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March 18, 2019

What we’re listening to in March: Star Wars and ‘Keeping the Rave Alive’

We’ve been listening to a lot over the past month, but two items stand out. Managing Editor James Trew discusses DJ Kutski’s podcast, and Social Media Producer Michael Morris discovers an expanded audio version of the classic Star Wars films.
 
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February 27, 2019

British broadcasters are teaming up to launch a Netflix rival… again

The BBC and ITV, Britain’s two largest broadcasters, are hoping to launch a homegrown rival to Netflix in the UK. BritBox, which is already available in the US and Canada, would bring a huge amount of otherwise unavailable archive content to subscrib…
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February 24, 2019

Teaser gives first look at BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials trilogy

New adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy coming soon to HBO and BBC.

The BBC has dropped the first teaser for its forthcoming eight-part adaptation of Sir Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. It’s mostly just a quick glimpse of several major characters, but it does give us a sense of the glorious look and tone of the new series.

(Mild spoilers for Philip Pullman trilogy below.)

First published in 1995, the three books in the series are The Golden Compass (published as Northern Lights in the U.K.), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. They follow the [...]

 
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December 12, 2018

Doctor Who wraps a solid season with its first female Time Lord

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Enlarge / The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her new companions face a familiar foe in the season finale of Doctor Who. (credit: BBC)

The BBC’s Doctor Who wrapped its 11th (or 37th) season Sunday night, with Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch) in the iconic role—the first woman to portray everyone’s favorite Time Lord. It was a solid, promising season overall, with a terrific cast and some genuine standout episodes. But there’s still plenty of unrealized potential in terms of the writing.

Ratings-wise, Whittaker’s incarnation been a smashing success. Nearly 11 million people worldwide [...]

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