What to Watch?

Hi everyone! As we get closer to welcome week and the return of students to Edge Hill, there’s a lot of focus on welcome week, fresher’s activities and getting settled in. Since all of this has been covered already I thought for what looks to be my last blog I would do something a bit different and make a list of upcoming TV over the next few months which might be suitable for binge watching once the university quietens down and you find yourself with more free time.

The Witcher (Netflix) – TBC (2019)

As someone who is a big fan of the games, the show has a lot to live up to, but with a generous budget and Henry Cavill starring, this could be a show worth watching especially if your looking for something after Game of Thrones.

Big Mouth (Netflix) – Oct 4

Not for the faint of heart but definitely funny and could be perfect for watching with your mates. Season 3 is out later this year.

Mr Robot (Amazon Prime) – Oct 6

Starring Rami Malek who you might know as Freddie Mercury from Bohemian Rhapsody, Mr Robot seems to have been overlooked by most but it’s a tense thriller that deserves more peoples attention Season 4 is out this October.

His Dark Materials (BBC) – TBC (2019)

I don’t know a lot about this but it’s a co- venture between BBC and HBO so it must have a good budget, and is based on a series of highly regarded books. The show stars the likes of James McAvoy and is set to air on BBC one sometime later this year so might be one worth looking out for.

Top Boy (Netflix) – September 13

The first series originally aired on Channel 4 back in 2011 with only one follow up series in 2013. I caught it on Netflix a year or so back and have been waiting for the return ever since. Top Boy is a crime drama set in London so expect some violence. it’s minimal episode numbers mean every episode barely has a dull moment. Definitely one to watch.

The Crown (Netflix) – November 17

My girlfriend first got me to watching this back a few months ago, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since, the production value is insanely good and with series 3 seeing a new older cast featuring Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, it’s definitely on my watch list.

So that’s the TV shows I’ll be watching over the coming months, I think it’s good to have a good variety. I hope at least one interests you if so that would be great!

This looks to be my last blog so thank you for reading if you have read any of my blogs over the past nine months and see you later!

Jordan

Let’s Get Quizzical!

Last week I was invited to be part of the audience for the filming of Let’s Get Quizzical, a TV game show created by my housemate, Sam, and his group as part of their TV Light Entertainment module for their course (Film and TV Production). I was really excited to attend as I’d never been to anything like it before, and I definitely had an excellent time.

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The studio

They used the TV studio in the brand new Creative Edge building to film it in. It looked extremely professional with all the lights and cameras. I learnt a lot about the process behind making these kind of shows, from the tons of equipment required to the weeks and weeks of planning that are necessary before they get to the filming stage.

Gallery access!
Gallery access!

 

If you ask me, Sam and his group handled everything very professionally. It was so great to witness one of my friends in his element, doing something he loved. Quite different from anything I do on my course, it was also really interesting to see what the Film and TV Production students get up to.

 

 

After the show was over, Sam, my friends and I headed to the Quad, the SU bar, for some celebratory drinks. When I lived on campus last year I used to visit the bar all the time but this year it’s been a bit harder to. The bar had a special deal on cocktails that night, which we gladly took advantage of. It was also an Open Mic Night and it was really great to see Edge Hill students perform and there definitely were some talented people.  We also grabbed some dinner there, and it was really very yummy. The prices are student prices, but the quality of the food there is high so I’d absolutely recommend  grabbing a bite to eat there if you get the chance.

Cocktails!
Cocktails!

My 7 Favourite TV Shows

It’s a cliché that students find themselves getting addicted to TV series when deadlines are looming. Unfortunately it’s a cliché that happens to be pretty accurate. Fortunately, I’m an enabler, so I’ll help you out a bit.

Before I was a student I didn’t really think that I enjoyed television shows. I only realised how much I really did like TV shows when I was sitting at my laptop with a stack of essays to write. Below are my seven favourites, in no particular order:

Breaking-Bad

Everything that you’ve heard about Breaking Bad is true. It’s clever, it’s addictive and it’s the perfect combination of dark and witty. If you haven’t seen it yet make sure that you do!

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You may love it, you may hate it, but you need to watch American Horror Story. Each series is a different story with different characters, set in a different time, but with all the same actors. It’s bizarre and definitely not one to watch with your parents, but it’s definitely entertaining. Just be prepared; the show’s pretty terrifying, and the opening credits are ten times scarier!

dexter

Dexter is just brilliant throughout, although the first few series are the ones to get excited about. Any show that can make an audience empathise with a serial killer is onto something. Each series has a different gripping storyline. My favourite is definitely ‘The Ice Truck Killer’ storyline of the first series.

american-dad

There’s just enough political satire in American Dad to make it count as revision for Politics students (probably). And it’s hilarious.

suits

The same applies to Suits, but for law students. I feel like I’ve learned lots of legal lingo by watching it.

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The Walking dead. Because… Zombies…

house

Surely a series of House is better than any medical degree? Okay, maybe not, but it’s brilliant, funny, incredibly clever, and in my opinion the best TV series ever to be made.

There’s so much to do during the uni term, but there’s also time to spend relaxing, and what better way to relax than to cuddle up in bed with a cup of coffee and a good TV series?