Bafta TV nominations 2016

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Earlier this week the nominations for the BAFTA television awards were announced by Dermot O’Leary and last year’s best actress winner Georgina Campbell in London.

Whilst there are some very deserved nominations and some surprising nominations, the thing that stood out to me were the actors who seemed to be missing from the shortlists.

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Tv treats

Been struggling to find something to blog about since my last post in January. I haven’t felt compelled to write about anything in particular and when an interesting topic has risen I have shied away from writing because I don’t have a clear view on the topic and don’t want my post to be a long, rambling list of contradictions!

I have had a few things that I’ve been watching on television over the last few months which don’t warrant their own individual posts but to make up for my lack of posting in the last 2 months I am combining for this sort of master post. (Also helps that I have time to write – yay 4 day weekend!)

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Doctor Who Series 9 Review

Saturday saw the finale of series 9 of Doctor Who broadcast to the nation. It has been a series of two halves for me. It seems as if everything is settling into place now. Capaldi is more sure of who his Doctor is, Jenna Coleman has been putting in great performance after great performance and the writing team have had some really great ideas in the episodes although they are sometimes not executed properly which I will get to later on in this blog post.

However, on the flip side, as everything seems to be falling into place albeit slowly, I feel the series has been overshadowed by its stars. Jenna Coleman’s decision to leave this series left fans waiting each episode for the inevitable. Maisie Williams joining the cast and appearing in multiple episodes has had excessive publicity and to be honest I was slightly disappointed in her performances after all the hype surrounding her casting.

Also, from an audience view, I have felt somewhat detached from this series despite it being much better than some of the most recent series on the whole. I think this may be because some of my friends who are fellow Doctor Who fans have stopped watching the programmer after finding series 8 disappointing and not exciting enough for them. Despite claiming that I will continue to stick with the programme, negativity from fans may have had a slight impact on my perspective and viewing pleasure.

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Class spinoff

Been meaning to write this post since the news was announced a couple of weeks ago but haven’t got round to it until now as I’ve been busy and am also commuting to work now which adds extra hours onto my day.

The Doctor Who team have announced a new spin-off series called Class. My brother first brought my attention to it the day before the news was released. The Doctor Who twitter account was hinting at massive surprise and huge announcement. I didn’t even think of a spin-off series – I thought they may be announcing the new companions as it was not long after Jenna Coleman confirmed her departure would take place this series so she can take the lead role of an ITV drama about Queen Victoria’s life.

I did think it may be a bit premature to announce the companions as I would like more of an in-episode introduction rather than hear it from the the BBC’s publicity machine. I was disappointed by the earlier announcement that River Song would return for the Christmas episode – it is making me hesitant about the Christmas episode as I feel her character has been overused and doesn’t have anything more to offer really. I wouldn’t have minded a surprise cameo in the episode but her announcement dampens my excitement. Speaking of the BBC’s publicity, I wouldn’t be surprised if Maisie Williams’ character becomes a recurring character or companion the way that the Doctor Who team and BBC press department are gushing over her.

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Strictly Launch Show 2015

Last weekend the Strictly season began again when the launch show was broadcast on Saturday night. After the couples are paired up on the launch show, they have about 3 weeks to train before the first live shows at the end of September. The programme returned with all the campness, cheesiness and dancing that we have come to expect and I loved the sketch at the beginning with all the pros in the house and then the train with Bruno shovelling glitter.

Despite a lot of the press bemoaning the “lack of stars” in this year’s line up, I am quite looking forward to it. The only celeb I didn’t know before was Daniel O’Donnell as I don’t think I am the right age demographic to be one of his fans. There has also been moaning that many of the celebs are employed by the BBC. I don’t see the problem with this as although I enjoyed last year’s line up many of last year’s celebs wouldn’t have been recognisable to the older, more constant members of the audience. I think it’s also quite clever to use BBC stars in a time when the BBC is under scrutiny by the government as it showcases the talent that the BBC uses. Generally, from a dancing point of view, none of the contestants look to be completely awful or obvious comedy contestants so there will hopefully be more focus on the dancing and more spectacular dances! However, this could mean some shock boots in the early part of the series.

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Series 9 Trailer 2 Dissection

The second trailer for series 9 of Doctor Who was released this week with just over a month to go before the first episode is broadcast on Saturday 19th September. I didn’t actually catch it when it was premiered on tv but thanks to the Doctor Who twitter feed I soon managed to watch it. The trailer didn’t feel as exciting or epic as the first but it does give more of an insight of what we can expect to see in the series.

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Series 9 Trailer Dissection

The trailer for the next series of Doctor Who was debuted at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday giving fans a glimpse into what is in store for the Doctor and Clara and importantly a  tranmission date – 19th September. I believe the trailer’s release, from what I have seen from sources on the internet, was released in conjunction with a Doctor Who panel featuring Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez. The first three names are those you would expect at almost every Doctor Who promotional and marketing event. The inclusion of Gomez on the panel suggests that Missy will become a recurring character and that Gomez will be possibly as prominent in Capaldi’s era as Alex Kingston as River Song was in Matt Smith’s.

The trailer is very slick and almost cinematic in feel as many excited fans have pointed out. I think this shows that the BBC is aware of Doctor Who’s popularity and success. As a result, the BBC are obviously heavily investing in the programme and the Doctor Who brand which is exported globally. Another initial thought before I potentially get into closer analysis of the trailer is how dark the trailer is visually. A lot of plain, dark colours are used and the lighting is very dim which suggests that the series is going to be hopefully more scary.

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Humans on Channel 4

Tomorrow, a new drama series called Humans begins on Channel 4. It looks like a drama that is based on science-fiction, exploring the relationship between man and machine. Humans appears to be based on an award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama called Real Humans.

Whilst it is not the typical kind of Channel 4 drama that catches my attention, I have been drawn to this programme and intend on watching it (the first episode at least) due to the channel’s clever and intriguing marketing strategies.

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Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia

Recently I have been watching the documentary series Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia on BBC Three. I stumbled upon it by accident but became very intrigued, catching up on the first episode on iplayer and then watching the other two episodes of the series on television.

The series was split into three locations in Russia and three topics: Far Right and nationalist groups in Moscow, homosexuality and homophobia in St Petersburg and aspiring teen models in Siberia.

I would recommend this series as it is a really interesting watch. This is partly due to how the documentaries were made and the use of Reggie as a presenter.

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