Camilla at The Killing

The first and only time I was jealous of a Duchess.

Is it the anger of an indignant republican, or a stroppy fan's tantrum that I feel?

I don't, of course, resent her an eight-day Scandinavian "tour" with Charles - but how can I not feel sick at the “news” that the Duchess of Cornwall has been welcomed on to the set of Danish drama The Killing? 

And not just welcomed with out-of-character smiles and a (weird) mini curtsey from Sofie Grabol, the actress of our protagonist detective Sarah Lund who is, as my colleague Sophie Elmhirst puts it, "troubled in a below-the-radar, emotionally stunted, no personal life sort of way".

But no, Camilla was also welcomed on set with “Forbydelsen”-themed gifts in the form of the most iconic piece of knitwear in whodunit history: Sarah Lund's sweater. If you're my type of Killing fan you will no doubt know that the traditional Faroe Island jumper, hand-knitted from organic wool of the domestic Faroe sheep, deceptively soft while giving off the “I-can-handle-the-itch” attitude, comes in at well over 200 quid.

Still, my jealousy aside, there’s probably an upshot to Camilla’s visit. It reminds us, after all, that although they foolishly didn't fork out for the new Mad Men, BBC Four is still there to bring us quality foreign drama. Plus, unlike the 18-month separation from Don Draper that nearly did us inThe Killing Round Three will return in due course. And who needs a jumper right now, anyway?

Sofie Grabol and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Alice Gribbin is a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was formerly the editorial assistant at the New Statesman.

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Why a Keeping Up with the Kardashians cartoon would make genuinely brilliant TV

The Kardashians are their own greatest satirists.

You’ve seen Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Kyoto, and Kylie and Kendall Klarify Kommunications Kontracts, but the latest Kardashian show might take a step away from reality. Yes, Kartoon Kardashians could be on the way. According to TMZ, an animated cartoon is the next Kardashian television property we can expect: the gossip website reports that Kris Jenner saw Harvey Weinstein’s L.A. production company earlier this month for a pitch meeting.

It’s easy to imagine the dramas the animated counterparts of the Kardashians might have: arguments over who gets the last clear plastic salad bowl? Moral dilemmas over whether or not to wear something other than Balenciaga to a high profile fashion event? Outrage over the perceived betrayals committed by their artisanal baker?

If this gives you déjà vu, it might be because of a video that went viral over a year ago made using The Sims: a blisteringly accurate parody of Keeping Up with the Kardashians that sees the three sisters have a melodramatic argument about soda.

It’s hysterical because it clings onto the characteristics of the show: scenes opening with utter banalities, sudden dramatic music coinciding with close-ups of each family member’s expressions, a bizarre number of shots of people who aren’t speaking, present tense confessionals, Kim’s ability to do an emotional 0-60, and Kourtney’s monotonous delivery.

But if the Kardashians, both as a reality TV show and celebrity figures, are ripe for ridicule, no one is more aware of it than the family themselves. They’ve shared teasing memes and posted their own self-referential jokes on their social channels, while Kim’s Kimoji app turned mocking viral pictures into self-depreciating in-jokes for her fans. And the show itself has a level of self-awareness often misinterpreted as earnestness - how else could this moment of pure cinema have made it to screen?

The Kardashians are their own greatest satirists, and they’ve perfected the art of making fun of themselves before anyone else can. So there’s a good chance that this new cartoon won’t be a million miles away from “Soda Drama”. It might even be brilliant.

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.