa in Brighton and in the space of just three and a half years, have fast become one of the nation’s much loved duos on Channel 4’s Gogglebox TV show.

The series, narrated by Craig Cash and also the late Caroline Aherne, won a BAFTA award in 2014 and a National Television Award in 2015 and 2016.

Gogglebox bookI invited Stephen and Chris to one of their favourite haunts – and somewhere I often DJ at myself – Rupert Street in Soho, in London’s glittering West End.

Comfortably nestled in a cosy corner of this popular gay bar, I set up my film cameras and dusted off my microphones for a candid and hilarious chat with the TV pair about their lives, which have been brilliantly documented in their first official hardback.

“The nice thing about writing the book was that I thought I knew quite a lot about Stephen, so doing the book made us find out a little bit more,” says Chris.

Gogglebox is obviously a TV show that Stephen and Chris enjoy filming, and the showbiz parties and adoring fans are an added bonus.

“When we first started, we got quite excited and went out and bought nice shirts, jeans and shoes,” says Stephen.

“But now, we’ve definitely settled into it more. I’ve got a bag of clothes that I take to Chris’s to film. When we’re not doing a series it’s still in the boot of my car. I never wash it!”

With its tourist appeal and heady gay scene, you would think that living in Brighton would be the ideal location for Stephen and Chris to reap the rewards of fame, but surprisingly it’s not so obvious.

“Brightonians couldn’t care less,” says Stephen.

“They see us in Churchill Square buying our undies.”

“I do love the fame, though. If you’re an older gay man, you might start to become invisible. You sometimes go to a gay bar and it’s full of twenty year olds. But all of this has given us a little boost!”

Those familiar with Stephen and Chris’s TV appearances will already appreciate their filthy language as well as their humour, but their new book doesn’t shy away from their struggles during childhood and adolescence.

“One of my childhood bullies once turned round to my sister and said he admired me growing up when he actually made my life hell,” says Chris.

“He obviously saw something in me that he was jealous of.”

● We Need To Talk – The World According To Us is available now at all good book stores

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An Interview With Cleo Rocos

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Back in the ’80s, Cleo Rocos was a much loved comedy actress, who starred alongside radio pioneer Kenny Everett on his hugely successful TV series, The Kenny Everett Television Show. Cleo also had a minor role in the TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and was a roving reporter on the BBC’s consumer affairs show, That’s Life!

Fast forward to the noughties (the term ‘naughties’ is much more apt in Cleo’s case),  and despite still showing up on the box on programmes such as Come Dine With Me and Celebrity Big Brother, the effervescent star is more likely to be writing and dedicating her knowledge and talent to one of the most popular tequila brands, AquaRiva.

“Building my tequila business wasn’t a plan. I realised that when I experienced great tequila in Mexico, it dawned on me that I’d never really drunk real tequila. People here in the UK go to bars and they have shots with salt and lime. All of that is a gimmick to get you to swallow stuff quickly. If you actually stopped to taste it, you wouldn’t swallow it.”

“Of course I am a fan! I don’t think it could have come at a better time. They should start their own political party and just get in there! This film is just going to be intravenous medicine.”

“I used to avoid walking through it before, but now I take any excuse to cut through it. It’s cosmopolitan and fabulous-looking with people looking wonderful and being happy.”

“I think Kenny would be delighted that we had an endless supply of cocktails! I really wish he was around to see the technology. He loved technology! I remember sitting with him two years before he died and he said it was all going to go digital and that things were going to change dramtically.”

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Tracey Ullman returns to the BBC with new comedy series

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Next Monday, Tracey Ullman will make a return to the BBC with her new comedy series – three decades after she last appeared with the broadcaster.

In the UK, the comedian, actor and singer was last seen in A Kick Up The Eighties and Three Of A Kind. She also appeared alongside Dawn French and Ruby Wax in the ITV comedy Girls On Top. Following her succesful stint on these shores, she went on to claim many more fans Stateside with her comedy series, The Tracey Ullman Show.

During her time on the US side of the Atlantic, Ullman has fronted her own shows such as State of the Union and appeared in others including the acclaimed sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace and Ally McBeal. She has also picked up a number of awards, including a Golden Globe.

The BBC has commented on the new six-part show, saying it will see Ullman portraying a number of diverse and distinct characters living in, or visiting, the busy global hub that is the UK.

This time last year, met Tracey Ullman to chat about her role in the movie, Into The Woods.

Tracey Ullman’s Show can be seen at 10.45pm on BBC One on Monday 11th January.


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REVIEW: Boy Meets Girl

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Boy Meets Girl is certainly not an unfamiliar title. There’s the Martin Freeman TV comedy-drama, the 1982 hit single (albeit in bracket form) from Haircut 100, the well-received Eric Schaeffer movie from 2014, and the forthcoming TV sitcom, which is set to make history for the BBC.

As credible as Nick Heyward’s pop combo were, and perhaps still are, there is something more weighty that links together the latter two pieces of work – the transgender issue. It’s an ambitious concept for a comedy series. What if the sensitivity of the subject matter doesn’t quite gel on screen?

Created by Elliott Kerrigan and written by Kerrigan, Simon Carlyle and Andrew Mettam the North-East set comedy was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award – a BBC talent search, through the BBC Writers Room, which offered aspiring writers up to £5,000 for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters. Encouragingly, the series was then commissioned following a screening of the pilot at the BBC Salford Sitcom Showcase in March 2014.

From the offset it is full of promise. Tynemouth-born actress (and former Loose Woman & Celebrity Big Brother housemate) Denise Welch adds authenticity to the dialogue, Janine Duvitski is suitably typecast in yet another ditzy but hilarious characterisation, and the main transgender character is indeed portrayed by a genuine trans actress.

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The series centres around Leo (Harry Hepple) who experiences one of those days we would probably all care to forget. He goes through a redundancy, a constant grilling from his mum (Welch), and an episode of playing gooseberry to his brother (hilariously played by Jonathan Dixon). In a turn of events, he bumps into Judy (Rebecca Root), and finds himself deeply attracted to her. They bond over drinks and unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening.

The mere fact that this series has been commissioned by the BBC is a very encouraging move for the corporation. Portrayals of trans people on British television in the past have often been little to celebrate, with storylines awash with gritty and doom-laden outcomes. American producers are already in the lead with their ground-breaking storylines on Transamerica, Transparent and Orange Is The New Black, so it’s time for us to catch up. Then there is the other angle. With a refreshing approach, there is not only the transgender issue as the focus, but the ‘older woman’ one.

By dealing with the trans experiences in a more uplifting and affirming way, Boy Meets Girl manages to show the warmth of humanity with some charismatic performances that truly shine. Rebecca Root (who fleetingly bares an uncanny resemblance to Nigella Lawson) turns in a winning performance as Judy.

Not an unfamiliar title, then, but certainly a first for the BBC.  If the strength of the hugely likeable characters rooted in Episode 1 is anything to go by, the rest of the series should be a satisfying watch.

• Boy Meets Girl will broadcast from 3rd September on BBC Two at 9.30pm

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