On the pop culture podcast this week, the racially-charged horror film Get Out, teen drama Riverdale and the mobile game Prune.
The television industry is 94 per cent white and, like some bad washing detergent commercial, it seems to be getting whiter all the time.
As we advance through the series, its cities and centuries sounding like some powerful exclamation, what is happening more subtly is a sense of the country cohering as a nation.
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson are wonderful actors, but no one can claim that The Affair is Mad Men-style high art.
The interviewer, Matthew Bannister – generally known for keeping conversations moving dizzyingly ever forwards – was unusually quiet.
Jonathan Strange is an oddly lacklustre affair, aimed, it seems to me, at a generation brought up on Harry Potter.
The films of François Ozon are polymorphously perverse.
Our licence fees pay – in part – for two hours of lackadaisical nostalgia and lazy nature-gawping.
It’s hard to think of any satisfactory way for Game of Thrones to proceed now, short of Daenerys unleashing her dragons and barbecuing every man in the Seven Kingdoms.
(And forgives them for it.)
For thrills, I would take that exit poll over Judi Dench and Jude Law any day.
The New Statesman goes behind the froth of daily headlines to look at the people and the passions shaping our world.
Be well-informed. Be a New Statesman reader.