Tag Archives: Television & radio

Kapow! The history of fighting games

Weve come a long way since that 80s one where you punched a bull in the face. As fighting games hit home in Black Mirrors Striking Vipers, we chart their evolution It was not an auspicious beginning. The first video game featuring hand-to-hand combat hit arcades in 1976: Sega’s boxing sim Heavyweight Champ, starred two chunky monochrome pugilists in striped …

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‘Obscenely enjoyable’: why Harlots is the best show you’re not watching

The drama about warring mid-18th-century brothels has sex, backstabbing and strong-willed female characters but why isnt anyone talking about it? Harlots has a huge and magnificent cast, intricate and labyrinthine plots involving ingenious backstabbing on a grand scale, and it has even developed its own brilliantly lewd lexicon. Yet the most confusing thing about it is why, after two outrageously …

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Suits review – Meghan Markle’s out but Katherine Heigl comes in

As series eight of the Netflix legal drama begins, the backstabbing and mixed metaphors come thick and fast Where were we then? Oh yeah, Rachel went off and got married, to Mike in the drama. And in real life Meghan went off with Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex. Suits goes on, though. There are more battles to …

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Saturday Night Live: Black Panther almost saves the day

Some tired jokes aside, a solid week which saw Alec Baldwins Trump mess up at a press conference and a standout Black Jeopardy skit Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) is doing a press conference with leaders of the Baltic states – “these freakshows here” – but first he reads a “prepared statement to prove that I can read”. “Time to freestyle,” …

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Alan Alda reveals Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The M*A*S*H and West Wing actor says he has been living with disease for three years, but is living a full life Alan Alda, who starred as Hawkeye in the long-running TV comedy M*A*S*H, has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease. The 82-year-old actor told US talk show CBS This Morning that he was diagnosed with the disease more than three …

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David Lynch: ‘You gotta be selfish. It’s a terrible thing’

The Twin Peaks director lives for his work. He talks about his four marriages, why explaining his films is a crime, and what makes him a happy camper David Lynch seldom smiles in photographs. His etched Easter Island statue of a face doesn’t glower so much as brood; lips pursed and eyes hooded, he looks every inch the auteur in …

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Rose Marie obituary

All-round entertainer whose best-known persona was as Sally Rogers in the American video sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show As Sally Rogers in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie, who has died aged 94, was known and cherished by the myriad television viewers who tuned in every week from 1961 to 1966 to watch the landmark sitcom. Rose Marie, …

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Punch-drunk love: has Netflix’s Iron Fist found the right combination?

The superhero series was washed where reference is debuted last year, and now it is back with a more savvy feel of its fatigues. But has it already punched itself out? Was anyone certainly frantic to know another round with Iron Fist? Netflix’s rich-kid kung-fu warrior already felt like a Johnny-come-lately when he debuted last March. It was a barefoot …

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