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How much sin can viewers take?: HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire has achieved a similar status to the gangster films of the 1950s, bringing the state of television’s serial narrative — to borrow a phrase from Roland Barthes — to a more than adequate gestuary of ‘cool’. The pilot episode of the HBO series, the fifth … Read more »

Not so ‘quiche’: Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie: Private School Girl

If we’ve learnt anything from Chris Lilley’s latest series Ja’mie: Private School Girl, it’s that no one in their right mind wants to see Ja’mie topless. Once you look past Ja’mie’s bizarre and frankly creepy on-stage disrobing at the climax of the series (if you even can … Read more »

A story that’s bigger on the inside: The Day of the Doctor in Melbourne

At 7.15pm last Saturday, 24th November, my extended family and I entered the foyer of Cinema Nova on Lygon Street, Carlton, where The Day of the Doctor, a movie-length feature produced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, had been screening at regular intervals all … Read more »

A petri dish of sexual politics: Showtime’s Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex is a new quality US drama about sexologists William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. In the pantheon of twentieth century researchers who wrenched sexuality from the dark ages of shame and secrecy and shined a rational, humanist light on it (so we are … Read more »

Five awesome TV mums

In our list series, ‘Gang of Five’, we make a list of five things related to … whatever we like. Online Editorial Assistant Jessica Alice shares her favourite TV mums. Spoilers ahead!

A soft-boiled detective: rethinking gender in Ripper Street

  Ripper Street is the latest hit crime drama to reach Channel Ten, debuting on the Australian network in June of this year. One of two period police procedurals produced by BBC America in 2012, Ripper Street shifts our attention from Downton Abbey and the early twentieth … Read more »

Editors’ picks for July: Before Sunrise and Sunset and Hannibal

The Before Sunrise trilogy — Emily Laidlaw, Marketing Co-ordinator I’ve been waiting nine years for Before Midnight, the follow up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2005). Given that director Richard Linklater and lead actors/screenwriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have exhausted all times of the day (Before Midday?), … Read more »

‘This life is a marathon’: The world according to SMASH

When I heard that NBC wouldn’t be renewing the TV musical SMASH for a third season, I was disappointed – but not entirely surprised. Before 2009, it would have seemed unlikely that a series like it could be aired at all: based in the world of musical … Read more »

The golden age of television… kinda

Everybody knows we live in a golden age of television. A combination of factors – mostly due to American cable television’s ability to create long-form drama without worrying about mainstream appeal – has resulted in a wave of the best television the world has ever seen. If … Read more »

Emerging Writers’ Festival – TV Night with KYD

People who love TV consume programs vehemently and discuss fervently, yet there are few avenues for writers to critically engage with television as a central focus. From recappers to ‘shippers’, spoilers to distribution streams, this event will consider the different ways television is (and isn’t) being written … Read more »