Veep season 6: Everything you need to know about the US political comedy

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Incompetent presidents, catastrophic press briefings and constant mistakes from the White House administration – it might sound like real life.

And, well, it is.

But before Trump came to office, this was also the plot of Veep – the American cousin to British political comedy, The Thick Of It. Veep is a workplace comedy that took on the highest office in the land. This month, it’s returning to our screens and bringing with it a new take on its celebrated satirical humour.

Here’s a quick post on Veep for the Metro, which I’m really looking forward to – might try and do some reviews, we’ll see. I find comedy notoriously difficult to write about; after all, explaining the joke is never very funny.

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Doctor Who – Top 5 Moffat Moments

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Steven Moffat has had a long association with Doctor Who, stretching as far back as July 1996, when he wrote a short story for the Virgin novel line; today, of course, his primary association with Doctor Who is as showrunner, a role he’s occupied since 2010. The tenth series, the first episode of which will be broadcast this evening, is going to be Moffat’s last as head writer – so now seems like a good time to take a look back across the past seven years, and celebrate some of his greatest triumphs.

This article was quite fun to write! It’s a selection of five YouTube clips from the Moffat era, with a little explanation/analysis of each one underneath. Of course, in testament to how great Moffat is, it’s the ones that I didn’t include that speak volumes – there are so many to choose from!

Writing this article really did make me appreciate Moffat more. Even I’ve had a few moments where I lost faith and struggled with some of his work (almost but not quite joining the STFU-Moffat bandwagon), I’ve come back around again in the years since. He’s bloody great, his Who has been great, and I’m going to miss it; hopefully, before Christmas, I’ll be able to write a few retrospectives about his era and why it’s so great.

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Why you should be watching the YA Doctor Who spin-off Class

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When Class was first announced, the potential was obvious: a young adult sci-fi series set in the Doctor Who world, positioning itself as a British Buffy the Vampire Slayer with aliens. Even starting from such a fantastic premise, there was something else to set this show apart – Patrick Ness. Class comes not only from the world of Doctor Who, but from the mind of acclaimed YA writer Patrick Ness, who is genuinely one of the most talented novelists working today.

This talent is obvious throughout the duration of Class, as Ness is able to imbue the show with the best of the YA genre. YA Television is experiencing something of a renaissance at the moment, and Ness is able to keep up with the best of it and then some – Class consistently putting a new spin on what we’ve seen before, finding a fresh take and creating fresh potential. Young Adult, after all, doesn’t mean trite or small – in many respects, this genre is on the bleeding edge of drama, consistently going further and finding ways to be new and interesting in ways the rest of television could only dream of.

While we’re all excited about Doctor Who – wasn’t it wonderful? – let’s not forget about Class!

It was an imperfect show that often frustrated me greatly, but it never failed to make me think, and I’m so glad it exists. It’s absolutely worth your while, so check it out!

I wrote this mainly because the American broadcast of the show was coming up, and I wanted to do pretty much whatever I could to make sure the show continued. I even bought the DVD, and I basically never do that these days. Unfortunately, it didn’t work – there was never any new Class after the TV show ended – but some of the cast shared this article, which was nice.

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In Anticipation of Doctor Who Series 10

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This is my actual 1000th post. Hmmph.

Anyway, per tradition, here’s a roundup of what I’ve written about Doctor Who over the past few months, insofar as it relates to Series 10 (and a few cases where it doesn’t).

I wrote this piece for Metro, explaining what we can expect from the series, and a breakdown of the Time for Heroes trailer too. There’s also this post, highlighting a few of my hopes for the series.

When Bill was first announced, I wrote this little reaction post. I didn’t write anything when it was revealed that she’d be the first LGBT companion, in part due to time constraints, but also because everyone else had already explained how great it was anyway.

As it’s Steven Moffat’s last series, I’ve written a couple of articles about him – one on his top 5 moments, and one as to where he might go next.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to review either The Husbands of River Song, or The Return of Doctor Mysterio. I’m still planning, however, to review each episode of Series 10 as it comes out – hopefully, those will go up on either Saturday nights or Sunday mornings. Every Friday, you’ll be able to see my take on Series 3, as part of my Ten Years of the Tenth Doctor series.

On a related note, there’s also my reviews of Class, the YA spinoff from Patrick Ness. While I did find it quite frustrating at times, there’s still a lot to love – hence this post I wrote, about why you should be watching it. You can also look forward to my interview with Patrick Ness in a few weeks time, where we spoke about Class – and a possible second series!

For more updates, you can follow me on Twitter here, or like my facebook page here.

Just a few minutes to go! See you all on the other side.

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