The 'Black Mirror' creator said that PM could still be criticised over his handling of the crisis.
How to get a load of celebs to pose with a big weird furry beast – invite them to Chessington! After all who can turn down a day out at Chessers…certainly not us. Illustrator Axel Scheffler and author Julia Donaldson were also there and it seems the Gruffalo’s grizzly charms worked a treat. In 2014, the former children’s laureate Donaldson became the first author to record UK sales of more than £10m for five consecutive years, ahead of publishing giants such JK Rowling and Dan Brown, becoming “the only author to record five years in a row of eight-digit revenue since [book sales monitor Nielsen] BookScan records began”.
With his usual blistering satire Charlie Brooker and co. tore into one of the most depressing years in my lifetime, covering everything from Brexit and Trump to celebrity deaths and Bake Off. The highlights included a The Night Manager/Fawlty Towers crossover, Pokemon GO craziness and Brooker’s reactions to Trump’s win, mercilessly taking the be-wigged pussy grabber down.
If you’ve been keeping up on your television over the course of the topsy turvy year, you’ll no doubt have seen the devastation of Cersei’s monstrous mind in the Game of Thrones finale, the nostalgic brilliance of Stranger Things, as well as the natural wonder that is Planet Earth II. Apart from an array of talented actors ranging from Bryce Dallas Howard, to Jerome Flynn, to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, to Benedict Wong, it’s the stories they tell that are most significant and ultimately so timely.
Brooker recently revealed that he’d love to write an episode of Doctor Who – why not let him? The mind behind some of television’s greatest original science fiction would no doubt be an impressive hire for Doctor Who, and Brooker would surely contribute something truly unique. With over 50 years of history to Doctor Who, any opportunity for something truly innovative is one worth taking – and Charlie Brooker could certainly give the show that.
Netflix was interested in acquiring The Great British Bake Off, one of its bosses has revealed. The former hit BBC show was snapped up by Channel 4 recently in a deal reportedly worth £75 million. “We knew it was brewing, but I didn’t actually think it would happen,” said Ted Sarandos, who admitted to the Radio Times that Netflix was slow off the mark to try to acquire Bake Off.
They’re both popular British television dramas that have been met with international acclaim and prestige; they’re also both, arguably, science-fiction programs, although of course there’s plenty of room for each to lean into different genres. Arguably, beyond these similarities there’s not a great deal that links these two shows; perhaps, though, that’s what gives one room to learn from the other…
An authoritarian demagogue who lacks both the experience and the temperament to hold America’s highest national office, Trump can also add racism, misogyny, and a flagrant disregard for the truth to his astonishing list of “qualifications”. While contemplating his meteoric rise to power, though, it occurred to me I’d seen this before: in the Black Mirror episode The Waldo Moment. Charlie Brooker once said that Black Mirror is “about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.” That quote has never felt more painfully applicable than right now, with the clear parallels between Donald Trump and Waldo.