Whether your hero wears spandex or cat ears, inspirational pop culture figures can help deal with real life difficulties.
On the pop culture podcast this week: we pick our TV and film highlights for the coming year, review the first episode of series 4 of Sherlock, and enjoy Sara Taylor’s short story collection The Shore.
The last episode where Sherlock and John just solved a crime was five years ago. How did such a brilliant show go wrong?
No! Not even in a good way!
True Detective was the equivalent of four movies bolted together and it held the viewer inexorably.
To have seen at least part of a time when popular entertainment has become so substantial is a great privilege, and I bless it without reserve.
Every episode is crammed with story, side to side and top to bottom.
In The Wire, meaning catches up as you watch.
Very little screen entertainment nowadays is made with an adult audience in mind. Bloodline is for grown-ups - with the savage family dynamic to prove it.
Far from being the uninhibited, free-speaking woman we had imagined at the advent of the new feminism in the mid-1960s, Sarah is overburdened with worry.
The series is exceptional because it features a predominantly female cast who exist in a micro-universe of woman-centredness. But that's not the only boundary it breaks.
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